GRE 2nd 25 words

  1. castigate
    to punish or critizes

    EX: many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore CASTIGATE perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the US.
  2. catalyst
    something that brings about a change in something else

    EX: the imposition of harsh taxes was the CATALYST that finally brought on the revolution.
  3. caustic
    biting in wit

    EX: Dorothy parker gained her reputation for caustic wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults
  4. chaos
    great disorder or confusion

    EX: In many religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from CHAOS.
  5. Chauvinist
    someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

    EX: The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male CHAUVINISTS.
  6. chicanery
    deception by menas of craft or guile

    EX: Dishonest used car sales people often use CHICANERY to sell their beat-up old cars.
  7. cogent
    convincing and well reasoned

    EX: Swayed by the COGENT argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant
  8. condone
    to overlook, pardon, or disregard

    EX: Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as CONDONING an air of lawlessness.
  9. convoluted
    intricate and complicated

    EX: Although many people brought A Brief History of TIme, few could follow its CONVOLUTED ideas and theories
  10. credulous
    too trusting;gullible

    EX: Although some four-year-olds believe in the EASTER bunny, only the most CREDULOUS nine-year-olds also believe in him
  11. crescendo
    steadily increasing colume or force

    EX: The CRESCENDO of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
  12. decorum
    appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

    EX: The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the DECORUM appropriate for a visit to the palace.
  13. deference
    respect, courtesy

    EX: the respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost DEFERENCE.
  14. deride
    to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

    EX: The awkward child was often DERIDED by his "cooler" peers.
  15. desultory
    jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

    EX: Diane had a DESULORY academic record; she had changes majors 12 times in the three years
  16. diatribe
    an abusive, condemnatory speech

    EX: The trucker bellowed a DIATRIBE at the driver who had cut him off.
  17. diffident
    lacking self-confidence

    EX: Steve's DIFFIDENT manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack if experience in the field
  18. dilate
    to make larger; to expand

    EX: When you enter a darkened ils of your eyes DILATE to let in more light
  19. dilatory
    intended to delay

    EX: the congressman used DILATORY measures to delay the passing of the bill
  20. Dilettante
    someone with an amatuerish and superficial interest in a topic

    EX: Jerry's friends were such DILETTANTES that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
  21. Dirge
    a funeral hymn or mournful speech

    EX: Melville wrote the poem "A DIRGE for James McPherson" for the funeral Union general who was killed in 1864.
  22. disabuse
    to perceive; to recognize

    EX: Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the notions that the sun revolved around the earth.
  23. discern
    to perceive; to recognize

    EX: It is easy to DISCERN the difference between butter and butter-flavored toppings.
  24. disparate
    fundamentally different; entirely unlike

    EX: Although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are DISPARATE.
  25. dissemble
    to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or charater

    EX: 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.
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GRE 2nd 25 words
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GRE 2nd 25 words
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