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Level 2 GRE Vocab: Medium Difficulty
Terms in this set (118)
noun, the action or fact of abasing or being abased; humiliation or degradation
Synonyms: belittlement, disgrace
"But of course, Europe needs more than humility or self-abasement if it is to absorb the migrants who are now sailing or trudging towards its heart."
verb, become less intense or widespread
Synonyms: subside, die away, die down
"A broad cash crunch and broken supply chains threaten a sharp economic slowdown—albeit one that will abate..."
verb, the action or process of formally joining an association or institution
Synonyms: joining, signing up, enrollment
"China had expected to win the status of a market economy in December, 15 years after its accession to the World Trade Organization..."
adjective, (Especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright
Synonyms: sardonic, biting, caustic
"Mr. Zhang presented a friendly face in Hong Kong, prompting the Big Lychee, an acerbic local blog, to note: 'Few sights are more painful to behold than a senior Chinese Communist Party official attempting to be nice...'"
noun, a person assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession
Synonyms: assistant, helper, follower
"Critics refer to a 'cult' of 'acolytes' around a 'Great Leader', unwilling to challenge him or engage seriously with the work of non-Chomskyan scholars."
noun, the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain
Synonyms: astuteness, awareness, acuity
"Literary critics admire his summer reading selections, musicians his playlists, scientists and tech entrepreneurs his acumen and curiosity."
noun, a vigorous and pioneering advocate or supporter of a particular cause
Synonyms: proponent, promoter, propagandist
"On the website of this apostle of anti-Americanism, there is an article rejoicing in the fact that the United States need no longer be treated as an enemy... "
verb, Inform or tell (someone)
Synonyms: notify, let know, advise
"If not exactly legitimate, secret information is often useful in apprising countries of the intentions of others."
noun, a fleet of warships
Synonyms: flotilla, squadron, navy
"This month he also unveiled plans to send an armada of tiny spaceships, powered by laser beams and equipped with all sorts of sensors..."
noun, the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property
Synonyms: incendiarism, pyromania
"The political landscape already feels as ready to burn as any... drought-stricken forest, so that throwing inflammatory statements around would be as wicked as any act of arson."
verb, Attribute something to (a cause)
Synonyms: attribute to, assign to, blame on
"He had spent years training to be a neurosurgeon; his doctor first ascribed his sharp pains and dwindling frame to the demands of residency."
noun, A concentrated outpouring, as of questions or blows
Synonyms: abundance, mass, profusion
"Whatever the outcome of individual claims, the barrage of litigation will probably prompt firms to adjust their online terms."
noun, a large group of people or things of a particular kind
Synonyms: group, crowd, cluster
"Of the bevy of bullet points in Mr. Obama's new package of executive actions, the most consequential is his decision to require significantly expanded background checks."
noun, an unrefined, ill-mannered person
Synonyms: lout, oaf, ruffian
"End a sentence in a preposition, and there are still people who will think you a boor."
adjective, Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life
Synonyms: rustic, rural, pastoral
"General Electric... is now swapping its bucolic site for a collection of warehouses on the Boston waterfront."
adjective, (Of an artist or work) belonging to the literary or artistic canon
Synonyms: established, authoritative
"The medium now mostly consists of recycling the same canonical works by European men from centuries past."
adjective, given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
Synonyms: fickle, inconstant, changeable
"But there is a body of academic work that supports the idea that elections often misfire. For one thing, voters can be capricious."
noun, Excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for one's own cause, group, or gender
Synonyms: jingoism, excessive patriotism, sectarianism
"As recently as 2014, a biannual survey of right-wing attitudes in Germany found that xenophobia, chauvinism, anti-Semitism and authoritarian longings were declining."
adjective, Wary and unwilling to take risks
Synonyms: cautious, wary, careful
"'This is an area where we need to be extraordinarily careful and circumspect', he said. 'We're literally talking about life and death.'"
verb, Come together and form one mass or whole
Synonyms: merge, unite, fuse
"As they radiate away, the waves tend to coalesce to form two main shock waves."
noun, the funds or financial reserves of a group or institution
Synonyms: resources, money, finances
"This scheme drains public coffers and is horribly corrupt."
verb, Accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive)
Synonyms: disregard, let pass, excuse
"Rashad Ali... argues that deradicalisation can be worse than useless if practitioners, while condemning IS, condone other violence."
adjective, Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence
Synonyms: regretful, sorry, apologetic
"As the election results were coming in, a contrite Mr. Turnbull took 'full responsibility' for the government's poor performance."
adjective, having or showing too great a readiness to believe things
Synonyms: gullible, naive
"Supplements boast a unique trifecta: lax regulation, potent marketing and millions of credulousconsumers keen to pin their hopes of a healthier life on a pill."
verb, Raise doubts or objections or show reluctance
Synonyms: object, take exception, take issue
"Mr. Sasse demurs. He does not want less fighting between the left and right. He wants more "meaningful fighting" about issues of substance."
noun, Moral corruption; wickedness
Synonyms: vice, perversion, deviance
"He condemned the 'anarchical plutocracy' he lived in, scorning the depravity of modern society and its politics."
verb, Express contempt for; ridicule
Synonyms: mock, jeer at, scoff at
"Mr. Trudeau's domestic critics—so far a minority—deride him as 'Prime Minister Selfie' for posing incessantly with fans and celebrities..."
noun, a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something
Synonyms: tirade, harangue, onslaught
"CNN and other outlets were wrong to turn one disgruntled passenger's Facebook diatribe into headline news. "
noun, a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle
Synonyms: saying, maxim, axiom
"Sometimes the old army dictum 'Don't volunteer for anything' must be broken."
verb, Spread out over a large area
Synonyms: scattered, dispersed, not concentrated
"The political economy of trade is treacherous: its benefits, though substantial, are diffuse..."
verb, Make or become wider, larger, or more open
Synonyms: enlarge, expand
"By being able to increase heartbeat, while dilating blood vessels, theobromine can help reduce high blood pressure."
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