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GRE Vocab
2010-12-23 14:45:19
GRE vocab vocabulary

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  1. abscond
    v. to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
  2. aberrant
    adj. deviating from the norm (n. abberation)
  3. alacrity
    n. eager and enthusiastic willingness
  4. anomaly
    n. deviation from the normal order form, or rule; abnormality (adj. anomalous)
  5. approbation
    n. an expression of approval or praise
  6. arduous
    adj. strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
  7. assuage
    v. to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
  8. audacious
    adj. daring and fearless; recklessly bold (n. audacity)
  9. austere
    adj. without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (n. austerity)
  10. axiomatic
    adj. taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (n. axiom)
  11. canonical
    adj. following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (n. canon)
  12. capricious
    adj. inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erractic, unpredictiable
  13. censure
    v. to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
  14. chicanery
    n. trickery or subterfuge
  15. connoisseur
    n. an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
  16. convoluted
    adj. complex or complicated
  17. disabuse
    v. to undeceive; to set right
  18. discordant
    adj. conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
  19. disparate
    adj. fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
  20. effrontery
    n. extreme boldness; presumptuousness
  21. eloquent
    adj. well-spoken, expressive, articulate (n. eloquence)
  22. enervate
    v. to weaken; to reduce in vitality
  23. ennui
    n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
  24. equivocate
    v. to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj. equivocal)
  25. erudite
    adj. very learned; scholarly (n.erudition)
  26. exculpate
    v. exonerate; to clear of blame
  27. exigent
    adj. urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
  28. extemporaneous
    adj. improvised; done without preparation
  29. filibuster
    n. intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
  30. fulminate
    v. to loudly attack or denounce
  31. ingenuous
    adj. artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
  32. inured
    adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable
  33. irascible
    adj. easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
  34. laud
    v. to praise highly (adj. laudatory)
  35. lucid
    adj. clear; easily understood
  36. magnanimity
    n. the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adj. magnanimous)
  37. martial
    adj. assocaited with war and the armed forces
  38. mundane
    adj. of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
  39. nascent
    adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
  40. nebulous
    adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
  41. neologism
    n. a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
  42. noxious
    adj. harmful, injurious
  43. obtuse
    adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
  44. obviate
    v. to anticipate and make unnecessary
  45. onerous
    adj. troubling; burdensome
  46. paean
    n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
  47. parody
    n. a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
  48. perennial
    adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
  49. perfidy
    n. intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj. perfidious)
  50. perfunctory
    adj. cursory; done without care or interest
  51. perspicacious
    adj. acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (n. perspicacity)
  52. prattle
    v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
  53. precipitate
    adj. acting with excessive haste or impulse
  54. predilection
    n. a disposition in favor of something; preference
  55. prescience
    n. foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj. prescient)
  56. prevaricate
    v. to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
  57. qualms
    n. misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
  58. recant
    v. to retract, esp. a previously held belief
  59. refute
    v. to disprove; to successfully argue against
  60. relegate
    v. to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
  61. reticent
    adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
  62. solicitous
    adj. concerned and attentive; eager
  63. sordid
    adj. characterized by filth, grim or squalor; foul
  64. sporadic
    adj. occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
  65. squander
    v. to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
  66. static
    adj. not moving, active or in motion; at rest
  67. stupefy
    v. to stun, baffle, or amaze
  68. stymie
    v. to block; thwart
  69. synthesis
    n. the combination of parts to make a whole (v. synthesize)
  70. torque
    n. a force that causes rotation
  71. totuous
    adj. winding, twisting, excessively complicated
  72. truculent
    adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
  73. veracity
    n. truthfulness, honesty
  74. virulent
    adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
  75. voracious
    adj. having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuitl ravenous
  76. waver
    v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
  77. abate
    v. to lessen in intensity or degree
  78. accolate
    n. an expression of praise
  79. adulation
    n. excessive praise; intense adoration
