GRE Vocab Set 4

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Alloy (verb)

to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior

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Appropriate (verb)

to take for one's own use; to confiscate

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August (adj.)

majestic, venerable

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Acerbic (adj.)

having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

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Aggrandize (verb)

to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

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Anachronism (noun)

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

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Amenable (adj.)

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

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Astringent (adj.)

having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; somthing with a tightening effect on tissue

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Credulous (adj.)

tending to believe too readily; gullible

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Decorum (noun)

polite or appropriate conduct or behavior

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Derision (noun)

scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment

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Desiccate (verb)

to dry out or dehydrate, to make dry or dull

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Dilettante (noun)

one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

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Disparage (verb)

to slight or belittle

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Divulge (verb)

to disclose something secret

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Fawn (verb)

to flatter or praise excessively

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Glib (adj.)

marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

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Hubris (noun)

overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance

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Imminent (adj.)

about to happen; impending

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Immutable (adj.)

not capable of change

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Impetuous (adj.)

hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

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Inimical (adj.)

damaging; harmful; injurious

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Intractable (adj.)

not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

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Intrepid (adj.)

steadfast and courageous

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Laconic (adj.)

using few words; terse

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Mercurial (adj.)

characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

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Mollify (verb)

to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

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Obfuscate (verb)

to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

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Obstinate (adj.)

stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising

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Phlegmatic (adj.)

calm, sluggish; unemotional

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Pragmatic (adj.)

practic rather than idealistic

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Probity (noun)

adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed intergrity; uprightness

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Profligate (adj.)

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

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Propensity (noun)

a natural inclination or tendancy

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Prosaic (adj.)

dull; lacking in spirit or imagination

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Quixotic (adj.)

foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romatic ideals

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Recondite (adj.)

higgen; concealed; difficult to understand

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Refulgent (adj.)

radiant; shiny; brillant

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Sedulous (adj.)

diligent; persitent; hard-working

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Soporific (adj.)

causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

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Spendthrift (noun)

one who spends money wastefully

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Tacit (adj.)

implied; not explicitly stated

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Terse (adj.)

brief and concise in wording

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Trenchant (adj.)

sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

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Untenable (adj.)

indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

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Vacillate (verb)

to waiver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

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Variegated (adj.)

multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color

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Vituperate (verb)

to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate