GRE 7 – 394 Words

stoop

bend one’s back forward from the waist on down

pedagogue

someone who educates young people

enfranchise

grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude

prehensile

adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object

mnemonic

of or relating to the practice of aiding the memory

egress

the act or means of going out

peevish

easily irritated or annoyed

disproportion

imbalance among the parts of something

selective

characterized by very careful or fastidious choice

misconstrue

interpret in the wrong way

exiguous

extremely scanty

missive

a written message addressed to a person or organization

superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

recline

move the upper body backwards and down

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

irrepressible

impossible to control

coquette

talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

whit

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

delusion

a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

friction

the resistance when a body is moved in contact with another

altercation

a noisy quarrel

meditation

continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject

finite

bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent

nuptial

of or relating to a wedding

scrimmage

practice play between two teams

antagonism

an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

ratify

approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

transitory

lasting a very short time

casual

without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand

lode

a deposit of valuable ore

acne

an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands

satiate

fill to satisfaction

adjoin

lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name

dribble

flowing in drops

courier

a person who carries a message

secular

someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

sloth

a disinclination to work or exert yourself

collation

assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence

saturnine

bitter or scornful

alimentary

of or providing nourishment

disband

cause to break up or cease to function

expletive

profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

amphibian

cold-blooded vertebrate living on land but breeding in water

clasp

hold firmly and tightly

formality

a requirement of etiquette or custom

pontifical

proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

constitution

the act of forming or establishing something

filibuster

a tactic for delaying legislation by making long speeches

agnostic

a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

whet

sharpen by rubbing

revert

go back to a previous state

fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

unilateral

involving only one part or side

reek

give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.

