(3) New GRE Vocab Words from Tests 3

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indispensable (!)

essential; necessary

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solipsistic

believing that oneself is all that exists (self-centered)

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lucubration (elucubrate is the verb)

laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work

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"beyond reproach"

perfect (not called for any criticism)

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dispel

to eliminate (to make disappear)

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dispense (with)

to do without or to get rid of

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underlie

to be at the basis of (aka to form the foundation of)

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anhedonia

inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts

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amortization

~payment

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pertinacious

determined/persistent

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remit

to cancel/stop (since unremitting is nonstop)

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unremitting

relentless, incessant

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confounding is also a noun

the act of treating or viewing different things as if they were the same (think Trump = Bernie)

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euphuism (euphuistic, euphuize)

artificial elegance of language (pompousness)

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divagation

diversion/digression/deviation (aka a tangent) (to diverge)

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irrevocable

unalterable/irreversible (aka unable to revoke)

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disportment

hobby

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cultivate (yes)

to further/encourage, refine, court (to seek the society of), pursue, or to foster the growth or development of

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portray

to depict, to describe, or to enact (aka to act out aka to play the role of)

(also associate with characterize and represent)

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convey

to express/communicate

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comity

courtesy and considerate behavior toward others

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formative

serving to form something, especially having a profound and lasting influence on a person's development.

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unflagging

persistent, tireless

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needling (verb)

to provoke/annoy/torment (~bothering)

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temperamental

liable to extreme changes of mood

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vassal

more positive spin on servant (compared to minion or serf)

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entropy

CHAOS, disorder, DISORGANIZATION, RANDOMNESS

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cerebrate/cerebration

think/thinking(thought)

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ecumenical

unifying/universal/catholic

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recidivist

a habitual/repeated criminal

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pretension (2 meanings)

pretentiousness/affectation (aka overly trying to impress) or excuse/doubtful allegation (like pretext aka suggesting subterfuge)

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intuit

to know, sense, or understand by intuition (~to figure out)

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codify (!)

to systematize/classify/arrange (especially into law)

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officiate

to perform/carry out

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claque

a group of sycophants (~cult)

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habiliments

clothes

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fortitude

mental strength and courage

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vocation (2 meanings) (as opposed to avocation)

occupation or calling

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freewheeling

free/loose/footloose

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frisson (yes)

a thrill/rush (also think shudder/shiver)

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mar

to spoil/ruin

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maven

expert

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fabulist

liar

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culling (2 meanings)

to choose / pick/single out or technical term for killing people to avoid overpopulation

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doggerel

irregular, trivial, inferior

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repartee (2 very similar meanings)

quick witty comeback (like retort) or general adroitness and cleverness in reply (aka the general skill)

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kinship, rapport, and accord

similar to affinity

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heady (focus most on the first definition)

rash/violent, exhilarated (~eager/enthusiastic), or clever/intelligent

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pleonasm

redundancy in language

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herald (2nd and 3rd meanings)

to praise (unheralded is the opposite)/announce

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clangor

loud noise

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vagrant

wanderer

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proselyte

recent convert

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awl

hole-punching tool

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associate crotchet with crotchety

eccentricity

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traipse

to walk in a roundabout, directionless way

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circumambulate

to walk around in circles

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downtrodden (!)

suffering oppression (aka oppressed)

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effulgent

brilliant, dazzling, resplendent, refulgent

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epaulet

something that ornaments or protects the shoulder

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imperil/imperilment

to endanger/endangerment

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heteromorphic

a plurality of forms

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fungible (2 similar meanings) (!)

replaceable/interchangeable or flexible

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animadversions (verb is animadvert)

strong criticisms

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condign

deserved, appropriate

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flagitious

flagrant, conspicuously bad, villiainous

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costive (especially first definition) (no)

related to constipation (similarly slow/reluctant/unforthcoming aka slow in action/expression aka not at ease to talk to others) … or stingy

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bathetic/bathos (2 meanings) (!)

banality/anticlimax/triteness or excessive pathos (saccharine)

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georgic

dealing with agriculture or rural life

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natty

stylish/sharp

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pilfer/pilferer

to steal/one who steals

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embezzle

to steal when something has been entrusted to you (for example, campaign funds)

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knavish

dishonest

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waggish

humorous/arch/teasing (mischievous; playful) … same root as “wag” (joker)

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catharsis

purging of built-up emotions

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emend

amending, in particular, a text

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toothsome (2 meanings)

delicious or agreeable/attractive

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distant

faraway

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proximate (2 similar meanings)

imminent/close (similar to coterminous)

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remote (2 meanings)

divergent (“statements remote from the truth”) or out-of-the-way/secluded

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prolepsis/proleptic

anticipation/anticipatory

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protract

to prolong

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warrant can be used like license

okay

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impose

to force/foist

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obtrude (2 meanings) (no) (!)

to intrude (aka to thrust/force in) or to extrude (aka to thrust out)

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apprehend (2 meanings)

to arrest or to comprehend

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pertain

to concern/involve (pertaining = concerning)

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incredulous

skeptical (disbelieving)

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deprecate

to belittle, disparage, express disapproval

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abet

like foment/instigate (to assist and encourage)

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expunge (!)

to destroy/eliminate

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envisage

envision

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accentuate

to emphasize/amplify

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bemoan (2 similar meanings)

to lament/bewail/deplore/mourn (these words, except for mourn, can be used to express sorrow/regret OR to complain)

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subsist

to survive/persist

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bewail

to express grief/complaint

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deplore (2 meaning) (!)

to express grief/complaint or to abhor (to consider deserving of deprecation aka deplorable)

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interlocutor

one who takes part in a dialogue/conversation

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propulsive

having the quality of driving or pushing forward (aka propelling)

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precipice (2 meanings)

steep cliff or a hazardous situation (aka brink/verge/edge)

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