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Glossary of GRE study words

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arduous
strenous; taxing; requiring significant effort
audacious
daring and fearless; resklessly bold (noun form audacity)
austere
without adornment; bare; severly simple; ascetic (noun form: austerity)
axiomatic
taken as a given: possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)
canonical
following or in agreemen with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: canon)
capricious
inclined to change one's mind implusively; erratic; unpredicatable
convoluted
complex or complicated
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
eloquent
well-spoken; expressive; articulate (noun form: eloquence)
erudite
very learned; scholoarly (noun form: erudition)
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
lucid
clear; easily understood
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
noxious
harmfull; injurious
obtuse
lacking sharpness fo intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
onerous
troubling; burdensome
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)
precipitate
acting with excessive haste or impluse
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
static
not moving, active or in motion; at rest
tortuous
winding; twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aberrant
deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)

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