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GRE Vocab2: Words You Keep Missing

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mercurial
characterized by a rapid and unpredictable change in mood
inimical
damaging; harmful; injurous
amendable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
pungent
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
tirade
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
sedulous
diligent; persistent; hard-working
garrulous
pointlessly talkative
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
tortuous
excessively complicated; winding
squalid versus sordid
squalid- sordid; wretched and dirty form of neglect
sordid- characterized by filth, grime or squalor; foul
dissident
one who actively challenges an established doctrine; policy or institution
austere
stern or harsh in appearance; undecorated
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
prosaic
dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
perennial
recurrent; happening repeatedly
vigilant
alertly watchful
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
effrontery
boldness; audaciousness
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency; a penchant
deride
to treat or speak of with contempt; to mock or ridicule
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds; taking liberties
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted many ways
pedagogy
the profession or principles of teaching or instructing
rescind
to invalidate, repeal or retract
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
obviate
to make unnecessary; to prevent
intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
solicitous
attentive; showing interest or concern
rancorous
characterized by bitter; long-lasting resentment
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
tout
to publicly praise or promote
ostentatious
characterize by or given to pretentious display; showy
ennui
restlessness resulting from extreme boredom or apathy
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
specious
seeming true but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
refulgent
radiant; shiny; brilliant
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
proclivity
a natural predisposition or inclination
penchant
a strong, habitual liking for something or tendency to do something
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lack in depth; superficial
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
prodigious
abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
rhetoric
the art or study of effective use of language for communication/ persuasion
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure or make confusing
tacit
implied, not explicitly stated
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech (v.); a long, pompous speech (n.)
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
magnanimity
the quality of being noble in mind and heart
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
variegated
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
torpid
lethargic, sluggish, dormant
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
immutable
not capable of change
flout
to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
pirate
to illegally use or reproduce
obdurate
unyielding; hard-hearted; intractable
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning (excessive) attentiveness
reverent
marked by, feeling or expressing a feeling or profound awe and respect
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
tenuous
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
hubris
overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome
phlegmatic
having a calm, sluggish, unemotional disposition
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
pervade
to permeate throughout
soporific
causing drowsiness; tendency to induce sleep
pine
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
sporadic
happening occasionally or in scattered instances
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner
polemical
controversial; argumentative
platitude
a superficial remark esp. one offered as meaningful
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
surfeit
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
pithy
precise and brief
mollify
to calm or soothe, to reduce in emotional intensity
solvent
1. able to meet financial obligations
2. able to dissolve another substance
sparse
thin, not too dense; arranged at widely-spaced intervals
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
pith
the essential or central part
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
arduous
strenuous; taxing
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
cacophony
a harsh; jarring noise
occlude
to obstruct or block
transient
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
penury
poverty; destitution
avarice
greed esp. for wealth