GRE - Group 3

Acumen - noun

Keen, accurate judgement or insight

Adulterate - verb

To reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

Amalgamate - verb

To combine several elements into a whole

Archaic - adjective

Outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time

Aver - verb

To state as a fact; to declare or assert

Bolster - verb

To provide support or reinforcement

Bombastic - adjective

Pompous; grandiloquent

Diatribe - noun

A harsh denunciation

Dissemble - verb

To disguise or conceal; to mislead

Eccentric - adjective

Departing from norms or conventions

Endemic - adjective

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

Evanescent - adjective

Tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing

Exacerbate - verb

To make worse or more severe

Fervent - adjective

Greatly emotional or zealous

Fortuitous - adjective

Happening by accident or chance

Germane - adjective

Relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

Grandiloquence - noun

Pompous speech or expression

Hackneyed - adjective

Rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

Halcyon - adjective

Calm and peaceful

Hedonism - noun

Devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses

Hegemony - noun

The consistent dominance of one state or group over others

Iconoclast - noun

One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

Idolatrous - adjective

Given to intense or excessive devotion to something

Impassive - adjective

Revealing no emotion

Imperturbable - adjective

Marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness

Implacable - adjective

Not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

Impunity - noun

Immunity from punishment or penalty

Inchoate - adjective

In an initial stage; not fully formed

Infelicitous - adjective

Unfortunate; inappropriate

Insipid - adjective

Lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge

Loquacious - adjective

Extremely talkative

Luminous - adjective

Characterized by brightness and the emission of light

Malevolent - adjective

Having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred

Malleable - adjective

Capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable

Mendacity - noun

The condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

Meticulous - adjective

Characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

Misanthrope - noun

One who hates all other humans

Mitigate - verb

To make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

Obdurate - adjective

Unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

Obsequious - adjective

Exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

Occlude - verb

To obstruct or block

Opprobrium - noun

Disgrace; contempt; scorn

Pedagogy - noun

The profession or principles of teaching, or instructing

Pedantic - adjective

Overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge

Penury - noun

Poverty; destitution

Pervasive - adjective

Having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout

Pine - verb

To yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

Pirate - verb

To illegally use or reproduce

Pith - noun

The essential or central part

Pithy - adjective

Precise and brief

Placate - verb

To appease; to calm by making concessions

Platitude - noun

A superficial remark , esp. one offered as meaningful

Plummet - verb

To plunge or drop straight down

Polemical - adjective

Controversial; argumentative

Prodigal - adjective

Recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; labish

Profuse - adjective

Given or coming forth abundantly; extravagent

Proliferate - verb

To grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

Queries - noun

Questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations

Querulous - adjective

Prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish

Rancorous - adjective

Characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

Recalcitrant - adjective

Obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

Repudiate - verb

To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown

Rescind - verb

To invalidate; to repeal; to retract

Reverent - adjective

Marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect

Rhetoric - noun

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

Salubrious - adjective

Promoting health or well-being

Solvent - adjective

Able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

Specious - adjective

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

Spurious - adjective

Lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

Subpoena - noun

A court order requiring appearance and/or testimony

Succinct - adjective

Brief; concise

Superfluous - adjective

Exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

Surfeit - verb

An overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess

Tenacity - noun

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

Tenuous - adjective

Having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

Tirade - noun

A long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

Transient - adjective

Fleeting; passing quickly; brief

Zealous - adjective

Fervent; ardent; impassioned; devoted to a cause