Sunday, August 31, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - perihelion

perihelion - point in orbit nearest to the sun

Sunday, August 24, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - fusspot

fusspot - worrywart, fussbudget, person who thinks about unfortunate things, one who fusses over trifles

GRE Vocabulary - garotte scrag

garotte - method/apparatus for execution by strangulation using a iron collar

garotte - scrag, choke, murder

GRE Vocabulary - amylaceous

amylaceous - starchy

GRE Vocabulary - phaeton

phaeton - light, four wheeled, open carriage horse drawn vehicle with folding top used for tour; touring car; tourer

GRE Vocabulary - regatta

regatta - boat race, series of boat races

GRE Vocabulary - lilting

lilting - rhythmic swing or cadence in speech or walk,

lilting - livery, cheerful, rhythmic singing

GRE Vocabulary - guttle raven

guttle - put into gut, eat or drink greedily or noisily, gorge, gormandize

raven - consume greedily, devour

raven - shiny, black bird that cries in the night

GRE Vocabulary - articled

articled - bound by articles set in a contract, indentured

GRE Vocabulary - keel

keel - chief longitudinal structural member that often projects at the bottom of the ship, aircraft or a birds breastbone

keel - to lean precariously while walking, fall or faint over, lurch, careen, swag

GRE Vocabulary - bounderish bounder

bounder - cad, person of objectionable social behavior, person lacking in refinement and grace

GRE Vocabulary - metricate metricize

metricate - metricize - to indicate everything in metric system, convert, change from other system to metric system

GRE Vocabulary - bedazzle

bedazzle - confuse by bright light, dazzle

bedazzle - impress irresistibly, enchant

GRE Vocabulary - pagination

pagination - page layout of printed page including page numbers, margins, tabs header, footers and number of columns

GRE Vocabulary - androgynous

androgynous - hermaphrodite - bisexual - having characteristics of both male and female

GRE Vocabulary - cuspate

cuspate - shaped like a cusp, having a end that tapers to a point

GRE Vocabulary - muckrake

muckrake - search for and publicly expose the misconduct of prominent individuals and businesses

GRE Vocabulary - mantled

mantled - covered with mantle, cloak, covering

Saturday, August 23, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - sixpenny

sixpenny - sixpence - of little worth, trifling

GRE Vocabulary - luxate

luxate - to displace, dislocate, splay, slip

GRE Vocabulary - kerfuffle

kerfuffle - disorderly outburst, disturbance, fuss

GRE Vocabulary - telegenic

telegenic - well suited, attractive to television audiences

GRE Vocabulary - piddle

piddle - to urinate,

piddle - to diddle, to dawdle, to squander, spend time aimlessly

GRE Vocabulary - mismated

mismated - unsuitable matched

GRE Vocabulary - habitue

habitue - regular patron, devotee

GRE Vocabulary - enate agnate

enate - related on the mothers side

enate - growing outward

agnate - related on the fathers side

GRE Vocabulary - paladin

paladin - trusted military ruler, champion for a cause, hero

Sunday, August 17, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - nubby

nubby - having a rough, knotted, lumped surface

GRE Vocabulary - redemption

redemption - redeeming, repurchase, get or win back, repair, restore, free from captivity, release something pawned for debt or mortgage, salvation, expiation

GRE Vocabulary - detritus

detritus - debris, fragments, loose material, odds and ends

GRE Vocabulary - irruption

irruption - explosive bursting or rushing in

irruption - sudden upsurge in population numbers due to ecological imbalance

GRE Vocabulary - moment

moment - brief period of time

moment - importance, outstanding significance

GRE Vocabulary - blather

blather - nonsense, foolish, incoherent, voluble, inconsequential talk or writing

GRE Vocabulary - swivet

swivet - state of extreme distress and agitation

GRE Vocabulary - collegial

collegial - collegiate, equal sharing of authority and camaraderie among colleagues

