27 terms

GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Set 1

From the Kaplan "New GRE" study guide
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prosaic
unimaginative; dull
scurrilous
coarsely abusive; vulgar
panned
critized
deride
treat or speak of with contempt
nepotism
favoritism to relatives
malfeasance
misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official
sardonic
bitterly sarcastic; mocking; sneering
fatuous
stupid; foolishly self-satisfied, stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
snubbed
being treated rudely or ignored by someone
ignominious
disgraceful and dishonorable
trenchancy
keen in intellect; sharp, caustic, cutting
mellifluous
pleasing to the ear
laconic
concise, using few words
euphonic
having a nice sound; pleasant combination of sounds in words
extirpate
to tear up by the roots; to destroy totally
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
punctilious
very careful and exact
vociferous
loud and noisy; compelling attention
waggish
humorous; mischievous; tricky
mien
dignified manner or conduct
repudiation
refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities)
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
panegyrical
formally expressing praise
phlegmatic
showing little emotion
vacillation
wavering, going back and forth
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from