GRE 6 – 397 Words

deify

exalt to the position of a God

latch

catch for fastening a door or gate

legend

a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

valediction

a farewell oration

vaporize

turn into gas

boisterous

full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

intuition

instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes

metaphysical

pertaining to the philosophical study of being and knowing

euphoria

a feeling of great elation

negate

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

enclave

an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

shoddy

of inferior workmanship and materials

rummage

search haphazardly

incredulous

not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

pummel

strike, usually with the fist

compunction

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

trickle

run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

limn

make a portrait of

comatose

in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness

conveyance

something that serves as a means of transportation

chaste

abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse

outmoded

out of fashion

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

bacchanal

wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

trajectory

the path followed by an object moving through space

excise

remove by cutting

quarantine

isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

tenet

a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof

inebriated

stupefied or excited by a chemical substance

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

whittle

cut small bits or pare shavings from

suppliant

humbly entreating

germinal

containing seeds of later development

unsightly

unpleasant to look at

prefigure

imagine or consider beforehand

reactionary

extremely conservative

rigid

incapable of or resistant to bending

perturb

disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried

insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

congruent

corresponding in character or kind

aseptic

free of pathological microorganisms

potable

suitable for drinking

natal

relating to or accompanying birth

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

facilitate

make easier

litany

any long and tedious address or recital

portly

fairly fat

nepotism

favoritism shown to relatives or friends by those in power

submerge

put under water

tyro

someone new to a field or activity

luminary

a celebrity who is an inspiration to others

uproarious

uncontrollably noisy

turmoil

a violent disturbance

tautological

characterized by unnecessary repetition

reproach

express criticism towards

wade

walk through relatively shallow water

vivacious

vigorous and animated

unprepossessing

creating an unfavorable or neutral first impression

proponent

a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

brocade

thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern

convene

meet formally

voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

bereavement

state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one

apoplexy

a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain

fortitude

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

ration

a fixed portion that is allotted

despot

a cruel and oppressive dictator

stoic

seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

patriarch

the male head of family or tribe

academic

associated with an educational institution

foolhardy

marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

fanfare

a short lively tune played on brass instruments

boon

something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial

oatmeal

porridge made of rolled oats

filing

the entering of a legal document into the public record

glossary

an alphabetical list of technical terms in a field

thespian

a theatrical performer

bulwark

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

dolt

a person who is not very bright

unison

the state of corresponding exactly

voracious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

thrive

make steady progress

botch

make a mess of, destroy, or ruin

postulate

maintain or assert

rejoinder

a quick reply to a question or remark

purge

rid of impurities

stench

a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

nicety

conformity with some aesthetic standard of correctness

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

multiplicity

the property of having more than one part or entity

excerpt

a passage selected from a larger work

connubial

relating to marriage or the relationship between spouses

knoll

a small natural hill

pretension

the advancing of a claim

supposititious

based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

elysian

relating to the abode of the blessed after death

comprehend

get the meaning of something

stultify

deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

cherubic

having a sweet nature befitting an angel

vex

disturb, especially by minor irritations

embroider

decorate with needlework

implacable

incapable of being appeased or pacified

defoliate

deprived of leaves

lunar

of or relating to or associated with the moon

idle

not in action or at work

refectory

a communal dining-hall, usually in a monastery

vie

compete for something

prelude

something that introduces what follows

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

arrears

the state of being behind in payments

evenhanded

without partiality

nurture

provide with nourishment

absolute

perfect or complete or pure

amnesty

a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

nominal

relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

foil

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

cajole

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

desperado

a bold outlaw

fresco

a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster

pious

having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

temperate

not extreme

barrister

a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law

residual

relating to or indicating a remainder

knave

a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

afterlife

life after death

incrustation

the formation of a crust

pore

any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid

lancet

a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

braid

make by interlacing

