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GRE Vocab Words IV
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available when required or as promised
The President announced that the senators were about to reach a compromise, and that he was eager to read the forthcoming details of the bill.
at ease in talking to others
As a husband, Larry was not forthcoming: if Jill didn't demand to know details, Larry would never share them with her.
markedly different from an accepted norm
When the financial director started screaming and throwing food at his co-workers, the police had to come in to deal with his aberrant behavior.
serving to warn; expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
At the assembly, the high school vice-principal gave the students an admonitory speech, warning them of the many risks and dangers of prom night.
constituting a separate entity or part
What was once known as Czechoslovakia has since split into two discrete, independent nations.
extreme generosity and giving
Uncle Frank was known for his largess, so his nephew was sad when he did not receive a present for his birthday.
to cause confusion
Though Harry loved numbers, calculus confounded him.
mistake one thing for another
Americans often confound sweet potatoes with yams, and refer to both vegetables by the same name.
harsh in tone
Most movie critics are acerbic towards summer blockbusters, often referring to them as garbage.
intended to attract notice and impress others; tawdry or vulgar
Matt wanted to buy stone lions for front of the house, but Cynthia convinced him that such a display would be too ostentatious for a modest house in an unassuming neighborhood.
requiring and demanding accuracy
Though his childhood piano teacher was so exacting, Max is thankful now, as a professional pianist.
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
Rather than make a philosophical appeal to the Congressmen, the Speaker decided to take a far more pragmatic approach, making small side-deals that would add votes to his bill.
lacking foresight or imagination
The company ultimately went out of business because the myopic managers couldn't predict the changes in their industry
in abundant supply
In midsummer, there are copious popsicle stands at the beach; in the winter, there are none.
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
Steven Pinerk's credentials are unquestioned as a pundit; he has taught at MIT and Stanford, teaches at Harvard, and has published a cognition, language, and psychology.
lacking significance through having been overused
Cheryl rolled her eyes when she heard the lecturer's hackneyed advice to "be true to yourself."
difficult to understand; incomprehensible
Physics textbooks can seem so abstruse to the uninitiated that readers feel as though they are looking at hieroglyphics.
interpreted in a particular way
The author's inability to take a side on the issue was construed by both his opponents and supporters as a sign of weakness.
without scruples or principles
In the courtroom, the lawyer was unscrupulous, using every manner of deceit and manipulation to secure a victory for himself.
praise or glorify
The teenagers exalted the rock star, covering their bedrooms with posters of him.
to completely destroy
I tried eradicating the mosquitoes in my apartment with a rolled up newspaper, but there were too many of them.
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
Count Rumford denigrated the new theory of heat, demonstrating that it was wholly inadequate to explain the observations.
easily irritated or annoyed
Although the three year old was often described as mature for his age, he was petulant and whiny whenever his father forgot to remove the crust from his sandwiches.
characteristic of a limited perspective; not fashionable or sophisticated
Maggie's enthusiasm about her high school teams seemed provincial to her college classmates, all of whom were following a nationally ranked college team.
impervious to correction by punishment
Tom Sawyer seems like an incorrigible youth until Huck Finn enters the novel; even Sawyer cant' match his fierce individual spirit.
being of questionable authenticity
The web is notorious for sandwiching apocryphal stories between actual news.
inducing mental lethargy; sleep inducing
Although the professor is brilliant, his bland monotone gives is lectures a soporific effect.
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
Professor Thompson was regarded as an expert in his field, but his lectures were utterly pedantic, focused on rigorous details of the most trivial conventions in the field.
defying tradition or convention
Jackson Pollock was an iconoclastic artist, totally breaking with tradition by splashing paint on a blank canvas.
(n) a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
A small contingent of those loyal to the king have gathered around the castle to defend it.
(adj) dependent on (usually used with upon)
Whether the former world champions can win again this year is contingent upon none of its star players getting injured.
prove to be false or incorrect
No one could refute his theories or propositions, and that is why he was esteemed by all his colleagues in the philosophy department.
refusing to change one's mind
civil rights icon Rosa Parks will forever be remembered for adamantly refusing to give up her seat on a public bus--even after the bus driver insisted, she remained rooted in place.
give extra weight to (a communication)
While the hiking instructor agreed that carrying a first aid kit could be a good idea under certain circumstances, he underscored the importance of carrying enough water.
make (one thing) compatible with (another)
Peggy was unable to reconcile her kind friend Jane with the cruel and merciless character Jane played on television.
the trait of avoiding excesses
Welles wasn't known for his temperance--he usually ate enough for two and drank enough for three
lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
Within a week of starting, the bumbling new waiter was unceremoniously fired.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
The document clearly indicated that Nick was out of the state at the time of the crime, and so served to exonerate him of any charges.
worthy of high praise
To say the Gandhi's actions were laudable is the greatest understatement; he overthrew an empire without violence.
gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
Even though Tom didn't like his new boss, he decided to ingratiate himself to her in order to advance his career.
In 1919, the World Series was rigged--an ignoble act which baseball took decades to recover from.
marked by repeated turns and bends; not straightforward
Because the logic behind McMahon's side of the debate was so tortuous, his audience came out either completely confused or, worse, feeling they'd been tricked.
not clearly understood or expressed
The meaning of the professor's new research was opaque to most people, so no one asked any question.
unwilling to change one's beliefs or course of action
Despite many calls fro mercy, the judge remained intransigent, citing strict legal precedence.
to adopt or support an idea or cause
As a college student, Charlie espoused Marxism, growing his beard out and railing against the evils of the free-market.
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
Peggy's numerous idiosyncrasies include wearing mismatched shoes, laughing loudly to herself, and owning a pet aardvark.
grow and flourish
China's housing market is burgeoning, but some predict that the growth is merely a bubble and will burst much like the U.S. real estate bubble of 2008.
incapable of making less angry or hostile
Win or lose, the coach was always implacable, never giving the athletes an easy practice or a break.
add details or explanation; clarify the meaning; state in depth
The CEO refused to expound on the decision to merge our department with another one, and so I quit.
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