ETS revised GRE (Hard)
|debunk||to prove false|
|milieu||the environmental condition|
|skittish||unpredictably excitable; nervous or fearful about doing something|
|patent|| obvious or clear |
ex: she told a p... lie
|subterfuge||a secret trick or slightly dishonest way of doing something, or the use of this|
|requisition (V)||to require of take use of, press into service, to demand or take, as by authority ; if someone in authority, especially the army, r... a building, vehicle, or food, they officially demand to have it during an emergency such as a w,|
|temerity||fearless daring; when someone says or does something in a way that shows a lack of respect for other people and is likely to offend them,|
|decadence|| behavior that shows low morals and a great love of pleasure, money, fame, etc.|
▪ The book condemns the d... of modern society. ▪ Western d...
|comely||very attractive, very pleasing to the eye|
|feint||a movement or an attack that is intended to deceive an opponent, especially in sport or military conflict|
|bugaboo||something that makes people anxious or afraid; bane|
|implicate||to show or suggest that someone is involved in a crime or dishonest act|
|upsurge||a rapid or sudden increase or rise — usually + in or of ▪ a recent u... in crime ▪ an u... of popularity ▪ an u... of anger|
|seedy|| 1 : dirty or in bad condition|
▪ He was wearing a s... suit.
2 : not respectable or decent
▪ a s... area of the city
3 : having bad morals : dishonest
▪ a s... lawyer
|shaft|| V: chiefly US, informal : to treat (someone) unfairly or harshly|
▪ You really got s... in that deal.
N: a bar in a machine which holds or turns other parts that move or spin
▪ a propeller s...
|chorale||a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune; a song that is sung in a church service by a large group of singers,|
|condescension|| the attitude or behavior of people who believe they are more intelligent or better than other people|
▪ The author discusses the politics of the region without c... [=without suggesting that he is more intelligent than the readers]
|shroud|| something that covers or hides something|
ex: the clouds covered the mountain like a sh...
|patina||a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal|
|trope||figure of speech, language used in a figurative or non-literal sense|
|natty||informal: very neat and clean, marked by smartness in dress and manners|
|expostulate|| to disagree or argue against |
▪ She e...(with us) at length about the proposed law
|excavation||the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth|
|epitaph||a brief statement written on a tomb or gravestone|
|simulacrum|| 1. any image or representation of something|
2. a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
|hummock||small natural hill; a knoll or hillock|
|reprise|| something (esp. in music) that is repeated|
▪ They ended their performance with a r... of the opening number. ▪ The team is hoping to avoid a r... of last year's defeat., a recurrence, renewal, or resumption of an action
|unavailing||ineffective, producing no result or effect, producing no result or effect|
|jalopy|| informal: an old car that is in poor condition|
▪ He fixed up an old j...,
|tepid||not energetic or excited, (adj.) lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest|
|cull|| to select or choose (someone or something) from a group |
ex: they c... his best poems in a book, the person or thing rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
|snub|| 1. to ignore (someone) in a deliberate and insulting way|
▪ She s.. me in the hallway.
2. to not accept or attend (something) as a way to show disapproval
▪ He s... their job offer. ▪ They deliberately s.. the meeting.
|slight (V)|| to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect; snub|
▪ I'm sure he didn't mean to s... you., to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect; snub
▪ I'm sure he didn't mean to s... you.
|inexplicable||hard to explain or impossible to understand|
|imposing|| very large or impressive |
ex: i... building; impressive by virtue of size, power, or manner
|pulverize||to demolish; reduce into powder, make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust|
|mirth||happiness and laughter|
|impel||force; compel, cause to move forward with force|
|capitulate||to accept or agree to something that you have been opposing for a long time; give in; surrender, to end resistance, give up, surrender, throw in the towel|