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GRE Vocab - Running List
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adj. Inflicting or aiming at punishment
n. The act or process of dislocating or the state of having been dislocated: "the severe emotional dislocation experienced by millions of immigrants . . . who were forced to separate themselves forever from the . . . circle of people and places on which they had depended" ( Doris Kearns Goodwin).
n. A state of agitation
n. A person who is in present possession of any office. - adj. obligatory: "a duty incumbent upon me"
v. to put something out of its usual place
n. Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.
v. cause to divide into two branches or parts
n. A period or condition of depression or inactivity
adj. characterized by or relating to emotion
adj. consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
n. A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
v. to stroll; walk in an easy, leisurely way; n. a stroll
v. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
n. a model of excellence or perfection
n. A relapse into a former habit, especially criminal or antisocial behavior
adj. promoting health or well-being
adj. excessively mournful, dismal, or gloomy
n. The exclusive right of inheritance which belongs to the eldest son. Thus in England the right of inheriting the estate of the father belongs to the eldest son, and in the royal family the eldest son of the sovereign is entitled to the throne by primogeniture. In exceptional cases, among the female children, the crown descends by right of primogeniture to the eldest daughter only and her issue.
stay somewhere temporarily
steal (something) ; "purloined vomit bags from airplanes"
v. raise doubts or objections or show reluctance; "when it came time to take the ipecac, I demurred, arguing that the treatment would not be effective."
adj. silly and pointless ; devoid of intelligence ; mindless ; "a fatuous bitch"
adj. having a mournful quality
adj. lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm; "our sessions took on an elegiac and desultory character once the treatment plan proved to be causing more harm than good"
(of a feeling or habit) long-established and unlikely to change "She's an inveterate worrier" "I'm an inveterate procrastinator"
showing great care and perseverance
relating to or bringing about the settlement of an issue
(of a person's voice) loud and powerful
(of a circumstance) unfavorable
traveling from place to place, esp. working or based in various places for relatively short periods of time
one who inquires, especially in a hostile manner
v. to ask; inquire
n. a question
adj. Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others
n. The highest extent or degree of something.
n. A sign indicative of future prospects; an omen: Auspices for the venture seemed favorable. "her new book explores our reliance on devices that can isolate us under the auspices of connection"
n. A fervent adherent to a party or faction. "Sherry Turkle considers herself a partisan of conversation"
n. A tightly-packed and disorderly crowd of people
adj. rude, surly, ungracious "you wouldn't want to be churlish and say that this is not a social environment (referring to the Apple store)"
n. A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
n. An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
transitive v. To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
"the internet is always on, and it's always judging you, watching you, goading you."
adj. Deliberately impassive or expressionless (as a face or look).
adv. With a blank, expressionless face.
transitive v. To express in an impassive, matter-of-fact way.
transitive v. To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action; to influence actively; to move as motives do; -- more commonly used of persons.
adj. Apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting.
adj. Understood by only a few; obscure; requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
adj. Characterized by many curves or turns; winding: a sinuous stream. "Ben Franklin's long and sinuous life..."
n. confusion resulting from failure to understand "When I pointed to the cover, I met with really rewarding looks of bemusement" Christopher Hitchens
n. A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.
n. The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition, or argument. "Ben Franklins habit of disputation was acquired early in his life"
v. To abstain from; to avoid; to shun. "During Lent, Catholics abjure all meat"
adj. Of, or pertaining to, the pig.
adj. Overweight to the extent of resembling a pig; morbidly obese.
adj. Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold. "'Arguably,' a compilation of Hitchen's multifarious writings, tends to befuddle the average reader"
n. The act or conduct of an impostor; deception practiced under a false or assumed character; fraud or imposition; cheating. "Mark Twain's fondness for imposture and joking was renowned"
v. To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to worry, concentration etc. "Their anxious, furrowed brows..."
n. A piece of writing.
n. A long discourse or harangue.
adj. Of or relating to the worldwide Christian church.
n. Inconsequential, formulaic, or stereotypical language: "The new provisions of the lease renewal were merely boilerplate."
n. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others.
adj. Characteristic of a cretin; very stupid
adj. Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic. See Synonyms at rural.
adj. Of or characteristic of shepherds or flocks; pastoral.
adj. Pertaining to herdsmen or peasants.
n. A pastoral poem
adj. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid. See Synonyms at shy
adj. Lacking confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve.
n. A condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth due to the untreated congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones
adj. Opposed to the influence of the church or the clergy in political affairs.
adj. Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief: a pithy comment.
adj. Concise and meaningful.
adj. Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous: a prodigious storm.
adj. Extraordinary; marvelous: a prodigious talent.
n. Great anger; wrath; keen resentment.
intransitive v. To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; -- with against.
n. A short heavy stick; a club.
transitive v. To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel.
v. to express dissatisfaction, to complain and to deplore.
transitive v. To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
transitive v. To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
n. A clumsy social error, a faux pas
adj. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding: a dour, self-sacrificing life.
adj. Silently ill-humored; gloomy: the proverbially dour New England Puritan.
adj. Sternly obstinate; unyielding: a dour determination.
v. To give one's formal opinion (on or upon something).
adj. Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.
adj. Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.
adj. Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to real or actual.
adj. in actuality, in fact, in reality
adj. In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to de jure.)
adj. Inappropriate: an inapt remark
adj. Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable.
n. The quality of being mendacious; a disposition to lie or deceive; habitual lying.
n. The condition of being mendacious; untruthfulness.
n. A lie; a falsehood
n. any political orientation favoring aggressive policies adj. disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
adj. Widely known; famous; stereotypical
n. An act or instance of cursing; a curse dictated by violent feelings of hatred; an imprecation; an expression of utter detestation.
intransitive v. To walk or run about in a slatternly, careless, or thoughtless manner "...as I traipsed through the grocery store aisles"
transitive v. To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: "He did not simply sit and meditate, he also knelt down, sometimes even prostrated himself" (Iris Murdoch)
adj. in the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous
adj. treacherous; given to backstabbing
n. A sneaking, malicious coward.
adj. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
adj. Appealingly provocative: a piquant wit.
adj. Charming, interesting, or attractive: a piquant face
n. the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
n. Keenness; sharpness; tartness; severity, as of remark or utterance
n. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
n. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
n. Changing conditions of fortune in one's life; life's ups and downs.
transitive v. To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade: work imbued with the revolutionary spirit. See Synonyms at charge.
transitive v. To permeate or saturate.
transitive v. To stain or dye deeply.
adj. Characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent. See Synonyms at shameless.
adj. Offensively forward in behavior; intentionally disrespectful; insolent; possessed of unblushing assurance
n. A gloss or superficial layer
adj. Of or resembling paradise
n. An expression which inveighs or rails against a person.
n. A severe or violent censure or reproach.
n. Something spoken or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another "Personal abuse and other invective is childish and an indication of lack of maturity and lack of judgement."
adj. Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring: perennial wisdom.
transitive v. To reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn.
transitive v. To drive back or away, as with the foot; to kick.
adj. Intended for general or wide circulation.
n. Roman Catholic Church A papal letter addressed to the bishops of the Church or to the hierarchy of a particular country.
adj. Tending to inflame; inflammatory: an incendiary speech
adj. Quickly proceeding to judgment and forceful in expression; decisive; forthright.
adj. Intelligently analytical and concise.
adj. Being on one side only; affecting but one side; one-sided.
adj. Pertaining to one side; one-sided.
adj. Existing or carried on within the bounds of an institution, especially a school: intramural athletics.
n. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
n. A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
n. An abusive or contemptuous word or phrase.
n. Logic The meaning expressed in such a statement, as opposed to the way it is expressed.
n. Logic A statement that affirms or denies something.
n. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
n. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
n. A person's social setting or environment.
Slightly sour; subacid, as cream of tartar, oranges, gooseberries, etc.
