GRE Kaplan Vocab--200/500

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vocabulary for the GRE, kaplan version...

UMBRAGE

offense; resentment.

ARROGATE

to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right.

NUANCE

a subtle expression of meaning or quality

OROTUND

pompous

LAPIDARY

relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them.

SOLECISM

grammatical mistake; blunder in speech.

ENERVATE

to reduce in strength

FALLOW

dormant; unused

CIRCUMSPECT

cautious; aware of potential consequences.

UNEQUIVOCAL

absolute; certain

ALACRITY

speed or quickness

QUIESCENT

motionless

IMPETUOUS

quick to act without thinking

ETHOS

beliefs or character of a group.

CHICANERY

deception by means of craft or guile.

NASCENT

starting to develop; coming into existence.

REDRESS

relief from wrong or injury

LISSOME

easily flexed; limber; agile.

BONHOMIE

good natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer.

KNELL

sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure.

CRESCENDO

steadily increasing in volume or force.

SANGUINE

ruddy; cheerfully optimistic.

AGGRANDIZE

to increase in power, influence, and reputation.

HUSBAND

to manage economically; to use sparingly

DEMUR

to express doubts or objection

PASTICHE

piece of literature or music imitating other works.

LARGESS

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

ERSATZ

fake

SUPPLANT

to replace another by force; to take the place of.

AXIOM

premise; postulate; self-evident truth.

MACHINATION

plot or scheme

SARDONIC

cynical; scornfully mocking.

OBVIATE

to prevent; to make unnecessary.

CUPIDITY

greed; strong desire

INCHOATE

not fully formed; disorganized.

LIONIZE

to treat as a celebrity.

TOADY

one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors.

DESULTORY

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected.

MENDACIOUS

dishonest.

RACONTEUR

witty, skillful storyteller

COALESCE

to grow together to form a single whole

NEOLOGISM

new word or expression.

VEX

to annoy; irritate; puzzle; confuse

PRISTINE

fresh and clean; uncorrupted.

JINGOISM

belligerent support of one's country.

APOCRYPHAL

of questionable authority or authenticity.

SAGACIOUS

shrewd; wise

EULOGY

speech in praise of someone

VOLUBLE

talkative; speaking easily; glib.

DISABUSE

to set right; free from error

LACONIC

using few words

YOKE

to join together

ICONOCLAST

one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions.

COTERIE

an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

PENURY

extreme poverty

ZENITH

the point of culmination; peak

BOOR

crude person, one lacking manners or taste

INCULCATE

to teach; impress in the mind

LATENT

potential that is not yet readily apparent.

PRODIGAL

lavish; wasteful

DILATORY

intended to delay.

TORPOR

extreme mental and physical sluggishness.

CLOYING

sickly sweet; excessive

ERUDITE

learned; scholarly; bookish

RIBALD

humorous in a vulgar way

STASIS

a state of static balance or equilibrium; stagnation.

COGENT

convincing and well-reasoned

INSIPID

lacking interest or flavor

PANOPLY

impressive array

WIZENED

shriveled; withered; wrinkled.

LEGERDEMAIN

trickery

OPPROBRIUM

public disgrace

DELETERIOUS

subtly or unexpectedly harmful

INIMICAL

hostile; unfriendly

PERFIDIOUS

willing to betray one's trust.

CABAL

a secret group seeking to overturn something.

MAGNATE

powerful or influential person

REJOINDER

response

PRECIS

short summary of facts

IMPUGN

to call into question; to attack verbally.

MAUDLIN

overly sentimental

POLITIC

shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic.

EQUIVOCATE

to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead.

SALIENT

prominent; of notable significance

PANEGYRIC

elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise.

CASTIGATE

to punish or criticize harshly

MERCURIAL

quick, shrewd, and unpredictable.

INDOLENT

habitually lazy or idle

PERIPATETIC

wandering from place to place, especially on foot.

CATHOLIC

universal, broad and comprehensive

VICISSITUDE

a change or variation; ups and downs.

OFFICIOUS

too helpful; meddlesome

PEJORATIVE

having bad connotations; disparaging.

LUGUBRIOUS

sorrowful; mournful; dismal.

OBLIQUE

indirect or evasive; misleading or devious.

PHELGMATIC

calm and unemotional in temperament.

COLLUSION

collaboration; complicity; conspiracy.

PREVARICATE

to lie or deviate from the truth.

IMPRECATION

a curse

PRATTLE

meaningless; foolish talk

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