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Flashcards in GRE Vocab IV Deck (47):
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Anomaly

Deviation from the common rule

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Assuage

To make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate

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Enigma

A puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation

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Erudite

(Adj.) Learned or scholarly

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Fervid

Heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc

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Placate

To appease especially by concessions

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Precipitate

Hasten the occurrence; fling or hurl down; the end result

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Prodigal

Wastefully or recklessly extravagant

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Zeal

Fervor for a person, cause, or object

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Adulterate

To make impure by adding inferior material or elements

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Apathy

Absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement

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Capricious

Subject to unpredictable change; erratic

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Corroborate

Confirm

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Desiccate

Dry up thoroughly

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Engender

Produce, cause, or give rise to

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Laconic

Using few words

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Mitigate

Lessen the intensity of

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Loquacious

Tending to talk a lot

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Pedant

A person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning

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Vacillate

Be indecisive or irresolute

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Volatile

Tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive; changeable

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Hidebound

Having an inflexible or ultraconservative character

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Boon

Benefit; blessing

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Debacle

A great disaster; a complete failure

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Sullen

Gloomily or resentfully silent or repressed

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Surly

Menacing or threatening in appearance

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Opulent

Showing off wealth

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Bucolic

Of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral

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Adroit

Having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations

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Prolix

Unduly prolonged or drawn out

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Spurious

Fake; illegitimate

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Murky

Dark and gloomy

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Vindicated

Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion

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Expurgated

Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account)

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Buoyant

Lighthearted

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Premonitory

Warning of future misfortune

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Acerbic

(especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright

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Egotist

A person who is excessively conceited or self-absorbed; self-seeker

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Sycophant

A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage

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Adulator

A person who uses flattery

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Braggart

(Noun) A person who boasts about achievements or possessions

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Zealots

(Noun) A person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals

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Quandary

(Noun) A state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do

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Diffident

Lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness

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Alacrity

(Noun) Brisk and cheerful readiness

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Byword

A person or thing cited as a notorious and outstanding example or embodiment of something

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Contention

Heated disagreement; an assertion, especially one in an argument