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GRE
STUDY
PLAY
ABATE
subside or moderate
ABERRANT
abnormal or deviant
ABEYANCE
suspended action
ABSCOND
depart silently and hide
ABSTEMIOUS
sparing in eating and drinking (ADJ)
ADMONISH
warn; reprove (V)
ADULTERATE
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
AESTHETIC
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful;
AGGREGATE
gather; accumulate;
ALACRITY
cheerful promptness; eagerness;
ALLEVIATE
relieve
AMBIGUOUS
unclear or doubtful in meaning
AMBIVALENCE
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes;
AMALGAMATE
combine; unite in one body;
AMELIORATE
improve
ANACHRONISM
something or someone misplaced in time;
ANALOGOUS
comparable
ANARCHY
absence of governing body; state of disorder;
ANOMALOUS
abnormal; irregular;
ANTIPATHY
aversion; dislike;
APATHY
lack of caring; indifference;
APPEASE
pacify or soothe
APPRISE
inform
APPROBATION
approval;
APPROPRIATE
acquire; take possession of for one's own use;
ARDUOUS
hard; strenuous;
ARTLESS
without guile; open and honest;
ASCETIC
practicing self denial; austere;
ASSIDUOUS
diligent
ASSUAGE
easen or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger);
ATTENUATE
make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
AUDACIOUS
daring; bold;
AUSTERE
forbiddingly stern; severely simple; severely simple and unornamented;
AUTONOMOUS
self-governing
AVER
assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact;
BANAL
hackneyed; commonplace;
BELIE
contradict; give a false impression
BENEFICENT
kindly; doing good;
BOLSTER
support; reinforce;
BOMBASTIC
pompous; using inflated language;
BOORISH
rude; insensitive
BURGEON
grow forth; send out buds;
BURNISH
make shiny by rubbing; polish;
BUTTRESS
support; prop up;
CACOPHONOUS
discordant; inharmonious
CAPRICIOUS
unpredictable; fickle;
CASTIGATION
punishment; severe criticism;
CATALYST
agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged;
CATALYST
person or thing that causes action;
CAUSTIC
burning; sarcastically biting;
CHICANERY
trickery; deception;
COAGULATE
thicken; congeal; clot;
CODA
concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes or concludes;
COGENT
convincing;
COMMENSURATE
corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.; proportionate;
COMPENDIUM
brief, comprehensive summary;
COMPLAISANT
trying to please; overly polite; obliging;
COMPLIANT
yielding; conforming to requirements;
CONCILIATORY
reconciling; soothing;
CONDONE
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse;
CONFOUND
confuse; puzzle
CONNOISSEUR
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of an art;
CONTENTION
claim; thesis;
CONTENTIOUS
quarrelsome;
CONTRITE
penitent;
CONUNDRUM
riddle; difficult problem;
CONVERGE
approach; tend to meet; come together;
CONVOLUTED
coiled around; involved; intricate;
CRAVEN
cowardly;
DAUNT
intimidate; frighten;
DECORUM
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners;
DEFAULT
failure to act (N)
DEFERENCE
courteous regards for another's wish. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes";
DELINEATE
portray; depict; sketch;
DENIGRATE
blacken;
DERIDE
ridicule; make fun of;
DERIVATIVE
unoriginal; obtained from another source
DESICCATE
dry up;
DESULTORY
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random;
DETERRENT
something that discourages; hindrance;
DIATRIBE
bitter scolding; invective;
DICHOTOMY
split; branching into two parts;
DIFFIDENCE
shyness;
DIFFUSE
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas);
DIGRESSION
wandering away from the subject;
DIRGE
lament with music
DISABUSE
correct a false impression; undeceive;
DISCERNING
mentally quick and observant; having insight;
DISCORDANT
not harmonious; conflicting;
DISCREDIT
defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve;
DISCREPANCY
lack of consistency; difference;
DISCRETE
separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts;
DISINGENUOUS
lacking genuine candor; insincere;
DISINTERESTED
unprejudiced;
DISJOINTED
lacking coherence; separated at the joints;
DISMISS
eliminate from consideration; reject;
DISPARAGE
belittlle
DISPARATE
basically different; unrelated;
DISSEMBLE
disguise; pretend;
DISSEMINATE
distribute; spread; scatter;
DISSOLUTION
disintegration; looseness in morals;
DISSONANCE
discord; opposite of harmony;
DISTEND
expand; swell out;
DISTILL
purify; refine; concentrate;
DIVERGE
vary
DIVEST
strip; deprive;
DOCUMENT
provide written evidence;
DOGMATIC
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal;
DORMANT
sleeping; lethargic; latent;
DUPE
