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100 terms

Patrick's GRE Prep 301-400

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atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents. reversion to an earlier type, throwback
austere
1) forbiddingly stern; 2) ascetic; 3) without comfort or enjoyment; 4) simple and unornamented
authoritarian
1) subordinating the individual to the state; 2) completely dominating others' will
authoritative
1) reliable, authorized; 2) peremptory, dictatorial; 3) classical, definitive; 4) important, having ascendancy or influence
auxiliary
ADJ. 1) offering or providing help; 2) additional or subsidiary; N. 3) helper, assisant
averse
reluctant, disinclined, not liking or opposed
avid
greedy, extremely eager for
awe
N. 1) solemn wonder, feeling of respect mixed with wonder and fear; 2) fill with amazement
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distorted, crooked, bent
babble
1) chatter idly or foolishly; 2) make continuous sounds like water running gently over rounded stone
badger
pester, annoy continually with demands, persuade by asking again and again
badinage
teasing conversation, banter, joking talk
baffle
1) frustrate, perplex, disconcert; 2) defeat; 3) to check or break the force or flow of
bait
1) persecute or exasperate with unjust. malicious, or persistent attacks; 2) tease; 3) to attack by biting or tearing; 4) entice, lure; 5) to give food and drink (to an animal)
baleful
1) evil, malignant in intent or effect, having a malign influence; 2) deadly; 3) portending evil, ominous, threatening
balk
1) stop short as if faced with an obstacle and refuse to continue; 2) foil, stop or get in the way of, frustrate
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
1) something that relieves pain; 2)oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees
balmy
1) soft and mild (of air); 2) fragrant
banal
hackneyed, trite, cliched, commonplace, lacking originality
bandy
1) discuss lightly or glibly; 2) exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel
bane
poison, cause of ruin
bantering
joking talk, good naturedly ridiculing
barb
1) sharp projection from a fishhook, arrow, or other object; 2) openly cutting remark
barefaced
shameless and noticeable, blatant, bold, unconcealed, having no covering on the face
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
1) a dam (used to increase depth of water or divert it for navigation or irrigation); 2) artillery fire (laid down on a line as a barrier to screen and protect friendly troops); 3) a vigorous or rapid outpouring of many things at once (a _____ of protests)
barrage
1) a dam (used to increase depth of water or divert it for navigation or irrigation); 2) artillery fire (laid down as a business to screen and protect friendly troops); 3) a vigorous or rapid outpouring of many things at once (a _____ of protests)
barrister
counselor-at-low or lawyer in the higher court of law
barrister
counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law
bask
luxuriate, take pleasure in warmth
bastion
stronghold, something seen as a source of protection
bastion
stronghold, something seen as a sauce of protection
bate
let down, lessen the force of, moderate, strain
bauble
trinket, cheap jewel, trifle
bawdy
indecent, obscene, about sex in a rude and funny way
bawdy
indecent, obscene, about sex in a rude funny way
beatific
giving or showing bliss, blissful
beatitude
blessedness, a state of great happiness
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beeline
direct quick route
befuddle
confuse thoroughly
begrudge
envy, give or allow unwillingly
beguile
1) deceive, mislead or delude, cheat; 2) pass time pleasantly; 3) charm or attract
beguile
deceive, mislead or delude, cheat; pass time pleasantly, charm or attract
behemoth
huge creature, something of monstrous size or power
beholden
obligated, indebted, owing thanks
beholden
obligated, indebted, owing thanks to
behoove
be suited to, be incumbent upon, be right and necessary
belabor
1) harp on, dwell of tediously, explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; 2) assail verbally; 3) beat severely, attack physically
belabor
1) harp on, dwell on tediously, explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; 2) assail verbally; 3) beat severely, attack physically
belated
delayed
beleaguer
besiege or attack (w/ an army), harass, beset
belie
contradict; 2) give a false impression, disguise
belie
1) contradict; 2) give a false impression, disguise
bellicose
warlike
belligerent
quarrelsome
bemoan
lament, moan for, express sorrow or disapproval of
bemused
1) confused, puzzled, bewildered; 2) lost in thought, absorbed; 3) preoccupied, distracted; 4) to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement
benediction
blessing
benefactor
gift giver, one that confers a benefit
beneficent
1) doing or producing good; 2) beneficial
beneficiary
one that benefits from something, especially a person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
benefit
1) anything that brings help, advantage, or profit; 2) service or right provided in addition to salary by an employer, payment or service provided under annuity, pension plan or insurance policy; 3) social event to raise funds for person or cause
benevolent
generous, charitable, having a wish to do good
benign
1) kindly, favorable; 2) harmless
benison
blessing
bent
1) determined; 2) changed out of an originally straight or even condition; 3) different than normal or usual; 4) dishonest, corrupt; 5) bias; 6) talent; 7) capacity or endurance; 8) a transverse framework (as in a bridge) to carry lateral as well as transverse loads; 9) unenclosed grassland; 10) a stalk of stiff coarse grass
bequeath
leave to someone by means of a will, hand down in a will
bequest
V. 1) the act of leaving something to someone in one's will; N 2) possession granted to someone by a will; 3) legacy
finery
beautiful clothes for a special occasion
fuddle
make stupid or confused (as with alcoholic drink)
luxuriate
take pleasure in great comfort
mystic
of hidden meaning and spiritual power
solicitor
1) one who approached with a request or plea; 2) lawyer of the lower court; 3) chief law official of a municipality, county, or department
solicitor
lawyer in the lower court of law
unregenerate
making no attempt to change one's bad practices
bicker
1) quarrel; 2) quiver, flicker
biennial
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches, forked
bigotry
stubborn intolerance
bigot
one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)
belittle
disparage, depreciate
beneficial
helpful, useful, advantageous
authenticate
prove genuine
autopsy
examination of a dead body, postmortem
avalanche
great mass of falling snow or ice
aversion
firm dislike
barter
trade, exchange for goods rather than money
beget
father, produce, give rise to
intolerant
not willing to accept ways of thinking different from one's own
brawl
1) noisy quarrel or fight; 2) make a loud confused noise
attribute
1) essential quality; 2) ascribe, explain
asylum
place of refuge or shelter, religious or political protection
atone
make amends, pay for
atrocity
brutal deed
atrophy
wasting away
attest
bear witness