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Manhattan GRE Essential Wordlist 500
Manhattan GRE 500 Essential Words Flash Card set — another good starting point for learning GRE vocabulary
Terms in this set (500)
(v) reduce, diminish
--We waited for the wind to abate.
(v) formally give up the throne (or some other power or responsibility)
--The king was forced to abdicate.
(adj) abnormal, deviant
--aberrant behavior can be a sign of rabies in a wild animal
(v) detest, regard with disgust
--We believe we know that Americans abhor extremes and mistrust ideology.
(v) give up, renounce; repudiate, recant, or shun (especially formally or under oath)
--abjured some long-held beliefs when she converted to another religion
(adj) rough, suitable for grinding or polishing (such as sandpaper); causing irritation or annoyance
--The waves had an abrasive action on the rocks.
--an abrasive display of rude behavior.
(v) reduce or lessen; shorten by omitting parts throughout while retaining the main idea
--the library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut costs
(v) hold back, refrain (especially from something bad or unhealthy); decline to vote
--Ten members voted for the proposal, six members voted against it, and two abstained.
(n) summit, peak, highest point
--His fame was at its acme.
(n) the practice of pursuing political or other goals through vigorous action, often including protests and demonstrations
(v) stick (to), such as with glue, or to a plan or belief
--everyone started calling her "Cookie" when she was little and the name adhered
(v) mildly scold; caution, advise, or remind to do something
--my physician is always admonishing me to eat more healthy foods.
(adj) opposing, harmful
--all the adverse publicity really caused the movie star's popularity to suffer.
--the adverse effects of the drug are too severe to allow it to be marketed.
(v, n) speak or argue in favor of (verb); a person who pleads for a cause or on behalf of another person (noun)
--a passionate advocate of civil rights
--She works as a consumer advocate
(adj, n) concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste, pertaining to the science of what is beautiful (adj); a sense of beauty and taste of a particular time and place (noun)
--making aesthetic improvements to the building.
--There are practical as well as aesthetic reasons for planting trees.
(adj) warm and friendly, pleasant, approachable
--Bertie's a bright, affable fellow.
(n) fake behavior (such as in speech or dress) adopted to give a certain impression
--His French accent is just an affectation.
(v) make greater; exaggerate
(v, adj) gather together, amount to (verb); constituting a whole made up of constituent parts (adj)
--The team with the highest aggregate score wins.
(n) cheerful or speedy willingness
--She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
(v) cause to become unfriendly, hostile, or distant
--Her position on this issue has alienated many former supporters.
--new immigrants with customs alien to the community where they have settled.
(v) lessen, make easier to endure
--finding ways to alleviate stress.
(adj) not clear, hard to understand, open to having several meanings or interpretations
(adj) uncertain; unable to decide, or wanting to do two contradictory things at once 矛盾
(adj) comparable, corresponding in some particular way (making a good analogy)
--bad-mouthing your sister is analogous to slapping her in the face—it's just as bad.
(n) absence of law or government; chaos, disorder
--When the teacher was absent, there was anarchy in the classroom.
(v) rub or sprinkle oil on; make sacred, such as by ceremony that includes applying oil to someone
(n) deviation from what is common; inconsistency
--her C grade is an anomaly, as she's never made anything except A's and B's before.
(v) make hostile or unfriendly
--He didn't mean to antagonize you.
deep dislike, aversion, or repugnance, somtimes without reason
--The author's antipathies and prejudices(偏見) are obvious.
(n) not caring; absence of feeling; lack of interest or concern
(adj) of questionable authenticity; false
--an apocryphal story about the president's childhood.
pacify (使平靜), satisfy, relieve; concede to be belligerent (好戰的) demands, sometimes at the expense of principles
--They appeased the dictator by accepting his demands in an effort to avoid war.
--We had no way to appease our hunger.
enough to be perceived, considerable
--here doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one.
based entirely on one's discretion; capricious, unreasonable, or having no basis
--I don't know why I chose that one; it was a completely arbitrary decision.
--Although arbitrary arrests are illegal, they continue to occur in many parts of the country.
(adj) known or understood by only a few; obscure, secret
--a theory filled with arcane details
(adj) characteristic of an earlier period, ancient, primitive
--The company needs to update its archaic computer systems.
(adj) very difficult, strenuous (費力的); severe, hard to endure
--He went through a long and arduous training program.
(adj, verb) using language in a clear, fluent way (adj); speak distinctly (清楚地)or give clarity to an idea (verb)
--She's an intelligent and articulate speaker.
(n) any object made by humans, especially those from an earlier time, such as those excavated by archaeologists
(adj) free of deceit or craftiness, natural, genuine; lacking skill or knowledge, crude, uncultured
--Her simple artless charm won us over instantly.
(v) find out with certainty
--The information can be ascertained by anyone with a computer.
(adj, n) abstinent(無欲) or austere(樸實) in lifestyle (adj); a person who leads an austere and simple like without material pleasures, esp. someone who does this for religious reasons
--an ascetic diet of rice and beans.
(v) make milder, relieve; soothe, pacify, or calm
--He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
(adj) very bold or brave, often in a rude or reckless way; extremely original
--She made an audacious decision to quit her job.
(v) make larger
--Heavy rains augmented the water supply.
(adj) severe in manner or appearance; very self-disciplined, ascetic; without luxury or ease; sober or serious
--They choose austere furnishings for the office.
(adj) self-governing, independent
--Native American nations are regarded as autonomous in many respects and thus not subject to a number of state and local laws.
(v) declare or affirm with confidence
--He averred that he was innocent.
