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GRE (Kaplan)

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BILK
to cheat; defraud
NOMINAL
existing in name only; negligible
BLIGHT
to destroy; something that causes destruction (A blight on our city)
BLITHE
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
NUANCE
a subtle expression of meaning or quality (the nuances of the character's persona)
FERVID
intensely emotional; feverish
SPECIOUS
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
SOLECISM
grammatical mistake; blunder in speech (minor SOLECISMS)
JETTISON
to discard; get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering
LAMENT
to express sorrow; to grieve
GULLIBLE
easily deceived
FLORID
excessively decorated or embellished
FANATICAL
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion
EPHEMERAL
lasting a short time
SEDITION
behavior that promotes rebellion or civil disorder against the state (the flags were intended to foment SEDITION)
GLIB
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
ABDICATE
to give up a position, right, or power
IRASCIBLE
easily made angry
FLAG
to decline in vigor, strength, or interest
FETID
foul-smelling; putrid
GLOWER
to glare or stare angrily and intensely
MONASTIC
extremely plain or secluded
PEDANT
someone who shows off learning
PATHOGENIC
causing disease
CHAUVINIST
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he/she belongs
GUILE
deceit; trickery
SOBRIQUET
nickname (Earned the sobriquet 'chatty cathy')
NASCENT
starting to develop; coming into existence
BELFRY
bell tower; room in which a bell is hung
BANAL
predictable; cliched; boring
CRESCENDO
steadily increasing in volume or force
FRUGALITY
tending to be thrifty or cheap
CORROBORATE
to support with evidence
AUSTERE
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
LUMINOUS
bright; brilliant; glowing
GROVEL
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
SANGUINE
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
STRATAGEM
trick designed to deceive an enemy (devised a STRATAGEM, the trojan horse)
EMULATE
to copy; to try to equal or excel
HEGEMONY
the domination of one state or group over its allies
EXPURGATE
to censor
PARLEY
discussion, usually b/w enemies
FECUND
fertile; fruitful; productive (FECUND landscape)
DISSEMBLE
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
SPORTIVE
frolicsome; playful
VERDANT
green with vegetation; fresh; inexperienced
INIQUITY
wickedness; evil act (the INIQUITY of my father)
CONDONE
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
FALLOW
dormant; unused
OROTUND
pompous (OROTUND speech)
DOGMATIC
dictatorial in one's opinions
TAWDRY
gaudy, cheap, or showy (TAWDRY lamps at madonna inn)
SULLY
to tarnish; taint
VERNAL
related to spring; fresh
DROLL
amusing in a wry, subtle way (DROLL humor and observations)
FURTIVE
secret, stealthy
CIRCUMSPECT
cautious; carefully consider all circumstance (a more CIRCUMSPECT approach)
MALINGER
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill (MALINGERING servants never do their work)
ELOQUENT
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
RETICENT
silent; reserved
AUDACIOUS
fearless and daring
DIATRIBE
an abusive, condemnatory speech
SARDONIC
cynical; scornfully mocking (SARDONIC smile)
ASSUAGE
to make something unpleasant less severe
DESICCATE
to dry out thoroughly
LAMPOON
to ridicule with satire
SURFEIT
excessive amount
GRIEVOUS
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
FRENETIC
frantic; frenzied
INGENUOUS
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
LAPIDARY
relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them
ZEAL
passion; excitement
INEXORABLE
inflexible; unyielding (inexorable fall in stock prices, inexorable opponent)
MISANTHROPE
a person who dislikes others
ABYSS
an extremely deep hole
PRAGMATIC
practical, as opposed to idealistic
MISSIVE
a written note or letter
NETTLE
to irritate (to NETTLE the workers)
ABSTAIN
to choose not to do something
SYCOPHANT
a self-serving flatterer; yes-man
LACHRYMOSE
tearful
PASTICHE
piece of literature or music imitating other works
FORD
to cross a body of water by wading (ford over the rivers)
CONTRITE
deeply sorrowful or repentant for a wrong
PULCHRITUDE
beauty
ENUMERATE
