GRE - Group 1

Abscond - verb

To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

Aberrant - adjective

Deviating from the norm

Abberration - noun

Deviating from the norm

Alacrity - noun

Eager and enthusiastic willingness

Anomaly - noun

Deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

Approbation - noun

An expression of approval or praise

Arduous - adjective

Strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effor

Assuage - verb

To ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

Audacious - adjective

Daring and fearless; recklessly bold

Austere - adjective

Without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

Axiomatic - adjective

Taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth

Canonical - adjective

Following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

Capricious - adjective

Inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable

Censure - verb

To criticize severely; to officially rebuke

Chicanery - noun

Trickery or subterfuge

Connoisseur - noun

An informed and astute judge in matters of taste, expert

Convoluted - adjective

Complex or complicated

Disabuse - verb

To undeceive; to set right

Discordant - adjective

Conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

Disparate - adjective

Fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

Effrontery - noun

Extreme boldness; presumptuousness

Eloquent - adjective

Well-spoken, expressive, articulate

Enervate - verb

To weaken; to reduce in vitality

Ennui - noun

Dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

Equivocate - noun

To use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

Erudite - adjective

Very learned; scholarly

Exculpate - verb

Exonerate; to clear of blame

Exigent - adjective

Urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

Extemporaneous - adjective

Improvised; done without preparation

Filibuster - noun

Intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

Fulminate - verb

To loudly attack or denounce

Ingenuous - adjective

Artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication

Inured - adjective

Accustomed to accepting something undesirable

Irascible - adjective

Easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

Laud - verb

To praise highly

Lucid - adjective

Clear; easily understood

Magnanimity - noun

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

Martial - adjective

Associated with war and the armed forces

Mundane - adjective

Of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary

Nascent - adjective

Coming into being; in early developmental stages

Nebulous - adjective

Vague; cloud; lacking clearly defined form

Neologism - noun

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

Noxious - adjective

Harmful, injurious

Obtuse - adjective

Lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

Obviate - Verb

To anticipate and make unnecessary

Onerous - adjective

Troubling; burdensome

Paean - noun

A song or hymn of praise and thanskgiving

Parody - noun

A humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art

Perennial - adjective

Recurrent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly

Perfidy - noun

Intentional breach of faith; treachery

Perfunctory - adjective

Cursory; done without care or interest

Perspicacious - adjective

Acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

Prattle - verb

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

Precipitate - adjective

Acting with excessive haste or impulse

Precipitate - verb

To cause or happen before anticipated or required

Predilection - noun

A disposition in favor of something; preference

Prescience - noun

Foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring

Prevaricate - verb

To deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

Qualms - noun

Misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

Recant - verb

To retract, esp. a previously geld belief

Refute - verb

To disprove; to successfully argue against

Relegate - verb

To forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position

Reticent - adjective

quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

Solicitous - adjective

Concerned and attentive; eager

Sordid - adjective

Characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

Sporadic - adjective

Occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

Squander - verb

To waste by spending or using irresponsibly

Static - adjective

Not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

Stupefy - verb

To stun, baffle, or amaze

Stymie - verb

To block; to thwart

Synthesis - noun

The combination of parts to make a whole

Torque - noun

A force that causes rotation

Tortuous - adjective

Winding, twisting; excessively complicated

Truculent - adjective

Fierce and cruel; eager to fight

Veracity - noun

Truthfulness, honesty

Virulent - adjective

Extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

Voracious - adjective

Having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

Waver - verb

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