(adj) enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate; excessively desirous
--He is an avid admirer of horror movies.
--They took an avid interest in politics.
(v) refuse to proceed or to do something
--The horse balked and would not jump the fence.
(adj) morally low, mean, dishonorable; of little or no value; crude and unrefined; counterfeit
--a base and sneaky act that is a clear violation of international law.
(v) contradict or misrepresent(虛偽陳述)
--Their actions belie their claim to be innocent.
(adj) harmless; favorable; kindly, gentle, or beneficial; not cancerous
--We were happy to hear that the tumor was benign. 良性
(adj) fake, fraudulent
--The evidence was completely bogus.
(v) strengthen or support
--She came with me to bolster my confidence.
(n) rude, ill-mannered, or insensitive person; a peasant or country bumpkin
--a loudmouthed boor who embarrassed his family at every social event they attended.
(n) something that shields, protects, absorbs shock, or cushions
(n) government characterized by many bureaus and petty administrators or by excessive, seemingly meaningless requirements
(v) grow or flourish rapidly; put forth buds or shoots (of a plant)
--The market for collectibles(珍藏) has burgeoned in recent years.
(v, n) support or encourage (verb); a support or prop, esp. projecting from and supporting the wall of a building (noun)
--the mother had always been the buttress of our family in trying times.
(adj, n) past, former (adj); that which is in the past (usually plural noun)
(n) harsh, discordant(不和諧的，刺耳的), or meaningless mixture of sounds
--The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.
(adj) open, sincere, honest
--She gave us her candid opinion on the matter.
(adj) authorized, recognized; pertaining to the canon, or body of accepted rules, standards or artistic works
(adj) acting on impulse, erratic,not logical or reasonable
--The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
--every balloon voyage is a race between capricious winds and the amount of fuel on board.
(v) criticize severely; punish in order to correct
--The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
(n) causer of change
--The bombing attack was the catalyst for war.
--She was proud to be a catalyst for reform in the government.
(adj) capable of corroding metal or burning the skin; very critical or sarcastic
--The chemical was so caustic that it ate through the pipes.
--She wrote a caustic report about the decisions that led to the crisis.
(n, v) strong disapproval or official reprimand (noun); to issue such disapproval or reprimand (verb)
--The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
(n) fanatical patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory; undue or biased devotion to any group, cause, etc.
--their ingrained chauvinism has blinded them to their country's faults.
(adj) arranged in or relating to time order
--His art is displayed in roughly chronological order.
(v) noisy uproar or protest, as from a crowd; a loud, continuous noise
--a public clamor for an arrest in the case.
(v) make final or settle conclusively; to fasten or hold together
--Her work on the project should clinch her a promotion.
--The new evidence clinches the case.
--The photos of the city have clinched it for me. I have to visit Prague.
(v) come together, unite; fuse together
--a group of young reformers who gradually coalesced into a political movement
(adj) very convincing, logical
--the results of the DNA fingerprinting were the most cogent evidence for acquittal (無罪).
(adj) the same in size, extent, etc., equivalent; proportional
--Her new position came with a commensurate level of responsibility.
(adj) self-satisfied, smug; overly content (and therefore lazy, neglectful, or some other bad quality)
(adj) completing; fitting together well; filling mutual needs
(adj) obeying, submissive; following the requirements
(v) give in, admit, yield; acknowledge reluctantly; grant or give up (such as giving up land after losing a war)
--Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede.
--The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government.
(adj) reconciling, appeasing, attempting to make the peace
--The company's attempts to conciliate the strikers have failed.
(v) approve, agree
--The brothers rarely concur on any issues .
--Wealth and happiness do not always concur .
--Everything concurred to produce the desired effect .
(v) overlook, tolerate, regard as harmless
--a government that has been accused of condoning racism.
--he is too quick to condone his friend's faults.
(v) consult, compare views; bestow or give
--They conferred on the best way to expand business .
--the British monarch continues to confer knighthood on those who are outstanding in their fields of endeavor.
(n) expert, especially in the fine arts; person of educated, refined tastes
(v, n) lessen the suffering or grief of (verb); a control panel, or small table or cabinet (noun)
--Nothing could console her after his death.
--a custom-built walnut console holds all of their home-theater components
(v) unite, combine, solidify, make coherent
--The two funds will consolidate into one.
(v) squeeze, compress; restrict the freedom of
--The declining economy has constricted job opportunities.
(v) interpret or translate
--Her silence was construed as agreement .
(adj) controversial; prone to causing arguments, especially gratuitous or petty ones
--The dispute involves one of the region's most contentious leaders.
(v) place in context, such as by giving the background or circumstances
--When the rebellion is historically contextualized, it becomes clear that there were many factors contributing to it.
(n) riddle, the answer to which involves a play on words; any mystery
--the conundrum of how an ancient people were able to build such massive structures without the benefit of today's knowledge and technology.
(v) move towards one another or towards a point; unite
(adj) knowledgeable about or experienced with
--He is conversant with all the rules .
(adv) in an opposite way; on the other hand
(adj) twisted; very complicated
--a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before.
(adj) plentiful, bountiful
--She sat in the front row and took copious notes during the lecture.
(v) support, add evidence to
--my personal experience does not corroborate your faith in the essential goodness of people.
(adj) belonging to the entire world, at home globally; free from local or national prejudices or attachments (n.) people who lived many different parts of the world
--Greater cultural diversity has led to a more cosmopolitan attitude among the town's younger generations.
(n, v) facial expression or face (noun); approve or tolerate (verb)
--The photograph showed his somber(陰鬱的) countenance.
--I don't countenance such behavior in children of any age.
(adj) against what one would intuitively expect
--It may seem counterintuitive, but we do burn calories when we are sleeping.
(n) contrasting item, opposite; a complement; the use of contrast or interplay(相互影響) in a work of art
--The dressing is a refreshing counterpoint to the spicy chicken.
--The violence of the movie is counterpointed by ironic humor.
(adj) defeating the purpose; preventing the intended goal
--His uncontrollable anger is very counterproductive to his attempt at saving his marriage.
(adj) secret, veiled, undercover
--spy agencies taking covert action.
(adj) cunning, skillful in deception(騙人的) or underhanded schemes
--a crafty politician
(adj) very cowardly, lacking courage
(n) believability, trustworthiness
(adj) gullible; prone to believing or trusting too easily or without enough evidence
--Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.
(n) steady increase in force, intensity, or the loudness of a musical passage; a climactic moment or peak
(v) reach the highest point or final stage
--culminated the school year with a trip to New York.
--The battle culminated in total victory .
(adj) thinking the worst of others' motivations; bitterly pessimistic
--Some people regard the governor's visit to the hospital as a cynical attempt to win votes.
--Cynical people say there is no such thing as true love.
(v) discourage, dishearten, lessen the courage of
--the raging inferno(地獄) didn't daunt the firefighters for a moment.
(v) degrade; lower in quality, value, rank, etc.; lower in moral quality
--The governor debased himself by lying to the public.
(v) expose, ridicule, or disprove false or exaggerated claims
--The article debunks the notion that life exists on Mars.
(adj) behaving with propriety and good taste; polite
--we were asked to be on our most decorous behavior at the formal event
(v) judge; consider
--He was deemed a traitor(叛徒) by his own people .
--He deemed it wise to refuse the offer .
(v) vandalize, mar the appearance of
--The building was defaced with graffiti (塗鴉).
slanderous, injurious to someone's reputation
--accused the newspaper columnist of defamation of character.
(n, v) failure to act, neglect (noun); fail to fulfill an obligation, esp. a financial one (verb)
--be in default on a loan.
(n) respectful submission; yielding to the authority or opinion of another
--He showed deference to his coach .
(v) cause to curve; turn aside, esp. from a straight course; avoid
--armor that can deflect bullets.
--she refused to be deflected from anything she had set her mind on.
(adj) harmful, unhealthy
--The drug has no deleterious effects on patients.
(v) mark the outline of; sketch; describe in detail
--The report clearly delineates the steps that must be taken.
(v) belittle, attack the reputation of
--No one is trying to denigrate the importance of a good education. We all know that it is crucial for success.
(v) be a name or symbol for
--Her death denoted the end of an era.
(v) mock, scoff at, laugh at contemptuously
--They derided his efforts as childish .
(adj) derived from something else; not original
(v) thoroughly dried up, dehydrated
--add a cup of desiccated coconut to the mix
--Despite all the gadgets to lighten his work, he leaves his office with a dull and desiccated mind.
(adj) impartial, disinterested; unconcerned, distant, aloof
--A judge must be detached when weighing evidence .
(n) something that restrains or discourages
(n) bitter, abusive attack or criticism; rant
--a bitter diatribe about how unfair the tax system is.
(adj) intended to instruct; teaching, or teaching a moral lesson
--the poet's works became increasingly didactic after his religious conversion.
(v) go off-topic when speaking or writing
--He digressed so often that it was hard to follow what he was saying.
(n) loud, confused noise, esp. for a long period of time
--It was hard to hear anything above the din in the restaurant.
(v) free someone from a mistake in thinking
--let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life.
(adj) having good judgment or insight; able to distinguish mentally
--She has a discerning eye for good art.
(v) injure the reputation of, destroy credibility of or confidence in
(n) difference or inconsistency
--There were discrepancies between their accounts (記述) of the accident.
(adj) judicious, discerning, having good judgment or insight
--The furnishings in their house showed taste and discrimination
--accused of discriminating practices in the hiring of employees.
(adj) insincere, not genuine
--It is disingenuous to pretend that any other analysis is tenable.
(adj) unbiased, impartial; not interested
--An adjudicator must be, and must be seen to be, disinterested, unbiased and impartial.
(adj) disconnected, not coherent, jerky(不平穩的); having the joints separated
(v) allow to disperse(解散) or leave; fire from a job; put aside or reject, esp. after only a brief consideration
--The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm.
--Several employees were recently dismissed.
(adj) unbiased, not having a selfish or personal motivation; calm, lacking emotion
--Journalists aim to be dispassionate observers.
(n, v) speed, promptness; send off or deal with in a speedy way
(v) scatter, spread widely, cause to vanish
--the crowd dispersed once the show ended.
(n) a person's general or natural mood; tendency
(adj) disturbing, causing anxiety
(v) scatter, spread about, broadcast
--The Internet allows us to disseminate information faster.
(v, n) disagree or take an opposing view, esp. in relation to a formal body such as a government, political party, or church; such a view
--The right to dissent is part of our political system .
(n) harsh, inharmonious sound; cacophony; disagreement
--the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes.
(v) purify; extract the essential elements of
--He has perfectly distilled the meaning of the holiday into a poem.
(v) differ, deviate; branch off or turn aside, as from a path
(v) deprive or strip of rank, title, etc., or of clothing or gear; to sell off holdings (opposite of invest)
--men are unlikely to be divested of power without a struggle.
(v) discover through divination or supernatural means; perceive by insight
--He claimed that he could divine the future .
--How can you divine the truth by mere guesswork ?