to count, list, or itemize
NAIVE
lacking sophistication or experience
JUNCTURE
point of time, especially where two things are joined
CANARD
a lie
GREGARIOUS
outgoing; sociable
WINSOME
charming; happily engaging
VACILLATE
to physically sway or be indecisive
ITINERANT
wandering from place to place; unsettled (an ITINERANT follower of Jesus)
SACROSANCT
extremely sacred; beyond criticism
DIURNAL
existing during the day
TACITURN
silent; not talkative
ENDEMIC
belonging to a particular area; inherent
TOADY
one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors (don't be such a kiss ass TOADY)
NEOLOGISM
new word or expression
SUPPLANT
to replace (another) by force; to take the place of
DYSPEPTIC
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable (DYSPEPTIC patients)
DOCTRINAIRE
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic
GESTATION
growth process from conception to birth
EFFICACY
effectiveness
TALON
claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey
TERRESTRIAL
earthly; down-to-earth; commonplace
NEOPHYTE
novice; beginner
ENGENDER
to produce, cause, or bring about
DEFACE
to mar the appearance of; vandalize
OBSTINATE
stubborn; unyielding
LARGESS
generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior (The buisnessman displayed LARGESS by giving presents to the poor)
EDIFY
to instruct morally and spiritually
VENERATE
to respect deeply
STENTORIAN
extremely loud (STENTORIAN voice)
HYPERBOLE
purposeful exaggeration for effect
PLETHORA
excess
OSTENSIBLE
apparent (his OSTENSIBLE purpose was to help others, but his true purpose was to become rich)
MALLEABLE
capable of being shaped
OSTENTATION
excessive showiness
WAVER
to fluctuate b/w choices
DIRGE
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
OPAQUE
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
DECORUM
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
PLACATE
to soothe or pacify
PLASTIC
able to be molded, altered, or bent
OSSIFY
to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
TIRADE
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
SERAPHIC
angelic; sweet
LANGUID
lacking energy; indifferent; slow (LANGUID wave of the hand)
ARBITRATE
to judge a dispute b/w two opposing parties
SCINTILLA
trace amount (a SCINTILLA of evidence)
MAR
to damage or deface; spoil (our good name has been marred by controversy)
VENERABLE
respected because of age
GAMBOL
frolic (the children GAMBOL on the hillside)
VERACITY
filled with truth and accuracy
VERBOSE
wordy
VEX
to annoy; irritate; puzzle; confuse
CONTUMACIOUS
rebellious
MULTIFARIOUS
diverse (The multifarious problems that face our city)
ETHOS
beliefs or character of a group
REPAST
meal or mealtime (prepared a cold REPAST)
REPLETE
abundantly supplied; complete (REPLETE with errors)
JARGON
nonsensical talk; specialized language
FATUOUS
stupid; foolishly self-satisfied
KINDLE
to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire (KINDLING eyes)
EBULLIENT
exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits
GARRULOUS
tending to talk a lot
INTREPID
fearless; resolutely courageous
FAWN
to grovel
ZEALOT
someone passionately devoted to a cause
CANDID
impartial and honest in speech
SYBARITE
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
PRISTINE
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
MOLLIFY
to calm or make less severe
PHILANTHROPY
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
STOLID
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
PECCADILLO
minor sin or offense
VESTIGE
a trace; remnant
FORTUITOUS
happening by chance; fortunate
POTENTATE
ruler with great power (industrial POTENTATES)
SYNCOPATION
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
AUGUST
dignified; grandiose (AUGUST presence of the king)
PARADOX
a contradiction or dilemma
PERMEATE
to penetrate
PERVADE
to be present throughout; to permeate
ECLECTIC
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
CACOPHONY
harsh, jarring noise
KUDOS
fame, glory, or honor
AMALGAMATE
to combine; to mix together
BURNISH
to polish
USURY
the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates (The bible condems USURY)
DOGMA
a firmly held opinion, especially a religious belief
BIFURCATE
to divide into two parts
CURMUDGEON
cranky person, usually old
