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GRE Vocab
2011-09-10 01:27:56
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103 Very hard GRE vocab words.
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  1. canon
    a law or code of laws
  2. sanguinary
    accompanied by or eager for bloodshed, bloody
  3. canvass
    to examine carefully, or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize
  4. conciliate
    to overcome distrust or animosity; to appease
  5. collate
    to compare carefully, to find points of disagreement; to arrange or assemble in a careful order
  6. espouse
    to marry or to take in marriage' to give one's loyalty to (especially to a cause or principle)
  7. itinerate
    to travel from one place to another
  8. qualm
    a fit of nausea, sickness or faintness
  9. sere
    withered and dry
  10. adumbrate
    to give a sketchy outline of or foreshadow
  11. desideratum
    something considered necessary or highly desirable
  12. exculpate
    to relieve of blame
  13. exscind
    to cut out
  14. finical
  15. fledge
    to take care of a young bird until it can fly; to cover with feathers
  16. obeisance
    a gesture or movement that expresses homage or deference
  17. pecuniary
    of or relating to money
  18. ramify
    to divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions
  19. tendentious
    marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
  20. winsome
  21. abjure
    to renounce or repudiate under oath
  22. abrogate
    to abolish or repeal through authority
  23. arrogate
    to take or claim something for oneself without justification or authority
  24. asperity
    harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony
  25. amortize
    to liquidate a debt by installment payments into a sinking fund (liquid fund)
  26. animadversion
    the utterance of criticusm or censure
  27. cant
    insincere speech full or platitudes or pious expressions; singsongy speech
  28. cavil
    to raise trivial objections or find fault unnecessarily
  29. cipher
    someone or something having no value; a non-entity. from arabid sifr 'zero'
  30. descry
    to catch sight of; to detect through careful observation
  31. diffidence
  32. educe
    to draw out, to deduce
  33. eponym
    a person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something
  34. equable
    steady or unvarying
  35. expatiate
    to wander freely or to write or talk at length
  36. fascicle
    a small bundle; one section of a book published in many parts
  37. immolate
    to kill as a sacrifice, especially by burning
  38. importunate
    urgent in character
  39. impute
    to attribute or credit; to charge with responsibility or fault
  40. obtest
    to supplicate or entreat
  41. obvert
    to turn so as to present another side to, to alter the appearance of
  42. panegyric
    a formal, public eulogy; elaborate praise
  43. plenary
    complete in all respects; fully attended by all qualified members
  44. precatory
    relating to or expressing entreaty or supplication
  45. restive
    resisting control
  46. sententious
    pithy; abounding in or given to pompous moralizing
  47. subreption
    a calculated misrepresentation through concealment of the facts
  48. subrogate
    to substitute (one person) for another
  49. tyro
    a beginner in learning anything; a novice. from L. for a young soldier or a recruit
  50. venal
    mercenary or corrupt; open to bribery
  51. venial
    easily excused or forgiven; pardonable
  52. vitiate
    to reduce the value, validity or purity of; to debase
  53. welter
    to move or sit as if in or on water; a confused mass or jumble
  54. arrant
    completely or thoroughly
  55. asseverate
    to declare seriously or positively; to affirm
  56. atrabilious
    inclined to melancholy; peevish or surly
  57. bosky
    having many bushes, shrubs or trees. from ME 'bosk' variant of 'bush'
  58. brumal
    of or relating to winter
  59. captious
    disposed to find and point out trivial faults
  60. condign
    appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing; fitting and deserved
  61. contemn
    to scorn or despise
  62. cynosure
    an object that serves as the focal point of attention or admiration. from Gk 'the tail of the dog' or the location of Polaris in Ursa Minor
  63. daedal
    intricate in design or function. from the same Gk word that gave Daedalus his name.
  64. deracinate
    to pull up by the roots, to displace from a native location
  65. descant
    a discussion on a theme
  66. desuetude
    a state of disuse or inactivity
  67. edacious
    characterized by voracity
  68. effluvium
    a usually invisible emanation or exhalation; waste
  69. eremite
    a recluse or hermit (esp. a religious recluse)
  70. fatidic
    of or relating to fate; prophetic
  71. fugacious
    fleeting or tending to disappear
  72. fulsome
    offensively flattering or insincere; offensive to one's sensibilities
  73. homeletics
    the art of preaching or writing sermons
  74. lucubrate
    to write in a scholarly fashion
  75. luculent
    easily understood; clear or lucid
  76. macerate
    to make to become soft by steeping in a liquid; to emaciate
  77. meretricious
    attracting attention in a vulgar manner; plausible but false or insincere; of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution
  78. mien
    the external appearance or manner of a person
  79. minatory
    threatening or menacing
  80. morganatic
    pertaining to a marriage between a person of noble birth and a partner of lower rank. 'morganatic' because the 'morning gift' (matrimonium ad morganaticam) was the wife's sole entitlement in a marriage of this kind
  81. noisome
    bad smelling
  82. nostrum
    a medicine whose effectiveness is unproved; a quack remedy
  83. nugatory
    of little or no importance; triffling
  84. obloquy
    abusive language; calumny
  85. paratactic
    juxtaposed side-by-side, as the clauses in 'Tell me, how are you?'
  86. peripeteia
    a sudden change of events or reversal of circumstances
  87. persiflage
    light, good-natured banter or talk
  88. picaresque
    of or involving clever rogues
  89. puerperal
    related to, connected with or occuring during childbirth. 'Puerperal fever'
  90. pusillanimous
    lacking courage; cowardly
  91. quean
    a disreputable young woman; a prostitute
  92. quiddity
    the real nature of a thing; its essence. qv. Hamlet's graveside speech: "Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures"
  93. recrudesce
    to break out anew or come into renewed activity
  94. repine
    to be disconnected or in low spirits; to complain, fret or yearn for
  95. repugn
    to oppose or contend against
  96. sequacious
    persisting in a continuous intellectual or stylistic direction; disposed to follow others
  97. stentorian
    extremely loud
  98. stochastic
    1. of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural;

    2. randomly determined; having a random probability distribution that may be analysed statistically but which may not be predicted precisely
  99. stygian
    gloomy, dark or hellish; infernal. The stygian mode.
  100. suzerain
    a nation that controls another but allows it domestic sovereignty
  101. uxorious
    excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife
  102. virago
    a wmoan regarded as noisy, scolding or domineering; a large, strong, courageous woman. The Robert Crumb paragon.
  103. yaw
    to swerve off course temporarily
  104. exiguous
    very small in size or amount
  105. truculent
    eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
  106. flagitious
    (of a person or their actions) criminal; villainous.
  107. pertinacious
    holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action
  108. otiose
    serving no practical purpose or result