GRE VOCAB PART 5

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  1. CHAUVINIST
    • (n): someone prejudiced in favor of a group to chich he or she belongs.
    • ex: The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male CHAUNINISTS.
  2. CHICANERY
    • (n): deception by means of craft or guile
    • ex: Dishonest used car sales people often use CHICANERY to sell their beat-up old cars.
  3. COGENT
    • (adj): convincing and well reasoned
    • ex: Swayed by the COGENT argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.
  4. CONDONE
    • (v): to overlook, pardon, or disrsegard
    • ex: Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as CONDONING an air of lawlessness.
  5. CONVOLUTED
    • (adj): intricate and complicated
    • ex: Although man people bought A Brieft history of Time, few could follow its CONVOLUTED ideas and theories.
  6. CORROBORATE
    • (v): to provide supporting evidence
    • ex: fingerprints CORROBORATED the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
  7. CREDULOUS
    • (adj): too trusting; gullible
    • ex: Although some four-year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most CREDULOUS nine-year-olds also believe in him.
  8. CRESCENDO
    • (n): steadily increasing volume or force
    • ex: The CRESCENDO of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
  9. DECORUM
    • (n): appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propreity
    • ex: The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the DECORUM appropriate for a visit to the palace.
  10. DEFERENCE
    • (n): respect, courtesy
    • ex: The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost DEFERENCE.
  11. DERIDE
    • (v): to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
    • ex: The awkward child was often DERIDED by his cooler peers.
  12. DESICCATE
    • (v): to dry out thoroughly
    • ex: After a few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely DESICCATED.
  13. DESULTORY
    • (adj): jumping from onething to another; disconnected
    • ex: Diane had a DESULTORY academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years
  14. DIATRIBE
    • (n): an abusive, condemnatory speech.
    • ex: The trucker bellowed a DIATRIBE at hte driver who had cut him off.
  15. DIFFIDENT
    • (adj): lacking self-confidence
    • ex: Steve's DIFFIDENT manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
  16. DILATORY
    • (adj): intended to delay
    • ex: The Congressman used DILATORY measures to delay the passage of the bill.
  17. DILETTANTE
    • (n): someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic.
    • ex: Jerry's friends were such DILETTANTES that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
  18. DIRGE
    • (n): a funeral hymn or mournful speech
    • ex: Melville wrote the poem "A DIRGE for James McPherson" for the funeral of a Union general who was killed in 1864.
  19. DISABUSE
    • (v): to set right; to free from error
    • ex: Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the earth.
  20. DISCERN
    • (v): to perceive; to recognize
    • ex: It is easy to DISCERN the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping.

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