EPICURE
person with refined taste in food and wine
SURLY
rude and bad-tempered
TANGENTIAL
digressing; diverting
IGNOBLE
having low moral standards; not noble in character; mean
MIRTH
joyfulness, merriment (the movie provided much MIRTH to the viewers)
IMPERTURBABLE
not capable of being disturbed
AMELIORATE
to make better; to improve
LAUD
to give praise; to glorify
ANACHRONISM
something out of place in time
SOPORIFIC
causing sleep or lethargy
ANOMALY
deviation from what is normal
DISTEND
to swell, inflate, or bloat (DISTENDED with gas)
IMPASSE
blocked path; dilemma with no solution (IMPASSE in the negotiations)
ANTAGONIZE
to annoy or provoke to anger
ESCHEW
to shun; to avoid (ESCHEW any attempts of violence)
EXIGENT
urgent; requiring immediate action
CATALYST
something that brings about a change in something else
DIVINE
to foretell or know by inspiration
IDIOSYNCRASY
peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity
EXCULPATE
to clear from blame; prove innocent
DUPE
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
CHAOS
great disorder or confused situation
EUPHONY
pleasant, harmonious sound
CONNOISSEUR
a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes
LARCENY
theft of property (grand LARCENY)
EUPHEMISM
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
LASSITUDE
a state of diminished energy
JOCULAR
playful; humorous
APATHY
lack of interest or emotion
ARBITRARY
determined by chance or impulse
METICULOUS
extremely careful; fastidious; painstaking
ENERVATE
to reduce in strength
RUSTIC
rural
DILATE
to make larger; expand
XENOPHOBIA
a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
ZEPHYR
a gentle breeze; something airy or insubstantial (a light ZEPHYR blew by)
NOISOME
stinking; putrid
METAPHOR
figure of speech comparing two different things
ELEGY
a sorrowful poem or speech
PROFLIGATE
corrupt; degenerate
CALUMNY
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
SAGACIOUS
shrewd; wise
PROPITIATE
to appease (propitiate the gods with a sacrafice)
HAPLESS
unfortunate; having bad luck
PALATIAL
relating to a palace; magnificent (PALATIAL furniture)
GARNER
to gather and store
POLYGLOT
a speaker of many languages
LUCID
clear and easily understood
EMBELLISH
to add ornamental or fictitious details
PUNGENT
sharp and irritating to the senses
ABERRANT
deviating from what is normal or expected
BOMBASTIC
pompous in speech and manner
BOLSTER
to support; prop up
BEVY
group (a BEVY of girls)
VISCOUS
thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid
GRADATION
process occurring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color (many GRADATIONS between good and bad)
MORES
fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes (the MORES of their time)
VOLATILE
easily arouse or changeable; lively or explosive
ADVOCATE
to speak in favor of
MITIGATE
to soften; to lessen
ALLEVIATE
to make more bearable
PARRY
to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer (He PARRIED the questions with clever replies)
TACIT
done without using words
MONOTONY
no variation; tediously the same
MOLT
to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically (snakes MOLT once a year)
ACME
highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable
ADULTERATE
to make impure
SLAKE
to satisfy or moderate (SLAKED her thirst)
FRACTIOUS
unruly; rebellious
ENCOMIUM
warm praise (the king received ENCOMIUM from the servants)
INVECTIVE
abusive language (cheap personal INVECTIVE)
SALUBRIOUS
healthful (SALUBRIOUS mountain air)
EFFIGY
stuffed doll; likeness of a person
ARCHAIC
ancient; old-fashioned
SENTIENT
aware; conscious; able to perceive
DISTAFF
the female branch of a family
SINECURE
a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work (The chuch was a sinucure for clerics)
PUSILLANIMOUS
cowardly; without courage (the lion was PUSILLANIMOUS with a tiny spirit)
DEFERENCE
respect; courtesy
ARTICULATE
able to speak clearly and expressively
SATIATE
to satisfy fully or overindulge
REPOSE
relaxation (He lied on the beach in calm repose)
REPUDIATE
to reject the validity of (REPUDIATE his claims)
REQUITE
to return or repay (REQUITE another's love)
PUERILE
childish, immature, or silly
INTRACTABLE
not easily managed or manipulated
PARIAH
