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GRE Vocabulary, Part 3

Vocabulary for the GRE
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extemporaneous
unrehearsed
ingenuous
naive, unsophisticated
superannuated
retired
tortuous
marked by bends and turns
temporal
limited by time
tendentious
biased
timorous
fearful, timid
thrall
slave; the state of being enslaved or under someone's power
trenchant
incisive, penetrating
venal
willing to do wrong for money
vitiate
spoil, ruin
apothegm
a short saying
asperity
roughness of temper
assay
to analyze or estimate
benighted
in a state of ignorance
benison
blessing
contumacious
rebellious
collate
to put in proper order
descry
to discern or discover
diffidence
shyness, lack of confidence
distaff
of or concerning women
doughty
brave, dauntless
effluvium
noxious smells
expatiate
to discuss in detail
gambol
to run or jump about playfully
hoary
white, old
incarnadine
blood-red in color
jettison
to throw overboard, abandon
lapidary
relating to precious stones
mendacious
untrue
objurgate
to chide, scold
orotund
pompously said
pastiche
a work that imitates another's style
plangent
plaintive, resounding sadly
threnody
a sad poem or song
abeyance
postponement
accede
yield, agree to
acme
summit, highest point
actuate
induce, start
aegis
the protection or support of a particular person or organization
animadversion
a critical remark
argot
jargon, slang
badinage
banter, teasing conversation
bagatelle
a thing of little importance
captious
tending to find fault
casuistry
the use of clever but unsound reasoning
cortege
a funeral procession
coruscate
to flash or sparkle
desuetude
a state of disuse
disquisition
a long or elaborate essay or discussion