GRE Vocabulary IV
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GRE Vocabulary IV
GRE Vocab Words (151-175) from Michigan State University
"Her sanguine attitude put everyone at ease."
(Sangfroid (noun) is a related French word meaning unflappibility. Literally, it means cold blood)
v.to satisfy fully or to excess
An example of to sate is to eat five cheeseburgers and six orders of cheese fries.
The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger.
adj.having a gloomy or morose temperament
A shadowy haunted mansion is an example of someplace that would be described as saturnine.
Your next door neighbor who snaps at you for everything and who is always disgruntled is an example of someone who would be described as saturnine.
the men awaiting interrogation by the police shared asaturnine silence
He is saturnine in temperament.
n.a very knowledgable person; a genious
Someone who is considered a scientific genius is an example of a savant.
a savant in the field of medical ethics
adj.diligent; persevering; persistent
"Her sedulous devotion to overcoming her background impressed many."
: sedulity; sedulousness; adv. sedulously)
adj.seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive
"Her argument, though specious, was readily accepted by many."
adj.only covering the surface
"A superficial treatment of the topic was all they wanted."
"Katie and carmella had a tacit agreement that they would not mention the dented fender to their parents."
adj.habitually untalkative or silent (n
An example of taciturn is a person who sits quietly at the edge of the room and only responds in short sentences when spoken to.
a taciturn man, he almost never initiates a conversation
adj.exercising moderation and self-denial; calm or mild (n
An island that does not experience wild swings in temperature is an example of an island with a temperate climate.
A person who makes sure he doesn't overeat or over-indulge is an example of someone who would be described as temperate in his habits.
They had a temperate discussion.
n.an angry speech
"His tirade had gone on long enough."
adj.twisted; excessively complicated
"Despite public complaints, tax laws and forms have become increasingly tortuous."
: Don't confuse this with torturous.
adj.ability to be easily managed or controlled
"Her mother wished she were more tractable."
"Mr. Castor was fired for moral turpitude."
n.beginner; person lacking experience in a specific endeavor
"They easily took advantage of the tyro."
adj.empty; without contents; without ideas or intelligence:
"She flashed a vacuous smile."
v.great respect or reverence:
"The Chinese traditionally venerated their ancestors; ancestor worship is merely a popular misnomer for this tradition."
: veneration, adj: venerable)
"The instructor asked her verbose student make her paper more concise."
v.to annoy; to bother; to perplex; to puzzle; to debate at length
"Franklin vexed his brother with his controversial writings."
adj.slow moving; highly resistant to flow
"Heintz commercials imply that their catsup is more viscous than others'."
adj.explosive; fickle (n
An example of volatile is a young man who often gets into fist fights.
An example of volatile is the quality of the substance acetone.
The stock market can be very volatile.
adj.craving or devouring large quantities of food, drink, or other things. She is a voracious reader.
An example of voracious is a person eating three servings more than anyone else at a dinner party.
He has a voracious appetite.
v.to hesitate or to tremble
When you decide on one option and then start to rethink your decision and have a hard time choosing, this is an example of a situation where you waver between different options.
adj.extremely pitiful or unfortunate (n
A person who looks extremely ill and sickly is an example of a person who would be described as looking wretched.
A falling down house that is in grave disrepair is an example of a house that would be described as wretched.
n.enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal (n
: zealot; zealoutry. adj: zealous)
An example of zeal is a passionate dedication for homeless rights.
he was uncomfortable with their lavish parties and their collector's zeal for the most expensive, most ostentatious brand names