an outcast (Tom was a juvenile PARIAH)
POSIT
to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation
PALLIATE
to make less serious; ease (PALLIATE the rebellious crowd)
ESOTERIC
known or understood only by a few
PROPRIETY
the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs
PROLIFERATE
to increase in number quickly
INTERREGNUM
period between reigns
PRODIGAL
lavish; wasteful
MILITATE
fight or work against (MILITATED against him)
MYOPIC
short sighted, lacking forsight or scope (MYOPIC vision of the future)
ENIGMA
a puzzle; a mystery
AMBIGUOUS
doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways
DICTUM
authoritative statement
OVERWROUGHT
agitated; overdone (my observations may seem overwrought)
ABATE
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
ERRATIC
wandering and unpredictable
INUNDATE
to overwhelm; to cover with water (INUNDATED with requests)
HOMOGENEOUS
of a similar kind
SUBLIME
lofty or grand
INNOCUOUS
harmless
IMPLACABLE
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
STIGMA
a mark of shame or discredit
IMPETUOUS
quick to act without thinking
HETEROGENEOUS
composed of unlike parts; different; diverse
CAPRICIOUS
changing one's mind quickly and often
EULOGY
speech in praise of someone
LOQUACIOUS
talkative
LETHARGIC
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
DISSONANCE
a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds
SYMBIOSIS
cooperation; mutual helpfulness
FORESTALL
to prevent or delay; anticipate (preventative measures to forestall possible problems)
SPARTAN
highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere
EFFRONTERY
impudent boldness; audacity
AXIOM
premise; postulate; self-evident truth
EXACERBATE
to make worse
EXONERATE
to clear of blame
PUGILISM
boxing
CHICANERY
deception by means of craft or guile
DITHER
to act confusedly or without clear purpose
PROBITY
complete honesty and integriity (financial PROBITY)
NADIR
lowest point (NADIR of their fortunes)
ESTIMABLE
admirable
PRUDENCE
wisdom, caution, restraint
CARTOGRAPHY
science or art of making maps
EXPLICIT
clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
STASIS
a state of static balance or equilibrium; stagnation
FOMENT
to arouse or incite
VARIEGATED
varied; marked with different colors
INGRATE
ungrateful person
VICISSITUDE
a change or variation; ups and downs
VIM
vitality and energy (painted with such VIM)
VITUPERATE
to abuse verbally; berate
VOLUBLE
talkative; speaking easily; glib
WAN
sickly pale (WAN complexion)
WANTON
undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless (WANTON disregard for human life)
ABJURE
to reject; abandon formally
ABASE
to humble; disgrace
ACIDULOUS
sour in taste or manner
ALACRITY
speed or quickness
TOME
book, usually large and academic
QUERULOUS
inclined to complain; irritable
QUIESCENT
motionless
PEREGRINATE
to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot
DESULTORY
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
AMORTIZE
to diminish by installment payments (amortize the cost over time)
PERFIDIOUS
treacherous (PERFIDIOUS acts against his supposed friends)
QUIXOTIC
overly idealistic; impractical
PERFUNCTORY
done in a routine way; indifferent
AMULET
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
QUOTIDIAN
occurring daily; commonplace (QUOTIDIAN daily routine)
DIAPHANOUS
allowing light to show through; delicate (the DIAPHANOUS fabric allowed light to pass through)
TORPOR
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
TRANSITORY
temporary; lasting a brief time
PROCLIVITY
a natural inclination or predisposition
ANALGESIA
a lessening or pain without loss of consciousness
ABSCOND
to leave secretly
ANALOGOUS
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
ANODYNE
something that calms or soothes pain
ANTIPATHY
extreme dislike
TRENCHANT
keen; forceful; effective (trenchant argument, trenchant critics)
APOCRYPHAL
of questionable authority or authenticity
APOSTATE
one who renounces a religious faith
ABSTEMIOUS
moderate in appetite (Becuase of his abstemious eating habbits he refused to eat desert)
APPROBATION
approval and praise
TURGID
swollen; bloated; pompous (spoke turgid rubbish, a turgid chapter)
ACCRETION
a growth in size; an increase in amount
AERIE
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
