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Glossary of GRE Nouns

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alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form or rule; abnormalaity (adjective form: anomalous)
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
as informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
filibuster
intentional obstrustio, espcially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart espcially in forgiving (adj. form: magnanimous)
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp.in literature or art
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj. form: perfidious)
predilection
a diposition in favor of something; preference
prescience
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj. form: prescient)
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole (verb form: synthesize)
torque
a force that causes rotation
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
accolade
an expression of praise
adulation
excessive praise. intense adoration
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth (adj. form: avaricious)
yokel
a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town
zephyr
1 a : a breeze from the west b : a gentle breeze
2 : any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing

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