Combined Daily Vocab Week 3
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Combined Daily Vocab Week 3
GRE,Daily,06/15/14 - 06/21/14
Combined Daily Vocab Week 3
: keen, accurate judgement or insight
John’s business acumen, along with his computer skills, made him an asset to the software company.
: to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
If you want to adulterate your alcoholic drink, you should add some water to it.
: to combine several elements into a whole
Sometimes he would amalgamate the contents of a couple of baskets.
: outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time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.
: to state as a fact; to declare or assert
Many scientists aver to the contrary but science is not decided by consensus.
: 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.
: pompous; grandiloquent
You are correct that my analogy was a little too bombastic.
: a harsh denunciation
This diatribe is so unrelentingly negative that it loses all power to persuade.
: 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.
: departing from norms or conventions
It would be easy to dismiss him as a lovable, eccentric old hippie.
: characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
there are no endemic native rodent species there.
: tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
Elusive and evanescent, the rainbow has generated wonder and speculation.
: to make worse or more severe
Worse, the hurricane could well exacerbate the tensions that lurk in the city.
: greatly emotional or zealous
These moments can cause irrational acts or imprint fervent memories on a wanton brain.
: happening by accident or chance
It was an extremely fortuitous find, because the odds of mummification are slim, researchers noted.
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.
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
v.to calm or reduce anger by making concessions
"The professor tried to placate his students by postponing the exam."
: relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
So an amendment to an amendment must be germane to the latter.
: pompous speech or expression
Voters are not really expected to pay attention to the grandiloquence.
: rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
There was a lot of truth in this reply, however hackneyed.
: calm and peaceful
Despite the years since their halcyon youth, they made brave efforts to dance.
: devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
(a hedonist is someone who pursues pleasure)
He's not the only college student willing to trade hedonism for altruism on spring break.
: the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
It wasn't easy being a jazz fan at the height of rock's hegemony in pop music.
: one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
The successful entrepreneur is an iconoclast who is not afraid to introduce something new to the market.
: given to intense or excessive devotion to something
Pele in idolatrous times was the dreaded goddess of Kilauea.
: revealing no emotion
He searched Death's impassive features.
: marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
Some people are incurable contrarians or imperturbable logicians.
: not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
The little boy was implacable when his parents left him alone with the babysitter.
: immunity from punishment or penalty
In exchange for her testimony, the accomplice received impunity from prosecution.
: in an initial stage; not fully formed
Because our company just recently opened its doors, we are inchoate and are not offering all of our services yet.
: unfortunate; inappropriate
The question for this debate is at best infelicitous and at worse misleading.
: without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
the soup was rather insipid
adj.related to being shaped or molded; capable of being molded. (n
: plasticity n: plastic)
An example of something plastic is Play-Doh modeling compound.
there's usually a plastic cordiality at these corporate events
n.excessively large quantity; overabundance
"We received a plethora of applications for the position."
adj.heavy; massive; awkward; dull
"A ponderous book is better than a sleeping pill."
: extremely talkative
After drinking four beers, my normally quiet wife becomes quite loquacious.
: characterized by brightness and the emission of light
In the hands of the hero, the magic sword glowed in a luminous manner.
: having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
How malevolent of you to wish that I was dead!
: capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
Unfortunately, most teenagers are malleable and give in to peer pressure rather easily.
: the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
You can always tell a con man by his mendacity and desire to trick you out of your money.
: characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
This accounting job requires a meticulous person.
: one who hates all other humans
The old man was a misanthrope who surrounded his entire yard with barbed wire to keep his neighbors at bay.
: to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
The doctor gave me a prescription to mitigate the pain.
: unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
With his obdurate personality and intense dislike for people, Jonathan had all the makings of a professional killer.
: exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
The princess had obsequious servants who showered her with attention.
: to obstruct or block
The police officers have blocked off the road to occlude the bomb from the public.
: disgrace; contempt; scorn
The celebrity chef earned opprobrium when she made a racial slur in front of the media.
: the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
The school boasts the most progressive pedagogy and a 100% graduation rate.
: overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
Sometimes, Jason is so pedantic in writing the perfect paper that he forgets to properly manage his time.
: poverty; destitution
Many people in third world countries live in penury and misery.
adj.concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional
"His pragmatic approach often offended idealists."
n.cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; a dangerous place from which one is likely to fall; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
He stood on the edge of the precipice.
v., n.to fall; to fall downward suddenly and dramatically; to bring about or hasten the occurrence of something
"Old World diseases precipitated a massive decline in the American Indian population."
: having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
So the concept of brand loyalty is very pervasive out there.
: to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
Some of us pine for that car that folds up into a suitcase.
: to illegally use or reproduce
None of those practices have eliminated underground pirate networks on many campuses.
: the essential or central part
Remove as much of the white membrane or pith as possible.
: precise and brief
Here's a particularly pithy commentary about printers.
: to appease; to calm by making concessions
There was no case, it was just a show to placate those who were mad.
: a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
These were platitudes dressed up as epiphanies to suit the populist mood.
: to plunge or drop straight down
Overfishing has caused fish populations and catches to plummet.
: controversial; argumentative
To have an impact, a polemical argument must be precise and persuasive.
: recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
They left others to gather up the flowers which they scattered with a prodigal hand.
: given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
Although it's not a profuse display, half the meteors leave glowing trails.
: to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
As companies work their way down the income pyramid, the problems proliferate.
: questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
Search engines also engage in predictive text to figure out what queries users might type in.
: prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
Adrift in a clueless no-man's-land, I felt my moods range from querulous to despondent.
: obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
It is an astonishingly rancorous and controversial debate, with far-reaching implications.
n.something (or someone) that precedes another
"The assasination of the Archduke was a precursor to the war."
v.to stray away from or evade the truth
"When we asked him what his intentions were, he prevaricated."(n
: prevarication; prevaricator)
"Americans' prodigal devotion to the automobile is unique."
: to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown
Before me now is plaintiff's motion to repudiate the settlement agreement.
: to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
However, years later, your country decided to rescind this law so that dual citizenship became possible.
: marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
The proposed inscriptions for the monument must be reverent, tasteful, and pay respectful tribute to the deceased.
: the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
He has all the proper sentiments, and his rhetoric and rimes are easy work for him.
: promoting health or well-being
The environment was more salubrious, with nutritious food available from their crops and cows.
: able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
The idea that keeping a particular individual's firm solvent should be in the national interest may sound odd.
: seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
His arguments and specious comparisons are bogus and not worth seriously entertaining, in my humble opinion.
: lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
The quote may be spurious, but it contains a grain of truth.
: a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
He used his subpoena power to put people on the stand for day after day.
The inscription that inspired me was succinct and to the point.
: exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
In a climate where clothes are superfluous, this is how you dress up for special occasions.
: an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
Instead, the technology-driven surfeit of modern information has made the need for clarity and concision more acute.
: the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
Jake’s tenacity allowed him to excel in college while working two jobs.
: having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
Because the evidence against her is tenuous, the accused murderer will be released from jail on bail.
: a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
Because Carrie is normally a laidback person, she shocked everyone with her tirade.
: fleeting; passing quickly; brief
The snow is transient and will melt as soon as the sun appears.
: fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
(a zealot is a zealous person)
The zealous detective searched for the killer for over twenty years.
v.to conciliate; to appease
"They made sacrifices to propitiate angry gods."
A person who is very beautiful would be described as pulchritudinous.
adj.cowardly, timid, or irreselute; petty
"The pusillanimous leader soon lost the respect of his people."