vignette

a brief literary description

genealogy

the study or investigation of ancestry and family history

plebiscite

a vote determining public opinion on a question

ethos

the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

inordinate

beyond normal limits

contrive

make or work out a plan for; devise

impermeable

preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through

saline

containing salt

incorporate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

conscientious

characterized by extreme care and great effort

libretto

the words of an opera or musical play

thematic

relating to or constituting a topic of discourse

oratorio

a musical composition for voices and orchestra

summation

calculating the total of two or more numbers

tanner

a craftsman who tans skins and hides

crochet

needlework by interlocking stitches with a hooked needle

fell

cause to go down by or as if by delivering a blow

militate

have force or influence; bring about an effect or change

concerted

involving the joint activity of two or more

contingent

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

philology

the humanistic study of language and literature

thermal

relating to or associated with heat

appellation

identifying words by which someone or something is called

log

a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches

chauvinist

a person with a prejudiced belief in his own superiority

abode

any address at which you dwell more than temporarily

comprehensive

including all or everything

alluvial

relating to deposits carried by rushing streams

insolence

the trait of being rude and impertinent

rant

talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

declivity

a downward slope or bend

seasonal

occurring at or dependent on a particular season

solder

join or fuse with an alloy

growl

utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

proletarian

belonging to or characteristic of the working class

mantle

a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter

descry

catch sight of

climactic

consisting of or causing a decisive moment

cavil

raise trivial objections

inconsistency

the quality of lacking a harmonious uniformity among parts

brackish

slightly salty

plumber

a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances

prodigy

an unusually gifted or intelligent person

pastry

any of various baked foods made of dough or batter

respiration

a single complete act of breathing in and out

cemetery

a tract of land used for burials

incorporeal

without material form or substance

thresh

beat the seeds out of a grain

curb

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

penumbra

a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra

antithesis

exact opposite

tryst

a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers

severity

excessive sternness

orifice

an opening, especially one that opens into a bodily cavity

expostulation

an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

spurn

reject with contempt

bolster

support and strengthen

perigee

the nearest point in an orbit around the Earth

invert

turn inside out or upside down

transcendent

exceeding or surpassing usual limits

nullify

declare invalid

shyster

a person who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods

destitute

poor enough to need help from others

grandeur

the quality of being magnificent or splendid

rapture

a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

menial

relating to unskilled work, especially domestic work

seasonable

in keeping with the season

wistful

showing pensive sadness

oust

remove from a position or office

yield

give or supply

hideous

grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

adverse

in an opposing direction

libidinous

driven by lust

carousal

revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party

marsupial

a mammal the female of which has a pouch carrying the young

dauntless

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

profligate

unrestrained by convention or morality

import

bring in from abroad

compulsive

caused by an irrational motive for repetitive actions

lush

produced or growing in extreme abundance

leonine

of or characteristic of or resembling a lion

irresolute

uncertain how to act or proceed

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

termination

the act of ending something

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

amend

make revisions to

illusory

having the nature of a deceptive trick

felicity

pleasing and appropriate manner or style

leeway

a permissible difference

preamble

a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution

pyromaniac

a person with a mania for setting things on fire

pitfall

an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

slander

words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

optometrist

a person skilled in testing for defects of vision

pantomime

a performance using gestures and movements without words

pander

yield to; give satisfaction to

gainsay

take exception to

reckon

expect, believe, or suppose

communal

for or by a group rather than individuals

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

cornucopia

a horn filled with fruit and grain symbolizing prosperity

putative

purported

ewe

female sheep

quadruped

an animal especially a mammal having four limbs

obtrude

push to thrust outward

precipitate

bring about abruptly

lilliputian

very small

redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

kleptomaniac

someone with an irrational urge to steal

dainty

something considered choice to eat

retroactive

affecting things past

philanthropist

someone who makes charitable donations

penology

the branch of criminology concerned with prison management

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

overt

open and observable; not secret or hidden

toss

throw with a light motion

vampire

a corpse rising at night to drink the blood of the living

behoove

be appropriate or necessary

devise

arrange by systematic planning and united effort

valedictory

a farewell oration

levy

impose and collect

irrevocable

incapable of being retracted

heterodox

characterized by departure from accepted standards

forfeit

lose the right to or lose by some error, offense, or crime

luxuriant

produced or growing in extreme abundance

seclusion

the act of isolating oneself from others

indiscriminate

failing to make or recognize distinctions

diorama

a picture representing a continuous scene

venial

warranting only temporal punishment

felicitous

exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

simulate

reproduce someone’s behavior or looks

illicit

contrary to accepted morality or convention

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

context

the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation

precinct

an administrative district of a city or town

certitude

complete assurance or confidence

synchronous

occurring or existing at the same time

onerous

burdensome or difficult to endure

pushy

marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative

knack

a special way of doing something

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

vacillate

be undecided about something

urchin

a poor and often mischievous city child

forestall

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

dwindle

become smaller or lose substance

solvent

capable of meeting financial obligations

vernal

suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

eerie

suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious

bust

a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

stilted

artificially formal

actuate

put in motion

trivia

something of small importance

crave

have an appetite or great desire for

irascible

quickly aroused to anger

laggard

someone who takes more time than necessary

repercussion

a remote or indirect consequence of some action

fancy

not plain; decorative or ornamented

hue

the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength

covetous

immoderately desirous of acquiring something

holocaust

an act of mass destruction and loss of life

sledge

