Vocab. Words II

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Vocab. Words II
2014-06-01 21:49:03
GRE,Daily,06/01/14 - 06/07/14
Daily Vocab Words
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  1. convoluted
    • adj: complex or complicated
    • a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
  2. disabuse
    • verb: to undeceive; to set right
    • let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
  3. discordant
    • adj: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
    • She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.
  4. disparate
    • adj: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
    • disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
  5. effrontery
    • noun: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
    • the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips
  6. eloquent
    • adj: well-spoken, expressive, articulate
    • noun form: eloquence
    • His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
  7. enervate
    • verb: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
    • the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. erudite
    • adj: very learned; scholarly
    • noun form: erudition
    • the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
  11. exculpate
    • verb: exonerate; to clear of blame
    • The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
  12. exigent
    • adj: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
    • started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision
  13. extemporaneous
    • adj: improvised; done without preparation
    • caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneousspeech at the awards banquet
  14. filibuster
    • noun: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
    • They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
  15. fulminate
    • verb: to loudly attack or denounce
    • She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.
  16. intransigent
    • adj.stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change:
    • "She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her."
    • (n: intransigence)
  17. irascible
    • 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
  18. laconic
    • adj.using few words; terse:
    • "a laconic reply."