  80. aesthetic
    adj. dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  81. ameliorate
    v. to make better or more tolerable
  82. ascetic
    n. one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religion devotion
  83. avarice
    n. greed esp. for wealth (adj. avaricious)
  84. axiom
    n. a universally recognized principle (adj. axiomatic)
  85. burgeon
    v. to grow rapidly or flourish
  86. bucolic
    adj. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  87. cacophony
    n. harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adj. cacophonous)
  88. canon
    n. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (adj. canonical)
  89. castigation
    n. severe criticism or punishment (v. castigate)
  90. catalyst
    n. a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  91. caustic
    adj. burning or stinging; cusing corrosion
  92. chary
    adj. wary; cautios; sparing
  93. cogent
    adj. appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  94. complaisance
    n. the willingness to comply with the wishes of others (adj. complaisant)
  95. contentious
    adj. argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  96. contrite
    adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (n. contrition)
  97. culpable
    adj. deserving blame (n. culpability)
  98. dearth
    n. smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
  99. demur
    v. to question or oppose
  100. didactic
    adj. intended to teach or instruct
  101. discretion
    n. caustious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj. discreet)
  102. disinterested
    adj. free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  103. dogmatic
    adj. expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles (n. dogma)
  104. ebullience
    n. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj. ebullient)
  105. eclectic
    adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources
  106. elegy
    n. a mournful poem esp. one lamenting the dead (adj. elegiac)
  107. emollient
    adj./n. soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
  108. empirical
    adj. based on observation or experiment
  109. enigmatic
    adj. mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (n. enigma)
  110. ephemeral
    adj. brief; fleeing
  111. esoteric
    adj. intended for or understtod by a small, specific group
  112. eulogy
    n. a speech honoring the dead (v. eulogize)
  113. exonerate
    v. to remove blame
  114. facetious
    adj. playful; humorous
  115. fallacy
    n. an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (adj. fallacious)
  116. furtive
    adj. marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  117. gregarious
    adj. sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  118. harangue
    v./n. to deliver a pompous speech or tiradel; a long, pompous speech
  119. heretical
    adj. violating accepted dogma or convention (n. heresy)
  120. hyperbole
    n. an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech (adj. hyperbolic)
  121. impecunious
    adj. lacking funds; without money
  122. incipient
    adj. beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  123. inert
    adj. unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  124. innocuous
    adj. harmless; casuing no damage
  125. intransigent
    adj. regusing to compromise (n. intransigence)
  126. inveigle
    v. to obtain by deception or flattery
  127. morose
    adj. sad; sullen; melancholy
  128. odious
    adj. evoking intense aversion or dislike
  129. opaque
    adj. impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  130. oscillation
    n. the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterupted rhythm (v. oscillate)
  131. penurious
    adj. penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  132. pernicious
    adj. extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  133. peruse
    v. to examine with greate care (n. perusal)
  134. pious
    adj. extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion (n. piety)
  135. precursor
    n. one that precedes and indicated or announces another
  136. preen
    v. to dress up; to primp; to grrom oneslef with elaborate care
  137. prodigious
    adj. abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary
  138. prolific
    adj. producing larger volumes or amounts; productive
  139. putrefy
    v. to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (adj. putrid)
  140. quaff
    v. to drink deeply
  141. quiescence
    n. stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest (adj. quiescent)
  142. redoubtable
    adj. awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  143. sanction
    n./v. authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  144. satire
    n. a literary work that redicules or criticizes a human vice through humor and derision (adj. satirical)
  145. squalid
    adj. sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (adj. squalor)
  146. stoic
    adj. indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (n. stoicism)
  147. supplant
    v. to take the place of; supersede
  148. torpid
    adj. lethargic; sluggish; dormant (n. torpor)
  149. ubiquitous
    adj. existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encoutered; wide-spread
  150. urbane
    adj. sophisticated; refined; elegant (n. urbanity)
  151. vilify
    v. to defame; to characterize harshly
  152. viscous
    adj. thick; sticky (n. viscosity)
  153. acumen
    n. keen; accurate judgement or insight
  154. adulterate
    v. to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
  155. amalgamate
    v. to combine several elements into a whole (n. amalgamation)
  156. archaic
