GRE NO.txt

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  1. nadir
    lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
  2. naivet\'e(naivety)
    quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility; ADJ. naive(na\"ive): ingenuous; lacking worldliness; simple; credulous
  3. narcissist
    conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus
  4. narrative
    related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration
  5. nascent
    incipient; coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in music
  6. natation
  7. natty
    neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
  8. smart
    intelligent; quick and energetic; fashionable; Ex. smart pace/restaurant; V: cause or feel a sharp pain; N: smarting pain
  9. nauseate
    cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nausea
  10. nausea
    feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasickness
  11. nauseous
    causing nausea; feeling nausea
  12. nautical
    pertaining to ships or navigation
  13. navigable
    (of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered
  14. nebulous
    vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal
  15. nebula
    diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxy
  16. necromancy
    black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
  17. nefarious
    very wicked
  18. negate
    cancel out; nullify; cause to have no effect; deny; N. negation
  19. negligence
    neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care
  20. negligible
    so small
  21. nemesis
    someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
  22. neologism
    new or newly coined word or phrase
  23. neophyte
    recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
  24. nepotism
    favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
  25. favoritism
    display of partiality toward a favored person
  26. nether
    lower; Ex. nether garments/regions
  27. nettle
    irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesome
  28. nexus
  29. nib
    beak(bill); pen point
  30. nicety
    precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
  31. niggardly
    meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person
  32. niggle
    spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
  33. nihilist
    one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
  34. nip
    snip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
  35. snip
    short quick cut with scissors; V: cut with scissors
  36. pinch
    squeeze between the thumb and a finger
  37. nirvana
    in Buddhist teachings
  38. impersonal
    not being a person; not showing personal feelings; Ex. impersonal force/manner/organization
  39. nocturnal
    done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal animals/raids; CF. nocturne
  40. noisome
    foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesome
  41. nomadic
    wandering; N. nomad: tribe who migrates from place to place
  42. nomenclature
    terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or naming things
  43. nominal
    in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
  44. nonchalance
    indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
  45. noncommittal
    neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
  46. nondescript
    undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
  47. nonentity
    person of no importance; nonexistence
  48. nonplus
    put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
  49. nostalgia
    homesickness; longing for the past; Ex. nostalgia for the clothes of 1920s; ADJ. nostalgic
  50. nostrum
    questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
  51. notable
    conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
  52. notoriety
    disrepute; ill fame
  53. nova
    star that suddenly becomes much brighter and then returns to its original brightness
  54. novelty
    something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
  55. novice
  56. noxious
    harmful; CF. obnoxious
  57. nuance
    shade of slight difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
  58. shade
    slight difference in degree; nuance; degree of color; Ex. shades of meaning/grey
  59. gradation
    series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression
  60. nubile
    marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial
  61. nugatory
    worthless; futile
  62. nullify
    make invalid; make null; invalidate
  63. numismatist
    person who collects coins; N. numismatics: study or collection of money
  64. nuptial
    related to marriage or the wedding ceremony; N. nuptials: wedding ceremony
  65. nurture
    nourish; feed; educate; rear; care for while it is growing or developing; foster; cultivate; N: something that nourishes; rearing
  66. nutrient
    nourishing substance; ADJ: providing nourishment
  67. nutrition
    process of nourishing or being nourished; CF. malnutrition
  68. nutritious
    providing nourishment
  69. nourish
    provide with food necessary for life and growth
  70. nourishment
    something that nourishes; food
  71. oaf
    stupid awkward person; CF. elf
  72. obdurate
    stubborn; refusing to change one's belief
  73. obeisance
    bow (to show respect and obedience)
  74. obelisk
    tall column tapering(becoming gradually narrower toward the end) and ending in a pyramid
  75. obese
    excessively fat; N. obesity
  76. obfuscate
    confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex; make so confused as to be difficult to understand
  77. obituary
    death notice (esp. in a newspaper); ADJ.
  78. objective
    not influenced by emotions; fair; N: goal; aim
  79. obligatory
    binding; required; compulsory; V. oblige: constrain; make grateful; do a favor; accommodate
  80. oblique
    indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line); Ex. oblique reference
  81. obliterate
    destroy completely; wipe out; Ex. obliterate the village
  82. oblivion
    obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness
  83. oblivious
    inattentive or unmindful; unaware; wholly absorbed; forgetful(having the habit of forgetting)
  84. obloquy
    slander; disgrace; infamy
  85. obnoxious
    offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell
  86. obscure
    dark; vague; unclear; not well known; Ex. obscure meaning/village; V: darken; cover; make unclear; Ex. obscure the moon/meaning
  87. obsequious
    slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophantic
  88. slavish
    of or like a slave; servile; showing no originality; copied very closely; Ex. slavish devotion/copy of the original
  89. obsequy
    funeral ceremony
  90. obsessive
    related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession; preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively
  91. obsidian
    black volcanic rock
  92. scion
    detached plant shoot used in grafting; descendant
  93. obsolete
    outmoded; no longer used
  94. obstetrician
    physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife
  95. obstinate
    stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
  96. obstreperous
    boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
  97. obtrude
    push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusive
  98. obtuse
    blunt; not sharp; stupid; slow in understanding
  99. obviate
    make unnecessary; get rid of; Ex. obviate the need
  100. Occident
    the West
  101. occlude
    shut; close; obstruct; Ex. A blood clot occluded an artery.
