GRE 10 – 394 Words

centurion

leader of soldiers in ancient Rome

optician

a worker who makes glasses for remedying defects of vision

infallible

incapable of failure or error

taunt

harass with persistent criticism or carping

equine

resembling a horse

expenditure

the act of spending money for goods or services

tertiary

coming third in position

weird

strikingly odd or unusual

incriminate

suggest that someone is guilty

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

remediable

capable of being corrected or redressed

imperil

pose a threat to; present a danger to

perceptive

of or relating to awareness via the senses

substantial

real; having a material or factual existence

clamor

utter or proclaim insistently and noisily

blackball

vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

compound

a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

mulct

money extracted as a penalty

outlaw

a criminal, especially one on the run from police

sadistic

deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on another

fleet

group of aircraft operating under the same ownership

stalwart

having rugged physical strength

enumerate

specify individually

baroque

relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

mollycoddle

treat with excessive indulgence

motley

consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

penitent

feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

defalcate

appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use

lackluster

lacking brilliance or vitality

ecliptic

the great circle representing the annual path of the sun

flowery

of or relating to or suggestive of blossoms

bully

discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner

tablet

a small flat compressed cake of some substance

precipitant

done with very great haste and without due deliberation

credulity

tendency to believe readily

mendacious

given to lying

affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

credo

any system of principles or beliefs

parody

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

colossus

someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

benison

a spoken blessing

tycoon

a very wealthy or powerful businessperson

inductive

influencing or causing to arise

favoritism

an inclination to privilege some person or group

verbose

using or containing too many words

compute

make a mathematical calculation

jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

sultry

attractive and suggesting hidden passion

immure

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

intolerant

unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion

verve

an energetic style

controvert

prove to be false or incorrect

faction

a dissenting clique

neophyte

any new participant in some activity

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

pert

characterized by a lightly saucy or impudent quality

monastic

of communal life sequestered under religious vows

compulsion

using force to cause something to occur

forlorn

marked by or showing hopelessness

ram

uncastrated adult male sheep

bromide

a trite or obvious remark

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

whiff

a short light gust of air

adroit

quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

synthetic

a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

dally

behave carelessly or indifferently

consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

compliance

the act of submitting, usually surrendering power to another

broach

bring up a topic for discussion

resound

emit a noise

manipulate

influence or control shrewdly or deviously

entice

provoke someone to do something through persuasion

sonorous

full and loud and deep

equestrian

of or relating to or featuring horseback riding

equipoise

equality of distribution

stickler

someone who insists on something

ordain

invest with ministerial or priestly authority

maladroit

not quick or skillful in action or thought

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

verdant

characterized by abundance of vegetation and green foliage

rendezvous

a meeting planned at a certain time and place

conjure

summon into action or bring into existence

camaraderie

the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability

victuals

a source of materials to nourish the body

illuminate

make lighter or brighter

coterie

an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

unsavory

morally offensive

accomplice

a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

efficacy

capacity or power to produce a desired result

contraband

distributed or sold illicitly

travesty

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

recital

a public instance of repeating something prepared in advance

contrived

showing effects of planning or manipulation

extrovert

a person directed toward others as opposed to the self

crevice

a long narrow opening

sybarite

a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

swerve

turn sharply; change direction abruptly

converge

be adjacent or come together

ignite

cause to start burning

burnish

polish and make shiny

syllogism

reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

anticlimax

a disappointing decline after a previous rise

germ

a structure from which tissue can develop into an organism

palpitate

beat rapidly

gibe

laugh at with contempt and derision

argot

a characteristic language of a particular group

piety

righteousness by virtue of being religiously devout

aristocracy

a privileged class holding hereditary titles

angular

having the shape of intersecting lines or planes

travail

use of physical or mental energy; hard work

ribald

humorously vulgar

interpolate

insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

retort

a quick reply to a question or remark

entourage

the group following and attending to some important person

stratum

one of several parallel layers of material

proximity

the property of being close together

bedraggle

make wet and dirty, as from rain

mime

an actor who communicates entirely by gesture

pervert

corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

parry

impede the movement of

supererogatory

more than is needed, desired, or required

plumb

exactly vertical

obeisance

bending the head or body in reverence or submission

deputize

appoint as a substitute

wheedle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

abominate

find repugnant

predicament

an unpleasant or difficult situation

gouge

an impression in a surface, as made by a blow

breach

an opening, especially a gap in a dike or fortification

mauve

a moderate purple

epoch

a period marked by distinctive character

deliberate

carefully thought out in advance

yeoman

a free man who cultivates his own land

convivial

occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

piecemeal

one thing at a time

infiltrate

pass through an enemy line in a military conflict

fitful

occurring in spells and often abruptly

unaccountable

not to be explained

defect

a failing or deficiency

crass

so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination

vendor

someone who exchanges goods or services for money

feint

any distracting or deceptive maneuver

impassable

incapable of being gone across or through

circumscribe

draw a geometric figure around another figure

bedizen

decorate tastelessly

demotic

of or for the common people

optional

possible but not necessary; left to personal choice

derelict

a person without a home, job, or property

repeal

cancel officially

propitiate

make peace with

seemly

according with custom or propriety

temperament

your usual mood

procrastinate

postpone doing what one should be doing

shaving

a thin fragment or slice that has been shaved from something

diversion

a turning aside

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

seine

a large fishnet that hangs vertically

elastic

capable of resuming shape after stretching or compression

marginal

at or constituting a border or edge

debase

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

rider

a traveler who actively sits and travels on an animal

disheveled

in disarray; extremely disorderly

viand

a choice or delicious dish

pretentious

creating an appearance of importance or distinction

glare

be sharply reflected

balmy

mild and pleasant

tint

a variation or slightly different shade of a color

jabber

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

murky

clouded as with sediment

diminution

change toward something smaller or lower

dupe

fool or hoax

bode

indicate by signs

habituate

familiarize psychologically or physically

promiscuous

casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

mode

how something is done or how it happens

misdemeanor

a crime less serious than a felony

credential

a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

demise

the time when something ends

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

verbatim

using exactly the same words

jeopardize

pose a threat to; present a danger to

crescendo

a gradual increase in loudness

chaff

material consisting of seed coverings and pieces of stem

append

fix to; attach

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

marital

of or relating to the state of marriage

conclusive

forming an end or termination

nettle

plant having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation

parable

a short moral story

titular

existing in name only

complaisant

showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

nascent

being born or beginning

potpourri

a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

papyrus

tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber

remunerative

for which money is paid

purchase

acquire by means of a financial transaction

callus

a skin area that is thick or hard from continual pressure

disembark

exit from a ship, vehicle, or aircraft

ooze

pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings

mannerism

a behavioral attribute that is distinctive to an individual

mandate

a document giving an official instruction or command

slack

not tense or taut

behemoth

someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

isthmus

a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas

fruition

the condition of bearing fruit

besiege

surround so as to force to give up

effective

producing or capable of producing an intended result

comeuppance

a usually negative outcome or fate that is well deserved

diverse

distinctly dissimilar or unlike

relevant

having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

cite

make reference to

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

reverend

worthy of adoration or reverence

atavism

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

megalomania

a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

apolitical

neutral with regards to government policy

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

kindle

catch fire

liquidate

eliminate a debt by paying it off

augury

an event indicating important things to come

evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

blanch

turn pale, as if in fear

ennui

the feeling of being bored by something tedious

scuttle

an entrance equipped with a hatch

homogeneous

all of the same or similar kind or nature

underhand

marked by deception

congeal

solidify, thicken, or come together

strangle

kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

quail

small gallinaceous game birds

tessellated

decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone

perimeter

a line enclosing a plane area

dowse

use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal

bereaved

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

hireling

a person who works only for money

miscellany

a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

scad

any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae

ossify

become bony

amnesia

partial or total loss of memory

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

executor

a person appointed to carry out the terms of the will

brawn

the trait of possessing muscular strength

qualify

prove capable or fit; meet requirements

reconcile

come to terms

decorum

propriety in manners and conduct

prelate

a senior clergyman and dignitary

contention

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

secrete

generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids

grueling

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

coda

the closing section of a musical composition

colossal

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

ecclesiastic

of or associated with a church

intoxicate

make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)

