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<ul><li><p>VOCABULARY LISTS &gt; TEST PREP</p><p>Need-to-know GRE words 99 wordsMay 29, 2008 By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY) </p></li><li><p>2. adamant</p><p>very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem</p><p>3. approbation</p><p>official approval</p><p>4. ascribe</p><p>attribute or credit to</p><p>5. austere</p><p>of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect</p><p>6. bastion</p><p>projecting part of a rampart or other fortification</p><p>7. boorish</p></li><li><p>ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance</p><p>8. bumptious</p><p>offensively self-assertive</p><p>9. burgeon</p><p>grow and flourish</p><p>10. cajole</p><p>influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering</p><p>11. cant</p><p>a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force</p><p>12. chauvinism</p><p>fanatical patriotism</p><p>13. chimerical</p><p>being or relating to or like a chimera</p><p>14. coquettish</p><p>like a coquette</p><p>15. corpulence</p><p>the property of excessive fatness</p></li><li><p>16. deign</p><p>do something that one considers to be below one's dignity</p><p>17. deleterious</p><p>harmful to living things</p><p>18. desultory</p><p>marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another</p><p>19. diffidence</p><p>lack of self-confidence</p><p>20. dint</p><p>interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'</p><p>21. discursive</p><p>(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects</p><p>22. dupe</p><p>fool or hoax</p><p>23. ebullient</p><p>joyously unrestrained</p><p>24. elysian</p><p>relating to the Elysian Fields</p></li><li><p>25. emendation</p><p>a correction by emending; a correction resulting from critical editing</p><p>26. engender</p><p>make children</p><p>27. ennui</p><p>the feeling of being bored by something tedious</p><p>28. fastidious</p><p>giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness</p><p>29. fodder</p><p>coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop</p><p>30. fulminate</p><p>cause to explode violently and with loud noise</p><p>31. glib</p><p>artfully persuasive in speech</p><p>32. ignominious</p><p>(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame</p><p>33. incorrigible</p></li><li><p>impervious to correction by punishment</p><p>34. incumbent</p><p>necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding</p><p>35. ineffable</p><p>defying expression or description</p><p>36. ingenuous</p><p>lacking in sophistication or worldliness</p><p>37. invective</p><p>abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will</p><p>38. itinerant</p><p>traveling from place to place to work</p><p>39. knavery</p><p>lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing</p><p>40. lachrymose</p><p>showing sorrow</p><p>41. laconic</p><p>brief and to the point; effectively cut short</p></li><li><p>42. livid</p><p>furiously angry</p><p>43. lugubrious</p><p>excessively mournful</p><p>44. maverick</p><p>someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action</p><p>45. mendicant</p><p>a pauper who lives by begging</p><p>46. mercurial</p><p>liable to sudden unpredictable change</p><p>47. mordant</p><p>harshly ironic or sinister</p><p>48. nugatory</p><p>of no real value</p><p>49. obdurate</p><p>stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing</p><p>50. odious</p><p>unequivocally detestable</p></li><li><p>51. ostentatious</p><p>intended to attract notice and impress others</p><p>52. pastiche</p><p>a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work</p><p>53. paucity</p><p>an insufficient quantity or number</p><p>54. pejorative</p><p>expressing disapproval</p><p>55. penchant</p><p>a strong liking</p><p>56. penitent</p><p>feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds</p><p>57. penurious</p><p>excessively unwilling to spend</p><p>58. perfidy</p><p>an act of deliberate betrayal</p><p>59. perfunctory</p></li><li><p>hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough</p><p>60. pernicious</p><p>exceedingly harmful</p><p>61. perspicacious</p><p>mentally acute or penetratingly discerning</p><p>62. petulant</p><p>easily irritated or annoyed</p><p>63. precocious</p><p>characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)</p><p>64. pristine</p><p>immaculately clean and unused</p><p>65. prodigal</p><p>recklessly wasteful</p><p>66. progenitor</p><p>an ancestor in the direct line</p><p>67. pugnacious</p><p>tough and callous by virtue of experience</p></li><li><p>68. pungent</p><p>strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"</p><p>69. pusillanimous</p><p>lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful</p><p>70. rancor</p><p>a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will</p><p>71. recondite</p><p>difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge</p><p>72. repose</p><p>freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)</p><p>73. respite</p><p>a pause from doing something (as work)</p><p>74. rife</p><p>excessively abundant</p><p>75. risible</p><p>arousing or provoking laughter</p><p>76. sardonic</p><p>disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking</p></li><li><p>77. saturnine</p><p>bitter or scornful</p><p>78. savant</p><p>someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field</p><p>79. sedition</p><p>an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government</p><p>80. sedulous</p><p>marked by care and persistent effort</p><p>81. solicitous</p><p>full of anxiety and concern</p><p>82. specious</p><p>plausible but false</p><p>83. stolid</p><p>having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited</p><p>84. strident</p><p>unpleasantly loud and harsh</p><p>85. stultify</p></li><li><p>deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless</p><p>86. subjugate</p><p>make subservient; force to submit or subdue</p><p>87. taciturn</p><p>habitually reserved and uncommunicative</p><p>88. tantamount</p><p>being essentially equal to something</p><p>89. tortuous</p><p>marked by repeated turns and bends</p><p>90. travesty</p><p>a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way</p><p>91. trenchant</p><p>having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect</p><p>92. truculent</p><p>defiantly aggressive</p><p>93. turbid</p><p>(of liquids) clouded as with sediment</p></li><li><p>Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved. Home How It Works Educator Edition Leaderboards Blog Help Privacy Terms</p><p>94. turpitude</p><p>a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice</p><p>95. ubiquitous</p><p>being present everywhere at once</p><p>96. venal</p><p>capable of being corrupted</p><p>97. vicissitude</p><p>a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something</p><p>98. vituperate</p><p>spread negative information about</p><p>99. winnow</p><p>the act of separating grain from chaff</p></li></ul>