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GRE vocab June2010

gre vocabulary words

QuestionAnswerhint
Catholic universal, free from provincial prejudices or attachments, broad wide-ranging tastes and interests, broad minded and liberal
Xenophobe fear of unknown or different
Emaciated very thin, esp. from disease "emaciated bony hands"
Vacillate to waiver in mind or opinion; be indecisive
Limn to represent in drawing or painting
Fickle likely to change, non constant or loyal a fickle lover, fickle weather
Convivial friendly, agreeable a convivial atmosphere
Asperity something hard to endure, sharp, harsh asperity of northern winters in ASPEN
Torpid sluggish tortoise
Trenchant having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
Venal open to bribery antonym-honest
Peripatetic person who walks from place to place wanderer is peripatetic
Desultory lack of plan or regularity, jump from one thing to another desultory conversation/thoughts
Decry condemn, express strong disapproval of
cryptic of an obscure nature;having a secret or hidden meaning crypt-secret, incrypted
Prolix verbose,tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length Prolonged; a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"
assay trial or attempt, make an effort essay
indefatigable tireless, showing sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality un fatigue able
intrepid fearless, bold, brave
parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend purse my money
mendicant beggar
lavish very generous
pecuniary relating to or involving money impecunious
ostentatious intended to attract notice and impress others Stuntatious
largess magnanimity extremely liberal and generous of spirit largest heart
epicurean a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
minatory threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments military people are very threatening most of the times.
excoriate express strong disapproval of, condemn, decry ex corey friend
euphemism an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh pass away, a bit too much to drink, disadvantaged
salutary promoting health salubrious
circumspect heedful (giving close thoughtful attention to) of potential consequences inspect circumstance
epithet a defamatory or abusive word or phrase Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror, or insults. For example, if you hear the phrase "racial epithets" it means derogatory terms referring to a particular race.
lambaste censure severely or angrily
Occult supernatural practices and techniques OR hidden and concealed, beyond comprehension diffiCULT to understand
gainsay take exception to, challenge, dispute gained weight, say what?
ambivalence mixed feelings or emotions ambulance emotions are mixed, good im going, bad im here
despot a cruel and oppressive dictator, tyrant kill on de spot
interpolate to insert, mix, or combine new information with existing information. insert plate between other plates
platitude a trite or obvious remark flat attitude
impetuous hot headed or impulsive not pet to us
Foment instigate, agitate, try to stir up public opinion torment
Sycophant asskisser, a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage psycho fan
obsequious attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
fatuous devoid of intelligence, mindless fatass
mendacious given to lying "I'll mend the city"
trite repeated too often; over-familiar through overuse
upbraid express criticism towards ugly up braid
discordant conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound, not in agreement or harmony dis-cord
ennui dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy Annoyed, anything new?