constituent

one of the individual parts making up a composite entity

redolent

having a strong pleasant odor

disbar

expel from the practice of law by official action

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

tractable

easily managed

unctuous

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

exult

feel extreme happiness or elation

compost

a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure

solemnity

a trait of dignified seriousness

demolition

the act of destroying completely

babble

utter meaningless sounds

assent

agree or express agreement

uproar

a state of commotion and noise and confusion

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

swill

drink large quantities of

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

reprieve

postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal

collate

assemble in proper sequence

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

derision

the act of treating with contempt

caprice

a sudden desire

sentinel

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

entail

have as a logical consequence

hostage

a prisoner held to insure that another party will meet terms

hindsight

understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

nip

sever or remove by pinching

centrifugal

tending to move away from a center

snip

sever or remove by pinching or snipping

graze

feed as in a meadow or pasture

ethnology

branch of anthropology dealing with divisions of humankind

epithet

descriptive word or phrase

eclipse

the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another

fulminate

cause to explode violently and with loud noise

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

skimp

work hastily or carelessly

cleave

separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

lascivious

driven by lust

wallow

roll around

entree

the principal dish of a meal

philanderer

a man who likes many women

lopsided

having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other

sleight

adroitness in using the hands

peroration

the concluding section of a rhetorical address

epilogue

a short speech by an actor at the end of a play

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

cremate

reduce to ashes

voodoo

(Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities

clairvoyant

someone who can perceive things not present to the senses

repulsion

the act of repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand

imbue

spread or diffuse through

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

smug

marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction

grimace

contort the face to indicate a certain mental state

scourge

something causing misery or death

killjoy

someone who spoils the pleasure of others

concurrent

occurring or operating at the same time

bliss

a state of extreme happiness

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

apothegm

a short pithy instructive saying

lope

run easily

query

an instance of questioning

puissant

powerful

fritter

fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables

tart

tasting sour like a lemon

dissonance

disagreeable sounds

cadaverous

of or relating to a corpse

chalice

a bowl-shaped drinking vessel

buoyant

tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas

trim

make a reduction in

blowhard

a very boastful and talkative person

porridge

soft food made by boiling meal or legumes in water or milk

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

resolve

find a solution or answer

petrify

change into stone

celerity

a rate that is rapid

upright

in a vertical position; not sloping

blush

become rosy or reddish

inverse

turned backward in order or nature or effect

automaton

a mechanism that can move independently of external control

pillage

steal goods; take as spoils

vendetta

a blood feud between members of opposing parties

passive

lacking in energy or will

auxiliary

furnishing added support

jubilation

a feeling of extreme joy

provender

food for domestic livestock

carat

a unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy

clamber

climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

compartment

a partitioned section within a larger enclosed area

retrospective

concerned with or related to the past

transparent

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

epaulet

an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder

annuity

income from capital investment paid regularly

amazon

a large, strong, and aggressive woman

unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

dictum

an authoritative declaration

raiment

especially fine or decorative clothing

frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

sate

fill to contentment

dissection

cutting so as to separate into pieces

daub

an unskillful painting

allegiance

the act of binding yourself to a course of action

missile

a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a target

dereliction

willful negligence

sift

move as if through a sieve

frieze

an ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band

invulnerable

immune to attack; impregnable

malcontent

dissatisfied as toward authority

consolidation

combining into a solid mass

divest

take away possessions from someone

masticate

bite and grind with the teeth

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

flay

strip the skin off

arrogance

overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner

importune

beg persistently and urgently

infirmity

the state of being weak in health or body

repartee

adroitness and cleverness in reply

statutory

relating to or created by regulations

lien

the right to take and hold the property of a debtor

ejaculation

the discharge of semen in males

inveigle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

rooster

adult male chicken

irremediable

impossible to correct or redress

tranquillity

an untroubled state, free from disturbances

valor

courage when facing danger

grudging

petty or reluctant in giving or spending

inclined

at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position

retaliate

make a counterattack and return like for like

anonymity

the state of being unknown

resumption

beginning again

consonant

a speech sound that is not a vowel

amicable

characterized by friendship and good will

putrefy

decay with an offensive smell
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