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44 terms

GRE Vocab III

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Evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
exculpate
exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
exonerate
to remove blame
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
facetious
playful; humorous
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion
fawn
to flatter or praise excessively
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
filibuster
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speech making to delay legislative action
flout
to demonstrate contempt for
fortuitous
happening by fortunate accident or chance
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
garrulous
pointlessly talkative; talking too much
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
hackneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
calm and peaceful
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hubris
arrogant presumption or pride
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
imminent
about to happen; impending
immutable
not capable of change
impassive
revealing no emotion
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm; impassivity, and steadiness
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication