Verbal Ability 3

  1. Decorum
    • appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
    • The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the decorum appropriate for a visit to the palace.

    Similar: correctness,decency,etiquette,propiety,seemliness,manners
  2. Deference
    • respect, courtesy
    • The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justuce with the utmost deference.

    Similar: courtesy,honor,homage,reverence,veneration
  3. Deride
    • to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock
    • The awkward child was often derided by his cooler peers.

    Similar: gibe,jeer,mock,sneer,scoff,taunt
  4. Desiccate
    • to dry out thoroughly
    • After a few weeks lying on the desert's baking sands the cow;s carcase became completely desiccated.

    Similar: dry,parch,dehydrate
  5. Desultory
    • jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
    • Diane had a desultory academic redord; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.

    Similar: aimless, haphazard,indiscriminate,erratic, objectless,random,unplanned
  6. Diatribe
    • an abusive, condemnetory speech
    • The trucker bellowed a diatribe at the driver who had cut him off.

    Similar: fulmination,jeremiad,harangue,invective,obloquy, tirade
  7. Diffident
    • lacking self-confidence
    • Steve's diffidence during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the feild.

    Similar: Self-effacing, shy,coy,timid,retiring
  8. Dilate
    • to make larger, expand
    • When you enter a darkened room your eyes will dialate.

    Similar: amplify,enlarge,develop,expand,elaborate,expatiate
  9. Dilatory
    • intended to delay
    • The congeressman used dilatory measures to delay the passage of the bill.

    Similar: draggin,laggard,slow-footed,tardy,slow,laggin
  10. Dilettante
    • Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
    • Jerry's freinds were such dilettantes they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.

    Similar: amateur,dabbler,tyro,superficial
  11. Dirge
    • a funeral hymn or mournful speech
    • The dirge for the presidents funeral was very sad.

    Similar: elegy,lament
  12. Disabuse
    • set right, free from error
    • Galileo's obervations disabuse scholars of the notion the Sun revolved around the Earth.

    • Similar: correct ,undeceive
  13. Discern
    • to percieve or recognize
    • It is easy to discern the difference between butter and butter-flavored topping.

    Similar: catch,descry,detect,dsitinguish,know,spy,tell,glimpse,seperate
  14. Disparate
    • fundamentally different; entirely unlike
    • Although the twins are physically identical, their personalities are disparate.

    Similar: different,dissimilar,variant,various,divergent
  15. Dissemble
    • to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
    • The villian could dissemble to the police no longer- he admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.

    Similar: act, affect,assume,counterfeit,dissimulate,mask,pretend
  16. Dissonnace
    • a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds
    • Cognitive dissonance is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beleifs are contadicted by new evidence.

    Similar: clash,dissension,dissent,strife,discord,dissidence,variance
  17. Dogma
    • a firmly held opinion, esecially a religious belief
    • "Linus' central dogma was that children who believed in The Great Pumpkin would be rewarded.

    Similar: creed,teaching,doctrines,tenet
  18. Dogmatic
    • dictorial in one's opinions
    • The dictator was dogmatic; claiming he and only he, was right.

    Similar: authoritarian,bossy,dictatorial,imperious,overbearing,masterful
  19. Dupe
    • to deceive or a person whos is easily deceived
    • Bugs Bunny was able to dupe Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.

    Similar: betray,bluff,delude,humbug,hoodwink,mislead
  20. Eclectic
    • selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
    • Budapest's architecture is an electric mix of easter and wester styles.

    Similar: selective,catholic,broad
  21. Efficacy
    • effectiveness
    • The efficacy of penicillin was unsurpassed when it was first introduced, eliminating almost all bacterial infections.

    Similar: dynamism,effectiveness,vigor,productiveness.strenght, proficiency
  22. Elegy
    • a sorrowful poem or speech
    • Though Thomas Gray's Eegy is about death and lossit urges its readers to endure life, and to trust in spirituality.

    Similar: dirge lament
  23. Eloquent
    • persuasive and moving, especially in speech
    • The Gettysburg Address is moving not only becuase of its lofty sentiments but becuase of its eloquent words.

  24. Embellish
    • to add ornamental or fictitious details
    • Britt embellished her resume, hoping to make the lowly posotions she had held seem more important.

    Similar: adorn,bedeck,elaborate,exaggerate,embroider
  25. Emulate
    • to copy; to try to equal or excel
    • The graduate student sought to emulate his professor in ever way, copying not only how she taught, but also how she conducted herself outside of class.

    Similar: ape,imitate,simulate
  26. Enervate
    • to reduce in strength
    • The querrilas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would enervate the regular army.

    Similar: debilitate, enfeeble,sap,weaken
  27. Endender
    • to produce, cause or bring about
    • His fear and hatred of clowns was engendered when he witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a clown.

  28. Enigma
    • a puzzle, a mystery
    • Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an enigma.

    Similar: conundrum, perplexity
  29. Enumerate
    • to count, list, itemize
    • Moses returned from the mountain with tablets on which the commendments were enumerated.

    Similar: catalog,index,tabulate
  30. Ephemeral
    • lasting a short time
    • The lives of mayflies seem ephemeral to us since the flies' average life span is a matter of hours.

    Similar: evanescent,fleeting,momentary,transient
  31. Equivocate
    • to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
    • When faced with criticism of his policies, the politician equivocated and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.

  32. Erratic
    • wandering and unpredictable
    • The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of erratic turns that surpised the audience.

    Similar: capricious,irresolute,whimsical,inconstant
  33. Erudite
    • learned,scholarly, bookish
    • The annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most erudite, well-published individuals in the field.

    Similar: scholastic,learned,wise
  34. Esoteric
    • known or understand only by a few
    • Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about tthe esoteric world of particle physics.

    Similar: abstruse, arcane,obscure
  35. Estimable
    • admirable
    • Most people consider it estimable that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.

    Similar: admirable,commendable,creditable,laudable,meritorious,venerable
  36. Eulogy
    • speech in praise of someone
    • His best friend gave the eulogy, outlining his many achievments and talents.

    Similar: commend,extol, laud
  37. Euphemism
    • use of an inoffensive word or phrase on place of more distastefull one.
    • The funeral director preferred to use the euphemism 'sleeping' instead of the word 'dead.'
  38. Exacerbate
    • to make worse
    • It is unwise to take asprin to try to relieve heartburn, since instead of providing relief, it will only exacerbated the problem.

    Similar: annoy,irritate,aggravate,intensify,provoke
  39. Exculpate
    • to clear from blame, prove innocent
    • The legal system is intended to convict thosewho are guilty and exculpate those who are innocent.

    Similar: absolve,exonerate,acquit,clear,vindicate
  40. Exigent
    • urgent, requiring immediate action
    • The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was exigent to stop the source of bleeding.

    Similar: critical,needed,imperative,urgent
  41. Exonerate
    • to clear of blame
    • The fugitive was exonerate when another criminal confessed to committing the crime.

    Similar: absolve, acquit,clear,vindicate,exculpate
  42. Explicit
    • clearly sated or shown; forthright in expression
    • In Reading Comprehension, questions that ask directly about a detail in the passage are sometimes called Explcit Text questions.

    Similar: candid,frank,unequivocal,straightforward
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Verbal Ability 3
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