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GRE 4

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Obsequious
(adj.) Overly submissive and eager to please; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
Obdurate
(adj.) stubborn, unyielding; hardhearted; intractable.
Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding
Malleable
(adj.) easily shaped or formed; easily influenced; capable of being changed.
Malevolent
(adj.) wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
Luminous
(adj.) emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating; characterized by brightness and the emission of light
Loquacious
(adj.) Extremely talkative
Insipid
(adj.) lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating; lacking interest.
Infelicitous
(adj.) unfortunate; inappropriate;
Pithy
(adj.) precise and brief
Specious
(adj.) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit; plausible but false.
Seeming to be truthful on the surface, but actually false
Solvent
(adj.) able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
Tirade
(n.) a long, angry speech, usually very critical; a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
Tenuous
(adj.) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported.
Having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
Tenacity
(n.) persistent determination.
Firmness in holding fast; persistence
Surfeit
(v.) to feed or supply with anything to excess
Superfluous
(adj.) exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess; beyond what is required; extra
Succinct
(adj.) brief, concise
Subpoena
(n.) a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding
Spurious
(adj.) not genuine, not true, not valid.
Lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
Adulterate
(v.) to corrupt, make worse by the addition of something of lesser value; make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances
Amalgamate
(v.) To combine several elements into a whole
Profuse
(adj.) very abundant; given or flowing freely.
Spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess
Prodigal
(adj.) wastefully extravagant; lavishly or generously abundant; recklessly wasteful; profuse
Recalcitrant
(adj.) marked by stubborn resistance to and defiant of authority or guidance; obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
Rancourous
(adj.) bitter, deep-seated ill will, hostility; characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
Pervasive
(adj.) having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
Penury
(n.) a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Mitigate
(v.) to cause to become less harsh or hostile; to make less severe; to moderate
Rhetoric
(n.) study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking).
The art of presenting ideas in a clear, effective, and persuasive manner
Salubrious
(adj.) promoting health or well-being
Querulous
(adj.) prone to complaining or grumbling; irritable; whining
Impunity
(n.) freedom from punishment
Inchoate
(adj.) in an initial stage; not fully formed.
Just beginning; not fully shaped or formed; rudimentary
Zealous
(adj.) eager, earnest, devoted; enthusiastically devoted to something/ a cause
Hedonism
(n.) an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good.
Pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses
Hegemony
(n.) the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others; leadership; supremacy
Iconoclast
(n.) one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions.
Pine
(v.) to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn