Kaplan GRE

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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

NUANCE

a subtle expression of meaning or quality

FERVID

intensely emotional; feverish

SPECIOUS

deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

SOLECISM

grammatical mistake; blunder in speech

JETTISON

to discard; get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering

LAMENT

to express sorrow; to grieve

GULLIBLE

easily deceived

FLORID

excessively decorated or embellished

FANATICAL

acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion

EPHEMERAL

lasting a short time

SEDITION

behavior that promotes rebellion or civil disorder against the state

GLIB

fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual

ABDICATE

to give up a position, right, or power

IRASCIBLE

easily made angry

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

PATHOGENIC

causing disease

CHAUVINIST

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he/she belongs

GUILE

deceit; trickery

SOBRIQUET

nickname

NASCENT

starting to develop; coming into existence

BELFRY

bell tower; room in which a bell is hung

BANAL

predictable; cliched; boring

CRESCENDO

steadily increasing in volume or force

FRUGALITY

tending to be thrifty or cheap

CORROBORATE

to support with evidence

AUSTERE

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

LUMINOUS

bright; brilliant; glowing

GROVEL

to humble oneself in a demeaning way

SANGUINE

ruddy; cheerfully optimistic

STRATAGEM

trick designed to deceive an enemy

EMULATE

to copy; to try to equal or excel

HEGEMONY

the domination of one state or group over its allies

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

SPORTIVE

frolicsome; playful

VERDANT

green with vegetation; inexperienced

INIQUITY

sin; evil act

CONDONE

to overlook, pardon, or disregard

FALLOW

dormant; unused

OROTUND

pompous

DOGMATIC

dictatorial in one's opinions

TAWDRY

gaudy, cheap, or showy

SULLY

to tarnish; taint

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

ELOQUENT

persuasive and moving, especially in speech

RETICENT

silent; reserved

AUDACIOUS

fearless and daring

DIATRIBE

an abusive, condemnatory speech

SARDONIC

cynical; scornfully mocking

ASSUAGE

to make something unpleasant less severe

DESICCATE

to dry out thoroughly

LAMPOON

to ridicule with satire

SURFEIT

excessive amount

GRIEVOUS

causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing

FRENETIC

frantic; frenzied

INGENUOUS

showing innocence or childlike simplicity

LAPIDARY

relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them

ZEAL

passion; excitement

INEXORABLE

inflexible; unyielding

MISANTHROPE

a person who dislikes others

ABYSS

an extremely deep hole

PRAGMATIC

practical, as opposed to idealistic

MISSIVE

a written note or letter

NETTLE

to irritate

ABSTAIN

to choose not to do something

SYCOPHANT

a self-serving flatterer; yes-man

LACHRYMOSE

tearful

PASTICHE

piece of literature or music imitating other works

FORD

to cross a body of water by wading

CONTRITE

deeply sorrowful or repentant for a wrong

PULCHRITUDE

beauty

ENUMERATE

to count, list, or itemize

NAIVE

lacking sophistication or experience

JUNCTURE

point of time, especially where two things are joined

CANARD

a lie

GREGARIOUS

outgoing; sociable

WINSOME

charming; happily engaging

VACILLATE

to physically sway or be indecisive

ITINERANT

wandering from place to place; unsettled

SACROSANCT

extremely sacred; beyond criticism

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

SUPPLANT

to replace (another) by force; to take the place of

DYSPEPTIC

suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable

DOCTRINAIRE

rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic

GESTATION

growth process from conception to birth

EFFICACY

effectiveness

TALON

claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey

TERRESTRIAL

earthly; down-to-earth; commonplace

NEOPHYTE

novice; beginner

ENGENDER

to produce, cause, or bring about

DEFACE

to mar the appearance of; vandalize

OBSTINATE

stubborn; unyielding

LARGESS

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

EDIFY

to instruct morally and spiritually

VENERATE

to respect deeply

STENTORIAN

extremely loud

HYPERBOLE

purposeful exaggeration for effect

PLETHORA

excess

OSTENSIBLE

apparent

MALLEABLE

capable of being shaped

OSTENTATION

excessive showiness

WAVER

to fluctuate b/w choices

DIRGE

a funeral hymn or mournful speech

OPAQUE

impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light

DECORUM

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

PLACATE

to soothe or pacify

PLASTIC

able to be molded, altered, or bent

OSSIFY

to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern

TIRADE

long, harsh speech or verbal attack

SERAPHIC

angelic; sweet

LANGUID

lacking energy; indifferent; slow

ARBITRATE

to judge a dispute b/w two opposing parties

SCINTILLA

trace amount

MAR

to damage or deface; spoil

VENERABLE

respected because of age

GAMBOL

to dance or skip around playfully

VERACITY

filled with truth and accuracy

VERBOSE

wordy

VEX

to annoy; irritate; puzzle; confuse

CONTUMACIOUS

rebellious

MULTIFARIOUS

diverse

ETHOS

beliefs or character of a group

REPAST

meal or mealtime

REPLETE

abundantly supplied; complete

JARGON

nonsensical talk; specialized language

FATUOUS

stupid; foolishly self-satisfied

KINDLE

to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire

EBULLIENT

exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits

GARRULOUS

tending to talk a lot

INTREPID

fearless; resolutely courageous

FAWN

to grovel

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