(v) support with evidence, cite sources in a detailed way, create documentary evidence of
(n) a system of principles laid down by an authority; established belief
--They rejected the dogma that the earth is the center of the universe
(adj) asleep, inactive, on a break
--Her emotions have lain dormant for many years.
(adj) doubtful, questionable, suspect
--He made the highly dubious claim that Elvis is still alive and living in Hawaii.
(abbre.) for example, such as
(adj) peculiar, odd, deviating from the norm esp. in a whimsical(異想天開的)way
--Did I mention that my uncle is slightly eccentric?
(adj) selecting the best of everything or from many diverse sources
--the museum's eclectic collection has everything from a giraffe skeleton to medieval (中古世紀的) musical instruments
(n, v) the obscuring of one thing by another, such as the sun by the moon or a person by a more famous or talented person (noun); to obscure, darken, make less important (verb)
--The popularity of television led to the eclipse of the radio drama.
--an artist whose reputation has long been in eclipse.
--This news eclipses everything else .
(n) the quality of being able to produce the intended effect
--the efficacy of the new policy
(adj) related to the belief in the equality of all people, esp. in political, economic, or social spheres
--egalitarian policies for the redistribution of wealth.
(adj) extraordinarily or conspicuously bad; glaring
--the student's theme was marred by a number of egregious errors in spelling.
(adj) very happy, in high spirits
--she was elated upon learning that she had been accepted by her first-choice college.
(v) raise, lift up; lift the spirits of; move up to a higher rank or status or raise up to a higher spiritual or intellectual plane
(v) call forth, bring out, evoke
--My question elicited no response.
(adj) marked by forceful, fluid, apt speech; expressive, emotionally moving
--His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
(v) decorate, add ornamentation; enhance (a story) with fictional or fanciful details
--He embellished his speech with a few quotations(引證).
(adj) prominent, distinguished, of high rank
--The judge was a man of eminent(明顯的) fairness .
(adj) coming from, based on, or able to be verified by experience or experimentation; not purely based on theory
--guidelines for raising children that are based on empirical evidence.
(v) copy in an attempt to equal or be better than
--artists emulating the style of their teachers.
(v) weaken, tire
--a lifetime of working in dreary jobs had enervated his very soul.
(v) raise to a higher value, desirability, etc.
(n) puzzle, mystery, riddle; mysterious or contradictory person
(n) having the right to certain privileges; believing, sometimes without cause, that one deserves or has a right to certain privileges
(v) count or list; specify one-by-one
--Let me enumerate my reasons for doing this.
(adj) lasting only a short time, fleeting
--fashions are ephemeral: new ones regularly drive out the old.
(adj) fair, equal, just
(adj) inconsistent, wandering, having no fixed course
--because of your erratic attendance at practice, you're in danger of being cut from the team.
(adj) mistaken, in error; improper, morally incorrect
--It ' s erroneous to assume that the press always prints the truth .
(adj) scholarly, knowledgeable; possessing a deep, often systematic, knowledge
--the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
(v) shun, avoid, abstain from
--he appealed to the crowd to eschew violence.
(adj) understood by or intended for only a few; secret
(adj) worthy of esteem, admirable; able to be estimated
(n) speech of praise or written work of praise, esp. a speech given at a funeral
--He delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral.
(v) make worse (more violent, severe, etc.), inflame; irritate or embitter (a person)
--His angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the negotiation process.
(adj) very severe in making demands; requiring precise attention
--he was shocked when his normally exacting supervisor complimented him on a job well done
(v) clear from guilt or blame
--The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
(adj) comprehensive, thorough, exhausting a topic or subject, accounting for all possibilities; draining, tending to exhaust
--After an exhaustive search the missing document was found .
(adj) direct, clear, fully revealed; clearly depicting sex or nudity
--The doctor gave me explicit instructions on when and how to take the medicine .
--I'd put an even more explicit photo on, except I'd have to put an Agecheck on my site!
(n) person who expounds or explains; champion, advocate, or representative
--Huxley was an exponent of Darwin ' s theory of evolution .
--he's the world's leading exponent of country rock guitar
--The exponent 3 in 103 indicates 10 x 10 x 10.
(adj) irrelevant; foreign, coming from without, not belonging
--She sped up the process by eliminating all extraneous steps.
(v) conjecture about an unknown by projecting information about something known; predict by projecting past experience
--With such a small study it is impossible to extrapolate accurately.
(adj) joking, humorous, esp. inappropriately; not serious, concerned with frivolous things
--the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity (荒唐) of war as a solution for international disputes.
(v) make easier, help the progress of
--Cutting taxes may facilitate economic recovery.
--Her rise to power was facilitated by her influential friends.
(ad) containing a fallacy, or mistake in logic; logically unsound; deceptive
--it's fallacious to say that something must exist because science hasn't proven its nonexistence
(adj) excessively devoted, enthusiastic, or zealous in an uncritical way
--because of her fanatical views, her friends know better than to discuss religion with her.
(adj) whimsical, capricious; imaginary; freely imaginative rather than based on reason or reality
(v) measure the depth of (usually of water) as with a sounding line; penetrate and discover the meaning of, understand
--The water here is five fathoms deep.
--Your behavior is difficult to fathom .
(adj) possible; logical or likely; suitable
--It was not feasible to build a bridge at that point .
--This land is feasible for cultivation .
(n) faithful, loyalty; strict observance of duty; accuracy in reproducing a sound or image
--his fidelity to liberal ideals.
--One area in which men and women differ is the importance of their partner's sexual fidelity.