inured accustomed to accepting something undesirable great i'm injured again
onerous troubling; burdensome weighing on us
perspicacious acutely perceptive; having keen discernment, being able to figure things out good perspective; figure out why i'm perspiring
precipitate 1)acting with excessive impulse 2) to cause or happen before anticipated or required 3) to fall 1) sip b4 taste, don't impulsively drink 2)precipitates outside b4 u think
refute to disprove; successfully argue against
relegate to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position make relatives stand at the gate
veracity truthfulness, honesty accuracy
virulent extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic violent
ascetic one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion ascetics leave all aesthetics
contentious argumentative, quarrelsome, causing controversy or disagreement content-ew U.S.- that would cause controversy
contrite regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness not right- regret it
exonerate to remove blame ex- 1st rate criminal
incipient beginning to come into being or to become apparent recipient of awareness
inveigle to obtain by deception or flattery wear a veil, deceive someone to think your face is pretty
pious extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion thank god for the pie
redoubtable awe-inspiring; worthy of honor someone able to read your doubts is worthy of honor
supplant to take the place of substitute
amalgamate to combine several elements into a whole a mall game, ppl gather into one
fortuitous happening by accident or chase by fortune
hedonism devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses devoted to getting head n jizm
hegemony the consistent dominance of one state or ideology of others he got money- dominance over others
impassive revealing no emotion passive
impunity immunity from punishment or penalty immunity from punishment
opprobrium disgrace; contempt; scorn opium and drug test
pedagogy the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pervasive having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout persistent, pervasive cancer
pithy precise and brief pi-symbol is brief but number is precise
platitude a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful, obvious remark common platitude
profuse in great quantity or abundance
proliferate to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly production lifted
querulous prone to complaining or grumbling one who queries everything
solvent able to meet financial obligations or able to dissolve another substance
specious plausible but false speculation
succinct brief; concise suck less ink out for a brief letter
aggrandize to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige a grand size
amenable agreeable, responsive to suggestion amen-agreeable
derision scorn, ridicule division from the cool kids, made fun of
dilettante one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage to slight or belittle, express a negative opinion of display a rage
glib marked by ease, or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial a glib promise
impetuous hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive impatient just have to go and be impulsive
indifferent having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inimical damaging; harmful; injurious mimic enemy
pervade to permeate throughout
tout to publicly praise or promote shout
unfeigned genuine; not false or hypocritical un-dope feigned
vexation annoyance; irritation fixation on chewing
vituperate to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusive spit when u vituperate
antediluvian ancient auunty deluvian
antipathy hostility towards, objection, or aversion to opposite of sympathy
arbitrate to settle a dispute by impulse, mediate mediate
attenuate weaken a tin you ate, now your weakend vaccine attenuated the speed of the virus
blandishment speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something common it won't be bland
cadge to get something by taking advantage of someone wear a badge to get in
caustic not only does it mean burning or capable of dissolving, but HIGHLY CRITICAL CAUSTIC REMARKS
corporeal vs corporal corporeal tangible, having to do with material as opposed to spiritual...corporal means of the body corporate ppl vs corpse
deference submission or courteous yielding he held his tongue in deference to his father
deprecation belittlement de-appreciation
diffident lacking self-confidence, modest de-confidence
dogged stubborn or determined hound dog looking, wont give up
effluent the quality of flowing out or something that flows out fluid
engender to give rise to, to cause 2 genders give rise to a child
exorbitant exceeding customary or normal limits, esp in quantity or price orbitz gum has a lot of pieces and very pricey
feign to give false appearance or impression feigned illness
imperious commanding emperor
implication insinuation or connotation
indelible permanent, uneraseable, strong in-deletable
obviate to prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary, prevent from happening deviate the situation
ponderous heavy, massive awkward; dull pounds, a ponderous book is better than a sleeping pill
propitiate to conciliate, to appease prof pitty, propitate her angry students
turpitude corrupt moral turpitude
baseness lack of higher values base, bottom
venerate great respect or reverence ven u rate someone high
vex to annoy, to bother; to perplex; to puzzle vex the t-rex perplex'ed and annoyed
appropriate to take for one's own use, confiscate appropriate this toy because it is not appropriate
brook to tolerate, to endure Brooke is hard to endure
damp to diminish the intensity
exact to demand, call for, require even a victorious war exacts a heavy price
fell inhumanly cruel fell beasts
flag to sag or droop, become spiritless
flip sarcastic
ford to wade across shallow part of river or stream
grouse to complain or grumble
intimate to imply, suggest, or insinuate are you intimating that I am being intimate
list to tilt or lean to one side a list tilting in the wind
lumber to move heavily and clumsily
meet fitting, proper meets standards, it is meet that he is in the hall of fame
mince pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak to carefully OR to Walk daintily (in a refined, delicate mannor)
obtain to be established, accepted, or customary sustain, those standards no longer obtain
pedestrian commonplace, trite, quotidian
pluck courage, spunk need courage to pluck eyebrows
rail to complain about bitterly i hate that rail
rent torn rent his garments, ripped
quail to lose courage, turn frightened quail-man not as brave anymore
sap 1)to enervate or weaken the vitality of 2) a fool or nitwit zapped, that race sapped my strength you dumb sap
singular exceptional, unusual, odd one of a kind, singular
scurvy despicable
stand a group of trees
table to remove from consideration hit the table with gavel..they tabled the notion
tender to offer bartender offers drinks
wag wit, joker groucho marks a well known wag, wag tail to joke around
asseverate to aver, allege, asssert asssert
calumniate to slander, make a false accusation cal u a name
calumny slander (abuseive attack at a persons character) cal u a anme
captious disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in agrument, fault finding captian finds faults in everything the crew does
cavil to find fault without good reason evil
celerity speed, alacrity accelerate
contumely insult, scorn kahn tumacious (contumacious menas rebellious, insubordinate)
denouement an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot denouncement
desuetude disuse after years of desuetude my skill were finally put to use
censure chew out, scold
denounce speak out against
exegesis critical examination, explication (detailed explanation) explain Jesus
expiate to atone (do pentinence) make amends for ex pirate expiates his guilt
voluble fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language volumeable
vitiate to corrupt, spoil, make ineffective contaminate
tendentious biased, showing marked tendencies tendency
sententious short, but meaningful, PITHY sentence-less
salacious lustful, raunchy bodacious
lascivious driven by lust
propitious auspicious (auguring favorable circumstances), favorable propitiate prof pitty, to appease
puissant powerful strong push pussy
prolixity verbosity prolix means long winded and verbose
peroration the concluding part of a speech
limpid lucid clearly was limp
meretricious cheap, gaudy, flashy, show merely to trick us
tawdry tastelessly showy, gaudy
inveterate deep rooted, ingrained, habitual, chronic veteran
ineluctable certain, inevitable inevitable
extirpate to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exterminate
peerless unmatched, inimitable peerless cleaners is one of a kind
discerned sensed or known
indignation anger dig nation has anger
copious great quantity/abundance make copies
antiquity ancientness, oldness antique
curator person who manages or organizes a collection like a museum
flag 1)sag or droop 2)ease up, become less intense flag in no wind flag! ease up bro
ingratiate gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
deify to make a god of something/someone, consider as godlike
fecund capable of producing offspring
disconcerting causing an emotional distrubance like discomfort discomfort
embroiled deeply involved
charlatan a fake, imposter, deceiving to be someone they're not
beleaguered plagued, beset by trouble
moratorium suspension of ongoing activity
disparity state of being unequal
invective verbal abuse
mercenary someone having a strong desire for money
vindictive desire revenge
pundits learned ppl who are or act with authority
covetous envious desire for possesions of others
rapacious exceedingly greedy or grasping
placid calm lake placid
adversary enemy
divestiture act of taking away, strip, deprive
precariously dangerously unstable
prophetic prophecy, fortelling
propitiatory intended to reconcile or appease
evenhanded fair, no partiality
derisive vocally abbusive, expressing ridicule
subordination the act of being subordinate or lower in rank or importance
incursion intrusion, penetration into others domain
reparation repayment for past transgressions
abrogate do away with
insularity state of being isolated or detatched
boorish ill-mannored behavior
check impede or get in the way of progression
fetter shackle for ankles/feet
disseminate cause to become widely known, circulate, spread widely
accrue increase by growth accrue interest
provincial lacking sophistication
duplicity deliberate deceptivenesss
candor quality of being honest and straightforward
coda finale
embellish add details to , fancify
hull outercovering of a fruit or seed or nut
dynamo generator used to cause current to flow
miscreant one who behaves badly
digress sidetrack, wander from a straight course
allocate distribute according to a plan or set a part of a special purpose allocate money for college
amortize decrease in amount gradualy like to liquidate a debt
enmity hostility
reconcile to make compatible or consistent
usury charging more than legal interest rates
precarious fraught with danger, insecure
adroit skillful
extol praise, glorify
sextant instrument generally used to measure the altitude of a celestial object above the horizon, for navigation
stock standard, normal stock answer
bare show, not hidden, out in the open bare your breats
blithely in a joyous care free mannor andrew bly-th
coerce to force or push someone to do something force
feckless generally incompetent, not fit to assume responsibility feckless birds laying eggs in nests and leaving for others to take care of
penchant preference, inclination for there is a preference for the Pen-Chant at games
cumbersome burdensome or hindering, difficult to use or handle cumberbun is awkward, etc
espouse adopt, embrace, to make ones's own opposite of abjure, I made my espouse my own
accretion accumulation
vapid bland, flat, flavorless
outset begginning, commencement, starting time
univocal having only one meaning, unambiguous
coalescing growing together, fusing
dissident disagreeing, objecting, protesting
grievous severe, heavy, monstrous, grave a grievous mistake, opposite would be slight
veracious precisely accurate, right correct, i do have a veracious appetite..NOT VORacious, that means devouring or craving great quantities of food.
