GRE Vocabulary (created by Wayne_Watts)

GRE Vocabulary (created by Wayne_Watts)

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Cards (145)

Section 1

(50 cards)

Sidereal

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Astral; relating to stars or constellations; stellar. The girl loved to learn about constellations, galaxies, novas, and all things _______.

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Demur

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To question or oppose; object. Concerned about the budget deficit, I had to ____ at the candidate's position on lowering taxes.

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Querulous

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Prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome; cantankerous; complaining. I've had numerous arguments with that _______ man.

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Alacrity

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Eager and enthusiastic willingness; eagerness; enthusiasm; readiness. The ______ with which students headed for the door when the bell rang was a sure indication that the class was boring.

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Urbane

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Sophisticated; refined; elegant; cultivated. The author maintained an ______ tone even in her personal letters.

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Felicitous

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Apt; suitably expressed; well chosen; appropriate. The ______ arrival of the pizza put my grumbling stomach at ease.

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Pervade

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To permeate; infuse. Spring ______ the entire city; flowers were blooming and everyone was energetic and happy.

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Homily

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A sermon or morally instructive lecture; admonition. The priest's ______ encouraged people to be generous toward their enemies.

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Tyro

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Novice; greenhorn; rank amateur; beginner. The _______ was unable to stand on top of the surfboard and balance, even on calm waters.

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Stygian

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Gloomy; dark; infernal. The moonless night and the suffocating humidity created a _____ backdrop for the murder.

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Apotheosis

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Deification; supreme example; quintessence. With the face that launched a thousand ships, Helen of Troy was said to be the _____ of female beauty.

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Probity

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Adherence to highest principles; uprightness; integrity. The judge's reputation of ______ is well deserved; she recused herself from a case because she had gone to school with the defendant.

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Reconnoiter

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To engage in reconnaissance; investigate. The captain sent soldiers to ______ the region for signs of enemy activity.

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Irascible

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Easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts; touchy; testy; irritable. The hot-headed coach frequently shouted _____ comments at the referees.

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Exegesis

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Critical examination; explication; interpretation. The ______ of the ancient Rosetta Stone has contributed much to our understanding of hieroglyphic writing.

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Phlegmatic

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Calm; sluggish; unemotional; dispassionate. Even though Phil seems ______, I think he actually cares about doing a good job.

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Incipient

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Beginning to come into being or to become apparent; developing. Fortunately, the doctor detected the patient's ______ tumor during a routine check-up.

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Immutable

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Not capable of change; permanent. Gravity is an _______ law of nature.

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Sanguine

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Cheerful; confident; optimistic; upbeat. Ana's _____ disposition is infectious; everyone cheers up whenever she enters the room.

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Gambol

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To skip about playfully; frolic. After months in the winter den, the polar bear cubs finally emerged and _______ in the snow.

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Salutary

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Wholesome; favorable to health; salubrious. ________ exercises such as stretching can keep tendinitis from getting worse.

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Vituperate

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To use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse severely; berate; rebuke. I want to ______ the company for violating pollution laws, especially since it markets itself as being ecologically conscious.

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Lubricious

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Lewd; wanton; slippery; salacious. The ______ stare from that strange man in the park left me disgusted.

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Beatify

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To bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; exalt. Inductions into the Hall of Fame are ways to _____ the greatest players of the game.

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Venal

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Capable of being bought or bribed; corruptible. He avoided spending a night in jail because he was able to pay off the _____ police officer.

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Minatory

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Menacing; threatening; intimidating. The territorial dog gave a _____ look at the mail carrier.

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Fetter

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To shackle; to put in chains; restrain. My understanding of the argument was _______ by my lack of fluency in the language.

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Intransigent

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Refusing to compromise; inflexible. Otto's _______ stance made an out-of-court settlement unlikely.

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Cosset

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To coddle; pamper. He was a selfish child and was never _______ by his parents, so he never learned to share or to compromise.

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Dissemble

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To disguise or conceal; to mislead; camouflage. The celebrity wore a wig and glasses to ______ her appearance and avoid prying photographers.

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Chary

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Wary; cautious; sparing; careful. Chuck was ______ about lending money to his brother, who has always mismanaged his bank accounts.

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Dross

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Slag; worthless matter; impurity; waste. Meditation is a good technique for purging the ______ of your everyday thoughts.

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Hegemony

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The consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others; predominance; leadership. At its height, the Roman Empire exercised _______ over the entire Mediterranean area.

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Sodden

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Soaked or drenched; saturated. My shirt was _______ with rain and mud after we played soccer during the downpour.

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Variegated

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Multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color; diversified. As she flew across the country for the first time, the child marveled at the ______ landscape below.

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Impugn

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To challenge; to call into question; discredit. The candidate ______ his opponent's flawless record in office.