GRE Vocabulary - shanghai

shanghai - abduct, compel by force, drugs, trickery or fraud

GRE Vocabulary - babel

babel - scene of loud, confused, disagreeable noises, sounds and languages

GRE Vocabulary - diuretic renal

diuretic - substance that stimulates kidneys to increase excretion of urine

renal - pertaining to (region of) kidneys

GRE Vocabulary - lore

lore - traditional knowledge gained through experience

lore - space between eye and bill of a bird

GRE Vocabulary - shank

shank - part of leg between knee and ankle
shank - leg, stem, shin, long straight part of nail or screw
shank - part of an object by which it can be attached

shank - to hit a ball so that it goes in unintended direction

GRE Vocabulary - gnash

gnash - to grind or bite the teeth together

GRE Vocabulary - eke

eke - to supplement by great effort, to extend or make it last by great economy

GRE Vocabulary - finagle

finagle - obtain by indirect, devious, dishonest, shady means

Friday, August 15, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - blotto

blotto - intoxicated, drunk

Saturday, August 9, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - oligarchy

oligarchy - government by few

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

GRE Sentence Completion

It comes as no surprise that societies have codes of behavior; the character of the codes, on the other hand, can often be----.
(A) predictable
(B) unexpected
(C) admirable
(D) explicit
(E) confusing

Ans : (B) unexpected

GRE Vocabulary - scourge

scourge(n) - a whip or a lash

scourge(n) - means of suffering, vengeance or punishment, cause of widespread disease, suffering or affliction

scourge(v) - to chastise, excoriate, flog or whip

GRE Sentence Completion

Queen Elizabeth I has quite correctly been called a ----of the arts, because many young artists received her patronage.
(A) connoisseur
(B) critic
(C) friend
(D) scourge
(E) judge

Ans : (C) friend

GRE Sentence Completion

When theories formerly considered to be----in their scientific objectivity are found instead to reflect a consistent observational and evaluative bias, then the presumed neutrality of science gives way to the recognition that categories of knowledge are human----.
(A) disinterested.. constructions
(B) callous.. errors
(C) verifiable.. prejudices
(D) convincing.. imperatives
(E) unassailable.. fantasies

Ans : (A) disinterested.. constructions

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

GRE Sentence Completion

In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely----previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent, the novice law clerk----the scope of the justice's judgment.
(A) synthesized.. limited
(B) overturned.. misunderstood
(C) endorsed.. nullified
(D) qualified.. overemphasized
(E) recapitulated.. defined

Ans : (D) qualified.. overemphasized

GRE Sentence Completion

For some time now, ----has been presumed not to exist: the cynical conviction that everybody has an angle is considered wisdom.
(A) rationality
(B) flexibility
(C) diffidence
(D) disinterestedness
(E) insincerity

Ans : (D) disinterestedness

GRE Sentence Completion

It is his dubious distinction to have proved what nobody would think of denying, that Romero at the age of sixty-four writes with all the characteristics of----.
(A) maturity
(B) fiction
(C) inventiveness
(D) art
(E) brilliance

Ans : -(A) maturity

Monday, August 4, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - minuet

minuet - slow graceful dance in 3/4 time, music or rhythm for such a dance

Sunday, August 3, 2008

GRE Sentence Completion

Although ____ is usually thought to spring from regret for having done something wrong, it may be that its origin is the realization that one's own nature is irremediably ____.
(A) contrition.. resilient
(B) certitude.. confident
(C) skepticism.. innocent
(D) remorse.. flawed
(E) resignation. Frivolous

Ans : (D) remorse.. flawed

GRE Sentence Completion

Many industries are so ____ by the impact of government sanctions, equipment failure, and foreign competition that they are beginning to rely on industrial psychologists to ____ what remains of employee morale.

(A) estranged.. guard
(B) beleaguered.. salvage
(C) overruled.. undermine
(D) encouraged.. determine
(E) restrained.. confirm

Ans : (B) beleaguered.. salvage

GRE Sentence Completion

Imposing steep fines on employers for on-the-job injuries to workers could be an effective ____ to creating a safer workplace, especially in the case of employers with poor safety records.
(A) antidote
(B) alternative
(C) addition
(D) deterrent
(E) incentive

Ans - (E) incentive

GRE Sentence Completion

An obvious style, easily identified by some superficial quirk, is properly_____ as a mere mannerism, whereas a complex and subtle style_____ reduction to a formula.
(A) avoided.. risks
(B) decried.. resists
(C) prized.. withstands
(D) identified ..consists of
(E) cultivated.. demands

