GRE Vocab VII

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Rescind

invalidate; repeal; retract

Reticent

quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

reverent

marked by, feeling, or expressing profound awe and respect

rhetoric

the art of study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion

salubrious

promoting health or well-being

sanction

authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance

satire

a literary work that ridicules or criticizes human vice through humor or derision

sedulous

diligent; persistent; hard working

shard

a piece of broken clay or glass

solicitous

concerned and attentive; eager

solvent

able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

soporific

causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

sordid

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

sparse

thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

specious

seeming true but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive

spendthrift

one who spends money wastefully

sporadic

occurring only occasionally

spurious

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

squalid

sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect

squander

to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

static

not moving; at rest

stoic

indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast

stupefy

to stun, baffle, or amaze

stymie

to block; thwart

subpoena

a court order requiring appearance or testimony

subtle

not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

succinct

brief; concise

superfluous

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

supplant

to take the place of; supersede

surfeit

excess; overindulgence

synthesis

the combination of parts to make a whole

tacit

implied; not implicitly stated

tenacity

the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued

tenuous

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

terse

brief and concise in wording

tirade

a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

torpid

lethargic; sluggish; dormant

torque

a force that causes rotation

tortuous

winding; twisting; excessively complicated

tout

to publicly praise or promote

transient

fleeting; passing quickly; brief

trenchant

sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

truculent

fierce and cruel; eager to fight

ubiquitous

existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread

unfeinged

genuine; not false or hypocritical

untenable

indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

urbane

sophisticated; refined; elegant

vacillate

to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

variegated

multicolored, characterized by a variety of patches or different color

veracity

truthfulness; honest

vexation

annoyance; irritation

vigilant

alertly watchful

vilify

to defame; to characterize harshly

virulent

extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

viscous

thick; sticky

vituperate

to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate

volatile

readily changing to vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive

voracious

having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

waver

to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion

zealous

fervent; ardent; impassioned

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