English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE 2011 p.2

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elegy
  • a sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
  • persuasive and moving, especially in speech
emulate
  • to copy
  • to try to equal or excel
enervate
  • to reduce in strength
engender
  • to produce, cause or bring about
enigma
  • a mystery
  • a puzzle
enumerate
  • to count, list, or itemize
ephemeral
  • lasting a short time
equivocate
  • to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
cogent
  • convincing and well reasoned
condone
  • to overlook, pardon, or disregard
convoluted
  • intricate and complicated
corroborate
  • to provide supporting evidence
credulous
  • gullible
  • too trusting
crescendo
  • steadily increasing volume or force
decorum
  • propriety
  • appropriateness of behavior or conduct
deference
  • respect, courtesy
deride
  • to mock
  • to speak of or treat with contempt
desiccate
  • to dry out thoroughly
desultory
  • disconnected
  • jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
  • an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
  • lacking self-confidence
dilatory
  • intended to delay
dilettante
  • someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
  • a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
  • to set right
  • to free from error
discern
  • to recognize
  • to perceive
archaic
  • ancient, old-fashioned
ardor
  • intense and passionate feeling
assuage
  • to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
  • to weaken
  • to reduce in force or degree
audacious
  • fearless and daring
austere
  • undecorated
  • severe or stern in appearance
banal
  • predictable, cliched, boring
bolster
  • to support
  • to prop up
bombastic
  • pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
  • harsh, jarring noise
candid
  • impartial and honest in speech
capriciuos
  • changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate
  • to punish or criticize harshly
caustic
  • biting in wit
chauvinist
  • someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
  • deception by means of craft or guile
abate
  • to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abscond
  • to leave secretly
adulterate
  • to make impure
aesthetic
  • concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
  • to increase in power, influence and reputation
alleviate
  • to make more bearable
amalgamate
  • to combine
  • to mix together
ameliorate
  • to improve
  • to make better
anachronism
  • something out of place in time
analogous
  • equivalent to
  • similar or alike in some way
anomaly
  • deviation from what is normal
antaagonize
  • to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
  • extreme dislike
apathy
  • lack of interest or emotino
arbitrate
  • to judge a dispute between two opposing parties