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Barron's GRE Word List 21 (gainsay-gossamer)

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gainsay
to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
gait
n. manner of moving on foot; rate or manner or proceeding
galaxy
n. A huge group of single stars, star systems, star clusters, dust, and gas bound together by gravity; a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)
gale
windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughters, tears);
gall
v. make sore; irritate mentally; annoy; vex, (n) bitterness of feeling, rancor
galleon
a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts
galvanize
to stimulate or urge into action; to spur, To excite or arouse action
gambit
a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position; maneuver or action used to gain an advantage
gambol
(v.) to jump or skip about playfully, romp
gamely
adv. bravely; in a spirited manner; with courage;
gamut
n. an entire range or series
gape
v. an expression of open-mouthed astonishment
garbled
mixed up; jumbled; distorted
gargantuan
of huge or extraordinary size and power
gargoyle
A grotesque carved human or animal figure, especially one used as a rainspout carrying water clear of a wall
garish
(adj.) crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration
garner
(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
garnish
(v.) to adorn or decorate, especially food; (n.) an ornament or decoration, especially for food
garrulous
loquacious; wordy; talkative
gastronomy
art and science of preparing and serving good food;
gauche
awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
gaudy
(adj.) flashy, showy; not in good taste
gaunt
adj. extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture;
gavel
n. hammerlike tool; mallet(wooden hammer) used by a presiding officer,judge or an auctioneer;
gawk
stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe
gazette
official periodical publication; newspaper, journal giving official information
genealogy
n. record of descent; lineage; ancestry; study of ancestry
generality
vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general;
generate
v. cause; produce; create
generic
relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus
genesis
beginning; origin
geniality
n. cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy
genre
particular variety of art or literature
genteel
adj. marked by refinement in taste and manners, well-mannered; refined; polite
gentility
n. those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteel
gentry
people of standing(rank or position); people of good family or high social position; class of people just below nobility
genuflect
v. to bend the knee in a kneeling or half-kneeling position to express reverence or respect
germane
(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
germinal
adj. pertaining to a germ; creative, just growing; not developed; immature
germinate
(v) to begin to grow, come into being, sprout, develop
gerontocracy
n. government ruled by old people
gerrymander
an act of dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage
gestate
v. To conceive and develop in the mind or body, to transform and grow, like a baby inside the womb
gesticulation
act of making gestures, a particularly expressive gesture, a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
ghastly
(adj) frightful, horrible; deathly pale
gibberish
n. nonsense; unintelligible speech
gibe
v. To utter taunting words, mock, scorn, deride, jeer
giddy
(adj.) dizzy; light-headed; lacking seriousness
gingerly
(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution
girth
the distance around something; circumference
gist
the central essential part, main point, or essence
glacial
like a glacier; extremely cold, hostile; unfriendly; icy
glaring
highly conspicuous; harshly bright
glaze
v. cover with a thin and shiny surface
glean
(v.) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
glib
adj. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so
glimmer
v. shine erratically; twinkle
gloat
(v.) to look at or think about with great intensity and satisfactory ; to take great persona joy in, malicious satisfaction
gloss over
v. explain away with the intention of deceiving or hiding faults
glossary
n. brief explanation of words used in the text
glossy
adj. smooth and shining
glower
v. scowl; glare; look or stare angrily
glut
(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply
glutinous
adj. sticky; viscous; gluey
glutton
A person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
gnarled
(adj.) knotted, twisted, lumpy
gnome
dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards
goad
(v.) to drive or urge on; (n.) something used to drive or urge on
gorge
v. overeat or eat immodestly; n. A deep, narrow passage with rocky sides, enclosed between mountains
gory
(adj.) marked by bloodshed, slaughter, or violence
gossamer
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth, a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture