GRE Magoosh – 327 Words

concede

give over

The lawyer had an incisive mind, able in a flash to dissect a hopelessly tangled issue and isolate the essential laws at play.
incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

As a young girl she was diffident and reserved, but now as an adult, she is confident and assertive.
eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

Walking into the cafe, I could hear happy, chortling people and smell the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans. (magoosh)
prescience

the power to foresee the future

As all of the other campers cowered in their tents, Bill, armed only with a flashlight, audaciously tracked down the bear that had raided their food.
diffident

lacking self-confidence

The querulous old woman was beginning to wear down even the happier members of the staff with her ceaseless complaining.
chortle

laugh quietly or with restraint

When asked about her father, Helen lost her outward enthusiasm and became rather reticent.
audacious

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

While Martha always swooned over the hunky, laconic types in romantic comedies, her boyfriends inevitably were very talkative—and not very hunky.
querulous

habitually complaining

I found Ulysses recondite and never finished the book, waiting instead to read it with someone else so we could penetrate its meaning together.
reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

The physics lecture became so involved that the undergraduate’s eyes glazed over.
laconic

brief and to the point

The gossamer wings of a butterfly, which allow it to fly, are also a curse, so delicate that they are often damaged.
recondite

difficult to penetrate

When Fritz, a Portland folksinger, finally shares her voice with the audience, it’s an ethereal sound, as if from the Muses themselves.
abstruse

difficult to penetrate

Sure, he was the best salesman in the company; but Michael had abused the trust of the firm, sharing product secrets with a competitor, and for such perfidy he was terminated.
esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

The professor’s volubility knows no bounds; he could talk through a hurricane and elaborate a point from one St. Patrick’s Day to the next.
involved

highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

The film was incredibly mawkish, introducing highly likable characters only to have them succumb to a devastating illness by the end of the movie.
convoluted

highly complex or intricate

The rise of the computer was an inexorable shift in technology and culture.
gossamer

a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

Modi Administration is adamant to maintain subsidy for Indian farmers, as they are a key voting bloc.
ethereal

characterized by lightness and insubstantiality

Intransigence is shown by the CEO on being fired by board for refusing to take the chairman’s son as subordinate.
perfidy

an act of deliberate betrayal

By the time we reach 60-years old, most of our habits are so entrenched that it is difficult for us to change.
volubility

the quality of being facile in speech and writing

Taxes are one of the immutable laws of the land, so there is no use arguing about paying them.
voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

I can’t gainsay a single piece of evidence James has presented, but I still don’t trust his conclusion.
garrulous

full of trivial conversation

(adj.) The director, not known for his aesthetic sensibilities, decided not to use costumes at all, and put on the play in everyday clothing.

(n.) The artist operated according to a peculiar aesthetic, not considering any photograph to be worth publishing unless it contained a marine mammal.
loquacious

full of trivial conversation

Compared to Juliet’s passionate concern for human rights, Jake’s non-stop concern about football seems somewhat frivolous.
mawkish

effusively or insincerely emotional

He’s not being flippant with his parents about staying out late, he knows it’s not going to work, especially for South Asian parents.
sentimental

marked by tender, romantic, or nostalgic emotion

Rappers often give glib answers to questions thrown at them.
amenable

disposed or willing to comply

Your facile explanations are not going to solve the problem.

The notoriously romanticized accounts of Sherlock Holmes’s investigations — the work of the facile Dr. John H. Watson — scarcely mention the detective’s older brother, Mycroft.
inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

Two-years in Manhattan had changed Jenna from an ingenuous girl from the suburbs to a jaded urbanite, unlikely to fall for any ruse, regardless of how elaborate.
adamant

very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

If you ever have the chance to meet the president, stand up straight and be deferential.
intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

The professor, despite his sleep-inducing lectures, was venerated among his colleagues, publishing more papers yearly than all of his peers combined.
entrenched

dug in

Mr. MacArthur seems exasperated at times with the anger directed at him for his willingness to side with Mr. Trump.
immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

Her sleeplessness exacerbated her cold–when she woke up the next day, her sinuses were completely blocked.
ingrained

deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

The acrimony between the president and vice-president sent a clear signal to voters: the health of the current administration was imperiled.
austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

Dexter, distraught over losing his pet dachshund, Madeline, found the police officer’s questions impertinent—after all, he thought, did she have to pry into such details as to what Madeline’s favorite snack was?
gainsay

take exception to

In an impudent move, the defendant spoke out of order to say terribly insulting things to the judge.
aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

The third paragraph in your essay is superfluous and can be deleted.
frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

Most lottery winners go from being conservative, frugal types to outright profligates who blow millions on fast cars, lavish homes, and giant yachts.
flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

