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New GRE Vocabulary

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Calumny
slander
Abrogate
to void; cancel; end
Abcission
sudden termination
Abjuration
to recant under oath
Egregious
conspicuously bad
Exiguous
inadequately; scanty
Puissance
power
Officious
overly obliging
Apostate
one who gives up his faith
Dessicant
a substance that induces dryness
Perfidy
deliberate breach of faith; treachery
Epistemology
the study of knowledge
Aberration
deviation from the norm
Abeyance
temporary inactivity
Acceration
a gradual increase in the amount of something
Amenable
responsive to suggestion
Asperity
roughness; severity
Assay
analysis; examination
Assiduous
hard-working
Aver
to declare as true
Cadge
to beg; obtain something to which one is not entitled
Commensurate
corresponding in size, degree, or duration
Convivial
festive; sociable
Denigrate
to speak ill of; belittle
Desultory
inconsistent; irregular; aimless
Dissemble
to conceal
Divest
to get rid of
Espouse
to choose to follow/support something
Excoriate
to denounce
Exigent
urgent
Extant
currently existing
Fatuous
foolish; smug
Foment
to agitate
Gainsay
to deny/contradict
Garrison
a military post
Immutable
not subject to change
Impetus
a stimulus
Inchoate
poorly formed
Inimical
harmful or unfriendly
Insular
isolated; narrow-minded
Interpolate
to insert or introduce between
Inundate
to quickly overwhelm or exceed capacity
Inure
to habituate; get used to
Irascible
easily angered
Lambaste
to scold; to beat
Obdurate
firm; stubborn
Obviate
to render unnecessary
Parse
to break down into components
Mendicant
a beggar
Quixotic
foolishly impractical
Refulgent
shining brightly
Surfeit
excess; to supply to excess
Fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
Apocryphal
of dubious authenticity; fictitious
Improvident
not having foresight; spendthrift; thoughtless
Approbation
an expression of praise
Axiomatic
taken as a given
Paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
Prescience
foreknowledge of events
Stymie
to block; to thwart
Virulent
extremely harmful; antagonistic
Perspicacious
acutely perceptive
Prevaricate
to lie; mislead
Ossified
turn into bone; become stagnant or rigid
Anomalous
deviating from what is standard
Ascetic
practicing self-denial; one who practices self-denial
Bucolic
rustic; characteristic of rural areas
Burgeon
to grow rapidly; flourish
Ebullience
the quality of overflowing with enthusiasm
Impecunious
lacking funds
Inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
Penurious
penny-pinching; thrifty
Redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
Chary
cautious; wary
Nescience
Lack of knowledge or awareness
Acumen
keen; accurate insight
Halcyon
calm
Hegemony
the consistent dominance of one ideology over others
Polemical
controversial; argumentative
Spurious
lacking validity; false
Acerbic
having sour/bitter taste/character; sharp
Contiguous
adjacent
Dilettante
one with superficial interest in a branch of knowledge
Obfuscate
to confuse; to bewilder
Proclivity
inclination
Profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Renege
to go back on a promise
Sedulous
diligent; hardworking
Untenable
indefensible; not viable
Variegated
multicolored
Vituperate
to use harsh language
Abstemious
sparing esp. in eating and drinking
Anathema
something/someone loathed; formal curse or excommunication
Ancillary
subordinate; providing assistance
Apposite
suitable; pertinent
Arrant
unmitigated; very bad
Catholic
universal; embracing everything
Cavil
to quibble; raise trivial objections
Contumely
rudeness; arrogance
Coterie
a select group of close associates
Doggerel
comic, loose verse
Epicure
a person with refined taste in wine and food
Evince
to show; manifest
Fulsome
insincere; repulsive
Hermetic
impervious to external influence; airtight
Ineluctable
unavoidable
Inveterate
habitual; deeply rooted
Licentious
lewd; amoral
Noisome
offensive/disgusting; noxious
Patina
surface discoloration
Presage
to foreshadow
Privation
poverty
Ligneous
wood-like
Limn
to draw; to outline in detail; to describe
List
to tilt
Lubricious
lewd; slippery; greasy
