Barron's GRE with sentences -Wordlist E

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A complete list of Barron's GRE Wordlist, with meanings and sentences. The series has the entire wordlist split by alphabets, and also a mega complete wordlist, of all 3757 words. This is Wordlist E.

earthy

unrefined; coarse
His earthy remarks often embarrassed the women in the audience.

ebb

recede; lessen
His fortunes began to ebb during the recession.

ebullient

showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm His ebullient nature could not be repressed.

eccentric

odd; whimsical; irregular
The comet passed close by the earth in its eccentric orbit.

eccentricity

oddity; idiosyncrasy
Some of his friends tried to account for his rudeness to strangers as the eccentricity of genius.

ecclesiastic

pertaining to the church
The minister donned his ecclesiastic garb and walked to the pulpit.

eclectic

selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
His style of interior decoration was eclectic: bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods,
strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique color.

eclipse

darken; extinguish; surpass
The new stock market high eclipsed the previous record set in 1985.

ecologist

person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment
The ecologist was concerned that the new dam would upset the natural balance of the creatures living in
Glen Canyon.

economy

efficiency or conciseness in using something
Reading the epigrams of Pope, I admire the economy of his verse: in few words he conveys worlds of
meaning.

ecstasy

rapture, joy; any overpowering emotion
The announcement that the war had ended brought on an ecstasy that resulted in many uncontrolled
celebrations.

eddy

swirling current of water, air, etc.
The water in the tide pool was still, except for an occasional eddy.

edify

instruct; correct morally
Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused
and not enlightened.

eerie

weird
In that eerie setting, it was easy to believe in ghosts and other supernatural beings.

efface

rub out
The coin had been handled so many times that its data had been effaced.

effectual

efficient
If we are to succeed, we must seek effectual means of securing our goals.

effeminate

having womanly traits
His voice was high-pitched and effeminate.

effervescence

inner excitement; exuberance
Nothing depressed her for long; her natural effervescence soon reasserted itself.

effete

worn out; exhausted; barren
The literature of the age reflected the effete condition of the writers; no new ideas were forthcoming.

efficacy

power to produce desired effect
The efficacy of this drug depends on the regularity of the dosage.

effigy

dummy
The mob showed its irritation by hanging the judge in effigy.

effluvium

noxious smell
Air pollution has become a serious problem in our major cities; the effluvium and the poisons in the air are
hazards to life.

effrontery

shameless boldness
She had the effrontery to insult the guest.

effusion

pouring forth
The critics objected to her literary effusion because it was too flowery.

effusive

pouring forth; gushing
Her effusive manner of greeting her friends finally began to irritate them.

egoism

excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in
others
His egoism prevented him from seeing the needs of his colleagues.

egotism

conceit; vanity
She thought so much of herself that we found her egotism unwarranted and irritating.

egregious

notorious; conspicuously bad; shocking
She was an egregious liar; we all knew better than to believe a word she said.

egress

exit
Barnum's sign "To the Egress" fooled many people who thought they were going to see an animal and
instead found themselves in the street.

ejaculation

exclamation
He could not repress an ejaculation of surprise when he heard the news.

elaboration

addition of details; intricacy
Tell what happened simply, without any elaboration.

elated

overjoyed; in high spirits
Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her Olympic victory.

elegy

poem or song expressing lamentation On the death of Edward King, Milton composed the elegy "Lycidas."

elicit

draw out by discussion
The detectives tried to elicit where he had hidden his loot.

elixir

cure-all; something invigorating
The news of her chance to go abroad acted on her like an elixir.

ellipsis

omission of words from a text
Sometimes an ellipsis can lead to a dangling modifier, as in the sentence "Once dressed, you should
refrigerate the potato salad.

elliptical

oval; ambiguous, either purposely or because key words have been left out
An elliptical billiad ball wobbles because it is not perfectly round; an elliptical remark baffles because it is
not perfectly clear.

eloquence

expressiveness; persuasive speech
The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.

elucidate

explain; enlighten
He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.

elusive

evasive; baffling; hard to grasp
His elusive dreams of wealth were costly to those of his friends who supported him financially.

elysian

relating to paradise; blissful
An afternoon sail on the bay was for her an elysian journey.

emaciated

thin and wasted
His long period of starvation had left him emaciated.

emanate

issue forth
A strong odor of sulfur emanated from the spring.

emancipate

set free
At first, the attempts of the Abolitioninst to emancipate the slaves were unpopular in New England as well
as in the South.

embargo

ban on commerce or other activity
As a result of the embargo, trade with colonies was at a standstill.

embark

commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey
In devoting herself to the study of gorillas, Dian Fossey embarked on a course of action that was to cost
her her life.

embed

enclose; place in something
Tales of actual historical figures like King Alfred have become embedded in legends.

embellish

adorn My mother-in-law's stories about her journey from Russia made us laugh because she embellished the bare
facts of her travels with humourous acecdotes.

embezzlement

stealing
The bank teller confessed his embezzlement of the funds.

embroil

throw into confusion
He became embroiled in the heated discussion when he tried to arbitrate the dispute.

embryonic

undeveloped; rudimentary
The evil of class and race hatred must be eliminated while it is still in an embryonic state; otherwise, it may
grow to dangerous proportions.

emend

correct, usually a text
The critic emended the book by retranslating several passages.

emendation

correction of errors; improvement
Please initial all the emendations you have made in this contract.

emetic

substance causing vomiting
The use of an emetic like mustard is useful in cases of poisoning.

eminent

high; lofty
After his appointment to this emiment position, he seldom had time for his former friends.

emissary

agent; messenger
The secretary of State was sent as the President's special emissary to the conference on disarmament.

emollient

soothing or softening remedy
He applied an emollient to the inflamed area.

emolument

salary; compensation
In addition to the emolument this position offers, you must consider the social prestige it carries with it.

empathy

ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc
What made Ann such a fine counselor was her empathy, her ability to put herself in her client's place and
feel his emotions as if they were her own.

empirical

based on experience
He distrusted hunches and intuitive flashes; he placed his reliance entirely on empirical data.

emulate

rival; imitate
As long as our political leaders emulate the virtues of the great leaders of this country, we shall flourish.

enamored

in love
Narcissus became enamored of his own beauty.

enclave

territory enclosed within an alien land
The Vatican is an independent enclave in Italy.

encomiastic

praising; eulogistic
Some critics believe that his encomiastic statements about Napoleon were inspired by his desire for
material advancement rather than by an honest belief in the Emperor's genius.

encomium

high praise; eulogy
Uneasy with the encomiums expressed by his supporters, Tolkien felt unworthy of such high praise.

encompass

surround
Although we were encompassed by enemy forces, we were cheerful for we were well stocked and could
withstand a siege until our allies joined us.

encroachment

gradual intrusion
The encroachment of the factories upon the neighborhood lowered the value of the real estate.

encumber

burden
Some people encumber themselves with too much luggage, when they take short trips.

endearment

fond word or act
Your gifts and endearments cannot make me forget your earlier insolence.

endemic

prevailinig among a specific group of people or in a specific are or country
This disease is endemic in this part of the world; more than 80 percent of the population are at one time or
another affected by it.

endorse

approve; support
Everyone waited to see which one of the rival candidates for the city council the mayor would endorse.

endue

provide with some quality; endow
He was endued with a lion's courage.

enduring

lasting; surviving
Keats believed in the enduring power of great art, which outlast its creator's brief lives.

energize

invigorate; make forceful and active
Rather than exhausting Maggie, dancing energized her.

enervate

weaken
She was slow to recover from her illness; even a short walk to the window evervated her.

enfranchise

admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote)
Although blacks were enfranchised shortly after the Civil War, women did not receive the right to vote
until 1920.

engage

attract; hire; pledge oneself; confront
"Your case has engaged my interest, my lord," said Holmes, "You many engage my services."

engender

cause; produce
To receive praise for real accomplishments engenders self-confidence in a child.

engross

occupy fully
John was so engrossed in his studies that he did not hear his mother call.

enhance

advance; improve
Your chances for promotion in this department will be enhanced if you take some more courses in evening
school.

enigma

puzzle
Depite all attempts to decipher the code, it remained an enigma.

enigmatic

obscure; puzzling
Many have sought to fathom the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa.

enjoin

command; order; forbid
The owners of the company asked the court to enjoin the union from picketing the plant.

enmity

ill will; hatred
At Camp David President Carter labored to bring an end to the enmity that prevented Egypt and Israel
from living in peace.

ennui

boredom
The monotonous routine of hopital life induced a feeling of ennui which made him moody and irritable.

enormity

hugeness (in a bad sense)
He did not realize the enormity of his crime until he saw what suffering he had caused.

enrapture

please intensely
The audience was enraptured by the freshness of the voices and the excellent orchestration.

ensconce

settle comfortably
The parents thought that their children were ensconced safely in the private school and decided to leave
for Europe.

ensue

follow
The evils that ensued were the direct result of the miscalculations of the leaders.

enthrall

capture; enslave
From the moment he saw her picture, he was enthralled by her beauty.

entice

lure; attract; tempt
She always tried to entice her baby brother into mischief.

entity

real being
As soon as the charter was adopted, the United Nations became an entity and had to be considered as a
factor in world diplomacy.

entomology

study of insects
I found entomology the least interesting part of my course in biology; studying insects bored me.

entrance

put under a spell; carry away with emotion
Shafts of sunlight on a wall could entrance her and leave her spellbound.

entreat

plead; ask earnestly
She entreated her father to let her stay out till midnight.

entree

entrance; a way in
Because of his wealth and social position, he had entree into the most exclusive circles.

entrepreneur

businessperson; contractor
Opponents of our present tax program argue that it discourages entrepreneurs from trying new fields of
business activity.

enumerate

list; mention one by one
Huck hung his head in shame as Miss Watson enumerated his many flaws.

enunciate

speak distinctly
How will people understand you if you do not enunciate?

environ

enclose; surround
Paris was environed by a wall

eon

long period of time; an age
It has taken eons for our civilization to develop.

