Vocabulary for the GRE

extemporaneous

unrehearsed

ingenuous

naive, unsophisticated

superannuated

retired

tortuous

marked by bends and turns

temporal

limited by time

tendentious

biased

timorous

fearful, timid

thrall

slave; the state of being enslaved or under someone's power

trenchant

incisive, penetrating

venal

willing to do wrong for money

vitiate

spoil, ruin

apothegm

a short saying

asperity

roughness of temper

assay

to analyze or estimate

benighted

in a state of ignorance

benison

blessing

contumacious

rebellious

collate

to put in proper order

descry

to discern or discover

diffidence

shyness, lack of confidence

distaff

of or concerning women

doughty

brave, dauntless

effluvium

noxious smells

expatiate

to discuss in detail

gambol

to run or jump about playfully

hoary

white, old

incarnadine

blood-red in color

jettison

to throw overboard, abandon

lapidary

relating to precious stones

mendacious

untrue

objurgate

to chide, scold

orotund

pompously said

pastiche

a work that imitates another's style

plangent

plaintive, resounding sadly

threnody

a sad poem or song

abeyance

postponement

accede

yield, agree to

acme

summit, highest point

actuate

induce, start

aegis

the protection or support of a particular person or organization

animadversion

a critical remark

argot

jargon, slang

badinage

banter, teasing conversation

bagatelle

a thing of little importance

captious

tending to find fault

casuistry

the use of clever but unsound reasoning

cortege

a funeral procession

coruscate

to flash or sparkle

desuetude

a state of disuse

disquisition

a long or elaborate essay or discussion

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