GRE Daily – 456 Words

deftness

skillful performance or ability without difficulty

objurgation

rebuking a person harshly

exposition

a collection of things for public display

nettle

plant having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation

inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

impute

attribute or credit to

beholden

under a moral obligation to someone

beholden

under a moral obligation to someone

indebted

owing gratitude to another for help or favors

flaccid

drooping without elasticity

supine

lying face upward

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

pan

shallow container made of metal

pan

shallow container made of metal

evocation

stimulation that calls up a particular class of behaviors

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

preeminence

high status importance owing to marked superiority

prickly

very irritable

forgo

do without or cease to hold or adhere to

posturing

adopting a vain conceited posture

conscience

motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles

concede

give over

apologist

a person who argues to defend some policy or institution

intermediary

a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

indemnify

secure against future loss, damage, or liability

indemnify

secure against future loss, damage, or liability

stratagem

an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade

stratagem

an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade

liquidate

eliminate a debt by paying it off

liquidate

eliminate a debt by paying it off

underwrite

protect by insurance

underwrite

protect by insurance

tantalizing

arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable

cipher

a secret method of writing

fetal

of or relating to a fetus

precocity

intelligence achieved far ahead of normal development

prescient

perceiving the significance of events before they occur

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

purportedly

believed or reputed to be the case

revelry

unrestrained merrymaking

debauchery

a wild gathering involving drinking and promiscuity

gentrify

renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations

enfranchisement

the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on

suffrage

a legal right to vote

flight

an instance of traveling by air

succor

assistance in time of difficulty

propping up

the act of propping up with shores

horizon

the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet

curb

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

foresee

realize beforehand

candor

the quality of being honest and straightforward

candor

the quality of being honest and straightforward

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

overture

orchestral music at the beginning of an opera or musical

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

metastasize

spread throughout the body

semiotic

of or relating to the theory of signs and symbols

careen

pitching dangerously to one side

careen

pitching dangerously to one side

jalopy

a car that is old and unreliable

jalopy

a car that is old and unreliable

gasket

seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint

tarry

leave slowly and hesitantly

tarry

leave slowly and hesitantly

transmute

change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

tarry

leave slowly and hesitantly

sang-froid

great coolness and composure under strain

intrepidity

resolute courageousness

fascist

an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views

fascist

an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views

vainglorious

feeling self-importance

eremitic

of or relating to or befitting eremites or their practices of hermitic living

enamored

marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness

appose

place side by side or in close proximity

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

bleat

the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)