epaulet

ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)
The shoulder loops on Sam Spade's trench coat are the nonmilitary counterparts of the fringed epaulets on
George Washington's uniform.

ephemeral

short-lived; fleeting
The mayfly is an ephemeral creature.

epic

long heroic poem, novel, or similar work of art
Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai is an epic portraying the struggle of seven warriors to destroy a band of
robbers.

epicure

connoisseur of food and drink
epicures frequent this restaurant because it features exotic wines and dishes.

epigram

witty thought or saying, usually short
Poor Richard's epigrams made Benjamin Franklin famous.

epilogue

short speech at conclusion of dramatic work
The audience was so disappointed in the play that many did not remain to hear the epilogue.

episodic

loosely connected
Though he tried to follow the plot of Gravity's Rainbow, John found the novel too episodic.

epistemologist

philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge
"What is more important, a knowledge of nature of the nature of knowledge?" the epistemologist asked the
naturalist.

epitaph

inscription in memory of a dead person
In his will, he dictated the epitaph he wanted placed on his tombstone.

epithet

word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing
So many kings of France were named Charles that modern students need epithets to tell them apart:
Charles the Wise, for example, was someone far different from Charles the Fat.

epitome

perfect example or embodiment
Singing "I am the very model of a modern Major-General" in The Pirates of Penzance, Major-General
Stanley proclaimed himself the epitome of an officer and a gentleman.

epoch

period of time
The glacial epoch lasted for thousands of years.

equable

tranquil; steady; uniform
After the hot summers and cold winters of New England, he found the climate of the West Indies equable
and pleasant.

equanimity

calmness of temperament
In his later years, he could look upon the foolishness of the world with equanimity and humor.

equestrian

rider on horseback
These paths in the park are reserved for equestrians and their steeds.

equilibrium

balance
After the divorce, he needed some time to regain his equilibrium.

equine

resembling a horse
His long, bony face had an equine look to it.

equinox

period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn
The vernal equinox is usually marked by heavy rainstorms.

equipoise

balance; balancing force; equilibrium
The high-wire acrobat used his pole as an equipose to overcome the swaying caused by the wind.

equitable

fair; impartial
I am seeking an equitable solution to this dispute, one which will be fair and acceptable to both sides.

equity

fairness; justice
Our courts guarantee equity to all.

equivocal

doubtful; ambiguous
Macbeth was misled by the equivocal statements of the witches.

equivocate

lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
The audience saw through his attempts to equivocate on the subject under discussion and ridiculed his
remarks.

erode

eat away
The limestone was eroded by the dripping water

erotic

pertaining to passionate love
The erotic passages in this novel should be removed as they are merely pornographic.

errant

wandering
Many a charming tale has been written about the knights-errant who helped the weak and punished the
guilty during the Age of Chivalry.

erratic

odd; unpredictable
Investors become anxious when the stock market appears erratic.

erroneous

mistaken; wrong
I thought my answer was correct, but it was erroneous.

erudite

learned; scholarly
His erudite writing was difficult to read because of the many allusions which were unfamiliar to most
readers.

escapade

prank; flighty conduct
The headmaster could not regard this latest escapade as a boyish joke and expelled the young man.

eschew

avoid
He tried to eschew all display of temper.

esoteric

hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
New Yorker short stories often include esoteric allusions to obscure people and events: the implication is if
you are in the in-crowd, you'll get the reference; if you come from Cleveland, you won't.

espionage

spying
In order to maintain its power, the government developed a system of espionage that penetrated every
hosehold.

espouse

adopt; support
She was always ready to espouse a worthy cause.

esteem

repect; value; judge
I esteem Ezra Pound both for his exciting poetry and for his acute comments on literature.

estranged

separated; alienated
The estranged wife sought a divorce.

ethereal

light; heavenly; fine
Visitors were impressed by her ethereal beauty, her delicate charm.

ethnic

relating to races
Intolerance between ethnic groups is deplorable and usually is based on lack of information.

ethnology

study of mankind
Sociology is one aspect of the science of ethnology.

ethos

underlying character of a culture, group, etc.
Seeing how tenderly Spaniards treated her small daughter made author Barbara Kingsolver aware of how
greatly children were valued in the Spanish ethos.

etymology

study of word parts
A knowledge of etymology can help you on many English tests.

eugenic

pertaining to the improvement of race
It is easier to apply eugenic principles to the raising of racehorses or prize cattle than t the development of
human beings.

eulogistic

praising
To everyone's surprise, the speech was eulogistic rather than critical in tone.

eulogy

praise
All the eulogies of his friends could not remove the sting of the calumny heaped upon him by his enemies.

euphemism

mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
The expression "he passed away" is a euphemism for "he died."

euphony

sweet sound
Noted for its euphony even when it is spoken, the Italian language is particularly pleasing to the ear when
sung.

euphoria

feeling of exaggerated (or unfounded) well-being
"Jill's been on cloud nine ever since Jacj asked her out," said Betty, dismissing her friend's euphoria.

euthanasia

mercy killing
Many people support euthanasia for terminally ill patients who wish to die.

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