GRE Vocab Set 1

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Abscond (verb)

To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide oneself

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Aberrant (adj.)

deviation from the norm

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Anomaly (noun)

deviation from the normal order, form, or rule

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Approbation (noun)

an expression of approval or praise

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Arduous (adj.)

strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort

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Audacious (adj.)

daring and fearless; recklessly bold

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Assuage (verb)

to ease or lesson; to appease or pacify

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Austere (adj.)

Without adornment; bare; severely simple

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Axiomatic(adj.)

taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth; taken for granted
(it is axiomatic that good athletes have a strong mental attitude)

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Canonical (adj.)

following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

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Censure (verb)

to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

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Chicanery (noun)

trickery or subterfuge (deception)

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Convoluted (adj.)

complex or complicated

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Disabuse (verb)

to undeceive; to set right

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Discordant (adj.)

conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

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Disparate (adj.)

fundamentally distict or dissimilar

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Effrontery (noun)

extreme boldness; presumptuousness

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Ennui (noun)

dissatisfaction and reslessness resulting from boredome or apathy

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Equivocate (verb)

to use ambiguous language with a dexeptive intent

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Exculpate (verb)

exonerate; to clear of blame

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Exigent (adj.)

urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

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Fulminate (verb)

to loudly attack or denounce

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Inured (adj.)

accustomed to accepting something undesirable

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Irascible (adj.)

easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

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Laud (verb)

to praise highly

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Lucid (adj.)

clear; easily understood

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Magninimity (noun)

the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving

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Nascent (adj.)

coming into being; in early developmental stages

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Nebulous (adj.)

vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

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Neologism (noun)

a new word, expression , or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses

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Noxious (adj.)

harmful, injurious

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Obtuse (adj.)

lacking sharpness or intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

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Obviate (verb)

to anticipate and make unnecessary

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Paean (noun) pee-en

a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

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Perfidy (noun)

intentional breach of faith; treachery

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Perfunctory (adj.)

cursory; done without care or interest

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Perspicacious

acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

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Prattle (verb)

to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

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Precipitate (adj.)

acting with excessive haste or impulse

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Precipitate (verb)

to cause or happen before antivipated or required

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Predilection (noun)

a disposition in favor of something; preference

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Prescience (noun)

foreknownledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring

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Prevericate (verb)

to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

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Qualms (noun)

misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

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Recant (verb)

to retract, esp. a previously held belief

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Refute (verb)

to disprove; to successfully argue against

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Solicitous (adj.)

concerned and attentive; eager

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Sordid (adj.)

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

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Stupefy (verb)

to stun, baffle, or amaze

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Tortuous (adj.)

winding, twisting, excessively complicated

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Tuculent (adj.)

fierce and cruel; eager to fight

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Vercity (noun)

Truthfulness, honesty

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Virulent (adj.)

extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

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Voracious (adj.)

having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

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Waver (verb)

to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion