GRE General Set 20

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confound

confuse; puzzle

conifer

pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ. -ous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreen

cauterize

burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection

suture

stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision; material used in sewing; V: sew together a wound

epicure

a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink; connoisseur of food and drink; gourmet; ADJ. epicurean; CF. Epicurus

prelate

church dignitary; priest of high position in the church (esp. bishop)

defect

shortcoming; V: desert (in order to join the opposite one)

sectarian

of a sect; narrow-minded; parochial; N: member of a sect; narrow-minded person

inerrancy

infallibility

somatic

pertaining to the body; bodily; physical

die

metal block used for shaping metal or plastic; device for stamping or impressing; mold; a device for cutting or molding metal into a particular shape.; singular form of dice .

gavel

hammerlike tool; mallet(wooden hammer) used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer; V.

monochrome

painting in only one color; ADJ.

thrash

beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes ~ed about in the net.

geriatrics

medical treatment and care of old age

dictum

authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge in court); saying; maxim; CF. obiter ~: incidental, nonbinding remark (something said in passing)

animus

hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; disposition

reprobate

morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency; CF. disapproved by God ?

kleptomaniac

person who has a compulsive desire to steal

resignation

patiently submissiveness; statement that one is quitting a job; ADJ. resigned: acquiescent

microcosm

small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. ~ of English society; a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger : Berlin is a ~ of Germany, in unity as in division.

prosaic

lacking in imagination; dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact(concerned with facts, not imagination or feelings); factual; CF. prose

anthropoid

manlike; resembling a human being; N.

pauper

very poor person

fallow

(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated

entreat

plead; ask earnestly

disconcert

confuse; upset; embarrass; perturb

unruly

disobedient; lawless; difficult to control

potion

dose (of liquids); liquid dose

bigot

one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)

ingenuous

naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candid

orient

get one's bearings; adjust; make familiar with a situation; orientate

raiment

clothing; garments; Ex. I have no ~ fit to wear.

Bacchanalia

the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus

pucker

gather into wrinkles or folds; N: wrinkle or fold; the baby stirred, ~ing up its tiny face.

pummel

pommel; beat or pound with fists; strike repeatedly, typically with the fists : Bob did not fight back for the fifteen minutes that the half-dozen men ~ed him.

curmudgeon

churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person

coup

highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) d'\'etat; CF. ~ de grace: deathblow or shot which kills

glimmer

shine erratically; twinkle; N: dim or unsteady light; faint indication; Ex. ~ of hope

synchronous

similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time; V. synchronize

impudence

impertinence; insolence

quaff

drink with zest; drink with relish(zest; hearty enjoyment); CF. sip

levee

earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise

embroider

decorate with needlework; ornament (a story) with fancy or fictitious details; embellish

crossbreed

hybridize; N: hybrid; CF. interbreed; CF. inbreed

centripetal

tending toward the center

malefactor

evildoer; criminal

garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. -lity

Occident

the West

lilliputian

extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels

prude

excessively modest or proper person (who is easily shocked by improper things, esp. of a sexual nature); N. prudery; ADJ. prudish: excessively concerned with propriety

pallid

pale; wan; Ex. ~ complexion

romp

play or frolic boisterously; gambol; N.

acerbity

bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. -bic: bitter; acrid (in taste, manner, or tone)

dignitary

person of high rank or position

berserk

mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited

languish

lose animation or strength

infinitesimal

very small

masquerade

wear a mask or disguise; pretend; N: costume party or ball at which masks are worn; pretense; disguise

shade

slight difference in degree; nuance; degree of color; Ex. ~s of meaning/grey

merit

good quality deserving praise; -s: aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval; Ex. judge each plan on its own ~s; V: deserve; earn

suffuse

spread through or over (with a color or liquid); charge; Ex. A blush ~ed her cheeks.

cursive

(of writing) flowing; running; having the successive letters joined

hireling

one who serves for hire (usually used contemptuously); one who works solely for compensation; a person employed to undertake menial work, esp. on a casual basis. Ex. ~ politician

palatial

of or suitable for a palace; magnificent

execrate

curse; express abhorrence for; detest

disheveled

untidy (of hair or clothing); V. dishevel

geniality

cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy; ADJ. genial: cheerful and good-tempered

sanguinary

bloody; with much bloodshed

impediment

hindrance; stumbling-block; speech defect preventing clear articulation; Ex. speech ~

dolt

slow-thinking stupid person; CF. dull

sacrilegious

desecrating; profane; N. sacrilege: desecration, misuse, or theft of something sacred

menace

threat; V: threaten

dilapidated

falling to pieces; in a bad condition; ruined because of neglect; Ex. ~ old car/castle; N. -tion

cataract

great waterfall; eye abnormality (causing a gradual loss of eyesight); a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision : she had ~s in both eyes.