somebody easily fooled
EBULLIENT
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm;
ECLECTIC
selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources;
EFFICACY
power to produce desired effect;
EFFRONTERY
impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness;
ELEGY
poem or song expressing lamentation;
ELICIT
draw out by discussion;
EMBELLISH
adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story;
EMPIRICAL
based on experience;
EMULATE
imitate; rival;
ENDEMIC
prevailing in a specific group of people or in a specific area of country;
ENERVATE
weaken;
ENGENDER
cause; produce;
ENHANCE
increase; improve;
EPHEMERAL
short-lived; fleeting;
EQUANIMITY
calmness or temperament; composure;
EQUIVOCATE
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth;
ERUDITE
learned; scholarly;
ESOTERIC
hard to understand; known only to a chosen few;
EULOGY
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death;
EUPHEMISM
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one;
EXACERBATE
worsen; embitter;
EXCULPATE
clear from blame; exonerate;
EXIGENCY
urgent situation;
EXTRAPOLATION
projection; conjecture;
FACETIOUS
joking (often inappropriately); humorous;
FACILITATE
help bring about; make less difficult;
FALLACIOUS
false; misleading;
FATUOUS
brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug;
FAWNING
trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering or cringing;
FELICITOUS
apt; suitably expressed; well-chosen;
FERVOR
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling;
FLAG
droop; grow feeble;
FLEDGLING
inexperienced;
FLOUT
reject; mock; show contempt for;
FOMENT
stir up; instigate; incite;
FORESTALL
prevent by taking action in advance;
FRUGALITY
thrift; economy; marked by avoiding waste and being economical
FUTILE
useless; hopeless; ineffectual;
GAINSAY
deny
GARRULOUS
loquacious; wordy; talkative; Excessively talkative; Excessively wordy and rambling
GOAD
urge on;
GOUGE
overcharge
GRANDILOQUENT
pompous; bombastic; using high sounding language;
GREGARIOUS
sociable;
GUILELESS
without deceit;
GULLIBLE
easily deceived;
HARANGUE
long; passionate, and vehement speech;
HOMOGENEOUS
of the same kind;
HYPERBOLE
exaggeration; overstatement;
ICONOCLASTIC
attacking cherished traditions;
IDOLATRY
worship of idols; excessive admiration;
IMMUTABLE
unchangeable;
IMPAIR
injure; hurt;
IMPASSIVE
without feeling; imperturbable; stoical;
IMPEDE
hinder; block;
IMPERMEABLE
impervious; not permitting passage through its substance;
IMPERTURBABLE
calm; placid;
IMPERVIOUS
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed;
IMPLACABLE
incapable of being pacified;
IMPLICIT
understood but not stated;
IMPLODE
burst inward;
INADVERTENTLY
unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly;
INCHOATE
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary;
INCONGRUITY
lack of harmony; absurdity;
INCONSEQUENTIAL
insignificant; unimportant;
INCORPORATE
introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite;
INDETERMINATE
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite;
INDIGENCE
poverty;
INDOLENT
lazy
INERT
inactive; lacking power to move
INGENUOUS
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated;
INHERENT
firmly established by nature or habit;
INNOCUOUS
harmless
INSENSIBLE
unconscious; unresponsive;
INSINUATE
hint; imply; creep in;
INSIPID
lacking in flavor; dull;
INSULARITY
narrow-mindedness; isolation;
INTRACTABLE
unruly; stubborn; unyielding;
INTRANSIGENCE
refusal fo any compromise; stubbornness;
INUNDATE
overwhelm; flood; submerge;
INURED
accustomed; hardened;
INVECTIVE
abuse;
IRASCIBLE
irritable; easily angered;
IRRESOLUTE
uncertain how to act; weak;
ITINERARY
plan of a trip;
LACONIC
brief and to the point;
LASSITUDE
languor; weariness;
LATENT
potential but undeveloped;dormant;
LAUD
praise;
LETHARGIC
drowsy; dull;
LEVEE
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
LEVITY
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity;
LOG
record of a voyage ro fight; record of day to dat activities;
LOQUACIOUS
talkative;
LUCID
easily understood; clear; intelligible;
LUMINOUS
shining; issuing light;
MAGNANIMITY
generosity;
MALINGERER
one who feigns illness to escape duty;
MALLEABLE
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable;
MAVERICK
rebel; nonconformist;
MENDACIOUS
lying; habitually dishonest;
METAMORPHOSIS
change of form
METICULOUS
excessively careful; attentive to detail
MISANTHROPE
one who hates mankind;
MITIGATE
lessen in intensity; moderate; appease;
MOLLIFY
soothe
MOROSE
moody; ill-humored; sullen; melancholy.