--the 1949 recording provides reasonable fidelity
(n, v) extreme delicacy, subtlety, or diplomacy in handling a sensitive situation or in a performance or skill (noun); use tact or diplomacy; employ a deceptive strategy (verb)
--She handled the interview questions with finesse.
--maneuvered his opponent into checkmate with his customary finesse
(v) get tired, lose enthusiasm; hang limply or droop
(adj) passing quickly, transitory
--I caught a fleeting glimpse of the comet.
(adj) metaphorical (隱喻的), based on figures of speech; containing many figures of speech (as fancy-sounding writing); related to portraying human or animals figures
--the figurative use of "allergy" to mean "a feeling of dislike".
(v) incite, instigate, stir up, promote the growth of; apply medicated liquid to a body part
--He was accused of fomenting violence.
(v) indicate or suggest beforehand, presage
--Her early interest in airplanes foreshadowed her later career as a pilot.
(v) surrender or lose as a result of an error, crime, or failure to fulfill an obligation
--He has forfeited the right to be the leader of this nation .
--the forfeit for each baseball player involved in the brawl (爭吵打架) was $5,000
(v) strengthen, invigorate, encourage, to make stronger
--He took a deep breath to fortify himself before stepping onto the stage.
--The flour was fortified with vitamins .
--a city fortified by high walls
(n, adj) on the margin, periphery (adj); the people in a group who hold the most extreme (極端的) views (noun)
--They put up tents on the fringes of the woods .
--The disturbance was made by a fringe group .
(adj) economically, thrifty, not wasteful with money; inexpensive
--by being frugal, the family is able to stretch its monthly budget.
(adj) producing no useful result, ineffective; trivial unimportant
--All our efforts proved futile.
--That futile young man does nothing but waste money .
(v) declare false, deny; oppose
--He repeatedly tried to gainsay me, though every point I made was backed up by facts.
--There is no gainsaying her ability .
(adj) talkative, wordy, rambling
--a garrulous boy who was in constant trouble for talking out of turn.
(adj) tactless, lacking social grace, awkward, crude
--his loud talking at the opera marked him as gauche and uncultured.
(adj) physically awkward (esp. of a tall, skinny person, often used to describe teenagers)
--I was a horribly gawky and nervous teenager and speech did not come smoothly out of my mouth.
(adj) relevant and appropriate, on topic, relating to a subject in an appropriate way
--facts germane to the dispute.
(n) main idea, essence
--didn't catch every word between them, but heard enough to get the gist of the conversation.
(adj) fluent and easy in a way that suggests superficiality or insincerity
--Politicians need to do more than provide glib answers to difficult questions.
(n) the bumps created by hairs standing up on the skin in response to cold, fear, etc.
(n) a progression, a process taking place gradually, in stages; one of these stages
--A good actor can express every gradation of feeling from joy to grief .
(adj) sociable, pertaining to a flock or crowd
--a gregarious child who ran up to every person on the playground and wanted to be their friend
(n) clever deceit, cunning, craftiness
--a person so full of guile he can't even be trusted to give you the correct time of day.
(adj) so commonplace as to be stale; not fresh or original
--hackneyed old sayings.
(adj) bold, brave, capable of enduring hardship, fatigue, cold, etc.
--a hardy pioneer .
--Strawberries are hardy and easy to grow in all soils .
(adj) harbor or port; refuge, safe place
--The shelter offers a haven from abusive spouses.
(v) listen, pay attention to
(n) person devoted to pleasure
--she was living the life of a committed hedonist.
(adj) different in type, incongruous; composed of different types of elements
--the seating in the hall was a heterogeneous collection of old school desk chairs, wood and metal folding chairs.
(n) a ranked series; a classification of people according to rank, ability, etc.; a ruling body
(n) mixture of different kinds of things, jumble
--the exhibit was a hodgepodge of mediocre (二流的) art, bad art, and really bad art.
(adj) of the same kind; uniform throughout
(n) deliberate exaggeration for effect
--He's using exaggeration and hyperbole to be entertaining - lots of writers do that.
(n) characteristic or habit peculiar to an individual; peculiar quality, quirk
--one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first.
(n) narrow-mindedness, bigotry; strictness or lack of generosity
--an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently (天生地) indecent(下流的)
(adj) ready to occur, impending
--These patients are facing imminent death.
(v) make worse, weaken
--Drinking impairs a person's ability to think clearly.
(adj) unbiased, fair
(v) hold back, obstruct the progress of
--The attempt to rescue the climbers was impeded by bad weather .
(n) act of implying or that which is implied; close connection, esp. in an incriminating way
--I resent your implication that my work is unsatisfactory .
--The driver ' s implication in the crime was never proved .
(adj) implied, not stated directly; involved in the very essence of something, unquestionable
--Her silence gave implicit consent(同意) .
--The crew had implicit faith in the captain's judgment .
(v) burst inward
(adj) unintentional; characterized by a lack of attention, careless
--an inadvertent encounter with a rattlesnake in the brush.
(adv) in like manner, considering that (contradiction of "in as much," generally followed by "as")
--you should not use that source, inasmuch as it is badly out-of-date.
--His duty is to assist the aggrieved person inasmuch as he is able .
(adj) setting on fire, pertaining to arson (縱火); arousing strife, rebellion, etc.; "inflaming" the senses
--The fire was started by an incendiary bomb.
--firefighters caught the incendiary, who was watching the effects of his handiwork.
(n) something that encourages greater action or effort, such as a reward
(adj) just begun, undeveloped, unorganized
--a still inchoate democracy.
(adj) just beginning; in a very early stage
--The project is still in its incipient stages.
(adj) out of place, inappropriate, not harmonious
--His outburst seemed incongruous to those who know him well.
(adj) insignificant, unimportant; illogical
--that's an inconsequential problem compared to the other issues.
(v) combine, unite; form a legal corporation; embody, give physical form to
(adj) not fixed or determined, indefinite; vague(模糊的)
(adj) not caring, having no interest; unbiased, impartial
--The movie was poorly received by an indifferent public.
--Was the food good, bad, or indifferent?
(v) inspire, animate; give substance, essence, or context to; be the characteristic quality of
(adj) genuine, sincere, not holding back; naive
(adj) deep-rooted, forming part of the very essence; worked into the fiber
--These attitudes are very deeply ingrained in the culture.
(adj) existing as a permanent, essential quality; intrinsic
--The problems you mention are inherent in the system .
(adj) harmless, inoffensive
--He told a few innocuous jokes.
(adj) able to understood, clear
--the ability to make complex concepts intelligible to the average reader.
(adj) difficult to control, manage, or manipulate; hard to cure; stubborn
--a patient experiencing intractable pain.
--an intractable child who deliberately (故意地) does the opposite of whatever he is told
(adj) fearless, brave, enduring in the face of adversity
--an intrepid explorer who probed (針,探測) parts of the rain forest never previously attempted.
(adj) belonging to the essential nature of a thing
--the intrinsic brightness of a star
--a man ' s intrinsic worth
(n) vocabulary specific to a group or occupation; convoluted or unintelligible language
--medical jargon that the layman cannot understand.
(adj) joking or given to joking all the time; jolly, playful
--a jocular man who could make the most serious people smile
(adj) using good judgment; wise, sensible
--Judicious planning now can prevent problems later.
(n) critical point in time, such as a crisis or a time when a decision is necessary; a place where two things are joined together
--At this juncture it looks like they are going to get a divorce.
--the juncture of two rivers.
(adj) sharp, piercing; very perceptive or mentally sharp; intense (of a feeling)
(n) praise, honor, congratulations
--The company has earned kudos for responding so quickly to customers' concerns.
(adj) not shiny; dull, mediocre, lacking brilliance or vitality
(adj) using few words, concise
(v, n) mourn; express grief, sorrow, or regret (verb); an expression of grief, esp. as a song or poem (noun)
(n, v) a harsh satire (noun); ridicule or satirize (verb)
(n, adj) object (such as a building) that stands out and can be used to navigate by; very important place, event, etc.
(adj) drooping from exhaustion, sluggish, slow; lacking in spirit
(n) tiredness, weariness; lazy indifference
(adj) worthy of praise
(adj, v) abundant or giving in abundance; marked by excess (adj); give very generously (verb)
(n) a person who is not a member of the clergy or not a member of a particular profession (such as medicine, law, etc.)
(n) lightness (of mind, spirit, or mood) or lack of seriousness, sometimes in an inappropriate way
(v, n) collect tax from, wage war on, or enlist for military service (verb); act of collecting tax or amount owed, or the drafting of troops into military service (noun)
(adj, n) favorable to progress or reform; believing in maximum possible individual freedom; tolerant, open-minded; generous (adj); a person with such beliefs or practices (noun)
(n) morally or sexually unrestrained person; freethinker (regarding religion)
(adv) also, in addition to; similarly, in the same way
(v, n) keep a record of, write down; travel for or at a certain distance or speed (verb); a written record (noun)
(adj) talkative, wordy
(adj) clear, easy to understand; rational, sane
(n, v) soothe or cause to fall asleep (as in a lullaby); quiet down; make to feel secure, sometimes falsely (verb); a period of calm or quiet (noun)
(n, adj) a temporary, often improvised, substitute (noun); improvised for temporary use (adj)
(adj) able to be bent, shaped, or adapted
(n) rebel, individualist, dissenter
(adj) lying, habitually dishonest
(adj) quickly unpredictably changing moods; fickle, flighty
(n) a complete change or transformer (in biology, a change such as a caterpillar becoming a pupa and then a butterfly)
(adj) taking extreme care in regards to details; precise, fussy
(v) make less severe; lessen or moderate (damage, grief, pain, etc.)
(adj) humble; simple rather than showy; decent (esp. "covering up" in terms of dress); small, limited
(v) calm or soothe (an angry person); lessen or soften
(n) sameness or repetitiousness to the point of being boring; lack of variation, uniformity, esp. repetition in sound
(adv) besides; in addition to what was just stated
(n) customs, manners, or morals of a particular group
(adj) common, ordinary, everyday
(adj) simple and unsophisticated, unsuspecting, lacking worldly experience and critical judgment
(adj) coming into existence, still developing
(v) deny or refute; make void or cause to be ineffective
(adj, v) remaining after expenses or other factors have been deducted; ultimate (adj); to bring in as profit or to catch as in a net (verb)
(adv) however, even so, despite that
(n) ill fame; the state of being well-known for a disgraceful reason
(adj) new, fresh, original
(n) a subtle difference in tone, meaning, and expression
(adj) factual, related to reality or physical objects; not influenced by emotions, unbiased
(adj) servile, very compliant, fawning
(adj) out of date, no longer in use
(adj) stubborn or hard to control
(v) prevent, eliminate, or make unnecessary
(n, adj, v) the supernatural (noun); pertaining to magic, astrology, etc.; mysterious, secret or hidden (adj); to hide, to shut off from view
(adj) casual, informal; done without preparation or forethought; rude in a short way, brusque
(adj) excessively eager in giving unwanted advice or intruding where one is not wanted; meddlesome, pushy
(v, n) counteract, compensate for (verb); a counterbalance (noun)
(adj) burdensome, oppressive, hard to endure
(adj) not translucent; not allowing light, hear, etc. to pass through; dark, dull, unclear or stupid
(adj) best, most desirable or favorable
(adj) adhering to a traditional, established faith, or to anything customary or commonly accepted
(v) swing back and forth; waver, change one's mind
(v) surpass, exceed; be larger or better than; leave behind
(v) cast a shadow over, darken; dominate, make to seem less important
(n) model or pattern; worldview, set of shared assumptions, values, etc.
