English Vocabulary Flash Cards: Kaplan GRE 2010 List [2]

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misanthrope
  • a person who dislikes others
vitriol
  • severe criticism, abuse
indolence
  • laziness
impudence
  • disrespectful
insolence
  • disrespectful
eminence
  • high rank, high repute
proponent
  • someone who argues in favor of or supports some idea or practice
diffident
  • shy, retiring, or timid
indolent
  • habitually lazy
exigent
  • urgent
apocryphal
  • doubtful authenticity
endemic
  • inherent or belonging to a particular area
phlegmatic
  • sluggishness of temperament
enervate
  • nervous
inundate
  • overwhelm
perspicacious
  • keen-witted, astute, or shrewd
inimical
  • hostile or unfriendly
surly
  • rude and bad-tempered
glib
  • easily and casually fluent, with overtones of insincerity
judicious
  • sensible or showing good judgment
vim
  • vitality and energy
invective
  • abusive language
hyperbole
  • a purposeful exaggeration for effect, as in a tall tale
cognizant
  • to be aware
obsequious
  • overly flattering or servile
bawdy
  • racy or lewd
superfluous
  • unneccessary
ethereal
  • heavenly or immaterial
abet
  • to aid or assist
sentient
  • conscious or aware
panegyric
  • formal or elaborate praise in writing or oration
prolix
  • wordy
pithy
  • to the point
proclivity
  • a natural inclination or predisposition
scintilla
  • a trace amount
disabuse
  • to set right
  • to free from error
discern
  • to recognize
  • to perceive
disparate
  • fundamentally different, entirely unlike
dissemble
  • to present a false appearance
  • to disguise one's real intentions or character
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
exonerate
  • to clear of blame
fawn
  • to grovel
fervid
  • intensely emotional
  • feverish
dogmatic
  • dictatorial in one's opinions
emulate
  • to copy
  • to try to equal or excel
enumerate
  • to count, list, or itemize
ephemeral
  • lasting a short time
abate
  • to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
antipathy
  • extreme dislike
arbitrate
  • to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ardor
  • intense and passionate feeling
assuage
  • to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
  • to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
austere
  • undecorated
  • severe or stern in appearance
banal
  • predictable, cliched, boring
bolster
  • to support, to prop up
candid
  • impartial and honest in speech
enervate
  • to reduce in strength
engender
  • to produce, cause, or bring about
erudite
  • learned, scholarly, bookish
inure
  • accustom or become used to
imprecation
  • a curse
benediction
  • a blessing
rejoinder
  • a response
esoteric
  • known or understood by only a few
estimable
  • admirable
obviate
  • to prevent
  • to make unnecessary
occlude
  • to stop up, to prevent the passage of
onerous
  • troublesome and oppressive, burdensome
propitiate
  • to conciliate, to appease
foment
  • to arouse or incite
garrulous
  • tending to talk a lot
guile
  • deceit or trickery
iconoclast
  • one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable
  • not capable of being disturbed
impetuous
  • quick to act without thinking
implacable
  • unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
ingenuous
  • showing innocence or childlike simplicity
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
laud
  • to give praise
  • to glorify
tirade
  • long, harsh speech or verbal attack
torpor
  • extreme mental and physical sluggishness
vacillate
  • to be indecisive
  • to sway physically
venerate
  • to respect deeply
veracity
  • filled with truth and accuracy
florid
  • excessively decorated or embellished