GRE Vocabulary

  1. Abate
    to lesson in intensity or degree
  2. accolade
    an expression of praise
  3. aesthetic
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  4. ameliorate v
    to make better or more tolerable
  5. ascetic n
    one who practices rigid self denial esp as an act of religious devotion
  6. burgeon v
    to grow rapidly, flourish
  7. bucolic a
    rustic and pastoral, characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  8. castigation n
    severe criticism or punishment
  9. caustic adj
    burning stinging
  10. chary adj
    wary, cautious, sparing
  11. complaisance n
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  12. contentious adj
  13. contrite adj
    regretful, penitent, seeking forgiveness
  14. dearth n
    smallness of quantity
  15. demur v
    to question or oppose
  16. didactic adj
    intended to teach or instruct
  17. discretion n
    cautious reserve in speech, ability to make responsible decisions
  18. disinterested adj
    free of bias or self interest, impartial
  19. dogmatic adj
    expressing rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
  20. ebullience n
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  21. eclectic adj
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  22. elegy n
    a mournful poem, esp one lamenting the dead
  23. ephemeral adj
    brief, fleeting
  24. facetious adj
    playful, humorous
  25. fallacy n
    an invalid or incorrect notion
  26. furtive adj
    marked by stealth, covert
  27. harangue v
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
  28. heretical adj
    violating accepted dogma or convention
  29. hyperbole n
    an exaggerated statement often used as a figure of speech
  30. impecunious adj
    lackin funds, without money
  31. incipient adj
    beginning to come into being or to become more apparent
  32. intransigent adj
    refusing to compromise
  33. inveigle v
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  34. morose adj
    sad, sullen, melancholy
  35. odious adj
    evoking intense aversion
  36. penurious adj
    penny pinching, excessively thrifty
  37. pernicious adj
    extremely harmful, potentially causing death
  38. quaff v
    to drink deeply
  39. redoubtable adj
    awe inspiring, worthy of honor
  40. stoic adj
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain
  41. supplant v
    to take the place of, to supercede
  42. torpid adj
    lethargic, sluggish, dormant
  43. ubiquitous adj
    existing everywhere at the same time
  44. urbane adj
    sophisticated, refined, elegant
  45. acumen n
    keen, accurate judgement or insight
  46. amalgamate v
    to combine several elements into a whole
  47. aver v
    to state a fact, to declare or assert
  48. bombastic adj
  49. diatribe n
    a harsh denunciation
  50. dissemble n
    to disguise or conceal, to mislead
  51. endemic adj
    characteristic of a particular locality, region, or people
  52. evanescent adj
    tending to disappear like vapor
  53. fervent adj
    greatly emotional or zealous
  54. germane adj
    relevant to the subject at hand
  55. grandiloquence n
    pompous speech or expression
  56. hackneyed adj
    rendered trite or commonplace
  57. halcyon adj
    calm and peaceful
  58. hedonism n
    devoiton to pleasurable pursuits, esp to the please of the senses
  59. hegemony n
    the consistent dominance of one stare or ideology over the others
  60. iconoclast n
    one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
  61. impunity n
    immunity from punishment or penalty
  62. inchoate adj
    in an initial stage, not fully formed
  63. infelicitous adj
  64. insipid adj
    without taste or flavor, lacking in spirit
  65. loquacious adj
    extremely talkative
  66. mendacity adj
    the condition of being untruthful
  67. misanthrope n
    one who hates all other humans
  68. obdurate adj
  69. obsequious adj
    exhibiting a fawning attentiveness (butt kisser)
  70. occlude v
    to obstruct or block
  71. opprobrium n
    disgrace, contempt
  72. pedagogy n
    the profession of teaching
  73. pedantic adj
    overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education, show offish about one's knowledge
  74. penury n
  75. pith adj
    the essential or cental part
  76. pithy adj
    precise, brief
  77. polemical adj
    controversial, argumentative
  78. prodigal adj
    recklessly wasteful or extravagent
  79. rancorous adj
    characterized by bitter long-lasting resentment
  80. recalcitrant adj
    obstinately defiant of authority
  81. repudiate v
    to refuse to have anything to do with
  82. rescind v
    to invalidate, to repeal
  83. salubrious adj
    promoting health or well-being
  84. specious adj
    seeming true, but actually being fallacious, misleadingly attractive
  85. spurious adj
    lacking authenticity or validity
  86. surfeit adj
    over abundant supply, excess
  87. tenuous adj
    having little substance or strength, flimsy
  88. zealous adj
    fervent, ardent, impassioned, devoted to a cause
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