Vocab - GRE 1000 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
astute
Clever; showing shrewdness and discernment
astringent
Substance that shrinks
assiduous
Constant in application or attention; diligent
aspersion
An unfavorable or damaging remark
asperity
Roughness; harshness; ill-tempered; irritability
aseptic
Surgically clean
ascribe
To attribute to a specified cause, source, or origin
arrant
Without qualification; used informally (often pejorative)
argot
Specialized vocabulary used by a particular group
arduous
Steep difficult ascent; laborious
ardor
Strong enthusiasm or devotion
arboreal
Of or connected with trees
arabesque
A complex ornate design
apt
Having a natural tendency; inclined
approbation
Expression of warm approval; praise
apprise
Give notice or inform
apotheosis
Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position
apostate
One who abandons long-held religious convictions
aplomb
Self-confidence
antithetical
Being in dimensional opposition
amortize
End (a debt) by setting aside money; repay
amenable
Agreeable; responsive to suggestion
ameliorate
Improve; make better or more tolerable
aloof
Reserved; indifferent
alacrity
Eager or cheerful readiness
agog
Full of anticipation and excitement; eager
aggrandize
To make larger or greater in power
attune
To bring into harmony
affable
Polite and friendly
adulation
Excessive praise and intense adoration
admonitory
Containing a warning
adamant
Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding
acumen
Quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
accretion
Increase in size by gradual addition; fusion
abstruse
Difficult to comprehend; obscure
abscond
To leave quickly and secretly (to avoid arrest)
abrogate
Repeal or annul by authority
abraded
Worn down or rubbed away by friction
abeyance
Condition of being set aside; suspension
atonement
Amends or reparations made for injury or wrong; expiation
audacious
Daring, foolishly bold, fearless
augury
A sign of something coming; an omen
august
Majestic; venerable
auspicious
Marked by success; prosperous
austere
Severely moral, also strict, simple, and plain
auxiliary
Giving assistance or support; helping; also used as a reserve
aver
Affirm, to declare to be true
aversion
Strong dislike
avid
eager, greedy
avow
To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess
baleful
Harmful, ominous, causing evil
balk
To stop short and refuse to go on
banal
Trite and overly common
baneful
Causing harm or ruin, destructive
barrage
Artificial obstacle build across a river
bask
To enjoy warmth and light
beatify
To make blessedly happy
bedizen
To ornament or dress in a showy or gaudy manner
belabor
To discuss repeatedly or at length; harp on
bellicose
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious
benevolence
An inclination to perform kind, charitable acts
benign
Kind and gentle, mild
bequest
Arrangement at death, legacy, inheritance
berate
Scold sharply
bewilder
Puzzle, confuse
bilge
The bulging part of a barrel or cask
blandish
To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole
blandness
Polite manner, comforting, uninteresting
blatant
Noisy and rough
blithe
Cheerful, casual, carefree
bogus
Sham, counterfeit, not genuine
boisterous
Loud, noisy, rough; lacking restraint
bolster
Give greatly needed support
bombast
Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing
boorish
Crude, offensive, rude
brash
Hasty and unthinking; lacking in sensitivity or tact
brazen
Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity
broach
Bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
To tolerate, endure
burgeon
To sprout or flourish
burnish
To make smooth or glossy as if by rubbing
buttress
To reinforce or support
cabal
A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers
cadge
To beg or get by begging
cajole
Use flattery or deceit to persuade
calumny
A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation
candid
Frank, straight-forward
cant
Insincere talk; to speak in jargon
cantankerous
Bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canvass
To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize
castigate
to chastise, correct by punishing
catalyst
substance that causes or increases the rate of reaction
caustic
harsh or corrosive in tone
censure
an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism
centurion
commander of a century in the Roman army
chary
cautious; wary
chastened
corrected; punished
chauvinist
devoted patriot; believer in the superiority of one's gender
chicanery
legal trickery, false argument
churl
rude, mal-tempered person
clamor
a loud outcry; a hubbub
cloture
closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
coagulation
change to a thick and solid state
coalescing
coming together and uniting into one substance
coax
get somebody to do something
coda
concluding passage that completes a piece of music
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
coerce
compel; to force or make obedient
coeval
originating or existing in the same period
cogent
strong reasoning; convincing
cogitate
to think carefully about; ponder
cognizant
being fully aware of
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
commensurate
of the same size, extent, or duration as another
commodious
having plenty of space for what is needed
complaisance
tending to comply, obliging, willingness to please
compunction
a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
conceit
a favorable and unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing, comforting
concord
agreement or harmony; accord
condone
to overlook, forgive, or disregard without protest or censure
