GRE Vocabulary I (Princeton Review)

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  1. abscond
    • verb
    • to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
    • Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
  2. aberrant
    • adj: deviating from the norm
    • noun form: aberration
    • aberrant weather we've been having
  3. alacrity
    • noun: eager and enthusiastic willingness
    • She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
  4. anomaly
    • noun: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
    • adj form: anomalous
    • We couldn't explain the anomalies in the test results.
  5. approbation
    • noun: an expression of approval or praise
    • The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
  6. arduous
    • adj: stenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
    • an arduous journey across miles of desert
  7. assuage
    • verb: to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
    • He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
  8. audacious
    • adj: daring and fearless; recklessly bold
    • noun form: audacity
    • They have audacious plans for the new school.
  9. austere
    • adj: without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
    • noun form: austerity
    • They choose austere furnishings for the office.
  10. axiomatic
    • adj: taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
    • noun form: axiom
    • it's axiomatic that the instinct for self-preservation is universal throughout the animal kingdom
  11. canonical
    • adj: following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
    • noun form: canon
    • What's been going on in the stock market hardly fits canonical notions of rationality.
  12. capricious
    • adj: inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
    • employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
  13. censure
    • verb: to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
    • The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
  14. chicanery
    • noun: trickery or subterfuge
    • He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
  15. connoisseur
    • noun: an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
    • She is a connoisseur of African art.
  16. convoluted
    • adj: complex or complicated
    • a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
  17. disabuse
    • verb: to undeceive; to set right
    • let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
  18. discordant
    • adj: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
    • She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.
  19. disparate
    • adj: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
    • disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
  20. effrontery
    • noun: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
    • the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips
  21. eloquent
    • adj: well-spoken, expressive, articulate
    • noun form: eloquence
    • His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
  22. enervate
    • verb: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
    • the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
  23. ennui
    • noun: dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
    • the kind of ennui that comes from having too much time on one's hands and too little will to find something productive to do
  24. equivocate
    • verb: to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
    • adj form: equivocal
    • The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
  25. erudite
    • adj: very learned; scholarly
    • noun form: erudition
    • the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
  26. exculpate
    • verb: exonerate; to clear of blame
    • The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
  27. exigent
    • adj: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
    • started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision
  28. extemporaneous
    • adj: improvised; done without preparation
    • caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneousspeech at the awards banquet
  29. filibuster
    • noun: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
    • They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
  30. fulminate
    • verb: to loudly attack or denounce
    • She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.
  31. ingenuous
    • adj: artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
    • The little boy’s ingenuous habit of constantly telling the truth made him unpopular at school.
  32. inured
    • adj: accustomed to accepting something undesirable
    • Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life?
  33. irascible
    • adj: easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
    • an irascible old football coach
  34. laud
    • verb: to praise highly
    • adj form: laudatory
    • an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
  35. lucid
    • adj: clear; easily understood
    • He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
  36. magnanimity
    • noun: the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
    • adj form: magnanimous
    • His enemies he treated with the greatest magnanimity; no bloody executions followed the victory of the Milvian Bridge.
  37. martial
    • adj: associated with war and the armed forces
    • one of the basic tenets of martial law
  38. mundane
    • adj: of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
    • mundane chores, like washing dishes
  39. nascent
    • adj: coming into being; in early developmental stages
    • The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.
  40. nebulous
    • adj: vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
    • These philosophical concepts can be nebulous.
  41. neologism
    • noun: a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
    • He also joined words together to create neologisms
  42. noxious
    • adj: harmful, injurious
    • mixing bleach and ammonia can cause noxious fumes that can seriously harm you
  43. obtuse
    • adj: lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
    • He is too obtuse to take a hint.
  44. obviate
    • verb: to anticipate and make unnecessary
    • The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
  45. onerous
    • adj: troubling; burdensome
    • The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
  46. paean
    • noun: a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
    • his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company
  47. parody
    • noun: a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
    • He has a talent for writing parodies.
  48. perennial
    • adj: recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
    • Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
  49. perfidy
    • noun: intentional breach of faith; treachery
    • adj form: perfidious
    • They are guilty of perfidy.
  50. perfunctory
    • adj: cursory; done without care or interest
    • the violinist delivered a perfunctory performance that displayed none of the passion and warmth he was once known for
  51. perspicacious
    • adj: acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
    • noun form: perspicacity
    • The perspicacious salesman earned a great living because he knew how to read his customers.
  52. prattle
    • verb: to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
    • They prattled on into the night, discussing school, music, and friends.
  53. precipitate
    • adj: acting with excessive haste or impulse
    • verb: to cause to happen before anticipated or required
    • The budget problem was precipitated by many unexpected costs.
  54. predilection
    • noun: a disposition in favor of something; preference
    • a young lad with a predilection for telling tall tales
  55. prescience
    • noun: foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
    • adj form: prescient
    • He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
  56. prevaricate
    • verb: to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
    • Government officials prevaricated about the real costs of the project.
  57. qualms
    • noun: misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
    • she has no qualms about downloading pirated music files from the Internet
  58. recant
    • verb: to retract, esp. a previously held belief
    • Witnesses threatened to recant their testimony when the court released their names to the paper.
  59. refute
    • verb: to disprove; to successfully argue against
    • The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
  60. relegate
    • verb: to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
    • courtiers and generals who incurred the emperor's disfavor were soon relegated to the farther reaches of the empire
  61. reticent
    • adj: quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
    • her husband is by nature a reticent person, and she resigned herself to that fact long ago
  62. solicitous
    • adj: concerned and attentive; eager
    • I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
  63. sordid
    • adj: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
    • he managed to rise above the sordid streets upon which he grew up
  64. sporadic
    • adj: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
    • sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
  65. squander
    • verb: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
    • squandered all her money gambling in casinos
  66. static
    • adj: not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
    • the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest
  67. stupefy
    • verb: to stun, baffle, or amaze
    • stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days
  68. stymie
    • verb: to block; to thwart
    • Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
  69. synthesis
    • noun: the combination of parts to make a whole
    • verb form: synthesize
    • a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
  70. torque
    • noun: a force that causes rotation
    • torque wrench
  71. tortuous
    • adj: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
    • a tortuous path up the mountain
  72. truculent
    • adj: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
    • die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss
  73. veracity
    • noun: truthfulness, honesty
    • We questioned the veracity of his statements.
  74. virulent
    • adj: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
    • the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
  75. voracious
    • adj: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
    • it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
  76. waver
    • verb: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
    • The kite wavered in the wind.
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GRE Vocabulary I (Princeton Review)
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