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-GRE 1

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retribution
noun
punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved : settlers drove the Navajo out of Arizona in - for their raids.
revile
verb [ trans. ] (usu. be -ed)
criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner : he was now -ed by the party that he had helped to lead. See note at scold .
rile
verb [ trans. ]
1 informal make (someone) annoyed or irritated : it was his air of knowing all the answers that -ed her | he's getting you all -ed up.
2 make (water) turbulent or muddy.
decrepit
adjective
(of a person) elderly and infirm : a - old drunk. See note at weak .
• worn out or ruined because of age or neglect : centuries-old buildings, now - and black with soot.
defect
verb [ intrans. ]
abandon one's country or cause in favor of an opposing one : he -ed to the Soviet Union after the war.
deign
verb [ intrans. ]
do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity : she did not - to answer the maid's question.
• [ trans. ] archaic condescend to give (something) : he had -ed an apology.
deluge
noun
a severe flood.
• ( the D-) the biblical Flood (recorded in Genesis 6-8).
• a heavy fall of rain : a - of rain hit the plains.
• figurative a great quantity of something arriving at the same time : a - of complaints.
verb [ trans. ] (usu. be -ed)
inundate with a great quantity of something : he has been -ed with offers of work.
• flood : the country was -ed with rain.
descant
noun |ˈdesˌkant| Music
an independent treble melody usually sung or played above a basic melody.
• archaic or poetic/literary a melodious song.
• a discourse on a theme or subject : his - of deprivation.
verb |desˈkant| |dɪˈskant| |dɛ-| [ intrans. ]
talk tediously or at length : I have -ed on this subject before.
desultory
adjective
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm : a few people were left, dancing in a - fashion.
• (of conversation or speech) going constantly from one subject to another in a halfhearted way; unfocused : the - conversation faded.
• occurring randomly or occasionally : - passengers were appearing.
diatribe
noun
a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something : a - against the Roman Catholic Church.
din
the act of making a noisy disturbance