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GRE Level Words--Part 7

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Proletarian
A member of the working class.
Runic
Mysterious; magical.
Throwback
Exhibiting primitive, or ancestral traits.
Evanescent
Short-lived.
Admonitory
Scolding.
Vulpine
Like a fox.
Sinewy
Vigorous; having well-developed muscles.
Esoterica
Obscure details.
Burlesque
A comic play; lampoon.
Sinistral
Left-handed, or counter-clockwise.
Absolution
Forgiveness; pardon; release.
Resignation
Acceptance of fate.
Adroit
Skillful.
Pontificate
To speak pompously or dogmatically.
Illusory
Deceptive; false; misleading.
Exegesis
Scholarly explanation or interpretation.
Sanguinary
Bloodthirsty; bloody.
Celerity
Speed; quickness.
Scrupulous
Careful; diligent; painstaking.
Malefactor
A wrong-doer.
Chimerical
Changeable; unstable.
Parity
equality
Utopian
Believer in an ideal world.
Circumvent
To avoid.
Protean
Changeable.
Fortitude
Bravery.
Milieu
environment
Clemency
Mercy.
Inexpedient
Not advisable.
Venial
Minor; unimportant.
Misnomer
Wrong name.
Atrophy
To waste away from lack of use.
Insurgent
A rebel.
Vestigial
Not developed.
Peripient
Perceptive; insightful
Virulent
Dangerous; harmful.
Garish
Gaudy
Conflagration
A big fire.
Congenital
Present from birth.
Persnickety
Fastidious; fussy
Germinal
Just growing; not developed; immature.
Wane
To grow less.
Raze
destroy; demolish; tear down.
Wax
To increase; to grow more.
Purloin
To steal.
Certitude
Certainty.
Atavism
biological reappearance of ancestral traits; regression
Foible
Quirk; minor weakness.
Tendentious
Dogmatic; biased.
Hack
To chop roughly; person who writes to earn money; hired horse.
Purist
Conservative; one who insists on correct forms of language.
Maculated
spotted
seine
type of fishing net
Discountenance
Disallow.
Posterity
Future generations.
Posthumous
After death.
Acuity
Sharpness, mental or visual.
Subversive
rebellious; revolutionary.
Gratuitous
Unwarranted.
Peruse
To read carefully.
Elucidate
To make clear.
Consummate
Complete; total; supremely good.
Jaunt
a short pleasure trip.
Guffaw
sudden loud laughter.
Surreptitious
Secret; sneaky; stealthy.
nondescript
Having no special features; dull and ordinary.
Contusion
A bruise.
Pivotal
of central importance.
Relegate
To dismiss to a lower position.
Nonentity
A person of no importance; not famous.
Corpulent
Fat.
Gustatory
Concerned with the sense of taste.
Capitulate
Surrender; give in to.
Underscore
emphasize.
Vagrant
Person wandering from place to place without a home.
Parochial
Narrow-minded; concerned only with local matters.