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60 terms

GRE Vocab VII

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Rescind
invalidate; repeal; retract
Reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing profound awe and respect
rhetoric
the art of study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes human vice through humor or derision
sedulous
diligent; persistent; hard working
shard
a piece of broken clay or glass
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
soporific
causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sparse
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
specious
seeming true but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
sporadic
occurring only occasionally
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
not moving; at rest
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
to block; thwart
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance or testimony
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
succinct
brief; concise
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
surfeit
excess; overindulgence
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
tacit
implied; not implicitly stated
tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
tenuous
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
terse
brief and concise in wording
tirade
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
torque
a force that causes rotation
tortuous
winding; twisting; excessively complicated
tout
to publicly praise or promote
transient
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
unfeinged
genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
vacillate
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
variegated
multicolored, characterized by a variety of patches or different color
veracity
truthfulness; honest
vexation
annoyance; irritation
vigilant
alertly watchful
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
viscous
thick; sticky
vituperate
to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
volatile
readily changing to vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
zealous
fervent; ardent; impassioned