congeal
make or become stiff and solid
conjoin
to join together
connoisseur
a person with good judgment (e.g. in art)
connotation
an idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing
consequential
pompous self important
console
give comfort or sympathy to
conspicuous
easily seen, remarkable
consternation
a state of paralyzing dismay
consummate
perfect, make perfect, complete
contemn
to scorn or despise
contentious
argumentative, pugnacious, combative, quarrelsome
contiguous
connecting without a break
contrite
filled with deep sorrow for wrongdoing
contumacious
obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate
a riddle, dilemma, or enigma
conundrum
convoke
to cause to assemble in a meeting; convene
convoluted
complicated, coiled, twisted
cordial
warm and sincere
cordon
to form a cordon around so as to prevent movement in or out
cornucopia
abundant, overflowing supply
corporeal
of, relating to, or characteristic of the body
correlate
to put or bring into complementary, parallel, or reciprocal relation
corroboration
additional strengthening evidence, to confirm, verify
countenance
to give or express approval to; condone
contervail
to act against with equal force; counteract
covert
disguised
covetous
excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another
cower
crouch, shrink back
coy
flirtatiously shy or modest
cravat
a scarf or band of fabric worn around the neck as a tie
craven
cowardly; contemptibly timid
credulous
disposed to believe too readily; gullible
cryptic
secret with a hidden meaning
culpability
guilt, responsibility for wrong
cumbersome
burdensome, heavy, and awkward to carry
curmudgeon
ill-tempered person
curriculum
all the courses of study offered by an educational institution
cursory
performed with haste and scant attention to detail
curtail
make shorter than was planned
dainty
delicately beautiful or charming; exquisite
daunt
intimidate; make fearful
dawdle
to move aimlessly or lackadaisically
dearth
a scarce supply; a lack
debacle
a sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout
decimate
to reduce drastically, to destroy a large part of
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
decree
order given by authority
decry
to condemn openly
defer
to postpone, give way (to show respect)
defiance
open disobedience or resistance
delineate
to trace the outline of; represent pictorially
deluge
great flood, heavy rush of water
demagogue
a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals
demur
to voice opposition; object
denigrate
to attack the character or reputation of; defame
denouement
the final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot
deposition
to remove from office or position, especially high office.
deprave
to debase, especially morally; corrupt
deprecate
to express disapproval of; deplore
dereliction
deserting and leaving
derision
ridicule, mockery, deriding
derivative
copied or adapted, obtained from another source
derivative
copied or adapted; obtained from another source
descry
catch sight of, see something in the distance
dessicate
to dry completely, dehydrate
desuetude
a state of disuse or inactivity
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
deter
discourage, hinder
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, damaging comment
deviance
differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society
dexterity
skill and grace in physical movement
diaphanous
transparent or vague
diatribe
bitter and violent attack in words
diffidence
shyness; lack of confidence
diffuse
widely spread out
digress
to turn aside; to stray from the main point
dilate
to make wider or larger; cause to expand
disabuse
to free from error or misconception
discern
to recognize or comprehend mentally
discomfit
to make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert
disconcert
to frustrate by throwing into disorder; disarrange
discountenance
to view or treat with disfavor
discourse
speech; lecture
disdain
to regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise
disheveled
thrown into disorder
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
disinter
to dig up from the earth
disinterested
unbiased, not interested
dismal
sad, gloomy, miserable
disparate
essentially different
disproof
evidence that refutes or disproves
dissemble
speak or behave so as to hide one's motives; pretend
dissent
have a different opinion; disagree
dissolution
decomposition into fragments or parts; disintegration
divergence
becoming farther apart from a point; deviation
divestiture
getting rid of, liquidation or sale of something
divulge
to make known
doggerel
crudely or irregularly fashioned verse
dogma
rigid or certain, principle or belief
dolt
a stupid person
dormant
in a state of inactivity but awaiting development
dote
show much fondness or love
drawl
slow way of speaking
droll
amusingly odd or whimsically comical
drone
to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner
dubious
fraught with uncertainty and doubt; undecided
dulcet
melodious, harmonious
dupe
cheat, make a fool of
duplicity
deliberate deception
duress
constraint by threat; coercion
dynamo
an extremely energetic and forceful person
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm, showing excitement
ecumenical
of worldwide scope or applicability; universal
edacious
voracious; devouring
eddy
a current moving contrary to the main current
edible
fit to be eaten, not poisonous
effete
depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted
efficacy
effectiveness, efficiency
effluvia
A slight or invisible exhalation of vapor, especially a toxic one.