Successful professional athletes who do not fall prey to prodigality seem to be the exception—most live decadent lives.
glib

artfully persuasive in speech

Monte was no miser, but was simply frugal, wisely spending the little that he earned.
artful

not straightforward or candid

Khalifa Omar rebuked everyone who disdained from the way of prophet (sm).
superficial

of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

Bob took a risk walking into the “Students Barbershop”—in the end he had to upbraid the apparently drunk barber for giving him an uneven bowl cut.
dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

Though chastised for eating the snacks for the party, Lawrence shrugged off his mother’s harsh words, and continued to plow through jars of cookies and boxes of donuts.
facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

Showing no patience, the manager utterly lambasted the sales team that lost the big account.
ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

Lady Gaga, in challenging what it means to be clothed, is an iconoclast for wearing a “meat dress” to a prominent awards show.
candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

The professor used such banal expression that many students in the class either fell asleep from boredom or stayed awake to complete his sentences and humor friends.
deferential

showing courteous regard for people’s feelings

The professor argued that many statements regarded as wise in previous times, such as the Golden Rule, are now regarded as mere platitudes.
deference

courteous regard for people’s feelings

Jasmine was sad to admit it, but her fledgling relationship with Jacob did not work out because his culinary tastes were simply too parochial; “After all,” she quipped on her blog, “he considered Chef Boyardee ethnic food.”
venerate

regard with feelings of respect and reverence

The vacation cabin had no electricity and no indoor plumbing, but despite these inconveniences, Nigel adored its rustic charm.
reverence

a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

The smile on her face belies the pain she must feel after the death of her husband.
exasperate

make furious

At first Manfred’s teachers intimated to his parents that he was not suited to skip a grade; when his parents protested, teachers explicitly told them that, notwithstanding the boy’s precocity, he was simply too immature to jump to the 6th grade.
exacerbate

make worse

Bella Thorne, who has four films coming out this fall, says that tabloid magazines insinuate she’s on drugs
acrimony

a rough and bitter manner

Everyone found Nancy’s banter innocuous—except for Mike, who felt like she was intentionally picking on him.
gall

the trait of being rude and impertinent

Despite many bookstores closing, experts predict that some form of book dealing will still be extant generations from now.
impertinent

improperly forward or bold

Sam was ambivalent about studying for the exam because doing so ate up a lot of his time, yet he was able to improve his analytical skills.
impudent

improperly forward or bold

The coach told his team, “Move towards that side of the field”; because he did not point, his directions were ambiguous, and the team had no idea to which side he was referring.
irk

irritate or vex

The findings of the study were equivocal—the two researchers had different opinions on what the results signified.
superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

With the presidential primaries well under way, the air is thick with calumny, and the mud already waist-high.
profligate

recklessly wasteful

According to those who do not believe in climate change, the extreme weather over the last five years is simply anomalous—daily temperatures should return to their old averages, they believe.
extravagant

recklessly wasteful

Aberrations in climate have become the norm: rarely a week goes by without some meteorological phenomenon making headlines.
prodigal

recklessly wasteful

With the gold medal at stake, the gymnast awaited his turn, his quivering lip betraying his intense emotions.
spendthrift

someone who spends money freely or wastefully

While we elect our leaders in the hope that every word they speak will be veracious, history has shown that such a hope is naive.
frugal

avoiding waste

The dictator’s abuse of human rights was so egregious that many world leaders demanded that he be tried in an international court for genocide.
economical

avoiding waste

Chris qualified his love for San Francisco, adding he didn’t like the weather there as much as he liked the weather in Los Angeles.
miser

a stingy hoarder of money and possessions

Often we think that great leaders are those who are gregarious, always in the middle of a large group of people; yet, as Mahatma Gandhi and many others have shown us, leaders can also be introverted.
penurious

excessively unwilling to spend

Despite an auspicious beginning, Mike’s road trip became a series of mishaps, and he was soon stranded and penniless, leaning against his wrecked automobile.
parsimonious

excessively unwilling to spend

His study plan for the GRE was at best amorphous; he would do questions from random pages in any one of seven test prep books.
berate

censure severely or angrily

The student undermined the teacher’s authority by questioning the teacher’s judgment on numerous occasions.
censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

The convicted felon’s life sentence was commensurate with the heinousness of his crime.
rebuke

an act or expression of criticism and censure

Even seven Tour de France wins cannot vindicate Lance Armstrong in the eyes of the public–that the athlete used performance enhancing drugs invalidates all those wins.
upbraid

express criticism towards

The potential juror knew the defendant, and therefore could not serve on the jury, which must consist only of disinterested members.
castigate

censure severely

Mr. Thompson was so talented at teaching math that even normally apathetic students took interest.
chastise

censure severely

After work, I was expecting my colleagues to be enthusiastic about the outing, but I found them in a state of complete torpor.
vituperate

spread negative information about

Dinner at Billy’s was more a punishment than a reward, since anyone who sat at the dinner table would have to listen to Billy’s father’s interminable harangues against the government.

