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Kaplan's Top GRE Words in Context
As the hurricane's force ________, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
The patron ________ from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
During Lent, practicing Catholics ________ from eating meat.
The submarine dove into the ________ to chart the previously unseen depths.
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by ________ it with water.
The vegetarian ________ a diet containing no meat.
Followers of the ________ Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
The supervisor sought to ________ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
Taking aspirin helps to ________ a headache.
Giant industries ________ with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products incorporated.
The directions he gave were so ________ that we disagreed on which way to turn.
The doctor was able to ________ the patient's suffering using painkillers.
The aged hippie used ________ phrases like "groovy" and "far out" that had not been popular for years.
In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is ________ to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker".
Albino animals may display too great an ________ in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
The child discovered that he could ________ the cat by pulling its tail.
The ________ between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
The ________ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so,
Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to ________ their divorce proceedings.
Her ________ Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
Bishop's ________ for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
She is such an ________ defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.
Like many people, Philip Larkin used alcohol to ________ his sense of meaninglessness and despair.
The Bill of Rights ________ the traditional power of government to change laws at will.
"And you, your majesty, may kiss my bum!" replied the ________ peasant.
The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem ________ to the untrained eye.
He used ________ phrases like "Have a nice day," or "Another day, another dollar."
The presence of giant footprints ________ the argument that Sasquatch was in the area.
Mussolini's speeches were mostly ________; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable ________ as they tried to tune their instruments.
The observations of a child can be charming since they are ________ and unpretentious.
Queen Elizabeth I was quite ________; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.
Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore ________ perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States.
The imposition of harsh taxes was the ________ that finally brought on the revolution
Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for ________ wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.
In most religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from ________.
The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male ________.
Dishonest used car salespeople often use ________ to sell their beat-up old cars.
Swayed by the ________ argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.
Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as ________ an air of lawlessness.
Although many people bought "A Brief History of Time", few could follow its ________ ideas and theories.
Fingerprints ________ the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
Although some 4-year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most ________ 9-year-olds also believe in him.
The ________ of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the ________ appropriate for a visit to the palace.
The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost ________.
The awkward child was often ________ by his "cooler" peers.
After a few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely ________.
Diane had a ________ academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years.
The trucker bellowed a ________ at the driver who had cut him off.
Steve's ________ manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes ________ to let in more light
The congressman used ________ measures to delay the passage of the bill.
Jerry's friends were such ________ that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
Melvill wrote the pom "A ________ for James McPherson" for the funeral of a Union general who was killed in 1864.
Galileo's observations ________ scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the Earth.
It is easy to ________ the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping.
Although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are ________.
The villain could ________ to the police no longer--he admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.
Cognitive ________ is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.
Linus's central ________ was that children who believed in the Great Pumpkin would be rewarded.
The dictator was ________--he, and only he, was right.
Bugs Bunny was able to ________ Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.
Budapest's architecture is an ________ mix of eastern and western styles.
The ________ of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced; the drug completely eliminated almost all bacterial infections for which it was administered.
Although Thomas Gray's "________ written in a Country Churchyard" is about death and loss, it urges its readers to endure this life and to trust in spirituality.
The Gettysburg Address is moving not only because of its lofty sentiments but also because of its ________ words.
The graduate student sought to ________ his professor in every way, copying not only how she taught, but also how she conducted herself outside of class.
The guerrillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would ________ the regular army.
His fear and hatred of clowns was ________ when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown.
Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputations as something of an ________.
Moses returned from the mountain with tablets on which the commandments were ________.
The lives of mayflies seem ________ to us, since the flies' average life span is a matter of hours.
When faced with criticism of his policies, the politician ________ and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.
The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of ________ turns that surprised the audience.
The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most ________, well-published individuals in the field.
Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ________ world of particle physics.
Most people consider it ________ that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
His best friend gave the ________, outlining his many achievements and talents.
The funeral director preferred to use the ________ "sleeping" instead of he word "dead".
It is unwise to take aspirin to try to relieve heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only ________ the problem.
The adversarial legal system is intended to convict those who are guilty and to ________ those who are innocent.
The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was ________ to stop the source of the bleeding.
The fugitive was ________ when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.
The owners of the house left a list of ________ instructions detailing their house sitter's duties, including a schedule for watering the house plants.
The stormtroopers were ________ in their devotion to the Emperor, readily sacrificing their lives for him.
The understudy ________ over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis.
The fans of Maria Callas were particularly ________, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
The palace had been decorated in a ________ style; every surface had been carved and gilded.
The protesters tried to ________ feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.
Scrooge McDuck's ________ was so great that he accumulated enough wealth to fill a giant storehouse with his money
The ________ parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking.
