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GRE Vocab 3

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Updated 2007-03-10 11:04

Summary

Words M-Z.

Group 1

WordMeaning
nascentstarting to develop
negatecancel out; nullify; deny
neophyterecent convert; beginner
obduratestubborn, hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion
obfuscaterender indistinct or dim
obliquehaving a slanting or sloping direction
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WordMeaning
obsequiousoverly submissive and eager to please; servile; sycophantic
obsolescentbecoming obsolete
obstreperousnoisily defiant, unruly
obtusenot sharp, pointed or acute
obviateprevent; make unnecessary; get rid of
occludestop; close; to prevent the passage of
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WordMeaning
officiousmeddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services
omnivorouseating or absorbing everything
oneroustroublesome and oppressive; burdensome
opprobriumpublic disgrace; infamy; vilification
oscillatevibrate; waver
ostentatiousshowy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
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Group 2

WordMeaning
panegyricformal or elaborate praise at an assembly
panoplya wide-ranging and impressive array or display
paragonmodel of excellence or perfection
partisanone-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
pathogeniccausing disease
pathologicalpertaining to disease
paucitysmallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness
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WordMeaning
pedanticshowing off learning; bookish
penchantstrong inclination; liking
penurysevere poverty; stinginess
percipienthaving perception; discerning; discriminating
perennialsomething long-lasting
perfidioustreacherous; disloyal; willing to betray one's trust
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WordMeaning
perfidiouswilling to betray one's trust
perfunctorysuperficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; done in a routine way;
peripateticwalking or traveling about; itinerant
permeablepenetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
permutationa complete change; transformation
perquisitea gratuity, tip
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Group 3

WordMeaning
perspicacioushaving keen mental perception and understanding; shrewd; astute
pertinaciousresolute; persistent, stubborn
pervasivespread throughout
petulantshowing sudden irritation, esp. over some annoyance
philandererone who carries on flirtations
philanthropycharity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
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WordMeaning
philologythe study of literary texts to establish their authenticity and determine their meaning
phlegmaticcalm; not easily disturbed
pietydevoutness; reverence for God
placatepacify; conciliate
plasticityability to be molded
platitudetrite remark; commonplace statement
plethoraexcess; overabundance
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WordMeaning
plummetfall sharply
porousfull of pores; like a sieve
pragmaticpractical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
preambleintroductory statement
precariousuncertain; risky
precepta commandment given as a rule of action or conduct
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Group 4

WordMeaning
precipitaten. to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
precipitateadj. rash, premature, hasty, sudden
precludeprevent the presence of
precociousunusually advanced or mature in mental development or talent
precursorforerunner
predilectionpreference, liking
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WordMeaning
prescienthaving knowledge of things before they happen
presentimenta feeling of anticipation over a future event
presumptuousarrogant; taking liberties
prevaricatelie or deviate from the truth
pristinecharacteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
probityhonesty; uprightness; incorruptibility
problematicdoubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing
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WordMeaning
prodigallavish; wasteful; reckless with money
profounddeep; not superficial; complete
progenydescendant or offspring
prohibitivetending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined to prevent or forbid
proliferategrow rapidly; spread; multiply
promulgatemake known by open declaration
propensitynatural inclination
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Group 5

WordMeaning
propitiateconciliate; to appease
propoundset forth for consideration
proprietycorrect behavior or conduct, obedience to rules and customs
proscribecondemn as harmful or odious; ostracize; banish; outlaw
proselytizeconvert (a person) from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to another
protractprolong, draw out, extend
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WordMeaning
providenthaving or showing foresight
prudencewisdom, caution or restraint
puerilechildish, immature
pugnaciousquarrel or fight readily
punctiliousstrict or exact in the observance of formalities
pungentstinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
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WordMeaning
pusillanimouslacking courage or resolution
qualifiedlimited; restricted
querulousfull of complaints
quibbleminor objection or complaint
quiescencen. the condition of being at rest, still, inactive
quiescentadj. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive; motionless
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Group 6

WordMeaning
rarefiedmade less dense (of a gas)
recalcitrantobstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
recantdisclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
reclusehermit; loner
reconditeabstruse; profound; secret
recumbentlying down; reclining; leaning
refractorystubborn; unmanageable; rebellious
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WordMeaning
refutedisprove
rejoinderreply, retort
relegatebanish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
remonstratesay or plead in protest, objection, or reproof
reprehensibledeserving rebuke or censure; blameworthy.
reprisalsretaliation against an enemy
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WordMeaning
reproachexpress disapproval or disappointment
reprobateperson hardened in sin; wicked person; devoid of a sense of decency
repudiatedisown; disavow; to reject the validity of
rescindcancel
resolutionn. determination
resolvev. to make a firm decision about.
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Group 7

WordMeaning
reticentsilent; reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
reverentrespectful; worshipful
revilecriticize with harsh language
sageperson celebrated for wisdom
salientprominent or conspicuous
salubriousconducive or favorable to health or well-being
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WordMeaning
sanctionapprove; ratify
satiatesatisfy fully
saturatesoak thoroughly
savorenjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
secretehide away or cache; produce and release a substance
seditionincitement of discontent or rebellion against a government
sharda piece of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig; a potsherd.
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WordMeaning
skepticdoubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined evidence supporting a point of view
sociopatha person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility
solicitousworried; concerned
soporificsleep-causing; lethargy; marked by sleepiness
specioushaving the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious)
spectrumcolored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism
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Group 8

WordMeaning
sporadicoccurring irregularly
stigmaa mark of shame or discredit
stintto restrict or limit, as in amount or number; be sparing with
stipulatelay down as a condition of an agreement; require by contract
stoliddull; impassive; unemotional; lacking sensitivity
striatedmarked with parallel bands; grooved
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WordMeaning
strutpompous walk or supporting bar
subjugateconquer
subpoenaa writ requiring appearance in court to give testimony
subsidesettle down; descend; grow quiet
substantiateestablish by evidence; verify; support
subterfugean artifice or expedient used to evade a rule
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WordMeaning
superciliousarrogant, haughty, condescending
supersedecause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
supplicatemake humble and earnest entreaty
suppositionhypothesis; surmise
tacitunderstood; not put into words
taciturnsilent, not talkative
tangentialperipheral; only slightly connected; digressing
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Group 9

WordMeaning
tenablecapable of being held, maintained or defended
tenaciousholding fast; holding or tending to hold persistently to something
tendentiousmarked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
tenuousthin; rare; slim
tiradeextended scolding; denunciation; harangue
torporlethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
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WordMeaning
tortuouswinding; full of curves
tractabledocile; easily managed or controlled
transcendentgoing beyond ordinary limits
transgressionviolation of a law; sin
truculenceaggressiveness; ferocity
unconscionablenot restrained by conscience; unscrupulous
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WordMeaning
vacillatewaver; fluctuate
veneraterevere
veracioustruthful
veracityfilled with trust and accuracy
verbosewordy
verisimilitudethe appearance or semblance of truth
veritytruthfulness
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Group 10

WordMeaning
viablepractical or workable
vicariousperformed, exercised, received or suffered in place of another
vilifyslander, to defame
viscoussticky, gluey
vituperativeadj. abusive; scolding
vociferouscrying out noisily
volatilechangeable; explosive; evaporation rapidly
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WordMeaning
volitionfree choice, free will; act of choosing
voracioushaving a great appetite
warrantedjustified; authorized
waryvery cautious
welterturmoil; bewildering jumble
whimsicalcapricious; fanciful
zealotfanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
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