bleat

the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

rectitude

righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest

stopgap

something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

statute

an act passed by a legislative body

statute

an act passed by a legislative body

perpetuity

the property of being seemingly ceaseless

perpetuity

the property of being seemingly ceaseless

consecration

sanctification of something by dedicating it to God

frangible

capable of being broken

salubrious

promoting health

eviscerate

remove the entrails of

sanctum

a sacred place of pilgrimage

affront

a deliberately offensive act

vivify

give new life or energy to

confection

a food rich in sugar

tableau

any dramatic scene

tapestry

a wall hanging of heavy fabric with pictorial designs

gratis

costing nothing

scarred

blemished by injury or rough wear

oriel

a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a wall

clawed

having or resembling a claw or claws

shunt

a conductor diverting a fraction of current from a device

cull

remove something that has been rejected

embalm

preserve a dead body

shuck

material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

recapitulate

summarize briefly

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

confound

be confusing or perplexing to

polarize

cause to concentrate about two conflicting positions

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

collude

act in unison and in secret towards a deceitful purpose

take issue

be of different opinions

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

vanquish

defeat in a competition, race, or conflict

vanquish

defeat in a competition, race, or conflict

rout

an overwhelming defeat

trouncing

a sound defeat

discrepancy

a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

peddle

sell or offer for sale from place to place

baseness

unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values

mendacity

the tendency to be untruthful

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

apparent

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

mores

the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

populace

people in general considered as a whole

populace

people in general considered as a whole

malediction

the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil

contrariwise

with the order reversed

bigot

a prejudiced person who is intolerant of differing opinions

enfranchise

grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude

enfranchise

grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

remuneration

paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses

remuneration

paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses

bilk

cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

masquerade

a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

billow

a large sea wave

abrogate

revoke formally

nuzzle

gently rub or push one’s nose or face against something

reprehensible

bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

tardy

after the expected or usual time

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

ensconce

fix firmly

laceration

the act of tearing irregularly

reprieve

postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal

reprieve

postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal

tawdry

tastelessly showy

desist

stop performing some action

blighted

affected by something that prevents growth or prosperity

enshroud

cover as if with a shroud

lachrymose

showing sorrow

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

tedium

the feeling of being bored by something

crepuscle

the time of day immediately following sunset

rescind

cancel officially

blunderbuss

a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle

cringe

draw back, as with fear, pain, or embarrassment

envenom

add poison to

plumage

the covering of feathers on a bird

lamentation

the passionate activity of expressing grief

obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

epicure

a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment

heed

careful attention

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

cavalier

given to haughty disregard of others

overbearing

having or showing arrogant superiority to

fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

capitulate

surrender under agreed conditions

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

carapace

hard outer covering or case of certain organisms

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

foreshadowing

the act of providing vague advance indications

privation

the act of stripping someone of food, money, or rights

bygone

well in the past; former

familial

relating to a social unit living together

mercenary

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

vertiginous

having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

basal

serving as or forming a bottom layer

emotive

characterized by feeling

invaluable

having incalculable monetary or intellectual worth

concord

a harmonious state of things and of their properties

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

veritable

not counterfeit or copied

fervency

feelings of great warmth and intensity

exude

release in drops or small quantities

provenance

where something originated or was nurtured

flurry

a rapid active commotion

vie

compete for something

chime

a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument

disseminate

cause to become widely known

rendition

a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role

quaint

attractively old-fashioned

caveat

a warning against certain acts

bungling

lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

beholden

under a moral obligation to someone

impute

attribute or credit to

snare

a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose

flaccid

drooping without elasticity

supine

lying face upward

catharsis

purging the body to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

cessation

a stopping

cease

put an end to a state or an activity

epistle

a specially long, formal letter

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

lance

a long pointed rod used as a weapon

acrophobia

a morbid fear of great heights

epistolary

written in the form of letters or correspondence

hiatus

an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

languid

lacking spirit or liveliness

resplendent

having great beauty

hidebound

stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded

languish

become feeble

brawny

possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

hieroglyphic

a writing system using picture symbols

larceny

the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

larceny

the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

retention

the act of keeping something

timorous

shy and fearful by nature

deleterious

harmful to living things

euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one

transpire

come about, happen, or occur

peerage

the peers of a kingdom considered as a group

menial

relating to unskilled work, especially domestic work

verbatim

using exactly the same words

insuperable

incapable of being surpassed or excelled

tractable

easily managed

deliberate

carefully thought out in advance

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

somber

grave or even gloomy in character

somber

grave or even gloomy in character

recuperate

restore to good health or strength

potable

suitable for drinking

rotund

spherical in shape

alibi

proof that someone accused of a crime could not have done it

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

transcribe

write out, as from speech or notes

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

by-line

a line giving the name of the writer of a story or article

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

liniment

a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain

stratagem

an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade

ruse

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

astray

away from the right path or direction

ordain

invest with ministerial or priestly authority

precinct

an administrative district of a city or town

sallow

unhealthy looking

deprecate

express strong disapproval of; deplore

precept

rule of personal conduct

precept

rule of personal conduct

salacious

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

salacious

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

