GRE Vocab (L-O)
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GRE Vocab (L-O)
Kaplan Vocab Box
500 "hardest" words/definitions/sentences
Marcella always became
when it was time to bid her daughter good-bye.
using few words
He was the classic
native of Maine; he talked as if he were being charged for each word.
to express sorrow; to grieve
The children continued to
the death of the goldfish weeks after its demise.
to ridicule with satire
The mayor hated being
by the press for his efforts to improve people's politeness.
lacking energy; indifferent; slow
cat cleaned its fur, ignoring the vicious, snarling dog chained a few feet away from it.
relating to precious stones or the aret of cutting them
work today is done with the use of motorized equipment.
theft of property
The crime of stealing a wallet can be categorized as petty
generous giving (as of money) to others who may seem inferior
She'd always relied on her parent's
, but after graduation she had to get a job.
a state of diminished energy
The lack of energy that characterizes people with anemia makes
one of the primary symptoms of the disease.
potential that is not readily apparent
trait testing seeks to identify the skills that the test takers may have that they are not aware of.
to give praise; to glorify
Parades and fireworks were staged to
the success of the rebels.
extremely generous or extravagant; giving unsparingly
She was so
with her puppy that it soon became overweight and spoiled
After being swindled once, Ruth became
of strangers trying to sell her things.
The little boy thought his
was working on his mother but she in fact knew about every hidden toy and stolen cookie.
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
The clerk was so
that, even was business was slow he always had a long line in front of him.
an inappropriate lack of seriousness; overly casual
The joke added needed
to the otherwise serious meeting.
tolerant or broad-minded; generous or lavish
parents trusted her and allowed her to manage her own affairs to a large extent.
a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
took pleasure in gambling away her family's money.
immoral; unrestrained by society
Religious citizens were outraged by the
exploits of the free-spirited artists living in town.
Fernando could see all the way to the bottom through the ponds
to treat as a celebrity
After the success of his novel, the author was
by the press.
easily flexed; limber; agile
yoga instructor twisted herself into shapes that her students could only dream of.
lacking energy and enthusiasm
and depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend, Raj spent his days moping on the couch.
discolored from a bruise; pale; reddened with anger
when he discovered that someone had spilled grape juice all over his cashmere coat.
She is naturally
, which is a problem in situations where listening is more important than talking.
clear and easily understood
The explanations were written in a simple and
manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned.
sorrowful; mournful; dismal
Irish wakes are a rousing departure from the
funeral services to which most people are accustomed.
to move slowly and awkwardly
toward the garbage, drooling at the prospect of the Big Mac leftovers he smelled.
bright; brilliant; glowing
The park was bathed in
sunshine that warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors.
plot or scheme
Tired of his enemies' endless
to remove him from the throne, the king had them executed.
whirlpool; turmoil; agitated state of mind
The transportation system of the city had collapsed in the
powerful or influential person
bought two cable TV stations to add to his collection of magazines and publishing houses.
a curse; a wish of evil upon another
The frog prince looked for a princess to kiss him and put an end to his
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
A common way to avoid the draft was by
-pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken in by the army.
capable of being shaped
Gold is the most
of the precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.
artificial or stilted in character
The portrait was an example of the
style that was favored in that era.
to damage or deface; spoil
the natural beauty of the countryside.
strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
, the official insisted that Pete fill out all the forms again even though he was already familiar with his case.
The mother's death should have been a touching scene, but the movie's treatment of it was so
that, instead of making the audience cry, it made them cringe.
So many of her stories were
that I decided she must be a pathological liar.
"Please, sir, can you spare a dime?" begged the
as the businessman walked past
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
personality made it difficult to predict how she would react to the bad news.
gaudy; falsely attractive
decor horrified the cultivated interior designer.
figure of speech comparing two different things
"sea of troubles" suggests a lot of troubles by comparing their number to the vastness of the sea.
extremely careful; fastidious; painstaking
To find all the clues at the crime scene, the
investigators examined every inch of the area.
to operate against; work against
against the tsar for years before he overthrew him and established the Soviet Union.
frivolity; gaiety; laughter
Vera's hilarious jokes contributed to the general
at the dinner party.
a person who dislikes others
The Grinch was such a
that even the sight of children singing made him angry.
a written note or letter
Priscilla spent hours composing a romantic
to soften; to lessen
A judge may
a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.
to calm or make less severe
The argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe that any compromise would
to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically
its skin and left it behind in a crumpled mass.
extremely plain or scheduled, as in a monastery
The philosopher retired to his
lodgings to contemplate life free from any worldly distraction.
no variation; tediously the same
of the sound of the dripping faucet almost drove the research assistant crazy.
fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes
In keeping with the
of ancient Roman society, Nero held a celebration every weekend.
Ken opened the hotel room window letting in the
noises of the great city.
lacking foresight; having a narrow view or short-range perspective
Not wanting to spend the money upfront, the myopic business owner would likely suffer the consequences later.
As Joey waited in line for the diaper commercial, he realized that he had reached the
of his acting career.
lacking sophistication or experience
Inexperienced writers are often
and assume that big words make them sound smarter.
starting to develop; coming into existence
The advertising campaign was still in a
stage, and nothing had be finalized yet.
new word or expression
Aunt Mabel simply does not understand today's youth; she is perplexed by their clothing, music, and
at bowling, Rodolfo rolled all of his balls into the gutter.
I don't particularly like having blue hair- I just do it to
A dead mouse trapped in your walls produces a
existing in name only; negligible
but far from devoted member of the high school yearbook committee, she rarely attends meetings.
a subtle expression of meaning or quality
The scholars argued for hours over tiny
in the last line in the poem.
Tomas' passion for
has resulted in an impressive collection of coins from all over the world.
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
The president was completely
on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.
indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
Usually open and friendly, Reynaldo has been behaving in a curiously
overly submissive and eager to please
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 ea any food that he perceived to be "yucky."
to prevent; to make unnecessary
The river was shallow enough to wade across at many points which
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
by the moon.
too helpful; meddlesome
While planning her wedding, Maya discovered just how
her future mother-in-law could be.
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
That assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved
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
to express an opinion
At the "Let's Chat Talk Show," the audience member
that the guest was in the wrong.
After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter
Roberto soon grew tired of his date's
babble about her new job and decided their first date would probably be their last.
to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
The forensics expert ascertained the body's age based on the degree to which the facial structure had
reason for his visit was to borrow a book, but he secretly wanted to chat with the lovely Wanda.
of the Sun King's court is evident in the lavish decorations and luxuriousness of his palace at Versailles.
voice on the phone made her clients worry about the outcome of their case.