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Exculpate

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To exonerate; to clear of blame; absolve; pardon; acquit. It took centuries for the church to officially ______ Galileo for stating that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

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Evince

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To show clearly; manifest. I told the bully I was not afraid, but my knocking knees _____ otherwise.

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Equanimity

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Composure; self-possession; calmness. My mother took the news of the stolen car with surprising ________.

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Sedulous

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Diligent; persistent; hard-working; assiduous. With ______ concentration, the chess player managed to defeat the reigning champion.

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Epithet

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Disparaging or descriptive word or phrase; slur. An old man yelled ________ at the kids who were vandalizing a wall.

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Discomfit

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To embarass or perplex; disconcert. The students _____ me with sharp questions, a sign that I wasn't prepared enough for class.

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Natty

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Trimly neat and tidy; dapper. The ______ young man always wore a well-pressed suit to the office.

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Salubrious

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Promoting health or well-being; healthful. I hope the _______ climate of the Bahamas will soothe my stress.

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Untrammeled

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Not hampered or impeded; unrestrained. Sometimes I miss the _______ life of my college years, before I had a mortgage, a job, and a family to support.

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Fractious

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Quarrelsome; unruly; irritable. What appeared to outsiders as a ______ department was actually an open and democratic team in which all opinions were heard and debated.

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Quotidian

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Occuring or recurring daily; commonplace; ordinary; everyday. The nonprofit organization strives to supply the ______ needs of people in remote parts of developing countries.

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Desuetude

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The state of not being used; disuse. VCRs fell into ______ as more people started buying DVD players.

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Halcyon

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Calm and peaceful; serene. I'm looking forward to a _______ vacation on a secluded beach.

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Cozen

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To deceive, beguile, or hoodwink; mislead. A common internet scam attempts to ______ people into revealing their bank account details.

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Section 2

(50 cards)

Infelicitous

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Unfortunate; inappropriate; malapropos; ill-chosen. An uncomfortable silence fell over the dinner table after one of the guests made an ________ comment to the hostess.

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Indefatigable

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Dogged; tireless; unflagging. The shark's ________ pursuit of the seal was eventually rewarded.

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Astringent

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Biting; severe; harsh. After hearing the director's _______ criticism of his performance, the actor stormed out of the theater.

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Insouciant

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Unconcerned; carefree; heedless; nonchalant. The _______ cyclist sang along with his headphones as he wove in and out of the busy downtown traffic.

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Obdurate

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Unyielding; hardhearted; intractable. The obdurate ruler would not change his policies, even to ease the suffering of his people.

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Enormity

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Excessive wickedness; evil; outrage. Genocide is such an _______ that one wonders if its perpetrators are as human as you or I.

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Encomium

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Glowing and enthusiastic praise; tribute. The young actress received _______s from theater critics for her stunning debut.

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Feckless

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Ineffectual; irresponsible; incompetent. The ______ chief inspector always solved the crime despite his ignorance and uselessness.

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Tout

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To publicly praise or promote; laud; herald; acclaim. Javier's parents always ________ his achievements to their coworkers and friends.

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Craven

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Contemptibly fainthearted; lacking any courage; cowardly. Despite all his military training, he feared he was _____ by nature and would turn and run in battle.

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Dogmatic

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Stubbornly opinionated; adamant. Nancy is ______ about food and insists that lemon makes everything taste better.

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Recalcitrant

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Obstinately resistant to authority; difficult to manage; defiant; rebellious. Boot camps are sometimes used as a last resort to deal with _______ teenagers.

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Pusillanimous

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Cowardly; craven; timid. The _________ manager preferred to let the employee show up hours late every day rather than confront him.

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Verisimilitude

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Appearance of truth or reality; authenticity. Some video games have achieved such ______ that they are now being used to train pilots and soldiers.

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Insipid

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Without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland. Without any seasoning or sauce, chicken can often be _______ and dry.

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Obloquy

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Sharp criticism; abusively detractive language; calumny. After the judge was arrested for accepting bribes, she became the target of public _______.

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Expurgate

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To remove obscenity, especially from a book; censor. The ______d edition of the story is more suitable for children.

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Celerity

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Speed; haste. The _______ with which she accepted the terms indicated that we had perhaps offered too much.

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Personable

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Pleasing in appearance or personality; winning. I think ______ bartenders make more money than the grumpy or homely ones.

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Waft

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To cause to move as if by a light breeze; drift. The smell of freshly baked apple pie _______ into my bedroom and my mouth began to water.

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Pithy

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Precise and brief; succinct. The car had a banal but _____ bumper sticker: "Mean people suck."

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Attenuate

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To weaken or make thinner; rarefy. Economic hardships have ______d the value of the dollar, making it much more expensive for Americans to travel in Europe.

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Ingenuous

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Artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication; naive; guileless; innocent; trusting. Her fears about childbirth seemed _______ to the women at the baby shower.