Meet
fitting; proper
Meretricious
plausible but false/insincere; gaudy
Minatory
menacing
Nice
exacting; fastidious
Otiose
lazy; futile
Panegyric
formal/elaborate praise
Pellucid
transparent; easy to understand; limpid
Perorate
to speak formally
Plangent
pounding; resounding
Prolix
verbose
Propitiate
to appease
Pulchritude
physical beauty
Pusillanimous
cowardly; craven
Saturnine
melancholy; sullen
Sidereal
relating to the stars
Sinecure
a position requiring little work; usually providing an income
Stentorian
extremely powerful and loud
Stygian
gloomy; dark
Tendentious
argumentative; biased
Turbid
murky; opaque
Vagary
whim
Voluble
fluent
Antediluvian
of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
Lionization
look on/treat like a celebrity
Sartorial
of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes
Capitulate
surrender
Vitiate
to make faulty or defective
Rapacious
aggressively greedy
Pertinacious
holding firmly to an opinion/course of action
Denouement
the result of a complex series of events
Putative
commonly accepted; supposed; reputed
Quay
wharf; pier
Redolent
fragrant; reminiscent
Apogee
the highest point in the development of something; climax
Duress
threats to force someone to do something against their will
Abstruse
difficult to understand; obscure
Prosaic
commonplace
Arcane
understood by few; secret
Ribald
vulgar; characterized by crude humor
Ignominious
shameful; disgraceful
Recondite
little known
Detritus
debris
Mien
demeanor
Timorous
fearful; timid
Imputed
to attribute; ascribe blame
Panned
criticize severely
Temerity
recklessness
Turpitude
depravity
Arrogate
to claim without justification
August
majestic; venerable
Imbib
to drink
Laconic
concise
Edify
to enlighten; educate
Usury
practice of lending money at exorbitant rates
Verdant
covered with green plants; inexperienced
Nadir
low point
Adumbrate
to foreshadow vaguely
Anodyne
soothing
Asseverate
to allege
Beatify
to bless; make happy; to regard ad saintly
Celerity
speed
Coeval
of the same period; coexisting
Orotund
full in sound; pompous
Contretemps
a mishap
Contumacious
rebellious; disobedient
Descry
to discriminate; discern
Desuetude
disuse
Desultory
disconnected; occurring haphazardly
Diaphanous
delicate; insubstantial
Diurnal
occurring daily/in the daytime
Encomium
formal expression of praise; a tribute
Exegesis
critical examination; explication
Expiate
to atone
Hirsute
hairy; shaggy
Hoary
gray/white with age; ancient; stale
Importune
to urge with annoying persistence; to trouble
Insouciant
nonchalant
Jejune
vapid; uninteresting; childish
Lassitude
weakness
Emend
make corrections and improvements to
Sequestration
the act of segregating
Nostrum
an alleged cure-all
Peripatetic
moving from place to place
Pith
significance
Probity
integrity
Quaff
to drink heartily
Quotidian
ordinary; occurring daily
Recalcitrant
defiant
Specious
appearing to be genuine but actually deceptive
Subsume
to contain
Tangential
slightly connected; superficially relevant
Unalloyed
pure; complete
Collusion
secret agreement or cooperation
Impinge
to strike; to have an effect; infringe
Equivocal
open to interpretation
Palliative
make less severe; moderate
Nugatory
of no consequence; having no no force
Salubrious
promoting health/well-being
Splenetic
marked by bad temper
Obstreperous
noisy and difficult to control
Leviathan
something enormous and powerful; a sea monster
Obloquy
abusive criticism
Seditious
resistant to lawful authority
Cabal
a small group working in secret
Imprecation
a curse
Myopic
shortsighted
Diffident
shy
Amortize
to liquidate (a debt) at fixed intervals
Recidivistic
habitually relapsing into former criminal or antisocial behavior
Dastard
a malicious coward
Alacrity
eagerness
Mordant
bitingly sarcastic
Bellicose
warlike
Propitious
favorable; advantageous
Libertine
unrestrained by convention or morality
Iconoclastic
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs
Temerity
boldness
Predilection
partiality; preference
Amity
friendship
Denude
lay bare
Largesse
generosity
Equanimity
calmness; composure
Dilatory
slow to act
Sybarite
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury