Verbal Ability 5
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Verbal Ability 5
to evade resposibility by pretending to be ill
A common way to avoid the draft was by malingering-pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the Army.
: shirk, slack
capable of being shaped
Gold is the most malleable of precious metal; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.
a figure of speech comparing two different things, a symbol
The metaphor ' a sea of troubles' suggests a lot of troubles by comparing their number to the vastness of the sea.
Similar: analogy, comparison
extremely careful about details
The investigators were instructed to find all the clues at the crime scene, so they meticulously covered every inch of the area.
Similar: conscientious, precise, scrupulous
a person who dislikes others
The Grinch was such a misanthrope that even the sight of children singing made him angry.
to soften, to lessen
A judge may mitigate a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.
Similar: alleviate, lighten,assuage,palliate,temper
to calm or make less severe
Their arguement was so intense that is was difficult to believe any compromise would mollify them.
no variation, tediously the same
The monotomy of the sound of the dripping faucet almost drove the research assistant crazy.
Similar: drone, tedium
lacking sophistication or experience
Having never traveled before, the hillbillies were totally naive to the customs of Beverly Hills.
Similar: artless, credulous,simple,guileless,unaffected,ingenuous
hardened in feeling, resistant to persuasion
The President was completely obdurate on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.
Similar: inflexible, tenacious,intransigent,recalcitrant
overly-submissive and eager to please
The obsequious new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue
The obstinate child could not be made to eat any food which he preceived to be 'yucky'.
to prevent; to make unnecessary
The river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which obviated the need for a bridge.
to stop up, 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.
Similar: barricade, obstruct,block,close
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
THe assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved onerous to the team in charge of it.
Impossible to see through, preventing the passage of light
The heavy build-up of dirt and grime on the windows made them almost opaque.
After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasure resigned in utter opprobrium.
The ostentation of the Sun's King court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace Versailles.
Similar: conspicuousness, pretentiousness,flashiness,showiness
a contradiction or dilemma
It is a paradox that those most in need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.
Similar: incongruity, ambiguity
model of excellence or perfection
He is the paragon of what a judge should be; honest, intelligent, hardworking and just.
somone who shows off learning
The graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the sublect soon gain her a reputation as a pedant.
willing to betray one's trust
The actress's perfidous companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossp columnist.
done in a routine way; indifferent
The machine-like teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a perfunctory smile.
Similar: apathetic, automatic,mechanical
The miraculous new cleaning fliud is able to permeate stains and dissolve them in minutes.
to be present throughout, to permeate
Four spices-cumin, turmeric, coriander and cayenne- pervade almost every Indian dish, and give the cuisine its distinctive flavor.
charity , a desire or effort to promote goodness
The Metropolitan Museum of Art owes much of its collection to the philanthropy of private of private collectors who willed their estates to the museum.
calm and unemotional in temperament
Although the bomb could go off at any moment, the phlegmatic demolition expert remained calm nad unafriad.
to soothe or pacify
The burglar tried to placate the snarling dog by refferring to it as a 'nice doggy' and offerring it a treat.
able to be molded, altered or bent
The new material was very plastic and could be formed into products of vastly different shape.
Assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a plethora of excuses.
Similar: glut, superfluity,overabunace,surfeit
practical as opposed to idealistic
While idealistic gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, pragmatic gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.
: realistic, rational
to throw violently or bring about abrublty; lackin deliberation
Theirs was a precipitate marrige-they had only known each other for two weeks befor they wed.
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.
fresh and clean, uncorrupted
Since concerted measures had been taken to prevent looting, the archeological site was still pristine when researchers arrived.
complete honesty and intergrity
George Washington's reputation for probity is illustrated in the legend about his inability to lie after he chopped down the cherry tree.
a natural inclination or predisposition
Her childhood love of acting, singing and adoration indicated a proclivity for the theater in later life.
The Prodigal Son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish lifestyle devoted to pleasure.
to increase in number quickly
Although he only kept two guinea piga intially, they proliferated to such an extent that he soon had dozens.
to conciliate, to appease
Because their gods were angry and vengeful, the Vikings propitiated them with many sacrafices.
acting in a proper manner, obeying rules and customs
The aristocracy maintained a high level of propriety, adhering to even the most minor social rules.
Similar: decency, decorum,modesty,seemly
wisdom, caution or restraint
The college student exhibited prudence by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her resume.
sharp and irritating to the senses
The smoke rom the burning tires was extremely pungnet.