GRE Word List 2

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  1. Acrid
    sharp; pungent (used of smells and tastes)
  2. Boorish
    ill-mannered
  3. Cynical
    believing that people act only out of selfish motives
  4. Epistle
    a letter (form of communication)
  5. Heresy
    against orthodox opinion
  6. Lance
    spear; spike; javelin
  7. Obscure
    difficult to understand; partially hidden
  8. Poignant
    deeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions
  9. Respite
    a break; intermission
  10. Terse
    concise; to the point
  11. Acrophobia
    fear of heights
  12. Bourgeois
    middle class
  13. Debility
    weakness; incapacity
  14. Epistolary
    concerned with letters; through correspondence
  15. Hiatus
    interruption; pause
  16. Languid
    tired; slow
  17. Obscured
    hidden; covered; buried
  18. Poised
    calm; collected; self-possessd
  19. Resplendent
    shining; glowing
  20. Therapeutic
    medicinal; curative
  21. Acuity
    sharpness (mental or visual)
  22. Braggart
    someone who boasts
  23. Debunking
    exposing false claims or myths
  24. Epitomized
    typified; characterized; personified
  25. Hidebound
    rigid in opinions
  26. Languish
    decay; fade away; get weaker
  27. Obsequious
    • servile; submissive
    • overly sublime and eager to please
  28. Polemical
    causing debate or argument
  29. Restorative
    a tonic
  30. Thwart
    to prevent; frustrate
  31. Adamant
    forceful; inflexible
  32. Brawny
    muscular
  33. Decathlon
    an athletic competition with ten events
  34. Equivocate
    speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
  35. Hieroglyphics
    • picture writing
    • writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic
  36. Larceny
    theft; robbery; stealing
  37. Obsession
    a dominating concern
  38. Ponderous
    weighty; slow and heavy
  39. Retention
    preservation; withholding
  40. Timorous
    cowardly; fearful
  41. Adroit
    skillful
  42. Brevity
    being brief
  43. Decorum
    dignified, correct behavior
  44. Err
    make a mistake
  45. Hinder
    obstruct
  46. Largess
    generosity
  47. Obsolete
    no longer valid
  48. Pontificate
    speak pompously or dogmatically
  49. Reticent
    • restrained; holding something back;
    • uncommunicative
    • silent, reserved
  50. Tirade
    • stream of verbal abuse
    • long harsh speech or verbal attack
  51. Adulation
    strong admiration; worship
  52. Bristle
    to show irritation
  53. Decoy
    lure; trap; trick
  54. Erratic
    wandering; irregular; unpredictable
  55. Histrionic
    theatrical; exaggerated
  56. Laud
    praise
  57. Obstreperous
    noisy and boisterous
  58. Portend
    • foretell; foreshadowing
    • a sign or warning that something is going to happen
  59. Retraction
    withdrawal; cancellation of statement
  60. Titter
    giggle quietly
  61. Adversity
    • hardship
    • trials and tribulation
  62. Broach
    start to discuss; approach
  63. Deference
    respect; courtesy
  64. Esoteric
    • obscure and difficult to understand
    • known or understood by only a few with specialized knowledge in a topic
  65. Hoary
    old
  66. Lavish
    • wasteful
    • to give unsparingly
    • extremely generous or extravagant
  67. Obtuse
    • mentally dull
    • slow to understand
    • stupid
    • unintelligent
  68. Portent
    a warning sign
  69. Revere
    • worship
    • to have great respect for
  70. Tome
    large book
  71. Advocate
    support a cause or policy
  72. Brusque
    blunt; abrupt
  73. Defoliate
    cause leaves to fall off
  74. Espouse
    promote; take up; support
  75. Hone
    sharpen; increase; whet
  76. Whet
    sharpen the blade of
  77. Lax
    careless; not strict
  78. Obviate
    to prevent; make unnecessary
  79. Poseur
    someone who puts on an act
  80. Riddled
    full of holes
  81. Aesthetic
    concerning art or beauty
  82. Bulwark
    • fortification; barricade;
    • wall serving as a defense or safeguard from an attack
  83. Fortification
    defensive wall used for strength against an attack
  84. Defunct
    no longer in existence
  85. Etymology
    the study of word origins
  86. Hyperbole
    • exaggerated speech
    • (This book weighs a ton)
  87. Legend
    • key to a map
    • myth or story
  88. Odious
    hateful
  89. Posterity
    future generations
  90. Rife
    common
  91. Torpor
    dormancy; sluggishness; inactivity
  92. Affable
    friendly; social; easygoing
  93. Bureaucracy
    • officialdom
    • system of government where important decisions are made by state officials
  94. Degradation
    deprivation; poverty; debasement
  95. Eulogy
    • praise;
    • a speech written in praise of someone dead or retired
  96. Hypochondriac
    a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
  97. Legion
    in large numbers
  98. Officious
    assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way; intrusive
  99. Posthumous
    after death
  100. Rigor
    • thoroughness;
    • very exact, careful, or strict
  101. Totter
    walk unsteadily

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