Flashcards in GRE Verbal 1 Deck (95):
adj. withouth concern for history or historical development
ahistorical nostalgia that misunderstands cultural history
adj. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please
n. a subtle difference or distinction in expression; slight difference or varation in color or tone
the nuances of facial expression and body language
1. at an angle, not parallet
we sat on the settee oblique to the fireplace
2. indirect or evasive
he issued an oblique attack on the president
adj. of or relating to an oracle
- hard to interpret; enigmatic
an ambiguous, oracular remark
- a person who delivers authoritative, wise or highly regarded and influential pronouncements
1. of, pertaining to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology
- conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved
the orthodox economics of today; orthodox medical treatment
- of the ordinary or usual type; normal
they avoided orthodox jazz venues
adj. understood by few; mysterious or secret
modern math and its arcane notation
she knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters
n. willingness to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible
adj. believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrusful of human sincerity or integrity
"her cynical attitude"
- doubful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile
"most residents are cynical about efforts to clean mobsters out of their city"
"he gave a cynical laugh"
- concerned with only one's interests and typically disrearding accepted standards in order to achieve them
"a cynical manipulation of public opinion"
n. the action of fixing the boundary or limits of something
"the demaracation of the maritime border"
- dividing line
"a horizontal band that produces a distinct demarcation two inches from the top"
n. excessive pride or self-confidience; arrogance
adj. unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor
"freedom of religion, the most inalienable of all human rights"
adj. capable of being sold or transferred
adj. not able to be saved, improved, or corrected
"so many irredeemable mistakes have been made"
- not reedemable; incapable of being bought back or paid off
adj. having, showing, or done with good judgment or sense
"the efficient and judicious use of pesticides"
adj. having many aspects or phases
having many facet (many sided usually of a cut gem)
adj. larger or more generous than is usual or necessary
"a munificent gesture"
- of a person, very generous
adj. seemingly absurd or self-contradictory
"by glorifying the acts of vilence they achieve the paradoxical effect of making them triival"
- having the nature of a paradox; seems self-contradictory but in reality possible truth
adj. holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action; stubborn
"he worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions"
- extremely or objectionably persistent
"a pertinacious salesman from whom I could not escape"
to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand
"genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic disease"
to render subject, susceptible, or liable
"the evidence predisposes him to public censure"
n. a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal
a person who argues in favor of something
v. to review by a brief summary; summarize
"he began to recapitulate his argument with care"
adj. admirably purposeful, determined, and unswerving
"she was resolute and unswerving
- firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose
adj. inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation
adj. capable of being drawn out or stretched
adj. unmoved by persuasion, pity; stubborn
adj. having mixed feelings or contradicotry ideas about something or someone
"some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her"
adj. showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent
"an insouciant shrug"
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree
adj. not to be appeased (bring to peace), mollified, or pacified
n. anything that serves as a concluding part
n. final resolution of the intricacies of a plot
n. formal expression of high praise
n. formal or elaborate praise
n. effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt
n. style of architecture and decoration
adj. clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air
"we could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond"
adj. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicioius show in an attempt to impress others
"an ostentatious dresser"
n. ornamental design
adj. severe or strict in manner, attitude or appearance
He was an austere man, with a rigidly puritanical outlook
- having no comforts or luxuries
"conditions in the prison could hardly be more austere"
v. to decrease; reduce
v. become less intense
"the storm suddenly abated"
NASA announced that it would delay the launch of the manned spacecraft until the radiation from the solar flares abated.
v. to give up a position, right or power
The appeals judge has abdicated his responsibility to review the findings of the high court
adj. deviatting from what is normal
When a person's behavior becomes aberrant, his or her peers may become concerned that the individual is becoming a deviant
n. temporary suppression or suspension
A good judge must hold his or her judgment in abeyance until all the facts in a case have been presented
adj. miserable; pitiful
The novel protrays the abject poverty of many people during the depression
v. to reject; abandon formally
For a foreigner to become US citizen, one must take an oath abjuring allegiance to any other country and pledging to take up arms to defent the US.
