GRE Vocab 2

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BILK

to cheat; defraud

NOMINAL

existing in name only; negligible

BLIGHT

to afflict; destroy

BLITHE

joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought

FERVID

intensely emotional; feverish

SOLECISM

grammatical mistake; blunder in speech

FLORID

excessively decorated or embellished

GLIB

fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual

FLAG

to decline in vigor, strength, or interest

FETID

foul-smelling; putrid

GLOWER

to glare or stare angrily and intensely

MONASTIC

extremely plain or secluded

PEDANT

someone who shows off learning

SOBRIQUET

nickname

NASCENT

starting to develop; coming into existence

BANAL

predictable; cliched; boring

CRESCENDO

steadily increasing in volume or force

SANGUINE

ruddy; cheerfully optimistic

EXPURGATE

to censor

PARLEY

discussion, usually b/w enemies

FECUND

fertile; fruitful; productive

DISSEMBLE

to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character

VERDANT

green with vegetation; inexperienced

FALLOW

dormant; unused

OROTUND

pompous

TAWDRY

gaudy, cheap, or showy

VERNAL

related to spring; fresh

DROLL

amusing in a wry, subtle way

FURTIVE

secret, stealthy

CIRCUMSPECT

cautious; aware of potential consequences

MALINGER

to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill

RETICENT

silent; reserved

SARDONIC

cynical; scornfully mocking

DESICCATE

to dry out thoroughly

SURFEIT

excessive amount

FRENETIC

frantic; frenzied

INGENUOUS

showing innocence or childlike simplicity

LAPIDARY

relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them

INEXORABLE

inflexible; unyielding

MISSIVE

a written note or letter

NETTLE

to irritate

SYCOPHANT

a self-serving flatterer; yes-man

LACHRYMOSE

tearful

PASTICHE

piece of literature or music imitating other works

PULCHRITUDE

beauty

CANARD

a lie

GREGARIOUS

outgoing; sociable

WINSOME

charming; happily engaging

ITINERANT

wandering from place to place; unsettled

DIURNAL

existing during the day

TACITURN

silent; not talkative

ENDEMIC

belonging to a particular area; inherent

TOADY

one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors

NEOLOGISM

new word or expression

DYSPEPTIC

suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable

DOCTRINAIRE

rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic

GESTATION

growth process from conception to birth

NEOPHYTE

novice; beginner

LARGESS

generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior

STENTORIAN

extremely loud

OSTENSIBLE

apparent

OSTENTATION

excessive showiness

DIRGE

a funeral hymn or mournful speech

DECORUM

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

SERAPHIC

angelic; sweet

LANGUID

lacking energy; indifferent; slow

SCINTILLA

trace amount

GAMBOL

to dance or skip around playfully

CONTUMACIOUS

rebellious

REPAST

meal or mealtime

FATUOUS

stupid; foolishly self-satisfied

EBULLIENT

exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits

GARRULOUS

tending to talk a lot

SYBARITE

a person devoted to pleasure and luxury

MOLLIFY

to calm or make less severe

STOLID

unemotional; lacking sensitivity

PECCADILLO

minor sin or offense

AUGUST

dignified; grandiose

KUDOS

fame, glory, or honor

BURNISH

to polish

CURMUDGEON

cranky person, usually old

EPICURE

person with refined taste in food and wine

SURLY

rude and bad-tempered

MIRTH

frivolity; gaiety; laughter

SOPORIFIC

causing sleep or lethargy

DISTEND

to swell, inflate, or bloat

EXIGENT

urgent; requiring immediate action

EXCULPATE

to clear from blame; prove innocent

EUPHONY

pleasant, harmonious sound

CONNOISSEUR

a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes

LASSITUDE

a state of diminished energy

RUSTIC

rural

ZEPHYR

a gentle breeze; something airy or insubstantial

NOISOME

stinking; putrid

ELEGY

a sorrowful poem or speech

PROFLIGATE

corrupt; degenerate

PROPITIATE

to conciliate; to appease

HAPLESS

unfortunate; having bad luck

PALATIAL

relating to a palace; magnificent

POLYGLOT

a speaker of many languages

BEVY

group

VISCOUS

thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid

TACIT

done without using words

ACME

highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

SLAKE

to calm down or moderate

FRACTIOUS

unruly; rebellious

ENCOMIUM

warm praise

INVECTIVE

abusive language

EFFIGY

stuffed doll; likeness of a person

DISTAFF

the female branch of a family

SINECURE

a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work

PUSILLANIMOUS

cowardly; without courage

DEFERENCE

respect; courtesy

REPOSE

relaxation; leisure

REQUITE

to return or repay

PUERILE

childish, immature, or silly

PARIAH

an outcast

PALLIATE

to make less serious; ease

INTERREGNUM

period between reigns

PRODIGAL

lavish; wasteful

MYOPIC

lacking foresight; having a narrow view or lang-range perspective

IMPETUOUS

quick to act without thinking

SPARTAN

highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere

EFFRONTERY

impudent boldness; audacity

PUGILISM

boxing

CHICANERY

deception by means of craft or guile

DITHER

to act confusedly or without clear purpose

PROBITY

complete honesty and integriity

NADIR

lowest point

ESTIMABLE

admirable

VARIEGATED

varied; marked with different colors

INGRATE

ungrateful person

VICISSITUDE

a change or variation; ups and downs

VIM

vitality and energy

VITUPERATE

to abuse verbally; berate

VOLUBLE

talkative; speaking easily; glib

WAN

sickly pale

WANTON

undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless

ABJURE

to reject; abandon formally

ACIDULOUS

sour in taste or manner

ALACRITY

speed or quickness

QUERULOUS

inclined to complain; irritable

PEREGRINATE

to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot

DESULTORY

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

AMORTIZE

to diminish by installment payments

PERFIDIOUS

willing to betray one's trust

QUIXOTIC

overly idealistic; impractical

AMULET

ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

QUOTIDIAN

occurring daily; commonplace

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