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GRE Vocab 4
Terms in this set (72)
something out of place in time
deviation from what is normal
"aberration, abnormality, deviance, irregularity"
to leave secretly
"flee, decamp, escape"
to speak in favor of
"back, champion, support"
"beset, storm, strike"
to relieve, make more bearable
"allay, assuage, comfort, lessen"
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
"bleak, dour, grim, hard, harsh, severe"
to divide into two parts
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
"clod, oaf, vulgarian, yahoo"
impartial and honest in speech
"direct, straightforward, sincere, honest"
to grow together to form a single whole
"amalgamate, blend, condense, consolidate"
strongbox; large chest for money
"chest, exchequer, war chest"
greed; strong desire
"avarice, covetousness, rapacity"
young woman making debut in high society
allowing light to show through; delicate
"gauzy, sheer, tenuous, transparent"
an abusive, condemnatory speech
"fulmination, harangue, invective, malediction"
to perceive or recognize
"catch, detect, discriminate, espy, glimpse, spy, tell"
active or occurring during the day
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
"melancholy, solemn, sour"
belonging to a particular area; inherent
"indigenous, local, native"
to reduce in strength
"debilitate, enfeeble, sap, weaken"
beliefs or character of a group
"culture, ethic, philosophy"
speech in praise of someone
"commend, extol, laud"
one who champions or advocates
intensely emotional; feverish
"burning, impassioned, passionate, zealous"
happening by chance; fortunate
"chance, fortunate, haphazard, lucky, prosperous"
tending to talk a lot
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
"bootlick, cringe, fawn, kowtow"
very old; whitish or gray from age
"ancient, antique, venerable, vintage"
to infuse, dye, wet, or moisten
"charge, freight, impregnate, permeate"
to teach; impress in the mind
"implant, indoctrinate, instill, preach"
habitually lazy; idle
"languid, lethargic, slothful, sluggish"
not easily managed or manipulated
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
"implacable, irreconcilable, obstinate, rigid, unbending, unyielding"
wandering from place to place; unsettled
having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp; perceptive
"acute, canny, quick"
to express sorrow; to grieve
"bewail, deplore, grieve, mourn"
potentially available, but not readily apparent
"concealed, dormant, inert, potential"
easily flexed; limber; agile
"graceful, lithe, supple"
lacking energy and enthusiasm
"indolent, languid, lethargic"
whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind
a strict disciplinarian; a stickler for the rules
"dictator, stickler, tyrant"
to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
"allay, alleviate, ease, moderate, palliate, mollify"
to calm or make less severe
appease, assuage, conciliate, pacify, mitigate"
no variation; tediously the same
starting to develop; coming into existence
"embryonic, emerging, incipient"
meddlesome, too helpful
"eager, unwanted, intrusive"
"represented, supposed, surface"
having bad connotations; disparaging
"belittling, dismissive, insulting"
an oppressive lack of resources (as money); severe poverty
to wander from place to place; to travel, especially on foot
"journey, traverse, trek"
a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
"boor, capitalist, materialist, vulgarian"
monarch or ruler with great power
practical, as opposed to idealistic
the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs
"appropriateness, decency, decorum, modesty"
wisdom, caution, or restraint
"astuteness, circumspection, discretion, frugality, providence, thrift"
very highly ornamented; relating to an 18th century artistic style of elaborate ornamentation
a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
to calm down or moderate
"quench, moderate, satisfy"
to tarnish; taint
to replace (another) by force; to take the place of
claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
"categorical, clear, explicit"
filled with truth and accuracy
"candor, exactitude, fidelity"
vitality and energy
"crafty cunning tricky"
someone passionately devoted to a cause
"enthusiast, fanatic, militant, radical"