GRE Vocab 7
Terms in this set (71)
to give up a position, right, or power
"cede, quit, relinquish, resign, yield"
moderate in appetite
"abstinent, continent, sober, temperate"
an intense dislike
"abhorrence, animosity, antagonism, dislike, hatred, loathing, repugnance"
one who renounces a religious faith
"defector, deserter, traitor"
concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty
pretentious; phony; artificial
"admirable, awesome, grand, majestic"
predictable; cliched; boring
"bland, bromidic, fatuous, innocuous, insipid, jejune, musty, prosaic, stale, threadbare, trite"
support; prop up
"brace, buttress, crutch, prop, support, underpin, uphold"
harsh, jarring noise
"chaos, clamor, din, discord, disharmony"
biting in wit
"acerbic, biting, mordant, trenchant
great disorder or confusion
"clutter, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorganization, jumble, muddle scramble, snarl"
to support with evidence
"authenticate, back, buttress, confirm, substantiate, validate"
to pamper; treat with great care
"cater to, cuddle, dandle, fondle, pamper, pet, spoil"
subtly or unexpectedly harmful
"adverse, hurtful, inimical, injurious"
a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
"agitator, inciter, instigator"
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
"amateur, dabbler, tyro"
the female branch of a family
dictatorial in one's opinions
"authoritarian, bossy, doctrinaire, imperious, masterful, overbearing, peremptory"
impudent boldness; audacity
"brashness, gall,nerve, presumption"
a sorrowful poem or speech
wandering and unpredictable
"capricious, inconstant, whimsical, irresolute"
"artificial, dummy, false, imitation, mock, sham"
urgent; requiring immediate action
"critical, imperative, urgent"
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
"absurd, ludicrous, preposterous, silly"
to arouse or incite
"agitate, impassion, inflame, instigate, kindle"
"candestine, covert, shifty, surreptitious, underhand"
process occurring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color
"nuance, shade, step, subtlety"
the domination of one state or group over its allies
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
"maverick, nonconformist, rebel, revolutionary"
not devout in religion
"immoral, irreverent, profane"
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
"inexorable, intransigent, irreconcilable, remorseless, unforgiving, unrelenting"
"benign, harmless, inoffensive, insipid"
an investigation; an inquiry
"probe, quest, research"
ceremony conferring authority
"inaugural, inauguration, induction, initiation, installation"
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
fame; glory; honor
"acclaim, accolade, encomium, homage, praise"
theft of personal property
an inappropriate lack of seriousness; overly casual
tolerant or broad-minded; generous or lavish
"bounteous, latitudinarian, munificent, permissive, progressive"
to move slowly and awkwardly
"galumph, hulk, lurch, stumble"
capable of being shaped
"adaptable, ductile, plastic, pliable, pliant"
figure of speech comparing two different things
"allegory, analogy, simile, symbol"
extremely careful; particular about details
"finicky, fussy, picky, precise, punctilious, scrupulous"
lacking foresight; having a narrow view or lang-range perspective
"disgusting, malodorous, foul"
"intransigent, mullish, persistent, stubborn, tenacious"
"discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, shame"
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
"array, display, fanfare, parade, pomp, shine, show"
a contradiction or dilemma
to be present throughout; to permeate
"imbue, infuse, penetrate, permeate, suffuse"
"glut, overabundance, superfluity, surfeit"
"brave, bold, gusty"
complete and confirmed integrity
"morality, rectitude, uprightness, virtue"
a natural or habitual inclination or tendency
"bias, leaning, partiality, penchant, predisposition, prejudice, propensity"
inclined to complain; irritable
"peevish, puling, sniveling, whiny"
"cool, introvert, laconic, standoffish, taciturn, undemonstrative"
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
"confident, hopeful, positive, rosy, rubicund"
cynical; scornfully mocking
"acerbic, caustic, sarcastic, satirical, snide"
a state of static balance or equilibrium; stagnation
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
"diatribe, fulmination, harangue, obloquy, revilement, vilificaiton"
"apprentice, fledgling, greenhorn, neophyte, tenderfoot"
varied; marked with different colors
a trace; remnant
"relic, remains, sign"
undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless
"capricious, lewd, licentious"
to join together
"bind, harness, pair"