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Barron GRE Scam

bastion

stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism

growl

low, guttural, menacing sound (as of a dog)

maverick

rebel; nonconformist (in a group)

lethargic

drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity

paraphernalia

equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry

mores

conventions; moral standards; moral customs

timidity

lack of self-confidence or courage

understate

state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate

protocol

diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratification; Ex. Protocol demands that the queen meet him at the airport.

braid

plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together; N: braided segment (as of hair)

acquiesce

assent; agree passively; comply without protest

favoritism

display of partiality toward a favored person

wake

trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war

draught

current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time

betoken

signify; indicate; be a sign of

aviary

enclosure for birds; large cage

waggish

humorous; mischievous; tricky

adapt

make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel.

bugaboo

bugbear; object of baseless terror

foliage

masses of leaves; CF. defoliate

satellite

small body revolving around a larger one

bungle

mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior

reinstate

restore to a previous condition or position

mnemonic

pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid

conscript

draftee; person forced into military service; V.

contend

struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly

functional

made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism

punctilious

minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail

imbecility

weakness of mind; state of being an imbecile; N. imbecile: stupid person; fool

rebuke

scold harshly; criticize severely

facile

easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an action; amenity; Ex. with great facility

hardy

(of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather

penury

extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy

venal

capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal

flit

fly; fly or move lightly or quickly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by; Ex. a bee flitting from flower to flower

magnate

person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate

botch

mismanage; blow

citadel

fortress

libidinous

lustful

mendicant

beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar

oaf

stupid awkward person; CF. elf

voyeur

Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others

docile

obedient; easily managed; submissive

vitiate

spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally

narrative

related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration

derision

ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory

cupidity

greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid

savory

pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation

rank

offensive in odor or flavor

quisling

traitor who aids invaders; CF. Vidkun Quisling

tact

skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence

fallacious

false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument

trim

make neat or tidy by clipping; reduce by removing what is unnecessary; ornament; decorate (round the edges); Ex. trim the cost; Ex. jacket trimmed with fur; N. ADJ: tidy; in good order

compartment

one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided

squander

waste; spend foolishly

colloquy

informal discussion; conversation

refurbish

renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish

desolate

make desolate; forsake; abandon and desert

fumble

move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something); mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N.

misapprehension

error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend

ameliorate

improve

isthmus

narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land

skulduggery(skullduggery)

dishonest behavior or action; Ex. skulduggery in the election

celibate

abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried; N. celibacy

odium

detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)

deserts

what someone deserves

nugatory

worthless; futile

rendition

rendering; translation; artistic interpretation of a song, etc

incursion

temporary invasion; CF. excursion: short journey

terrestrial

on or relating to the earth

stigma

token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma; characterize as disgraceful

gross

total; fragrant; clearly wrong; (of people's behavior) coarse; corpulent; Ex. gross insolence/behavior; V: earn as a total amount; N: 12 dozens

doctrine

teachings in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught; dogma; tenet; ADJ. doctrinal

misnomer

wrong or improper name; incorrect designation

proliferate

grow rapidly (in numbers); spread; multiply; N. proliferation

hindsight

understanding the nature of an event after it has actually happened

lucid

easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. lucidity

impenetrable

not able to be pierced or entered; beyond understanding; impossible to understand; Ex. impenetrable mystery

ghastly

horrible; terrifying; resembling ghosts; CF. aghast

tremulous

trembling; wavering

garish

overbright in color; unpleasantly bright; gaudy

euphony

sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious

pithy

concise and meaningful; substantial; meaty

girth

distance around something; circumference

lap

take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping the shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person

asteroid

small planet

adulation

flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved

array

marshal; draw up in order; arrange in order; clothe splendidly; adorn; N: fine clothes; ordered group; Ex. in battle array

redoubtable

formidable; causing fear

approbation

approval

attrition

rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition

secession

withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership

poignancy

quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick

fodder

coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; feed for livestock; CF. food

regale

entertain

warren

tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live

distant

reserved or aloof; cold in manner; Ex. distant greeting; ADV. distantly

entrance

put under a spell(condition caused by magical power); carry away(fill with strong feeling) with emotion; put into a trance; fill with delight

heterogeneous

dissimilar; mixed; not homogeneous; consisting of dissimilar elements or plants

temperate

moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature; CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance society

glamor

compelling charm; ADJ. glamorous

disinterested

unprejudiced; free from bias and self-interest; objective

mosaic

picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.

arboreal

of or living in trees

uninhibited

unrepressed; free in behavior and feelings

amnesty

pardon (allowed by government to political criminals)

stint

supply; allotted amount of work; assigned portion of work; limitation; Ex. two-year stint in the army; Ex. without stint

spin

rotate swiftly; make (thread) by twisting (cotton, wool, etc.); N.

grumble

complain; mutter discontentedly; grouch; N.

recondite

abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret

consonance

harmony; agreement

enduring

lasting; surviving; V. endure: bear (pain or suffering) for a long time; remain alive (in spite of difficulties); last; survive

concave

hollow; curved inwards; OP. convex

forward

presumptuous or bold

astigmatism

eye defect which prevents proper focus; OP. stigmatism

singular

being only one; individual; unique; extraordinary; odd; Ex. singular beauty/behavior

augury

omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)

tribulation

suffering; ordeal; distress; trial

cater

provide food and drink (for); cater to: try to satisfy (desires of a bad kind)

sartorial

pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailor

slur

slander; insult to one's character or reputation; V.

quarry

person or animal of pursuit; victim; object of a hunt; prey

queue

line (of waiting people or vehicles)

funereal

sad; solemn; suitable for a funeral

genre

particular variety of art or literature

amphibian

able to live both on land and in water; N.

ineluctable

irresistible; not to be escaped; unavoidable

appall

dismay; shock deeply

analgesia

condition of being unable to feel pain

resign

give up (a position, right, or claim); submit (oneself) passively

pang

sudden sharp feeling of pain

incontinent

lacking self-restraint; not continent; licentious

stickler

perfectionist; person who insists things be exactly right

inclined

tending or leaning toward; bent; V. incline: slant; dispose; be disposed; tend

episodic

(of a story or play) loosely connected; made up of separate and loosely connected parts; N. episode: incident in the course of an experience

seasonable

occurring at the proper time or season; opportune; Ex. seasonable intervention in the dispute

astringent

binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent; Ex. astringent criticism

quotidian

daily; commonplace; customary; Ex. quotidian routine

stanza

division of a poem (composed of two or more lines)

sentinel

sentry; lookout

saga

Scandinavian myth; any legend; long heroic narrative

aristocracy

hereditary nobility; privileged class; government by nobility; N. aristocrat

innuendo

indirect or subtle (derogatory) hint; insinuation; Ex. sexual innuendo

rag

scrap of cloth; ADJ. ragged: old and torn; seeming unfinished and imperfect; Ex. ragged debut/performance

conducive

helpful; contributive; V. conduce; Ex. conduce to/towards

slight

insult to one's dignity; snub; V: treat as if of small importance; insult; snub; ADJ. small in size; of small importance

tout

promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise

repugnance

disgust; strong dislike; loathing; ADJ. repugnant: arousing disgust; repulsive

cue

word or signal (as in a play to prompt another actor's speech or entrance); reminder or hint; V: give a cue to