  102. occult
    mysterious; secret; supernatural; beyond human comprehension; CF. mysterious to human ?; OP. bare
  103. oculist
    physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes
  104. odious
    arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile
  105. odium
    detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)
  106. apparent
    evident; easily seen or understood; appearing as such; Ex. apparent improvement
  107. ostentatious
    showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious; N. ostentation: showy display
  108. ostracize
    banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
  109. blackball
    vote against (an applicant); ostracize; N: negative vote
  110. oust
    expel; drive out; force out; N. ouster: ousting
  111. outlandish
    bizzare; peculiar; unconventional
  112. outmoded
    no longer in fashion or use; no longer stylish; old-fashioned
  113. outskirts
    fringes; outer borders (as of a city); Ex. outskirts of Boston
  114. outspoken
    candid; blunt
  115. blunt
    having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque; V: make or become blunt
  116. outstrip
    outrun; surpass; outdo
  117. outwit
    outsmart; defeat by behaving more cleverly
  118. ovation
    enthusiastic applause
  119. overbearing
    bossy; domineering and arrogant; decisively important; Ex. overbearing manner/importance; V. overbear: dominate
  120. overt
    open to view; public; not secret; CF. covert
  121. overweening
    arrogant; presumptuous
  122. overwrought
    nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
  123. hysteria
    excessive or uncontrollable excitement; N. hysteric: person suffering from hysteria; CF. hysterics: attack of hysteria
  124. ovoid
    egg-shaped; CF. ovum; CF. ovulate
  125. odoriferous
    giving off an odor
  126. odorous
    having an odor
  127. odyssey
  128. 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
  129. offhand
    casual; done without prior thought or preparation
  130. officious
    meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services; overly eager in offering unwanted services or advices; Ex. officious bellboy
  131. pushy
    disagreeably aggressive
  132. ogle
    look at amorously; make eyes at; Ex. old men ogling young girls
  133. olfactory
    concerning the sense of smell
  134. oligarchy
    government by a privileged few
  135. ominous
    threatening; of an evil omen
  136. threat
    sign or warning (of coming danger); Ex. threat of rain; V: express a threat; give warning of (something bad); Ex. The cloud threatens rain.
  137. omnipotent
    all-powerful; having unlimited power
  138. omnipresent
    universally present; ubiquitous
  139. omniscient
  140. omnivorous
    eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything
  141. onerous
  142. onomatopoeia
    words formed in imitation of natural sounds
  143. rustle
    make slight sounds like silk moving or being rubbed together
  144. onslaught
    vicious assault; fierce attack; Ex. unexpected onslaught of the enemy
  145. slaughter
    killing of animals for food; massacre; V: butcher (animals) for food; kill in large numbers
  146. onus
    burden; responsibility
  147. spare
    give; use; refrain from harming; save from experiencing; exempt; Ex. spare me 5 minutes; Ex. Take this money and spare my life; Ex. The emperor was spared the onus; ADJ: kept in reserve; free for other use; unoccupied; Ex. spare time
  148. opalescent
    iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; N. opalescence
  149. opaque
    dark; not transparent; N. opacity
  150. opiate
    medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium
  151. opportune
    timely; well-chosen
  152. opportunist
    individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances; N. opportunism
  153. opprobrium
    infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn; contempt; Ex. opprobrium hurled against him; ADJ. opprobrious: expressing contempt; shameful or infamous
  154. optician
    maker and seller of eyeglasses
  155. optimist
    person who looks on the bright side; N. optimism
  156. optimum
    most favorable; optimal; N: most favorable condition
  157. optional
    not compulsory; left to one's choice; N. option: act of choosing; choice; freedom or power to choose; something available as a choice; Ex. have no option; Ex. two options
  158. optometrist
    one who fits glasses to remedy visual defects
  159. opulence
    extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance; ADJ. opulent: possessing great wealth; abundant
  160. opus
    work (esp. musical composition); Ex. magnum opus: masterpiece; CF. opera
  161. oracular
    of an oracle; prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous; hard to understand; N. oracle: wiser person; prophecy made by an oracle
  162. orator
    public speaker
  163. oratorio
    dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
  164. ordain
    decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister
  165. ordeal
    severe trial or affliction; difficult experience; trial(test of patience or endurance); affliction
  166. ordinance
    decree; authoritative order
  167. ordination
    ceremony conferring holy orders; ceremony of ordaining a priest
  168. orgy
    wild drunken revelry; unrestrained indulgence in an activity; Ex. orgy of shopping
  169. orient
    get one's bearings; adjust; make familiar with a situation; orientate
  170. orientation
    act of finding oneself in society; orienting
  171. orifice
    mouthlike opening; small opening (esp. to a cavern or passage of the body); CF. mouth
  172. ornate
    excessively or elaborately decorated
  173. ornithologist
    scientific student of birds; N. ornithology: scientific study of birds
  174. orthodox
    traditional; (of someone) conservative in belief; adhering to an established doctrine
  175. orthography
    correct spelling; CF. ortho-: straight; correct; Ex. orthodontics
  176. oscillate
    vibrate pendulumlike; waver
  177. osseous
    made of bone; bony
  178. ossify
    change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in one's ideas
  179. ostensible
    apparent; appearing as such; professed(pretended); pretended; Ex. ostensible purpose of the expedition
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