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Glossary of GRE FLASHCARDS (N)

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nadir
lowest point
naiveté
quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility
nascent
incipient; coming into being
natation
swimming
natty
neatly or smartly dressed
navigable
wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; able to be steered
nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy
necromancy
black magic; dealings with the dead
nefarious
very wicked
negate
* cancel out; nullify; deny
negligible
so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
neophyte
* recent convert; beginner
nepotism
favortism (to a relative)
nettle
vex; annoy
nexus
connection
nib
beak; pen point
nicety
precision; minute distinction
niggardly
meanly stingy; parsimonious
niggle
spend too much time on minor points; carp
nihilist
one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence to be meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist
nip
stop something's growth or development; snip off; bite; make numb with cold
nirvana
in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
noisome
foul-smelling; unwholesome
nominal
in name only; trifling
noncommittal
neutral; unpledged; undecided
nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
nonplus
bring to a halt by confusion; perplex
nostrum
questionable medicine
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
noxious
harmful
nuance
shade of difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
nubile
marriageable
nugatory
futile; worthless
numismatist
person who collects coins
nuptial
related to marriage

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