Kaplan Most Common GRE Words Flashcards

Terms Definitions
frenetic
frantic; frenzied.
nice
pleasing; agreeable; delightful:
gullible
easily deceived or cheated.
penurious
extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
laudable
deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable:
corroborate
to make more certain; confirm:
erudite
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
alacrity
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
quixotic
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
opaque
not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.
misanthrope
a person who dislikes other people
antipathy
a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion.
fervid
heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.:
ephemeral
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory:
garrulous
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters
abstain
to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy
redoubtable
that is to be feared; formidable.
assiduity
constant or close application or effort; diligence; industry.
apathy
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
prevaricate
to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
placate
to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions or conciliatory gestures:
enervate
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
laconic
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise:
ameliorate
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; meliorate.
engender
to produce, cause, or give rise to:
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
pragmatic
of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
adulterate
to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production of (any professedly genuine article):
deride
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff, jeer or mock
pedant
a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
disabuse
To free a person from deception or error.
vacillate
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute:
eulogy
a speech or writing in praise and in honor of a deceased person
advocate
to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly:
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