GRE Vocabulary

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aberrant adj. deviating from normal or correct
abscond v. to leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law
advocaten.&v. to speak, plead, or argue for a cause or on another's behalf (n) one who advocates
aggrandizev. to make greater; to make appear greater, to exaggerate (often in praise, often of self)
amalgamate v. to unite or to mix (n) amalgamation
ambiguousadj. doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness; subject to 2+ interpretations
ambrosialadj. extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the Gods) or delicious (ambrosia)
anachronismn. a person or artifact appearing after its own time or out of chronological order
anomalous adj. peculiar, unique, contray to the norm
antediluvian adj. ancient, outmoded (literally, before the flood)
antipathyn. hostility toward, objection or aversion to
arbitratev. to reach an authoritative judgment or settlement. (of an independent person or body)
assuagev. to make less painful, severe; to put an end to by satisfying
attenuatev. weaken; reduce severity; make thin
audaciousadj. extremely bold, fearless, especially said of human behavior
averv. to declare positively, confirm as true
banaladj. lacking originality, freshness, or novelty- trite
barefacedadj. unconcealed, brazen, shameless
blandishmentn. speech or action intended to coax someone into something (often with flattery)
bombast n. pompous speech
breach n.,v. a lapse, gap or break as in a fortress wall; to break or breakthrough
burgeonv. to grow or flourish; to bud or sprout a new growth
buttressn.,v. to support, a support
cadgev. to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship/by taking advantage of someone
capricen. a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior.
castigatev. to chastize or criticize severely and (typically) publicly
catalystn. an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action
causticadj. capable of dissolving by chemical action; highly critical (a biting wit)
chicaneryn. deception by trickery
complasiantadj. 1. marked by an inclination to please or oblige 2. tending to consent to others' wishes
conflagrationn. 1. a great fire 2. conflict/war
corporeal adj. of or having to do with material, as oppposed to spiritual; tangible
corporaladj. of the body; a noncommissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private
corroborate v. to strengthen or support
craven adj., n. cowardly, a coward
culpable adj. deserving of blame
dearthn. scarcity that makes dear; an inadequate supply
deferencen. submission or courteous yielding
depict to show, create a picture of
deprecationn. belittlement, disparagement; expressed disapproval of
depredationn. the act of laying waste, preying upon, or plundering, especially against life
descryv. to catch sight of, discover
desiccatev. to dry out thoroughly; to drain of emotional or intellectual vitality
diatriben. a bitter and abusive speech or piece of writing
diffidentadj. lacking self-confidence, reserved, unassertive
disabuseadj. to free a person from error, misconception, or fallacy
disparagingadj. belittling the value or importance of someone or something
dispassionate adj. calm, objective, unbiased
dissemblev. to conceal one's true motives or beliefs under false appearance
dogged adj. stubborn or determined
dogmaticadj. inclined to lay down (or reaffirm) principles as incontrovertibly true.
eclectic adj. selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources
efficacyn. effectiveness; capability to produce a desired effect
effluentadj., n. the quality of flowing out. something that flows out- such as a) a stream from a river, b) waste material
emollientadj., n. making soft or supple; making less intense or harsh. Something that softens
emulatev. to strive to equal or excel/match or surpass
encomiumn. a formal eulogy or speech of praise
endemic adj. prevelant in native or certain region, locality or people
enervate v. to weaken or destroy the vitality of
engenderv. to give rise to, to propogate, to cause
enigman. something hard to understand or explain, puzzle/mystery; an inscrutable or mysterious person
ephemeral ad. lasting for only a brief time, fleeting
equivocal adj. ambiguous, unclear, subject to more than one interpetation
erudite adj. scholarly, displaying deep intensive learning
esoteric adj. intended or understood by only a few
eulogy n. a spoken or written tribute to the deceased
exacerbate v. to increase the bitterness or violence of; to aggragate
exculpate v. to demonstrate or prove to be blameless
exorbitantadj. exceeding customary or normal limits especially in quantity or price
explicit adj. fully or clearly expressed
extantadj. in existence, still existing
fathom n., v. a measure of length used in nautical settings. to penetrate to the depths of something to understand it
fawnv. give a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favor or advantage; to show affection —used especially of a dog
feign v. to give false appearance or impression
fervidadj. highly emotional- spontaneous and warmly emotional.
ferventadj. highly emotional- sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal
fledglingn. a baby bird; an inexperienced person
florid adj. flushed with rosy color as in complexion, very ornate an flowery
floundering adj. struggling
garrulous adj. verbose, talkative, rambling
gossamern. adj. a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather; something light, delicate, or insubstantial; extremely light, delicate, or tenuous
guilen. skillful deceit
guileless adj. honest, straighforward
haplessadj. having no fortune or luck
headlong adj, adv. headfirst, impulsive, hasty, implusively, hastily, without forethought
homogenous adj. similar in nature or kind, uniform
iconoclastn. one who attacks traditional ideas or institutions; one who destroys scared images
impecuniousadj. penniless/poor, usually habitually
imperiousadj,. commanding- characteristic of one with eminent rank; marked by arrogant assurance
implication n. insuation or connotation
implyv. to suggest directly, to entail
improvidence n. an absence of foresight, a failure to provide for future needs or events
inchoateadj. in an initial or early stage (not completely formed or developed yet), incomplete, disorganized
incorrigible adj. not capable of being corrected
indelibleadj. cannot be removed, washed away, or erased; lasting, unforgettable

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