Barron's GRE 101-150

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Barron's GRE 101-150

adverse

unfavorable, negative; working against, hostile

advocate

to be in favor of, to support

afflict

to distress, to bring or cause pain and suffering

amicable

characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceful

arbitrary

unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness

asset

a useful or valuable quality

astute

wise in a clever or practical way

besiege

To attack by surrounding with military forces; to cause worry or trouble

bigot

a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

blatant

very obvious in an offensive or shameless way

cognizant

aware, having knowledge of something

dubious

doubtful; of unlikely authenticity

effigy

a likeness (usually of a hated person)

emaciated

abnormally thin, wasted away

entourage

the group following and attending to some important person

excruciating

agonizing, torturing, very painful

extortion

gettting money by threats

flout

scoff at, sneer at, snicker at, scorn

forthwith

immediately, without delay or hesitation

fray

(n.) a brawl, a noisy quarrel; (v.) to wear away by rubbing; make ragged or worn; to strain, irritate

fretful

worrisome, irritable, anxious

harbinger

advance notice, something that indicates what is to come

implacable

unable to be calmed down or made peaceful, unrelenting

impresario

organizer, an entertainment producer or manager

indigent

needy, poor enough to need help from others

ineffectual

unable to bring about a desired result; inadequate

jurisdiction

power, authority, the right and power to interpret and apply the law

loath

unwilling, reluctant, disinclined

malignant

threatening to cause death; very evil

monolithic

imposing in size or bulk or solidity

nefarious

villainous, vicious, wicked, devoid of moral standards

obsolescence

process of wearing out, the process of becoming obsolete

paroxysm

a sudden convulsion or outburst; a fit

privation

lack of comforts or necessities; poverty

reprehensible

deserving blame or punishment

respite

an interval of relief, delay, a period of relief or rest

reverberating

reechoing, resounding, vibrate in sound

sanctuary

shelter, a sacred place; any place of refuge

scrutinize

examine closely, to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail

skirmish

a minor short-term fight

solicit

request, seek, petition, beg

spew

throw up, vomit, eject

stymie

to hinder, impede, to get in the way of

surge

a sudden or abrupt strong increase

terminate

bring to an end or halt

thwart

to hinder, defeat, to oppose successfully; to prevent, frustrate

turbulent

disorderly, riotous, violent; stormy

ubiquitous

being everywhere at the same time

venom

malice, angry, poisonous

virulent

extremely poisonous; deadly; full of spiteful hatred

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