Tired of his parents haranguing him about his laziness and lack of initiative, Tyler finally moved out of home at the age of thirty-five.
lambaste

censure severely or angrily

At mile 23 of his first marathon, Kyle had all but given up, until he noticed his friends and family holding a banner that read, “Go Kyle”; galvanized, he broke into a gallop, finishing the last three miles in less than 20 minutes.
iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

The fact that Ella’s moods were as mercurial as the weather was problematic for her relationships—it didn’t help that she lived in Chicago.
assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

Trump’s offenses are always minor or nonexistent, and defending him involves little more than highlighting the venality of those opposing him.
vitriol

abusive or venomous language to express blame or censure

She did not think her vocabulary was wanting, yet there were so many words that inevitably she found a few she didn’t know.
invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

The crowd grew restive as the comedian’s opening jokes fell flat.
humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

John preferred to avoid equatorial countries; the intense sun would always leave him enervated after he’d spent the day sightseeing.
commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

The placid surface of the lake.
prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

The widespread belief that Eskimos have forty different words for snow is fallacious, based on one false report.
banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Joey was known for his eclectic tastes in music, one moment dancing to disco the next “air conducting” along to Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
hackneyed

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

One way of circumventing the GRE is to apply to a grad school that does not require GRE scores.
platitude

a trite or obvious remark

The restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles were so severe that they engendered deep hatred and resentment in the German people.
trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

The haughty manager didn’t believe that any of his subordinates could ever have an insight as brilliant as his own.
dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

Even if the text is not visible, the red octagon denotes “stop” to all motorists in America.
solipsism

the philosophical theory that the self is all that exists

Youtube is great place to learn just about anything–an expert elucidates finer points so that even a complete novice can learn.
parochial

narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

Todd was noble after the divorce, choosing to say only complimentary things about Barbara, but Barbara did not hesitate to vilify Todd
bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

“Three Cups of Tea” tells the story of western man who hopes to ameliorate poverty and the lack of education in Afghanistan.
rustic

characteristic of rural life

My hard work paid off, and I was jubilant to receive a perfect score in GRE.
pastoral

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

Doctors used to be itinerant, traveling between patients’ homes.
belie

be in contradiction with

The vast economic inequality of modern society is incongruous with America’s ideals.
intimate

imply as a possibility

Considered a health nut, Jessica abstained from anything containing sugar–even chocolate.
insinuate

suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

Phil gets so involved thinking about Aristotle’s arguments that he totally forgets quotidian concerns, such as exercising and eating regularly.
innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

The appeal of her paintings comes form classical style which is juxtaposed with modern themes
extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

Tom said that he was arguing for purely philosophical reasons, but his belligerent tone indicated an underlying anger on the issue.
ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

Mashrafee is a great sportsman: in defeat he is complimentary and in victory he is magnanimous.
ambiguous

open to two or more interpretations

In many situations, remaining silent is tantamount to admitting guilt, so speak to prove your innocence.
equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

For many, a cellphone has supplanted a traditional phone; in-fact, most 20-something don’t even have a cell phone anymore.
evasive

deliberately vague or ambiguous

When listening to a politician speak, it is hard to distinguish the spurious claims from the authentic ones.
calumny

a false accusation of an offense

After watching his superior take rations from the soldiers, he quickly became disaffected and rebelled.
anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

I would love to be able to present a fully polished proposal to the board, but right now, our plans for the product are still in the most rudimentary stages.
aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

The President’s first statement on the subject was vague and open to competing interpretations, so when he spoke to Congress about the same subject later, he was careful to make his position completely unequivocal.
betray

reveal unintentionally

After her third pet dog died, Marcia was simply forlorn: this time even the possibility of buying a new dog no longer held any joy.
prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

At first I thought my niece was guileless, but I then found myself buying her ice cream every time we passed a shop.
equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

