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GRE Word List 8

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catharsis
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
cathartic
n. purgative
canto
n. division of a long poem
centrifuge
n. machine that separates substances by whirling them
captious
adj. faultfinding
cession
n. the act of ceding
cathartic
adj. strongly laxative, emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
censor
v. forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
cataclysm
n. deluge; upheaval
caption
n. title; chapter heading; text under illustration
cede
v. yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
caulk
v. to make watertight (by plugging seams)
catapult
v. hurl as if with a sling
cataclysmic
adj. severely destructive
carping
adj. quibbling over insignificant details
censure
n. harsh criticism or disapproval
carapace
n. shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc.)
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
causality
n. the relation between causes and effects
celibacy
n. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
chagrin
n. vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
celerity
n. speed; rapidity
capitulate
v. surrender
carnal
adj. fleshly
causal
adj. implying a cause-and-effect relationship
caricature
v. represent in or produce a caricature of
cauterize
v. burn with hot iron or caustic
celibate
adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried
carat
n. unit of weight for precious stones; measure of fineness of gold
carafe
n. glass water bottle; decanter
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side
carping
n. petty criticism; fault-finding
cavalcade
n. procession; parade
casualty
n. serious or fatal accident
catastrophe
n. calamity; disaster
censure
v. blame; criticize
certitude
n. certainty
cardiologist
n. doctor specializing in ailments of the heart
caste
n. one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
caption
v. provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
catholic
adj. universal; wide-ranging liberal
carrion
n. rotting flesh of a dead body
cascade
n. small waterfall
cavil
n. an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
cataract
n. great waterfall; eye abnormality
centigrade
adj. denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same as Celsius)
caprice
n. whim
censor
n. overseer of morals; person who eliminates inappropriate matter
capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle
cession
n. yielding (something) to another; ceding
chafe
n. anger produced by some annoying irritation; soreness and warmth caused by friction
capillary
adj. having a very fine bore
catalyst
n. agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
celestial
adj. heavenly
cessation
n. stoppage
catcall
n. shout of disapproval; boo
capacious
adj. spacious
cavil
v. make frivolous objections
centaur
n. mythical figure, half man and half horse
chameleon
n. lizard that changes color in different situations
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
caricature
n. distortion; burlesque
ceremonious
adj. marked by formality
chalice
n. goblet; consecrated cup
censorious
adj. critical
centripetal
adj. tending toward the center
cardinal
adj. chief
catapult
n. slingshot; hurling machine
cease
v. put an end to a state or an activity
cavalier
adj. casual and offhand; arrogant
cerebration
n. thought
canvass
v. determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
cerebral
adj. pertaining to the brain or intellect
carousal
n. drunken revel
carnivorous
adj. meat-eating
castigation
n. punishment; severe criticism
centrifuge
v. rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
canvas
n. heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
centurion
n. Roman army officer
caucus
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
carnage
n. destruction of life
capillary
n. a tube of small internal diameter, any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules, of or relating to hair
cartographer
n. map-maker
categorical
adj. without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
carillon
n. a set of bells capable of being played
centrifugal
adj. radiating; departing from the center
capacity
n. mental or physical ability; role; ability to accommodate
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking
caustic
adj. burning; sarcastically biting
carcinogenic
adj. causing cancer

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