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204 terms

GRE General Set 28

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pudding
hot sweet dish
implacable
incapable of being pacified; impossible to appease; Ex. implacable enemy
ingenious
marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuity
outgoing
sociable; eager to mix socially with others
puerile
childish; immature; CF. puer: boy
pliant
flexible; easily influenced
insensate
without feeling; lacking sense; foolish
lumber
move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber
whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. ~ of perfume/scandal
hieroglyphic
picture writing; ADJ.
frigid
intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone
manacle
restrain; handcuff; N.
colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
pantomime
acting without dialogue; V.express or represent (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime : the clown candidates ~ed different emotions.
welter
wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
slovenly
untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
matriarch
woman who rules a family or larger social group
entice
lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt
paramour
illicit lover
reprieve
postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
deterrent
something that discourages or deters
backslide
revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
metamorphosis
change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis
caricature
distortion; burlesque
appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
animadversion
critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
coercion
use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce
quell
suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
studious
given to diligent study
antler
bony growth on the head of a deer
palpable
tangible; (of something bad) easily perceptible; obvious; Ex. palpable blunder
palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
cremate
incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory, crematorium
tablet
small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
grunt
utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.
supine
lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
engulf
surround and swallow up
annotate
comment; make explanatory notes
personify
represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. -ication
muster
gather; assemble (troops); Ex. ~ up one
cohabit
live together
coddle
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
acclimate
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
susceptible
impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility
crinkle
wrinkle
titular
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
rebus
representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
rip
tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.
brim
uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics
schism
division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
outfit
clothing or equipment for a special purpose; Ex. cowboy outfit
bookish
fond of books and reading
cuisine
style of cooking; Ex. French cuisine
moribund
dying; at the point of death; CF. death
upbraid
reprimand; severely scold
parody
humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty; V.
jovial
good-natured; merry; cheerful
encumber
burden; N. encumbrance
giddy
light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth; Ex. giddy climb/height
implausible
unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi
drudge
do drudgery; N: person who drudges
suitor
man who is courting a woman
far-fetched
too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story
intimidate
frighten; N. intimidation
ventral
abdominal
utopia
ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian
[dele]hazardous
dangerous
drastic
strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures
impinge
infringe; encroach; influence; touch; collide with; Ex. The effects are impinging on every aspect of our lives.
misgivings
doubts
siren
apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature
piecemeal
one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemeal
regimen
prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. daily regimen of a dancer
temporal
of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
relegate
put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the children's room; Ex. relegated to the second division
beatific
giving or showing bliss; blissful
arraign
charge in court; indict
inchoate
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
bridle
harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger
significant
expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant
aloof
apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
stratum
layer of earth's surface; layer of society; PL. strata
lounge
stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed way
lineage
descent; ancestry
pendant(pendent)
hanging down from something; pending; N: ornament (hanging from a necklace etc.)
modish
fashionable; conforming to the current fashion
circumvent
outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around
livid
lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry
leery
(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious
veracious
(of a person) truthful
vigil
keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil
parlance
language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlance
litany
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
offensive
attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense
stench
strong foul odor; reek; stink
incapacitate
disable; N. incapacity: lack of capacity
tramp
walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
functionary
official (who performs a particular function)
rapacious
voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds
simulate
feign; imitate
depose
dethrone; remove from office; give a deposition; testify
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
flighty
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
[dele]referendum
direct vote by all the people
worldly
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world
contrived
unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
disjointed
disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin
hallowed
blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy
ecologist
person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
disclose
reveal; N. disclosure
weary
tired after long work; V.
encroachment
gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
spoof
parody
noxious
harmful; CF. obnoxious
puzzle
baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.
reprove
censure; rebuke; N. reproof
paleontology
study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
stout
rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong in determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter
plebiscite
direct vote by the entire electorate (on an important issue)
circumlocution
indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)
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swarm
large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people or animals; V: move in a crowd or mass
culprit
one guilty of a crime
generality
vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of peopleen
respite
time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill
sledge
large sled drawn by work animals
seasonal
of a particular season; Ex. seasonal rise in employment
lag
move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.
tactful
careful no to cause offence; OP. tactless
unprecedented
having no previous example; novel; unparalleled
opiate
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium
musky
having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer
malediction
curse
fritter
waste (time or money on unimportant things)
brandish
wave around (a weapon); flourish
pugnacity
combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature
exasperate
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
germinate
cause to sprout; sprout
memento
token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit
reconnaissance
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
oath
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
thwart
block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
vehement
forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence
contraband
illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ.
wrench
twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
dainty
delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex. dainty movement/dress
zephyr
gentle breeze; west wind
waylay
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
contrite
penitent; repentant; N. contrition
treasure
keep as precious; cherish
ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
patrician
noble; aristocratic; N: person of high rank; aristocrat; CF. member of the governing classes in ancient Rome; CF. plebian
languor
lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depression
foreshadow
give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend; prefigure
germane
pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand; appropriate
reprehensible
deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blame
eon(aeon)
long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
daub
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
subordinate
occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive; N. V: put in a lower rank or class
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
stately
formal; ceremonious; grand in style or size; majestic
interminable
endless
proverb
adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ. proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially
venue
location; place (of a crime, trial, gathering, etc.); CF. come
[dele]distinction
honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex. graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinction
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
inconsistency
state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness; ADJ. inconsistent: displaying a lack of consistency; erratic; contradictory; incompatible
commemorative
remembering; honoring the memory of; Ex. commemorative stamp
incorporate
introduce something into a larger whole; include; embody; give material form to; ADJ.
hone
sharpen (a tool); N: whetstone for sharpening a tool
amenities
convenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesies
averse
reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work
speechless
unable for the moment to speak (because of strong feeling); Ex. speechless with anger
prepossessing
attractive; CF. preoccupying ?
arrears
being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
providence
quality of being provident; divine care; god's care; Providence: god; Ex. It seemed like providence that the doctor happened to be there; ADJ. providential: of divine providence; fortunate
witticism
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
brawl
noisy quarrel
misconstrue
interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge
auxiliary
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
derogate
1 [ trans. ] disparage (someone or something) : it is typical of Pirandello to ~ the powers of reason.; 2 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) detract from : this does not ~ from his duty to act honestly and faithfully.; 3 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behavior) : one country has ~ed from the Rome Convention. [from Latin derogat- 'abrogated,' from the verb derogare, from de- 'aside, away' + rogare 'ask.']
divine
perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future; foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divination
vertigo
severe dizziness; giddiness
forerunner
predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach of another
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation
breadth
width; extent
acrophobia
fear of heights
reminiscent
suggestive of something (in the past); of reminiscence
blight
plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy
psychiatrist
doctor who treats mental diseases
scraps
leftover food
kinetic
producing motion; of motion
corroborate
confirm; support; strengthen
polity
(particular form of) political organization; form of government of nation or state; Ex. student polity
discount
disregard; regard (a story or news) as unimportant; deduct from a cost
hereafter
life after death
putrescent
becoming putrid; putrefying
institute
organization for a special purpose; V: establish
kudos
honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement
feud
bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V. CF. Romeo and Ju