GRE Words--Part 5

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TIMOROUS

full of fear; timid

MIASMA

a noxious atmosphere or influence; a poisonous atmosphere formerly thought to rise from swamps or putrid matter and cause disease

AGOG

highly excited; wide-eyed with enthusiasm; amazed.

TANDEM

coming one after another

PALTER

to act insincerely or deceitfully

DISCOMMODE

to cause inconvenience; to trouble

inveigh

to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently: RAIL

BALKY

refusing to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected

REAM

500 sheets of paper

speculative

risky; based on guesswork rather than knowledge

KNOLL

a small rounded hill or mound; a hillock

MOXIE

courage or nerve; the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; aggressive energy

pettifogger

a petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer; one who quibbles over trivia

MUCKRAKE

to search for and expose misconduct in public life

Malfeasance

misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official

VOTARY

one zealously devoted to a religion

CROON

to sing softly or in a humming way

quisling

a traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country

termagant

a person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes

humdrum

lacking variety or excitement; dull; boring; monotonous talk or routine

happenstance

an unexpected random event

VULGARIS

being of the usual type; common

frill

something costly and unnecessary

SWATH

a path or strip; the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine

PELF

wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired

batten

grow fat; thrive upon others

ingenue

an artless girl; an actress who plays such parts

ORISON

prayer

compunction

a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt; a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds; regret; sorrow

caginess

having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters; secretive; wary; careful; shrewd

BIBULOUS

of or relating to drink or drinking; very absorbent, as paper or soil; inclined to drink

IMMURE

to confine within or as if within walls; imprison; lock up or confine, as in a jail

RANCOUR

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

preposterous

contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; ridiculous; bizarre; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; senseless as to be laughable

APLOMB

self-confident assurance; poise; assurance of manner or of action; a firm belief in one's own powers; stable, calm state of the emotions

FRIPPERY

finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy or the like

PRURIENT

having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.

buoyant

able to float; light-hearted

EGRESS

way out; exit

exorbitant

much too high or great

FEINT

to pretend

GOURMAND

a person who is devoted to eating and drinking in excess

LUCENT

easily understood; lucid; clear

MALADROIT

clumsy; tactless

obfuscate

to darken; make obscure; muddle

PALPABLE

obvious

pileous

covered with hair

QUANDARY

State of doubt or perplexity

REGICIDE

Killing of a king

SCABBARD

Sheath of a blade

STYMIE

To hinder, obstruct, or block.

Summarily

Briefly; without delay

Ubiquitous

present everywhere

Verisimilitude

Appearing TRUE or REAL

FEY

possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or qaulity

Apartheid

Brutal racial discrimination

cavalcade

a procession of vehicles.

EPISTLE

a letter

FORAY

to venture

LIEN

legal claim until a debt on it is repaid

malapropism

misuse of a word (for one that resembles it)

ONUS

responsibility; burden

mellifluous

sweetly flowing

MYRIAD

in large numbers.

PEDESTRIAN

commonplace; trite; unremarkable

PUNDIT

pedant authority on a subject

RETINUE

following; attendants

SKIFF

a small boat

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