crack the GRE

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crack the GRE

    (Cracking the GRE 2006 Edition

    - Princeton Review)


     abscond verb to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

aberrant adjective deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)

alacrity noun eager and enthusiastic willingness

    anomaly noun deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality (adjective form: anomalous)

approbation noun an _expression of approval or praise

arduous adjective strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort

assuage verb to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

    audacious adjective daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form: audacity)

    austere adjective without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (noun form: austerity)

    axiomatic adjective taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)

    canonical adjective following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: canon)

    capricious adjective inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable

censure verb to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

chicanery noun trickery or subterfuge

    connoisseur noun an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert

convoluted adjective complex or complicated


disabuse verb to undeceive; to set right

    discordant adjective conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

disparate adjective fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

effrontery noun extreme boldness; presumptuousness

    eloquent adjective well-spoken, expressive, articulate (noun form: eloquence)

enervate verb to weaken; to reduce in vitality

    ennui noun dissatisfaction and restlessness result from boredom or apathy

    equivocate verb to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adject form: equivocal)

    erudite adjective very learned; scholarly (noun form: erudition)

exculpate verb exonerate; to clear of blame

    exigent adjective urgent, pressing; requiring, immediate action or attention

extemporaneous adjective improvised; done without preparation

    filibuster noun intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

fulminate verb to loudly attack or denounce

    ingenuous adjective artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication

    inured adjective accustomed to accepting something undesirable

    irascible adjective easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

laud verb to praise highly (adjective form: laudatory)

lucid adjective clear; easily understood

    magnanimity noun the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adjective form: magnanimous)

martial adjective associated with war and the armed forces


     mundane adjective of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary

    nascent adjective coming into being; in early developmental stages

nebulous adjective vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

    neologism noun a new word, _expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses

noxious adjective harmful, injurious

    obtuse adjective lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or _expression

obviate verb to anticipate and make unnecessary

onerous adjective troubling; burdensome

paean noun a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

    parody noun a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art

    perennial adjective recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly

    perfidy noun intentional breach of faith; treachery (adjective form: perfidious)

perfunctory adjective cursory; done without care or interest

    perspicacious adjective acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)

    prattle verb to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

precipitate adjective acting with excessive haste or impulse

    precipitate verb to cause or happen before anticipated or required

    predilection noun a disposition in favor of something; preference

    prescience noun foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adjective form: prescient)

prevaricate verb to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead


     qualms noun misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

recant verb to retract, esp. a previously held belief

refute verb to disprove; to successfully argue against

    relegate verb to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position

    reticent adjective quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

solicitous adjective concerned and attentive; eager

    sordid adjective characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

    sporadic adjective occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

squander verb to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

static adjective not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

stupefy verb to stun, baffle, or amaze

stymie verb to block; thwart

    synthesis noun the combination of parts to make a whole (verb form: synthesize)

torque noun a force that causes rotation

tortuous adjective winding, twisting; excessively complicated

truculent adjective fierce and cruel; eager to fight

veracity noun truthfulness, honesty

    virulent adjective extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

    voracious adjective having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

    waver verb to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion




    abate verb to lessen in intensity or degree

accolade noun an _expression of praise

adulation noun excessive praise; intense adoration

    aesthetic adjective dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

ameliorate verb to make better or more tolerable

    ascetic noun one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion

avarice noun greed, esp. for wealth (adjective form: avaricious)

    axiom noun a universally recognized principle (adjective form: axiomatic)

burgeon verb to grow rapidly or flourish

    bucolic adjective rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants

    cacophony noun harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adjective form: cacophonous)

    canon noun an established set of principles or code of laws, often religous in nature (adjective form: canonical)

    castigation noun severe criticism or punishment (verb form: castigate)

    catalyst noun a substance that accelerates the rate of chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change

caustic adjective burning or stinging; causing corrosion

chary adjective wary; cautious; sparing

    cogent adjective appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

    complaisance noun the willingness to comply with the wishes of others (adjective form: complaisant)

    contentious adjective argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement


     contrite adjective regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form: contrition)

culpable adjective deserving blame (noun form: culpability)

dearth noun smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

demur verb to question or oppose

didactic adjective intended to teach or instruct

    discretion noun cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decions (adjective form: discrete)

