English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE - the Hard ones - Part 2

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Disparage
  • to slight or belittle
Credulous
  • gullible
  • tending to believe too readily
Cynicism
  • a believe that all people are motivated by selfishness
Decorum
  • polite behavior
  • appropriate conduct
Derision
  • scorn, ridicule
  • contemptuous treatment
Desiccate
  • to dry out or dehydrate
  • to make dry or dull
Dilettante
  • someone with an amateurish interest in art or another subject
Astringent
  • having a tightening effect on living tissue
  • harsh, severe
Contiguous
  • Sharing a border
  • touching, adjacent
Convention
  • an agreed upon practice or attitude
Acerbic
  • having a sour or bitter taste or character
  • sharp, biting
Aggrandize
  • to increase in intensity, power, influence, prestige
Alchemy
  • medieval science to transmutate metals into gold
Amenable
  • agreeable
  • responsive to suggestion
Fawn
  • to flatter or praise excessively
Flout
  • to show contempt for
Garrulous
  • pointlessly talkative
  • talking too much
Glib
  • marked by ease or informality
  • nonchalant, lacking in depth
Aver
  • to state as a fact
  • to declare or assert
Anachronism
  • something or someone out of place
Obdurate
  • unyielding, hardhearted, intractable
Obsequious
  • exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
Opprobrium
  • disgrace, contempt, scorn
Pedagogy
  • teaching or instructing
Pedantic
  • overly concerned with learning or education
  • show-offish about one's knowledge