Ans - (B) decried.. resists

GRE Sentence Completion

The action and characters in a melodrama can be so immediately ____ that all observers can hiss the villain with an air of smug but enjoyable ____.
(A) spurned.. boredom
(B) forgotten.. condescension
(C) classified. .self-righteousness
(D) plausible.. guilt
(E) gripping. .skepticism

Ans : (C) classified. .self-righteousness

GRE Sentence Completion

It is ironic that a critic of such overwhelming vanity now suffers from a measure of the oblivion to which he was forever----others, in the end, all his----has only worked against him.
(A) dedicating.. self-procession
(B) leading.. self-righteousness
(C) consigning.. self-adulation
(D) relegating.. self-sacrifice
(E) condemning.. self-analysis

Ans - (C) consigning.. self-adulation

GRE Sentence Completion

Art___ science, but that does not mean that the artist must also be a scientist; an artist uses the fruits of science but need not___ the theories from which they derive.
(A) precedes.. anticipate
(B) incorporates.. understand
(C) transcends.. abandon
(D) imitates.. repudiate
(E) resembles.. contest

Ans : (B) incorporates.. understand

GRE Sentence Completion

The chances that a species will___ are reduced if any vital functions restricted to a single kind of organ;___ by itself possesses an enormous survival advantage.
(A) degenerate.. complexity
(B) expire.. size
(C) disappear.. variety
(D) flourish.. symmetry
(E) persist.. redundancy

Ans : (E) persist.. redundancy

GRE Sentence Completion

Cezanne's delicate watercolor sketches often served as ___ of a subject, way of gathering fuller knowledge before the artist's final engagement of the subject in an oil painting.
(A) an abstraction
(B) an enhancement
(C) a synthesis
(D) a reconnaissance
(E) a transcription

Ans : (D) a reconnaissance

GRE Sentence Completion

It is strange how words shape our thoughts and trap us at the bottom of deeply ___canyons of thinking, their imprisoning sides carved out by the___ of past usage.
(A) cleaved.. eruptions
(B) rooted.. flood
(C) incised. .river
(D) ridged.. ocean
(E) notched.. mountains

Ans : (C) incised. .river

GRE Vocabulary - wager

wager - gamble, stake, bet

GRE Sentence Completion

If efficacious new medicines have side effects that are commonly observed and ___, such medicines are too often considered ___, even when laboratory tests suggest caution.
(B) unpredictable..reliable
(C) frequent..outdated
(D) salutary..experimental
(E) complicated..useful

Ans : (A)

GRE Sentence Completion

Changes of fashion and public taste are often____ and resistant to analysis, and yet they are among the most ____gauges of the state of the public's collective consciousness.
(A) transparent..useful
(B) ephemeral..sensitive
(C) faddish..underutilized
(D) arbitrary..problematic
(E) permanent..reliable


Ans : (B) ephemeral..sensitive

GRE Sentence Completion

The newborn human infant is not a passive figure, nor an active one,but what might be called an actively ___one,eagerly attentive as it is to sights and sounds.
(A) adaptive
(B) selective
(C) inquisitive
(D) receptive
(E) intuitive

Ans - (D) receptive

GRE Sentence Completion

Broadway audiences have become inured to___and so___to be pleased as to make their ready ovations meaningless as an indicator of the quality of the production before them.
(A) sentimentality..disinclined
(B) condescension..unlikely
(C) histrionics..reluctant
(D) cleverness..eager
(E) mediocrity..desperate

Ans : (E) mediocrity..desperate

GRE Vocabulary - determinant

determinant - element that determines/identifies the nature or conditions the outcome

Saturday, July 26, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - peaked

peaked - reached a maximum or peak

peaked - sickly, pale, wan or emaciated

Thursday, July 24, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - bashful

bashful - shy, diffident, self-conscious, awkward

Saturday, July 19, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - papoose

papoose - cradle board, child carrier

GRE Vocabulary - pout

pout - sulk, show a sign of displeasure by protruding lower lip

pout - to project or protrude

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - ballad

ballad - popular romantic or sentimental song

GRE Vocabulary - raspy

raspy - harsh, rough, grating, irritable

GRE Vocabulary - prow stern

prow - pointed, forward projecting part of a ship (bow), aircraft, racing skate, chariot or any vessel