usury

lending money at illegal high rates of interest

impute

attribute; ascribe; charge; epresent (something, esp. something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute : the crimes ~ed to Richard.; • Finance assign (a value) to something by inference from the value of the products or processes to which it contributes : [as adj. ] ( ~ed) recovering the initial outlay plus ; N. -tation

jaundiced

yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a ~ eye

lace

cord used to draw and tie together two opposite edges (as of a shoe); delicate fabric made of fine threads; V: draw together by tying a ~

prophylactic

used to prevent disease; N: something ~; condom; N. -laxis: prevention of disease

paroxysm

fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage; sudden outburst

transmute

transform; change; convert to something different

submerge

place under water; dip; go under water; cover completely (as with water); Ex. ~ed in work

foppish

vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance

psychopathic

pertaining to mental dearrangement; N. ~path: person with an antisocial personality disorder

porridge

soft food made by boiling oatmeal

volley

simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.; (in sports, esp. tennis or soccer) a strike or kick of the ball made before it touches the ground.

silt

sediment deposited by running water (at the entrance to a harbor or by a bend in a river)

catcall

shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V. a loud whistle or a comment of a sexual nature made by a man to a passing woman.

sleeper

one that achieves unexpected success; something originally of little value or importance that in time becomes very valuable

replete

fully filled; filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied; Ex. report ~ with errors

rakish

jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute; Ex. He wore his hat at a ~ and jaunty angle.

writhe

twist in coils; contort in pain

satirical

using satire; mocking

nauseate

cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nausea

muddle

confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusion

varnish

paint used to coat a surface with a glossy film; glossy coating produced by using this substance; Ex. nail ~; V.; resin dissolved in a liquid for applying on wood, metal, or other materials to form a hard, clear, shiny surface when dry.

chortle

chuckle with delight; N.

multiform

having many forms

dilate

expand; ~ on/upon: speak or write at length on (a subject)

layman

man who is not a cleric; man who is nonprofessional

flair

talent

fluke

unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky

ornithologist

scientific student of birds; N. ornithology: scientific study of birds

bank

heap; piled-up mass; embankment; lateral tilting (as of an aircraft in turning); V: pile up; protect with a ~; tilt in turning

entail

make necessary; require; necessitate; involve; limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs; Ex. ~ A on/upon B

prosody

art of versification; study of the metrical structure of verse

acme

peak; pinnacle; highest point

asinine

stupid; Ex. asinine remarks

economy

efficiency or conciseness in using something; thrifty management of resources

derelict

negligent; (of someone) neglectful of duty; (of something) deserted by an owner; abandoned; N: abandoned property; homeless or vagrant person

ignite

kindle; light; catch fire or set fire to

fluky

obtained or achieved more by chance than skill : a ~ goal.

knack

special talent; art

matrimony

state of being married

self-righteous

sure of one's own righteousness; moralistic

stasis

a period or state of inactivity or equilibrium.; • Medicine a stoppage of flow of a body fluid. adj static

victuals

food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food

ennui

boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy

maxim

proverb; truth pithily stated

stupefy

stun; make numb (as with a drug); amaze

tureen

deep dish for serving soup

statute

law enacted by the legislature

stoop

bend forward and down; lower or debase oneself; fall to a lower standard of behavior by doing something; condescend; Ex. ~ to lying

aromatic

fragrant; having a sweet smell; N. aroma: strong pleasant smell

hothead

person who does things too quickly without thinking; ADJ. hotheaded

abut

border upon; adjoin; (of an area of land or a building) be next to or have a common boundary with : gardens abutting Great Prescott Street | [ intrans. ] a park ~ on an area of wasteland.; touch or lean upon : masonry may crumble where a roof ~s it.

litigation

lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigate

descry

catch sight of (something distant)

squeamish

easily shocked or sickened by unpleasant things; fastidious; Ex. A nurse should not be squeamish.

abrogate

abolish

grill

question severely; cook on a grill; broil; N: cooking surface of parallel metal bars

conciliatory

reconciling; soothing; V. conciliate: reconcile; soothe; win the friendly feelings (by removing anger)

bludgeon

a thick stick with a heavy end, used as a weapon figurative : a rhetorical ~ in the war against liberalism.

freebooter

pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich

sedition

conduct or language inciting rebellion; rebellion; resistance to authority; insubordination; ADJ. seditious

groom

man employed to take care of horses; V: make neat and trim; clean and brush (an animal)

peerless

having no equal; incomparable

sultry

(of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous; 2 (of a person, esp. a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.; 1 (of the air or weather) hot and humid.

banal

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; cliched

prehensile

capable of grasping or holding (esp. by wrapping around); Ex. ~ tails

unction

the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme ~

repulsion

distaste; disgust; act of driving back; ADJ. repulsive: causing disgust; tending to drive away; V. repel (not `repulse')

deliberate

consider; ponder; ADJ: done on purpose; slow

carafe

glass water bottle; decanter

permissive

allowing much freedom; lenient; Ex. ~ society

serpentine

winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course of the river; N. serpent: snake

stymie

thwart; present an obstacle; stump; prevent or hinder the progress of : the changes must not be allowed to ~ new medical treatments.

canvass

determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.; go through (a region) to solicit votes or orders; conduct a survey; N.

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