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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson Twelve

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Abeyance- temporary suppression or suspension

The earthquake gave us an abeyance from work since we had to evacuate our building.

Acme- highest point, summit; the highest level or degree attainable

Mount Marcy is the acme in New York State.

Glower- to glare or stare angrily and intensely

I glower at bikers who ignore traffic signals. 

Guile- deceit; trickery

I’m still in disbelief; I never knew he was capable of such guile

Hermetic- tightly sealed

I always make sure my water bottle is hermetic

Idiosyncrasy- peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity

Gary Busey is well known for his idiosyncrasies

Intransigent- uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled

The New York Daily News is intransigent with their negative views regarding placing bike lanes in New York city. 

Malediction- a curse; a wish of evil upon another

In many fairy tales, the antagonist casts a malediction onto the protagonist. 

Oblique- indirect or evasive; misleading or devious

The politician can be very oblique when it comes to his campaigning styles. 

Peregrinate- to wander from place to place; to travel; especially on foot

There’s nothing more I love than peregrinating around cities I’m visiting for the first time.

Rarefy- to make thinner or sparser

Add water to rarefy the sauce. 

Scintilla- trace amount

I love it when dogs get so excited after only sniffing out a scintella of a scent. They love being on the hunt!

Stratagem- trick designed to deceive an enemy

There are many stratagems designed in campaigns.

Surfeit- excessive amount

It seems that all the personal style bloggers have a surfeit of clothes!

Author: Alex

Hello! My name is Alex but you can call me Alexandra if you're feeling fancy. Here you'll find my adventures about exploring my new city of Hoboken, NJ, scurrying over the Hudson River to NYC, my bicycle excursions, and how I'm learning to embrace in medias res.

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