(n) contradiction, or seeming contradiction that is actually true
(n) social outcast, untouchable
(adj) biased, prejudiced, favoring one over the others; having a special liking for something or someone (usually partial to)
(adj, n) devoted to a particular group, cause, etc. (adj); fervent supporter of a group, party, idea, etc.; guerilla fighter (noun)
(adj, n) obvious, apparent, plain to see (adj); a letter from the government guaranteeing an inventor rights to his or her invention (noun)
(adj) relating to or caused by disease; relating to compulsive bad behavior
(adj) condescending, having a superior manner, treating as an inferior
(n) scarcity, the state of being small in number
(n) small sin or fault
(adj) ordinary, dull, commonplace
(n) liking or inclination
(adj) disloyal, treacherous, violating one's trust
(adj) relating to or making up an outer boundary or region; not of primary importance
(v) spread or penetrate throughout
(adj) tending to spread throughout
(n) efforts to improve the well-being of humankind, generally through giving money
(adj) fake, counterfeit; insincere, not genuine
(adj) devout; religiously reverent and dutiful
(n) core, essence; significance or weight
(v) satisfy or calm down (angry or dissatisfied person), esp. by conciliatory gestures
(adj) peaceful, calm, tranquil
(adj) able to be shaped or formed; easily influenced
(n) believable; having the appearance of truth
(v) plunge, fall straight down
(adj) divided into sharply opposed groups
(adj) heavy; bulky and unwieldy; dull, labored
(adj) happening or continuing after death
(n) ruler, person of great power
(adj) practical; dealing with actual facts and reality
(n) introductory statement, preface
(adj) unstable, insecure, dangerous
(n) something that comes before, esp. something that also announces or suggests something on its way
(adj) having an inclination or tendency beforehand; susceptible
(v) prevent; take the place of, supplant; take before someone else can
(adj) based on inference or assumption; providing reasonable grounds for belief
(adj) too bold or forward; going beyond that which is proper
(adj) claiming or demanding a position of importance or dignity, esp. when unjustified; showing off creating deceptive, false show of worth
(adj) having high moral standards
(adj) in an original, pure state; uncorrupted
(n) honesty, integrity
(adj) wasteful, extravagant; giving abundantly, lavish
(adj) extraordinarily large, impressive, etc.
(adj) completely and shamelessly immoral, or extremely wasteful
(adj) very insightful, penetrating deeply into a subject; pervasive intense, "down to the very bottom;" at the very bottom
(adj) abundant, extravagant, giving or given freely
(adj) tending to forbid something, or serving to prevent something
(v) increase or spread rapidly or excessively
(n) introductory part to a book, play, etc.
(adj) distinct, strong, clearly indicated
(n) conforming to good manners or appropriate behavior; justness
(adj) dull, ordinary
(v) prohibit, outlaw; denounce; exile or banish
(adj) potential, in the future
(adj) wise in practical matters, carefully providing for the future
(adj) inclined to fight, combative
(adj) modified, limited, conditional on something else
(n) uncertainty or confusion about what to do, dilemma
(v) make trivial arguments or criticisms, find faults in a petty way, esp. to evade something more important
(adj) daily; everyday, ordinary
(n) personnel; a group of people considered all together
(v) harvest, such as by cutting; gather; get as a result of one's effort
(n) person who lives in seclusion
(v) prove to be false
(v) send or commit to an inferior place, rank, condition, etc.; exile, banish; assign (a task) to someone else
(adj) providing a remedy, curative; correcting a deficient skill
(v) give, submit, surrender; translate; declare formally; cause to become
(adj) supplied in abundance, filled, gorged (used with with)
(n, v) blame, disgrace (noun); criticize, express disappointment in (verb)
(v) reject, cast off, deny that something has authority
(v) reciprocate, repay, or revenge
(v) annul, repeal, make void
(n) the quality of being firmly determined; resolving to do something; a formal judgment, esp. decided by a vote
(v, n) find a solution to; firmly decide to do something; decide by formal vote (verb); firmness of purpose (noun)
(adv) in the order given
(adj) impatient or uneasy under the control of another; resisting being controlled
(adj) not talking much; private (of a person), restrained, reserved
(adj, n) looking to the past or backward; applying to the past, retroactive (adj); an art exhibit of an artist's work over a long period of time (n)
(adj) feeling or expressing very deep respect and awe
(n) the art or study of persuasion through speaking or writing; language that is elaborate or pretentious but actually empty, meaning little
(adj) happening frequently, abundant, currently being reported
(adj) elementary, relating to the basics; undeveloped, primitive
(adj, n) relating to country life, unsophisticated; primitive; made of rough wood (adj); a rural or uncultured person (noun)
(adj) sacred, inviolable, not to be trespassed on or violated; above any criticism
(adj) wise; showing good judgment and foresight
(adj) healthful, promoting health
(n, v) permission or approval, something that gives support or authority to something else (noun); to allow, confirm, ratify (verb); OR a legal action against another country to get it to comply (noun); to place sanctions or penalties on (verb)
(adj) cheerfully optimistic, hopeful; reddish, ruddy (as in rosy-red cheeks indicating health or vitality)
(n, v) the inner fluid of a plant or any essential body fluid; energy, vitality; a person taken advantage of (noun); undermine, weaken, tire out (verb)
Satiate or Sate
(v) to fully satisfy; to go beyond satisfying to the point of excess (possibly inducing disgust, tiredness, etc.)
