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Milee GRE part 2

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metaphor
a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance
intrinsic
Belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
jitter
to be nervous or act in a nervous way
misfits
people who do not seem to fit in with others
froth
a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
demise
Death or downfall esp. of a person from a lofty position
lofty
very tall or high
progenitor
a direct ancestor; an originator of a line of descent
scrunity
inspection, examination
hasten
act or move at high speed
obliteration
the complete destruction of every trace of something
flux
a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action
pasture
a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
consortium
an association of companies for some definite purpose
pirogue
a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log
drench
cover with liquid
redeem
save from sins
trident
a spear with three prongs, trishul in nepali
discus
a disk used in throwing competitions
calabash
lauka in nepali
kamandalu
karuwa in nepali
vermilion
a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
subversive
tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completely (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?
barterer
a trader who exchanges goods and not money
cresendo
a gradual increase in volume and intensity
bountiful
(adj.) giving freely, generous; plentiful, given abundantly
ovation
enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
spry
(esp. of older people) vigorously active; nimble
rigor
strictness or severity
repeal
revoke; annul
annul
declare invalid
monolithic
characterized by massiveness and rigidity and total uniformity
artless
without guile; open and honest
guile
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
visage
a face, especially one that expresses feelings
mortar
vessel in which substances are crushed with a pestle
pestle
tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl or mortar
frieze
ornamental horizontal band on a wall
toady
n. a person who flatters others for self-serving reasons; a sycophant
decrepitude
state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age
belabor
attack verbally with harsh criticism
pang
a sudden sharp feeling of pain or distress
prolixity
tedious wordiness; verbosity
iridescent
varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
pall
become less interesting or attractive
vehement
intense, forceful, powerful
gruesome
horrible, revolting, ghastly
engender
to cause, to produce, to create
atone
To apologize, make amends
buoyant
able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful
acrimonious
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
parlance
a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
wunderkind
one who achieves success or acclaim during youth., prodigy
scattershot
denoting something that is broad but random and haphazard in it's range
haphazard
marked by great carelessness
demurred
To make an objection
petulant
easily irritated or annoyed
ousted
pushed out of a position
reflective
thoughtful
imbued
saturated, permeated
infuriated
marked by extreme anger
skittish
nervous; easily frightened
assented
Agreed
inadvertent
unintentional, accidental
searingly
in a burning, blistering hot manner
endowed
provided or supplied or equipped with (especially as by inheritance or nature)
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling, insensitive
muster
gather; assemble
wager
the act of gambling
leathery
like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible
deploy
bring into effective action; utilize
tinker
a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
balky
stubborn
peripatetic
a person who walks from place to place
refurbish
to renovate
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
veteran
someone very experienced in something; expert
meticulously
very carefully and precisely
tantalizing
tempting
fraught
full of (unpleasant things such as problems or dangers):
Writing about science at a popular level is a task fraught with difficulty.
generic
not specific to any particular thing
Jazz is a generic term for a wide range of different styles of music.
peril
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
arthritis
a disease of the joints that makes movement painful
mellow
become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
maneuver
a plan for attaining a particular goal
noshes
eat a snack
Autism
a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
• a mental condition in which fantasy dominates over reality, as a symptom of schizophrenia and other disorders.
extradite
the return of someone accused of a crime to the country where the crime was committed
diabolical
extremely evil or cruel, fiendish
boycott
refuse to sponsor, a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
obsolete
no longer in use
warring
fighting
scurrilious
(adj.) coarsely abusive, vulgar, or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
transpire
to take place; to happen
deranged
mentally disturbed
delegation
a group of representatives
condescending
displaying superiority; patronizing
relentless
unyielding, harsh, without pity
prodigious
enormous
relent
to become less strict, soften