GRE VOCAB PART 7

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GRE VOCAB PART 7
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  1. RETICENT
    • (adj): silent, reserved
    • Physically small and RETICENT in her speech, Joan Didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.
  2. RHETORIC
    • (adj): effective writing or speaking
    • Lincoln's talent for RHETORIC was evident in his beautifully expressed Gettysburg Address.
  3. SATIATE
    • (v): to satisfy fully or overindulge
    • His desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could SATIATE it.
  4. SOPORIFIC
    • (adj): causing sleep or lethargy
    • The movie proved to be so SOPORIFIC that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater.
  5. SPECIOUS
    • (adj): deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
    • The student's SPECIOUS excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was proved otherwise when her teacher called her home.
  6. STIGMA
    • (n): a mark of shame or discredit
    • In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter A on her clothes as a public STIGMA for her adultery.
  7. STOLID
    • (adj): unemotional; lacking sensitivity
    • The prisoner appeared STOLID and unaffected by the judge's harsh sentence.
  8. SUBLIME
    • (adj): lofty or grand
    • The music was so SUBLIME that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place.
  9. TACIT
    • (adj): done without using words
    • Although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a TACIT agreement had been made about which course of action to take.
  10. TACITURN
    • (adj): silent, not talkative
    • The clerk's TACITURN nature earned him the nickname "Silent Bob."
  11. TIRADE
    • (n): long harsh speech or verbal attack
    • Observers were shocked at the manager's TIRADE over such a minor mistake.
  12. TORPOR
    • (adj): extreme mental and physical sluggishness
    • After surgery, the patient experienced TORPOR until the anesthesia wore off.
  13. VACILLATE
    • (v): to sway physically; to be indecisive
    • The customer held up the line as he VACILLATED between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.
  14. VENERATE
    • (v): to respect deeply
    • In a traditional Confucian society, the young VENERATE their elders, deferring to the elders's wisdom and experience.
  15. VERACITY
    • (adj): filled with truth and accuracy
    • She had a reputation for VERACITY, so everyone trusted her description of events.
  16. VERBOSE
    • (adj): wordy
    • The professor's answer was so VERBOSE that his student forgot what the original question had been.
  17. VEX
    • (v): to annoy
    • The old man who loved his peace and quiet was VEXED by his neighbor's loud music.
  18. WHIMSICAL
    • (adj): acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
    • The ballet was WHIMSICAL, delighting the children with its imaginative characters and unpredictable sets.
  19. ZEAL
    • (adj): passion, excitement
    • She brought her typical ZEAL to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.

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