GRE 3

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incipient

beginning; becoming apparent

harangue

a long, pompous speech; a public speech

inveigle

obtain by deception or flattery

penurious

penny-pinching, ungenerous

putrefy

rot, decay

prodigious

huge; extraordinary

quaff

drink deeply

quiescence

stillness, motionlessness

redoubtable

awe-inspiring; worthy of honour

torpid

lethargic; sluggish

urbane

sophisticated; elegant

fervent

greatly emotional or zealous

fortuitous

happening by accident or chance

impassive

revealing no emotion

inchoate

not fully formed

infelicitous

unfortunate; inappropriate

insipid

without taste or flavour; lacking in spirit

mendacious

untruthful

opprobrium

disgrace; contempt, scorn

pedantic

overly concerned with trivial details of learning

pine

yearn; lose vigour

profuse

extravagant; abundant

querulous

prone to complaining or grumbling

rancorous

long bitter, resentful

repudiate

refuse to have anything to do with

rescind

invalidate, repeal, retract

solvent

able to meet financial obligations

amenable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

contiguous

sharing a border

garrulous

pointlessly talkative

laconic

using few words; terse

mercurial

having rapid and unpredictable mood swings

neophyte

recent convert; beginner

phlegmatic

sluggish; calm, unemotional

probity

adherence to high principles, uprightness

sallow

(of the skin) yellowish and unhealthy-looking

sanctimonious

displaying ostentatious and hypocritical devoutness

sartorial

pertaining to tailors

scabbard

sheath for a sword

scad

a great quantity

scaffold

temporary platform for workers

scintilla

trace; minute amount

scion

descendant; detached plant shoot

score

mark with lines or notches

scotch

stamp out; thwart; hinder

scurvy

contemptible, despicable

amalgam

combination of different things

amulet

object worn and believed to protect against evil and bad luck

ancillary

serving as an aid or accessory

animus

hostile feeling or intent

antediluvian

antiquated; extremely ancient

anthropoid

manlike; resembling a human being

antipathy

aversion; dislike or opposition

apothecary

druggist; pharmacist

carrion

rotting flesh of a dead body

cataract

great waterfall; eye abnormality

catcall

shout of disapproval or displeasure (as at a sports match)

caucus

private meeting of a political party to select members or determine policy

catholic

(of likings and interests) universal; broad

cavalcade

procession or riders or horse-drawn carriages

centurion

Roman army officer

cession

yielding to another; ceding

chafe

warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing

despoil

plunder; sack

diadem

crown

dialectical

relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal

didactic

intended to teach a moral lesson

dictum

authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge); saying; maxim

diminution

lessening in size; shrinking

dint

means; effort

disaffected

disloyal; lacking loyalty

disclaim

disown; renounce claim to; deny

disconsolate

hopelessly sad at the loss of something

discursive

digressing; rambling; marked by analytical reasoning; relating to discourse

disgorge

surrender something stolen; eject; vomit

facile

easily accomplished; superficial, not deep

factious

inclined to form factions; causing dissention

factitious

artificial; produced artificially; sham

factotum

handyman; person who does all kinds of work

fallow

plowed but not sowed; uncultivated; not in use

fatalism

belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control

fathom

comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of

fatuous

smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly

febrile

feverish

fecund

fertile; fruitful

felicity

happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, etc.)

labile

likely to change; unstable

lachrymose

producing tears; tearful

lackadaisical

lacking purpose or effort; halfhearted; lazy; languid

laity

laymen; persons not connected with the clergy

languor

lack of physical or spiritual energy; lassitude; depression

larder

pantry; place where food is kept

lateral

of or coming from the side

lank

long and thin

leaven

cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven

legato

(of music) played smoothly

lexicographer

compiler of a dictionary

lien

legal claim or right on a property

odoriferous

giving off an odor

oligarchy

government by the privileged few

opalescent

iridescent; lustrous like an opal

oratorio

dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting

ordination

ceremony confirming a priest

outstrip

outrun; surpass; outdo

overture

first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement)

overweening

arrogant; presumptuous

overwrought

nervous or agitated; extremely excited; hysterical

propinquity

nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinship

proscenium

part of stage in front of curtain; front arch of a stage

prosody

art of versification; study of the metrical structure of verse

protean

able to take on many forms; versatile

proselytize

(induce someone to) convert to a religion or belief

proscribe

prohibit; ostracize; banish; outlaw

protuberance

protrusion; swelling; bulge

provender

dry food for livestock; fodder

psychosomatic

of the influence of the mind on the body (esp. with respect to disease)

pulmonary

pertaining to the lungs

punctilious

minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form

purchase

secure grasp or hold; firm grasp or footing

putative

supposed; reputed; generally regarded as such

purveyor

furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer

recreant

a disloyal and cowardly person

redolent

odorous; fragrant; suggestive of an odor

refectory

dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)

refulgent

effulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming

regent

a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or still a child

remunerative

(of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid

repartee

quick clever reply

repast

meal; feast; banquet

repine

fret; complain; be annoyed

retiring

shy and reserved (of a person); modest

retrench

cut down; cut down expenses; economize

rivet

metal pin used for fastening metal plates together

rotunda

circular building or hall covered with a dome

rostrum

raised platform for speech-making; pulpit

needle

goad; prod; tease

susurrate

issue soft noises

cairn

a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

velour

a velvetlike fabric of rayon, wool, or any of several other natural or synthetic fibers, used for outerwear and upholstery

pogrom

an organized massacre, especially of Jews

gulag

the system of forced-labor camps in the Soviet Union; any prison or detention camp, esp. for political prisoners

supervene

to ensue; to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous

superannuate

set aside for retirement; become old, out of date, or retired

draftsman

a person who draws sketches, plans, or designs; an artist exceptionally skilled in drawing

mere

an expanse of standing water

whelm

to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something : cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect

idiolect

the language or speech pattern of one individual at a particular period of life

fledge

to rear until ready for flight or independent activity

keystone

something on which associated things depend for support

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