GRE Vocabulary IV (Princeton Review)

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  1. acerbic
    adj: having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

    Acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them.
  2. aggrandize
    verb: to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

    aggrandize your farm by purchasing the property next to it.
  3. alchemy
    • noun: 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.
  4. amenable
    adj: agreeable; responsive to suggestion

    Managements of both companies must be amenable to the idea.
  5. anachronism
    noun: something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  6. astringent
    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.
  7. contiguous
    adj: sharing a border; touching; adjacent

    So far gene recombination can move only single genes or small contiguous gene units.
  8. convention
    noun: a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

    Convention holds that politics stops at the water's edge
  9. credulous
    • adj: tending to believe too readily; gullible
    • noun form: credulity

    The law will afford relief even to the simple and credulous who have been duped by art and falsehood.
  10. cynicism
    • noun: an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
    • adj form: cynical

    Such people need to rethink their cynicism because it distorts their thinking.
  11. decorum
    • noun: polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
    • adj form: decorus

    How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside you.
  12. derision
    • noun: scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
    • adj form: derisive
    • verb form: deride

    The comment met with immediate derision across the internet.
  13. desiccate
    verb: to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  14. dilettante
    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.
  15. disparage
    verb: to slight or belittle

    Don't disparage anecdotal evidence or pretend that there is no emotion in medical research.
  16. divulge
    verb: to disclose something secret

    Its consultants almost never even divulge their clients' identities.
  17. fawn
    verb: to flatter or praise excessively

    Western culture seems to fawn over attention-seeking extroverts while introverts are overlooked.
  18. flout
    verb: to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention

    A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humor.
  19. garrulous
    adj: pointlessly talkative; talking too much
  20. glib
    adj: marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

    Many senior administrators are smooth and glib, in the manner of politicians.
  21. hubris
    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.
  22. imminent
    adj: about to happen; impending

    When the Secret Service arrived, everyone knew the president’s arrival was imminent.
  23. immutable
    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.
  24. impetuous
    adj: hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

    His impetuous behavior landed him in prison.
  25. indifferent
    adj: having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice

  26. inimical
    adj: damaging; harmful; injurious

    The dog and cat are inimical to each other.
  27. intractable
    adj: not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

    It was a brilliant simplification of an intractable problem.
  28. intrepid
    adj: steadfast and courageous

    The intrepid kitten walked slowly in front of the two big dogs.
  29. laconic
    adj: using few words; terse

    a laconic reply
  30. maverick
    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.
  31. mercurial
    adj: characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

    While she can be mercurial, he is grounding
  32. mollify
    verb: to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

    If nothing else, it may mollify their concerns for awhile.
  33. neophyte
    noun: a recent convert; a beginner; novice

    Pitching a tent can be frustrating for seasoned and neophyte campers alike.
  34. obfuscate
    verb: to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

    The purpose of writing is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
  35. obstinate
    adj: hard-headed; uncomprimising

    Employees grow more obstinate when put back to work under a court decree.
  36. ostentatious
    adj: characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy

    The city lacks ostentatious palaces, temples, or monuments.
  37. pervade
    • verb: to permeate throughout
    • adj form: pervasive

    In fact, steer clear of the negativity that can pervade academia.
  38. phlegmatic
    adj: calm; sluggish; unemotional

    We are said to be the most phlegmatic and unemotional of peoples.
  39. plethora
    noun: an overabundance; a surplus

    But the plethora of commercial interruptions is often hard to take.
  40. pragmatic
    adj: practical rather than idealistic

    The book's mind-over-matter approach is pragmatic and well-explained.
  41. presumptuous
    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.
  42. pristine
    adj: pure; uncorrupted; clean

    Cooled further and cut, pristine glass is very strong.
  43. probity
    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.
  44. proclivity
    noun: a natural predisposition or inclination

    I'm pretty sure dogs are born with a proclivity to enjoy riding in the car.
  45. profligate
    • adj: excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
    • noun form: profligacy

    The curse of broadcast technologies is that they are profligate users of limited resources.
  46. propensity
    noun: a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

    But odder still is the coyote's propensity for breeding with wolves.
  47. prosaic
    adj: dull; lack in spirit or imagination

    Whether the prosaic chancellor shares these ambitions is unclear.
  48. pungent
    adj: characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste

    Swarms of flies rose from pungent clots of slick, stagnant water.
  49. quixotic
    adj: foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

    She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
  50. quotidian
    adj: occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

    Their cabinets are quotidian, their surroundings absolutely ordinary.
  51. rarefy
    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.
  52. recondite
    adj: hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

    Well, anyone who has ever pored over a scientific research paper will recall its recondite jargon.
  53. refulgent
    adj: radiant; shiny; brilliant

    Color, refulgent and ecstatic, turns out to trump sculptural form.
  54. renege
    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.
  55. sedulous
    adj: diligent; persistent; hard-working

    The success of this very useful scheme was due chiefly to his sedulous interest and help.
  56. shard
    noun: a piece of broken pottery or glass

    Not one more shard of ice need melt to make this a reality.
  57. soporific
    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.
  58. sparse
    adj: thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

    The vegetation is sparse, and cattle and people dominate.
  59. spendthrift
    noun: one who spends money wastefully

    His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
  60. subtle
    adj: not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

    In fact, our own lives sometimes depend on recognizing the subtle differences.
  61. tacit
    adj: implied; not explicitly stated

    All effective writers and speakers have learned the convention of tacit knowledge.
  62. terse
    adj: brief and concise in wording

    The film's style is so economical it seems almost terse.
  63. tout
    verb: to publicly praise or promote

    Each year, selective colleges tout their application totals, along with the virtues of their applicants.
  64. trenchant
    adj: sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

    Marvin’s trenchant wit made him a popular speaker at conservative fundraisers.
  65. unfeigned
    adj: genuine; not false or hypocritical

    It is with unfeigned regret the colonel commanding bids you all an affectionate farewell.
  66. untenable
    adj: indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

    The falls might have saved the forests by making logging there untenable.
  67. vacillate
    verb: to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

    Those who vacillate or sulk, will miss a window of opportunity.
  68. variegated
    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.
  69. vexation
    • noun: annoyance; irritation
    • verb form: vex

    Mere annoyance, vexation, or inconvenience could not support an award of damages.
  70. vigilant
    • adj: alertly watchful
    • noun form: vigilance

    We need to be more vigilant concerning our environment
  71. vituperate
    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
  72. volatile
    • adj: readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive
    • noun form: volatility

    These plants are a type of mint and produce a host of volatile oils and other chemicals.
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GRE Vocabulary IV (Princeton Review)
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