English Vocabulary Flash Cards: Kaplan GRE 2010 List

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perfunctory
  • indifferent
  • done in a routine way
placate
  • to soothe or pacify
plethora
  • excess
pragmatic
  • practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
  • to throw violently or bring about abruptly
  • lacking deliberation
mitigate
  • to lessen
  • to soften
propriety
  • correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
quiescent
  • motionless
rarefy
  • to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
  • to reject the validity of
reticent
  • silent, reserved
soporific
  • causing sleep or lethargy
specious
  • deceptively attractive
  • seeming plausible but fallacious
mollify
  • to calm or make less severe
obdurate
  • hardened in feeling
  • resistant to persuasion
obsequious
  • overly submissive and eager to please
opprobrium
  • public disgrace
osentation
  • excessive showiness
pedant
  • someone who shows off learning
perfidious
  • willing to betray one's trust
prevaricate
  • to lie or deviate from the truth
prodigal
  • lavish, wasteful
proliferate
  • to increase in number quickly
stolid
  • unemotional
  • lacking sensitivity
tacit
  • done without using words
taciturn
  • silent, not talkative
inchoate
  • disorganized and incoherent
endemic
  • inherent or belonging to a particular area
intrepid
  • fearless and resolutely courageous
lachrymose
  • tearful or weepy
umbrage
  • offense
noisome
  • stinky
maudlin
  • overly sentimental
cupidity
  • greed or irresistible desire for material goods
largess
  • a generous giving or benevolence
hegemony
  • domination of one state or group over another state or group
intrepidity
  • fearless even reckless, courage
penury
  • extreme poverty or lack of resources
cosset
  • to pamper or treat with great care
lampoon
  • ridicle with satire
ossify
  • to harden or set in a rigidly environment
  • to change into bone
pathogenic
  • causing disease
salubrious
  • healthful or therapeutic
diaphanous
  • delicate or gauzy
  • often used to describe fabric
trenchant
  • incisive, sharp, even caustic or cutting
venerable
  • respected due to age
sanguine
  • cheerfully optimistic
prevaricate
  • lie or deviate from the truth
burnish
  • to polish
slake
  • to calm down or moderate
furtive
  • secret or stealthy
irascible
  • ornery or easily made angry
quash
  • suppress or put down
hoary
  • very old
  • white or gray from age
tangential
  • digressing or extraneous to the matter at hand
unconscionable
  • unfair or unjust
monastic
  • extremely plain, even austere
voluble
  • talkative or speaking easily
reticent
  • reserved, silent
turgid
  • bloated or swollen, as from a fluid
audacious
  • fearless or daring
tawdry
  • gaudy, cheap, and showy
dilatory
  • intended to delay
dilettante
  • someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
  • a funeral hymn or mournful speech
equivocate
  • to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
vex
  • to annoy
volatile
  • lively or explosive
  • easily aroused and changeable
waver
  • to flunctuate between choices
zeal
  • passion, excitement
analogous
  • equivalent to
  • similar or alike in some way
capricious
  • changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate
  • to punish or criticize harshly
caustic
  • biting in wit
chicanery
  • deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
  • convincing and well reasoned
condone
  • to overlook, pardon, or disregard
convoluted
  • intricate and complicated
corroborate
  • to provide supporting evidence
credulous
  • gullible
  • too trusting
deference
  • respect, courtesy
deride
  • to mock
  • to speak of or treat with contempt
desiccate
  • to dry out thoroughly
diatribe
  • an abusive, condemnatory speech
desultory
  • jumping from one thing to another, disconnected
diffident
  • lacking self-confidence
abscond
  • to leave secretly
abstain
  • to choose not to do something
adulterate
  • to make impure
advocate
  • to speak in favor of
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
ambiguous
  • doubtful or uncertain
  • able to be interpreted several ways
ameliorate
  • to make better, to improve
anachronism
  • something out of place in time
loquacious
  • talkative
lucid
  • clear and easily understood
meticulous
  • extremely careful about details