MUNDANE
worldly as opposed to spiritual;
NEGATE
cancel out; nullify; deny;
NEOPHYTE
recent convert; beginner;
OBDURATE
stubborn;
OBSEQUIOUS
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic;
OBVIATE
make unnecessary; get rid of;
OCCLUDE
shut; close;
OFFICIOUS
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services;
ONEROUS
burdensome;
OPPROBRIUM
infamy; vilification;
OSCILLATE
vibrate pendulumlike; waver;
OSTENTATIOUS
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention;
PARAGON
model of perfection;
PARTISAN
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party;
PATHOLOGICAL
pertaining to disease;
PAUCITY
scarcity
PEDANTIC
showing off learning; bookish;
PENCHANT
strong inclination; liking;
PENURY
severe poverty; stinginess; destitution;
PERENNIAL
something long-lasting;
PERFIDIOUS
treacherous; disloyal;
PERFUNCTORY
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care or enthusiasm;
PERMEABLE
penetrable; porous; allowing liquid or gas to pass through;
PERVASIVE
spread throughout;
PHLEGMATIC
calm; not easily disturbed;
PIETY
devoutness; reverence for God;
PLACATE
pacify; conciliate;
PLATITUDE
trite remark; commonplace statement;
PLETHORA
excess; overabundance;
PLUMMET
fall sharply;
POROUS
full of pores; like a sieve;
PLASTICITY
ability to be molded;
PRAGMATIC
practical (ass opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something;
PREAMBLE
introductory statement;
PRECARIOUS
uncertain; risky;
PRECIPITATE
rash; premature; hasty; sudden; (ADJ)
PRECIPITATE
throw headlong; hasten; (V)
PRECURSOR
forerunner;
PRESUMPTUOUS
arrogant; taking liberties;
PREVARICATE
lie;
PRISTINE
characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled;
PROBITY
uprightness; incorruptibility;
PROBLEMATIC
doubtful; questionable; unsettled; perplexing;
PRODIGAL
wasteful; reckless with money;
PROFOUND
deep; not superficial; complete;
PROHIBITIVE
tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined to prevent or forbid;
PROLIFERATE
grow rapidly; spread; multiply;
PROPENSITY
natural inclination;
PROPITIATE
appease;
PROPRIETY
fitness; correct conduct;
PROSCRIBE
ostracize; banish; outlaw;
PUNGENT
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic;
QUALIFIED
limited; restricted;
QUIBBLE
minor objection or complaint;
QUIESCENT
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive;
RAREFIED
made less dense [of a gas]
RECALCITRANT
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly;
RECANT
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error;
RECLUSE
hermit; loner; one who lives in solitude
RECONDITE
abstruse; profound; secret;
REFRACTORY
stubborn; unmanageable;
REFUTE
disprove;
RELEGATE
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign;
REPROACH
express disapproval or disappointment;
REPROBATE
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency;
REPUDIATE
disown; disavow;
RESCIND
cancel
RESOLUTION
determination
RESOLVE
determination; firmness of purpose;
RETICENT
reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence;
REVERENT
respectful; worshipful;
SAGE
person celebrated for wisdom;
SALUBRIOUS
healthful;
SANCTION
approve; ratify;
SATIATE
satisfy fully;
SATURATE
soak thoroughly;
SAVOR
enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell or quality;
SECRETE
place out of sight; keep secret; "The money was secreted from his children" . Produce and release a substance into an organism;
SHARD
fragment, generally of pottery;
SKEPTIC
doubter; person who suspends judgment until having experienced the evidence supporting a point of view;
SOLICITOUS
worried; concerned;
SOPORIFIC
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness;
SPECIOUS
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
SPECTRUM
colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism;
SPORADIC
occurring irregularly;
STIGMA
token of disgrace; brand;
STINT
thrifty; set limits;
STIPULATE
make express conditions specify;
STOLID
dull; impassive;
STRIATED
marked with parallel bands; grooved;
STRUT
pompous walk;
STRUT
supporting bar
SUBPOENA
writ summoning a witness to appear
SUBSIDE
settle down; descend; grow quiet;
SUBSTANTIATE
establish by evidence; verify; support;
SUPERSEDE
cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete;
SUPPOSITION
hypothesis; surmise;
TACIT
understood; not put into words;
TANGENTIAL
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing;
TENUOUS
thin; rare; slim;
TIRADE
extended scolding; denunciation; harangue;
TORPOR
lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy;
TORTUOUS
winding; full of curves;
TRACTABLE
docile; easily managed;
TRANSGRESSION
violation of a law; sin;
TRUCULENCE
aggressiveness; ferocity;
VACILLATE
waver; fluctuate;
VENERATE
revere;
VERACIOUS
truthful;
VERBOSE
wordy;
VIABLE
practical or workable; capable of maintaining life;
VISCOUS
sticky; gluey;
VITUPERATE
abusive; scolding;
VOLATILE
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly;
WARRANTED
justified; authorized;
WARY
very cautious;
WELTER
turmoil; bewildering jumble; (N)
WELTER
wallow
WHIMSICAL
capricious; fanciful;
ZEALOT
fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal;