English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE d+

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dilate
  • to make larger, expand
diligent
  • continuously putting in great effort
disabuse
  • to free someone from believing something that is untrue
discern
  • to perceive
  • to differentiate or distinguish
disconcerting
  • unsettling
dislodge
  • to remove from a former position
disparity
  • the state of being different or unequal
disperse
  • to scatter or spread around
dissemble
  • to disguise or conceal
dissident
  • adj. disagreeable n. one who disagrees
dissipate
  • to drive away or scatter
dissonance
  • lack of harmony
  • discord
diverge
  • to differ in opinion
  • to move apart, or extend in different directions
divest
  • to get rid of
docile
  • to train or teach
dubious
  • unsure, skeptical
eccentric
  • departing from the conventional
eclectic
  • combining elements from many different sources or style
effrontery
  • rude and presumptuous behavior
egregious
  • noticeably bad or offensive
eloquent
  • very clear and precise
  • quality of being skilled in clear and precise speech
elucidate
  • to clarify
emancipation
  • the act of freeing or liberating
emollient
  • adj. softening or soothing n. a softening agent
empirical
  • based on or probable by observation and experiment
emulate
  • imitate
  • to follow an admirable example
emulate
  • imitate
  • to follow an admirable example
endorse
  • to support or sign
engender
  • to give rise to
  • to originate
enigmatic
  • unexplainable, puzzling
entity
  • a discrete being or unit
enumerate
  • to state things in a list\
ephemeral
  • temporary, fleeting
equivocal
  • uncertain or ambiguous
erudite
  • learned, having great knowledge
esoteric
  • understood by few people, mysterious
espouse
  • to choose to follow or support something
estimable
  • admirable or deserving esteem
ethical
  • in line with the principal of right and wrong
euphemism
  • an inoffensive expression substituted for one that is deemed offensive
exacerbate
  • to intensify bitterness or violence
exceptional
  • having uncommonly great qualities
excoriate
  • to denounce
  • to chafe
exculpate
  • to remove blame, aquit
exhort
  • to urge or try to persuede
exigent
  • demanding immediate attention, urgent
explicate
  • to explain or make comprehensible
expunge
  • to get rid of or erase
extant
  • currently existing
extenuating
  • partially justifiable
extol
  • to praise or glorify
extovert
  • a person characterized by concerning with things outside of self
  • an outgoing or gregarious person
extricate
  • to free or disentangle
exultant
  • gleeful because of success
fallacy
  • an error in reasoning
familial
  • relating to the family
fathom
  • v. to come to understand the meaning of something
  • n. a measure of distance equal to six feet
fatuous
  • foolish or delusive, smug
feckless
  • lacking in purpose or careless
feign
  • to fabricate or decieve
feint
  • deceptive diversionary
fidelity
  • faithfulness or allegiance
florid
  • flushed with color, ornate
foil
  • to keep from being successful
foment
  • to incite or agitate
forage
  • to search for food or provisions
formidable
  • capable of arousing fear or awe
fortuitous
  • happening by accident or chance
forum
  • a public meeting place or medium for open discussion
fracas
  • a noisy fight
gainsay
  • to deny or contradict
garrison
  • a military post, the troops stationed at a military post
garrulous
  • very talkative
genre
  • a type, class or catagory
gist
  • main idea
glib
  • seemingly slick and clever, but lacking sincerity
grituitous
  • for no reason or at no cost
gregarious
  • sociable or enjoying the company of others
grievous
  • causing grief or pain, serios
guile
  • cunning, shrewdness
hackneyed
  • unoriginal, overused
harrow
  • to torment or cause suffering and agony
hierarchy
  • a way to rank or place things in order
hierarchy
  • a way to rank or place things in order
heterogeneous
  • made up of dissimilar elements, not homgeneous
hypothesis
  • a tentative explanation that can be tested by further investigation and experimentation