Difficult GRE Words - Group 2

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avuncular
a. in manner of uncle, pertaining to uncle; kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant
axiom
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
a. sky blue; light purplish-blue
bacchanalian
a. drunken; relating to reveling and drunkenness
badinage
n. teasing conversation; good-humored, playful conversation
bailiff
n. legal officer to whom some degree of authority
baleful
a. portending evil; harmful in intent or effect.
bang
n. sudden loud noise, as of an explosion; sudden loud blow or bump; sudden burst of action
barbarous
a. being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude
batter
v. hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows
bead
n. small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading
beamline
n. line traveled by a particle beam in an accelerator
beatific
a. completely happy and contented; showing or producing exalted joy
beatitude
n. blessedness; state of extreme happiness
bedeck
v. adorn or ornament in a showy fashion
beforehand
ad. in advance; early; at an earlier or preceding time
beget
v. produce; give rise to
beguile
v. mislead; delude; deceive by guile
behemoth
n. something enormous in size or power
beleaguer
v. besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
bellicose
a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
benediction
n. blessing; invocation of divine blessing; expression of good wishes
besiege
v. surround with hostile forces; crowd around; cause to feel distressed or worried
bevy
n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
bilious
a. suffering from indigestion; appearing as if affected by disorder; sickly
bitumen
n. any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons
blare
n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
blaze
n. brilliant burst of fire; flame
bleak
a. depressing, sombre, cold
blench
v. draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; turn pale, as if in fear
blindside
v. to take by surprise
blithe
a. gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
boisterous
a. rough and stormy; loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline
bolster
v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
bombastic
a. pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
bonny
a. handsome; beautiful; pretty; attractively lively and graceful
booth
n. small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others; small stall for the display and sale of goods
boson
n. any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle
botnet
n. a collection of compromised computers that is slowly built up then unleashed as a DDOS attack or used to send very large quantities of spam
bounteous
a. liberal in charity; disposed to give freely; generously liberal; beneficent; free in bestowing gifts
bounty
n. liberality in giving; something that is given liberally; goodness, kindness
bovine
a. dull, slow-moving, and stolid, like an ox; placid and dull
breach
n. an opening or tear; breaking of waves; a gap or rift
bridle
n. headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins
brimful
a. full to the brim; completely full; ready to overflow
brindled
a. of brownish, tawny colour, with streaks, spots, or patterns
broil
v. cook by direct exposure to heat over fire; subject to great heat; be subjected to the action of heat; be greatly heated
brood
n. children in one family; young of certain animals
bucolic
a. rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
bulwark
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
burgeon
v. to develop or grow rapidly
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
bursary
n. treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order; scholarship granted to a university student in need
buttress
v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
buxom
a. healthily plump and ample of figure; full-bosomed; vigorous; jolly
bygone
a. past; gone by
cactus
n. any of various succulent, spiny, usually leafless plants native mostly to arid regions
cadaverous
a. like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body
cajole
v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callow
a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
calumny
n. false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
canister
n. small box or case for tea, coffee, etc
canker
n. corroding or sloughing ulcer; anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroy; disease incident to trees, causing the bark to rot and fall off
cannibalize
v. remove parts of machine for use in other similar machines; consume another of one's own type or kind
cantankerous
a. ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
cantata
n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
capacious
a. capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy
caper
n. crime, especially theft, or a narrative about such a crime
capitalize
v. to use something to one's benefit for advantage
capitulate
v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
capsize
v. overturn or cause to overturn; turn over or upset
captious
a. intended to confuse in an argument
captivate
v. charm; enthrall; seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to enemy
captivity
n. state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved
carapace
n. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
cardiovascular
a. of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels
careen
v. lean to one side, as a ship under press of sail; sway from side to side
caribou
n. large reindeer native to northern North America
carnage
n. massive slaughter, as in war; massacre; corpses, especially of those killed in battle
cartel
n. a combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing, and marketing of goods by the members
cartographer
n. one who makes maps or charts
castigate
v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
cataclysm
n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; deluge or overflowing of water
catapult
v. increase the status of something rapidly; shoot forth or launch
cataract
n. disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness
categorical
a. absolute; having no exception; of using category or categories
caulk
v. make watertight by filling in cracks
cavil
v. criticise for petty or frivolous reasons; raise trivial objections
cede
v. yield or formally resign and surrender to another
celerity
n. swiftness of action or motion; speed
censorious
a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
centrifugal
a. radiating; departing from the center
centripetal
a. tending toward center; moving or directed toward center or axis
cerebral
a. intellectual rather than emotional
cerebration
n. act of cerebrating; thinking, mental activity
cession
n. yielding to another; ceding or surrendering
chagrin
n. anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
chary
a. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chasten
v. rid of excess; refine or purify; correct by punishment or reproof
chastise
v. punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
chicanery
n. mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
chide
v. scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval
chimerical
a. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
choleric
a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
chortle
v. chuckle with delight; joyful laugh or chuckle; laugh quietly or with restraint
christening
n. a Christian ceremony involving baptizing and naming an infant
chug
v. dull explosive sound, usually short and repeated, made by or as if by a laboring engine
churlish
a. difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
circa
ad. approximately, about; commonly abbreviated ca. -- used especially before dates and numerical measures.
circuitous
a. being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
circumlocution
n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
circumscribe
v. limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
circumspect
a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
cistern
n. reservoir or water tank; vessel to hold water for household uses
clamorous
a. speaking and repeating loud words; full of clamor; calling or demanding loudly or urgently; vociferous; noisy; bawling; loud
clamour
a. loud outcry; loud sustained noise
clan
n. a large group of relatives, friends, or associates; a traditional social unit, consisting of a number of families claiming a common ancestor
cloister
n. place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion; secluded, quiet place
cloying
a. distasteful because excessive; excessively sweet or sentimental
coagulate
v. cause transformation of liquid into or as if into soft, semisolid, or solid mass
coalesce
v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
coffer
n. casket, chest, or trunk, especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables
cogency
n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility
cogent
a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
cogitate
v. think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply
cognate
a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
colander
n. bowl-shaped strainer, used to wash or drain foods
collate
v. to assemble something in a logical sequence
collateral
n. guarantee, usually in the form of an asset, for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay
commentariat
n. all commentators of the news media collectively
commodious
a. spacious and comfortable; fit; proper; convenient
complaisant
a. trying to please; showing cheerful willingness to do favors for others
compunction
n. feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
computation
n. calculation
concave
a. hollow; curved like inner surface of sphere
conceit
n. overly high self-esteem; feelings of excessive pride
concoct
v. prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking; devise, using skill and intelligence
concomitant
a. in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
concubine
n. in certain societies, such as imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status
concurrent
a. simultaneous; coincident; occurring or operating at the same time
condescension
n. act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors
condole
v. grieve; express sympathy; speak sympathetically to one in pain, grief, or misfortune
conduit
n. pipe or channel for conveying fluids; tube for enclosing electric wires or cable
confetti
n. small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions
conflagration
n. large destructive fire
congregate
v. assemble; convene; gather
congruent
a. possessing congruity; suitable; agreeing; corresponding
congruity
n. relation or agreement between things; fitness; harmony; correspondence; consistency.
conifer
n. any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
conscientious
a. thorough, careful, or vigilant; implies a desire to do a task well; characterized by extreme care and great effort