GRE Vocabulary IV (Princeton Review)
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GRE Vocabulary IV (Princeton Review)
GRE Vocabulary Princeton
Hit Parade Group IV
adj: having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
Acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them.
verb: to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
aggrandize your farm by purchasing the property next to it.
: a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
(an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
It's the same transition that let us move from alchemy to atomic physics.
adj: agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Managements of both companies must be amenable to the idea.
noun: something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
adj: having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
The physical properties of the powder also give it a mildastringent action.
adj: sharing a border; touching; adjacent
So far gene recombination can move only single genes or small contiguous gene units.
noun: a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
Convention holds that politics stops at the water's edge
: tending to believe too readily; gullible
The law will afford relief even to the simple and credulous who have been duped by art and falsehood.
: an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Such people need to rethink their cynicism because it distorts their thinking.
: polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside you.
: scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
The comment met with immediate derision across the internet.
verb: to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
noun: one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Most of my readers don't know I'm a dilettante techno musician.
verb: to slight or belittle
Don't disparage anecdotal evidence or pretend that there is no emotion in medical research.
verb: to disclose something secret
Its consultants almost never even divulge their clients' identities.
verb: to flatter or praise excessively
Western culture seems to fawn over attention-seeking extroverts while introverts are overlooked.
verb: to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humor.
adj: pointlessly talkative; talking too much
adj: marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
Many senior administrators are smooth and glib, in the manner of politicians.
noun: overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
The leader of the cult had so much hubris he believed the government would never be able to capture him.
adj: about to happen; impending
When the Secret Service arrived, everyone knew the president’s arrival was imminent.
adj: not capable of change
When two people get married, it is with the assumption that their feelings for each other are immutable and will never alter.
adj: hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
His impetuous behavior landed him in prison.
adj: having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
adj: damaging; harmful; injurious
The dog and cat are inimical to each other.
adj: not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
It was a brilliant simplification of an intractable problem.
adj: steadfast and courageous
The intrepid kitten walked slowly in front of the two big dogs.
adj: using few words; terse
a laconic reply
noun: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
You are the maverick who chooses to buck the accepted scientific orthodoxy.
adj: characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
While she can be mercurial, he is grounding
verb: to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
If nothing else, it may mollify their concerns for awhile.
noun: a recent convert; a beginner; novice
Pitching a tent can be frustrating for seasoned and neophyte campers alike.
verb: to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
The purpose of writing is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
adj: hard-headed; uncomprimising
Employees grow more obstinate when put back to work under a court decree.
adj: characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
The city lacks ostentatious palaces, temples, or monuments.
: to permeate throughout
In fact, steer clear of the negativity that can pervade academia.
adj: calm; sluggish; unemotional
We are said to be the most phlegmatic and unemotional of peoples.
noun: an overabundance; a surplus
But the plethora of commercial interruptions is often hard to take.
adj: practical rather than idealistic
The book's mind-over-matter approach is pragmatic and well-explained.
adj: overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
Also, it would be presumptuous of me to say what your dream means to you.
adj: pure; uncorrupted; clean
Cooled further and cut, pristine glass is very strong.
noun: adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
Singapore is now a model of probity, but in the 1950's it was awash in corruption.
noun: a natural predisposition or inclination
I'm pretty sure dogs are born with a proclivity to enjoy riding in the car.
: excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
The curse of broadcast technologies is that they are profligate users of limited resources.
noun: a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
But odder still is the coyote's propensity for breeding with wolves.
adj: dull; lack in spirit or imagination
Whether the prosaic chancellor shares these ambitions is unclear.
adj: characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
Swarms of flies rose from pungent clots of slick, stagnant water.
adj: foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
adj: occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
Their cabinets are quotidian, their surroundings absolutely ordinary.
verb: to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
the law gets so rarefied that it doesn't reflect the reality of people's lives then you are in trouble.
adj: hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Well, anyone who has ever pored over a scientific research paper will recall its recondite jargon.
adj: radiant; shiny; brilliant
Color, refulgent and ecstatic, turns out to trump sculptural form.
verb: to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Many worried that the mayor would renege on any pledge to not resort to layoffs.
adj: diligent; persistent; hard-working
The success of this very useful scheme was due chiefly to his sedulous interest and help.
noun: a piece of broken pottery or glass
Not one more shard of ice need melt to make this a reality.
adj: causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
TV is a great soporific, often much needed as an escape, but it isn't good for you.
adj: thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
The vegetation is sparse, and cattle and people dominate.
noun: one who spends money wastefully
His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
adj: not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
In fact, our own lives sometimes depend on recognizing the subtle differences.
adj: implied; not explicitly stated
All effective writers and speakers have learned the convention of tacit knowledge.
adj: brief and concise in wording
The film's style is so economical it seems almost terse.
verb: to publicly praise or promote
Each year, selective colleges tout their application totals, along with the virtues of their applicants.
adj: sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
Marvin’s trenchant wit made him a popular speaker at conservative fundraisers.
adj: genuine; not false or hypocritical
It is with unfeigned regret the colonel commanding bids you all an affectionate farewell.
adj: indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
The falls might have saved the forests by making logging there untenable.
verb: to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
Those who vacillate or sulk, will miss a window of opportunity.
adj: multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
Grows in sun or shade, but variegated types show better color in full sun.
: annoyance; irritation
Mere annoyance, vexation, or inconvenience could not support an award of damages.
: alertly watchful
We need to be more vigilant concerning our environment
verb: to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate
every week the minister would ascend the pulpit andvituperate the parishioners
: readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive
These plants are a type of mint and produce a host of volatile oils and other chemicals.