addle

mix up or confuse

consistency

a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts

bane

something causing misery or death

nauseous

causing a sick feeling

delta

the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet

decadence

the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities

incite

provoke or stir up

effectuate

bring about or cause to happen

bewitch

cast a spell over someone or something

mar

render imperfect

orator

a person who delivers a speech

glimmer

a flash of light

interminable

tiresomely long; seemingly without end

panache

distinctive and stylish elegance

commonwealth

a political system in which power lies in a body of citizens

monumental

of outstanding significance

uninhibited

not restrained

prime

of or relating to the first or originating agent

strew

spread by scattering

poseur

a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not

collage

a paste-up of pieces to form an artistic image

fathom

a linear unit of measurement for water depth

pinch

squeeze tightly between the fingers

leniency

a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

relegate

assign to a lower position

protocol

forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by officials

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

vassal

a person holding a fief

grouse

popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs

cower

crouch or curl up

manifold

many and varied; having many features or forms

credence

the mental attitude that something is believable

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

stupefy

make dull or muddle, as with intoxication

intimidate

compel or deter by or as if by threats

metropolis

a large and densely populated urban area

hummock

a small natural hill

limpid

clear and bright

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

monotony

the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

obviate

do away with

waggish

witty or joking

sophist

someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

sacrilegious

grossly irreverent toward what is considered holy

edify

make understand

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

revulsion

intense aversion

hindrance

any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

hypothetical

a conjectural possibility or circumstance

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

comprise

be composed of

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

extradition

surrender of an accused by one state or country to another

impassioned

characterized by intense emotion

reprehensible

bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

perspicuity

clarity as a consequence of being easily understandable

expository

serving to expound or set forth

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

usage

the act of employing

eon

the longest unit of geological time

animadversion

harsh criticism or disapproval

limp

walk impeded by some physical injury

avalanche

a slide of large masses of snow, ice and mud down a mountain

attire

clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

opportune

suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose

boost

increase

genuflect

bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

spangle

adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material

implode

burst inward

chorus

actors who comment on the action in a classical Greek play

doom

an unpleasant or disastrous destiny

staccato

separating the notes; in music

equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

resurrect

cause to become alive again

allude

make an indirect reference to

mores

the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

subdue

put down by force or intimidation

continence

voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

dapper

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

foist

force onto another

importunate

making persistent or urgent requests

enduring

unceasing

insuperable

incapable of being surpassed or excelled

mettle

the courage to carry on

asymmetric

characterized by lack of balance in the arrangement of parts

chase

go after with the intent to catch

saga

a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

affliction

a cause of great suffering and distress

salvage

rescuing a ship or its crew from a shipwreck or a fire

mire

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

pinnace

a boat for communication between ship and shore

furrow

a long shallow trench in the ground

barb

a point facing the main point making an arrowhead or spear

memorial

a recognition of meritorious service

perjury

criminal offense of making false statements under oath

molten

reduced to liquid form by heating

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

gargoyle

an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure

wither

lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

odium

hate coupled with disgust

corporeal

having material or physical form or substance

gingerly

in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy

enamored

marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

autocratic

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

quaint

attractively old-fashioned

cozen

be dishonest with

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

vulture

a large diurnal bird of prey feeding chiefly on carrion

cadaver

the dead body of a human being

imbalance

a lack of harmony or evenness

scale

an ordered reference standard

brooch

a decorative pin

overwrought

deeply agitated especially from emotion

rakish

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

endearment

the act of showing affection

bogus

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

inopportune

not suitable for a purpose

requite

make repayment for or return something

raze

tear down so as to make flat with the ground

encroachment

any entry into an area not previously occupied

bacchanalian

used of riotously drunken merrymaking

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

perpetrate

perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

ecologist

a biologist who studies organisms and their environment

osseous

composed of or containing bone

waft

a long flag; often tapering

legato

connecting the notes; in music

commune

communicate intimately with

prevail

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

