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Demanding GRE Words from Barrons -2

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hackles
hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise
melee
fight
opiate
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium
ingratiate
become popular with; bring (oneself) in favor of another; Ex. ingratiate himself with the boss
fluted
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make long parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column
ordination
ceremony conferring holy orders; ceremony of ordaining a priest
apropos
with reference to; regarding; Ex. remarks apropos (of) the present situation; ADJ. ADV.
militia
army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers
advert
refer
anoint
consecrate; put oil on (in a religious ceremony)
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots (of animals)
cession
yielding to another; ceding
fractious
unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horse
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
crochet
make (a piece of needlework) by looping thread with a hooked needle; N. CF. crotchet
captious
faultfinding; too critical
colloquy
informal discussion; conversation
crinkle
wrinkle
crabbed
sour; bad-tempered; peevish; difficult to read as handwriting
impudence
rudeness, insolence, lack of respect ,impertinence; insolence
helm
steering wheel of a ship; position of control
oratorio
dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
monograph
scholarly article
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words with
disaffected
discontented, disloyal; lacking loyality; V. disaffect: cause to lose affection or loyalty
career
rush wildly; go at full speed
litotes
understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
effete
having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
impute
attribute; ascribe; charge; N. imputation
lucre
money; profit; Ex. filthy lucre
outstrip
defeat a rival in competition; run faster or farther; surpass, excel
importune
beg persistently; make repeated requests (in an annoying way)
contumacious
stubbornly disobedient:REBELLIOUS
feint
trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.
onomatopoeia
words formed in imitation of natural sounds
application
diligent attention; diligence; V. apply oneself
appropriate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use without permission; set aside for a particular purpose; allocate; CF. misappropriate
finery
beautiful clothes for a special occasion
devolve
deputize; pass or be passed to others (power, work, or property); Ex. devolve on/upon/to
emblazon
ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonment
expostulation
protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade; V. expostulate
beholden
obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude
actuate
motivate; activate; cause to act
controvert
oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
disport
amuse; Ex. disport oneself; CF. divert
madrigal
pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
canter
slow gallop; V. CF. trot
comport
bear one's self; behave; Ex. comport oneself; N. comportment
carillon
a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played
finesse
adroit maneuvering delicate skill; V: handle with finesse
mantle
loose sleeveless outer garment; cloak; something that covers or envelops; the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
irradicable
impossible to eradicate
depredation
plundering; destruction
morbid
given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristic of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease
mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
import
significance; importance; meaning
discount
disregard; regard (a story or news) as unimportant; deduct from a cost
disquisition
formal systematic inquiry; explanation of the results of a formal inquiry; long formal speech or written report
mauve
pale purple
edict
decree (especially one issued by a sovereign); official command
mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
compunction
remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
mortician
funeral director; undertaker; CF. death
catechism
book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
blackball
vote against (an applicant); ostracize; N: negative vote
countermand
cancel; revoke (an order)
faze
to disturb the composure of:DISCONCERT, DAUNT
galley
low ship with sails (rowed along by slaves)
detraction
slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff
orthography
correct spelling; CF. ortho-: straight; correct; Ex. orthodontics
dyslexia
word blindness; learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to read
opalescent
iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; N. opalescence
mange
skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair
filigree
delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork
collation
a light meal; collating
expound
present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically.
entail
make necessary; require; necessitate; involve; limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs; Ex. entail A on/upon B
hew
cut to pieces with ax or sword; chop; N.
adjuration
solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly
overblown
inflated; exaggerated
contingent
dependent on something uncertain or in the future; conditional; happening by chance; accidental; N: a group of soldiers, ships to a larger force; CF. contingency: future event that may or may not occur; possibility; Ex. prepare for every contingency
importunate
urging; always demanding; troublesomely urgent or persistent
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
concomitant
that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequent concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something else
Machiavellian
crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
gavel
hammerlike tool; mallet(wooden hammer) used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer; V.
docket
program as for trial; book where such entries are made; list of things to be done; agenda; label fixed to a package listing contents or directions; V: describe in a docket
indenture
bind as servant or apprentice to master; bind by indenture; N: contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified time (as between an apprentice and his master)
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N.
enjoin
command; order; forbid
low
moo; make the sound of a cow
bluff
ADJ: rough but good-natured, pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff;
canker
any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancer
interstice
SPACE, gap, aperture, opening
indict
charge; N. indictment
overwrought
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
coroner
public official who investigates any death thought to be of other than natural causes
distrait
absentminded; distracted
ineffable
unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy
comeuppance
deserts; well-deserved punishment or misfortune; rebuke
flighty
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact; V: enter into a covenant; promise
expatiate
talk at length; speak or write in detail
arraign
charge in court; indict
obsequy
funeral ceremony
extenuate
weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
buffet
strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out;
immure
imprison; shut up in confinement; CF. wall
freebooter
pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich
humor
pamper, indulge, favor, oblige
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged
impeach
charge (a public official) with crime in office; raise doubts about; indict; Ex. impeach a witness's credibility
mangy
shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance
lot
object used in making a determination at random; fate; piece of land
fiat
command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be done

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