Kaplan GRE Vocab (Practice Set 1)

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diffident

shy, lacking self-confidence; modest, reserved

indolent

Indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy

apocryphal

of questionable authority or authenticity

endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

banal

obvious and dull

apathy

a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest

engender

to cause, to produce, to create

dither

an excited state of agitation

inundate

to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size

imprecation

an invocation of evil; a curse

benediction

the act of praying for divine protection

rejoinder

a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

proclivity

a natural inclination

prudence

knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; discretion

scintilla

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

umbrage

anger, offense, resentment

ostentation

pretentious or showy or vulgar display

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea; stinking; putrid

multifarious

having many aspects

maudlin

excessively or insincerely emotional

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

penury

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

hegemony

the domination of one state or group over its allies

largess

a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence)

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

cosset

treat with excessive indulgence

lampoon

ridicule with satire

ossify

cause to become hard and bony; make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

husband

use cautiously and frugally

loquacious

talkative, wordy; fond of talking

taciturn

habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

obdurate

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings

sardonic

Grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic

specious

having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false

quiescent

not active or activated

repose

freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); tranquility

pathogenic

able to cause disease

trenchant

clearly or sharply defined to the mind

diaphanous

so thin as to transmit light

venerable

worthy of respect because of advanced age, achievement, virtue, or historical importance

sanguine

cheerfully confident; optimistic

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

burnish

to polish and make shiny

slake

to satisfy, relieve, or bring to an end

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