(v) soak or imbue thoroughly; cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
(v) appreciate fully, taste or smell with pleasure
(adj) not enough or barely enough
(adj) severe, injurious; bitterly harsh or critical (as a remark)
(adj) not religious or holy; pertaining to worldly things
(adj) persevering, persistent, diligent in one's efforts
(adj) conscious; experiencing sensation or perceiving with the senses
(adj) at the same time
(adj) person inclined to doubting or questioning generally accepted beliefs
(v) border, lie along the edge of , go around; evade
(adj, v, n) loose, negligent, lazy, weak (adj); neglect to so one's duties; loosen up, relax (verb); period of little work (noun)
(n) a large number or quantity
(adj, v, n) small, not very important, slender or delicate (adj); treat as though not very important; snub, ignore (verb); an act of treating in this way, a discourtesy (noun)
(adj) concerned or anxious (about another person), expressing care; eager or desirous; very careful
(adj, n) causing sleep; sleepy, drowsy (adj); something that causes sleep (noun)
(v) measure the depth of (usually water) as with a sounding line; penetrate and discover the meaning of, understand (usually as sound the depths)
(adj) very disciplined and stern; frugal, living simply, austere; suggestive of the ancient Spartans
(n) sudden outpouring or rush; flood
(v) be the leader of
(adj) seemingly true but actually false; deceptively attractive
(n) a broad range of nevertheless related qualities or ideas, esp. those that overlap to create a continuous series (as in a color spectrum, where each color blends into the next in a continuous way)
(v) contemplate; make a guess or educated guess about; engage in a risky business transaction, gamble
(adj) occasional, happening irregularly or in scattered locations
(adj) playful, merry, joking around, done "in sport" (rather than intended seriously)
(n, adj) status, rank, reputation (noun); existing indefinitely, not movable (adj)
(adj) complete, total, utter; harsh or grim; extremely simple, severe, blunt, or plain
(adj) fixed, not moving or changing, lacking vitality
(n) existing state or condition
(adj) not generous with money, reluctant to spend or give
Stoic or Stoical
(adj, n) indifferent to pleasure or pain, enduring without complaint (adj); person indifferent to pleasure or pain (noun)
(adj) unemotional, showing little emotion, not easily moved
Stymie or Stymy
(v, n) block, hinder, or thwart (verb); an obstacle (noun)
(adj) existing in the mind or relating to one's own thoughts, opinions, emotions, etc.; personal, individual, based on feelings
(v) sink, settle down, become less active; return to a normal level
(v) support with evidence or proof; give a material existence to
(adj) coming after or following
(v) replace, take the position of, cause to be disregarded as void or obsolete
(v) pray humbly; ask, beg, or seek in a humble way
(n) excess, excessive amount, overindulgence
(v) guess, infer, think, or make an opinion with incomplete information
(n) servile flatterer, parasitic person, one who fawns in order to get ahead
(adj) happening at the same time; occurring at the same rate and thus happening together repeatedly
(v) lay aside to discuss later, often as a way to postpone discussion indefinitely
(adj) understood without being said; implied, not stated directly; silent
(adj) not talking much, reserved; silent, holding back in conversation
(adj) only slightly relevant, going off topic
(n) moderation, self-control, esp. regarding alcohol or other desires or pleasures; total abstinence from alcohol
(adj) long and thin, slender; flimsy, having little substance
(adj) well-timed, happening at a suitable time
(adj) fearful, timid
(n) bitter, abusive criticism or verbal attack
(n) sluggishness, lethargy, or apathy; a period of inactivity
(adj) very hot, parching, burning; passionate
(adj) easily controlled or managed, docile; easily shaped or molded
(adj) temporary, short-lived, not lasting
(adj) trivial, not very important; so small as to be unimportant; frivolous, shallow
(adj) lacking freshness or originality, lacking effectiveness due to overuse, cliche
(adj) existing everywhere at the same time
(v) weaken cause to collapse by digging away at the foundation (of a building or an argument); injure or attack in a secretive or underhanded way
(v) emphasize (or, literally, to underline text)
(v) dig up, uncover, expose
(adj) unambiguous, clear, absolute; having only one possible meaning
(adj) never before known or seen, without having happened previously
(adj) improper, inappropriate, against the rules of taste or politeness
(v) waver in one's mind or opinions, be indecisive
(v) revere, regard with deep respect and awe
(n) truthfulness, accuracy; habitual adherence to the truth
(adj) capable of living (or growing, developing, etc.); practical, workable
(adj, n) related to items of high quality from a previous era, old-fashioned, antique (adj); the wine of a particular year (noun)
(adj) existing only in the mind or by means of a computer network; existing in results or in essence but not officially or in name
(v) verbally abuse, rebuke or criticize harshly
(adj) varying, inconstant, fleeting; tending to violence, explosive
(adj) justified, authorized (warrant can mean to justify or a justification, but can also mean to vouch for or guarantee)
(adj) watchful, motivated by caution, on guard against danger
(conjunction) while on the contrary, considering that
(adj) marked or motivated by whims (odd, fanciful ideas); erratic, unpredictable
(adj) crafty, cunning, characterized by tricks or artifice
(n) great fervor or enthusiasm for a cause, person, etc.; tireless diligence in furthering that cause; passion, ardor
(n) high point, culmination
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