    adj. outdated; assocated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
  157. aver
    v. to state as a fact; to declare or assert
  158. bolster
    v. to provide support or reinforcement
  159. bombastic
    adj. pompous; grandiloquent (n. bombast)
  160. diatribe
    n. a harsh denunciation
  161. dissemble
    v. to disguise or coneal; to mislead
  162. eccentric
    adj. departing from norms or conventions
  163. endemic
    adj. characteristic of or foten found in a particular locality, region or people
  164. evanescent
    adj. tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
  165. exacerbate
    v. to make worse or more severe
  166. fervent
    adj. greatly emotional or zealous (n. fervor)
  167. fortuitous
    adj. happening by accident or chance
  168. germane
    adj. relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
  169. grandiloquence
    n. pompous speech or expression (adj. grandiloquent)
  170. hackneyed
    adj. rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
  171. halcyon
    adj. calm and peaceful
  172. hedonism
    n. devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
  173. hegemony
    n. the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
  174. iconoclast
    n. one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
  175. idolatrous
    adj. given to intense or excessive devotion to something (n. idolatry)
  176. impassive
    adj. revealing no emotion
  177. imperturbable
    adh. marked bt extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
  178. implacable
    adj. not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
  179. impunity
    n. immunity from punishment or penalty
  180. inchoate
    adj. in an initial stagel not fully formed
  181. infelicitous
    adj. unfortunatel inappropriate
  182. insipid
    adj. without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
  183. loquacious
    adj. extremely talkative (n. loquacity)
  184. luminous
    adj. characterized by brightness and the emission of light
  185. malevolent
    adj. having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred (n. malevolence)
  186. malleable
    adj. capable of ebing shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
  187. mendacity
    n. the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty (adj. mendacious)
  188. meticulous
    adj. characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
  189. misanthrope
    n. one who hates all other humans (adj. misanthropic)
  190. mitigate
    v. to make or beocome less server or intense; to moderate
  191. obdurate
    adj. unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
  192. obsequious
    adj. exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
  193. occlude
    v. to obstruct or block
  194. opprobium
    n. disgrace; contempt; scorn
  195. pedagogy
    n. the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
  196. pedantic
    adj. overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
  197. penury
    n. poverty; destitution
  198. pervasive
    adj. having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
  199. pine
    v. to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
  200. pirate
    v. to illegally use or reproduce
  201. pith
    n. the essential or central part
  202. pithy
    adj. precise and brief
  203. placate
    v. to appease; to calm by making concessions
  204. platitude
    n. a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
  205. plummet
    v. to plunge or drop straight down
  206. polemical
    adj. controversial; argumentative
  207. prodiagl
    adj. recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
  208. profuse
    adj. given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
  209. proliferate
    v. to grow or incraese swiftly and abundantly
  210. queries
    n. questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
  211. querulous
    adj. prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
  212. rancorous
    adj. characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment (n. rancor)
  213. recalcitrant
    adj. obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
  214. repudiate
    v. to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
  215. rescind
    v. to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
  216. reverent
    adj. marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect (n. reverence)
  217. rhetoric
    n. the art of study of effective use of language for communication and persuassion
  218. salubrious
    adj. promoting health or well-being
  219. solvent
    adj. able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
  220. specious
    adj. seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleading attractive; plausible but false
  221. spurious
    adj. lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
  222. subpoena
    n. a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
  223. succinct
    adj. brief; concise
  224. superfluous
    adj. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
  225. surfeit
    n./v. an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
  226. tenacity
    n. the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination (adj. tenacious)
  227. tenuous
    adj. having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
  228. tirade
    n. a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
  229. transient
    adj. fleeting; passing quickly; brief
  230. zealous
    adj. fervent; ardent; impassioned; devoted to a cause (n. zealot)
  231. acerbic
    adj. having a sour or bitter taste or chacter, sharp, biting
  232. aggrandize
    v. to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige