What's on Your Mind?

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - What's on Your Mind?

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
adverseadjective

not desirable; unlikely to yield what is expected

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arbitraryadjective

not based on reason but on chance or personal impulse, which is often unfair

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to believerb

represent falsely

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candidadjective

openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

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to clinchverb

to settle something, particularly an argument, conclusively

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to concurverb

to have the same opinion or agree

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converselyadverb

in a contrasting or opposite way from what has just been mentioned

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to deemverb

to consider in a particular manner

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to dissentverb

to give or have opinions that differ from those officially or commonly accepted

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equivocaladjective

not having one obvious meaning and open to interpretation

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esotericadjective

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

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exponentnoun

someone who expounds and interprets or explains

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to foreshadowverb

indicate, as with a sign or an omen

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to gainsayverb

take exception to

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to hearkenverb

listen; used mostly in the imperative

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inasmuch asconjunction

*** used to add a comment on something that you have just said and to say in what way it is true

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laconicadjective

brief and to the point; effectively cut short

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to maintainverb

to strongly express an opinion as true and valid, although others may disagree

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neverthelessadverb

despite what has just been said

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to objurgateverb

express strong disapproval of

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to pontificateverb

to state one's opinion in a dogmatic and highfalutin way

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raillerynoun

light teasing repartee

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to remonstrateverb

to protest against something or argue about it

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scathingadjective

marked by harshly abusive criticism

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to tableverb

hold back to a later time

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tangentialadjective

of superficial relevance if any

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unconscionableadjective

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

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to upbraidverb

express criticism towards

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vituperationnoun

abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

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lucidadjective

capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner

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