During the temperance movement that began in the 1800s, many women pushed for bans on alcohol as a response to husbands who spent too much money on liquor and were violent while drunk.
veracious

habitually speaking the truth

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

qualify

make more specific

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

coterminous

being of equal extent or scope or duration

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

vindicate

clear of accusation, blame, or doubt with supporting proof

exonerate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

indifference

the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

torpor

inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of energy

harangue

a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

screed

a long, tedious rant

galvanize

stimulate to action

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

venality

susceptibility or openness to bribery and corruption

wanting

inadequate in amount or degree

restive

being in a tense state

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

dilatory

wasting time

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

efficacious

producing or capable of producing an intended result

tenuous

having thin consistency

scant

less than the correct or legal or full amount

inure

cause to accept or become hardened to

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

soporific

inducing sleep

axiomatic

relating to a statement that everyone believes is true

aphoristic

containing aphorisms or maxims

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

pithy

concise and full of meaning

tender

given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

hinder

be an obstacle to

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

apprehension

the cognitive condition of someone who understands

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

bolster

support and strengthen

placid

calm and free from disturbance

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

indecorous

lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

unseemly

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

unbecoming

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

becoming

displaying or setting off to best advantage

piquant

engagingly stimulating or provocative

preclude

keep from happening or arising

aplomb

great coolness and composure under strain

dissemble

hide under a false appearance

culminate

reach the highest or most decisive point

conspicuous

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

germane

relevant and appropriate

predilection

a predisposition in favor of something

glut

an overabundant or excessive supply

insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

perturb

disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried

eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences

moot

open to argument or debate

fallacious

based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information

jingoism

fanatical patriotism

euphoria

a feeling of great elation

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

abrogate

revoke formally

lurid

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

gaudy

tastelessly showy

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

obscurity

the quality of being unclear and hard to understand

daunting

discouraging through fear

benign

kind in disposition or manner

bespeak

express the need or desire for; ask for

bespoke

custom-made

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

fledgling

young and inexperienced

consummate

complete and utter; without qualification or limitation

culpability

a state of guilt

dictatorial

expecting unquestioning obedience

mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

stem

grow out of, have roots in, originate in

delineate

show the form or outline of

disconsolate

sad beyond comforting; incapable of being soothed

inveterate

in a habitual and longstanding manner

halcyon

marked by peace and prosperity

asperity

harshness of manner

palatable

acceptable to the taste or mind

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

posit

put forward, as an idea

inscrutable

difficult or impossible to understand

uncanny

suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

truculent

defiantly aggressive

begrudge

be envious of or feel annoyance toward

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

eclectic

someone who selects what seems best of various styles

circumvent

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing

moribund

being on the point of death

gauche

lacking social polish

errant

straying from the right course or from accepted standards

meander

move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course

engender

call forth

haughty

having or showing arrogant superiority

denote

be a sign or indication of

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

derive

come from

vilify

spread negative information about

ameliorate

make better

jubilant

full of high-spirited delight

itinerant

traveling from place to place to work

incongruous

lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

magisterial

of or relating to a civil officer who administers the law

ornate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

unscrupulous

without principles

confound

be confusing or perplexing to

abstain

refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

juxtapose

place side by side

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

magnanimous

noble and generous in spirit

tantamount

being essentially equal to something

supplant

take the place or move into the position of

treacherous

dangerously unstable and unpredictable

spurious

plausible but false

disaffected

discontented as toward authority

economical

using the minimum of time or resources for effectiveness

eminent

standing above others in quality or position

travesty

make a mockery of

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

complicity

guilt as a confederate in a crime or offense

detrimental

causing harm or injury

adjudicate

hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

forthright

directly and without evasion; not roundabout

docile

easily handled or managed

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

unequivocal

admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding

forlorn

marked by or showing hopelessness

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

macabre

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

colossal

so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

telltale

disclosing unintentionally

excruciating

extremely painful

guileless

innocent and free of deceit

refractory

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

heretic

a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

exemplify

be characteristic of

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

concomitant

following or accompanying as a consequence

underscore

give extra weight to

temperance

the act or process of abstaining from excess

precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

punctilious

marked by precise accordance with details

scintillating

having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

diligent

quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness

exhort

spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

heyday

the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

pejorative

expressing disapproval

embroiled

deeply involved especially in something complicated

myriad

a large indefinite number

stymie

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

brazen

unrestrained by convention or propriety

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

finagle

achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

importune

beg persistently and urgently

exacting

severe and unremitting in making demands

misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

misogynist

a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular

eponym

the person for whom something is named

perennial

lasting an indefinitely long time

diminutive

very small

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

edifying

enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage improvement

embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

cosmopolitan

composed of people from many parts of the world

amalgam

a combination or blend of diverse things

histrionics

a performance of a play

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

recrimination

mutual accusations

ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

prolixity

boring verbosity

conciliate

gain the good will of or cause to be more favorably inclined

execrate

curse or declare to be evil or anathema

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

enmity

a state of deep-seated ill-will

imperious

having or showing arrogant superiority

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

tout

advertise in strongly positive terms

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

overweening

presumptuously arrogant

summit

the top or extreme point of something

contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

contentious

showing an inclination to disagree
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