GRE Vocab 6
Terms in this set (76)
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
"clever, crafty, volatile, whimsical"
a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds
"clash, contention, discord, dissension, dissidence, friction"
crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
a model of excellence or perfection
"apotheosis, ideal, quintessence, standard"
to trim off excess; reduce
"castaway, leper, offscouring, untouchable"
discussion, usually between enemies
"debate, dialogue, negotiation"
to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer
"avoid, evade, repel"
piece of literature or music imitating other works
a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things
controversy; argument; verbal attack
shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic
"extravagant, lavish, profligate"
"dissolute, extravagant, improvident, prodigal, wasteful"
meal or mealtime
effective writing or speaking
to satisfy fully or overindulge
"cloy, glut, gorge, surfeit"
"atom, iota, mote, spark, speck"
a mark of shame or discredit
"blemish, blot, opprobrium, stain, taint"
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
"apathetic, impassive, indifferent, phlegmatic, unconcerned"
done without using words
"implicit, implied, undeclared, unuttered"
one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors
"asperity, ire, pique, rancor"
respected because of age
"distinguished, elderly, respectable"
to annoy, anger, exasperate; to confuse, baffle
"annoy, bother, exasperate, irk, peeve, provoke"
to fluctuate between choices
"dither, falter, fluctuate, oscillate, vacillate"
a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
"bigotry, chauvinism, prejudice"
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
similar or alike in some way; equivalent
"alike, comparable, corresponding, homogeneous, parallel"
sour in taste or manner
"acerbic, acetous, biting, piquant, pungent, tart"
to make impure
"debase, doctor, load"
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
"amplify, apotheosize, augment, dignify, enlarge, exalt, magnify"
to claim or take without right
"appropriate, presume, take"
to combine; to mix together
"admix, coalesce, commingle, compound, fuse,intermingle, merge, unite"
bell tower; room in which a bell is hung
pompous in speech and manner
"bloated, declamatory, grandiloquent, grandoise, magniloquent, pretentious"
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
"defamation, libel, slander"
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
"bigot, jingoist, partisan"
deception by means of craft or guile
"artifice, craftiness, deviousness, pettifoggery, shadiness, subterfuge, underhandedness"
a circle of close associates or friends
"fainthearted, spineless, timid"
to express doubts or objections
"dissent, expostulate, remonstrate, protest"
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
"gibe, jeer, mock, ridicule, scoff, sneer, taunt"
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
to swell; to expand
amusing in an odd way
"comic, entertaining, funny, risible, witty"
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
"articulate, expressive, fluent, meaningful, significant"
to add ornamental or fictitious details
"adorn, bedeck, elaborate, embroider, enhance, exaggerate"
to avoid, shun, keep away from
"avoid, elude, escape, evade, shun, shy"
to free from blame
"absolve, acquit, exculpate, vindicate"
"bootlick, grovel, pander, toady"
to cross a body of water by wading
to dance or skip around playfully
"caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, rollick, romp"
"affable, communicative,congenial, sociable"
"airtight, impervious, watertight"
peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity
"humor, oddity, quirk"
to call into question; to attack verbally
lacking interest or flavor
"banal, bland, dull, stale, vapid"
"mutiny, revolt, revolution, uprising"
envious, obnoxious, or offensive; likely to promote ill-will
"discriminatory, insulting, jaundiced, resentful"
sensible; showing good judgement
"circumspect, prudent, sagacious, sapient"
the generous giving of lavish gifts
"benevolence, boon, compliment, favor, present"
a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
immoral; unrestrained by society
bright; brilliant; glowing
"bright, brilliant, lustrous, radiant, resplendent"
artificial or stilted in character
to operate against; work against
"affect, change, influence"
frivolity; gaiety; laughter
"glee, hilarity, merriment"
"bottom, depth, pit"
existing in name only; negligible
to prevent; to make unnecessary
"forestall, preclude, prohibit"
pompus, full or rich in sound
"bombastic, declamatory, euphuistic, grandioquent, magniloquent, oratorical, sonorous"