a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs

amble

walk leisurely

takeoff

a departure; especially of airplanes

aviary

a building where birds are kept

fallow

left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season

swathe

wrap in swaddling clothes

pathos

a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow

incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

thrash

give a beating to

pedestal

an architectural support or base

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

wizened

lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

jaded

exhausted

slur

utter indistinctly

venture

an undertaking with an uncertain outcome

ape

any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

stalemate

a situation in which no progress can be made

crust

a hard outer layer that covers something

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

exploit

use or manipulate to one’s advantage

implausible

highly imaginative but unlikely

concession

the act of yielding

internecine

within a group or organization

factious

dissenting with the majority opinion

assert

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

prompt

according to schedule or without delay

raucous

unpleasantly loud and harsh

pathetic

deserving or inciting pity

dross

worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

prong

a pointed projection

loft

a large unpartitioned space over a commercial space

chaperon

one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

timbre

the distinctive property of a complex sound

impertinent

improperly forward or bold

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

mishap

an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate

succumb

consent reluctantly

expatriate

a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

animated

having life or vigor or spirit

miscellaneous

having many aspects

drone

make a monotonous low dull sound

negligible

so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

sully

make dirty or spotty

ramshackle

in deplorable condition

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

ambrosia

the food and drink of the gods

inclusive

encompassing much or everything

adjacent

having a common boundary or edge

armada

a large fleet

collusion

secret agreement

deploy

place troops or weapons in battle formation

pinion

wing of a bird

shimmer

shine with a weak or fitful light

desecrate

violate the sacred character of a place or language

prowess

a superior skill learned by study and practice

exorcise

expel through adjuration or prayers

enormity

the quality of extreme wickedness

fussy

exacting especially about details

mayhem

violent and needless disturbance

wanton

a lewd or lascivious person

smolder

burn slowly and without a flame

protract

lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer

contaminate

make impure

pallet

a hand tool with a flat blade for mixing and shaping clay

festive

offering fun and gaiety

senility

the state of being infirm with age

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

matrix

an enclosure within which something originates or develops

atheistic

related to a lack of belief in the existence of God

awl

a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching holes

disburse

expend, as from a fund

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

dais

a platform raised above the surrounding level

renounce

turn away from; give up

disseminate

cause to become widely known

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

ferocious

marked by extreme and violent energy

iridescent

varying in color when seen in different lights

mammal

a warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin covered with hair

histrionic

characteristic of acting or a stage performance

brandish

move or swing back and forth

dominate

be in control

fraudulent

intended to deceive

ostracize

expel from a community or group

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

abase

cause to feel shame

improvise

manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

roseate

of something having a dusty purplish pink color

causal

involving an entity that produces an effect

sordid

foul and run-down and repulsive

ravel

disentangle

emancipate

free from slavery or servitude

anthropologist

a social scientist specializing in the study of humanity

befuddle

be confusing or perplexing to

skirmish

a minor short-term fight

subsidy

a grant paid by a government to an enterprise

pedant

a person who pays too much attention to formal rules

bemused

perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements

grisly

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

crotchety

having a difficult and contrary disposition

provincial

associated with an administrative district of a nation

proxy

a person authorized to act for another

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

maternal

characteristic of a mother

debris

the remains of something that has been destroyed

ambidextrous

equally skillful with each hand

exculpate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

adept

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

regale

provide with choice or abundant food or drink

vain

having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

airy

open to or abounding in fresh atmosphere

adapt

make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

serrated

notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex

coma

a state of deep and often prolonged unconsciousness

beatific

resembling or befitting an angel or saint

forte

an asset of special worth or utility

corpuscle

an unattached cell such as a red or white blood cell

clipper

scissors for cutting hair or finger nails

intellect

knowledge and mental ability

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

hysteria

state of violent mental agitation

indict

accuse formally of a crime

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

navigable

able to be sailed on or through safely

intimate

marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

petty

small and of little importance

dermatologist

a doctor who specializes in the physiology of the skin

astigmatism

impaired eyesight common in nearsighted people

parlance

a manner of speaking natural to a language’s native speakers

paraphernalia

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

putrescent

becoming putrid

stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

conglomerate

collect or gather

igneous

produced by the action of fire or intense heat

touchstone

a basis for comparison

harbinger

something indicating the approach of something or someone

illimitable

without limits in extent or size or quantity

linguistic

consisting of or related to language

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

wizardry

exceptional creative ability

agitate

move or cause to move back and forth

high-flown

pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

smear

smudge or soil by smudging

residue

matter that remains after something has been removed

comport

behave in a certain manner

cadence

the accent in a metrical foot of verse

pivotal

being of crucial importance

atrocity

an act of shocking cruelty

temerity

fearless daring

disperse

move away from each other

lionize

assign great social importance to

husbandry

the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

checkered

patterned with alternating squares of color

alloy

a mixture containing two or more metallic elements

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

stockade

fortification consisting of a fence set firmly for defense

detached

no longer connected or joined

pterodactyl

extinct flying reptile

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

attribute

a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity

mammoth

extinct elephant widely distributed in the Pleistocene

ingrained

deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

incense

make furious

prohibitive

tending to discourage, especially of prices

artful

not straightforward or candid

enmity

a state of deep-seated ill-will
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