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GRE VOCAB

equivocal

ambiguous, open to two interpretations

tractable

obedient, yielding

placate

to soothe or pacify

miser

person who is extremely stingy

engender

to produce, cause, bring out

dogma

rigidly fixed in opinion, opinionated

garrulous

very talkative

homogeneous

composed of identical parts

laconic

using few words

quiescence

inactivity, stillness

anomalous

irregular or deviating from the norm

venerate

to respect

assuage

to make less severe ease relieve

misanthrope

person who hates human beings

digress

to turn aside; to stray from the main point

corroborate

to confirm, verify

buttress

to reinforce or support

antipathy

dislike, hostility, extreme opposition or aversion

disabuse

to free from error or misconception

feigned

pretended

banal

trite and overly common

desiccate

to dry completely, dehydrate

diatribe

bitter verbal attack

pedant

uninspired, boring academic

guile

trickery, deception

eulogy

high praise, often in public

fawn

to flatter excessively, seek the flavor of

aberrant

different from the usual or normal

heresy

an act of opposed to established religious orthodoxy

obdurate

stubborn

prevaricate

to lie, evade the truth

embellish

to ornament; make attractive with decoration or detail; add details to a statement

pragmatic

practical; moved by facts rather than abstract ideals

precipitate

to cause to happen; to throw down from a height

proximity

nearness

profundity

depth (usually depth of thought)

adulterate

to corrupt or make impure

sanction

permission, support; law; penalty

ameliorate

to make better, improve

anachronism

something chronologically inappropriate

vindictive

spiteful, vengeful, unforgiving

propitiate

to win over, appease

aver

to declare to be true, affirm

burgeon

to sprout or flourish

commensurate

proportional

mitigate

to soften, or make milder

culpability

guilt, responsibility for wrong

specious

having a false appearance of truth; showy

turpitude

inherent baseness, depravity

diffident

shy, lacking confidence

repudiate

to reject as having no authority

discrete

individually distinct; consisting of unconnected elements

obviate

to make unnecessary; to anticipate and prevent

dissemble

to pretend, disguise one’s motives

implacable

inflexible, incapable of being pleased

emulate

to copy, imitate

complaisance

disposition to please or comply

enervate

to weaken, sap strength from

latency

the condition of being present but hidden

erudite

learned, scholarly.

espouse

to support or advocate; to marry

florid

gaudy, extremely ornate; ruddy, flushed

occlude

to shut, block

harangue

a ranting writing or speech; lecture

hieroglyph

pictorial character

iconoclast

one who attack traditional beliefs

impervious

impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

efficacy

effectiveness, efficiency

inchoate

imperfectly formed or formulated

loquacious

talkative

irascible

easily angered

ephemeral

momentary, transient, fleeting

laudable

deserving of praise

insipid

bland, lacking flavor; lacking excitement

magnanimity

generosity

precarious

uncertain

endemic

belonging to a particular area; inherent

mollify

to calm or make less severe

rarefy

to make thinner, purer, or more refined

disinterested

unbiased; not interested

foster

to nourish, cultivate, promote

perennial

present throughout the years; persistent

malevolent

ill-willed; causing evil or harm to others

defer

to show respect or politeness in a submissive way

precursor

forerunner, predecessor

lucid

clear and easily understood

probity

honesty, high-mindedness

abscond

to depart secretly

propensity

inclination, tendency

audacious

bold, daring, fearless

wheedle

to influence or entice by flattery

prudent

careful, cautious

mundane

worldly; commonplace

diffuse

widely spread out

aggrandize

to make larger or greater in power

decimate

to reduce drastically; to destroy a large part of

succinct

terse, brief, concise

enigma

a puzzle, something inexplicable

unfettered

free, unrestrained

ascetic

self-denying, abstinent, austere

Source: KAPLAN GRE Exam, Fifth Edition, March 2001