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Libertine

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Someone unrestrained by morality or convention; swinger. ______s challenge society's understanding of morality and sexuality.

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Filibuster

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Intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speech-making to delay legislative action; delay; impediment; hindrance. The senators decided that a ________ was their only remaining option to block the other party's legislation.

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Ennui

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Dissatisfaction or restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy; boredom; languor; tedium. At least a dozen students became victims of ________ during the torturous economics lecture.

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Gauche

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Crude; awkward; tactless. Asking how much the property cost at the housewarming party was _______.

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Slake

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To satisfy or quench; abate. How could any vampire resist _____ing his thirst at the sight of such a long, porcelain neck?

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Baleful

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Sinister; ominous; threatening. The set director created a _______ scene of a dark, dirty alley on a rainy night.

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Peripatetic

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Itinerant; traveling on foot; roving. It's difficult to maintain lasting relationships and long-term employment with such a ______ lifestyle.

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Equivocate

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To use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent; prevaricate; vacillate; quibble. When asked by employees about cuts to benefits, the CEO ________ and steered the discussion to a different topic.

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Bolster

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To provide support; reinforce. Bob convinced me he was right only after he _______ed his argument with facts and data.

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Evanescent

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Tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing; ephemeral. Despite the _______ nature of fashion, the classic look of blue jeans and a T-shirt will never go out of style.

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Unctuous

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Excessively flattering; obsequious. He seemed anxious to please, but not in an _______ way.

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Detraction

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Slandering, verbal attack; aspersion; disparagement. The company's representatives responded quickly to the whistle-blower's _____ and hoped to deflect any bad press about the faulty product.

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Engender

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To cause; to give rise to; propagate. The president's policies have _________ arguments within the party.

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Apposite

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Appropriate; pertinent; relevant; suitable. The lawyer argued that the witness's testimony was ______ to the case.

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Repudiate

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To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown; abandon; deny. Galileo was forced to _______ his heliocentric findings before the church tribunal.

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Mercurial

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Characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood; inconstant. You can never tell what mood the director will be in because of his _______ personality.

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Fatuous

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Silly; foolish; inane. Critics claim that ______ reality shows have eroded standards of taste and quality in the public realm.

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Redress

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To set something right; to make amends for; rectify. The waitress _______ed her mistake by offering the diners a free dessert.

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Acumen

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Quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight; shrewdness; perspicacity. Her business _______ led her to invest in new companies just before they launched successful products.

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Indolent

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Lazy; listless; lethargic. The fat, ______ cat didn't even stir when the mouse skittered across the kitchen.

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Corrigible

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Capable of being set right; correctable; reformable. The earlier the intervention, the more ______ the condition; if left too long, it can't be fixed.

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Approbation

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An expression of approval or praise; admiration; esteem. The civil rights leader's most recent speech to her supporters was received with great _______.

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Apprise

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To give notice to; to inform; notify. Be sure to ______ the security officers that you will be visiting the site so they don't think you are a trespasser.

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Credulous

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Tending to believe too readily; gullible. The con artist easily deceived his _____ victims.

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Prescience

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Knowing of events prior to their occurring; presage; foreknowledge; insight. The fortune-teller's _______ of death prevented her from leaving the house.

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Iconoclast

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One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions; radical; rebel. Socrates was put on trial and accused of being an _______ on matters of politics and religion.

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Inveigle

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To obtain by deception or flattery; manipulate. The salesperson _______ the woman to buy the outlandish and expensive hat.

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Section 3

(45 cards)

Nebulous

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Vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form; hazy; unformulated; unclear. My plans tomorrow are _______, but I'll contact you later to work out the details.

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Inert

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Unmoving; lethargic; sluggish; motionless. The overweight dog is ______ and refuses to go for a walk.

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Abstemious

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Eating and drinking in moderation; self-restrained. Studies have shown that _______ people live longer, but I love cheesecake too much to moderate my intake.

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Doggerel

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Trivial or poorly constructed verse; limerick. Amid the _______ on the bathroom walls, there is occasionally one piece of poetry that's quite clever.

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Refulgent

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Radiant; shining; brilliant; luminous; resplendent. At night, Las Vegas is a _______ sight against the dark and vast desert sky.

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Filigree

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An ornamental work, especially of delicate, lace-like patterns; ornamentation. I appreciate the work that goes into making ______ jewelry, but I prefer a simpler modern style.

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Lissome

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Supple; graceful; lithe. The ballerina's _______ form does not come easily; she spends hours practicing every day.

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Meticulous

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Characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail; conscientious. Maury is a ________ editor who will find every last typo and mistake.

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Extirpate

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To destroy; to exterminate; to cut out; abolish. After their break-up, she _______d his face from every photo in the album.

