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74 terms

GRE (2/8)

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bucolic
characteristic of the countryside; rustic; pastoral
cadge
to beg; sponge
callous
thick-skinned; insensitive
calumny
false and malicious accusation; slander
canard
false; deliberately misleading story
cant
insincere talk; language of a particular group
cantankerous
irritable; ill-humored
captious
faultfinding; intended to entrap, as in an argument
cardinal
of foremost importance
carnal
of the flesh or body; related to physical appetities
carping
to find fault; complain
cataclysm
a violent upheaval that causes great destruction and change
categorical
absolute; without exception
caucus
smaller group within an organization
causal
involving a cause
celestial
concerned with sky or heavens; sublime
centrifugal
moving away from a center
centripetal
moving or directed toward a center
champion
to defend or support
chasten
to correct by punishment or reproof; to restrain or subdue
chicanery
trickery; fraud
chivalry
the qualities idealized by knighthood such as bravery and gallantry toward women
churlish
rude; boorish
circuitous
roundabout
cloister
to confine; seclude
coagulate
thicken; congeal
coalesce
to cause to become one
codify
to systematize
cognizant
informed; conscious; aware
commensurate
proportional
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
complacent
self-satisfied
complaisant
overly polite; willingness to comply with the wishes of others
complement
something that completes or makes up a whole
compunction
uneasiness caused by guilt
concave
curving inward
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
concoct
to invent
concomitant
existing concurrently
confound
to baffle; perplex; mix up
congenial
similar in tastes and habits; friendly; suited to
conjugal
pertaining to marriage agreement
connoisseur
expert in matters of taste; expert knowledge or training
conscript
a person compulsorily enrolled for military service
contend
to assert
contiguous
touching; neighboring; connecting without a break
continence
self-control; abstention from sexual activity
contumacious
disobedient; rebellious
conundrum
riddle; puzzle with no solution
convention
practice widely observed in a group; custom; accepted technique or device
converge
to approach; come together; tend to meet
convex
curved outward
convivial
sociable
copious
abundant; plentiful
coquette
woman who flirts
cornucopia
horn overflowing with fruit and grain; state of abundance
covert
hidden; secret
covetous
desiring something owned by another
cozen
to mislead by trick or fraud; deceive
craven
cowardly
credence
acceptance of something as true
daunt
to discourage; intimidate; dishearten
dearth
scarcity
debauchery
corruption
decorum
proper behavior
defame
to malign; harm someone's reputation
default
to fail to act
deference
respect; regard for another's wish
defunct
no longer existing
demotic
pertaining to people
demur
to express doubt; question or oppose
denizen
an inhabitant; a regular visitor
denouement
outcome; unraveling of the plot of a play or work of literature
clairvoyant
one who can predict the future; psychic

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