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100 terms

Barron's essential words for the GRE (set 7 of 8)

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profound
deep, not superficial
prohibitive
so high as to prevent the purchase or use of, forbidding
proliferate
to increase rapidly
propensity
inclination, tendency
propitiate
to win over, appease
propriety
correct conduct, fitness
proscribe
to condemn, forbid, outlaw
provident
providing for future need, frugal
puissant
powerful
punctilious
careful in observing rules fo behavior
pungent
penetrating, caustic, to the point
pusillanimous
cowerdly
purport
to profess, suppose, claim
quagmire
marsh, difficult situation
quail
to cower, lose heart
qualified
limited, restricted
qualm
sudden feeling of faintness or nausea
query
question
quibble
to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details
quiescent
inactive, still
quorum
number of memeber necessary to conduct a meeting
raconteur
witty, skillful storyteller
rail
to scold with bitter or abusive language
raiment
clothing
ramification
implication, consequence
rarefied
refined
rationale
fundamental reason
rebu
puzzle in whic pictures or symbols represent words
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
recant
retract a statement of opinion
recluse
person who lives in seclusion and often in solitude
recondite
abstruse, profound
redoubtable
formidable, arousing fear
refractory
stubborn, resisting ordinary methods of treatment
refulgent
brightly shining, resplendent
refute
to contradict, disprove
regale
to entertain
relegate
to consign to an inferior position
remonstrate
to object or protest
renege
to go back on one's word
reparation
amends, compensation
repine
fret, complain
reprise
repetition, especially of a piece of music
reproach
to find fault with, blame
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
repudiate
to reject as having no authority
rescind
to cancel
resolution
determination, resolve
resolve
determination, firmness of purpose
reticent
nor speaking freely, reserved, reluctant
reverent
expressing deep respect, worshipful
riposte
retaliatory action or retort
rococo
excessively ornate
rubric
protocol, title or heading
rue
regret
ruse
trick, crafty stratagem
sage
wise
salacious
lascivious, lustful
salubrious
healthful
salutary
expecting an improvement, favorable to health
sanction
to approve, ratify, permit
sardonic
cynical, scornfully mocking
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
satiate
to satisfy
saturate
imbue througout, soak thoroughly
saturnine
gloomy
satyr
a creature that is half-man, half beast, with the horns and legs of a goat
savor
to enjoy, have a distinctive flavor or smell
schematic
relating to or in the form of an outline or diagram
secrete
produce and release substance into organism
sedition
behaviour prompting rebellion
sedulous
diligent, assiduous
seismic
relating to earthquakes
sensual
relating to the senses, gratifying the physical (sexual) senses
sensuous
relating to the senses
sentient
aware, concious, able to preceive
servile
submissive, obedient
sextant
navigation tool that determines latitude and longitude
shard
a piece of broken glass or pottery
sidereal
relating to the stars
simian
apelike, relating to apes
simile
comparison of one thing with another using "like" or "as"
sinecure
well-paying job that requieres little or no work
singular
unique, extraordinary, odd
sinuous
intricate, complex
skeptic
one who doubts
sobriety
seriousness
sodden
thoroughly soaked, saturated
solicitous
concerned, attentive, eager
soliloquy
literary or dramatic speech by one character, not adressed to others
solvent
able to meet financial obligations
somatic
relating to or affecting the body, corporeal
soporific
sleep producing
sordid
filthy, contemptible and corrupt
specious
seeming to be logical and sound, but not really so
spectrum
band of color, broad range of related ideas or objects
spendthrift
person who spends money recklessly
sporadic
irregular
squalor
filthy, wretched condition
staccato
marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds