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44 terms

Kaplan GRE Vocab (Practice Set 1)

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diffident
shy, lacking self-confidence; modest, reserved
indolent
Indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy
apocryphal
of questionable authority or authenticity
endemic
native to or confined to a certain region
banal
obvious and dull
apathy
a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
engender
to cause, to produce, to create
dither
an excited state of agitation
inundate
to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size
imprecation
an invocation of evil; a curse
benediction
the act of praying for divine protection
rejoinder
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
proclivity
a natural inclination
prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; discretion
scintilla
a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
umbrage
anger, offense, resentment
ostentation
pretentious or showy or vulgar display
noisome
causing or able to cause nausea; stinking; putrid
multifarious
having many aspects
maudlin
excessively or insincerely emotional
cupidity
extreme greed for material wealth
penury
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
hegemony
the domination of one state or group over its allies
largess
a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence)
antipathy
a feeling of intense dislike
cosset
treat with excessive indulgence
lampoon
ridicule with satire
ossify
cause to become hard and bony; make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
husband
use cautiously and frugally
loquacious
talkative, wordy; fond of talking
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
obdurate
showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
sardonic
Grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false
quiescent
not active or activated
repose
freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); tranquility
pathogenic
able to cause disease
trenchant
clearly or sharply defined to the mind
diaphanous
so thin as to transmit light
venerable
worthy of respect because of advanced age, achievement, virtue, or historical importance
sanguine
cheerfully confident; optimistic
prevaricate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
burnish
to polish and make shiny
slake
to satisfy, relieve, or bring to an end