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Flashcards in GRE Vocabulary 9 Deck (49):
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Mendacity (n)

Dishonesty

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Consequential (adj)

Pompous self importance

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Tremulous (adj)

Fearful

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Mendicant (n)

Beggar

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Egress (v)

The act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.

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Preternatural (adj)

Out of the ordinary

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Fulminate (v)

To issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation

The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

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Gull (v)

To deceive, trick, or cheat.

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Rebus (n)

A representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc.

Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.

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Pedestrian (adj)

Commonplace

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Distrait (adj)

Inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.

Irene was grave and distrait this morning, with a chilly reserve about her

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Nefarious (adj)

Harmful, deceitful

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Factious (adj)

[fak-shuh s]
Given to causing factions

A factious group was trying to undermine the government

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Ignoble (adj)

Of low character, aims.

His ignoble purposes.

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Epithet (n)

Any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality:

“Richard the Lion-Hearted” is an epithet of Richard I.

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Anodyne (n)

A medicine that relieves or allays pain.

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Jejune (adj)

Juvenile, immature, childish

Jejune behavior.

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Conciliatory

Tending to conciliate

A conciliatory manner

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Diaspora (n)

The settlement of a native people away from the homeland

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Welter (n)

A confused mass, a jumble or muddle

A welter of anxious faces.

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Ruminate (v)

To meditate or muse, ponder.

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Maudlin (adj)

Tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental

A maudlin story of a little orphan

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Convoke (v)

To come together in a conference

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Effluence (v)

The act of flowing out especially of a liquid

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Eschew (v)

To abstain or keep away from, shun.

To eschew evil.

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Ambulatory (adj)

Related to walking or capable of walking

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Rigmarole (n)

Tedious, exacting procedure

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Forswear (v)

To reject or renounce under oath.

To forswear an injurious habit.

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Gastronomy (n)

The art or science of good eating.

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Jibe (v)

To taunt, deride.

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Stentorian (adj)

Very loud or powerful in sound.

A stentorian voice.

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Lachrymose (adj)

Tearful

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Abrogate (n)

To abolish by formal or official means

To abrogate a law.

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Bemuse (v)

Confuse, bewilder

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Expurgate (v)

To purge or cleanse of moral offensiveness.

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Tumid (adj)

Swollen, or affected with swelling, as a part of the body.

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Natty (adj)

Neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance

A natty white uniform.

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Sentinel (n)

A person or thing that watches or stands as if watching.

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Winsome (adj)

Sweetly or innocently charming, engaging.

A winsome smile.

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Reconnoiter (v)

To inspect, observe, or survey.

We are to reconnoiter along this road and down toward that bridge

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Malfeasance (n)

Bad public behaviour

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Halcyon (adj)

Idyllic

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Plenipotentiary (n)

A body or individual with proxy powers to act on behalf of another especially a government.

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Filch (v)

To steal (especially something of small value), pilfer.

To filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.

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Fastness (adj)

The state of being fixed or firm.

The fastness of democratic institutions.

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Bellwether (adj)

A person or thing that assumes the leadership or forefront, as of a profession or industry:

Paris is a bellwether of the fashion industry.

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Camarilla (n)

A group of unofficial or private advisers to a person of authority, especially a group much given to intrigues and secret plots;

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Interregnum (n)

Any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.

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Malinger (v)

To pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work

It was quick work; but Bowles had a college education—he had been only six hours a cowboy when he learned to malinger on the job.