Daily Vocab. III

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  1. empirical
    • adj: based on observation or experiment
    • Our data is based on empirical evidence collected in numerous studies.
  2. engimatic
    • adj: mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
    • noun form: enigma
    • After I did a little research, the subject of metaphysics was no longer so enigmatic to me.
  3. ephemeral
    • adj: brief, fleeting
    • Because of her ephemeral memory, she forgets things all the time!
  4. esoteric
    • adj: intended for or understood by a small, specific group
    • The medical research was so esoteric that only a few physicians could actually understand the results.
  5. eulogy
    • noun: a speech honoring the dead
    • verb form: eulogize
    • he delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral
  6. exonerate
    • verb: to remove blame
    • The job of the defense attorney is to exonerate his clients and keep them out of jail.
  7. facetious
    • adj: playful; humorous
    • Do you always have to be so facetious?
  8. fallacy
    • noun: an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
    • adj form: fallacious
    • Having money makes you happy is a fallacy because happiness has nothing to do with wealth.
  9. furtive
    • adj: marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
    • Students who cheat on tests employ their furtive tactics to avoid getting caught.
  10. gregarious
    • adj: sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
    • If you want to be more approachable, show a gregarious smile.
  11. harangue
    • verb/noun: to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
    • As usual, the priest made his usual harangue about the dangers of listening to rap music.
  12. heretical
    • adj: violating accepted dogma or convention
    • noun form: heresy
    • men holding heretical opinions were condemned to the stake, women to be buried alive.
  13. hyperbole
    • noun: an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
    • adj form: hyperbolic
    • Because Janice was a drama queen, she used a hyperbole in practically every sentence.
  14. impecunious
    • adj: lacking funds; without money
    • The sorry appearance of the unpaid letter suggested the impecunious condition of its author.
  15. incipient
    • adj: beginning to come into being or to become apparent
    • The best way to stop the disease from spreading is by identifying it while it is incipient.
  16. obviate
    • 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.
  17. occlude
    • v.to close or shut off; to obstruct (n: occlusion)
    • 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
  18. opaque
    • 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
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Daily Vocab. III
2014-06-03 00:26:55
GRE,Daily,06/08/14 - 06/14/14
Daily Vocab. III
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