ADV GRE VOCABULARY (F)
|FACTION|| n. Group or clique within a larger organization; party strife and dissension|
Sentence: The caucus began in a spirit of unity but now, sadly, is marked by faction and petty squabbles.
|FALLOW|| adj. Left unplanted (of land); not in use|
Sentence: It is terribly important we make college affordable for underprivileged students, lest great minds lie fallow, and the world never benefits from their genius.
|FASTIDIOUS|| adj. Excessively particular, difficult to please; painstaking, meticulous, requiring excessive attention to detail|
Sentence: Steve was a fastidious housekeeper, fluffing his couch pillows at least twice a day and never allowing the tiniest speck of dust to settle on any exposed surface.
|FATUOUS|| adj. Foolish, silly, esp. in a smug or complacent manner|
Sentence: Sadly, every philosophy class seems to have one person who responds to every discussion from metaphysics to ethics with the fatuous question, "But what if we don't really exist?"
|FAWN|| v. Show affection or try to please in the manner of a dog|
Sentence: Although he was only president of a chain of grocery stores, he was used to being fawned over like a king or rock star.
|FECUND|| adj. Fruitful, fertile; capable of abundantly producing offspring, vegetation, or creative or intellectual work|
Sentence: While some novelists seem to return to the same themes over and over, Bredlaw's fecund mind produced whole new universes for every story he wrote.
|FELICITOUS|| adj. Admirably appropriate, very well-suited for the occasion; pleasant, fortunate, marked by happiness|
Sentence: The new father found the balloon remarkably felicitous, especially since the baby's gender had been announced less than a hour ago.
|FERVID|| adj. Very hot; heated in passion or enthusiasm|
Sentence: He is a fervid fan of Virginia Tech Football, so much so that we've all gotten used to receiving "Go Hokies!" hats and shirts for every birthday.
|FETID|| adj. Stinking; having an offensive smell|
Sentence: I hate doing your laundry - it's always full of fetid gym socks.
|FLEDGLING|| adj. New or inexperienced|
Sentence: The Society of Engineers is available for career day presentations in elementary schools, where we hope to encourage fledgling talents in the applied sciences.
|FLORID|| adj. Reddish or rosy; flowery, showy, or excessively fancy|
Sentence: His writing was so florid that it was hard for modern readers to understand, and unintentionally humorous when they did. He once called a woman in a hoop skirt a "confection of gossamer-clad ephemerality...."
|FLOUT|| v. Treat with disdain, contempt, or scorn (usually of rules)|
Sentence: He flouted the boarding school's curfew so blatantly that, on his way back from a party that lasted past midnight, he actually stopped by the headmaster's house to say hello to his daughter.
|FLUKE|| n. Stroke of luck, something accidentally successful|
Sentence: It's amazing that I won the prize during halftime, but I guarantee you, it was just a fluke that I made that basket....
|FORAGE|| v. Wander in search of; rummage, hunt, make a raid|
Sentence: It's important to seal your trash cans tightly in this neighborhood, or else you'll get raccoons foraging for food in your backyard.
|FORD|| v. To cross at such a place|
Sentence: A week later, the waters were shallow enough to ford the river with their entire caravan - horses, wagons, and all.
|FORESTALL|| v. Delay, hinder, prevent by taking action beforehand|
Sentence: Our research has been forestalled by a lack of funding.
|FORTUITOUS|| adj. Happening by chance; lucky|
Sentence: It was amazingly fortuitous that the exclusive beach resort had a cancellation for exactly the weekend she had wanted to get married, allowing her to have the perfect wedding after all.
|FRACAS|| n. Noisy disturbance or fight; brawl|
Sentence: Rugby is one of the most aggressive of sports - when the players rush to pile on top of the person with the ball, bones can easily be broken in the fracas.
|FRACTIOUS|| adj. Unruly, troublemaking; irritable|
Sentence: The Students for Progressive Action were a fractious bunch, always fighting with one another over exactly which progressive action should take priority.
|FRENETIC|| adj. Wildly excited, frantic, distracted|
Sentence: Not everyone can handle the frenetic lifestyle the author espouses: getting up before dawn to begin work before spending quality time with the kids over breakfast, taking conference calls from the treadmill, etc.
|FULMINATE|| v. Explode, detonate; attack verbally in a vehement, thunderous way|
Sentence: Please don't bring up anything related to gun control around my family, or my dad will fulminate for hours about the Second Amendment.
|FURTIVE|| adj. Done secretly; stealthy, sly, shifty|
Sentence: As a spokesperson for a popular diet plan, the actress had to be quite furtive about eating, junk food, even hiding her M&Ms in a breath mint container lest the paparazzi snap photos of the inside of her car.