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GRE vocab 3

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pare
v. used w/ object
1) to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of
2) to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often fol. by off or away)
3) to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often fol. by down)
scintillate
v. used w/o object
1) to emit sparks
2) to sparkle; flash
3) to twinkle, as the stars

v. used w/ object
4) to emit as sparks; flash forth
laudable
adj.
1) deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable
malinger
v. used w/o object
1) to feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work
soporific
adj.
1) causing or tending to cause sleep
2) pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy

n.
3) something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug
noisome
adj.
1) offensive or disgusting
2) harmful or injurious to health; noxious
strident
adj.
1) making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking
2) having a shrill, irritating quality or character
elegy
n.
1) a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, esp. a funeral song or a lament for the dead
2) a poem written in an ----- meter
3) a sad or mournful musical composition
filigree
n.
1) delicate, ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, esp. lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques
2) anything very delicate or fanciful

adj.
3) composed of or resembling -----

v. used w/ object
4) to adorn with or form into -----
concerto
n.
1) a composition for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments, typically in three movements
morose
adj.
1) gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood
2) characterized by or expressing gloom
ignominy
n.
1) disgrace; dishonor; public contempt
2) shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this
guile
n.
1) insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity
prescience
n.
1) knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight
penury
n.
1) extreme poverty; destitution
2) scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency
raze
v. used w/ object
1) to teardown; demolish; level to the ground
2) to shave or scrape off
abet
v. used w/ object
1) to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing
gambit
n.
1) In chess. an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece
2) any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage
3) a remark made to open or redirect a conversation