stern - rear, hinder or later part of a boat

GRE Vocabulary - brume brumous

brume - mist, fog

brumous -

GRE Vocabulary - emptor vendee

emptor - vendee - buyer

GRE Vocabulary - dulcify dulcorate

dulcify - dulcorate - make sweet, agreeable, gentle ; mollify

GRE Vocabulary - ingeminate

ingeminate - redoubled, repeated, reiterated

GRE Vocabulary - desolate

desolate - deserted, barren, lifeless, dilapidated

desolate - joyless, sorrowful and disconsolate

GRE Vocabulary - cark

cark - burden, worry, trouble

Sunday, July 13, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - muggins

muggins - person who lacks good judgement, saphead, tomfool

GRE Vocabulary - kyphosis lordosis

kyphosis - hump, rounded upper back, hunchback

lordosis - abnormally increased inward curvature of the lower back

GRE Vocabulary - mewl

mewl - cry weakly or softly, whimper

GRE Vocabulary - commutate

commutate - reverse every half cycle of alternating current so that it becomes unidirectional

GRE Vocabulary - affiance

affiance - betroth, promise to marry

GRE Vocabulary - tote

tote - haul, lug, tug, carry with difficulty

GRE Vocabulary - hulk

hulk - large, massive, clumsy, unwieldy

hulk - ship that is used as a prison

GRE Vocabulary - nigrify

nigrify - make or become black, melanise

GRE Vocabulary - auberge

auberge - inn, harbor, lodge, hotel providing overnight stay for travellers

GRE Vocabulary - gage

gage(v) - place a bet on; stake; game; punt

GRE Vocabulary - hassock

hassock - thick cushion used as a footstool

hassock - dense lump of grass

GRE Vocabulary - wrawl

wrawl - to cry loudly as a animal

GRE Vocabulary - demode

demode - out of fashion, outmoded, no longer fashionable

GRE Vocabulary - momism

momism - excessive protection; overshielding

GRE Vocabulary - adactylia amyotonia

adactylia - congenital absence of fingers or toes

amyotonia - atonia; lack of normal muscular tension or tonus

GRE Vocabulary - gilt

gilt - thin layer of gold, superficial brilliance

GRE Vocabulary - cocker

cocker - indulge, pamper, spoil, coddle

GRE Vocabulary - sire

sire(v) - to engender, father, beget, originate

sire(n) - male parent, father, author, originator

GRE Vocabulary - argent

argent - heraldic white or silver color

GRE Vocabulary - mismate

mismate - unsuitable match

GRE Vocabulary - holler

holler - cry out, gripe, shout, complain

GRE Vocabulary - beef

beef(v) - to increase or add strength or power

beef(v) - to complain

beef - muscular flesh of a bovine, brawn

GRE Vocabulary - midget nanus

midget - small, miniature, diminutive

nanus - dwarf

GRE Vocabulary - fain

fain - willing, gladly, with preference or pleasure

fain - compelled, obliged, constrained

GRE Vocabulary - rail

rail - to provide with a railing or fence

Diction - if when

if ..... - indicates a condition

when .... - indicates a time

Diction - much many

much - for quantities that cannot be counted

many - for quantities that can be counted

Saturday, July 12, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - hex

hex - jinx, spell, evil curse,

hex - witch, person who indulges in witchcraft

Thursday, July 10, 2008

GRE Analogy - HEM : SKIRT


1 erase : mark
2 peel : banana
3 embroider : sweater
4 boil : water
5 trim : hair

Ans : 5 trim : hair

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - stodgy

stodgy - dull, boring, old fashioned, unimaginative, commonplace

stodgy - heavy, pompous, stuffy, solid, moving slowly due to physical bulk

GRE Vocabulary - inglorious

inglorious - shameful, ignominious, lacking fame or honor, disgraceful

inglorious - not famous, obscure

GRE Vocabulary - rubicund

rubicund - ruddy, healthy, rosy

GRE Vocabulary - raiment

raiment - clothing, garments

GRE Vocabulary - palimpsest

palimpsest - writing material used more than one times after incompletely erasing earlier writing

palimpsest - object, place or area that reflects/reminds of earlier history

palimpsest - something having diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface

GRE Vocabulary - renaissance

renaissance - renascence - revival, rebirth,

GRE Vocabulary - paroxysm

paroxysm - fit, convulsion, outburst, sudden violent attack or emotion

GRE Vocabulary - smarmy

smarmy - hypocritical, falsely earnest, ingratiating

GRE Vocabulary - vivisepulture

vivisepulture - art or practice of burning alive

GRE Vocabulary - euonym

euonym - appropriate name

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - demarche

demarche - procedure, step, maneuver, course of action

demarche - procedure or protest through diplomatic channel

GRE Vocabulary - autochthonous

autochthonous - indigenous, native

GRE Vocabulary - flit

flit - move rapidly and nimbly, dart

GRE Vocabulary - debauchee

debauchee - libertine, extremely indulgent in sensuality

GRE Vocabulary - bilious

bilious - peevish, ill natured, unpleasant, sickly

GRE Vocabulary - requite

requite - make a return, repay, reciprocate,

requite - avenge

Monday, July 7, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - dunk

dunk - dip food temporarily into beverage before eating
dunk - form of torture and punishment given by submerging temporarily into water

GRE Vocabulary - sinewy

sinewy - tough, strong and firm

sinewy - lean and muscular

GRE Vocabulary - pinnace

pinnace - light sailing ship

Sunday, July 6, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - cantor

cantor - choir leader, precentor

GRE Vocabulary - demitasse

demitasse - small cup of strong black coffee, half cup -- demi = half, tasse = cup

Saturday, July 5, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - hamlet

hamlet - small village, rural community smaller than a village usually without a church

GRE Vocabulary - butt

butt(v) - hit or push with head or horns, ram, push outward

butt - person or object of ridicule or contempt, a target

GRE Vocabulary - pulpit

pulpit - elevated platform for preaching or conducting a workshop service

pulpit - prominent public position of preaching

GRE Vocabulary - dolor

dolor - mental suffering, anguish, sorrow, grief, misery

GRE Vocabulary - munition

munition - war material, weapons, ammunition, armament

GRE Vocabulary - execrable

execrable - detestable, wretched

GRE Vocabulary - solarium

solarium - sunroom - glass enclosed room for exposure to sun

Friday, July 4, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - zany

zany - comical and outlandish, bizarre

GRE Vocabulary - ignoble

ignoble - of lowly birth or common origin, plebeian

ignoble - base, low, mean,

GRE Vocabular - grisly

grisly - gruesome, inspiring repugnance, horror, disgust, distaste, shocking, repellent

GRE Vocabulary - begrudge

begrudge - give reluctantly with displeasure

begrudge - envy the possession or enjoyment of some pleasure

begrudge - to look upon with disapproval

GRE Vocabulary - crotchet

crotchet - odd, whimsical, eccentric, stubborn person

crotchet - quarter note

GRE Vocabulary - rejoinder

rejoinder - answer especially to a reply

rejoinder - defendants answer to a plaintiff's replication

GRE Vocabulary - mosaic

mosaic - picture or design made by inlaying various multicolored pieces

GRE Vocabulary - explicate

explicate - to make a detailed explanation of, analyze logically, develop the implications of

GRE Vocabulary - montage

montage - composite juxtaposition of heterogeneous elements, collage

montage - rapid succession of successive shots of a movie to illustrate an association of ideas

GRE Vocabulary - incurious

incurious - lacking normal curiosity, uninterested

GRE Vocabulary - vista

vista - distant view seen through a opening, extensive mental view

GRE Vocabulary - exacting

exacting - extremely demanding, requiring great care, effort and attention

GRE Vocabulary - chide

chide - scold mildly, express disapproval

GRE Vocabulary - cavalier

cavalier - armed horseman, knight, gallant, aristocratic, debonair

cavalier - carefree, nonchalant, offhand disdainfully dismissing important matters

Thursday, July 3, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - undulant

undulant - resembling rising and falling wavy form, outline, or motion

GRE Vocabulary - burly

burly - strongly and heavily built, husky

GRE Vocabulary - supple

supple - pliant, agile, limber, compliant, adaptable

GRE Vocabulary - purse

purse - pucker or tighten ones lips

GRE Vocabulary - grate

grate - abrade, reduce to small particles by something rough

grate - fret, irritate,

grate - barred iron frame for cooking over fire

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - emigrate

emigrate - move out to a new country, expatriate

immigrate - move into ones own country

GRE Vocabulary - egalitarian

egalitarian - promoting social, economical and political human equality

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - doctrinaire

doctrinaire - dogmatic, committed inflexible supporter of doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality

GRE Vocabulary - booty

booty - plunder taken away in war, prized award, rich gain, prize

Monday, June 30, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - atomize

atomize - break up into tiny particles, fine spray or vapor

GRE Vocabulary - prurient

prurient - marked by immoderate or unwholesome sexual desire

GRE Vocabulary - orotund

orotund - pompous and bombastic, full of sound, sonorous

GRE Vocabulary - fealty

fealty - pledge or oath of fidelity, loyalty, allegiance

GRE Vocabulary - prestidigitation

prestidigitation - sleight of hand, legerdemain

GRE Vocabulary - periphrasis

periphrasis - use of longer phrases instead of shorter expressions, excessive verbiage

GRE Vocabulary - renascent

renascent - rising again into being, being born again, showing renewed vigor

GRE Vocabulary - shambolic

shambolic - disorderly, chaotic, confused

GRE Vocabulary - forlorn

forlorn - deserted, neglected, bereft, forsaken, miserable, wretched, hopeless,

GRE Vocabulary - purport

purport - claim as intention or purpose, false appearance of being, profess

GRE Vocabulary - impudent

impudent - insolent, impertinent, offensively bold

GRE Vocabulary - indenture

indenture - legal contract binding one party to another (as an apprentice)

indenture - official inventory, list or voucher

indenture - document in duplicate with indented edges

indenture - document stating terms under which a security is issued

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - variegated

variegated - having streaks, marks or patches of different colors, multicolored,

variegated - diversified, characterized by variety

GRE Vocabulary - unkempt

unkempt - disheveld, not combed, rough, disorderly, untidy

unkempt - unpolished, rude

GRE Vocabulary - invective

invective - insult, abuse, vituperation

vituperation - sustained abusive bitter railing and condemnation, abusive censure

GRE Vocabulary - callow

callow - youthful, immature, inexperienced, lacking adult sophistication

GRE Vocabulary - rant

rant - speak or write in angry, violent, vehement manner

rant - bombastic extravagant language or manner

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - parable

parable - example, short fictitious story with a moral

GRE Vocabulary - girth

girth - size, dimensions, circumference, bulk
girth - band or strap that encircles the body of an animal to fasten something (eg saddle) on its back

GRE Vocabulary - drone

drone - stingless, non honey producing male bee whose only function is to mate

drone - parasite, one who lives on the labors of others

drone - drudge, person who does tedious or menial workdrone - remote controlled unmanned aircraft or ship

drone - dull, monotonous, sustained humming or murmuring

GRE Vocabulary - precipice

precipice - very steep overhanging mass of rock, cliff,

precipice - dangerous, hazardous condition, brink

GRE Vocabulary - cloister

cloister - monastery, convent,

cloister - quite, secluded place
cloister - covered passageway with walls that form a quadrangle on one side and open air arcade or colonnade on other side

GRE Vocabulary - feint

feint - deceptive/pretended action or attack designed to divert attention from intended objective or target

GRE Sentence Completion

Because they had various meanings in nineteenth-century biological thought,"mechanism"and "vitalism"ought not to be considered___terms ;thus,I find the recent insistence that the terms had single definitions to be entirely___.
(A) univocal..erroneous
(B) problematic..anachronistic
(C) intractable..obtuse
(D) congruent..suspect
(E) multifaceted..vapid


Ans : (A) univocal..erroneous

GRE Vocabulary - expediency

expediency - suitability, fitness, appropriateness

GRE Sentence Completion

The sale of Alaska was not so much an American coup as a matter of____for an imperial Russia that was short of cash and unable to____its own continental coastline.
(A) negligence..fortify
(B) custom..maintain
(C) convenience..stabilize
(D) expediency..defend
(E) exigency..reinforce


Ans : (D) expediency..defend

GRE Vocabulary - univocal

univocal - unambiguous, having only one meaning

GRE Sentence Completion

Salazar's presence in the group was so___the others that they lost most of their earlier___;failure,for them,became all but unthinkable.
(A) reassuring to..trepidation
(B) unnoticed by..curiosity
(C) unusual to..harmony
(D) endearing to..confidence
(E) unexpected by..exhilaration


