GRE 5 – 393 Words

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

decelerate

lose velocity; move more slowly

abate

become less in amount or intensity

gazette

a newspaper or official journal

ambush

concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

regatta

a series of boat races

riddle

pierce with many holes

subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

devout

deeply religious

loquacious

full of trivial conversation

mogul

a very wealthy or powerful businessperson

buffoonery

acting like a clown

zenith

the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

tantamount

being essentially equal to something

cathartic

emotionally purging

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

cursory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

giddy

lacking seriousness; given to frivolity

advert

a public promotion of some product or service

domineer

rule or exercise power over in a cruel and autocratic manner

drama

a work intended for performance by actors on a stage

premeditate

consider, ponder, or plan beforehand

unkempt

not properly maintained or cared for

limbo

in Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent souls

rectitude

righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest

prophylactic

preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

moribund

being on the point of death

mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

acrophobia

a morbid fear of great heights

gloss

the property of being smooth and shiny

stealth

avoiding detection by moving carefully

battalion

an army unit consisting of a headquarters and companies

ineffectual

not producing an intended consequence

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

glamor

alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal)

shack

small crude shelter used as a dwelling

substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

horde

a vast multitude

scholarly

characteristic of a learned person

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

torrid

characterized by intense emotion

gnarled

old and twisted and covered in lines

prototype

a standard or typical example

approbation

official acceptance or agreement

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

visionary

a person with unusual powers of foresight

retiring

of a person who has held and relinquished a position

ruminant

cud-chewing hoofed mammal with a stomach with compartments

margin

the boundary line or area immediately inside the boundary

colloquy

formal conversation

saturate

infuse or fill completely

daze

confusion characterized by lack of clarity

worldly

characteristic of secularity rather than spirituality

impenetrable

not admitting of passage into or through

arboreal

of or relating to or formed by trees

flail

an implement with a handle and a free swinging stick

brevity

the attribute of being short or fleeting

upbraid

express criticism towards

insalubrious

detrimental to health

truncate

make shorter as if by cutting off

piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste

disclose

expose to view as by removing a cover

vent

a hole for the escape of gas, air, or liquid

forswear

formally reject or disavow

colloquial

characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

wont

an established custom

stymie

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

incontrovertible

impossible to deny or disprove

dyspeptic

suffering from indigestion

vintner

someone who sells wine

embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

caliber

diameter of a tube or gun barrel

acrid

strong and sharp, as a taste or smell

penetrate

pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

scrap

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

thrall

the state of being under the control of another person

maelstrom

a powerful circular current of water

caricature

a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect

malignant

dangerous to health

stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

braggart

a very boastful and talkative person

dynamo

a coil that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet

integrate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

embark

go on board

gyroscope

rotating mechanism in the form of a mounted spinning wheel

defer

yield to another’s wish or opinion

protege

a person who receives support from an influential patron

exegesis

an explanation or critical interpretation

prod

push against gently

sinecure

a job that involves minimal duties

unassailable

impossible to attack

factotum

a servant employed to do a variety of jobs

delve

turn up, loosen, or remove earth

carefree

without trouble or worry

unearthly

suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

ghastly

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

laud

praise, glorify, or honor

raconteur

a person skilled in telling anecdotes

misadventure

an instance of misfortune

intransigence

stubborn refusal to compromise or change

annex

attach to

tepid

moderately warm

venerate

regard with feelings of respect and reverence

anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

quorum

a gathering of the minimal number of members of a group

plaudit

enthusiastic approval

insatiable

impossible to satisfy

execrate

curse or declare to be evil or anathema

privy

informed about something secret or not generally known

ventilate

furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

mystic

beyond ordinary understanding

finicky

exacting especially about details

scaffold

a temporary arrangement erected around a building

suffragist

an advocate of the extension of voting rights

prone

having a tendency

condescend

behave in a patronizing manner

subsume

contain or include

clapper

metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound

hovel

small crude shelter used as a dwelling

significant

rich in implication

dormant

inactive but capable of becoming active

askew

turned or twisted to one side

haven

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

provocative

serving or tending to excite or stimulate

shift

move very slightly

insubstantial

lacking material form

gerontocracy

a political system governed by old people

lumber

