GRE Vocabulary III

  1. insensible
    • adj.numb; unconscious:
    • "Wayne was rendered insensible by a blow to the head."
    • unfeeling; insensitive:
    • "They were insensibile to the suffering of others.:
  2. insipid
    • adj.lacking zest or excitement; dull
    • A cup of bland soup from a cafeteria is an example of insipid.
    • The soup was rather insipid.
  3. insular
    • adj.of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive:
    • "Newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community."
  4. intransigent
    • adj.stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change:
    • "She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her."
    • (n: intransigence)
  5. irascible
    • adj.prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered
    • An example of irascible is a man who becomes extremely mad at even the slightest of mistakes.
    • an irascible old football coach
  6. laconic
    • adj.using few words; terse:
    • "a laconic reply."
  7. latent
    • adj.present or potential but not evident or active (n: latency)
    • An example of latent are fingerprints which cannot be seen.
    • he has a latent talent for acting that he hasn't had a chance to express yet
  8. laudable
    • adj.praiseworthy; commendable (v. laud)
    • An example of laudable is a person who donates to charity and wants to save the world.
    • you showed laudable restraint in dealing with that ridiculously demanding customer
  9. leviathan
    • n.giant whale, therefore, something very large
    • An example of a leviathan is a large aircraft carrier.
    • The factory is a towering leviathan in the middle of the town.
  10. loquacious
    • adj.talkative
    • An example of loquacious is someone who calls and talks for three minutes straight without pausing.
    • the loquacious host of a radio talk show
  11. lucid
    • adj.clear; translucent:
    • "He made a lucid argument to support his theory."
  12. lugubrious
    • adj.weighty, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an excessive degree:
    • "Jake's lugubrious monologues depressed his friends."
  13. magnanimity
    • n.generosity and nobility. (adj: magnanimous)
    • When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
    • Because she was kind and generous, the magnanimous queen was loved by all.
  14. malevolent
    • adj.malicious; evil; having or showing ill will:
    • "Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it."
  15. misanthrope
    • who hates people:
    • "He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself."
  16. misnomer
    • n.incorrect name or word for something
    • An example of misnomer is someone telling a child that an elephant is a lion.
    • “International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.
  17. misogynist
    • who hates women
    • A male chauvinist who thinks all women are stupid and manipulative is an example of a misogynist.
  18. mitigate
    • make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable:
    • "He was trying to mitigate the damage he had done."
    • (n: mitigation)
  19. nefarious
    • adj.wicked, evil:
    • "a nefarious plot."
  20. noisome
    • adj.harmful, offensive, destructive:
    • "The noisome odor of the dump carried for miles."
  21. obdurate
    • adj.hardened against influence or feeling; intractable.
    • An example of obdurate is a judge who sentences a man without feeling.
    • He is known for his obdurate determination.
  22. obviate
    • prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary:
    • An example of to obviate is to eliminate the need for a surgery with a new treatment.
    • The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
  23. occlude
    • close or shut off; to obstruct (n: occlusion)
    • An example of occlude is hiding a gift for someone behind your back.
    • An example of occlude is shutting a window to keep a bee outside.
    • a blood clot had occluded a major artery in his body
  24. opaque
    • adj.not transparent or transluscent; dense; difficult to comprehend, as inopaque reasoning
    • An example of opaque is the quality of a black sheet of paper.
    • An example of opaque is the study of astrophysics.
    • somehow listeners seem to connect with the songwriter, despite his deeply personal, often opaque lyrics
  25. ossified
    • adj.turned to bone; hardened like bone; Inflexible:
    • "The ossified culture failed to adapt to new economic conditions and died out."
  26. panegyric
    • n.a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
    • A speech praising a new political theory is an example of a panegyric.
    • wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
  27. peccadillo
    • n.a small sin or fault
    • When you break a minor rule, this is an example of a peccadillo.
  28. pedantic
    • adj.showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; making an excessive display of one's own learning:
    • "We quickly tired of his pedantic conversation." (n: pedant, pedantry).
  29. perfidious
    • adj.deliberately treacherous; dishonest (n: perfidy)
    • A person who lies all the time is an example of someone who would be described as perfidious.
    • We were betrayed by a perfidious ally.
  30. petulant
    • adj.easily or frequently annoyed, especially over trivial matters; childishly irritable
    • An example of petulant is a toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they don't get their way.
    • Her tone was petulant and angry.
  31. philanthropy
    • 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.
  32. phlegmatic
    • 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
  33. placate
    • calm or reduce anger by making concessions:
    • "The professor tried to placate his students by postponing the exam."
  34. plastic
    • 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
  35. plethora
    • n.excessively large quantity; overabundance:
    • "We received a p lethora of applications for the position."
  36. ponderous
    • adj.heavy; massive; awkward; dull:
    • "A ponderous book is better than a sleeping pill."
  37. pragmatic
    • adj.concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional:
    • "His pragmatic approach often offended idealists."
    • (n: pragmatism)
  38. precipice
    • 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.
  39. precipitate
    • v., 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."
  40. precursor
    • n.something (or someone) that precedes another:
    • "The assasination of the Archduke was a precursor to the war."
  41. prevaricate
    • stray away from or evade the truth:
    • "When we asked him what his intentions were, he prevaricated."(n: prevarication; prevaricator)
  42. prodigal
    • adj.rashly wasteful:
    • "Americans' prodigal devotion to the automobile is unique."
  43. propitiate
    • conciliate; to appease:
    • "They made sacrifices to propitiate angry gods."
  44. Pulchritudinous
    • adj.beautiful (n: pulchritude)
    • A person who is very beautiful would be described as pulchritudinous.
  45. pusillanimous
    • adj.cowardly, timid, or irreselute; petty:
    • "The pusillanimous leader soon lost the respect of his people."
  46. quiescence
    • n.inactivity; stillness; dormancy (adj: quiescent)
    • When a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.
    • was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
  47. rarefy
    • make or become thin; to purify or refine (n: rarefaction, adj: rarefied)
    • An example of rarefy is add fresh air to a previously suffy room; to rarefy the air.
    • An example of rarefy is to develop a sense of taste; to rarefy sense of taste.
  48. reproof
    • n.the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking. (v. reprove).
    • When you scold someone for bad behavior, your scolding words are an example of a reproof.
    • The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining.
  49. rescind
    • repeal or annul
    • An example of rescind is someone calling off their wedding.
    • The navy rescinded its ban on women sailors.
  50. sagacious
    • adj.having a sharp or powerful intellect or discernment. (n: sagacity).
    • An example of sagacious is someone checking the oil in their car before a long road trip.
    • a sagacious critique of the current social climate in our nation
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GRE Vocabulary III
GRE Vocab Words (101-150) from Michigan State University