GRE Quiz – 429 Words

odious

unequivocally detestable

Just, Meet, Fit, Suitable
nigh

near in time or place or relationship

rich clothing : adornment
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rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

salutary

tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

proboscis

a long flexible snout as of an elephant

crucible

a vessel used for high temperature chemical reactions

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

emetic

a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting

syllogism

reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

neologism

a newly invented word or phrase

homonym

a word pronounced or spelled the same with another meaning

metonym

a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing

compendium

a publication containing a variety of works

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

pillory

a wooden instrument of punishment on a post

calumniate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

parlous

fraught with danger

temerity

fearless daring

picaresque

(of fiction) involving clever rogues or adventurers

timorous

shy and fearful by nature

rococo

having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation

chimerical

like a grotesque product of the imagination

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination

pantomime

a performance using gestures and movements without words

fleet

group of aircraft operating under the same ownership

sententious

concise and full of meaning

protean

taking on different forms

billow

a large sea wave

jounce

move up and down repeatedly

albatross

a large web-footed bird noted for powerful gliding flight

interpose

introduce

pollard

a tree with limbs cut back to promote a more bushy growth of foliage

gustatory

of or relating to the sense of taste

edacious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

salvo

rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

enfilade

gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation

Gnosticism

a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person’s spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches

forbearance

a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges

meet

come together

feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

bootless

unproductive of success

gild

a formal association of people with similar interests

plenipotentiary

a diplomat with full powers to take action or make decisions

legate

a member of a legation

paean

a hymn of praise

esurient

extremely hungry

burlesque

a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor

buffet

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

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

brooch

a decorative pin

bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

bouillon

a clear seasoned broth

bludgeon

a club used as a weapon

wrangle

quarrel noisily, angrily, or disruptively

bicameral

consisting of two chambers

contusion

an injury in which the skin is not broken

lesion

any localized abnormal structural change in a bodily part

zest

a tart spicy quality

impute

attribute or credit to

synoptic

presenting a summary or general view of a whole

bespeak

be a signal for or a symptom of

cloister

residence that is a place of religious seclusion

colloquium

an academic meeting, conference, or seminar

declaim

recite in elocution

plenary

full in all respects

contrive

make or work out a plan for; devise

dandle

gently or playfully move a baby up and down

hedonism

an ethical system that values the pursuit of pleasure

filch

make off with belongings of others

supplant

take the place or move into the position of

arrogate

seize and take control without authority

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

anthology

a collection of selected literary passages

omnibus

a vehicle carrying many passengers

bonhomie

a disposition to be friendly and approachable

declamation

recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric

kowtow

bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

crotchety

having a difficult and contrary disposition

dyspeptic

suffering from indigestion

akimbo

with hands on hips and elbows extending outward

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

waggish

witty or joking

hypochondria

abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments

grandstand

a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof

natty

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

drab

a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown

risible

arousing or provoking laughter

costive

retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating

simulacrum

a representation of a person

flagitious

extremely wicked, deeply criminal

animadversion

harsh criticism or disapproval

gauntlet

a glove of armored leather that protects the hand

condign

fitting or appropriate and deserved

cognoscente

an expert able to appreciate a field

epaulet

an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder

clangour

a loud resonant repeating noise

trudge

walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

sidle

move sideways

circumambulate

walk around something

traipse

walk or tramp about

opus

a musical work that has been created

crotchet

a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

proselyte

a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism

ordinal

being or denoting a numerical order in a series

traduce

speak unfavorably about

turgid

ostentatiously lofty in style

prolix

tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at length

eremite

a Christian recluse

anchorite

one retired from society for religious reasons

lackey

a servile or submissive follower

myrmidon

a follower who carries out orders without question

impoverished

poor enough to need help from others

inimical

not friendly

unheralded

without warning or announcement

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

vestige

an indication that something has been present

pleonasm

using more words than necessary

occlude

block passage through

odium

hate coupled with disgust

heady

extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic

repartee

adroitness and cleverness in reply

fabulist

a person who tells or invents tales

maven

one who is very skilled in or knowledgeable about a field

virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

precipitate

bring about abruptly

frisson

an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

freewheel

a clutch that allows wheels to turn freely

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

vocation

the particular occupation for which you are trained

patois

a regional dialect of a language

habiliment

a covering designed to be worn on a person’s body

claque

a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance

officiate

perform a ceremony or religious ritual

bluster

be gusty, as of wind

apotheosis

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

libel

a false and malicious publication

ecumenical

concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions

prognosis

a prediction of the course of a disease

inveigh

complain bitterly

inveigle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

execrable

unequivocally detestable

enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

cavil

raise trivial objections

arboreal

of or relating to or formed by trees

propinquity

the property of being close together

stultify

deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

headland

a natural elevation

promontory

a natural elevation

frieze

an ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band

diorama

a picture representing a continuous scene

rubric

category name

expatiate

add details, as to an account or idea

vassal

a person holding a fief

sylvan

relating to or characteristic of wooded regions

decollate

cut the head of

proscribe

command against

propitiate

make peace with

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

antic

ludicrously odd

complaisant

showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

complacent

contented to a fault with oneself or one’s actions

exiguous

extremely scanty

palimpsest

a manuscript on which more than one text has been written

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

flummox

be a mystery or bewildering to

appurtenance

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

felicitous

exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

encomium

a formal expression of praise

sybarite

a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses

redoubtable

inspiring fear

desideratum

something sought after as a necessity

finagle

achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

Luddite

any opponent of technological progress

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

raillery

light teasing

recrudesce

happen

upstart

a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status

arriviste

an ambitious social climber or status seeker

immure

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

cuisine

the manner of preparing food or the food so prepared

couture

high fashion designing and dressmaking

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

ersatz

an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

malapropism

misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

behoove

be appropriate or necessary

callow

young and inexperienced

bridle

headgear for a horse

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

sanctimonious

excessively or hypocritically pious

concomitant

following or accompanying as a consequence

obtain

come into possession of

elegy

a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

elegiac

resembling or characteristic of a lament for the dead

sartorial

of or relating to tailoring or clothing

brook

a natural stream of water smaller than a river

cheeky

offensively bold

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

cosset

treat with excessive indulgence

stymie

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

curmudgeon

an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas

masterful

having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

grouch

show one’s unhappiness or critical attitude

epithet

descriptive word or phrase

imponderable

difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision

philistinism

a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

garret

floor consisting of open space at the top of a house

soiree

a party of people assembled in the evening

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

tribulation

an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

machinate

arrange by systematic planning and united effort

dovetail

a mortise joint formed by interlocking parts

sardonic

disdainfully or ironically humorous

uncanny

surpassing the ordinary or normal

catholic

comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes and interests

powwow

a council of or with Native Americans

hubris

overbearing pride or presumption

blase

nonchalantly unconcerned

spunk

the courage or spirit to carry on

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

callous

emotionally hardened

inane

devoid of intelligence

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

nettlesome

causing irritation or annoyance

grotesque

distorted and unnatural in shape or size

lachrymose

showing sorrow

inviolable

incapable of being transgressed or dishonored

puerile

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