TYRO
beginner; novice
UMBRAGE
offense; resentment
ARDOR
intense and passionate feeling
ARROGATE
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right (Bush ARROGATED the power of congress and declared war)
ASSAIL
to attack; assault (nightmares ASSAILED him regularly)
UNCONSCIONABLE
unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust
UNEQUIVOCAL
absolute; certain
UPBRAID
to scold (UPBRAIDED her children)
HERMETIC
tightly sealed
HOARY
very old; whitish or gray from age
AESTHETIC
concerning the appreciation of beauty
ATTENUATE
to reduce in force or degree; weaken (ATTENUATE the effects)
AUGURY
prophecy; prediction of events (the witch delivered an AUGURY of events to come)
AFFECTED
phony; artificial; or influenced (AFFECTED accent)
AGGRANDIZE
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
DECLIVITY
downward slope
HUSBAND
to manage economically; to use sparingly (HUSBAND one's energy)
EQUIVOCATE
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
DECOROUS
proper decorum; appropriate behavior (In a DECOROUS manner)
DELETERIOUS
subtly or unexpectedly harmful
DEMAGOGUE
a leader or rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
DEMUR
to express doubts or objection
RACONTEUR
witty, skillful storyteller (He is a skilled raconteur)
ERSATZ
fake (ERSATZ coffee substitute)
ERUDITE
learned; scholarly; bookish
PEJORATIVE
having bad connotations; disparaging (the word faith now has PEJORATIVE connotations)
PENURY
an oppressive lack of resource (as money); severe poverty
DERIDE
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
RAREFY
to make thinner or sparser
REDRESS
set right or relieve from past wrongs (REDRESS the inequalities)
REJOINDER
response (a witty REJOINDER)
DIFFIDENT
lacking self-confidence (DIFFIDENT in her work)
DILATORY
intended to delay (dilatory work habbits)
EXPONENT
one who champions or advocates
PERIPATETIC
wandering from place to place, especially on foot (the PERIPATETIC wanderes traveled around the country)
NUMISMATICS
coin collecting
PERSPICACIOUS
shrewd, astute, or keen-witted
OBDURATE
hardened in feeling; stubborn (he was OBDURATE in his feelings)
DILETTANTE
someone with an amateurish or superficial interest in a topic
RESTIVE
impatient, uneasy, or restless (consultants were getting restive about the negotiations)
PHALANX
a compact or close-knit group (the protestors formed a PHALANX)
DISABUSE
to set right; free from error
DISCERN
to perceive or recognize
PHILISTINE
smugly conventional and lacking in culture
DISPARATE
fundamentally different; entirely unalike
JINGOISM
belligerent support of one's country (a JINGOISTIC rally of tea partiers)
INQUEST
an investigation; an inquiry
KEEN
having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp; perceptive
LATENT
potential that is not readily apparent
INCULCATE
to teach; impress in the mind (INCULCATE a sense of duty in the children)
OBLIQUE
indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
LAVISH
extremely generous or extravagant; giving unsparingly
OBSEQUIOUS
overly submissive and eager to please
KINETIC
relating to motion; characterized by movement
LEERY
suspicious
OBVIATE
to prevent; to make unnecessary
LEGERDEMAIN
trickery (In an act of financial legerdmain)
KNELL
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
LEVITY
light mannered; overly casual; not serious (I wanted to inject some light LEVITY to the serious meeting)
OCCLUDE
to stop up; prevent the passage of
OFFICIOUS
too helpful; meddlesome (OFFICIOUS officer told us not to wear sandals)
LIBERAL
tolerant or broad-minded; generous or lavish
LACONIC
using few words
INIMICAL
hostile; unfriendly (laws INIMICAL to freedom)
INCHOATE
not fully formed (INCHOATE state of government)
ONEROUS
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
OPINE
to express an opinion (She OPINED that she was in favor of the first ammendment)
PHLEGMATIC
sluggish (too phlegmatic to do anything substantial)
LIBERTINE
a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
PITHY
profound or substantial yet concise succinct, and to the point (PITHY summary of modern physics)
LICENTIOUS
immoral; unrestrained by society (licentious behavior)
PLEBEIAN
vulgar; coarse; characteristic of commoners (PLEBEIAN agitators at the rally)
LIMPID
clear; transparent (LIMPID waters)
PLUCKY
courageous; spunky
LIONIZE
to treat as a celebrity (the man we LIONIZE as a great magician)
LISSOME
easily flexed; limber; agile (LISSOME gymnist she is)
POLEMIC
controversy; argument; verbal attack
OPPROBRIUM
public disgrace
LISTLESS
lacking energy and enthusiasm
POLITIC
shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic
RHETORIC
effective writing or speaking
LIVID
discolored from a bruise; reddened with anger
LUGUBRIOUS
sorrowful; mournful; dismal
LUMBER
to move slowly and awkwardly
MACHINATION
plot or scheme (the MACHINATION of evil plotters)
CLOYING
sickly sweet; excessive (a CLOYING romance novel)
RIBALD
humorous in a vulgar way (RIBALD jokes)
ROCOCO
very highly ornamented (ROCOCO furniture)
IMPUGN
to call into question; to attack verbally
COALESCE
to grow together to form a single whole
COFFER
strongbox; large chest for money
COGENT
convincing and well-reasoned
WHIMSICAL
lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
WILY
clever; deceptive (WILY coyote)
COLLUSION
collaboration; complicity; conspiracy
WIZENED
shriveled; withered; wrinkled (WIZENED old faces on the wise men)
WRAITH
a ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his/her death
YOKE
to join together
ZENITH
the point of culmination; peak
ICONOCLAST
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
CONVOLUTED
intricate and complicated
COSSET
to pamper; treat with great care (COSSETED orange county boy)
COTERIE
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose (COTERIE of musicians)
CREDULOUS
too trusting; gullible
CRAVEN
lacking courage (CRAVEN lion)
CUPIDITY
greed; strong desire (CUPIDITY for new shoes)
DEBUTANTE
young woman making debut in high society
SALIENT
prominent; of notable significance
PRATTLE
meaningless; foolish talk
PRECIPITATE
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
PRECIS
short summary of facts
JUDICIOUS
sensible; showing good judgement
INTRANSIGENT
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
INSIPID
lacking interest or flavor
INVIDIOUS
envious; unfair; causing anger (invidious highering practices)
INVESTITURE
ceremony establishing authority (the investiture of the new president)
INURE
To become acustomed to accepting something undesirable (INURED to eating bad food)
IMPRECATION
a curse (muttered IMPRECATIONS as he worked)
PALLID
lacking color or liveliness
PANACHE
dashing, self-confident, flamboyant (He perfromed the moves with excitement and PANACHE)
ABEYANCE
temporary suppression or suspension (held in ABEYANCE for the time being)
PANEGYRIC
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
CASTIGATE
to punish or criticize harshly
PANOPLY
impressive array (PANOPLY of targets)
BONHOMIE
good-nature, pleasantness (His genuine BONHOMIE is to be admired)
PARAGON
model of excellence or perfection (a PARAGON of performance)
BOOR
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
BURGEON
to grow and flourish
MAELSTROM
violent, agitated, whirlpool-like state (a MAELSTROM of violence)
MAGNATE
powerful or influential person (Industrial MAGNATES of the 20th century)
MALEDICTION
a curse; a wish of evil upon another (the gypsy delivered a MALEDICTION on the traveler)
MANNERED
artificial or stylized in character (MANNERED writing)
MARTINET
strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
CATHOLIC
universal; broad and comprehensive
PARE
to trim off excess; reduce (PARE the apple)
CAUSTIC
biting in wit
CABAL
a secret group seeking to overturn something
MAUDLIN
overly sentimental (MAUDLIN concern for the welfare of animals)
MENDACIOUS
dishonest
MENDICANT
beggar
MERCURIAL
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
MERETRICIOUS
gaudy; falsely attractive
INGRATIATE
to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage (attempted to INGRATIATE the king)
INSURRECTION
rebellion (the insurgents created an INSURRECTION)
PRESCIENT
having foresight
PREVARICATE
to lie or deviate from the truth
INTER
to bury (she was INTERED in the churchyard)
IMBUE
to infuse, dye, wet, or moisten
IMPECUNIOUS
poor; having no money
IMPERVIOUS
impossible to penetrate
IMPIOUS
not devout in religion
INCARNADINE
blood-red in color (INCARNADINE flesh)
INDOLENT
habitually lazy or idle