English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE 2011

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Zeal
  • passion, excitement
vex
  • to annoy
Volatile
  • easily aroused or changeable
  • lively or explosive
verbose
  • wordy
veracity
  • filled with truth and accuracy
venerate
  • to respect deeply
vacillate
  • to be indecisive
  • to sway physically
transitory
  • temporary, lasting a brief time
torpor
  • extreme mental and physical sluggishness
tirade
  • long, harsh speech or verbal attack
taciturn
  • silent, not talkative
tacit
  • done without using words
sublime
  • lofty or grand
stolid
  • unemotional
  • lacking sensitivity
stigma
  • a mark of shame or discredit
specious
  • deceptively attractive
  • seemingly plausible but fallacious
soporific
  • causing sleep or lethargy
satiate
  • to satisfy fully or overindulge
rhetoric
  • effective writing or speaking
reticent
  • silent, reserved
repudiate
  • to reject the validity of
rarefy
  • to make thinner or sparser
quiescent
  • motionless
pungent
  • sharp and irritating to the senses
prudence
  • wisdom, caution or restraint
propriety
  • correct behavior
  • obedience to rules and customs
propitiate
  • to appease
  • to conciliate
proliferate
  • to increase in number quickly
prodigal
  • lavish, wasteful
pristine
  • uncorrupted
  • fresh and clean
prevaricate
  • to lie or deviate from the truth
precipitate
  • to throw violently or bring about abruptly
  • lacking deliberation
obstinate
  • stubborn, unyielding
obviate
  • to prevent
  • to make unnecessary
occlude
  • to stop up
  • to prevent the passage of
onerous
  • burdensome
  • troublesome and oppressive
opaque
  • impossible to see through
  • preventing the passage of light
opprobrium
  • public disgrace
ostentation
  • excessive showiness
paradox
  • a contradiction or dilemma
paragon
  • model of excellence or perfection
pedant
  • someone who shows off learning
perfidious
  • willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
  • indifferent
  • done in a routine way
permeate
  • to penetrate
philanthropy
  • charity
  • a desire or effort to promote goodness
placate
  • to soothe or pacify
plethora
  • excess
pragmatic
  • practical as opposed to idealistic
lament
  • to grieve
  • to express sorrow
laud
  • to give praise
  • to glorify
lavish
  • (v): to give unsparingly
  • (adj): extremely generous or extravagant
loquacious
  • talkative
malinger
  • to evade responsibility by pretening to be ill
malleable
  • capable of being shaped
meticulous
  • extremely careful about details
misanthrope
  • a person who dislikes others
mitigate
  • to lessen
  • to soften
mollify
  • to calm or make less severe
monotony
  • lack of variation
naive
  • lacking sophistication or experience
obdurate
  • hardened in feeling
  • resistant to persuasion
obsequious
  • overly submissive and eager to please
gregarious
  • outgoing, sociable
guile
  • deceit or trickery
iconoclast
  • one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
imperturbable
  • not capable of being disturbed
impervious
  • impossible to penetrate
  • incapable of being affected
impetuous
  • quick to act without thinking
implacable
  • unable to be calmed down or made peacefull
inchoate
  • disorganized
  • not fully formed
ingenuous
  • showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
  • hostile, unfriendly
innocuous
  • harmless
insipid
  • lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
  • uncompromising
  • refusing to be reconciled
inundate
  • to overwhelm
  • to cover with water
irascible
  • easily made angry
laconic
  • using few words
erudite
  • learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric
  • known or understood by only a few
estimable
  • admirable
eulogy
  • speech in praise of someone
euphemism
  • use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
exacerbate
  • to make worse
exculpate
  • to clear from blame
  • prove innocent
exigent
  • urgent
  • requiring immediate action
exonerate
  • to clear of blame
fanatical
  • acting excessively enthusiastic
  • filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
fawn
  • to grovel
florid
  • excessively decorated or embellished
foment
  • to arouse or incite
garrulous
  • tending to talk a lot
disparate
  • fundamentally different
  • entirely unlike
dissemble
  • to present a false appearance
  • to disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance
  • a harsh and disagreeable comfination, or ten of sounds
dogma
  • a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic
  • dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
  • to deceive
  • a person who is easily deceived
eclectic
  • selecting from or made up from a variety of sources