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Glossary of Barron GRE word list 8

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histrionic
theatrical; excessively dramatic or emotional; affected; of actors or acting
vagary
an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion; capricious happening
inculcate
teach; instill
countermand
cancel; revoke (an order)
vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; guarantee (vouchsafe your fair return on your investment)
sate
satisfy to the full
rote
repetition (learning poetry by rote)
fray
N: brawl; fight
V: wear away or unravel by rubbing; cause to become worn out
defray
provide for the payment of; undertake the payment of; pay
chagrin
annoyance and disappointment; vexation by humiliation or injured pride
plaudit
praise enthusiastic approval
tenacious
holding fast; persistent
touchstone
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
fell
cruel; deadly disease
decry
disparage; condemn openly
ruminate
chewing again; think through
quorum
minimal number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
psychosomatic
of the influence of the mind on the body
fracas
brawl (noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee
saunter
stroll slowly
comity
courtesy; civility

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