English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE - the Hard ones - Part 4

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Impecunious
  • without money
  • lacking funds
Hyperbole
  • an exaggerated statement
Heretical
  • violating accepted dogma or convention
Harangue
  • to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
Gregarious
  • sociable, outgoing
  • enjoying the company of other people
Furtive
  • marked by stealth: covert, surrepitious
Facetious
  • playful, humorous
Esoteric
  • for a small group
  • understood by a specific group
Ephemeral
  • brief, fleeting
Empirical
  • based on observation or experiment
Emollient
  • soothing to the skin, making less harsh
Ebullience
  • lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
Dogmatic
  • expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved principles
Didactic
  • intended to teach or instruct
Demur
  • to question or oppose
Dearth
  • scarcity or a lack of
Culpable
  • deserving blame
Adulation
  • excessive praise, intense adoration
Contrite
  • regretful, penitent, seeking forgiveness
Ameliorate
  • to make better or more tolerable
Accolade
  • an expression of praise
Capricious
  • inclined to change one's mind impulsively, erratic, unpredictable
Ineluctable
  • unable to be resisted or avoided
Reticent
  • reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
  • quiet, reserved
Truculent
  • fierce and cruel
  • eager to fight