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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson Fifteen

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I never thought I would get a lot of attention in the blogosphere for choosing GRE words and making sentences out of them but seriously you all, keep the love coming. No matter how tired I am from working my two jobs, seeing all of these likes and reblogs just give me the extra oomph (that’s not a GRE word) to keep studying and hopefully rock this thing. It’s awesome to know that this is helping you all out too!

Ardor- intense and passionate feeling

Glen Hansard sings with ardor as he describes how much he misses his former lovers. 

Demagogue- a leader or rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice

Sarah Palin is a demagogue of the Tea Party. 

Dirge- a funeral hymn or mournful speech

He gave a dirge at his father’s funeral. 

Enumerate- to count, list, or itemize

The campaign organizers enumerated the voters by their voter history to develop a contact strategy. 

Fecund- fertile, fruitful, productive

It is my dream to one day tend over fecund urban garden. 

Foment- to arouse or incite

A group of students thought that it would be a great idea to foment a revolution to change the dry campus policy by drinking on the quad and encouraging other students to do so. 

Inimical- hostile, unfriendly

After their breakup, they were so inimical, they couldn’t stand to be in the same room. 

Largess- generous giving bestowal of gifts

Magnate- powerful or influential person

Although it was well known that the magnate was ruthless when it came to buying out companies; he was also revered for his largess. Each year, he donated millions to various city charities. 

(two GRE words in one sentence. boom. roasted.)

Philistine- a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

The hipster was the biggest philistine I have ever seen. She only had a record player in her room because it added a vintage feel to the room and never played a single record on it. 

Ribald- humorous in a vulgar way

Louis C.K. is a ribald comedian and I love him for it. 

Sanguine- ruddy, cheerfully optimistic.

Everyone always compliments me on my sanguine personality. 

Stolid- unemotional; lacking sensitivity

O.J. Simpson showed the world how stolid he is when he released his book If I Did It, in which he hypothetically described how he would have killed his wife and Ronald Goldman. 

Turgid- swollen as from a fluid; bloated

The drowned man’s body was turgid.

Zealot- someone passionately devoted to a cause

There are many zealots who are outside of the White House and protesting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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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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