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GRE Verbal - Unknown Words

Here are a list of words that I did not know the meaning at one point or another when reviewing for the GRE verbal section. Mostly for my personal use, but this could be helpful to others.

References: I have accumulated the majority of this vocab list and definitions of vocab from the practice problems from number2.com . Some definitions also come from Baron's 2009 GRE book.

Terms

undefined, object
copy deck
eclectic
selective, composed of elements from disparate sources
imperious
domineering, haughty
obsequious
servile, slavishly attentive
recalcitrant
defiant or disobedient
condone
overlook, forgive
rife
abundant, current
Languid
lacking in vigor or vitality
Argot
Jargon, lingo, the language of a particular class.
perspicacious
seeing clearly, quick-sighted, keen
hamlet
(noun): A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country.
intransigent
(adj) (in- not + L. transigere to come to an agreement; trans across + agere to lead, act.) uncompromising; irreconcilable
idiosyncrasy
individual trait (unique)
abeyance
suspended action
uncouth
outlandish, clumsy, boorish
peripatetic
itinerant, or moving.
Clandestine
covert or secret.
craven
(adj) cowardly
Indigent
destitute or poor
enervate
weaken
virtuoso
(noun) Performer who excels in the technical aspect of her art.
Sanguine
warm; confident; hopeful
cursory
casual, hastily done
capricious
fickle
frenetic
frenzied, frantic
garrulous
loquacious, talkative
opulent
wealthy; rich; affluent
apprise
to inform
spurious
false, counterfeit, illogical
prosaic
Commonplace; unimaginative
precipitate (adj)
rash, premature, hasty, sudden
Whorl
Anything with a spiraled or coiled appearance
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
polyglot
speaking many languages
aladroit
(adj.) opposed to adroitness, clumsy, awkward, unskilled
subaltern
subordinate
impolitic
inappropriate, or without regard for what is expedient
importune
beg, plead for or ask insistently or with urgency
Pique
To wound the pride of; to sting; to stimulate.
denigrate
(verb) is To defame; to tarnish the reputation of..
contention
claim, thesis
precipitous
steep, overhasty
capricious
unpredictable, fickle
Mawkish
sickly sentimental; it can be synonymous with saccharine
quisling
traitor who aids invaders
decorous
Satisfying the demands of polite society; proper, correct, seemly
trite
hackneyed, commonplace
diffident
shy
burgeon
to grow forth, send out buds
banal
lacking originality, hackneyed
Ignominies
infamy (Their generals have been received with honor after their defeat; yours with ignominy after conquest. )
pedantic
scholar who overemphasizes book learning
protract
prolong
apotheosis
1. The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, "the gods;" deification. 2. Glorification; exaltation.
affected (2nd meaning)
insincere or artificial.
cartographer
(noun) One who makes maps
temper
(verb) is To make more moderate, soften, dilute
primogeniture
state of being first born
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
respite
interval of relief, time to reset
reticence
The quality of keeping silence, reserved
sedulous
diligent, carefully organized
barb
(noun) A cutting remark; a sharpness or sting..
atavistic
reverting to an earlier form or characteristic
Impugn
To contradict; to assail; to call in question; to make insinuations against.
sybarite
(noun) Person devoted to luxury and pleasure..
juxtapose
To place side by side
aver
to assert confidently or declare, in law
apprehend
to arrest
posthumous
after death
complaisant
trying to please, overly polite
perfidious
Violating good faith or vows; false to trust; treacherous
periphery
edge
cacophonous
discordant
Satiety
the state of being gratified; the state of having had one's desire or appetite satisfied
ameliorate
(verb) To improve.
contenious
quarrelsome
iconoclast
one who exposes or destroys impositions or shams; one who attacks cherished beliefs
precipitant
something that causes a substance in a chemical solution to solidify
recast
to reconstruct a story, sentence, etc
extol
to praise, glorify, elevate
Indolent
inactive or slothful
inculcate
(verb) is Teach something by frequent repetition or repeated warnings..
mollify
To soften, appease, pacify;, assuage, as pain or irritation
hackneyed
commonplace, trite
usurp
to seize or take away power by force
polemic
(noun) Art or practice of argument and disputation.
coagulate
to thicken, clot
maudlin
effusively sentimental
mendacious
lying, habitually dishonest
taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
nadir
lowest point
Subsume
Incorporate within a larger entity
edulcorated
edited or censored
Exigency
Urgent need; critical requirement.
geniality
those of gentle birth, refinement
belligerent (noun)
a warring state or person
wizened
(adj): Dried; shriveled; withered; shrunken; weazen; as, a wizened old man.
Inculcate
to learn by repetition, to impress upon by force of repetition.
egregious
(adj) Remarkably bad
propitious
Merciful; helpful; convenient; favorable
belligerent (adj)
waging or about war
