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GRE VOCABULARY (4)

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RUE
n. Regret, sorrow
n. A bitter herb used medicinally
v. To regret, to feel remorse

Sentence: The child was full of rue when her mother passed away.
EQUIVOCAL
adj. Undecided, ambivalent; open to multiple interpretations often with the intent to deceive or mislead; of uncertain or dubious nature

Sentence: The child was equivocal between the lollipop or ice cream.
VERISIMILAR
adj. Probably, likely, or appearing to be true; probable

Sentence: The verisimilar tale sounded believable.
HOODWINK
v. To deceive or trick, especially using a misleading or false appearance

Sentence: The boy hoodwinked his parents by pretending to run away from home.
MISANTHROPE
n. One with hate or distrust for humankind

Sentence: After the Holocaust, the child became a misanthrope; hating especially the Germans.
TEETOTALER
n. One who abstains totally from alcohol

Sentence: The teetotaler could not bear the scent of alcohol.
APATHETIC
adj. Showing or felling little emotion; without interest or concern; indifferent

Sentence: After learned helplessness, the employee was apathetic about his job performance.
PEDANTIC
adj. Excessively, narrowly, often ostentatiously focused on formal rules or book learning; unimaginative

Sentence: The pedantic student was cerebral, but did not learn much from his experiences in life.
INDELIBLE
adj. Permanent; impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; memorable, unforgettable, making a lasting impression

Sentence: The horrific memory was indelible in his mind.
SCOTCH
v. To put an end to (the storm scotched our plans)

Sentence: The hurricane scotched our vacation plans.
CODA
n. Something that concludes, finishes, or rounds out, often with a summary of what has gone before (ex. an unpleasant after-hours voice mail from your boss would be a coda to an awful workday)

Sentence: The finals for the semester was a coda to the academic year.
HOMOGENEOUS
adj. Similar in kind; composed of similar or uniform parts

Sentence: The homogeneous defense tactics were used in MMA and karate competition.
FATUOUS
adj. Complacently foolish or silly; unreal; illusory

Sentence: The adult's fatuous behavior was childish and immature.
INVETERATE
adj. Established through long practice or precedent; habitual or ingrained

Sentence: Ray Allen's inveterate 3-point shot became fluent and second nature.
PERMEABLE
adj. Capable of being permeated or penetrated; porous so as to admit liquid

Sentence: The permeable jersey allowed air to cool the player's skin.
PHILANTHROPIC
adj. Of, related to, characterized by, involved with, or providing charitable or humanitarian aid or assistance

Sentence: The philanthropic donor donated a large sum of money to his alma mater.
OSTRACIZE
v. To exclude; to exile from a group by general consent

Sentence: People with leprosy were ostracized from the village.
PROPAGATE
v. To multiply or breed; to pass (traits) to offspring; to extend or spread to a greater area or number; to foster wider knowledge or spread word of; to publicize

Sentence: The breeders propagated a bred of German shepherds.
FIDELITY
n. The state or quality of being faithful or loyal; accuracy or exactness (as in "high fidelity")

Sentence: The fidelity of the married couple lasted 60 years.
ABSTAIN
v. To refrain or hold oneself back

Sentence: Despite his frustration, he abstained from yelling.
INHIBIT
v. To prevent, prohibit, or forbid; to restrain, damper, hold back, or check

Sentence: The athlete took an Advil tablet to inhibit the joint inflammation.
FACETIOUS
adj. Joking or jocular (often inappropriately), not meaning to be serious; intended to be humorous, rather than serious

Sentence: The facetious clown made his audience laugh.
INGENUOUS
adj. Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; straightforward, candid, frank; sincere

Sentence: The couple had an ingenuous talk about the potential of marriage.
AFFABLE
adj. Pleasant and easy to talk to; approachable

Sentence: Her affable personality was very attractive to men.
ADHERE
v. To stay attached, stick to; to be devoted in support or allegiance; to remain committed to

Sentence: The viscid sticker adhered to the paper.
SLACK
adj. Negligent, careless, or lax; slow, sluggish, lacking energy; lacking tautness or tightness; weak; inactive, not busy

v. To become slack, to loosen or make slower; to shirk or evade work; to be careless or inattentive in doing

Sentence: His exhaustion made him slack and unalert.
DIVERGE
v. To turn aside from a path or course; to branch off from a single point; to differ in opinion, form, or character

Sentence: Their relationship diverged as he began to be more consumed with wealth and fame.
FREQUENT
adj. Happening often

v. To visit

Sentence: The restaurant was frequented by many who enjoyed a charbroiled burger.
FRINGE
n. A margin, periphery, or outer edge

Sentence: The employee was on the fringe of termination as the budget diminished.
EGRESS
n. The act of going out or existing; an exit or way out

Sentence: The egress of the tape recorder happened as MP3 players became popular.
ASCEND
v. To move or slope upward; to rise from a lower level or station; to go back in time or genealogical progression; to become king or queen

Sentence: Jesus Christ ascended to heaven.
LAUDABLE
adj. Praiseworthy

Sentence: Her acclaimed and laudable performance resulted in many positive reviews from the music critics.
RENT
adj. Having been torn; violently lacerated; or wrested from

n. A tear or opening created by rending; a rift or breach in relationships

Sentence: The rent carcass was mutilated by the tigers.
VOLATILE
adj. Widely varying, fickle, inconstant, or even prone to violence

Sentence: His volatile personality made it difficult for us to work for him.
ASEPTIC
adj. Free from or protecting against infection by pathogenic microorganisms; without animation or emotion

Sentence: The aseptic syringe was heat treated to kill all bacteria.
SKULLDUGGERY
n. Deceitful underhanded, unscrupulous behavior

Sentence: The judge did not approve of any bribery, contempt, or skullduggery in his court.
PREDILECTION
n. A preference or partiality for something

Sentence: The student had a predilection for fast food after a long night of studies.
DIVESTITURE
n. The act of divesting (opposite of "investing"), or stripping someone of property; the sale or liquidation of assets

Sentence: The bank's divestiture of its subsidiaries was to raise capital to buffer against any future financial crisis.
PROLOGUE
n. An introduction, esp. to a poem, play, novel

Sentence: The prologue to the novel caught the attention of its readers; enticing them to purchase the book.
GOSSAMER
adj. Extremely light, delicate, or sheet

Sentence: The gossamer veil draped delicately over her head.
DORMANT
adj. Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive (esp. temporarily inactive)

Sentence: The flu virus was dormant in her body; it was triggered in the winter season.
GRATE
v. To shred (such as cheese) by rubbing against an abrasive surface; to cause to make a harsh sound through grinding (as teeth); to persistently annoy

Sentence: The annoying child grate his parents by whining at the mall.
GRATUITOUS
adj. Done, given, or obtained without payment; unearned; unwarranted, unjustified uncalled-for

Sentence: The gratuitous tip was not based on her service, but on his generosity.
HEGEMONY
n. Dominance or influence of one group or force over others

Sentence: The hegemony of the father had his family submit to his decisions.
RIFT
n. A narrow fissure in rock; a break in an interpersonal relationship

Sentence: The rift in their relationship was due to poor financial management.
GRIEVOUS
adj. Causing great pain, suffering, or grief; serious, dire, severe, or extremely harmful; oppressive, burdensome

Sentence: The layoff was grievous, causing him many sleepless nights.
EPHEMERAL
adj. Short-lived or lasting only a brief period; lasting only one day

Sentence: His ephemeral music career prompt many people to call him a "one-hit wonder."
ASPERSION
n. A false, derogatory claim meant to injure someone's reputation; the act of making such a claim; a sprinkling with water, especially as part of a religious ceremony

Sentence: The aspersion ruined his professional reputation making it difficult for him to find a job.
HALCYON
adj. Calm, peaceful, or tranquil; prosperous or wealthy

Sentence: The halcyon winds were gentle and peaceful.