GRE Vocab2: Words You Keep Missing

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mercurial

characterized by a rapid and unpredictable change in mood

inimical

damaging; harmful; injurous

amendable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

truculent

fierce and cruel; eager to fight

pungent

characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste

recalcitrant

obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

tirade

a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

sedulous

diligent; persistent; hard-working

garrulous

pointlessly talkative

imperturbable

marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness

tortuous

excessively complicated; winding

squalid versus sordid

squalid- sordid; wretched and dirty form of neglect
sordid- characterized by filth, grime or squalor; foul

dissident

one who actively challenges an established doctrine; policy or institution

austere

stern or harsh in appearance; undecorated

convention

a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

prosaic

dull; lacking in spirit or imagination

perennial

recurrent; happening repeatedly

vigilant

alertly watchful

unfeigned

genuine; not false or hypocritical

effrontery

boldness; audaciousness

odious

evoking intense aversion or dislike

infelicitous

unfortunate; inappropriate

propensity

a natural inclination or tendency; a penchant

deride

to treat or speak of with contempt; to mock or ridicule

quotidian

occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

presumptuous

overstepping due bounds; taking liberties

ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted many ways

pedagogy

the profession or principles of teaching or instructing

rescind

to invalidate, repeal or retract

subtle

not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

rarefy

to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

obviate

to make unnecessary; to prevent

intractable

not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

solicitous

attentive; showing interest or concern

rancorous

characterized by bitter; long-lasting resentment

discordant

conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

implacable

not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

tout

to publicly praise or promote

ostentatious

characterize by or given to pretentious display; showy

ennui

restlessness resulting from extreme boredom or apathy

trenchant

sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

specious

seeming true but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive

refulgent

radiant; shiny; brilliant

mendacity

the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

eccentric

departing from norms or conventions

acerbic

having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

proclivity

a natural predisposition or inclination

penchant

a strong, habitual liking for something or tendency to do something

glib

marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lack in depth; superficial

superfluous

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

repudiate

to refuse to have anything to do with; disown

prodigious

abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary

plummet

to plunge or drop straight down

rhetoric

the art or study of effective use of language for communication/ persuasion

obfuscate

to deliberately obscure or make confusing

tacit

implied, not explicitly stated

harangue

to deliver a pompous speech (v.); a long, pompous speech (n.)

spurious

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

magnanimity

the quality of being noble in mind and heart

profligate

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

variegated

multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color

torpid

lethargic, sluggish, dormant

intrepid

steadfast and courageous

impetuous

hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

pernicious

extremely harmful; potentially causing death

immutable

not capable of change

flout

to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention

pirate

to illegally use or reproduce

obdurate

unyielding; hard-hearted; intractable

obsequious

exhibiting a fawning (excessive) attentiveness

reverent

marked by, feeling or expressing a feeling or profound awe and respect

pervasive

having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout

tenuous

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

hubris

overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance

contentious

argumentative; quarrelsome

phlegmatic

having a calm, sluggish, unemotional disposition

proliferate

to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

pervade

to permeate throughout

soporific

causing drowsiness; tendency to induce sleep

pine

to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

sporadic

happening occasionally or in scattered instances

neophyte

a recent convert; a beginner

polemical

controversial; argumentative

platitude

a superficial remark esp. one offered as meaningful

recondite

hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

surfeit

an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess

pithy

precise and brief

mollify

to calm or soothe, to reduce in emotional intensity

solvent

1. able to meet financial obligations
2. able to dissolve another substance

sparse

thin, not too dense; arranged at widely-spaced intervals

iconoclast

one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

pith

the essential or central part

opprobrium

disgrace; contempt; scorn

arduous

strenuous; taxing

inchoate

in an initial stage; not fully formed

cacophony

a harsh; jarring noise

occlude

to obstruct or block

transient

fleeting; passing quickly; brief

dilettante

one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

penury

poverty; destitution

avarice

greed esp. for wealth

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