WORD LISTS

Intermediate, List 8

November 30, 2022
This list of intermediate words features a mixture of easier and more difficult words that you may be less familiar with. Study these words and watch your GRE score grow.
amenable
It is interesting to note that the lion that is the most amenable to the circus trainer’s tricks is the one with the lowest social standing in the pride, the omega animal.
avocation
American poet Phyllis McGinley once wrote, “The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.”
beneficence
The foundations’ beneficence also helps shield them from criticism: the KAW, for instance, makes $250m of grants a year, notably to fund basic research and education.
circuitous
Sam took a circuitous route through the woods to the county road.
contrite
“I’m sorry you lost your rocket stuff,” he told me, truly contrite.
convivial
It was a lively group and the mood was convivial, with old friends greeting each other and catching up.
deterrent
Elevators have been placed behind an opaque partition wall in the lobby, and the doors are timed to close slowly — a small psychological deterrent to their regular use by the able-bodied.
dirge
We heard the sounds of the traditional dirge grow louder, and so did the screams and wails coming from a memorial ceremony in a private room.
eclectic
The idea was to teach leadership through an eclectic curriculum of classic texts, case-studies and crisis simulations, incorporating thinkers and topics from Thucydides, Sun Tzu, and Machiavelli to the Cold War.
effrontery
He has the effrontery to tell me to my face that I'm too old to ride with him.
ephemeral
Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their whole lives in the course of a single day.
homily
The homily at Sunday mass, intended to give parishioners basic religious instruction, has often been poorly prepared and aimed at a childish listener.
insuperable
Back then she was regarded as the insuperable leader of her nation’s politics.
itinerant
Dorothy, who knew the call of the open road so well, could certainly understand some of the appeal of Howard’s unusual and itinerant career, and she supported it as best she could.
opprobrium
During the war he risked public opprobrium and a ban by the BBC for condemning the men of Allied Bomber Command as "bloodthirsty fools" and suggesting that British pilots should stand trial for war crimes.
subversive
In the wake of slave rebellions, several states passed laws fining those who might teach slaves to read and write, tacitly acknowledging the subversive potential of reading and writing.
syllogism
The contention that fakes are the supreme modern art form rests on a false syllogism: modern art, Keats argues, intends to unsettle; fakes unsettle us; therefore fakes are great art.
torpor
Miss Avocet stayed on, emerging from her torpor now and then to wander the halls, calling out forlornly for her poor abandoned wards before slumping into someone’s arms to be taken back to bed.
untenable
Many of their theoretical ideas were untenable, nay, even absurd, but yet they served to bind together into a formal law the mass of observations which their nightly industry collected.
welter
Before the Civil War, American currency was a confusing welter of notes issued by state banks.

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