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GRE Words--Part 5

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TIMOROUS
full of fear; timid
MIASMA
a noxious atmosphere or influence; a poisonous atmosphere formerly thought to rise from swamps or putrid matter and cause disease
AGOG
highly excited; wide-eyed with enthusiasm; amazed.
TANDEM
coming one after another
PALTER
to act insincerely or deceitfully
DISCOMMODE
to cause inconvenience; to trouble
inveigh
to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently: RAIL
BALKY
refusing to proceed, act, or function as directed or expected
REAM
500 sheets of paper
speculative
risky; based on guesswork rather than knowledge
KNOLL
a small rounded hill or mound; a hillock
MOXIE
courage or nerve; the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; aggressive energy
pettifogger
a petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer; one who quibbles over trivia
MUCKRAKE
to search for and expose misconduct in public life
Malfeasance
misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official
VOTARY
one zealously devoted to a religion
CROON
to sing softly or in a humming way
quisling
a traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country
termagant
a person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes
humdrum
lacking variety or excitement; dull; boring; monotonous talk or routine
happenstance
an unexpected random event
VULGARIS
being of the usual type; common
frill
something costly and unnecessary
SWATH
a path or strip; the space created by the swing of a scythe or the cut of a mowing machine
PELF
wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired
batten
grow fat; thrive upon others
ingenue
an artless girl; an actress who plays such parts
ORISON
prayer
compunction
a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt; a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds; regret; sorrow
caginess
having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters; secretive; wary; careful; shrewd
BIBULOUS
of or relating to drink or drinking; very absorbent, as paper or soil; inclined to drink
IMMURE
to confine within or as if within walls; imprison; lock up or confine, as in a jail
RANCOUR
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
preposterous
contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; ridiculous; bizarre; completely devoid of wisdom or good sense; senseless as to be laughable
APLOMB
self-confident assurance; poise; assurance of manner or of action; a firm belief in one's own powers; stable, calm state of the emotions
FRIPPERY
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy or the like
PRURIENT
having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
buoyant
able to float; light-hearted
EGRESS
way out; exit
exorbitant
much too high or great
FEINT
to pretend
GOURMAND
a person who is devoted to eating and drinking in excess
LUCENT
easily understood; lucid; clear
MALADROIT
clumsy; tactless
obfuscate
to darken; make obscure; muddle
PALPABLE
obvious
pileous
covered with hair
QUANDARY
State of doubt or perplexity
REGICIDE
Killing of a king
SCABBARD
Sheath of a blade
STYMIE
To hinder, obstruct, or block.
Summarily
Briefly; without delay
Ubiquitous
present everywhere
Verisimilitude
Appearing TRUE or REAL
FEY
possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or qaulity
Apartheid
Brutal racial discrimination
cavalcade
a procession of vehicles.
EPISTLE
a letter
FORAY
to venture
LIEN
legal claim until a debt on it is repaid
malapropism
misuse of a word (for one that resembles it)
ONUS
responsibility; burden
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
MYRIAD
in large numbers.
PEDESTRIAN
commonplace; trite; unremarkable
PUNDIT
pedant authority on a subject
RETINUE
following; attendants
SKIFF
a small boat