GRE Vocabulary I (Princeton Review)
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GRE Vocabulary I (Princeton Review)
GRE Vocabulary Princeton
Hit Parade Group 1
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
: deviating from the norm
aberrant weather we've been having
: eager and enthusiastic willingness
She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
We couldn't explain the anomalies in the test results.
: an expression of approval or praise
The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
: stenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
an arduous journey across miles of desert
: to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
: daring and fearless; recklessly bold
They have audacious plans for the new school.
: without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
They choose austere furnishings for the office.
: taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
it's axiomatic that the instinct for self-preservation is universal throughout the animal kingdom
: following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
What's been going on in the stock market hardly fits canonical notions of rationality.
: inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
: to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
: trickery or subterfuge
He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
: an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
She is a connoisseur of African art.
: complex or complicated
a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
: to undeceive; to set right
let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.
: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips
: well-spoken, expressive, articulate
His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
: 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
: to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
: very learned; scholarly
the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
: exonerate; to clear of blame
The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision
: improvised; done without preparation
caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneousspeech at the awards banquet
: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
: to loudly attack or denounce
She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.
: artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
The little boy’s ingenuous habit of constantly telling the truth made him unpopular at school.
: accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life?
: easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
an irascible old football coach
: to praise highly
an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
: clear; easily understood
He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
: the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
His enemies he treated with the greatest magnanimity; no bloody executions followed the victory of the Milvian Bridge.
: associated with war and the armed forces
one of the basic tenets of martial law
: of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
mundane chores, like washing dishes
: coming into being; in early developmental stages
The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.
: vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
These philosophical concepts can be nebulous.
: a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
He also joined words together to create neologisms
: harmful, injurious
mixing bleach and ammonia can cause noxious fumes that can seriously harm you
: lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
He is too obtuse to take a hint.
: to anticipate and make unnecessary
The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
: troubling; burdensome
The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
: a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company
: a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
He has a talent for writing parodies.
: recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
: intentional breach of faith; treachery
They are guilty of perfidy.
: 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
: acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
The perspicacious salesman earned a great living because he knew how to read his customers.
: to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
They prattled on into the night, discussing school, music, and friends.
: acting with excessive haste or impulse
: to cause to happen before anticipated or required
The budget problem was precipitated by many unexpected costs.
: a disposition in favor of something; preference
a young lad with a predilection for telling tall tales
: foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
: to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
Government officials prevaricated about the real costs of the project.
: misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
she has no qualms about downloading pirated music files from the Internet
: to retract, esp. a previously held belief
Witnesses threatened to recant their testimony when the court released their names to the paper.
: to disprove; to successfully argue against
The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
: 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
: 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
: concerned and attentive; eager
I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
he managed to rise above the sordid streets upon which he grew up
: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
squandered all her money gambling in casinos
: 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
: to stun, baffle, or amaze
stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days
: to block; to thwart
Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
: the combination of parts to make a whole
a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
: a force that causes rotation
: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
a tortuous path up the mountain
: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss
: truthfulness, honesty
We questioned the veracity of his statements.
: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
The kite wavered in the wind.