GRE Week 3 - Sheet1 Flashcards Preview

GRE Vocab > GRE Week 3 - Sheet1 > Flashcards

Flashcards in GRE Week 3 - Sheet1 Deck (385):
1

Aberrant

abnormal, or deviant

2

Abraded

rubbed off worn away by friction

3

Abstinent

Abstaining; voluntarily not doing something especially something pleasant that is bad for you or has a bad reputation

4

Abysmal

Extremely hopeless or wretched; bottomless

5

Accolade

An award; an honor

6

Accrue

accumulate

7

Acrid

Harsh; like acid

8

Acumen

Keenness of judgment; mental sharpness

9

Adamant

Stubborn; unyielding; completely inflexible

10

Adulteration

making unpure poorer in quality

11

Adverse

Unfavorable; antagonistic

12

Aggravate

make worse irritate

13

Ail

to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.

14

Alacrity

Cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond

15

Alleviate

To relieve usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable; to lessen

16

Allusion

An indirect reference often to a literary work; a hint hint

17

Ambidextrous

able to use the left hand or the right equally well

18

Ameliorate

To make better or more tolerable ;

19

Amenity

Pleasantness; attractive or comfortable feature

20

Amorous

Feeling loving especially in a sexual sense; in love relating to love

21

Amorphous

Shapeless; without a regular or stable shape

22

Anarchy

Absence of government or control; lawlessness; disorder

23

Anguish

Agonizing physical or mental pain

24

Antipathy

Firm dislike; a dislike ↔sympathy ;

25

Apathy

Lack of interest; lack of feeling

26

Apotheosis

Elevation to divine status; the perfect example of something

27

Apropos

appropriate to the situation apt

28

Aptitude

Capacity for learning; natural ability

29

Ardent

Passionate half-hearted

30

Ascendancy

Supremacy; domination

31

Assail

with attack violently

32

Atavistic

something reverting to an earlier type

33

Auxiliary

helping supporting

34

Avuncular

Like an uncle especially a nice uncle ;

35

Bask

in enjoy warmth and light

36

Bemused

Confused; bewildered

37

Benefactor

One who provides help especially in the form of a gift or donation

38

Benevolent

Generous; kind; doing good deeds

39

Benign

Gentle; not harmful; kind; mild

40

Blight

Disease in plants; anything that injures or destroys

41

Boorish

rude; insensitive

42

Braggart

boastful

43

Brass

yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)

44

Breach

opening broken place breaking

45

Burlesque

A ludicrous mocking or exaggerated imitation

46

Calumny

slander aspersion

47

Candid

frank straight-forward

48

Cantankerous

bad-tempered/quarrelsome

49

Canvass

discuss thoroughly sort of touting

50

Caricature

A portrait or description that is purposely distorted or exaggerated often to prove some point about its subject

51

Castigation

punishment; severe criticism

52

Categorical

Unconditional; absolute

53

Celibacy

Abstinence from sex

54

Censure

To condemn severely for doing something bad

55

Chagrin

Humiliation; embarrassed disappointment

56

Chimera

An illusion; a foolish fancy

57

Circuitous

Round about; not following a direct path

58

Coagulation

change to a thick and solid state

59

Coerce

To force someone to do or not to do something

60

Combustion

process of burning

61

Commensurate adj.

corresponding in extent, degree, etc.; proportionate

62

Complaisance

tending to comply obliging willingness to please

63

Complicity

Participation in wrongdoing; the act of being an accomplice

64

Comprehensive

Covering or including everything

65

Concur

agree in opinion happen together

66

Concurrent

Happening at the same time; parallel

67

Condescend

To stoop to someone else level usually in an offensive way; to patronize

68

Consonant

Harmonious; in agreement

69

Constrain

compel

70

Construe

To interpret

71

Contemn

to scorn or despise

72

Contiguous

Side by side; adjoining

73

Contingent

Dependent; possible

74

Converge

approach; tend to meet; come together

75

Copious

Abundant; plentiful

76

Cordial

warm and sincere

77

Cordon

line (of police acting as a guard)

78

Corporeal

physical of or for the body

79

Correlate

have a mutual relation

80

Corroborate

to confirm; to back up with evidence

81

Cosmopolitan

at home in many places or situations; internationally sophisticated

82

Countervail

counterbalance

83

Covenant

a solemn agreement; a contract; a pledge

84

Curmudgeon

bad-tempered person

85

Dearth

lack; scarcity

86

Debauchery

wild living; excessive intemperance

87

Decadent

decaying or decayed especially in terms of morals

88

Defalcate

(v) to embezzle or misappropriate

89

Default

failure to act

90

Definitive

conclusive; providing the last word

91

Deleterious

harmful

92

Denigrate

blacken belittle sully defame

93

Denizen

inhabitant

94

Deposition

dethronement depositing

95

Depravity

extreme wickedness or corruption

96

Depredation

plundering

97

Despondent

extremely depressed; full of despair

98

Despot

an absolute ruler; an autocrat

99

Destitute

extremely poor; utterly lacking

100

Dialectical

relating to discussions; relating to the rules and methods of reasoning; approaching truth in the middle of opposing extremes

101

Diaphanous

transparent gauzy

102

Diatribe

bitter and violent attack in words

103

Dilettante

someone with superficial knowledge of the arts; an amateur; a dabbler

104

Disconcert

upset the self-possession of

105

Discrete adj.

separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts

106

Disdain

arrogant scorn; contempt

107

Disheveled

untidy

108

Disingenuous

lacking genuine candor; insincere

109

Disinter

dig up from the earth

110

Disinterested

not taking sides; unbiased

111

Disjointed

lacking coherence; separated at the joints

112

Dislodge

move force from the place occupied

113

Dismiss

eliminate from consideration; reject

114

Divulge

make known something secret

115

Document

provide written evidence

116

Doggerel

trivial poorly constructed verse

117

Ebullient

A boiling; bubbling with excitement; exuberant

118

Eccentric

A not conventional; a little kooky; irregular

119

Ecumenical

representing the whole Christian world

120

Edacious

voracious devouring

121

Edify

Vt to enlighten; to instruct especially in moral or religious matters

122

Efface

Vt to erase; to rub away the features of eclipse

123

Effete

infertile worn out weak

124

Egalitarian

A believing in the social and economic equality of all people

125

Encroach

Vi to make gradual or stealthy inroads into; to trespass on upon

126

Endemic

A native; restricted to a particular region or era; indigenous

127

Enduring

lasting

128

Entreat

ask earnestly

129

Epicurean

devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)

130

Equable

steady regular

131

Equivocal

Adj ambiguous; intentionally confusing; capable of being interpreted in more than one way

132

Eradicate

get rid of pull up by the roots

133

Eulogy

formal praise panegyric

134

Exacting

Adj extremely demanding; difficult; requiring great skill or care

135

Exasperate

V to annoy thoroughly; to make very angry; to try the patience of

136

Exhaustive

Adj thorough; rigorous; complete; painstaking

137

Exigency

N an emergency; an urgency

138

Existential

Adj having to do with existence; having to do with the body of thought called existentialism which basically holds that human beings are responsible for their own actions but is otherwise too complicated to summarize in a single sentence

139

Extant

still in existence

140

Extempore

without previous thought or preparation

141

Extirpate

to destroy exterminate cut out exscind

142

Extraneous

Adj unnecessary; irrelevant; extra

143

Extricable

that can be freed

144

Extrovert

N an open outgoing person; a person whose attention is focused on others rather than on himself or herself

145

Exult

V to rejoice; to celebrate

146

Falter

waver/move in an uncertain manner

147

Farcical

Adj absurd; ludicrous

148

Fawning

trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing

149

Fecund

Adj fertile; productive

150

Felicitous

apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

151

Feral

Existing in a wild or untamed state

152

Feud

bitter quarrel over a long period of time

153

Fidelity

N faithfulness; loyalty

154

Fidget

move restlessly make nervous

155

Finagle

to practice deception or fraud; scheme.

156

Flaunt

V show off; to display ostentatiously

157

Flax

pale yellow (hair) a plant

158

Foment

V to stir up; to instigate

159

Foolproof

incapable of failure or error

160

Forestall

prevent by taking action in advance

161

Forsake

v to abandon ; to renounce ; to relinquish

162

Fulsome

disgusting offensive due to excessiveness

163

Fustian

bombastic

164

Gallant

brave,behaves well with women

165

Gist

the point general sense

166

Glimmer

weak/unsteady light

167

Gorge

eat greedily/narrow opening with a stream

168

Grandiloquent

a pompous ; using a lot of big fancy words in an attempt to sound impressive

169

Grave

serious requiring consideration

170

Gregarious

a sociable ; enjoying the company of others

171

Gush

burst out suddenly/talk ardently

172

Halcyon

calm and peaceful

173

Hallow

to make holy consecrate

174

Hapless

a unlucky unlucky

175

Hegemony

n leadership especially of one nation over another

176

Hew

make by hard work cut (by striking)

177

Hirsute

hairy shaggy

178

Holster

leather case for a pistol

179

Homiletics

act of preaching

180

Husbandry

n thrifty management of resources ; livestock farming

181

Iconoclast

n one who attacks popular beliefs or institutions

182

Iconoclastic

attacking cherished traditions

183

Idyll

a carefree episode or experience

184

Imminent

a just about to happen

185

Impassive

without feeling; imperturbable; stoical; unmoved; feeling no sign of passion

186

Impeccable

a flawless ; entirely without sin

187

Impede

hinder; block

188

Impediment

something that hinders (e.g. stammer)

