Gruber GRE 3,400 Word List #36 Terms - 1191-1224

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34 terms · Set #36 (thirty-sixth 34 words) of the 3,400 word list provided in Gruber's Complete GRE Guide 2012.

esoteric

for a select few (to be understood); not generally known

espionage

spying

espouse

to adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life)

essay

(verb) to try; to attempt; (noun) a short personal literary composition dealing with a single subject

estival

pertaining to summer

estranged

separated; alienated

ethereal

spiritual; airy and delicate, as if too perfect for this world

ethnic

pertaining to a particular race or culture

etymology

the origin and development of words

eugenics

science of improving the human race

eulogy

a speech or piece of writing that praises a dead person

euphemism

substitution of a mild or indirect expression for an unpleasant one

euphonious

having a pleasant sound; harmonious

euphoria

a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness

euthanasia

the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma

evanescent

soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing

evasive

not straightforward; tricky

eventuate

to occur as a result; to happen finally

evict

to expel; to throw out

evince

to show clearly; reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling)

evoke

to call forth; to produce

evolve

to develop gradually, esp. from a simple to a more complex form

exacerbate

to make (a problem, bad situation or negative feeling) worse

exact

(two meanings) accurate (adj.); to demand and obtain something (esp. a payment) from someone (verb)

exalt

to raise in position; to praise

exasperate

to irritate; to annoy extremely

excise

(two meanings) a tax on liquor, tobacco, etc. (noun); to cut out or off (verb)

excoriate

(two meanings) to scrape the skin off; to criticize sharply

excruciating

unbearably painful

exculpate

to free from blame; to vindicate

execrate

to curse

exemplary

worthy of imitation

exhilaration

liveliness; high spirits

exhort

to strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something; to warn

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