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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson Fourteen

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Assuage- to make something unpleasant less severe

To assuage the pain I experience when receiving Gardisil shots, I swear as the nurse injects me. For some reason, it helps. 

Enervate- to reduce in strength

Make sure to tell your doctor that you take birth control pills, otherwise he may prescribe you a medication that could enervate them.

Erudite- learned, scholarly, bookish

I think erudite guys are sexy. 

Exponent- one who champions or advocates

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an exponent for civil rights. 

Fractious- unruly, rebellious

He was so overwhelmed by the freedom he experienced at college that he became fractious. He thought attending parties were more important than attending classes. 

Inquest- an investigation, an inquiry

After the hackers sent an e-mail out to all of students saying that class was cancelled for the day, the college launched an inquest to find out how the system was breached.

Misanthrope- a person who dislikes others

I’m pretty sure misanthropes lead lonely lives. 

Mollify- to calm or make less severe

The mother mollified the fight between her two children by saying that if they stopped screaming at each other, they could have ice cream.

Orotund- pompous

I can’t hang out with Timmy, he’s so orotund. All he talks about is his furniture made out of the finest mahogany and his rich leather bound books.

Parry- to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer

Earlier this year, Charlie Sheen gained notoriety by parrying every question he was asked by the Good Morning America interviewer. 

Rococo- very highly ornamented; relating to an 18th century artistic style of elaborate ornamentation.

I don’t even know how to use rococo in a sentence and I believe that this word was better for the old GRE because it was probably used in the analogies section.

Sybarite- a person devoted to pleasure and luxury

Paris Hilton is a sybarite.

Torpor- extreme mental and physical sluggishness

She experienced torpor after her 23 hour flight to China.

Viscous- thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid

Honey is very viscous.

Wanton- undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless

I can’t stand it when the wanton teens graffiti the neighborhood. 

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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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