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GRE Set 2


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stentorian (adj)
Extremely loud; powerful.
rostrum (noun)
Stage for public speaking.
atavistic (adj)
Relating to old or established pattern; habitual, ingrained
aegis (noun)
Sponsorship; protection..
palliate (verb)
To treat so as to ease symptoms..
pollyannish (adj)
Irrepressibly or excessively optimistic, capable of seeing good in anyone.
peripatetic (adj)
Mobile, itinerant.
effrontery (noun)
Insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness.
hermetic (adj)
Completely sealed; airtight
panegyric (noun)
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise of someone
gustatory (adj)
Relating to the sense of taste..
captious (adj)
Apt or disposed to find fault.
gambit (noun)
An opening maneuver.
proselytize (verb)
To convert to some religion, system, or opinion.
labile (adj)
Adaptable, open to change
discombobulated (adj)
Confused, and maybe a little upset.
feint (noun)
A false show; a sham.
obtrude (verb)
To thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation.
raiment (noun)
An article of dress; clothing in general.
propitious (adj)
Merciful; helpful; convenient; favorable..
scurrilous (adj)
Using indecent language; offensive.
specious (adj)
Seeming to be correct (or beautiful) when not really so.
ponderance (noun)
A great amount (of something. Could refer to weight, quantity, power, influence, etc.).
obstreperous (adj)
Clamorous; noisy; unruly - especially in raising opposition.
fallow (adj)
Left untilled or unsowed after plowing; uncultivated.
strop (noun)
A piece of leather used for sharpening.
chimerical (adj)
Merely imaginary; fanciful; fantastic
ungainly (adj)
Clumsy, awkward
ineffable (adj)
Indescribable, either because something cannot be expressed verbally, or because its description
infidel (noun)
One who does not believe in the prevailing religious faith.
coterie (noun)
A set or circle of persons who meet familiarly, as for social, literary, or other purposes; a clique
premonition (noun)
Previous warning, notice, or information; forewarning.
chary (adj)
Cautious, wary, hesitant. Slow to accept or allow.
veneer (noun)
Thin outer coating, often referring to a thin layer of wood.
inveigh (verb)
To complain or criticize strongly
halcyon (adj)
Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
expiation (noun)
Atonement, the making of amends
sinecure (noun)
Office or appointment that requires little responsibility.
cordon (verb)
Surround with a barrier.
stultify (verb)
To make foolish
torpor (noun)
Apathy, profound lack of energy or activity, lethargy, lassitude.
genuflect (verb)
To bend the knee in prayer..
ebullience (noun)
Exhiliration or excitement..
coda (noun)
A few measures added beyond the natural termination of a composition
mendicant (noun)
A beggar
philistine (noun)
A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement
stickler (noun)
A person who insists on strict adherence to rules or observance of custom.
furtive (adj)
Stolen; obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret.
febrile (adj)
Indicating fever, or derived from it.
indefatigable (adj)
Continuing without fatigue; untiring; unflagging
auspice (noun)
Patronage, assistance or protection (often given by a large entity to a smaller one); a sign or omen (as in prophecy).
dilatory (adj)
Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy.
traduce (verb)
To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame.
squabble (verb)
To scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel.
hoary (adj)
White or gray from age
carp (verb)
To find fault; to criticize words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly.
debacle (noun)
A disaster or failure.
prognosticate (verb)
Predict; foretell.
dowdy (adj)
Not stylish; unattractive.
pernicious (adj)
Having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; wicked.
infernal (adj)
Having the quality of hell.
retrench (verb)
To cut off; to pare away
promontory (noun)
A high point of land; a part that projects outward
drivel (noun)
Stupid talk; nonsense.
unmitigated (adj)
Without restraint or qualification
besiege (verb)
To beset or surround with armed forces
imprecate (verb)
To invoke evil upon; curse.
straggle (verb)
To stray or fall behind.
frivolous (adj)
Unworthy of serious attention; trivial; Inappropriate silly

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