GRE Vocab Set 3

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Acumen (noun)

keen, accurate judgement or insight

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Aver (verb)

to state as a fact; to declare or assert

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Dissemble (verb)

to disquise or conceal; to mislead

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Endemic (adj.)

characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

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Evanescent (adj.)

tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing

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Fervent (adj.)

greatly emotional or zealous

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Germane (adj.)

relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

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Grandiloquence (noun)

pompous speech or expression

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Hackneyed (adj.)

rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

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Halcyon (adj.)

calm and peaceful

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Hedonism (noun)

devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to thje pleasures of the senses

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Hegemony (noun)

the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others

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Iconoclast (noun)

one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

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Idolatrous (adj.)

given to intense or excessive devotion to something

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Impassive (adj.)

revealing no emotion

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Imperturbable (adj.)

marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness

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Implacable (adj.)

not capable of being appeases or significantely changed

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Impunity (noun)

immunity from punishment or penalty

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Inchoate (adj.)

in an initial stage; not fully formed

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Infelicitous (adj.)

unfortunate, inappropriate

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Luminous (adj.)

characterized by brightness and the emission of light

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Mendacity (noun)

the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

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Misanthrope (noun)

one who hates all other humans

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Obdurate (adj.)

unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

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Occlude (verb)

to obstruct or block

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Opprobrium (noun)

disgrace; contempt; scorn

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Penury (noun)

poverty; destitution

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Pine (verb)

to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

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Pirate (verb)

to illegally use or reproduce

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Pith (noun)

the essential or central part

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Platitude (noun)

a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful

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Polemical (adj.)

controversial; argumentative

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Prodigal (adj.)

recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish

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Proliferate (verb)

to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

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Querulous (adj.)

prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish

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Rancorous (adj.)

characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

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Recalcitrant (adj.)

obstineately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

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Rescind (verb)

to invalidate; to repeal; to retract

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Rhetoric (noun)

the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion

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Specious (adj.)

seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false

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Spurious (adj.)

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

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Sufeit (verb)

an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess

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Tenacity (noun)

the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination

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Tenuous (adj.)

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

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Tirade (noun)

a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

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Transient (adj.)

fleeting; passing quickly; brief

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Zealous (adj.)

fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause