GRE Vocabulary (P-Z) Flashcards

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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
done in a routine way; indifferent
Permeate
to penetrate
Philanthropy
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
Placate
to soothe or pacify
Plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent
Plethora
excess
Pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
Precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
Prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
Pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
Prodigal
lavish, wasteful
Proliferate
to increase in number quickly
Propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
Propriety
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
Prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
Pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
Quiescent
motionless
Rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
Repudiate
to reject the validity of
Reticent
silent, reserved
Rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
Satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge
Soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
Specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
Stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
Stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
Sublime
lofty or grand
Tactic
done without using words
Tactiturn
Silent, not talkative
Tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
Torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
Transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time
Vacillate
to sway physically; to be indecisive
Venerate
to respect deeply
Veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
Verbose
wordy
Vex
to annoy
Volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
Waver
to fluctuate between choices
Whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
Zeal
passion, excitement
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