Ans : (A) reassuring to..trepidation

GRE Sentence Completion

If duty is the natural___of one's___the course of future events;then people who are powerful have duty placed on them whether they like it or not.
(A) correlate..understanding of
(B) outgrowth..control over
(C) determinant..involvement in
(D) mitigant..preoccupation with
(E) arbiter..responsibility for


Ans : (B) outgrowth..control over

GRE Sentence Completion

Among the many ___of the project,expense cannot be numbered; the goals of the project's promoters can be achieved with impressive___.
(A) highlights..efficiency
(B) features..savings
(C) disadvantages..innovation
(D) claims..speed
(E) defects..economy


Ans : (E) defects..economy

Explanation - numbered = enumerated, included

GRE Sentence Completion

Without seeming unworldly, William James appeared wholly removed from the----of society, the conventionality of academe.
(A) ethos
(B) idealism
(C) romance
(D) paradoxes
(E) commonplaces

Ans : (E) commonplaces

Monday, June 23, 2008

GRE Sentence Completion

In spite of the----nature of Scotland's terrain, its main roads are surprisingly free from severe----.

(A) rocky.. weather
(B) mountainous.. grades
(C) uncharted.. flooding
(D) unpredictable.. damage
(E) landlocked.. slipperiness

Ans : (B) mountainous.. grades

GRE Vocabulary - grade

grade - class, division, position, stage of development

grade - slope, degree of inclination

grade - to level off to a smooth horizontal or sloping surface

GRE Vocabulary - totalitarianism

totalitarianism - centralized power by absolute and autocratic authority

GRE Sentence completion

Whereas the art critic Vasari saw the painting entitled the Mona Lisa as an original and wonderful----feat, the reproduction of a natural object, the aesthetes saw it as----that required deciphering.

(A) collaborative.. an aberration
(B) historical.. a symbol
(C) technical.. a hieroglyph
(D) mechanical.. an imitation
(E) visual.. an illusion

Ans : (C) technical.. a hieroglyph

GRE Sentence Completion

Ecology, like economics, concerns itself with the movement of valuable----through a complex network of producers and consumers.

(A) commodities
(B) dividends
(C) communications
(D) nutrients
(E) artifacts

Ans : (A) commodities

Ecology - relationship between organism and its environment

GRE Vocabulary - rectitude

rectitude - moral integrity, righteousness,

GRE Vocabulary - lurid

lurid - sensational, gruesome, ghastly, shocking

lurid - wan and ghastly pale in appearance

GRE Vocabulary - foliage leafage

foliage - leafage - leaves of a plant

GRE Vocabulary - tarry sojourn

tarry - delay or be tardy, linger in expectation, wait,

tarry - sojourn - a temporary stay

GRE Vocabulary - preponderance

preponderance - superiority in weight, power, influence, strength, majority

GRE Vocabulary - skulk slink

skulk - hide or conceal with malicious or sinister intent, move furtively or stealthily

skulk - group of vermins like foxes or thieves

skulk - to avoid work, shirk responsibility

slink - sneak, move stealthily or futively, steal

slink - give birth to prematurely, young one born prematurely

GRE Vocabulary - pallor

pallor - extreme paleness, defeciency of color of the face,

Sunday, June 22, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - libertarian

libertarian - one who promotes maximum individual rights and minimum intervention by state

GRE Vocabulary - willful

willful - intentional, deliberate

willful - obstinately and perversely self willed, unruly

GRE Vocabulary - morsel

morsel - food bite, tidbit, small amount, fragment

morsel - negligible person

morsel - something delectable, pleasing, tasty

morsel - to divide into small parts

GRE Vocabulary - portly

portly - dignified, stately,

portly - comfortably stout, rotund

GRE Vocabulary - sentinel

sentinel - sentry, guard, watch

GRE Vocabulary - raconteur

raconteur - expert in telling stories and anecdotes with skill and wit

GRE Vocabulary - lecher

lecher - immoral, licentious, lascivious man

GRE Vocabulary - declaim

declaim - harangue, speak rhetorically, bombastically or vehemently

GRE Vocabulary - usurp

usurp - sieze and hold with force without right, supplant

GRE Vocabulary - canard

canard - hoax, rumor, liecanard - horizontal control and stabilizing airfoil surfaces in front of aircraft wings