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed
Hoi polloi
Common people, general populace.
Irreverant
Lacking proper respect
writ
(noun) a writing; scripture
nascent
incipient, coming into being
insipid
lacking in flavor
detractor
defamer
candor
open and sincere in speech
profligate
excessively wasteful
Exculpate
To release from blame.
Assuaged
To calm; to pacify.
commensurate
(adj) proportionate
voluble
(adj): 1. easily set in motion, fluent, glib, talkative
Winnow
To sift, for separating falsehood, bad from truth, good
austere
stern and cold in appearance or manner, morally strict
contrition
sincere and complete remorse (i.e. regret with a sense of guilt)
trenchant
forceful, vigorous, cutting, Keen
immutable
unchangeable
coda
concluding section of a musical or lit. writing, summarises
salubrious
Favorable to health
unremitting
(adj) Not remitting; incessant; persevering
adulterate
to make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
vapid
dull, unimaginative
apprehension
perceiving or comprehending
surreptitious
secretive, furtive, sneaky
indigence
poverty
compunction
remorse
buttress
to support, prop up
celerity
(noun) speed
aloof
apart, reserved
obstinacy
stubborn, hard to control or treat
caustic
burning, sarcastically biting
daunt
(v) to intimidate, frighten
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility. Probity denotes unimpeachable honesty and virtue, shown especially by the performance of those obligations
belabor
(verb) To beat soundly (as a point); to work diligently..
scanty
meager, insufficient
Bulwark
A rampart; a fortification, strong defense
chicanery
trickery
dereliction
Neglect or abandonment. A failure to perform a duty
tacit
understood, not put into words
unadultered
adj. pure
hedonist
one who believes pleasure is the sole aim in life
Artfulness
cunning; craftiness; slyness; trickiness
penitent
repentant, contrite
vitiate
(verb) To make void or destroy; to render defective..
ideologue
(noun) is A zealous advocate of a particular belief..
abscond
to depart secretly and hide
ephemeral
(adj): 1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower.
efficacy
power to produce desired effect
precipitate (verb)
to hasten
corpulent
(adj) is Very fat; obese.
condone
penitent, repentant
gregarious
sociable
jaunty
(adj): Airy; showy; finical; hence, characterized by an affected or fantastical manner.
inveigh
denounce
inured
accustomed, hardened
limn
draw, outline, describe
reprove
(verb) To accuse, reprehend, express disapproval..
Substantiate
Support; provide evidence for.
heterogeneous
(adj) Possessing many varied parts
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
propensity
natural inclination
obfuscate
to bewilder or confuse.
platitude
something unoriginal or commonplace
laconism, laconicism
the practice of using few words to say much.
assiduous
dilligent
libertine
a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality
burnish
to make shiny by rubbing, polish
brazen
Loud and harsh; with contemptuous boldness
cherubic
angelic
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
vendetta
1 : blood feud 2 : an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts
recapitulate
(verb) is To sum up, or enumerate by heads or topics, what has been previously said; to repeat briefly the substance
Proselytize
To convert to some religion, system, or opinion.
inchoate
recently begun, elementary
artless
open & honest
sophomoric
immature, half-baked
beleaguer
To surround with an army so as to to besiege, block up, encompass.
ignominious
(adj): 1. Marked with ignominy; incurring public disgrace; dishonorable; shameful.
Panegyrize
to formally praise
amalgamate
to combine into one body
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolation
indigenous
native
Attenuate
to lessen, simplify
Ravish
To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy; to seize or carry away by violence
ascetic
practicing self-denial, morally strict
Lachrymose
Given to crying easily.
Neophyte
Beginner, novice
cogent
convincing
obloquy
slander, infamy
obdurate
stubborn
abate
(verb) subside or moderate
proscribe
(verb) is Declare to be illegal, disallow or condemn as unacceptable or harmful
apogee
highest point
scurrilous
obscene, indecent
Ingenuous
lacking craft, naive.
Rescind
To repeal or take back (especially a decree or law).
Licentious
1. abusive of freedom; wantonly offensive, lawless; immoral; dissolute; lewd, uncontrolled
pervade
spread throughout
antipathy
aversion, dislike
opprobrium
infamy, vilification
Imbue
To tinge deeply; to dye; to become impressed or penetrated
hoary
white-gray with age
alacrity
eagerness
apprehensive
fearful, discerning
boorish
rude, insensitive
vindicate
(Verb) to assert a right to, defend, to support as true against objections, to avenge
adminish
to warn, reprove
disparage
to criticize, to show disrespect
whimsy
capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit
facetious
(adj) Joking, witty -- especially at an inappropriate time..
belie
to contradict, give false impression
Impertinent
irrelevant, trifling; frivolous; against good manners.

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