GRE 247 Flashcards

Deception
Terms Definitions
benediction
blessing
contumacious
rebellious
Aver
Affirm
PUTRID
DISGUSTING/OFFENSIVE
Churlish
rude
anomalous
abnormal
congeal
freeze; coagulate
maculated
spotted; stained
INIMICAL
hostile; unfriendly
suffuse
spread over
Garrulity
n. Talkativeness
facetious
amusing; humorous.
articulate
pronounce clearly
preen
tidy/show self-satisfaction
abjure
renounce upon oath
Meticulous
Very careful; fastidious.
unfeigned (adj)
Genuine; sincere.
Pathogenic
causing disease; noxious
desiccation
dry up *think-desert
acumen
keen insight; shrewdness:
vitriolic
very caustic; scathing:
deleterious
injurious to health
elixir
cure-all; panacea; something invigorating
s crave
desire; want intensely
misanthrope*
one who hates mankind
bifurcate
divide into two parts
Fastidious
Difficult to please. Squeamish.
entomology
n. study of insects
auspicious
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
derivative
not original but secondary
rugose
having wrinkles; wrinkled; ridged.
lampoon
to ridicule with satire
pedantic
ostentatious in one's learning.
effusion
pouring forth; unrestrained outpouring of feeling; V. effuse: pour out; ADJ. effusive: pouring forth; gushing
soporific
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)
canny
shrewd in money matters; thrifty
desultory
aimless, haphazard, disgressing at random
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood. The end of days will bring on mercurial changes in the weather.
hoary
gray or white with age:
motley
exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous:
seamy
unpleasant or sordid; low; disagreeable:
enigmatic
resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.
presumptuous
unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward
inscrutable
incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; not easily understood; mysterious
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health
enumerate
To count, list, or itemize
turgid
swollen, distended, tumid; overblown or pompous
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency
empirical
depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory
expiate
make amends or reparation for
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
inchoate
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
conventional
ordinary; typical; not nuclear; Ex. conventional weapons
shrill (adj)
loud and high pitched; screeching
anticlimax
letdown in thought or emotion; something unexciting, ordinary, or disappointing coming after something important or exciting
spume
foam, scum, frothy matter on liquids
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree/weaken
bacchanalian
a festival in honor of Bacchus.
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant:
dissonance
inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony.
abridge
to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents:
perspicacious
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning:
epigram
any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
auspice
patronage; support; sponsorship ; a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds
audacious
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave and fearless, also extremely original
pillory
to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse
querulous
full of complaints; complaining or peevish
limpid
clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air:
antipathy
a basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion or dislike
burgeon
to grow or develop quickly; flourish
feign
to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise; inflexible
halcyon
calm and tranquil; rich and prosperous; happy and carefree
discordant
being at variance; disagreeing or harsh
exacerbate
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of; aggravate
desultory
lacking in consistency or visible order; random
refute (v)
to disprove; to successfully argue against
dogmatic
relying upon doctrine or dogma, as opposed to evidence
pungent
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
circlet
small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head, arms, or neck as decoration)
precept (n)
"An object of perception, something that is perceived."
comatose
in a coma; extremely sleepy. the longwinded orator soon had his audience in a comatose state
lethargic
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
invective
an insulting or abusive word or expression.
apostate
a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
immaculate
free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean:
foible
a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect:
febrile
pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish.
elegiac
used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
lissome
lithesome or lithe, esp. of body; supple; flexible.
assuage
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate:
ambiguous
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify
flout
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt
forestall
to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance:
nominal
of, pertaining to, or constituting a name or names.
obviate
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate difficulties by effective measures; render unnecessary
subterfuge
trick or tactic used to avoid something
perfidy
deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery:
stolid
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional or impassive
guile
insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception
compendium
a brief account of an extensive subject; a summary
rhetoric
the undue use of exaggeration or display in writing or speech; bombast
blandish
to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole
privation
lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life:
aberrant
departing from the right, normal, or usual course; exceptional
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding.
credulous
willing to believe or trust too readily without proper or adequate evidence; gullible
pragmatic
pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations
cadge
to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship, to borrow without intent to repay
surge
powerful movement of or like a wave; V.
s tarnish
make or become dull or discolored; N.
n isthmus
narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
precipitant
something that causes a substance in a chemical solution to separate out in solid form; OP. solvent
subsume
to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
insular
of or pertaining to an island or islands, or detached and isolated
pied
having patches of two or more colors, as various birds and other animals
filial
pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; noting or having the relation of a child to a parent
abnegate
to refuse or deny oneself some rights or conveniences; to reject or renounce
panegyric
a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; an eulogy
cabal
a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.
vacillate
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute
libertine
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, or a freethinker in religious matters
confound
to perplex or amaze by a sudden disturbance or surprise; to throw into confusion or disorder
disabuse
to free a person from deception or error
acerbic
sour or astringent in taste; harsh or severe, as of temper or expression
transcribe
to make a written copy, esp. a typewritten copy, of (dictated material, notes taken during a lecture, or other spoken material).
feud
bitter quarrel over a long period of time
yowl
to utter a loud long cry of grief, pain, or distress
fulminate
to explode with a loud noise, or to issue denunciations against
novitiate
the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation; the state or period of being a beginner in anything
reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reluctant or restrained
arrest
to catch and hold, attract and fix, to stop and slow down
paragon
a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence
oscillate
to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does, or to vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions or conditions
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