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34 terms

Gruber GRE 3,400 Word List #36 Terms - 1191-1224

Set #36 (thirty-sixth 34 words) of the 3,400 word list provided in Gruber's Complete GRE Guide 2012.
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esoteric
for a select few (to be understood); not generally known
espionage
spying
espouse
to adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life)
essay
(verb) to try; to attempt; (noun) a short personal literary composition dealing with a single subject
estival
pertaining to summer
estranged
separated; alienated
ethereal
spiritual; airy and delicate, as if too perfect for this world
ethnic
pertaining to a particular race or culture
etymology
the origin and development of words
eugenics
science of improving the human race
eulogy
a speech or piece of writing that praises a dead person
euphemism
substitution of a mild or indirect expression for an unpleasant one
euphonious
having a pleasant sound; harmonious
euphoria
a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness
euthanasia
the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma
evanescent
soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing
evasive
not straightforward; tricky
eventuate
to occur as a result; to happen finally
evict
to expel; to throw out
evince
to show clearly; reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling)
evoke
to call forth; to produce
evolve
to develop gradually, esp. from a simple to a more complex form
exacerbate
to make (a problem, bad situation or negative feeling) worse
exact
(two meanings) accurate (adj.); to demand and obtain something (esp. a payment) from someone (verb)
exalt
to raise in position; to praise
exasperate
to irritate; to annoy extremely
excise
(two meanings) a tax on liquor, tobacco, etc. (noun); to cut out or off (verb)
excoriate
(two meanings) to scrape the skin off; to criticize sharply
excruciating
unbearably painful
exculpate
to free from blame; to vindicate
execrate
to curse
exemplary
worthy of imitation
exhilaration
liveliness; high spirits
exhort
to strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something; to warn