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50 terms

Jenny's GRE 4

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prescience
n. foreknowledge of events
prevaricate
v. to deliberately avoid the truth
qualm
n. misgivings; reservation; causes for hesitancy
recant
v. to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
v. to prove to be false; to deny the accuracy of
relegate
v. to forcibly assign to a lower rank
reticent
adj. quiet; reserved
solicitous
adj. concerned and attentive
sordid
adj. characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
adj. occurring only occasionally
squander
v. to wast by spending or using irresponsibly
static
adj. not moving, active, or in motion
stupefy
v. to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
v. to block, to thwart
synthesis
n. the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
n. a force that causes rotation
tortuous
adj. winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
n. truthfulness, honesty
virulent
adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
adj. having an insatiable appetite for an pursuit; ravenous
waver
v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettle in opinion
avarice
n. greed for wealth
axiom
n. a universally recognized principle
canon
n. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation
n. severe criticism
catalyst
n. a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
chary
adj. wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
adj. appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
n. the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
adj. argumentative; quarrelsome
contrite
adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
dearth
n. smallness of quantity or number
demur
v. to question or oppose
didactic
adj. intended to teach or instruct
discretion
n. cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
adj. free of bias of self-interest
dogmatic
adj. expressing a rigid opinion based
ebullience
n. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources
foreground
n. the part of a view that is nearest to the observer; v. make something the most important feature
transcend
(v.) to rise above or beyond, exceed
brandish
(v) to wave or flourish in a menacing or vigorous fashion
acquisition
n. the act of acquiring; something acquired or gained
exponential
n. Growth whose rate becomes ever more rapid in proportion to the growing total number or size.
panache
n. dashing elegance of manner or style
subsequent
adj. following in time
synoptic
adj. presenting a summary or general view of a whole
respire
v. to breathe in and out
underscore
v. draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to