the wood of trees prepared for use as building material

forge

create by hammering

nebula

an immense cloud of gas and dust in interstellar space

vise

a holding device attached to a workbench

stratagem

an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade

appall

strike with disgust or revulsion

habitat

the type of environment in which an organism normally lives

sanctimonious

excessively or hypocritically pious

commemorative

intended to honor the memory of someone or something

sanction

official permission or approval

disclaim

make a disavowal about

intangible

incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch

gleam

a flash of light

torrent

an overwhelming number or amount

ovoid

rounded like an egg

indissoluble

incapable of being broken up

ravenous

extremely hungry

betray

deliver to an enemy by treachery

libido

(psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire

simile

a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things

raspy

unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

hermitage

the abode of a recluse

felon

someone who has been legally convicted of a crime

sunder

break apart or in two, using violence

errant

straying from the right course or from accepted standards

opus

a musical work that has been created

verdigris

a green patina that forms on copper or brass or bronze

charlatan

a flamboyant deceiver

perennial

lasting an indefinitely long time

deprecate

express strong disapproval of; deplore

asperity

harshness of manner

augment

enlarge or increase

salubrious

promoting health

stoke

stir up

palatial

relating to or being a large and stately residence

muted

in a softened tone

bizarre

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

ruffian

a cruel and brutal fellow

leash

restraint consisting of a rope used to restrain an animal

stun

make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow

quagmire

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

harass

annoy continually or chronically

tutelage

attention and management implying responsibility for safety

putrid

of or relating to the process of decay

gnome

a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man

infer

conclude by reasoning

blight

any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

epigram

a witty saying

funereal

suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial

grandiloquent

lofty in style

sluggish

moving slowly

swarm

a group of many things in the air or on the ground

subtlety

the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

tatter

a small shred of cloth or paper

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

psychiatrist

a specialist in the treatment of mental disorders

gratify

make happy or satisfied

bestial

resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

procurement

the act of getting possession of something

undertaker

one whose business is the management of funerals

convoke

call together

run-down

worn and broken down by hard use

hapless

unfortunate and deserving pity

ordinance

an authoritative rule

advent

arrival that has been awaited

parameter

a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied

blunder

an embarrassing mistake

mutter

talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice

libel

a false and malicious publication

bombardment

an attack by dropping explosive devices

decree

a legally binding command or decision

accessible

capable of being reached

munificent

very generous

prosody

the study of poetic meter and the art of versification

calorific

heat-generating

stanch

stop the flow of a liquid

trunk

the main stem of a tree

flout

treat with contemptuous disregard

fetish

sexual desire in which gratification depends on some object

drudge

a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

phenomenon

any state or process known through the senses

surmount

get on top of; deal with successfully

prologue

an introduction to a play

suspend

bar temporarily

cloying

overly sweet

coercion

using force to cause something to occur

sundry

consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

endue

give qualities or abilities to

alimony

support paid by one spouse to another after separation

susceptible

yielding readily to or capable of

clip

a small fastener used to hold loose articles together

semblance

an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading

meteoric

of extraterrestrial bodies that hit the earth’s atmosphere

queue

a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

stout

having rugged physical strength

license

a legal document giving official permission to do something

tawdry

tastelessly showy

concoct

make something by mixing

lineament

the characteristic parts of a person’s face

posterity

all future generations

distinctive

of a feature that helps to identify a person or thing

nonplus

be a mystery or bewildering to

patronize

provide support for

prop

a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling

primordial

having existed from the beginning

unguent

preparation applied externally as a remedy or for soothing

lank

long and thin and often limp

palpable

capable of being perceived

peon

a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

enliven

make lively

unwonted

out of the ordinary

executioner

an official who inflicts capital punishment

invocation

the act of appealing for help

vulpine

resembling or characteristic of a fox

emanate

give out, as breath or an odor

apparent

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

burgeon

grow and flourish

resuscitate

cause to regain consciousness

exhilarating

making lively and joyful

kismet

fate or fortune

fancier

a person having a strong liking for something

odds

the likelihood of a thing occurring

imbibe

take in liquids

snuffle

snuff up mucus through the nose

vertigo

a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall

bruise

a small injury that results in discoloration

glow

emit a steady even light without flames

mute

expressed without speech

beeline

the most direct route

traumatic

psychologically painful

uncanny

surpassing the ordinary or normal

scotch

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

unsullied

free from blemishes

forensic

used in the investigation of facts or evidence in court

solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

increment

the amount by which something increases

virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

resurge

rise again

spoof

a humorous imitation of another work or style of work

galleon

a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts

piebald

having sections or patches colored differently and brightly

satire

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

wangle

accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

elevation

distance of something above a reference point

unravel

become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers of

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

inalienable

incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another

supersede

take the place or move into the position of

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

meretricious

tastelessly showy

multiform

occurring in or having many shapes or appearances

judicious

marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

rendition

a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role

graphite

used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

hurtle

move with or as if with a rushing sound

zest

a tart spicy quality

orient

the eastern hemisphere

interjection

an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion

inquisitive

given to questioning

deluge

a heavy rain

substantiate

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

oath

a solemn promise regarding your future acts or behavior

magnitude

the property of relative size or extent

miasma

an unwholesome atmosphere

barrage

the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area

creed

any system of principles or beliefs

moral

concerned with principles of right and wrong

lumen

a cavity or passage in a tubular organ

inarticulate

without or deprived of the use of speech or words

irreconcilable

impossible to bring into accord

brim

the top edge of a vessel or other container

culvert

a transverse and enclosed drain under a road or railway

daunt

cause to lose courage

disinter

dig up for reburial or for medical investigation

decipher

convert code into ordinary language

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

migrant

traveler who moves from one region or country to another

draught

a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

rebuttal

the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument

devoid

completely wanting or lacking

shun

avoid and stay away from deliberately

gobble

eat hastily without proper chewing

sartorial

of or relating to tailoring or clothing

scabbard

a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

malfeasance

wrongful conduct by a public official

salutary

tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

succulent

tasty and full of juice

inscrutable

difficult or impossible to understand

irretrievable

impossible to recover or recoup or overcome

defiance

a hostile challenge

artisan

a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft

dilute

lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

testator

a person who makes a will

enrapture

hold spellbound

jibe

shift from one side of the ship to the other

sect

a subdivision of a larger religious group

jocular

characterized by jokes and good humor

parvenu

a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status

fervid

characterized by intense emotion

browse

feed as in a meadow or pasture

topple

fall down, as if collapsing

outlook

an attitude that determines how you respond to situations

astral

being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

hail

precipitation of ice pellets

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

garner

assemble or get together

judiciary

the system of law courts that administer justice

magisterial

of or relating to a civil officer who administers the law

phylum

the major taxonomic group of animals and plants

pestle

a hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar

urbane

showing a high degree of refinement

delusive

inappropriate to reality or facts

servitude

state of subjection to an owner or master

aspire

have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

perverse

deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper

downcast

filled with melancholy and despondency

hindmost

located farthest to the rear

figurative

not literal

mirth

great merriment

unfledged

young and inexperienced

acquiesce

agree or express agreement

malady

impairment of normal physiological function

squelch

suppress or crush completely

woeful

affected by or full of grief or sadness

haunt

follow stealthily or pursue like a ghost

inroad

an encroachment or intrusion

scheme

an elaborate and systematic plan of action

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

malaise

a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression

replete

filled to satisfaction with food or drink

vivid

having striking color

hardy

having rugged physical strength

bristle

a stiff hair

chide

censure severely or angrily

spasmodic

occurring in spells and often abruptly

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

prurient

characterized by lust

dispirited

showing no enthusiasm

ciliated

having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections

rift

a narrow fissure in rock

morgue

a building or room where dead bodies are kept before burial

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

fundamental

serving as an essential component

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

intermittent

stopping and starting at irregular intervals

hackneyed

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

meddlesome

intrusive in an offensive manner

rebus

a puzzle consisting of pictures representing words

grapple

work hard to come to terms with or deal with something

prepossessing

creating a favorable impression

depict

give a description of

decant

pour out

impeccable

without fault or error

fusillade

rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

lace

a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks

vagrant

a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
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