GRE core words

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GRE core words
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  1. SCADS
    n. a very large number or amount

    PAUCITY
  2. SLAVER
    v. to drool; to fawn

    n. saliva
  3. RAVISH
    to overcome with emotion;

    eg. ravished by a sunny afternoon, she had agreed without even thinking.
  4. ADMONISH
    v. to reprove mildly; to warn; advise

    eg. she admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshaven

    “You mustn't say that, Shiona,” Ruth admonished her.
  5. COGENT
    compelling; convincing; valid

    eg. The defense attorney's cogent argument was persuasive.
  6. STILTED
    pompous; stiff

    eg. we made stilted conversation.
  7. PREVARICATE
    to deviate from the truth; equivocate

    eg. he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions.
  8. BEGRUDGE
    to give with ill-will or reluctance

    eg. nobody begrudges a single penny spent on health.
  9. COMPOSE
    calm or settle (oneself or one's features or thoughts) : she tried to compose herself.
  10. SPLENETIC
    bad-tempered; spiteful : a splenetic outburst.

    origin: as a noun denoting a person with a diseased
  11. ASPERITY
    rigor; severity; harshness

    eg. he pointed this out with some asperity.
  12. EMBROIL
    to involve in conflict or difficulties

    eg. she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew | the movie's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner.
  13. DESULTORY
    disconnected; not methodical; random

    eg. a few people were left, dancing in a desultory fashion.

    eg. desultory passengers were appearing.
  14. PULCHRITUDE
    physical comeliness
  15. GANDER
    a male goose.
  16. INGENUE
    young innocent girl
  17. INDIGENT
    impoverished; dificient
  18. DIDACTIC
    morally instructive; boringly pedantic or moralistic

    eg. a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice.
  19. PIGHEADED
    stupidly obstinate
  20. DEADBEAT
    a person who tries to evade paying debts.
  21. DRUGERY
    dull and fatiguing work
  22. ELISION
    the omission of a sound or syllable when speaking
  23. HOBBLE
    to go unsteadily; to walk lamely; limp

    eg. he was hobbling around on crutches.
  24. MASTHEAD
    the listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, advertising rates, etc.
  25. FRAZZLED
    cause to feel completely exhausted; wear out : a frazzled parent.

    FRAY
  26. COVEN
    a group or gathering of witches who meet regularly.
  27. CALUMNY
    a false and malicious statement
  28. CAROM
    make a carom; strike and rebound.
  29. RICOCHET
    (of a bullet, shell, or other projectile) rebound one or more times off a surface : a bullet ricocheted off a nearby wall.
  30. INIQUITOUS
    wicked; unjust
  31. RATIOCINATE
    form judgments by a process of logic; reason.
  32. RECIDIVIST
    a convicted criminal who reoffends, esp. repeatedly.
  33. VISE
    a metal tool with movable jaws that are used to hold an object firmly in place while work is done on it, typically attached to a workbench.
  34. ATELIER
    a workshop or studio, esp. one used by an artist or designer.
  35. MACRAME
    the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles.
  36. NONCHALANCE
    the quality of state of being nonchalant
  37. RECREANT
    1 a coward.

    2 a person who is unfaithful to a belief; an apostate.
  38. PLEBISCITE
    the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
  39. ULTERIOR
    beyond what's obvious

    e.g. could there be an ulterior motive behind his request?
  40. ESOTERIC
    Beyond the understanding or knowledge of most people.

    e.g. esoteric philosophical debates.

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