English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE - the Hard ones - Part 5

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Idolatrous
  • intense or excessive devotion to something
Cogent
  • appealing forcibly to the mind or reason, convincing
Chary
  • wary, cautious, sparing
Cacophony
  • harsh, jarring, discordant sound, dissonance
Bucolic
  • rustic and pastoral, characteristic of rural areas and their inhibitants
Burgeon
  • to grow rapidly or flourish
Prodigious
  • abundant in size, force, or extent, extraordinary
Avarice
  • greed, especially for wealth
Ascetic
  • one who practices rigid self-denial, especially for religious reasons
Alacrity
  • eager and enthusiastic willingness
Exigent
  • urgent, pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
Extemporaneous
  • improvised, done without preparation
Stupefy
  • to stun, baffle or amaze
Effrontery
  • extreme boldness, presumptousness
Perspicacious
  • accutely perceptive, having keep discernment
Prevaricate
  • to deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
Inured
  • accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Perfidy
  • intentional breach of faith
Exculpate
  • exonerate, to clear of blame
Denouement
  • the final part, the climax of a chain of events
Invidious
  • likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others
Predilection
  • a disposition in favor of something, preference
Predilection
  • a disposition in favor of something, preference
Precipitate
  • acting with excessive haste or impulse
Ennui
  • dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
Redoubtable
  • awe-inspiring, worthy of honor
Quiescence
  • stillness, motionless, quality of being at rest