squelch

suppress or crush completely

pellucid

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

gerrymander

divide voting districts unfairly and to one’s advantage

panegyric

formally expressing praise

ribald

humorously vulgar

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

Renaissance

period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

puritanical

of or relating to Puritans or Puritanism

putative

purported

triage

sorting and allocating aid on the basis of need

wry

humorously sarcastic or mocking

puckish

naughtily or annoyingly playful

feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

bootless

unproductive of success

prig

a person regarded as arrogant and annoying

melange

a motley assortment of things

oleo

a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter

dialectic

a contradiction of ideas that determines their interaction

upend

become turned or set on end

steward

someone who manages property or affairs for someone else

stanchion

any vertical post or rod used as a support

fraught

filled with or attended with

adjuvant

furnishing added support

Balkanize

divide a territory into small, hostile states

sequela

any abnormality following or resulting from a disease or injury or treatment

transmogrify

change completely the nature or appearance of

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

vitreous

relating to or resembling or derived from glass

decry

express strong disapproval of

lummox

an awkward, foolish person

senescent

growing old

agonistic

striving to overcome in argument

pontificate

talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

explicate

elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

aleatory

dependent on chance

putsch

a sudden change of government illegally or by force

rancorous

showing deep-seated resentment

spartan

unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

mores

the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

muckrake

explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures

arcadian

idyllically rustic

ululation

a long, loud, emotional howl or cry

plangent

loud and resounding, often in a mournful way

solipsism

the philosophical theory that the self is all that exists

cahoot

collusion

contrive

make or work out a plan for; devise

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

sear

become superficially burned

pique

a sudden outburst of anger

fealty

the loyalty that one owes to a country, sovereign, or lord

retch

make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

depose

force to leave an office

contretemps

an awkward clash

protean

taking on different forms

specter

a ghostly appearing figure

blather

talk foolishly

confabulation

a discussion or informal conversation

unctuous

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

extortionate

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

puffery

a flattering commendation

adjure

command solemnly

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

canonical

conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

cachet

an indication of approved or superior status

aegis

armor plate that protects the chest

forbidding

an official prohibition or edict against something

skittish

unpredictably excitable, especially of horses

entrance

attract; cause to be enamored

rapturous

feeling great delight

vernal

suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

vim

a healthy capacity for vigorous activity

Zeitgeist

the spirit of the time

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

invidious

containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice

inimical

not friendly

regent

someone who rules during the absence of the monarch

rector

a person authorized to conduct religious worship

cachinnate

laugh loudly and in an unrestrained way

milieu

the environmental condition

repertoire

the range of skills in a particular field or occupation

panoply

a complete and impressive array

expatiate

add details, as to an account or idea

expiate

make amends for

perspicacious

mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

perspicuous

transparently clear; easily understandable

etiolate

make weak by stunting the growth or development of

comport

behave in a certain manner

melange

a motley assortment of things

subvert

destroy completely

motif

a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

disconcerting

causing an emotional disturbance

distaff

the sphere of work by women

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

bailiwick

one’s particular area of interest or branch of knowledge

provenance

where something originated or was nurtured

kafkaesque

characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger

pyrrhic

relating to a victory that is offset by staggering losses

pollyannaish

pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

hector

be bossy towards

pixilated

naughtily or annoyingly playful

seamy

morally degraded

lackey

a servile or submissive follower

sedition

an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority

philippic

a speech of violent denunciation

orotund

ostentatiously lofty in style

scabrous

rough to the touch, as if covered with scales or projections

dirge

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

requiem

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

headland

a natural elevation

subornation

underhandedly or improperly inducing someone to do something improper or unlawful

avant-garde

radically new or original

decollate

cut the head of

decollete

(of a garment) having a low-cut neckline

jejune

lacking interest or significance or impact

impugn

attack as false or wrong

demure

shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way

litany

any long and tedious address or recital

bohemian

a nonconformist who lives an unconventional life

connivance

agreement on a secret plot

sieve

a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material

coquettishly

in a flirtatious manner

jeremiad

a long and mournful complaint

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

condign

fitting or appropriate and deserved

restive

being in a tense state

scourge

something causing misery or death

innervate

stimulate to action

controvert

prove to be false or incorrect

hearken

listen; used mostly in the imperative

caparison

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

alb

a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves

titular

existing in name only

modish

in the current fashion or style

chipmunk

a burrowing ground squirrel of western America and Asia

agglutination

the coalescing of small particles that are suspended in solution; these larger masses are then (usually) precipitated

easel

an upright tripod for displaying something

inimitable

matchless

ballad

a narrative poem of popular origin

dotage

mental infirmity as a consequence of old age

deportment

the way a person behaves toward other people

penumbra

a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra

effete

excessively self-indulgent, affected, or decadent

fulmination

the act of exploding with noise and violence

barroom

a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

fester

ripen and generate pus

smother

deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

screed

a long, tedious rant

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

disaffected

discontented as toward authority

exiguity

the quality of being meager

flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

inclement

severe, of weather

sequester

keep away from others

poseur

a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not

snobbish

characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness

lagniappe

a small gift given by a merchant to a customer

picayune

small and of little importance

eponym

the person for whom something is named

promiscuously

in a licentious and promiscuous manner

mongrel

derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine

visceral

relating to or affecting the internal organs

Pangloss

an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire

canny

showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

heckler

someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and objections

clime

the weather in some location averaged over a period of time

schmooze

talk idly or casually and in a friendly way

predicate

involve as a necessary condition of consequence

corral

a pen for cattle

disarming

act of reducing or depriving of weapons

cavalier

given to haughty disregard of others

dysphoric

generalized feeling of distress

cleave

separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

sclerotic

relating to or having sclerosis; hardened

hagiography

a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person

simper

smile affectedly or derisively

bloviate

speak verbosely and windily

lucubration

laborious cogitation

heretofore

up to this point or up to the present time

wily

marked by skill in deception

wherewithal

the necessary means (especially financial means)

bumptious

offensively self-assertive

dint

force or effort

self-effacing

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

knavery

lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

forthwith

without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
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