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GRE Vocabulary

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Aberration
A deviation or departure from the norm.
Abeyance
temporary inactivity or suspension.
Abate
To reduce in degree or intensity.
Abjure
to forswear or abstain from; to give up.
Abrade
to wear down or rub away the surface of something.
Abridge
to reduce the length of or diminish in scope.
Abrogate
to end or do away with something.
Abscond
to withdraw and hide, typically to avoid arrest.
Accretion
a gradual increase in the amount or size of something.
Acquisitive
characterized by a strong desire to gain or retain information or objects.
Adroit
showing skill and experience.
Ambivalent
characterized by uncertainty; unable to decide between opposites.
Anachronism
something existing or happening out of it's time in history
Annotate
to provide with extra notes or comments.
Ardor
intense feelings; passion.
Ascribe
to attribute to a specific source; to assign a characteristic.
Asperity
roughness or severity.
Assay
an analysis or examination.
Assiduous
characteristic of careful and persistent effort
Assuage
To lessen or ease.
Aver
to declare as true; to maintain.
Bequest
the act of passing on; something that is passed on.
Bereft
deprived or despondent.
Blithe
Carefree or joyous; casual.
Brazen
bold or shameless; insolent.
Burgeoning
thriving or growing rapidly
Cadge
to beg
Capricious
impulsive; prone to sudden change.
Castigate
to punish or criticize severely.
Censure
a formal criticism or intense disapproval.
Circumspect
mindful of potential consequences; prudent.
Cite
to quote as example or proof
Coalesce
to unite or come together
Cogent
Convincing and reasonable
Coherence
the quality of being logical and clear.
Commensurate
corresponding in size, degree, or duration.
Complaisant
showing a willingness to please; obliging.
Concede
to admit or reluctantly yield; to surrender
Consternation
alarm or fear
Convivial
festive and sociable
Correlate
to have corresponding characteristics
Corroborate
to confirm, to substantiate with evidence.
Credulous
easily deceived, believing too readily.
Culmination
completion or climax.
Culpable
deserving of name; guilty.
Decry
to denounce or criticize
Denigrate
to speak ill of; to belittle
Deplore
to condemn; disapprove of or regret
Derision
use of ridicule to show contempt
Derivative
adj. copied or adapted. n. something derived
Desultory
inconsistant and irregular, aimless.
Diatribe
an abusive, insulting verbal attack.
Didactic
intended for the purpose of moral teaching or instructing, even such instruction is not necessary or welcome.
Disabuse
to free someone of believing something that is untrue.
Discern
to differentiate or distinguish; to perceive.
Disparity
the state of being different or unequal
Dissemble
to disguise or conceal
Dissident
adj. disagreeable. n. one who disagrees.
Dissonance
lack of harmony; discord.
Divest
to get rid of
Dubious
unsure, skeptical
Eclectic
combining elements from many different sources or styles.
Effrontery
rude and presumptuous behavior.
Egregious
noticeably bad or offensive.
Empirical
based on or provable by observation and experiment.
Emulate
to follow an admirable example; imitate.
Engender
to give rise to; originate.
Enigmatic
unexplainable, puzzling.
Enumerate
to state things in a list.
Ephemeral
temporary, fleeting.
Equivocal
uncertain or ambiguous
Erudite
learned; having great knowledge.
Esoteric
understood by few people; mysterious.
Espouse
to choose to follow or support something.
Estimable
admirable; deserving of esteem.
Euphemism
an inoffensive expression substituted for one that is deemed offensive.
Exacerbate
to intensify bitterness or violence.
Excoriate
to denounce; to chafe.
Exculpate
to remove blame; acquit
Exhort
to urge or try to persuade.
Exigent
demanding immediate attention; urgent.
Explicate
to explain or make comprehensible.
Extant
currently existing.
Extenuating
partially justifiable.
Extol
to praise or glorify.
Exultant
gleeful because of success.
Fatuous
Foolish or delusive; smug.
Feckless
lacking in purpose; careless.
Feign
to fabricate or deceive
Feint
n. a deceptive diversionary action. v. to make a deceptive show of.
Florid
flushed with color, ornate.
Foment
to incite or agitate
Fracas
a noisy fight; a brawl
Gainsay
to deny or contradict.
Garrison
a military post; the troops stationed at a military post.
Garrulous
very talkative.
Glib
seemingly slick or clever
Gratuitous
for no reason or at no cost.
Grievous
causing grief or pain; serious.
Guile
cunning, shrewdness.
Hackneyed
unoriginal, overused.
Harrow
to torment or cause suffering and agony.
