English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE Hit Parade

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abscond
  • to depart clandestinely
  • to steal off and hide
abberant
  • deviating from the norm
alacrity
  • eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
  • abnormality
  • deviation from the normal order,form, or rule
anomaly
  • abnormality
  • deviation from the normal order,form, or rule
approbation
  • an expression of approval or praise
arduous
  • strenous taxing
  • requiring significant effort
assuage
  • to ease or lessen
  • to appease or pacify
audacious
  • daring and fearless
  • recklessly bold
austere
  • ascetic
  • severely simple
  • bare
  • without adornment
axiomatic
  • taken as a given
  • posessing self-evident truth
canonical
  • following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
  • inclined to change one's mind impulsively
  • erratic, unpredictable
censure
  • to criticize severely
  • to officially rebuke
chicanery
  • trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
  • expert
  • an informed and astute judge in matters of taste
convoluted
  • complex or complicated
disabuse
  • to set right
  • to undeceive
discordant
  • conflicting
  • dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
  • fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
  • extreme boldness
  • presumtousness
eloquent
  • well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate
  • to weaken
  • to reduce in vitality
ennui
  • dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
  • to use ambigous language with a deceptive intent
erudite
  • scholarly
  • very learned
exculpate
  • exonerate
  • to clear of blame
exigent
  • urgent, pressing
  • requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
  • improvised
  • done without preparation
filibuster
  • intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
  • to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
  • artless
  • frank and candid
  • lacking in sophistication
inured
  • accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
  • easily angered
  • prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
  • to praise highly
lucid
  • easily understood
  • clear
magnanimity
  • the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
  • associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
  • of the world
  • typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
  • coming into being
  • in early developmental stages
nebulous
  • vague
  • cloudy
  • lacking clearly defined form
neologism
  • a new word, expression, or usage
  • the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
  • harmful, injurious
obtuse
  • lacking sharpness of intellect
  • not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
  • to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
  • burdensome
  • troubling
paean
  • a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
  • a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
  • recurrent through the year or many years
  • happening repeatedly
perfidy
  • treachery
  • intentional breach of faith
perfunctory
  • cursory
  • done without care or interest
perspicacious
  • acutely perceptive
  • having keen discernment
prattle
  • to babble meaninglessly
  • to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
  • acting with excessive haste or impulse
predilection
  • preference
  • a disposition in favor of something
prescience
  • foreknowledge of events
  • knowing of events prior to their occurring
prevaricate
  • to mislead
  • to deliberately avoid the truth
qualms
  • misgivings
  • reservations
  • causes for hesitancy
recant
  • to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
  • to disprove
  • to successfully argue against
relegate
  • to forcibly assign esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
  • quiet
  • reserved
  • reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
  • eager
  • concerned and attentive
sordid
  • foul
  • characterized by filth, grime, or squalor
sporadic
  • occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
  • to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
  • at rest
  • not moving, active, or in motion
stupefy
  • to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
  • thwart
  • to block
synthesis
  • the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
  • a force that causes rotation
tortuous
  • excessively complicated
  • winding, twisting
truculent
  • fierce and cruel
  • eager to fight
veracity
  • truthfulness, honesty
virulent
  • extremely harmful or poisonous
  • bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
  • ravenous
  • having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit
waver
  • to move to and fro
  • to sway
  • to be unsettled in opinion