effrontery
brazen boldness; presumptuousness
egress
way out, exit
elaborate
worked out with great care and in great detail
elegy
a lament, a melancholy composition
elicit
to draw out
eloquence
fluent speaking, skillful use of language
emaciate
to make thin or weak
embellish
make beautiful, to ornament, to add details to a statement
embezzle
use in a wrong way for one's own benefit
emote
to express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical manner
empirical
relying on or derived from observation or experiment
emulate
to copy, imitate
encapsulate
to encase in or as if in a capsule
encomium
warm or glowing praise
encumbrance
burden, things that get in the way of
endearing
making dear or liked
endemic
prevalent in or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people
endorse
to give approval or support to, especially by public statement
enduring
lasting
enervate
weaken, deprive of strength
engender
cause, produce, give rise to, bring out
engrave
to impress deeply as if by caving or etching
engross
to occupy excessively; absorb
engulf
to swallow up or overwhelm
enigma
something that is puzzling, inexplicable
enmity
deep-seated, often mutual hatred
ensign
flag or banner
entangle
to complicate; confuse
entice
tempt or persuade
entreat
to make an earnest request of
enunciate
pronounce (words), express a story
enzyme
a catalyst
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time
epicurean
devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure
epistle
a letter, especially a formal one
epithet
an abusive or contemptuous word or phrase
epitome
a representative or example of a class or type
equable
Uniform in operation or effect, as in laws
equanimity
mental or emotional stability
equilibrium
state of being balanced
equipoise
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
equivocal
ambiguous, open to two interpretations
eradicate
get rid of, pull up by the roots
erratic
irregular in behavior or opinion
erudite
learned, scholarly
eschew
to avoid; shun
esoteric
intended for or understood only by a particular group
espouse
give one's support to, advocate
eulogy
formal praise, often in public
euphoria
elation, state of pleasant excitement
euthanasia
easy and painless death
evince
to show or demonstrate clearly; manifest
evoke
call up, bring out
excoriation
severe criticism
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt
exhaustive
complete, thorough
exigency
emergency, an urgent situation
exoneration
set someone free and clear (e.g. from blame)
exorbitant
exceeding the bounds of custom or reason
expatiate
to enlarge upon in discourse or writing
expedient
likely to be useful for a purpose
exploit
brilliant achievement; develop; use selfishly
expostulate
to reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct
expurgate
to remove erroneous, vulgar, or obscene material from
exscind
to cut out or off
extant
still in existence
extempore
without previous thought or preparation
extenuate
reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, to partially excuse
extinct
no longer active or alive
extinguish
end the existence of, wipe or put out
extirpate
to destroy totally; exterminate
extol
to praise highly; exalt
extort
obtain by threats or violence
extralegal
not permitted or governed by law
extricate
to release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage
extrovert
an individual interested in others as opposed to oneself
exuberance
state of growing vigorously, being full of life
facetious
humorously funny, not meant to be taken seriously
facile
easily done
fallacious
based on error
falter
waver or move in an uncertain manner
fatuous
unconsciously foolish
fawn
to flatter excessively, seek the favor of
feckless
lacking in purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective
fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful
feigned
to give the false appearance of
felicitous
well-suited for the occasion (as an action, manner, or expression)
ferment
a state of agitation or of turbulent change or development
ferocity
savage cruelty
ferret
to uncover and bring to light by searching
fervid
marked by great passion or zeal
fetid
having an offensive odor
fetter
something that serves to restrict; a restraint
fidelity
faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances
fidget
move restlessly, make nervous
figurehead
carved image on the prow of a ship
finesse
refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship
finical
exacting, especially about details
fission
the act or process of splitting into parts
fixate
to make fixed, stable, or stationary
flak
excessive or abusive criticism
flamboyant
highly elaborate; showy
flaunting
to exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly
fledged
able to fly, trained, experienced
flinch
to start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain
flop
to fall or lie down heavily or noisily
florid
flushed with rosy color, ruddy
flout
to show contempt for; scorn
fluke
a chance occurrence; an accident
fluster
make nervous or confused
foible
a minor weakness or failing of character
foil
to prevent from being successful; thwart
foolproof
incapable of failure or error
foppish
affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
forage
food for domestic animals; fodder
forbear
to hold back; refrain
ford
shallow place in a river so as to cross
forestall
to delay or prevent by taking precautionary measures beforehand
forfeit
suffer the loss of something
forge
a workshop where pig iron is transformed into wrought iron
forswear
to renounce or repudiate under oath
foster
nurture, care for, cultivate, promote
fracas
noisy quarrel
fragile
easily injured, broken or destroyed
fragrant
having a pleasant odor
frantic
highly excited with strong emotion or frustration; frenzied
frenetic
wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied
fret
worry, irritation
fringe
edge, ornamental border
frugal
economical, avoiding waste
fulminate
to issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation
fulsome
offensively flattering or insincere
gainsay
to deny, dispute, or contradict
garble
to mix up or distort to make misleading or incomprehensible
garment
an article of clothing
garner
to gather and save; to store up
garrulity
talkativeness
garrulous
given to excessive or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative
gaucherie
an awkward or tactless act, manner, or expression
germane
being both pertinent and fitting
gist
the central idea; the essence
glean
to gather facts
glib
showing little thought, preparation, or concern
gloat
to express great, often malicious, self-satisfaction
glut
to fill beyond capacity, especially with food; satiate
gnaw
erode, bite steadily
goad
urging a person to action
gorge
eat greedily; narrow opening with a stream
gossamer
a soft sheer gauzy fabric
gouge
a chisel with a rounded, troughlike blade
grandiloquent
pompous or bombastic speech or expression
grave
serious, requiring consideration
graze
touch or scrape lightly in passing
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
grievous
causing grief, pain, or anguish
grovel
crawl, humble oneself
guile
deceit, cunning, trickery, deception
gullible
easily gulled, naive
gush
burst out suddenly, talk ardently
hack
cut roughly; hired horse
halcyon
calm and peaceful; tranquil
hallow
to make holy, consecrate
harangue
to make scolding verbal attack or diatribe
harbinger
one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner
harrow
to distress, create stress or torment
haughty
arrogant, conceited
heed
to pay attention to; listen and consider
heinous
grossly wicked or reprehensible; abdominable
heresy
an act opposed to established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air
heterogeneous
consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous
hew
to make by hard work, cut by striking
hieroglyph
pictorial character
highbrow
a person with superior tastes
hirsute
covered with hair; hairy
homiletic
of or pertaining to preaching
homogeneous
uniform in structure or composition throughout
hoodwink
to take in by deceptive means; deceive
hospitable
disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
hush
to make silent or quiet
husk
a shell or outer covering, especially when considered worthless
hypocrisy
professing beliefs or virtues that one does not hold or posess
iconoclast
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas.
idiosyncrasy
a behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
idolatry
blind or excessive devotion to something
idyll
a carefree episode or experience
ignoble
dishonorable, common, undignified
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable, undignified, disgraceful
illicit
not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful
imbroglio
a difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement
immaculate
impeccably clean; spotless
imminent
likely to come or happen soon
immutable
not subject or susceptible to change
impair
worsen, diminish in value
impassive
devoid of emotion, apathetic, unmoved
impecunious
lacking money; penniless
impediment
something that impedes; a hindrance or obstruction
imperative
urgent, essential
gust
outburst of feeling; sudden rain wind fire etc.
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
impermeable
impossible to permeate; not permitting passage
imperturbable
calm, not capable of being excited
impervious
impossible to penetrate, incapable of being affected
impetuous
characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive
impiety
unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
implacable
incapable of being pleased, inflexible
implicate
to involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly
implicit
implied though not plainly expressed
implosion
collapse bursting inward
importune
to beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly
imprecate
to invoke evil or a curse
impromptu
without preparation
impudent
characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent
impugn
to challenge as false; cast doubt upon
impute
to relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault to
inadvertent
Unintentional; done without paying proper attention.
inane
lacking sense or substance
incense
to cause to be extremely angry; infuriate
incessant
continuing without interruption
inchoate
in an initial or early stage; incipient
incipient
beginning to exist or appear
incise
to cut into, as with a sharp instrument
incite
stir up, rouse
inclined
having a preference, disposition, or tendency
incongruous
not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent
incorrigibility
incapable of being corrected or reformed
incredulous
skeptical; disbelieving
inculcate
to teach by frequent instruction or repetition
incumbent
imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory
incursion
a raid, a sudden attack
indefatigable
incapable or seemingly incapable of being fatigued; tireless
indelible
impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
indigence
poverty; neediness
indigenous
intrinsic, innate, native
indistinct
not clearly or sharply delineated
indolent
lazy, slothful
indomitable
incapable of being overcome, subdued,or vanquished
indulge
gratify; to satisfy oneself
ineffable
incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable
ineluctable
inescapable, inevitable
inept
not apt or fitting; inappropriate, unskillful
inferno
a place or condition suggestive of hell
infuriate
fill with fury or rage
infuse
to fill or cause to be filed with something
ingenuous
free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; innocent or naive
ingest
take in by swallowing
inimical
injurious or harmful in effect; adverse
inimitable
defying imitation, unmatchable
innocuous
causing no harm
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
insensible
lacking meaning; unintelligible
insinuate
to introduce or otherwise convey gradually and insidiously
insipid
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities
insouciant
marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant
insularity
suggestive of the isolated life of an island
insurrection
the act or an instance of open revolt; rising of people
interdict
to forbid or debar, especially authoritatively
interim
an interval of time between one event or process and another
intersperse
to distribute among other things at intervals
intransigent
refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position
intrepid
fearless, brave, undaunted
introspection
examining one's own thoughts and feelings
inundate
to overwhelm as if with a flood; swamp
inured
habituated to something undesirable; accustomed
invective
denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse
inveigh
to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words
inveterate
firmly and long established; deep-rooted
invincible
too strong to be defeated
irascible
easily provoked to anger, irritable
irate
extremely angry; enraged
ire
anger; wrath
irksome
causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious
irresolute
unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided
itinerate
to travel from place to place
jabber
talk excitedly, utter rapidly
jibe
to make taunting, heckling, or jeering remarks
jocular
characterized by joking
judicious
having or exhibiting sound judgment; prudent
lachrymose
weeping or inclined to weep; tearful
lackluster
lacking brightness, luster, or vitality; dull
laconic
using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise
lament
to express grief for or about; mourn
lassitude
weariness of body or mind from strain
latent
present or potential but not evident or active
laudatory
expressing or conferring praise
lavish
characterized by or produced with extravagance and profusion
legacy
something handed down from ancestors
levee
formal reception; also an embankment
levity
lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate
libel
a false publication, as in writing, that damages a person's reputation
liberality
the quality or state of being liberal or generous
libertine
on who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person
lien
legal claim until a debt on it is repaid
limn
to depict by painting or drawing
lionize
to look on on treat (a person) as a celebrity
lithe
readily bent; supple
loll
to move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner
lope
to run or ride with a steady, easy gait
irrevocable
impossible to retract or revoke
loquacious
very talkative; garrulous
lucid
clear and easily understood
lucubrate
to write in a scholarly fashion; produce scholarship
luculent
easily understood; clear or lucid
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated degree
lull
To soothe or quiet
lumber
to walk or move with heavy clumsiness
luminary
a person who is an inspiration to others
lurk
to lie in wait, as in ambush
lustrous
having a sheen or glow
macabre
suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome
macerate
to make soft by soaking or steeping in a liquid
machination
a crafty scheme for the accomplishment of a sinister end
magnanimity
generosity
maladroit
tactless, clumsy, inept
malapropism
ludicrous misuse of a word
malevolence
wishing evil to others
malign
to make harmful and often untrue statements about; speak evil of
malinger
to feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work
malleable
yielding, easily shaped, moldable, adapting
manacle
something that confines or restrains
massacre
cruel killing of a large number of people
matriculation
be admitted, enter a university as a student
maudlin
effusively or tearfully sentimental
maul
hurt by rough handling
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
mendacity
dishonesty
mendicant
practicing begging; living on alms
mercurial
quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
meretricious
attracting attention in a vulgar manner
mesmerize
hypnotize
meticulous
giving great attention to details
mettlesome
having a proud and unbroken spirit; willing to face danger
middling
being at neither one extreme nor the other; intermediate
minatory
menacing, threatening
mince
to restrain (words) for the sake of politeness; euphemize
misanthrope
person who hates mankind
mischievous
harmful, causing mischeif
miser
person who is extremely stingy
misogynist
one who hates women or females
mitigate
to soften, make milder
moderation
quality of being limited, not extreme
mollify
to calm in temper or feeling, soothe
molt
lose hair or feathers before growing new ones
morbid
of, relating to, or caused by disease
morose
sullenly melancholy, gloomy
muffler
a device that absorbs noise
multifarious
having great variety; diverse
mundane
of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable
nadir
the lowest point
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
nebulous
cloud-like, hazy, vague, indistinct
negligent
taking too little care
neophyte
a beginner or novice
nexus
a connected series or group
noisome
offensive, disgusting (smell)
nonchalant
seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent
nonplussed
perplexed, confused, or bewildered
nostrum
a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims
noxious
harmful to living things; injurious to health
nugatory
of little or no importance; trifling
obdurate
stubborn, inflexible, hardened
obfuscate
to darken, make obscure, muddle
oblivious
unaware; having no memory
obloquy
censure, blame, or abusive language
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant
obtrusive
tending to push self-assertively forward on another (commonly opinions)
obtuse
lacking quickness of perception or intellect
obviate
to anticipate and prevent or render unnecessary
occlude
to close, shut, or stop up an opening
odious
arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
officious
excessively eager in offering unwanted services to others
onerous
troublesome or oppressive; burdensome
opaqueness
impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent
opprobrium
shame, disgrace, or infamy
ossify
to turn to bone, to settle rigidly into an idea
ostensible
represented or appearing as such; ostensive
ostentation
pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness
ostracism
the act of banishing or excluding
overweening
presumptuously arrogant; overbearing
paean
a song of joyful praise or exultation
palatial
of or suitable for a palace
palliate
to make less severe or intense; mitigate
palpable
capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible
palpitate
to move with a slight tremulous motion; tremble, shake, or quiver
panegyric
elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
paradigm
a model, example, or pattern
pariah
an outcast; a rejected and despised person
parsimonious
excessively sparing or frugal
partisan
one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced
patron
regular customer; person who gives support
paucity
scarcity; a lacking of
peccadillo
small sin, small weakness in one's character, transgression
pedantic
exhibiting one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously
pedestrian
commonplace, undistinguished, ordinary
pellucid
transparently clear in style or meaning
ominous
menacing; threatening
penchant
a definite liking; a strong inclination
penitent
feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins
penury
extreme poverty
peregrination
to journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot
peremptory
putting an end to all debate or action
perennial
present throughout the years; persistent
perfidy
deliberate breach of faith or trust; treachery
perfunctory
done as a duty without care
perilous
dangerous
peripatetic
walking about from place to place
perish
be destroyed; decay
perjury
willful false statement; unlawful act
permeate
spread into every part of
pernicious
tending to cause harm, ruin, or death
perpetrate
to be responsible for; commit
personable
pleasing in appearance; attractive
perspicacity
acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding
petrify
to stun or paralyze with terror; daze
petulant
Showing sudden, impatient irritation
philistine
a smug, ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge
phlegmatic
having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied
patchy in color; splotched or piebald
pine
to wither or waste away from longing or grief
pious
having or exhibiting religious reverence
piquant
pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy
pique
to wound the pride or dignity of
pith
the essential or central part; the heart or essence
pivotal
being of vital or central importance; crucial
placate
to soothe, pacify, calm
plaintive
expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy
platitude
a trite or banal remark or statement
plethora
a superabundance; an excess
pliant
easily bent or fixed; pliable
plod
to move or walk heavily or laboriously; trudge
pluck
resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulties; spirit
plumb
to examine closely or deeply; probe
plummet
to fall straight down; plunge
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
ponderous
lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull
portent
prophetic or threatening significance
pragmatic
practical; moved by facts rather than abstract ideas
precarious
dangerously lacking in security or stability
precept
a rule prescribing a particular course of action or conduct
precipitate
to cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely
preclude
to make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces something to come
predilection
a partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference
predominate
to be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate
preen
to dress up, primp; to swell with pride
premature
occurring or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time
preponderance
superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence
presage
an indication or warning of a future occurrence; an omen
presumption
behavior or attitude that is boldly arrogant or offensive; effontery
preternatural
exceptional, abnormal, supernatural
prevalent
widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted, or practiced
prevaricate
to lie, evade the truth
prim
neat, formal
pristine
unspoiled, pure, unadulterated
probity
integrity and uprightness
proclivity
a natural propensity or inclination; predisposition
procrastination
to put off doing something, especially out of habitual laziness
prodigal
rashly or wastefully extravagant
prodigious
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
profane
marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred
profligacy
dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
profundity
depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning
profuse
abundant, lavish
proliferate
grow, rapidly reproduce
prolix
extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy
prone
having a tendency; inclined
propagation
multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction
propensity
inclination, tendency
propinquity
proximity; nearness
propitiate
to appease or conciliate
propitious
auspicious; presenting favorable circumstances
prosaic
commonplace or dull
proscribe
to denounce or condemn
provident
providing for future needs or events; frugal
provisional
provided or serving only for the time being
provoke
to incite to anger or resentment
proximity
the state, quality, sense or fact of being near or next; closeness
prudence
careful forethought
pry
to look close or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently
pucker
to gather into small wrinkles or folds
pugnacious
combative in nature; belligerent
puissance
power, might, strength
punctilious
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct
pundit
a learned person; an authority on a subject
pungency
wit; having a sharp and caustic quaility
purvey
to provide, furnish, or supply
pusillanimous
lacking courage; cowardly
putrefaction
decomposition of organic matter
pyre
a heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite
quack
a charlatan; a person dishonestly claiming to be something
quaff
to drink (a beverage) heartily
quail
to shrink back in fear; cower
qualm
an uneasy feeling about the rightness of a course of action
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
quell
suppress; subdue
quibble
to evade the importance of an issue by raising trivial objections
quiescence
state of being passive, motionless, inactive, or quiet
quixotic
idealistic without regard to practicality
quotidian
everyday; commonplace
rabble
a tumultuous crowd; a mob
raconteur
one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit
raffish
cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry
ramify
to have complicating consequences or outgrowths
rancor
bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will
rant
to speak or write in an angry or violent manner; rave
rapacious
greedy; ravenous
rarefy
to make thin, less compact, or less dense
reactionary
characterized by reaction, opposition to progress or liberalism
rebuff
a blunt or abrupt repulse or refusal, as to an offer
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
recant
take back as being false, give up
recast
cast or fashion anew
recidivism
a tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior
reciprocity
a mutual or cooperative interchange of favors and priveleges
recluse
