Daily Vocab. I Week 3

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  1. acumen
    • noun: keen, accurate judgement or insight
    • John’s business acumen, along with his computer skills, made him an asset to the software company.
  2. adulterate
    • verb: to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
    • If you want to adulterate your alcoholic drink, you should add some water to it.
  3. amalgamate
    • verb: to combine several elements into a whole
    • noun form: amalgamation
    • Sometimes he would amalgamate the contents of a couple of baskets.
  4. archaic
    • adj: outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
    • Because my archaic computer is no longer useful to me, I am giving it away for free.
  5. aver
    • verb: to state as a fact; to declare or assert
    • Many scientists aver to the contrary but science is not decided by consensus.
  6. bolster
    • verb: to provide support or reinforcement
    • In science, one should always be extremely skeptical of claims which bolster the ideology of the person making the claim.
  7. bombastic
    • adj: pompous; grandiloquent
    • noun form: bombast
    • You are correct that my analogy was a little too bombastic.
  8. diatribe
    • noun: a harsh denunciation
    • This diatribe is so unrelentingly negative that it loses all power to persuade.
  9. dissemble
    • verb: to disguise or conceal; to mislead
    • The need to keep it positive, even if it's not, puts stress on the spouse who must dissemble.
  10. eccentric
    • adj: departing from norms or conventions
    • It would be easy to dismiss him as a lovable, eccentric old hippie.
  11. endemic
    • adj: characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
    • there are no endemic native rodent species there.
  12. evanescent
    • adj: tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
    • Elusive and evanescent, the rainbow has generated wonder and speculation.
  13. exacerbate
    • verb: to make worse or more severe
    • Worse, the hurricane could well exacerbate the tensions that lurk in the city.
  14. fervent
    • adj: greatly emotional or zealous
    • noun form: fervor
    • These moments can cause irrational acts or imprint fervent memories on a wanton brain.
  15. fortuitous
    • adj: happening by accident or chance
    • It was an extremely fortuitous find, because the odds of mummification are slim, researchers noted.
  16. philanthropy
    • 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.
  17. phlegmatic
    • 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
  18. placate
    • v.to calm or reduce anger by making concessions:
    • "The professor tried to placate his students by postponing the exam."
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Daily Vocab. I Week 3
2014-06-03 00:58:20
GRE,Daily,06/15/14 - 06/21/14
Daily Vocab. I Week 3
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