GRE VOCAB PART 6

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  1. OCCLUDE
    • (v): to stop up; to prevent the passage of
    • A shadow is thrown across the earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is OCCLUDED by the moon.
  2. ONEROUS
    • (adj): troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
    • The assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved ONEROUS to the team in charge of it.
  3. OPAQUE
    • (adj): impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
    • the heavy buildupu of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them OPAQUE.
  4. OPPROBRIUM
    • (n): public disgrace
    • After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter OPPROBRIUM.
  5. OSTENTATION
    • (n): excessive showiness
    • The OSTENTATION of the Sun King's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace at Versailles.
  6. PARADOX
    • (n): a contradiction or dilemma
    • It is a PARADOX that those in need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.
  7. PARAGON
    • (n): model of excellence or perfection
    • She is the PARAGON of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking, and just.
  8. PEDANT
    • (n): someone who shows off learning
    • The graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject soon gained her a reputation as a PEDANT.
  9. PERFIDIOUS
    • (adj): willing to betray one's trust
    • The actress's PERFIDIOUS companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.
  10. PERFUNCTORY
    • (adj): done in a routine way; indifferent
    • The machinelike bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a PERFUNCTORY smile.
  11. PLACATE
    • (v): to soothe or pacify
    • The burglar tried to PLACATE the snarling dog by saying "nice doggy," and offering it a treat.
  12. PLETHORA
    • (adj): excess
    • Assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a PLETHORA of excuses.
  13. PRAGMATIC
    • (adj): practical as opposed to idealistic
    • While daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, PRAGMATIC gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.
  14. PREVARICATE
    • (v): to lie or deviate from the truth
    • Rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee PREVARICATED and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time.
  15. PRODIGAL
    • (adj): lavish, wasteful
    • The PRODIGAL son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure.
  16. PROPITIATE
    • (v): to conciliate; to appease
    • The management PROPITIATED the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members.
  17. PRUDENCE
    • (n): wisdom, caution, or restraint
    • The college student exhibited PRUDENCE by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her resume.
  18. QUIESCENT
    • (adj): motionless
    • Many animals are QUIESCENT over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.
  19. RAREFY
    • (v): to make thinner or sparser
    • Since the atmosphere RAREFIES as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too thin to breathe.
  20. REPUDIATE
    • (v): to reject the validity of
    • The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was REPUDIATED when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them.

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