She was so ________ that when she found herself alone she felt quite sad.
Since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to ________ in an effort to trap his enemy.
The con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool ________ bank customers into giving him their account information.
The lass was fairly ________, since almost all of the students were senior journalism majors.
His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an ________.
The counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed ________, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.
A good raincoat is ________ to moisture.
It is not good for an investment broker to be ________, because much thought should be given to all the possible options.
His rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained ________ for weeks.
The ideas expressed in Nietzsche's mature work also appear in an ________ form in his earliest writing.
She was so ________ that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city.
Even though a cease-fire had been in place for months, the two sides were still ________ to each other.
Some snakes are poisonous, but most species are ________ and pose no danger to humans.
The critic claimed that the painting was ________, containing no interesting qualities at all.
The professor was ________ on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time.
The tidal wave ________ Atlantis, which was lost beneath the water.
Attila the Hun's ________ and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives.
She was a ________ poet who built her reputation on using words as sparingly as possible.
The children continued to ________ the death of the goldfish weeks after its demise.
Parades and fireworks were staged to ________ the success of the rebels.
She ________ the puppy with so many treats that it soon became overweight and spoiled.
The clerk was so ________ that, even when the store was slow, he always had a long line in front of him.
She was naturally ________, which was a problem in situations in which listening was more important than talking.
The explanations were written in a simple and ________ manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned.
The park was bathed in ________ sunshine, which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors.
A common way to avoid the draft was by ________--pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the Army.
Gold is the most ________ of precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.
The ________ "a sea of troubles" suggests a lot of troubles by comparing their number to the vastness of the sea.
To find all the clues at the crime scene, the investigators ________ examined every inch of the area.
The character Scrooge in A Christmas Carol is such a ________ that even the sight of children makes him angry.
A judge may ________ a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.
Their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would ________ them.
The ________ of the sound of the dripping faucet almost drove the research assistant crazy.
Having never traveled before, the hillbillies were more ________ than the people they met in Beverly Hills.
The president was completely ________ on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.
The ________ new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue.
The ________ child could not be made to eat any food that he disliked.
The river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which ________ the need for a bridge.
A shadow is thrown across the Earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is ________ by the moon.
The assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved ________ to the team in charge of it.
The heavy buildup of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them ________.
After the scheme to embezzle from the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter ________.
The ________ of the Sun King's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace at Versailles.
It is a ________ that those most in need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.
She is the ________ of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking, and just.
The graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject soon gained her a reputation as a ________.
The actress's ________ companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.
The machine-like bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a ________ smile.
This miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to ________ stains and dissolve them in minutes!
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art owes much of its collection to the ________ of private collectors who willed their estates to the museum.
The burglar tried to ________ he snarling dog by saying, "Nice doggy," and offering it a treat.
The new material was very ________ and could be formed into products of vastly different shapes.
Assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a ________ of excuses
While daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, ________ gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.
Upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other only two months, friends and family members expected such a ________ marriage to end in divorce.
Rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee ________ and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time.
Since concerted measures had been taken to prevent looting, the archaeological site was still ________ when researchers arrived.
The ________ son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure.
Although he only kept two guinea pigs initially, they ________ to such an extent that he soon had dozens.
The management ________ the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members.
The aristocracy maintained a high level of ________, adhering to even the most minor social rules.
The college student exhibited ________ by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her resume.
The smoke from the burning tires was extremely ________.
Many animals are ________ over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.
Since the atmosphere ________ as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too thin to breathe.
The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was ________ when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them.
Physically small and ________ in her speech, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.
Lincoln's talent for ________ was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.
His desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could ________ it.
The movie proved to be so ________ that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater.
The student's ________ excuse for being late sounded legitimate, but was proved otherwise when his teacher called his home.
In "the Scarlet Letter", Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter "A" on her clothes as a public ________ for her adultery.
The prisoner appeared ________ and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.
The music was so ________ that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.
Although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a ________ agreement had been made about which course of action to take.
The clerk's ________ nature earned him the nickname "Silent Bob".
Observers were shocked at the managers ________ over such a minor mistake.
After surgery, the patient experienced ________ until the anesthesia wore off.
The reporter lived a ________ life, staying in one place only long enough to cover the current story.
The customer held up the line as he ________ between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.
In a traditional Confucian society, the young ________ their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdom and experience.
She had a reputation for ________, so everyone trusted her description of events.
The professor's answer was so ________ that his student forgot what the original question had been.
The old man who loved his peace and quiet was ________ by his neighbor's loud music.
His ________ personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.
If you ________ too long before making a decision about which testing site to register for, you may not get your first choice.
The ballet was ________, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
She brought her typical ________ to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.