GRE - Vocab from Kaplan Practice Set 1
|Candor|| quality of being open and honest; frankness|
The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
Dina felt completely abashed when she walked into the men's bathroom by accident.
|Nonplus|| to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do: perplex|
Dina was nonplussed when she walked into the apartment and saw my dad using the vacuum.
|Doleful|| sad; sorrowful|
The girl had a doleful look on her face after finding out that her fish died.
|Assuage|| to make an unpleasant feeling less intense|
Gale was cooing to Sam and assuaging her fear of the dark.
|Augment|| to make bigger, increase|
Winning the lottery augmented his fortune.
|Histrionic||exaggeratedly emotional behavior; theatrical|
|Abstruse|| hard to understand|
You're not the only one who finds Quantum Physics abstruse!
|Prosaic|| 1. characteristic of prose (prose = everyday writing or speech)|
2. everyday, commonplace, ordinary
She believes the noises are made by ghosts, but I think there's a more prosaic explanation.
|Reticent|| declined to speak, not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily|
SYN: reserved, uncommunicative, taciturn
|Arcane|| known or understood by very few;mysterious; secret; obscure|
|Laud|| to praise|
SYN: extol (extoll), exalt
|Pan (verb)||criticize adversely|
|Abjure|| to renounce (reject) under oath|
For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain 'Mr.'
|Chagrin||Distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated|
|Bemuse|| 1. bewilder, puzzle|
2. to occupy the attention of; distract, preoccupy
|Supercilious|| Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others|
SYN: haughty, disdainful
|Disdain||Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration|
|Sardonic||Grimly mocking or cynical; bitterly sarcastic|
|Imprudent|| not showing care for the consequences of an action|
SYN: rash, indiscreet
|Indiscreet|| Having, showing, or proceeding from too great a readiness to reveal things that should remain secret or private.|
|Ingenuous|| 1. Innocent and unsuspecting; naive, artless|
2. candid, frank
|Apocryphal|| Of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true|
"a spurious Picasso painting that wouldn't have fooled an art expert for a second"
|Trenchant|| SYN: incisive |
Refers to keenness and forcefulness of thought, expression, or intellect. Suggest penetration to the heart of a subject and clear, sharp, and vigorous expression
|Mellifluous||Sounding smooth and sweet; pleasant to hear|
|Laconic|| Using very few words|
SYN: Concise, brief, succinct
|Strident|| loud and harsh|
SYN: sharp, grating
The strident tone in his voice revealed his anger.
|Recondite|| difficult to understand|
|Elusive|| hard to grasp|
SYN: mysterious, baffling
|Detritus||Waste or debris of any kind|
|Bedlam|| A scene of uproar and confusion|
SYN: madhouse, pandemonium
|Punctilious|| Marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions |
Showing great attention to detail or correct behavior.
1. careful in behavior
She's very punctilious about grammar
|Vociferous|| marked by a vehement, insistent outcry|
SYN: clamorous, obstreperous
|Precarious|| 1. Not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse.|
2. Dependent on chance; uncertain
|Mien|| A person's look or manner, indicating their character or mood|
|Repudiate|| 1. to refuse to accept or be associated with; disown|
2. to reject as untrue or unjust (repudiate a charge)
|Eschew||to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds; shun|
|Deprecate||to express disapproval of; belittle|
|Forwent|| go without|
(past tense of forgo)
|Dilettante||A person with an amateur interest in the arts; dabbler in the arts|
|Ambrosia|| 1. The food of the gods.|
2. Something very pleasing to taste or smell.
|Catholic|| Including a wide variety of things; all-embracing|
SYN: universal, widespread, diverse