189

Impending

imminent being about to happen expected

190

Imperative

urgent essential

191

Imprecation

an invocation of evil a curse

192

Impute

to attribute to a cause or source ascribe

193

Incantation

n a chant ; the repetition of statements or phrases in a way reminiscent of a chant

194

Incense

a make very angry

195

Incongruity

lack of harmony; absurdity

196

Incorporate

introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite

197

Indelible

that cannot be rubbed out

198

Indigence

poverty

199

Indignant

a angry especially as a result of something unjust or unworthy ; insulted

200

Indistinct

not easily heard seen clearly marked

201

Infuse

put pour fill

202

Injunction

n a command or order especially a court order

203

Insipid

a dull ; bland ; banal

204

Insouciant

unconcerned carefree

205

Insularity

narrow-mindedness; isolation

206

Integral

a essential

207

Introspective

a tending to think about oneself ; examining ones feelings

208

Inveterate

a habitual ; firm in habit ; deeply rooted

209

Ironic

a meaning the opposite of what you seem to say ; using words to mean something other than what they seem to mean

210

Jibe

gibe make fun of

211

Juxtapose

v to place side by side

212

Kinetic

a having to do with motion ; lively ; active

213

Knit

draw together unite firmly

214

Languish

v to become weak listless or depressed ;

215

Laud v.

praise

216

Liberality

free giving generosity

217

Limp

lacking strength walking unevenly

218

Lionize

treat as a famous person

219

Litigate

v to try in court ; to engage in legal proceedings

220

Lustrous

being bright polished

221

Magnate

n a rich powerful or very successful businessperson

222

Malevolence

wishing to do evil

223

Malfeasance

n an illegal act especially by a public official

224

Malinger

v to pretend to be sick to avoid doing work

225

Malingerer

one who feigns illness to escape duty

226

Malleable

a easy to shape or bend

227

Mandate

n a command or authorization to do something ; the will of the voters as expressed by the results of an election

228

Manifest

a visible ; evident

229

Manifesto

n a public declaration of beliefs or principles usually political ones

230

Meretricious

attractive on the surface but of little value

231

Metamorphosis

n a magical change in form ; a striking or sudden change

232

Milieu

n environment ; surroundings

233

Minatory

menacing threatening

234

Misogynist

one who hates women/females

235

Mitigate

v to moderate the effect of something

236

Mollif

soothe

237

Mollify

v to soften ; to soothe ; to pacify

238

Mortify

a to humiliate

239

Myriad

n a huge number ;

240

Nadir

lowest weakest point

241

Nebulous

a vague ; hazy ; indistinct ;

242

Neophyte

person who has recently been converted to a belief; beginner

243

Notorious

a famous for something bad

244

Obdurate

a stubborn and insensitive

245

Obsequious

a fawning ; subservient ; sucking up to

246

Obstreperous

noisy loud

247

Occluded

blocked up

248

Onerous

a burdensome ; oppressive

249

Opaqueness

dullness/not allowing light to pass through

250

Opulent

a luxurious

251

Ostentatious

a excessively conspicuous ; showing off

252

Overweening

presumptuously arrogant overbearing immoderate being a jerk

253

Paean

song of praise or triumph

254

Pariah

an outcast a rejected and despised person

255

Parsimonious

a stingy =stingy

256

Pastiche

work (usually artistic) which imitates

257

Paucity

n scarcity =scarcity

258

Pedestrian

a unimaginative ; banal unimaginative banal

259

Penchant

n a strong taste or liking for something ; a predilection

260

Perfidious

treacherous; disloyal

261

Perfidy

n treachery treachery

262

Perilous

dangerous

263

Peripatetic

a wandering ; traveling continually ; itinerant

264

Permeate

v to spread or seep through ; to penetrate

265

Perpetrate

be guilty commit (a crime)

266

Pest

destructive thing or a person who is nuisance

267

Petrous

like a rock hard stony

268

Picaresque

involving clever rogues or adventurers

269

Pine

waste away through sorrow or illness

270

Piquant

agreeably pungent stimulating

271

Pitfall

covered hole as a trap unsuspected danger

272

Pivotal

a crucial crucial

273

Placate

v to pacify ; to appease ; to soothe

274

Platitude n.

trite remark; commonplace statement

275

Pluck

pull the feathers off pick (e.g.. flowers)

276

Poignant

a painfully emotional ; extremely moving ; sharp or astute

277

Polarize

v to break up into opposing factions or groupings

278

Polemic

n a powerful argument often make to attack or refute a controversial issue

279

Porous

full of pores; like a sieve

280

Portent

n an omen ; a sign of something coming in the future

281

Pragmatic

a practical ; down to earth ; based on experience rather than theory

282

Precedent

n an earlier example or model of something

283

Precursory

preliminary anticipating

284

Preternatural

not normal or usual

285

Prevalent

common

286

Prevaricate

lie; equivocate

287

Prim

neat formal

288

Probity

uprightness; incorruptibility

289

Prodigious

a extraordinary; enormous; vast ;