dummy

a figure representing the human form

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

Bacchanalia

an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus

engaged

having one’s attention or mind or energy consumed

havoc

violent and needless disturbance

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

salient

conspicuous, prominent, or important

cognizance

the state or act of having knowledge of

misconduct

activity that transgresses moral or civil law

maraud

raid and rove in search of booty

spry

moving quickly and lightly

glut

supply with an excess of

irate

feeling or showing extreme anger

fraught

filled with or attended with

xenophobia

a fear of foreigners or strangers

emolument

compensation received by virtue of holding an office

transcribe

write out, as from speech or notes

embroil

force into some kind of situation or course of action

disengage

release from something that holds fast or entangles

doddering

mentally or physically infirm with age

sleazy

morally degraded

plutocracy

a political system governed by the wealthy people

tarnish

make or become dirty or spotty

foliage

the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants

monetary

relating to or involving money

buffoon

a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

palette

a board on which an artist mixes paints

insurmountable

not capable of being overcome

receptive

able to absorb liquid (not repellent)

default

an option that is selected automatically

restive

being in a tense state

pathological

relating to the study of diseases

compassion

a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering

extort

obtain by coercion or intimidation

sedition

an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority

tome

a large and scholarly book

slipshod

marked by great carelessness

lexicographer

a compiler or writer of a dictionary

accelerate

move faster

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

vantage

place or situation affording some benefit

merit

the quality of being deserving

cull

remove something that has been rejected

bristle

a stiff hair

collaborate

work together on a common enterprise or project

pandemonium

a state of extreme confusion and disorder

repress

conceal or hide

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

refrain

resist doing something

ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

shambles

a condition of great disorder

hazard

an unpredictable phenomenon that causes a certain result

myriad

a large indefinite number

rightful

legally valid

agape

with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

lance

a long pointed rod used as a weapon

conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

compelling

driving or forcing

voluminous

large in capacity or bulk

knead

use the hands to mix and work something into a uniform mass

indeterminate

not fixed or known in advance

stamp

walk heavily

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

belabor

beat soundly

dissident

a person who objects to some established policy

bigot

a prejudiced person who is intolerant of differing opinions

comestible

suitable for use as food

simian

relating to or resembling an ape

condign

fitting or appropriate and deserved

deranged

driven insane

vital

performing an essential function in the living body

rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

abstain

refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something

virile

characteristic of a man

jest

activity characterized by good humor

sneak

to go stealthily or furtively

haggard

showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

capsize

overturn accidentally

meek

humble in spirit or manner

larder

a small storeroom for storing foods or wines

probity

complete and confirmed integrity

allure

the power to entice or attract

sidereal

of or relating to the stars or constellations

robust

sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction

determinate

supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

aboriginal

having existed from the beginning

earthly

of or belonging to or characteristic of this world

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

terminology

a system of words used to name things in a discipline

stricture

severe criticism

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

indolent

disinclined to work or exertion

mirage

when hot air distorts reflections of distant objects

jetsam

part of a ship’s cargo thrown overboard to lighten the load

adulterate

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

assurance

a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

warrant

formal and explicit approval

unseemly

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

doctrinaire

a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions

qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

imponderable

difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision

rebuff

a deliberate discourteous act

abusive

characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

humid

containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor

imbroglio

an intricate and confusing interpersonal situation

abscission

the act of cutting something off

pulsate

expand and contract rhythmically

imbecility

mental retardation

hurl

throw forcefully

inhibit

limit the range or extent of

anthology

a collection of selected literary passages

reprimand

an act or expression of criticism and censure

plasticity

the property of being physically malleable

swelter

be uncomfortably hot

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

alchemy

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

pessimism

a general disposition to expect the worst in all things

brittle

having little elasticity

parquet

a floor made of a patterned wood inlay

vibrant

vigorous and animated

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

gavel

a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

accommodate

have room for; hold without crowding

flounder

walk with great difficulty

cloister

residence that is a place of religious seclusion

impropriety

the condition of being unsuitable or offensive

lexicon

a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words

sear

become superficially burned

amorous

inclined toward or displaying love
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