Figuratively, sour in feeling or expression; sharp; caustic; harsh
adj. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
adj. Deceptively attractive.
adj. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations.
adj. Containing or implying a slight; discriminatory: invidious distinctions.
adj. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate.
adj. Not legitimate; bastard
adj. Feeling or showing haughty disdain. See Synonyms at proud.
adj. Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
transitive v. To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust.
n. A man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.
n. A yielding in opinion; submission to the opinion, judgment, or wish of another; hence, regard, respect, or submission in general: as, a blind deference to authority
adj. Going beyond what is right or proper because of an excess of self-confidence or arrogance
adj. Characterized by an unsophisticated focus on local concerns to the exclusion of wider contexts; elementary in scope or outlook.
adj. Widespread; prevalent
adj. Having two or more significations equally applicable; capable of double or multiple interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence.
transitive v. Informal To criticize or review harshly. "critics panned the band's new album for it's profane lyrics"
adj. Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority; equivocal; mythic; fictitious; spurious; false.
adj. Of questionable authorship or authenticity
adj. Degrading; debasing: "The young people huddled with their sodden gritty towels and ignominious goosebumps inside the gray-shingled bathhouse" ( John Updike).
adj. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
adj. Flowing like honey.
adj. Sweet and smooth; generally used of a person's voice, tone or writing style.
adj. Pertaining to, or exhibiting, euphony; agreeable in sound; pleasing to the ear; euphonious
adj. Not easily understood
adj. Hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse.
adj. Dealing in things abstruse; profound; searching
n. Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.
n. debris or fragments of disintegrated material
n. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
n. Accumulated material; debris: "Poems, engravings, press releases—he eagerly scrutinizes the detritus of fame" ( Carlin Romano)
adj. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct. See Synonyms at meticulous.
adj. Precise; scrupulous
intransitive v. To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate
n. Aspect; air; manner; demeanor; carriage; bearing
disposed to fight; pugnacious
n. Absence of peace or rest; anxiety.
adj. Universal; all-encompassing.
adj. Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc
adj. Consisting of, or partaking of the nature of, ambrosia; delighting the taste or smell; delicious.
adj. Divinely excellent or beautiful.
n. Greek & Roman Mythology The food of the gods, thought to confer immortality.
n. Something with an especially delicious flavor or fragrance
adj. Causing shock or horror; gruesome.
adj. Marked by sensationalism: a lurid account of the crime. See Synonyms at ghastly
adj. Vivid, sensational, or shocking; graphic or melodramatic.
adj. Massive, solid, and uniform: the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture.
adj. Constituting or acting as a single, often rigid, uniform whole: a monolithic worldwide movement
adj. resembling a monolith--n. a single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument
n. Any of various aquatic birds of the genus Fulica that are mainly black with a prominent frontal shield on the forehead.
n. A stupid fellow; a simpleton
n. An instrument for boring holes larger than those bored by a bit or gimlet.
n. An instrument for boring the soil
n. A prison camp.
n. A generic name for the system of all Soviet prison camps in use during the Stalinist period
n. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
n. Abusive language
n. Scornful reproach or contempt
n. A cause of shame or disgrace.
n. A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request.
n. A timely blessing or benefit: A brisk breeze is a boon to sailors.
n. Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
n. Inordinate desire for some supposed good.
n. The farthest or highest point; the apex: "The golden age of American sail, which began with the fast clipper ships in 1848, reached its apogee in the Gold Rush years" ( Los Angeles Times).
adj. Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
n. An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.
intransitive v. To be passed on or transferred to another: The burden of proof devolved upon the defendant. The estate devolved to an unlikely heir.
intransitive v. To degenerate or deteriorate gradually: After several hours the discussion had devolved into a shouting match.
transitive v. To free from a falsehood or misconception: I must disabuse you of your feelings of grandeur.
transitive v. To set free from mistakes; to undeceive; to disengage from fallacy or deception; to set right; -- often used with of.
adj. That can be dissolved, especially easily dissolved: soluble fats.
adj. Possible to solve or explain: soluble mysteries
adj. Full of rancor; evincing, or caused by, rancor; deeply malignant; implacably spiteful or malicious; intensely virulent.
transitive v. To procure or cause to take a false oath amounting to perjury, such oath being actually taken.
transitive v. To procure privately, or by collusion; to procure by indirect means; to incite secretly; to instigate.