290

Profound

a deep several senses; ~sleep ~knowledge ~meaning ~thanks ~anxiety ~bow

291

Profuse

a flowing; extravagant

292

Prohibitive

tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined to prevent or forbid

293

Proletariat

n the industrial working class

294

Promulgate

v to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something

295

Prone

prostrate inclined to (undesirable things)

296

Propensity

n a natural inclination or tendency; a predilection

297

Propinquity

nearness in time or place affinity of nature

298

Propriety

n properness; good manners ;

299

Proselytize

v to convert someone from one religion or doctrine to another; to recruit converts to a religion or doctrine

300

Provincial

a limited in outlook to ones own small corner of the world; narrow

301

Provisional

a conditional; temporary; tentative

302

Prudish

easily shocked excessively modest

303

Prune

dried plum silly person

304

Putrefaction

becoming rotten

305

Quail

lose courage turn frightened

306

Quibble

minor objection or complaint; try to avoid by sophistication

307

Quirk

habit or action peculiar to something

308

Ramification

n a consequence; a branching out

309

Rancor

n bitter long-lasting ill will or resentment

310

Rebuff

snub

311

Recluse

person who lives alone and avoids people

312

Reclusive

a hermitlike; withdrawn from society

313

Reconcile

settle a quarrel restore peace

314

Recondite

a hard to understand; over ones head

315

Redoubtable

formidable causing fear

316

Refine

make or become pure cultural

317

Refulgent

shining brilliant

318

Relentless

a continuous; unstoppable

319

Repast

meal

320

Reprisal

n a military action undertaken in revenge for another; an act of taking an eye for an eye ;

321

Reprove

v to criticize mildly

322

Rescind

repeal/annul/cancel

323

Resolute

determined; firm; unwavering

324

Resuscitation

coming back to consciousness

325

Reverent

respectful; worshipful

326

Roll

call calling of names

327

Ruddy

reddish, healthy-looking

328

Salacious

obscene

329

Salient

a sticking out; conspicuous; leaping ;

330

Salubrious

healthful

331

Sanguine

a cheerful; optimistic; hopeful

332

Satiate

satisfy fully

333

Secrete

hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism

334

Sequence

succession connected line of

335

Serendipity

accidental good fortune; discovering good things without looking for them

336

Sever

break off

337

Shallow

little depth not earnest

338

Sheath

cover for the blade of a weapon or a tool

339

Sketchy

shortly, roughly, quickly

340

Sobriety

the state of being sober; seriousness

341

Solicitous

eager and attentive often to the point of hovering; anxiously caring or attentive

342

Sordid

vile; filthy; squalid filthy squalid vile

343

Sporadic

stopping and starting; scattered; occurring in bursts every once in a while

344

Squalor

filth; wretched degraded or repulsive living conditions

345

Stagnation

motionlessness; inactivity

346

Stickler

person who insists on importance of something

347

Stingy

spending using unwillingly

348

Stint v.

be thrifty; set limits

349

Subside

settle down; descend; grow quiet

350

Substantive

having substance; real; essential; solid; substantial

351

Superimpose

put something on the top

352

Supine

lying on the back slow to act passive

353

Supplicate

make a humble petition to

354

Tadpole

form of a frog when it leaves the egg

355

Tassel

bunch of threads

356

Tautological

redundant; circular ; redundant

357

Teetotal

oppose to alcohol

358

Terse

using no unnecessary words; succinct succinct

359

Timorous

fearful timid afraid

360

Tirade

prolonged bitter speech

361

Torpor

sluggishness; inactivity; apathy

362

Transient

not staying for a long time; temporary

363

Trepidation

fear; apprehension; nervous trembling fear

364

Turbid

muddy having the sediment stirred up

365

Turbulence

being uncontrollably violent

366

Unwitting

unintentional; ignorant; not aware

367

Usurp

to seize wrongfully

368

Utopia

an ideal society

369

Vapid

without liveliness; dull; spiritless

370

Vehemence

forcefulness

371

Vehement

intense; forceful; violent

372

Veracious

truthful

373

Veracity

truthfulness

374

Vigilant

member of a vigilance committee

375

Vigorous

strong energetic

376

Vilify

to say vile things about; to defame ;

377

Viscous

sticky, gluey

378

Vituperative adj

abusive; scolding

379

Waffle

talk vaguely and without much result

380

Wag

merry person

381

Welter

turmoil; bewildering jumble

382

Whimsical

full of odd and fanciful ideas

383

Willful

deliberate; obstinate; insistent on having ones way

384

Woo

try to win

385

Yeoman

man owning small estate; middle-class farmer