disinterested adjective free of bias or self-interest; impartial

    dogmatic adjective expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles. (noun form: dogma)

    ebullience adjective the quality of lively or enthusiastic _expression of thoughts and feelings (adjective form: ebullient)

eclectic adjective composed of elements drawn from various sources

    elegy noun a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (adjective form: elegiac)

    emollient adjective/noun soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin

empirical adjective based on observation or experiment

    enigmatic adjective mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (noun form: enigma)

ephemeral adjective brief; fleeting

    esoteric adjective intended for or understood by a small, specific group

eulogy noun a speech honoring the dead (verb form: eulogize)

exonerate verb to remove blame

facetious adjective playful; humorous

    fallacy noun an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (adjective form: fallacious)


furtive adjective marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

    gregarious adjective sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

    harangue verb/noun to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech

    heretical adjective violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form: heresy)

    hyperbole noun an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech (adjective form: hyperbolic)

impecunious adjective lacking funds; without money

    incipient adjective beginning to come into being or to become apparent

insert adjective unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

innocuous adjective harmless; causing no damage

    intransigent adjective refusing to compromise (noun form: intransigence)

inveigle verb to obtain by deception or flattery

morose adjective sad; sullen; melancholy

odious adjective evoking intense aversion or dislike

opaque adjective impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

    oscillation noun the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm (verb form: oscillate)

    penurious adjective penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous

    pernicious adjective extremely harmful; potentially causing death

peruse verb to examine with great care (noun form: perusal)

    pious adjective extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion (noun form: piety)

    precursor noun one that precedes and indicates or announces another

    preen verb to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care


     prodigious adjective abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

prolific adjective producing large volumes or amounts; productive

    putrefy verb to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (adjective form: putrid)

quaff verb to drink deeply

    quiescence noun stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest (adjective form: quiescent)

redoubtable adjective awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

    sanction noun/verb authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to

    satire noun a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision (adjective form; satirical)

    squalid adjective sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (noun form: squalor)

    stoic adjective indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (noun form; stoicism)

supplant verb to take the place of; supersede

torpid adjective lethargic; sluggish; dormant (noun form: torpor)

    ubiquitous adjective existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread

    urbane adjective sophisticated; refined; elegant (noun form: urbanity)

vilify verb to defame; to characterize harshly

viscous adjective thick; sticky (noun form: viscosity)



acumen noun keen, accurate judgement or insight

    adulterate verb to reduce purity by coming with inferior ingredients

    archaic adjective outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time

aver verb to state as a fact; to declare or assert

bolster verb to provide support or reinforcement

bolster verb to provide support or reinforcement

bombastic adjective pompous; grandiloquent (noun form: bombast)

diatribe noun to disguise or conceal; to mislead

eccentric adjective departing from norms or conventions

    endemic adjective characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

evanescent adjective tending to disappear like vapor, vanishing

exacerbate verb to make worse or more severe

    fervent adjective greatly emotional or zealous (noun form: fervor)

fortuitous adjective happening by accident or chance

    germane adjective relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

    grandiloquence noun pompous speech or _expression (adjective form: grandiloquent)

    hackneyed adjective rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

halcyon adjective calm and peaceful

    hedonism noun devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses (a hedonist is someone who pursues pleasure)

    hegemony noun the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others


    iconoclast noun one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

    idolatrous adjective given to intense or excessive devotion to something (noun form: idolatry)

impassive adjective revealing no emotion

    imperturbable adjective marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness

    implacable adjective not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

impunity noun immunity from punishment or penalty

inchoate adjective in an initial stage; not fully formed

infelicitous adjective unfortunate; inappropriate

    insipid adjective without taste or flavor, lacking, in spirit; bland

loquacious adjective extremely talkative (noun form: loquacity)

    luminous adjective characterized by brightness and the emission of light

    malevolent adjective having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred (noun form: malevolence)

    malleable adjective capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable

    mendacity noun the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty (adjective form: mendacious)

    meticulous adjective characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

    misanthrope noun one who hates all other humans (adjective form: misanthropic)

    mitigate verb to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

obdurate adjective unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

obsequious adjective exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

occlude verb to obstruct or block

opprobrium noun disgrace; contempt; scorn


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