person who lives alone and avoids people
recompense
amends made, as for damage or loss
reconcile
to reestablish a close relationship between
recondite
profound, difficult, or abstruse
recuperate
become strong after illness, loss, or exhaustion
redeem
to recover ownership by paying off a specified sum
redoubtable
arousing fear or awe; formidable
refractory
obstinately resistant to authority or control
refulgent
shining radiantly; resplendent
regale
to provide with great enjoyment; entertain
regicide
crime of killing a king
reiterate
say or do again several times
rejuvenation
becoming young in nature or appearance
relapse
to fall or slide back into a former state
remonstrate
to say or plead in protest, objection, or reproof
renovate
restore to better condition
renowned
widely known and esteemed
repast
a meal or the food eaten or provided at a meal
repel
to offer resistance to; fight against
repine
to be discontented; complain or fret
reproach
to express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in
reprobate
a morally unprincipled person
repudiate
to reject the validity or authority of
repulsive
causing repugnance or aversion; disgusting
requite
to make repayment or return for
rescind
repeal, annul, cancel
resigned
to submit (oneself) passively; accept as inevitable
resilience
to ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune
restive
uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay
resuscitation
to restore consciousness, vigor, or life to
reticent
inclined to keep one's thoughts and personal affairs to oneself
revere
to have deep respect for
rift
split, crack, dissent
rotund
rounded in figure; plump
ruffian
a tough or rowdy person
rumple
to wrinkle or form into folds or creases
sagacious
having or showing keen discernment and sound judgment
salacious
appealing to or stimulating sexual desire; lascivious
salubrious
conductive or favorable to health or well being
salutary
favorable to or promoting health
sanctimony
feigned piety or righteousness; hypocritical devoutness
sanction
permission or approval that makes a course of action valid
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident
sanity
the quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind
sash
a band or ribbon worn about the waist as part of one's clothing
satiate
to satisfy fully
saturnine
sluggish, gloomy, or sullen
savant
a learned person; a scholar
scabbard
a sheath, as for a dagger or sword
scorch
to burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of
scurvy
mean, contemptible
secular
not specifically relating to religion or a religious body
sedulous
diligent in application or attention; assiduous
seminal
highly influential in an original way
sententious
preachy, pompous, self-righteous
sere
withered; dry
serrated
having a saw-toothed edge notched with toothlike projections
servile
abjectly submissive; slavish
severance
a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
shard
a fragment of brittle substance, as of glass or metal
sheath
a case for a blade, as of a sword
shrewd
characterized by keen awareness and sharp intelligence
shrill
high-pitched and piercing in tone or sound
shun
to avoid deliberately; keep away from
shunt
the act or process of turning aside or moving to an alternate course
simper
to smile in a silly, self-conscious, often coy manner
sinuous
characterized by many curves or turns; winding
skiff
a flatbottom open boat of shallow draft
skit
a short, usually comic dramatic performance; a theatrical sketch
slack
moving slowly; sluggish
slake
to lessen the force or activity of; moderate
sluggard
a slothful person; an idler
slur
to pass over lightly or carelessly; treat without due consideration
snare
a trapping device
snub
to ignore or behave coldly toward; slight
sodden
thoroughly soaked; saturated
solvent
a substance in which another is dissolved, forming a solution
somatic
of, relating to, or affecting the body
sophistry
a superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning
sophomoric
exhibiting great immaturity and lack of judgement
soporific
inducing or tending to induce sleep
sordid
filthy or dirty; foul
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious
splenetic
irritable, peevish, spiteful
spurious
false; counterfeit
spurn
to reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
squalid
dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care
squander
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
stanch
to stop, check, or allay
stentorian
extremely loud
stigma
a mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach
stint
to be frugal or sparing with
stipple
to draw, engrave, or paint in dots or short strokes
stipulate
to lay down as a condition of an agreement; require by contract
stolid
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive
stray
wander, lose one's way
striated
marked with striae; striped, grooved, or ridged
stygian
dark or gloomy; infernal; hellish
stymie
to hinder, obstruct, or block
subdue
to conquer and subjugate; vanquish
sublime
elevated; inspiring awe
suborn
to induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act
subpoena
a writ requiring appearance in court to give testimony
substantiation
additional proof that something that was believed is correct
subsume
to classify or incorporate in a more comprehensive category
succinct
characterized by clear, precise expression in few words
succor
assistance, relief in time of stress
suffice
to met present needs or requirements; be sufficient
suffocate
to suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle
sullied
to be stained or discredited
summarily
in a prompt or direct manner; immediately; straightaway
sumptuous
of a size or spendor suggesting great expense; lavish
sundry
various; miscellaneous
supercilious
feeling or showing haughty disdain
superfluous
being beyond what is required or sufficient
superimpose
to lay or place (something) on or over something else
supersede
to take the place of; replace
supine
lying on the back or having the face upward; marked by lethargy
suppliant
a person who supplicates; petitioner
suppress
to put an end to forcibly; subdue
surcharge
an additional sum added to the usual amount or cost
surefit
Excess or overindulgence (especially in eating or drinking)
susceptible
accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.
