1. belie
    • d: contradict, shown to be false; misrepresent
    • p: bih-lahy

    s: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
  2. bombast
    • d: pretentious; overly-dramatic
    • p: bom-bast

    s: <the other world leaders at the international conference had little interest in being subjected to the president's bombast>
  3. heretical
    • d: "believer" who has religious opinions contrary to those accepted by the church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church
    • p: huh-ret-i-kuh l

    s: <the belief that women should be allowed to have careers outside the home was once considered heretical>
  4. membrane
    • d: thin pliable sheet or layer that lines organs or connects parts
    • p: mem-breyn

  5. assuage
    • d: mitigate; appease
    • p: uh-sweyj

    s: <a mother cooing to her toddler and assuaging his fear of the dark>
  6. bolster
    • d: to support; to add to, support or uphold
    • p: bohl-ster

    s: But acknowledging this does nothing to bolster the robustness of our existing research on vaccines and autism.
  7. cacophony
    • d: harsh; discordance
    • p: kuh-kof-uh-nee

    s: The silence that ensued was almost as deafening as the cacophony that had preceded it.
  8. buttress
    • d: a prop or support; to give encouragement or support
    • p: buh-tris

    s: Fox has been hoping the faith-based community might buttress the usual fantasy-film demographic of kids and idle teens.
  9. calibrate
    • d: to check the graduation of a measuring instrument
    • p: kal-uh-breyt

    s: Early penguin fossils, plus mitochondrial genomes, calibrate avian evolution.
  10. inundate
    • d: to flood; overwhelm
    • p: in-uhn-deyt

    s: They can inundate coastal communities with violent flooding.
  11. warranted
    • d: authorization, sanction, or justification
    • p: wawr-uh nt

    s: Some civil engineers are sceptical about whether such instrumentation is warranted.
  12. divest
    • d: to strip or deprive
    • p: dih-vest

    s: If tenured faculty were serious about being real unionists, they would divest themselves of all managerial powers.
  13. ingenuity
    • d: quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful
    • p: in-juh-noo-i-tee

    s: Food wasn't scarce, though it took some ingenuity and the occasional suspension of the laws of science.
  14. penchant
    • d: strong inclination for something
    • p: pen-chuh nt
    • s: He also came from a downwardly mobile family and had a penchant for progressive political causes.
  15. penury
    • d: extreme poverty; insufficiency/scarcity
    • p: pen-yuh-ree

    s: But this air of possibility amidst penury is in peril.
  16. specious
    • d: apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing
    • p: spee-shuh s

    s: The idea that shooting some wolves will automatically bolster prey population is specious.
  17. glib
    • d: readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially or insincerely
    • p: glib

    s: It's amazing to me, at how glib and dismissive many treat this perhaps all-important topic.
  18. approbation
    • d: approval
    • p: ap-ruh-bey-shuh n

    s: Receiving a fellowship reflects the honor and approbation of one's professional peers.
  19. burgeon
    • d: to grow or develop quickly
    • p: bur-juh n

    s: Private colleges burgeon as public universities languish from lack of resources.
  20. consternation
    • d: sudden alarming amazement or dread that results in confusion
    • p: kon-ster-ney-shuh n

    s: He added there is consternation across the country on the size of boards.
  21. sanction
    • d: authoritative permission or approval
    • p: sangk-shuh n

    s: It will be used only for the purposes of collecting debt under the license sanction law.
  22. enervate
    • d: to weaken, destroy vigor or strength
    • p: en-er-veyt

    s: The nerves finally terminate in the wing cell layer from where they enervate the epithelium.
  23. rescind
    • d: to abrogate; annul; invalidate
    • p: ri-sind

    s: Rescind his memberships, excise his work from journals, reward the student whistleblowers.
  24. perfunctory
    • d: performed merely as a routine duty; lacking interest or enthusiasm
    • p: per-fungk-tuh-ree

    s:  In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.
  25. ephemeral
    • d: lasting a very short time
    • p: ih-fem-er-uh l

    s: Capturing those ephemeral images has been a challenge to generations of artists.
  26. homogenous
    • d: essentially alike
    • p: huh-moj-uh-nuh s

    s: Not only was the signature of corn dominant, it was remarkably homogenous across the country in different restaurants, she added.
  27. articulate
    • d: uttered clearly in distinct syllables; capable of speech
    • p: ahr-tik-yuh-lit

    s: Instead of banning words, radio bosses would do better to hire more engaging and articulate presenters.
  28. convoluted
    • d: twisted, coiled
    • p: kon-vuh-loo-tid

    s: a convoluted way ofdescribing a simple device.
  29. goad
    • d: something that encourages (stimulus); prod incite
    • p: gohd

    s: They can goad us into tactical errors and strategic blunders.
  30. plethora
    • d: overabundance; excess
    • p: pleth-er-uh

    s: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
  31. implicit
    • d: implied
    • p: im-plis-it

    s: No one has yet answered in implicit question in the end of my column.
  32. aver
    • d: to asset or affirm with confidence
    • p: uh-vur

    s: In these disagreements, participants aver they are for the good of the entire group.
  33. banal
    • d: lacking originality; cliche
    • p: buh-nal

    s:  a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
  34. commensurate
    • d: having the same measure; proportionate
    • p: kuh-men-ser-it

    s:  Authority and power are here commensurate with the duty imposed.
  35. iconoclastic
    • d: attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions as being based on error, superstition or lack of creativity; 
    • breaking or destroying images
    • p: ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik

    s: They see this not as iconoclastic irreverence, but disrespectful spite.
  36. imperturbable
    • d: incapable of being upset or agitated
    • p: im-per-tur-buh-buh l

    s: Once again, the imperturbable transport secretary gave a smooth performance.
  37. innocuous
    • d: harmless
    • p:  ih-nok-yoo-uh s

    s: Patrons, according to this life-size diorama, entered through an innocuous-looking tea shop.
  38. tacit
    • d: understood without being openly expressed; implied
    • p: tas-it

    s: These raids are sometimes conducted with the tacit approval of the police.
  39. preempt
    • d: to qacquire before someone else; to act first in order to forestall or prevent
    • p: pree-empt

    s: There are attempts to preempt criticism that some footage may be staged.
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The Princton Review's Hit Parade GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards Set 5