GRE Vocabulary - preferment

preferment - advancement, promotion,

preferment - act of bringing forward

GRE Vocabulary - indict

indict - accuse of wrongdoing, charge with a crime, criticize

GRE Vocabulary - fancied

fancied - imagined, visualized,

GRE Vocabulary - balky

balky - refusing to proceed or function as directed or expected, contrary

balky - stopping or refusing to start and go on

GRE Vocabulary - unfrock defrock

unfrock - to deprive of a right to a profession, remove from position of honor or privilege

GRE Vocabulary - tenacious

tenacious - persistent, strong, cohesive, clinging, holding fast

tenacious - retentive, with a strong memory,

GRE Vocabulary - reprobate

reprobate - condemn strongly, reject, criticize,

reprobate - morally unprincipled, shameless,

reprobate - preordained to eternal damnation (by God) and without hope for salvation

GRE Vocabulary - philanderer

philanderer - man who was casual and illicit relations with women

GRE Vocabulary - interloper

interloper - illegal or unlicensed trader

interloper - intruder, trespasser, meddler

GRE Vocabulary - scald

scald - scorch,burn with a hold liquid or steam

scald - to bring to temperature just below boiling point

scald - to pour boiling water over food to loosen hair or remove skin

GRE Vocabulary - blanch

blanch - to take the color out of, to pale, whiten,

blanch - to scald or parboil in water/steam to remove the skin from, whiten or stop enzymatic action in food before freezing

blanch x tinge

GRE Vocabulary - contumely

contumely - haughtiness, comtempt, rudeness, insolence, arrogance,

Saturday, June 21, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - solstice

solstice - highest point or culmination

solstice - either of points on the ecliptic at which distance from the celestial equator is greatest, when the tilt of earths axis is oriented most towards or away from the sun

solstice - period in which sun stands still in declination, apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill

GRE Vocabulary - sciolism

sciolism - superficial show of learning, pretentious attitude of scholarship or learning

GRE Vocabulary - phonogram

phonogram - succession of letters with the same phonetic value in different words

phonogram - symbol or characters used to represent a word or syllable

GRE Vocabulary - waif

waif - unclaimed property found by chance,

waif - goods washed onto the shore, stolen goods thrown away by thief during a fight

waif - stray person or animal, a homeless child

GRE Vocabulary - trammel

trammel - mechanism used to draw an ellipse

trammel - impediment, hindrance, to enmesh, confine, hamper

trammel - three layered net for catching birds or fish

trammel - a shackle used to teach a horse to amble

GRE Vocabulary - sensorium

sensorium - part of brain concerned with reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli

sensorium - entire sensory apparatus

GRE Vocabulary - peevish

peevish - querulous, ill tempered, fretful, obstinate, fractious

GRE Vocabulary - barb

barb - biting, critical or caustic remark
barb - sharp projection or hook pointing backward

barb - hair or bristle ending in a hook

barb - any of the side branches of the shaft of a feather

barb - linen covering for womens head, throat and chin

GRE Vocabulary - afoot astir

afoot - in process, astir, underway

afoot - on foot, walking

astir - exhibiting activity, being in motion, having got out of bed

GRE Vocabulary - tidings

tidings - news, information

GRE Vocabulary - wile

wile - beguiling trick, deceiving stratagem, enticing or outwitting trickery, cunning

GRE Vocbulary - oculist

oculist - ophthalmologist, optometrist

GRE Vocabulary - sleeper

sleeper - unpromising person or thing that suddenly gains prominence or value

sleeper - children's pajamas that cover the feet

Friday, June 20, 2008

GRE Vocabulary - portal

portal - door, entrance, grand approach

portal - communicating part of an organism through which something enters

GRE Vocabulary - incrustation

incrustation - crust or hard coating, growth, inlay

incrustation - growth or accumulation of habits, opinions or customs; overlay, inlay

GRE Vocabulary - coffer

coffer - chest, strongbox

coffer - treasury, funds
coffer - decorative sunken panel in a vault, ceiling or soffit

soffit - underside of a structural component/part of member of building

GRE Vocabulary - parasol

parasol - lightweight umbrella used for shade

GRE Vocabulary - gleam

gleam - flash, small bright light

gleam - trace, faint or brief appearance

GRE Vocabulary - orison

orison - prayer

GRE Vocabulary - futon

futon - cotton filled mattress used on a floor or in a frame as a bed, couch, or chair