GRE Vocab 3
Terms in this set (71)
a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
to annoy or provoke to anger
"clash, conflict, irritate, oppose, vex"
to choose not to do something
"refrain, forbear, withhold"
determined by chance or impulse
"changeable, erratic, indiscriminate, wayward"
to make something unpleasant less severe
"alleviate, appease, comfort, ease, lighten, soothe"
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
"debilitate, dilute, enfeeble, sap, thin, undermine"
premise; postulate; self-evident truth
"adage, aphorism, maxim, rule"
to grow and flourish
"bloom, prosper, thrive"
changing one's mind quickly and often
"arbitrary, chance, changeable, fickle, mercurial, willful"
convincing and well-reasoned
"persuasive, solid, sound, valid"
collaboration; complicity; conspiracy
"connivance, intrigue, machination"
cranky person, usually old
"decline, descent, drop"
A formal or authoritative statement
"aphorism, apothegm, degree"
"shy, timid, demure, modest"
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
"different, divergent, diverse, various"
to foretell or know by inspiration
"auger, foresee, predict, presage"
exhilarated; full of enthusiasm and high spirits
"bubbly, zestful, avid"
to produce, cause, or bring about
a puzzle; a mystery
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
pleasant, harmonious sound
"funky, malodorous, rank"
"contentious, peevish, quarrelsome"
growth process from conception to birth
"development, gravidity, preggers"
"Artifice, chicanery, connivery, duplicity"
of a similar kind
"consistent, standardized, uniform"
blocked path; dilemma with no solution
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
"artless, innocent, naive, simple"
fearless; resolutely courageous
to overwhelm; to cover with water
"deluge, drown, flood, submerge"
nonsensical talk; specialized language
"argot, idiom, slang"
to set fire to or ignite; excite or inspire
"arouse, awaken, light, spark"
to ridicule with satire
"acclaim, applaud, commend, compliment"
discolored from a bruise; reddened with anger
"ashen, pallid, furious"
powerful or influential person
"dignitary, luminary, potentate, tycoon"
"bathetic, saccharine, weepy"
to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically
"defoliate, desquamate, cast"
extremely plain or secluded
"contemplative, disciplined, regimented"
new word or expression
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
"inflexible, recalcitrant, unyielding"
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
"backbreaking, cumbersome, formidable, rigorous, taxing"
"conspicuousness, flashiness, pretentiousness"
willing to betray one's trust
"disloyal, faithless, treacherous"
done in a routine way; indifferent
"apathetic, automatic, mechanical"
wandering from place to place, especially on foot
"wayfaring, nomadic, itinerant"
calm and unemotional in temperament
"apathetic, calm, emotionless, indifferent, passionless"
meaningless, foolish talk
"babble, blather, chatter, drivel, gibberish"
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
"abrupt, hasty, hurried"
"infantile, jejune, juvenile"
witty, skillful storyteller
to reject the validity of
"deny, disclaim, disown"
"blooper, faux, vulgarism"
an excessive amount
bad-tempered and unfriendly
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
"digressive, extraneous, inconsequential, irrelevant"
temporary; lasting a brief time
"ephemeral, evanescent, impermanent"
to scold sharply
"rebuke, reproach, tax"
thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid
"gelatinous, glutinous, thick"
charming; happily engaging
the point of culmination; peak