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GRE General Set 8

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commensurate
equal in extent; of the same size; Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary ~ with my performance. Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.; [Late Latin commēnsūrātus : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrātus (from past participle of mēnsūrāre, to measure, from Latin mēnsūra, measure; see measure).]
ethereal
like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ~ beauty; CF. ether: upper air
archaic
antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.
longevity
long life; long duration
pan
criticize harshly
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. ~ of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence [Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus, fifth + Latin essentia, essence; see essence.]
scanty
meager; insufficient
unseemly
unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with ~ haste
rebuff
reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She -ed his invitation; N.
pulverize
crush or grind into very small particles; from Late Latin pulverizāre, from Latin pulvis, pulver-, dust
canny
shrewd in money matters; thrifty
influx
flowing into
overwrought
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
clientele
body of customers; The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.; A body of customers or patrons: a restaurant's clientele.
patent
obvious; easily seen; open for the public to read; of or protected by a ~; Ex. ~ to everyone; N.[from Latin patēns, patent-, open, present participle of patēre, to be open.]
wane
decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and ~ every month; N.
fetter
shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or ~ for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot
regeneration
spiritual rebirth; Ex. ~ of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give or obtain new life; reform spiritually
pedagogy
teaching; art of education
jubilation
rejoicing; great joy
mete
measure; distribute; administer; Ex. ~ out justice/punishment
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs; [Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō, pulmōn-, lung.]
rift
narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation
exonerate
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt; [from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.]
untoward
unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. ~ encounter; adv. -ly; n. -ness
ramp
slope; inclined plane or roadway (connecting two levels)
juncture
crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joining
perspicuous
(of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. ~ comments
devoid
empty; lacking
prefigure
be a sign of; foreshadow
indicative
suggestive; implying; serving to indicate
denigrate
blacken; defame; [Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black.]
lexicon
dictionary; A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary: the ~ of surrealist art.
sober
serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober
bode
foreshadow; portend; # To be an ome# Archaic. To predict; foretell.n of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.; # Archaic. To predict; foretell.; [Middle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce.]
reparation
compensation (for loss or wrong); amends; Ex. make ~ for the damage; CF. repair
odious
arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile; N. -dium
maraud
move in search of plunder; Ex. -ing army
meager
scanty; inadequate
ceremonious
marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy
vapid
lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. ~ lecture
propitiate
appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. -tory; Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious.
fledgling
inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and is learning to fly; inexperienced person
immaculate
spotless; flawless; absolutely clean; [from Latin immaculātus : in-, not; see in-1 + maculātus, past participle of maculāre, to blemish (from macula, spot).]
distinctive
clearly different from others of the same kind
transpose
reverse the order or position of; # To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange. To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See synonyms at reverse.
momentum
quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving force
sibylline
prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)
serrated
having a sawtoothed edge; Ex. ~ leaf; [Latin serrātus, saw-shaped, from serra, saw.]
cohere
stick together
wistful
sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing; [From obsolete wistly, intently.]
gamely
in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight ~ against a superior boxer; ADJ. game; In a plucky manner; spiritedly.
spurn
reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She ~ed all offers of help.
conservatoire
school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-enclosed area; CF. conservancy
malcontent
person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
killjoy
grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others; One who spoils the enthusiasm or fun of others.
discourse
serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked; from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see bi-1 + furca, fork.]
qualms
uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no ~ about giving this assignment to Helen.
fusion
union; coalition; V. fuse
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times; Loud and clear: a ~ call to resistance.
traverse
go through or across
cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order
decomposition
decay; V. decompose: decay; break and separate into simple parts
industrious
diligent; hard-working; N. -try
metallurgical
pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. -gy : science that deals with extracting metals from ores; [New Latin metallūrgia, from Greek metallourgos, miner, worker in metals : metallon, a mine, metal + -ourgos, -worker (from ergon, work).]
dutiful
(duteous) (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)
indices
signs; indications; Ex. ~ of a student's potential; CF. index: something that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living index
disband
dissolve; disperse; (of a group) break up and separate; Ex. The club has ~ed.
supposititious
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical; Substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious.
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
topple
become unsteady and fall down
apprise
inform; To give notice to; inform: ~ed us of our rights.
tardy
slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. ~ arrival
sheer
pure; thin and transparent; very steep
optician
maker and seller of eyeglasses
deposition
testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning
aseptic
preventing infection; having a cleansing effect; Free of pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical instruments. # Using methods to protect against infection by pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical techniques.
farce
broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical
acrid
bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent
raconteur
story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill; One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
reduce
diminish; bring to a weaker or more difficult condition; demote; lower in rank; separate into components by analysis; Ex. ~ed to the ranks; Ex. ~ the house to rubble; N. reduction
scholarly
full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. ~ journal
cohesion
tendency to keep together
epoch
period of time
canard
unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
toss
throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
phalanx
formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)
bar
railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the ~; V: shut in or out with ~s; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister
lineaments
features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line; A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.; A definitive or characteristic feature. Often used in the plural: "the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the ~ s of virtue" (Norman Mailer).
validate
make valid; confirm; ratify