execrable

unequivocally detestable

execrable

unequivocally detestable

precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences

trinket

cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

trinket

cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

knickknack

a small inexpensive mass-produced article

caldron

a very large pot that is used for boiling

caldron

a very large pot that is used for boiling

deplore

express strong disapproval of

deplore

express strong disapproval of

bewail

regret strongly

bewail

regret strongly

onus

a burdensome or difficult concern

traverse

travel across or pass over

livid

furiously angry

auspices

kindly endorsement and guidance

beatify

make blessedly happy

blandish

praise somewhat dishonestly

Byzantine

of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

cabal

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

cachinnate

laugh loudly and in an unrestrained way

cachinnate

laugh loudly and in an unrestrained way

cadge

obtain or seek to obtain by wheedling

calumniate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

calumniate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

caparison

stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse

cavil

raise trivial objections

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

contumacious

willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

countenance

the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

countenance

the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

cozen

be dishonest with

cozen

be dishonest with

curmudgeon

an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas

curmudgeon

an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas

defalcate

appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use

deprecate

express strong disapproval of; deplore

plunder

steal goods; take as spoils

plunder

steal goods; take as spoils

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

descant

a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody

descry

catch sight of

desuetude

a state of inactivity or disuse

desuetude

a state of inactivity or disuse

detraction

a petty disparagement

detraction

a petty disparagement

dilatory

wasting time

dilatory

wasting time

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

disaffect

arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

discomfit

cause to lose one’s composure

discomfit

cause to lose one’s composure

enormity

the quality of extreme wickedness

enormity

the quality of extreme wickedness

egress

the act or means of going out

effluvium

a foul-smelling outflow or vapor

effluvium

a foul-smelling outflow or vapor

edacious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

esurient

extremely hungry

edacious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

distrait

having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

divest

take away possessions from someone

divest

take away possessions from someone

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

aversion

a feeling of intense dislike

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

apprise

inform somebody of something

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

elegy

a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

corroborate

give evidence for

temper

a characteristic state of feeling

temper

a characteristic state of feeling

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

inopportune

not suitable for a purpose

inopportune

not suitable for a purpose

disseminate

cause to become widely known

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

derision

the act of treating with contempt

derision

the act of treating with contempt

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

rescind

cancel officially

propitiate

make peace with

deviance

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

deviance

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

specious

plausible but false

spleen

a large oval organ between the stomach and the diaphragm

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

precipice

a very steep cliff

truant

one who is absent from school without permission

capacious

large in the amount that can be contained

desecrate

violate the sacred character of a place or language

salutary

tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

capitulate

surrender under agreed conditions

ossify

become bony

carping

persistent petty and unjustified criticism

carping

persistent petty and unjustified criticism

desist

stop performing some action

desist

stop performing some action

exorcism

freeing from evil spirits

lummox

an awkward, foolish person

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

cavalcade

a procession of people traveling on horseback

extradite

hand over to the authorities of another country

extradite

hand over to the authorities of another country

palliative

moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

palliative

moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

presentiment

a feeling of evil to come

scapegoat

someone who is punished for the errors of others

scapegoat

someone who is punished for the errors of others

detrimental

causing harm or injury

palisade

a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

palisade

a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

scale

an ordered reference standard

cartographer

a person who makes maps

expatriate

a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

expatriate

a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

lusciously

so as to produce a delightful taste

oust

remove from a position or office

sanguinary

accompanied by bloodshed

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

incantation

a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect

catharsis

purging the body to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

incarceration

the state of being imprisoned

machination

a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ends

overwrought

deeply agitated especially from emotion

caucus

meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

caucus

meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

maelstrom

a powerful circular current of water

prerogative

a right reserved exclusively by a person or group

prerogative

a right reserved exclusively by a person or group

savant

a learned person

extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

pallid

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

malady

impairment of normal physiological function

malady

impairment of normal physiological function

scuttle

an entrance equipped with a hatch

unfrock

divest of the frock; of church officials

seminary

a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis

unscathed

not injured

dike

a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water

malingerer

someone shirking duty by feigning illness or incapacity

sentinel

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

unwittingly

without knowledge or intention

chastise

censure severely

chastise

censure severely

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

mallet

a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head

mallet

a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head

uproarious

uncontrollably noisy

fatuous

devoid of intelligence

fatuous

devoid of intelligence

inductee

a person inducted into an organization or social group

parched

dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

parched

dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

upshot

a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon

anthropocentrism

an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values

chimerical

like a grotesque product of the imagination

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

epicure

a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment

estimable

deserving of respect or high regard

estimable

deserving of respect or high regard

evince

give expression to

evince

give expression to

expatiate

add details, as to an account or idea

expatiate

add details, as to an account or idea

expiate

make amends for

expostulate

reason with for the purpose of dissuasion

filigree

delicate and intricate ornamentation

forswear

formally reject or disavow

fluster

cause to be nervous or upset

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
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