GRE 11 – 392 Words

evasive

avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger

ascertain

learn or discover with confidence

gist

the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

relish

vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment

mock

treat with contempt

abolish

do away with

wrath

intense anger

tan

a light brown the color of topaz

vicar

a Catholic priest who acts for a higher-ranking clergyman

testy

easily irritated or annoyed

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

cohesion

the state of sticking together

dossier

papers containing detailed information about a person

expedite

process fast and efficiently

hap

come to pass

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

dolorous

showing sorrow

magniloquent

lofty in style

crypt

a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber

overblown

puffed up with vanity

morbid

suggesting the horror of death and decay

reconnaissance

the act of scouting

affiliation

the act of becoming formally connected or joined

illusion

an erroneous mental representation

philistine

a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

solicit

request urgently or persistently

grumble

make complaining remarks or noises under one’s breath

generate

bring into existence

dissuade

turn away from by persuasion

ursine

of or relating to or similar to bears

interim

the time between one event, process, or period and another

bilious

relating to a digestive juice secreted by the liver

plummet

drop sharply

dinghy

a small boat of shallow draft

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea

coup

a sudden and decisive change of government by force

homely

lacking in physical beauty or proportion

exemplary

worthy of imitation

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

iota

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

agrarian

relating to rural matters

malodorous

having an unpleasant smell

stately

impressive in appearance

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

decrepit

worn and broken down by hard use

humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

pseudonym

a fictitious name used when performing a particular role

reparable

capable of being rectified

omnipotent

having unlimited power

vilify

spread negative information about

omnivorous

feeding on both plants and animals

indite

produce a literary work

insurrection

organized opposition to authority

retard

cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate

volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

trilogy

a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject

conjecture

believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

talisman

a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil

conversant

well informed about or knowing thoroughly

conducive

tending to bring about; being partly responsible for

idyllic

charmingly simple and serene

prodigious

great in size, force, extent, or degree

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

inquisitor

a questioner who is excessively harsh

humanitarian

marked by devotion to popular welfare

spartan

unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

intrigue

a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ends

dispel

to cause to separate and go in different directions

verity

conformity to reality or actuality

motif

a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

novelty

originality by virtue of being refreshingly new

wan

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

ornithologist

a scientist who studies birds

studious

characterized by diligent learning and fondness for reading

berserk

frenzied as if possessed by a demon

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

parallel

being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

refraction

the change in direction of a propagating wave

recumbent

lying down; in a position of comfort or rest

glossy

reflecting light

abominable

unequivocally detestable

foresight

seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing

stagnant

not growing or changing; without force or vitality

sham

something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

pandemic

existing everywhere

premise

a statement that is held to be true

monotheism

belief in a single God

colander

bowl-shaped strainer used to wash or drain foods

bluster

be gusty, as of wind

revile

spread negative information about

denounce

speak out against

rankle

make resentful or angry

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

foppish

affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner

libertine

unrestrained by convention or morality

anecdote

short account of an incident

spawn

the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or mollusks

personify

attribute human qualities to something

romp

play boisterously

sovereignty

the authority of a state to govern another state

Machiavellian

of or relating to amoral or conniving political principles

riveting

capable of arousing and holding the attention

waive

do without or cease to hold or adhere to

parsimony

extreme stinginess

rote

memorization by repetition

embryonic

of an organism prior to birth or hatching

tickle

touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

seduce

lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct

coincidence

the property of two things happening at the same time

censor

a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material

shuffle

walk by dragging one’s feet

reprisal

a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime

effulgent

radiating or as if radiating light

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

chronicle

a record or narrative description of past events

withdrawn

tending to reserve or introspection

antecede

be earlier in time; go back further

vitreous

relating to or resembling or derived from glass

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

stellar

being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

sluggard

an idle slothful person

demeanor

the way a person behaves toward other people

precis

a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument

mealymouthed

hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly

miserly

characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

pulchritude

physical beauty, especially of a woman

droll

comical in an odd or whimsical manner

espionage

the systematic use of spies to obtain secrets

fray

wear away by rubbing

yore

time long past

stammer

speak haltingly

flaunt

display proudly

shrivel

wither, as with a loss of moisture

wily

marked by skill in deception

hallucination

illusory perception

azure

of a deep somewhat purplish blue color

retrench

tighten one’s belt; use resources carefully

parochial

relating to or supported by or located in a parish

mangle

destroy or injure severely

inveigh

complain bitterly

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

gauche

lacking social polish

flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

hull

dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut

rapacious

living by preying on other animals

rostrum

a platform raised above the surrounding level

aggregate

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

patois

a regional dialect of a language

gild

a formal association of people with similar interests

squabble

a quarrel about petty points

witticism

a message whose ingenuity has the power to evoke laughter

punitive

inflicting punishment

fanciful

indulging in or influenced by the imagination

redress

make reparations or amends for

injurious

harmful to living things

flighty

guided by whim and fancy

eminent

standing above others in quality or position

tinge

color lightly

impediment

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

jocose

characterized by jokes and good humor

desperate

a person who is frightened and in need of help

scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy

emetic

a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting

nutrient

any substance that can be metabolized to give energy

exacerbate

make worse

fructify

make productive or fruitful

humble

marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

aghast

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

bilk

cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

portend

indicate by signs

curfew

an order that after a certain time activities are prohibited

ratiocination

the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning

outrage

a disgraceful event

caste

a hereditary social class among Hindus

badinage

frivolous banter

apposite

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

candor

the quality of being honest and straightforward

seedy

shabby and untidy

dissolution

separation into component parts

leery

openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

subterfuge

something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

distrait

having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety

caldron

a very large pot that is used for boiling

defection

withdrawing support or help despite allegiance

subordinate

an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

incarnate

possessing or existing in bodily form

magistrate

a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law

muse

reflect deeply on a subject

manumit

free from slavery or servitude

soluble

capable of being dissolved in some solvent

ebb

the outward flow of the tide

grim

harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

earmark

give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

necromancy

conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying

waif

a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned

providence

prudence and care exercised in the management of resources

industrious

characterized by hard work and perseverance

harry

make a pillaging or destructive raid on, as in wartimes

exigency

a pressing or urgent situation

trance

a psychological state induced by a magical incantation

empathy

understanding and entering into another’s feelings

warble

sing or play with trills

discord

lack of agreement or harmony

obsidian

glass formed by the cooling of lava without crystallization

galley

a large medieval vessel with guns at stern and prow

browbeat

discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner

gravity

the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

potentate

a ruler who is unconstrained by law

compendium

a publication containing a variety of works

heedless

marked by or paying little attention

wisp

a thin tuft, piece, or amount of something

conservatory

a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts

drivel

saliva spilling from the mouth

potential

existing in possibility

rave

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

exceptionable

likely to cause objection or disapproval

repository

a facility where things can be deposited for safekeeping

metamorphosis

striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

understate

represent as less significant or important

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

contend

compete for something

denomination

identifying word by which someone or something is called

overweening

presumptuously arrogant

atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

engaging

attracting or delighting

cogitate

consider carefully and deeply

hew

make or shape as with an axe

unearth

recover through digging

bump

an impact (as from a collision)

converse

carry on a discussion

ardor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

discomfit

cause to lose one’s composure

subservient

compliant and obedient to authority

taint

place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

bungle

make a mess of, destroy, or ruin

exotic

characteristic of another place or part of the world

evocative

serving to bring to mind

alcove

a small recess opening off a larger room

maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

mountebank

a flamboyant deceiver

negligence

failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person

gaunt

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

relinquish

turn away from; give up

cumbersome

difficult to handle or use because of size or weight

hut

small crude shelter used as a dwelling

allege

report or maintain

flamboyant

tending to attract attention; marked by ostentatious display

heed

careful attention

defrock

remove from one’s position in the church

parallelism

similarity by virtue of corresponding

bravado

a swaggering show of courage

integral

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

incarcerate

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

larceny

the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

overwhelm

overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

volley

rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

abhor

find repugnant

puny

of inferior size

indemnify

secure against future loss, damage, or liability

exasperate

make furious

simper

smile affectedly or derisively

presumptuous

going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous

jurisdiction

the territory within which power can be exercised

quack

the harsh sound of a duck

inadvertently

without knowledge or intention

egoism

concern for your own interests and welfare

centrifuge

an apparatus that separates particles from a suspension

lucrative

producing a sizeable profit

tendentious

having a strong bias, especially a controversial one

ablution

the act of washing oneself, as for ritual purposes

fake

something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

ideology

an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group

profane

grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

parasite

an animal or plant that lives in or on a host

buffet

piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room

postmortem

occurring or done after death

germinate

sprout; produce buds or branches

venerable

profoundly honored

perspicacious

mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

longevity

the property of having lived for a considerable time

tensile

of or relating to physical stress or strain

gambit

a chess move in which the player sacrifices minor pieces

expansive

able or tending to extend in one or more directions

perfidious

tending to betray

zany

ludicrous or foolish

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

corpulent

excessively fat

bestow

give as a gift

mass

the property of a body that causes it to have weight

entrepreneur

someone who organizes a business venture

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

psyche

that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings

indenture

formal agreement as to terms of a debt

loom

a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile

asinine

devoid of intelligence

ornate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

monolithic

imposing in size or bulk or solidity

restitution

the act of restoring something to its original state

belittle

cause to seem less serious

ascendancy

the state when one person or group has power over another

leaven

a substance used to produce fermentation in dough

explicate

elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

conspiracy

a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

coax

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

prudent

marked by sound judgment

protrude

extend out or project in space

overture

orchestral music at the beginning of an opera or musical

chisel

an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge

ichthyology

the branch of zoology that studies fishes

lithe

moving and bending with ease

slave

a person who is owned by someone

spectrum

a broad range of related objects, values, or qualities

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

lookout

the act of looking out

anarchist

an advocate of the abolition of governments

miscreant

a person without moral scruples

gentility

elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

cadet

a military trainee (as at a military academy)

mimicry

imitative behavior

career

the particular occupation for which you are trained

console

give moral or emotional strength to

elaborate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

flute

a high-pitched woodwind instrument

violate

fail to agree with; go against

cataclysm

a sudden violent change in the earth’s surface

clemency

leniency and compassion shown toward offenders

feline

of or relating to cats

beseech

ask for or request earnestly

sepulcher

a chamber that is used as a grave

presentiment

a feeling of evil to come

panegyric

formally expressing praise

blasphemy

profane language

debauch

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

depredation

an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

titter

laugh nervously

mediate

act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

hazy

filled or abounding with fog or mist

detraction

a petty disparagement

bog

wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation

counterpart

a person or thing having the same function as another

acrimonious

marked by strong resentment or cynicism

anesthetic

a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations

bigotry

intolerance and prejudice

acme

the highest point of something

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

benevolent

showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

avuncular

being or relating to an uncle

dowry

money brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

resourceful

adroit or imaginative

endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

cavalcade

a procession of people traveling on horseback

pith

spongelike central cylinder of the stems of flowering plants

rebuke

an act or expression of criticism and censure

adjourn

close at the end of a session

nimble

moving quickly and lightly

detain

cause to be slowed down or delayed

diaphanous

so thin as to transmit light

aggrandize

embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of

incommodious

uncomfortably or inconveniently small

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

championship

a competition at which a winner is chosen

amok

wildly; without self-control

decrepitude

a state of deterioration due to old age or long use

disquisition

an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion

surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

prosperous

in fortunate circumstances financially

dogged

stubbornly unyielding

despondent

without or almost without hope

mutilate

destroy or injure severely

hoodwink

conceal one’s true motives from

touching

arousing affect

affront

a deliberately offensive act

asunder

into parts or pieces

brawny

possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

elated

exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

gentry

the most powerful members of a society

speechless

temporarily incapable of speaking

ulcer

an inflammatory lesion resulting in decay of tissue

sublimate

change directly from a solid into a vapor without melting

multifarious

having many aspects
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