v. To injure or obstruct intently; batter.
v. To gain influence by corrupt means or intimidation.
v. To steal.
v. To attack (someone) with abusive language.
n. reproach; reviling
transitive v. To promote the growth of; incite.
n. The act of plotting.
n. A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end. "Mr. Putin's bullying and machinations have brought Ukraine to this pass." (Economist)
n. The act of laying claim; the claim laid; assumption; pretension.
n. The act of holding out, or offering, to others something false or feigned; presentation of what is deceptive or hypocritical; deception by showing what is unreal and concealing what is real; false show; simulation
n. That which is pretended; false, deceptive, or hypocritical show, argument, or reason; pretext; feint.
n. Intention; design. "At a minimum, the diplomatic pretense that Russia is a law-abiding democracy should end." (Economist)
n. Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).
n. The state or property of being tactile; capability of being touched, or of being perceived by the sense of touch; tangibility; palpability.
adj. Thin in substance or consistency.
adj. Pertaining to, coming from, or resembling, the stars; starry; starlike.
adj. Of or pertaining to an aster.
adj. Consisting of, belonging to, or designating, a kind of supersensible substance alleged to be next above the tangible world in refinement; ; the astral plane.
n. The advocacy, system, or theory of protecting domestic producers by impeding or limiting, as by tariffs or quotas, the importation of foreign goods and services.
adv. Without care, concern, or consideration.
adv. In a joyful, carefree manner.
adv. In a kind manner.
transitive v. To express grief over; lament.
transitive v. To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore: "Tom Brokaw of NBC News recently bemoaned 'the cancer of the sound bite' afflicting Presidential campaigning" ( John Tierney).
(British usage) - scientist
transitive v. To blow together; to bring together; to collect; to fuse together; to join or weld; to consolidate.
transitive v. to ignore distinctions between, by treating two or more distinguishable objects or ideas as one; to confuse.
transitive v. To control or restrain with or as if with a bridle. See Synonyms at restrain.
intransitive v. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
intransitive v. To explode or detonate.
transitive v. To issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously.
transitive v. To cause to explode.
transitive v. To make smooth or glossy by or as if by rubbing; polish.
transitive v. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish.
n. A smooth glossy finish or appearance; luster.
"Fixing those problems might be a better way to burnish their country's image"
adj. Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay.
adj. Resisting control; difficult to control.
adj. Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal.
adj. Traveling from place to place, especially to perform work or a duty: an itinerant judge; itinerant labor.
n. One who travels from place to place.
adj. Not spiritually renewed or reformed; not repentant.
adj. Sinful; dissolute.
adj. Not reconciled to change; unreconstructed.
adj. Stubborn; obstinate
n. A group of persons forming a cohesive, usually contentious minority within a larger group.
adj. Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
n. One that expounds or interprets.
n. One that speaks for, represents, or advocates: Our senator is an exponent of free trade.
n. Mathematics A number or symbol, as 3 in (x + y)3, placed to the right of and above another number, symbol, or expression, denoting the power to which that number, symbol, or expression is to be raised. Also called power.
adj. Expository; explanatory.
transitive v. To cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements. See Synonyms at malign.
transitive v. To do or perform (something) without prior preparation or practice: extemporized an acceptance speech.
intransitive v. To perform an act or utter something in an impromptu manner; improvise: "bravely demonstrating his ability to extemporize intelligently" ( William Safire).
n. Strong criticism.
n. A critical or censorious remark: "entertained serious animadversions concerning the U.S.S.R. and its behavior on the international scene" ( Adam B. Ulam).
adj. Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy.
adj. Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
adj. Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem.
adj. Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians.
adj. Contemptuous of authority; willfully disobedient; rebellious.
adj. Willfully disobedient to the summons or orders of a court.
n. Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.
n. Insurrection; rebellion.
n. Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
n. A slick performance by a lawyer.
n. Deception by trickery or sophistry.
n. A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers: "Espionage is quite precisely it—a cabal of powerful men, working secretly" ( Frank Conroy).
n. A secret scheme or plot.
intransitive v. To form a cabal; conspire.
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