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GRE Vocab 2

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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
FERVID
intensely emotional; feverish
SOLECISM
grammatical mistake; blunder in speech
FLORID
excessively decorated or embellished
GLIB
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
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
SOBRIQUET
nickname
NASCENT
starting to develop; coming into existence
BANAL
predictable; cliched; boring
CRESCENDO
steadily increasing in volume or force
SANGUINE
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
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
VERDANT
green with vegetation; inexperienced
FALLOW
dormant; unused
OROTUND
pompous
TAWDRY
gaudy, cheap, or showy
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
RETICENT
silent; reserved
SARDONIC
cynical; scornfully mocking
DESICCATE
to dry out thoroughly
SURFEIT
excessive amount
FRENETIC
frantic; frenzied
INGENUOUS
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
LAPIDARY
relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them
INEXORABLE
inflexible; unyielding
MISSIVE
a written note or letter
NETTLE
to irritate
SYCOPHANT
a self-serving flatterer; yes-man
LACHRYMOSE
tearful
PASTICHE
piece of literature or music imitating other works
PULCHRITUDE
beauty
CANARD
a lie
GREGARIOUS
outgoing; sociable
WINSOME
charming; happily engaging
ITINERANT
wandering from place to place; unsettled
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
DYSPEPTIC
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
DOCTRINAIRE
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic
GESTATION
growth process from conception to birth
NEOPHYTE
novice; beginner
LARGESS
generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior
STENTORIAN
extremely loud
OSTENSIBLE
apparent
OSTENTATION
excessive showiness
DIRGE
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
DECORUM
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
SERAPHIC
angelic; sweet
LANGUID
lacking energy; indifferent; slow
SCINTILLA
trace amount
GAMBOL
to dance or skip around playfully
CONTUMACIOUS
rebellious
REPAST
meal or mealtime
FATUOUS
stupid; foolishly self-satisfied
EBULLIENT
exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits
GARRULOUS
tending to talk a lot
SYBARITE
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
MOLLIFY
to calm or make less severe
STOLID
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
PECCADILLO
minor sin or offense
AUGUST
dignified; grandiose
KUDOS
fame, glory, or honor
BURNISH
to polish
CURMUDGEON
cranky person, usually old
EPICURE
person with refined taste in food and wine
SURLY
rude and bad-tempered
MIRTH
frivolity; gaiety; laughter
SOPORIFIC
causing sleep or lethargy
DISTEND
to swell, inflate, or bloat
EXIGENT
urgent; requiring immediate action
EXCULPATE
to clear from blame; prove innocent
EUPHONY
pleasant, harmonious sound
CONNOISSEUR
a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes
LASSITUDE
a state of diminished energy
RUSTIC
rural
ZEPHYR
a gentle breeze; something airy or insubstantial
NOISOME
stinking; putrid
ELEGY
a sorrowful poem or speech
PROFLIGATE
corrupt; degenerate
PROPITIATE
to conciliate; to appease
HAPLESS
unfortunate; having bad luck
PALATIAL
relating to a palace; magnificent
POLYGLOT
a speaker of many languages
BEVY
group
VISCOUS
thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid
TACIT
done without using words
ACME
highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable
SLAKE
to calm down or moderate
FRACTIOUS
unruly; rebellious
ENCOMIUM
warm praise
INVECTIVE
abusive language
EFFIGY
stuffed doll; likeness of a person
DISTAFF
the female branch of a family
SINECURE
a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
PUSILLANIMOUS
cowardly; without courage
DEFERENCE
respect; courtesy
REPOSE
relaxation; leisure
REQUITE
to return or repay
PUERILE
childish, immature, or silly
PARIAH
an outcast
PALLIATE
to make less serious; ease
INTERREGNUM
period between reigns
PRODIGAL
lavish; wasteful
MYOPIC
lacking foresight; having a narrow view or lang-range perspective
IMPETUOUS
quick to act without thinking
SPARTAN
highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere
EFFRONTERY
impudent boldness; audacity
PUGILISM
boxing
CHICANERY
deception by means of craft or guile
DITHER
to act confusedly or without clear purpose
PROBITY
complete honesty and integriity
NADIR
lowest point
ESTIMABLE
admirable
VARIEGATED
varied; marked with different colors
INGRATE
ungrateful person
VICISSITUDE
a change or variation; ups and downs
VIM
vitality and energy
VITUPERATE
to abuse verbally; berate
VOLUBLE
talkative; speaking easily; glib
WAN
sickly pale
WANTON
undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless
ABJURE
to reject; abandon formally
ACIDULOUS
sour in taste or manner
ALACRITY
speed or quickness
QUERULOUS
inclined to complain; irritable
PEREGRINATE
to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot
DESULTORY
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
AMORTIZE
to diminish by installment payments
PERFIDIOUS
willing to betray one's trust
QUIXOTIC
overly idealistic; impractical
AMULET
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
QUOTIDIAN
occurring daily; commonplace
DIAPHANOUS
allowing light to show through; delicate
TORPOR
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
ANALGESIA
a lessening or pain without loss of consciousness
ABSCOND
to leave secretly
ANODYNE
something that calms or soothes pain
TRENCHANT
acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective
TURGID
swollen as from a fluid; bloated
ACCRETION
a growth in size; an increase in amount
AERIE
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
TYRO
beginner; novice
UMBRAGE
offense; resentment
ARDOR
intense and passionate feeling
ARROGATE
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
HERMETIC
tightly sealed
HOARY
very old; whitish or gray from age
ATTENUATE
to reduce in force or degree; weaken
AUGURY
prophecy; prediction of events
DECLIVITY
downward slope
HUSBAND
to manage economically; to use sparingly
EQUIVOCATE
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
DECOROUS
proper; tasteful; socially correct
DEMUR
to express doubts or objection
RACONTEUR
witty, skillful storyteller
ERSATZ
fake
ERUDITE
learned; scholarly; bookish
PEJORATIVE
having bad connotations; disparaging
PENURY
an oppressive lack of resource (as money); severe poverty
DIFFIDENT
lacking self-confidence
DILATORY
intended to delay
EXPONENT
one who champions or advocates
PERIPATETIC
wandering from place to place, especially on foot
NUMISMATICS
coin collecting
PERSPICACIOUS
shrewd, astute, or keen-witted
DILETTANTE
someone with an amateurish or superficial interest in a topic
RESTIVE
impatient, uneasy, or restless
PHALANX
a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things
PHILISTINE
a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
JINGOISM
belligerent support of one's country
INQUEST
an investigation; an inquiry
INCULCATE
to teach; impress in the mind
OBLIQUE
indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
LEGERDEMAIN
trickery
KNELL
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
LEVITY
an inappropriate lack of seriousness; overly casual
OCCLUDE
to stop up; prevent the passage of
OFFICIOUS
too helpful; meddlesome
INIMICAL
hostile; unfriendly
INCHOATE
not fully formed; disorganized
ONEROUS
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
OPINE
to express an opinion
PHLEGMATIC
calm and unemotional in temperament
PITHY
profound or substantial yet concise succinct, and to the point
LICENTIOUS
immoral; unrestrained by society
PLEBEIAN
crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
LIMPID
clear; transparent
PLUCKY
courageous; spunky
LIONIZE
to treat as a celebrity
LISSOME
easily flexed; limber; agile
POLEMIC
controversy; argument; verbal attack
OPPROBRIUM
public disgrace
LISTLESS
lacking energy and enthusiasm
POLITIC
shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic
LUGUBRIOUS
sorrowful; mournful; dismal
LUMBER
to move slowly and awkwardly
CLOYING
sickly sweet; excessive
RIBALD
humorous in a vulgar way
ROCOCO
very highly ornamented
WILY
clever; deceptive
WIZENED
shriveled; withered; wrinkled
YOKE
to join together
ZENITH
the point of culmination; peak
CONVOLUTED
intricate and complicated
COSSET
to pamper; treat with great care
COTERIE
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
CREDULOUS
too trusting; gullible
CRAVEN
lacking courage
CUPIDITY
greed; strong desire
DEBUTANTE
young woman making debut in high society
SALIENT
prominent; of notable significance
PRECIPITATE
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
PRECIS
short summary of facts
INSIPID
lacking interest or flavor
INVIDIOUS
envious, obnoxious, or offensive; likely to promote ill-will
INURE
to harden; accustom become used to
IMPRECATION
a curse
PALLID
lacking color or liveliness
PANACHE
flamboyance or dash in style and action; verve
ABEYANCE
temporary suppression or suspension
CASTIGATE
to punish or criticize harshly
PANOPLY
impressive array
BONHOMIE
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
PARAGON
model of excellence or perfection
BOOR
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
BURGEON
to grow and flourish
MAGNATE
powerful or influential person
MALEDICTION
a curse; a wish of evil upon another
MANNERED
artificial or stilted in character
MARTINET
strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
CATHOLIC
universal; broad and comprehensive
PARE
to trim off excess; reduce
CAUSTIC
biting in wit
CABAL
a secret group seeking to overturn something
MAUDLIN
overly sentimental
MENDACIOUS
dishonest
MENDICANT
beggar
MERCURIAL
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
MERETRICIOUS
gaudy; falsely attractive
INGRATIATE
to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage
INSURRECTION
rebellion
PRESCIENT
having foresight
INTER
to bury
IMPECUNIOUS
poor; having no money
INCARNADINE
blood-red in color
INDOLENT
habitually lazy or idle