Kaplan Practice Test Flashcards Preview

GRE Vocabulary > Kaplan Practice Test > Flashcards

Flashcards in Kaplan Practice Test Deck (40)
Loading flashcards...
1

inoculate

to treat with vaccine to produce immunity against a disease

2

elucidation

clarification; explanation that makes something clear

3

malapropism

the mistaken use of a word in a place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect

4

tepid

showing little enthusiasm; lukewarm

5

emaciated

abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food

6

finesse

intricate and refined delicacy; to do something in a subtle and delicate manner

7

kismet

destiny, fate

8

imbroglio

an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation

9

bemuse

to puzzle, confuse, bewilder

10

excoriate

to censure or criticize severely; (in medicine) to damage or remove part of the surface of the skin

11

extol

to praise enthusiastically

12

aplomb

self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation

Having studied hard for the exam, Diana passed with aplomb.

13

flippant

not showing a serious or respectful attitude

14

poignant

evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

They read aloud the poignant letter written by the victims' relatives.

15

vociferous

vehement or clamorous

16

stentorian

describing a person's voice that is loud and powerful

17

imbibe

to drink alcohol; to absorb or assimilate ideas or knowledge

18

regurgitate

to repeat information without analyzing or comprehending it; to bring swallowed food up again to the mouth

19

trepidation

a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen

20

imperturbation

freedom from agitation; calmness, quietude

21

visceral

relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect

His campaign was fueled by the voters' visceral fear of change.

22

diaphanous

light, delicate, and translucent

23

egregious

outstandingly bad; shocking

24

ochlocracy

mob rule

25

oligarchy

a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution

26

scintillation

a flash or sparkle of light

27

elucidate

to make something clear; to explain

28

disquietude

a state of uneasiness or anxiety

29

surreptitious

kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of

For two decades, they carried on a surreptitious affair, at times meeting up in foreign country to avoid discovery.

30

impinge

to have an effect or impact, especially a negative one; to advance over an area belonging to someone or something else

She was determined to make the tragedy impinge as little as possible on her son's life.