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Vocabulary GRE study
Words found in The Economist, NY Times, Scientific American, and Lolita
Unable to react quickly; unprepared
The newproduct caught their competitors flat-footed.
A general sense of depression or unease
One year after the crash, the markets remain mired in a deep malaise
A level of responsibility or authority in a hierarchy; a rank: (from French “rung of ladder”)
To support with proof or evidence; verify
The point at which eruption into significant action, creation, or violence occurs
The shootdown did not increase international tensions to the flash point.
Marked by or full of vigor or energy; strong
a vehement storm.
To go in haste. Often used with it
hotfoot it out of town
One that has committed a crime; a criminal.
To relegate or confine to a lower or outer limit or edge, as of social standing
An evildoer; a villain. An infidel; a heretic
To make less emphatic or obvious; play down
soft-pedal a potentially explosive issue.
To make void; repeal or annul.
A terrible year
Brief and to the point; effectively concise
a terse one-word answer.
1) Towering or standing out above others; prominent; 2) of higher rank; outstanding
an eminent peak.
To perform ostentatiously so as to impress an audience
To divide and assign according to a plan; allot:
The tendency persists to apportion blame as suits the circumstances
To thwart; stump:
a problem in thermodynamics that stymied half the class.
to accuse one’s accuser; pass blame
passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive
The disposition, character,or fundamental values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement:
They cultivated a subversive alternative ethos
A means by which something is transmitted
Making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry.
Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant.
Having a large population; densely populated
to grow together; to unite into a whole : fuse
separate townships havecoalesced into a single, sprawling colony
of, relating to, or being a speed less than that of sound in air
coming or having recently come into existence
a nascent middle class
her nascent singing career
an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member
present and capable of emerging or developing but not now visible, obvious,active, or symptomatic
a latent infection
creating disunity or dissension
a divisive issue
evil in nature, influence, or effect :injurious
the malign effects of illicit drugs
a modifying or cautionary detail to be considered when evaluating, interpreting, or doing something
a multitude of assembled persons
to interfere with or slow the progress of
not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless
Corresponding in size or degree; in proportion;
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Be permanently present in (someone's soul or mind); possess spiritually; (of a catheter, needle, etc.) Fixed in a person's body for a long period of time.
Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph
The force or energy or momentum with which abody moves; The force that makes something happen or happen more quickly
the crisis provided the impetus for change
Clear, logical, and convincing
Seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations: "a doctrinaire socialist"
disgracefully: in a dishonorable manner or to a dishonorable degree
A person assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession; An assistant or follower.
Skill or expertise in an activity or field; bravery in battle.
Showing deep-seated resentment
A harsh, discordant mixture of sounds;
a cacophony of deafening alarm bells
Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.
A person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation
Filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable): marketing any new product is fraught withdanger
the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses; "the shrillness of her hair color".
A commotion or fuss
A policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
a person whose power derives from their wealth
Admitted as acceptable or possible.
to agree to a demand
Prevent from happening
difficult to control; irritable
Punishment that is considered to be morallyright and fully deserved
A point of no return: "on the way to political union we are now crossing the Rubicon"
(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on Black Friday";"a calamitous defeat";
Hard to control or deal with. (of a person)Difficult; stubborn
An advocate of a particular ideology,especially an official exponent of that ideology
A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request; A timely blessing or benefit: A brisk breeze is a boon to sailors.
A conventionalized utterance repeated without thought or aptness; a formula: the pious incantations of the administration.
climber of high mountains, especially theAlpes.
any member of the clergy
Maintain or support oneself, esp. at a minimal level; Remain in being, force, or effect
a small valley, usually among trees
Strongly reminiscent or suggestive of (something): "names redolent of history and tradition"; Stronglysmelling of something: "the church was old, dark, and redolent of incense".
Having a smooth, pale, translucent surface orappearance like that of wax: "a canopy of waxen, creamy blooms"
monarch, or ruler
recise or proper to the point of affectation;excessively decorous. b. Strait-laced; prudish. 2. Neat and trim: a prim hedgerow
The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist
to receive into the mind and retain
imbibe moral principles
A sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity.
Showing varying colors as an opal does
A defensive wall of a castle or walled city,having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet; A defensive or protective barrier.
sullen or unfriendly in appearance
a fake reason for an occurrence
Deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness.
Referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way
A private, romantic rendezvous between lovers: "a moonlight tryst"
An ornamental design of intertwined flowinglines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration
Characterized by, expressive of, or causing sorrow or misery.
Having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell.
Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.n. A sibilant speech sound,
An ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty
enthusiastic or passionate
active, fast, energetic
An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.
Giving an impression of vague unworldliness:"a strange, fey woman"; Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance.
Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects: "the insidious effects of stress"; Treacherous; crafty: "an insidious alliance"
same date or age – a contemporary
quality of being attractive
too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words: "ineffable beauty"; Too sacred to be uttered.
Make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause.; Allay or moderate (fears or suspicions).
catch sight of
catch sight of
A ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral.
A smaller or shorter thing, in particular; Extremely or unusually small.
Showing a rude or arrogant lack of respect
pensive, sad, yearning
habitually silent, reserved, oruncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
Involving ignoble actions and motives; arousingmoral distaste and contempt. Dirty
Crude and offensive in a sexual way.
Do something in a haughty way, as though itis below one's dignity or level of importance.
Excessively talkative, especially abouttrivial matters
broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce;
the wild farcical exuberance of a clown
ludicrous green hair
Done routinely and with little interest or care:
The operator answered the phone with a perfunctory greeting
To smear or soil with or as if with dirt.
A large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession:
a spate of attacks on travelers
Treat (someone) as a child or in a way thatdenies their maturity
hesitant or doubtful; not to be relied upon,suspect