GRE Vocabulary III
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GRE Vocabulary III
GRE Vocab Words (101-150) from Michigan State University
"Wayne was rendered insensible by a blow to the head."
"They were insensibile to the suffering of others.:
adj.lacking zest or excitement; dull
A cup of bland soup from a cafeteria is an example of insipid.
The soup was rather insipid.
adj.of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive
"Newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community."
adj.stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change
"She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her."
adj.prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered
An example of irascible is a man who becomes extremely mad at even the slightest of mistakes.
an irascible old football coach
adj.using few words; terse
"a laconic reply."
adj.present or potential but not evident or active (n
An example of latent are fingerprints which cannot be seen.
he has a latent talent for acting that he hasn't had a chance to express yet
adj.praiseworthy; commendable (v. laud)
An example of laudable is a person who donates to charity and wants to save the world.
you showed laudable restraint in dealing with that ridiculously demanding customer
n.giant whale, therefore, something very large
An example of a leviathan is a large aircraft carrier.
The factory is a towering leviathan in the middle of the town.
An example of loquacious is someone who calls and talks for three minutes straight without pausing.
the loquacious host of a radio talk show
"He made a lucid argument to support his theory."
adj.weighty, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an excessive degree
"Jake's lugubrious monologues depressed his friends."
n.generosity and nobility. (adj
When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
Because she was kind and generous, the magnanimous queen was loved by all.
adj.malicious; evil; having or showing ill will
"Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it."
n.one who hates people
"He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself."
n.incorrect name or word for something
An example of misnomer is someone telling a child that an elephant is a lion.
“International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.
n.one who hates women
A male chauvinist who thinks all women are stupid and manipulative is an example of a misogynist.
v.to make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable
"He was trying to mitigate the damage he had done."
"a nefarious plot."
adj.harmful, offensive, destructive
"The noisome odor of the dump carried for miles."
adj.hardened against influence or feeling; intractable.
An example of obdurate is a judge who sentences a man without feeling.
He is known for his obdurate determination.
v.to prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary:
An example of to obviate is to eliminate the need for a surgery with a new treatment.
The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
v.to close or shut off; to obstruct (n
An example of occlude is hiding a gift for someone behind your back.
An example of occlude is shutting a window to keep a bee outside.
a blood clot had occluded a major artery in his body
adj.not transparent or transluscent; dense; difficult to comprehend, as inopaque reasoning
An example of opaque is the quality of a black sheet of paper.
An example of opaque is the study of astrophysics.
somehow listeners seem to connect with the songwriter, despite his deeply personal, often opaque lyrics
adj.turned to bone; hardened like bone; Inflexible
"The ossified culture failed to adapt to new economic conditions and died out."
n.a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
A speech praising a new political theory is an example of a panegyric.
wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
n.a small sin or fault
When you break a minor rule, this is an example of a peccadillo.
adj.showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; making an excessive display of one's own learning
"We quickly tired of his pedantic conversation." (n
: pedant, pedantry).
adj.deliberately treacherous; dishonest (n
A person who lies all the time is an example of someone who would be described as perfidious.
We were betrayed by a perfidious ally.
adj.easily or frequently annoyed, especially over trivial matters; childishly irritable
An example of petulant is a toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they don't get their way.
Her tone was petulant and angry.
n.tendency or action for the benefit of others, as in donating money or property to a charitible organization
An example of philanthropy is giving money to charity and volunteering.
The family's philanthropy made it possible to build the public library.
adj.not easily excited; cool; sluggish
An example of a phlegmatic person is someone who remains cool and collected during emergencies.
a strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news
v.to calm or reduce anger by making concessions
"The professor tried to placate his students by postponing the exam."
adj.related to being shaped or molded; capable of being molded. (n
: plasticity n: plastic)
An example of something plastic is Play-Doh modeling compound.
there's usually a plastic cordiality at these corporate events
n.excessively large quantity; overabundance
"We received a p lethora of applications for the position."
adj.heavy; massive; awkward; dull
"A ponderous book is better than a sleeping pill."
adj.concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional
"His pragmatic approach often offended idealists."
n.cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; a dangerous place from which one is likely to fall; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
He stood on the edge of the precipice.
v., n.to fall; to fall downward suddenly and dramatically; to bring about or hasten the occurrence of something
"Old World diseases precipitated a massive decline in the American Indian population."
n.something (or someone) that precedes another
"The assasination of the Archduke was a precursor to the war."
v.to stray away from or evade the truth
"When we asked him what his intentions were, he prevaricated."(n
: prevarication; prevaricator)
"Americans' prodigal devotion to the automobile is unique."
v.to conciliate; to appease
"They made sacrifices to propitiate angry gods."
A person who is very beautiful would be described as pulchritudinous.
adj.cowardly, timid, or irreselute; petty
"The pusillanimous leader soon lost the respect of his people."
n.inactivity; stillness; dormancy (adj
When a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.
was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
v.to make or become thin; to purify or refine (n
: rarefaction, adj: rarefied)
An example of rarefy is add fresh air to a previously suffy room; to rarefy the air.
An example of rarefy is to develop a sense of taste; to rarefy sense of taste.
n.the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking. (v. reprove).
When you scold someone for bad behavior, your scolding words are an example of a reproof.
The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining.
v.to repeal or annul
An example of rescind is someone calling off their wedding.
The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.
adj.having a sharp or powerful intellect or discernment. (n
An example of sagacious is someone checking the oil in their car before a long road trip.
a sagacious critique of the current social climate in our nation