propagate cause to be widely known, distribute , pass around , spread
insolence the trait of being rude or an offensive disrespectful act made fun of my insulin pump
rogue a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
prudish exaggeratedly proper
propriety correct or appropriate behavior at the property u need to have the correct behavior
finicky exacting especially about details, very particular and picky fin was icky, didnt eat fish
stark blunt
ornate marked by elaborate rhetoric (grandiloquence) and elaborated with decorative details ornament
tedium bordem, ennui tedious
consternation fear resulting from the awareness of danger, alarm, dismay terror nation
regale to treat, entertain regal cinemas
consolidated joined together as a whole, amalgamated
undermine hinder normal operations, sabatoge, weaken apple cannot undermine the whole mobile industry
perpetuate cause to continue or prevail a perpetuating myth, a perpetual calendar
ambivalent uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow ambulance
culmination closing, completion, windup, conclusion had to leave b4 the culmination of the play
idiosyncrasy mannerism, a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
commensurate corresponding in size or degree or extent pay should be commensuRATE to the hours worked
docile easily handled, managed, ready and willing to be taught
lien the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged this property LIE EN My name now
floridness extravagant elaborateness, flamboyantness flor it zabel, rosacia and flamboyant
supposition assumption, supposal, hypothesis supose
churlish rude and boorish church-less
precedence priority, or preceding in time
preempt take place of or have precedence over
ail to be ill
unstinting very generous lavash un stingy
deter discourage, dissuade (opposite of persuade)
ostracism banishment, exclude from society
poignant affecting, touching, arousing a poignant song
plaintive expressing sorrow, mornful plaintive cries
dolt A person who is not very bright
countenance formal and explicit approval opposite condemn (dissaproval of)
affront insult
raze tear down so as to make flat with the ground,take down opposite is build. Raze=opposite of raise
implicit implied though not directly expressed
unsubstantiated unsupported by other evidence, uncorroborated
boon a blessing aaron boone's hr
acrimonious bitter, marked by resentment
callous emotionally hardened callous behavior
potable drinkable
dwelling housing that someone is living in
archipelago a group of many islands in a large body of water
pagan a person who does not acknowledge your god
stratify form layers, divide, distribute
impugn assault attack, verbally attack
incite provoke or stir up
adjudicator a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes
protean taking on different forms proteins can take on many forms they are not rigid
formidable causing fear
dismal misserable, dreary, depressing, gloomy
candid blunt, straightforward
lassitude lethargy, tiredness, exhasution
vvigor energy, drive
indigence poverty, penury
stagnant inactive, sluggish
tether confine, restrain a tether is a leash also
unavailing producing no result or effect
futile unproductive of success a futile search
shrewd/astute sharp, marked by practical hardheaded intelligence a smart shrewd businessman
inept revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse
provisions a stock or supply of foods a larder full of provisions
amicable characterized by friendship and good will
augur indicate by signs
Philistine a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits, lacks appreciation of art and culture Phil the teen
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