n. the act of cutting; natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant
Scientists thpothesized that premature leaf abscission is an adaptive plant response to herbivorous attack.
v. to depart secretly
A warrant is out for the arrest of a person believed to have absconded with money
adj. moderate in appetite
Some researchers suggests that people with an abstemious lifestyle tend to live longer than people who indulge their appetites.
adj. very bad
The abysmal failure of the free market system in Russia has led some people to argue that the planned economy of the Soviet Union, while not perfect, was better suited to Russia;s history and cultrue than Western capitalism
an econimic and political system in which a contry's industry and trade are controlled by private owners rather than the government
demand and supply of good and services is either not regulated or slightly regulated
n. growth in size or increase in amount
v. to accumulate; grow by additions
adj. uncompromisimg; unyielding
refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind
"he is adamant that he is not going to resign"
n. something added, attached, or joined, supplementary rather than an essential part
"computer technology is an adjunct to learning"
v. to caution or reprimand (rebuke)
The judge admonished the jury to discount testimony that had been ruled inadmissible
v. to corrupt or make impure
adj. pretentioius (attempting to impress), phony
It has been argued that the emphasis on so-called proper English leads to unnatural and affected speech
n. fondness; liking; similarity
without, absence of, not
agnostic = person who is doubtful about something
anemia = deficiency in part of blood
person who is doubtful about something
AB / ABS
from, away, off
aberrant = deviating away from the expected or normal course
abrade = wear away by friction; erode
deviating away from the expected or normal course
wear away by friction; erode
ACER / ACID / ACRI
harsh, bitter, sour
acrid = shart or bitter to the taste or smell; sharp in language or tone
acrimonious = bitter and sharp in language and tone
acerbate = annoy
sharp or bitter to the taste or smell; shart in language
increase bitterness; make worse
ACT / AG
drive, do, lead, act, move
actuate = put into motion; activate
agitation = act of causing to move with violent force
acumen = keenness of judgment
acuminate = tapering to a point; make sharp; taper
aculeate= having a stinger; having sharp prickles
acuity = sharpness of perception or vision
keenness of judgment; ability to make good judgment and quick decisions
sharpness or keeness of thought, vision, or hearing
cause to agree; bring into harmony
the government and the rebels are in accord on one point
consent quietly to something
v. accept something reluctantly (unwilling and hesitant) but without protest
Sara acquiescend in his decision
arrival or coming of a notable person, thing or event
the advent of television
existing during same era
long life; long duration
pedagogue = teacher; dogmatic teacher
inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly ture
he gives his opinion without trying to be dogmatic
agrarian = relating to farming or rural matters
agronomy = application of science to farming
alien = characteristic of another place or society; strange
support, nourish, cherish
aliment = something that nourishes
alimony= allowance for support to a divorced person by former chief provider
alible = nourishing
alimentary = concerned with nuttriition or food
alimentation = giving or receiving nourisment
exaltation = condition of being raised up in rank
altimeter = instrumen that measure elevation
altiplano = high plateau
amiable = friendly; likeable
amicable = friendly
amity = friendship
amatory = inclined toward love
n. friendly relationship
international amity and goodwill
adj. relating to or induced by sexual love or desire
his amatory exploits
v. walk or move at a slow pace
they ambled along the riverbank
he ambled into the foyer
adj. not able to be corrected, imporved or reformed
she's an incorrigible flirt
adj. impossible to deny or disprove
adj. liable to change
the mutable nature of fashion
adj possible to do easily or conveniently
it is not feasible to put most findings from excavations on public display
adj. friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to
an affable and agreeable cmpanion
adj. (action, idea or goal) deserving praise and commedation
laudable though the aim might be, the results have been criticized
adj. deserving rebuke or censure
not sufficiently strict, severe or careful
lax security arrangements at the airport
he'd been a bit lax about discipline in school lately