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Barron's essential words for the GRE (set 7 of 8)

Terms

undefined, object
copy deck
profound
deep, not superficial
riposte
retaliatory action or retort
sodden
thoroughly soaked, saturated
raconteur
witty, skillful storyteller
quibble
to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details
sedition
behaviour prompting rebellion
relegate
to consign to an inferior position
propriety
correct conduct, fitness
skeptic
one who doubts
raiment
clothing
reticent
nor speaking freely, reserved, reluctant
sinecure
well-paying job that requieres little or no work
solvent
able to meet financial obligations
pusillanimous
cowerdly
purport
to profess, suppose, claim
rail
to scold with bitter or abusive language
satyr
a creature that is half-man, half beast, with the horns and legs of a goat
squalor
filthy, wretched condition
puissant
powerful
qualified
limited, restricted
sardonic
cynical, scornfully mocking
prohibitive
so high as to prevent the purchase or use of, forbidding
sentient
aware, concious, able to preceive
proliferate
to increase rapidly
propitiate
to win over, appease
propensity
inclination, tendency
refractory
stubborn, resisting ordinary methods of treatment
renege
to go back on one's word
proscribe
to condemn, forbid, outlaw
refute
to contradict, disprove
repine
fret, complain
soliloquy
literary or dramatic speech by one character, not adressed to others
salubrious
healthful
qualm
sudden feeling of faintness or nausea
reparation
amends, compensation
repudiate
to reject as having no authority
savor
to enjoy, have a distinctive flavor or smell
sensuous
relating to the senses
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
rococo
excessively ornate
sobriety
seriousness
specious
seeming to be logical and sound, but not really so
resolve
determination, firmness of purpose
rarefied
refined
sanction
to approve, ratify, permit
somatic
relating to or affecting the body, corporeal
secrete
produce and release substance into organism
seismic
relating to earthquakes
refulgent
brightly shining, resplendent
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
quiescent
inactive, still
ruse
trick, crafty stratagem
rationale
fundamental reason
sinuous
intricate, complex
schematic
relating to or in the form of an outline or diagram
soporific
sleep producing
staccato
marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds
reprise
repetition, especially of a piece of music
sensual
relating to the senses, gratifying the physical (sexual) senses
recant
retract a statement of opinion
recluse
person who lives in seclusion and often in solitude
query
question
ramification
implication, consequence
rue
regret
reproach
to find fault with, blame
sordid
filthy, contemptible and corrupt
spectrum
band of color, broad range of related ideas or objects
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
rubric
protocol, title or heading
quorum
number of memeber necessary to conduct a meeting
rebu
puzzle in whic pictures or symbols represent words
singular
unique, extraordinary, odd
shard
a piece of broken glass or pottery
solicitous
concerned, attentive, eager
sedulous
diligent, assiduous
regale
to entertain
redoubtable
formidable, arousing fear
provident
providing for future need, frugal
rescind
to cancel
salutary
expecting an improvement, favorable to health
quagmire
marsh, difficult situation
quail
to cower, lose heart
servile
submissive, obedient
reverent
expressing deep respect, worshipful
pungent
penetrating, caustic, to the point
punctilious
careful in observing rules fo behavior
saturnine
gloomy
sidereal
relating to the stars
saturate
imbue througout, soak thoroughly
simile
comparison of one thing with another using "like" or "as"
sextant
navigation tool that determines latitude and longitude
satiate
to satisfy
spendthrift
person who spends money recklessly
resolution
determination, resolve
remonstrate
to object or protest
sage
wise
sporadic
irregular
salacious
lascivious, lustful
simian
apelike, relating to apes
recondite
abstruse, profound

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