Idiosyncrasy
a peculiar characteristic.
Immutable
not subject to change.
Imperturbable
hard to excite or upset, very calm.
Impetus
a stimulus encouraging a particular activity.
Inchoate
poorly formed or formless.
Incorrigible
impossible to change or reform.
Ingenuity
cleverness or imagination.
Inimical
harmful or unfriendly.
Inscrutable
difficult to understand; having an obscure nature.
Insipid
dull; lacking in flavor or zest.
Insular
isolated; narrow minded.
Intercede
to mediate or plead on anthers behalf.
Interpolate
to insert or introduce between; often to falsify.
Intractable
difficult to manage, stubborn.
Inure
to cause to accept something that is undesirable; habituate.
Irascible
easily angered.
Lambaste
to scold or criticize sharply; to beat.
Languish
to exist in a dreadful or gloomy situation; to become weak.
Latter
the second of two things mentioned; nearer the end.
Laudable
deserving praise; favorable.
Loquacious
Very talkative or rambling.
Magnanimous
courageous, generous, or noble.
Mar
to inflict damage or blemishes on.
Mercurial
prone to sudden unpredictable change; volatile.
Mitigate
causing something to be less intense, forceful, or harmful.
Mollify
to calm down or alleviate; to soften.
Munificence
the act of liberally giving.
Obdurate
firm, stubborn.
Obscurity
the condition of being unknown.
Obsolete
no longer in use; outmoded or old-fashioned.
Obtuse
lacking intellectual clarity; blunt, or slow-witted.
Obviate
to render unnecessary.
Odious
arousing or deserving strong hatred.
Onerous
very troublesome or oppressively difficult.
Paradox
a self contradiction; something that appears to be self-contradictory, but is nonetheless true.
Paragon
an example of excellence
Parse
to break down into components.
Pedantic
characterized by a narrow concern for detail, particularly in academics.
Penchant
a tendency or fondness.
Percolate
to slowly pass through.
Peripatetic
adj. moving or traveling from place to place. n. one who travels frequently from place to place.
Pervasive
capable of spreading or flowing throughout.
Pith
significance, importance.
Placate
to calm.
Poignant
profoundly moving;incisive.
Precedent
an example or event that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time; custom arising from long term practice.
Precept
a guiding rule or principle.
Preclude
to prevent or make impossible.
Presage
an omen or other warning sign.
Prescience
foresight; the power to see the future.
Prevaricate
to lie.
Probity
integrity or uprightness
Prodigal
wasteful; extravagant.
Proliferate
to grow or increase rapidly
Promulgate
to proclaim; usually in reference to rules or laws.
Protract
to lengthen or prolong
Quaff
to drink heartily.
Querulous
characterized by constant complaining or whining.
Quixotic
unpredictable and impractical.
Quotidian
ordinary, occurring daily.
Rancor
bitter resentment.
Recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant; defiant.
Recompense
n. payment in return for something. v. to award compensation to.
Recondite
difficult to understand
Refute
to prove to be false; to deny the truth of.
Relegate
to refer or assign to a particular place or category.
Reproach
to express disapproval.
Repudiate
to reject or refuse as valid
Resonant
strong and deep, lasting.
Resplendent
dazzling or brilliant in appearance.
Sage
one revered for experience and wisdom.
Sanctimonious
feigning piety or righteousness.
Satirize
to insult using witty language.
Sedulous
persevering, industrious.
Solicitous
concerned; thoughtful
Specious
appearing to be true or genuine but actually deceptive.
Stanch
to stop or check the flow of.
Subsume
to contain or include
Subvert
to undermine, ruin, or overthrow.
Surfeit
an overabundance or excess.
Tacit
using no words.
Tangential
slightly connected; superficially relevant.
Temperance
moderation and self restraint.
Torpor
state of physical or mental sluggishness
Tractable
easy to control or work with.
Transcend
to go above and beyond; to rise above.
Transpose
to reverse the order of; interchange.
Unalloyed
pure; complete
Unilaterally
performed in a one sided manner.
Unstinting
very generous; bestowed liberally.
Urbanity
refinement and elegance.
Vacillate
to swing or waver.
Variegated
having a variety of colors or marks.
Venal
corruptible, open to bribery.
Venerable
highly esteemed or respecting; commanding respect.
Veracity
truthfulness.
Verisimilitude
the quality of appearing to be true or real.
Vindicate
to clear someone or something from blame.
Vituperate
to criticize in an abusive way.
Voracious
excessively greedy; ravenous.
Wily
very sly, deceptive