sycophant
a person who tries to please in order to gain a personal advantage
synopsis
a brief outline or general view, as of a subject or written work
taciturn
habitually untalkative
talon
claw of a bird of prey
tamp
to pack down tightly by a succession of blows or taps
tangential
merely touching or slightly connected
taunt
to reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner
taut
pulled or drawn tight; not slack
tautology
needless repetition of the same sense in different words
tawdry
gaudy and cheap in nature or appearance
teetotal
relating to or practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks
temerity
reckless boldness; rashness
temperance
moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression
tenacity
persistency
tenuous
having little substance; flimsy
tepid
lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted
terse
brief and to the point; effectively concise
testiness
irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish
thwart
to prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of
timorous
full of apprehensiveness; timid
toady
a person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons
tonic
an invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence
torment
great physical pain or mental anguish
torpid
inactive or sluggish
torque
a turning or twisting force
tortuous
having or marked by repeated turns or bends
tout
to solicit customers, votes, or patronage, especially in a brazen way
tractable
easily managed or controlled; governable
transgress
to go beyond or over (a limit or boundary); exceed or overstep
transitory
existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary
travesty
an exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody
trenchant
forceful, effective, and vigorous
trepidation
a state of alarm or dread; apprehension
trickle
to flow or fall in drops or in a thin stream
trifling
something of little importance or value
trite
lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition
truce
a state of peace agreed to between opponents
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
trudge
to walk in a laborious, heavy-footed way; plod
turbid
having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended
turbulence
a state of violent disturbance or disorder
turgid
swollen, distended, tumid
turmoil
a state of extreme confusion or agitation
turpitude
inherent baseness, depravity
tyro
a beginner in learning something
ubiquitous
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
ulterior
lying beyond or outside the area of immediate interest
umbrage
offense; resentment
uncouth
crude; unrefined
underbid
to bid lower than (a competitor).
undermine
to weaken by wearing away a base or foundation
undulate
to cause to move in a smooth or wavelike motion
unearth
to bring up out of the earth; dig up
unencumbered
not burdened with cares or responsibility
unfeigned
not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
unfettered
to set free or keep free from restrictions or bonds
unscathed
not injured or harmed
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate
upbraid
to reprove sharply; reproach
urbane
polite, refined, and often elegant in manner
vacillation
to sway from one side to the other; oscillate
vagary
an unpredictable or erratic action
vain
not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless
valiant
possessing valor; brave
vanquish
to defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate
veer
to turn aside from a course, direction, or purpose; swerve
venal
open to bribery; mercenary
veneer
a deceptive, superficial show; a facade
veneration
profound respect or reverence
veracity
adherence to the truth; truthfulness
verdant
green with vegetation; covered with green growth
verisimilitude
the quality of appearing to be true or real
veritable
being truly so called; real or genuine
verve
energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas
vestige
a visible trace of something that once existed but exists no more
vex
to annoy, as with petty importunities; bother
vigilance
the process of paying close and continuous attention
vigorous
strong, energetic, and active in mind or body; robust
vilify
to make vicious and defamatory statements about
vindictive
disposed to seek revenge; revengeful
virago
a woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering
visceral
obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
viscous
having relatively high resistance to flow
vitiate
to reduce the value or impair the quality
vituperate
to rebuke or criticize harshly or abusively; berate
vivacious
full of animation and spirit; lively
volatile
tending to violence; explosive
volubility
marked by a ready flow of speech; fluent
waffle
to speak or write evasively
waft
to float easily and gently, as on the air; drift
wag
a humorous or droll person; a wit
warmonger
one who advocates or attempts to stir up war
warrant
authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior
wean
to detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted
welter
to roll, toss, or heave
wend
to go one's way; proceed
wheedle
to persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole
whimsical
determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
wince
to shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flench
woo
to seek the affection of with intent to romance
writ
a written order issued by a court
yarn
a long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures
zenith
the point of culmination; the peak
ennui
boredom; listless lack of interest
fiat
an arbitrary decree or order
invidious
intended to cause resentment or envy; offensively harmful
lascivious
lustful, obscene, lewd
mawkish
overly sentimental; maudlin
occult
supernatural; magic; mystical
paroxysm
a sudden, violent outburst, a severe attack
prurient
causing lust
repartee
a quick, witty reply
revile
to scold abusively; to berate; to denounce
usury
lending money at an extremely high rate of inerest
dross
worthless stuff (especially arising from the production of valuable stuff)
bromide
a dull, obvious, overfamiliar saying; a cliche
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