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Risible

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Causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous. The teenager was embarrassed by his mother's blond highlights, her use of slang, her constant texting, and other _______ attempts to seem younger.

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Episodic

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Loosely connected; sporadic; occasional. The comic's _______ narrative was entertaining, though hard to follow.

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Iniquity

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Gross injustice; wickedness; sin. The _______ of the government's bailouts angers me; large corporations are being saved, while public schools are struggling for funding.

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Peccadillo

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A slight offense; literally a minor sin; infraction. Taking a few office supplies from the office is a _______, but stealing a laptop is a whole different story.

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Byzantine

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Labyrinthine; complex; intricate. In our department, _______ filing systems are a form of job security since we are the only ones who can find key documents.

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Opprobrium

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Disgrace; contempt; scorn. Allegations of steroid use brought such ________ that the athlete lost several sponsors.

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Limn

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To draw; to outline in detail; describe. The artist ______ed the Parisian market scene so perfectly that I could imagine myself in the painting.

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Sagacious

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Having sound judgment; perceptive; wise. Though he was not an expert, Jorge's ______ observations made him a valuable member of the team.

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Inimical

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Damaging; harmful or injurious; hostile; adverse; unfriendly; deleterious. It has been proven that asbestos has _______ effects on respiratory health.

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Admonish

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To reprove; to express warning or disapproval; caution. Adam _______ed his son for tracking mud into the house.

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Redolence

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The state of being fragrant, suggestive, or evocative; fragrance. The _______ of dried leaves always brings me back to the colorful falls of my childhood in New England.

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Arabesque

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A complex, ornate design; also a dance position; ornamentation. The highly valuable picture frame was covered with _______s, including gold-leaf animals, plants, and fruits.

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Impetuous

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Hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement; reckless. Teenagers often make _______ decisions that they later regret.

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Lambaste

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To excoriate; to berate; scold. The coach ________d his players at halftime for their bad attitude, bad decisions, and exceptionally bad performance.

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Denouement

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An outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot; resolution. The story lacks both a conflict and a _________; it's just a description of a day in the life of the main character.

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Errant

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Wandering; straying; roving. No amount of hair gel can tame the ______ strands at the top of my head.

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Truculent

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Fierce and cruel; eager to fight; brutal; vitriolic; belligerent. My neighbor's _______ dog has attacked and chased several kids on the block.

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Castigate

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To severely criticize or punish; chastise. The teacher ______d the student for arriving late to class.

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Estimable

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Worthy; formidable; admirable. All great heroes, in order to be great heroes, must have equally ______ foes.

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Caustic

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Burning or stinging, causing corrosion; sarcastic. We were reminded to wear gloves when handling the ______ chemicals.

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Edifying

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Enlightening; instructive. Spending the holidays with his family was _______; I now know the source of many of his quirks and fears.

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Raffish

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Unconventional and slightly disreputable; carefree; vulgar; rakish. Though he was ______, there was something about his careless style that was refreshing in the stuffy boardroom.

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Mollify

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To calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity; pacify. Marlena tried to _______ her angry neighbor by offering to pay for the broken window.

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Harrow

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To distress; to cause agony to; torment. The child's uncontrollable outbursts at home _______ed his parents.

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Sybarite

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A person who leads a life of pleasure and luxury; hedonist. After winning the lottery, Justin quit his grueling job, and he is now living as a ______ on a boat in the Caribbean.

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Upbraid

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To find fault with or reproach severely; censure. The military tribunal ______ed the soldier for his cowardice.

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Truncate

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To cut off abruptly; shorten. Carmen's road trip was supposed to last for two weeks, but she had to _______ her trip when she got sick.

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Prosaic

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Dull; unimaginative; lackluster; commonplace. Critics bashed the play because of its uncreative and ______ plot.

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Aver

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To state as a fact; to confirm or support; assert; affirm. The court records show that the witness ______ed that she saw the defendant at the scene of the crime.

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Munificence

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Generosity; bounteousness. I respect Bill Gates for his ________; he has funded much of the research to combat malaria in developing countries.

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Harangue

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To deliver a pompous speech or tirade; hassle. Sonny _____d his brother for returning the car with no gas.

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Ephemeral

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Fleeting; short-lived; brief. The bump to his ego lasted far longer than his _______ brush with fame.

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Discursive

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Digressive; passing from one topic to another; rambling. It took the ________ professor two class sessions to get through the same material that it took the succinct professor to get through in one.

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Aspersion

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An act of defamation or maligning; slander. The hot-headed candidate cast _______s on his opponent's honesty.

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Eschew

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To avoid; shun. In order to reduce his cholesterol, my father must _____ foods high in saturated fat and sodium.

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Idyll

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A carefree, lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode; carefree scene. Often while riding the subway to her monotonous job, she daydreamed of a tropical _______.

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