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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson Seventeen

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Augury- prophecy, prediction of events

Some people believe that Wilco’s song Jesus Etc. was an augury of September 11th: “Tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad, sad songs tuned to chords.”

Catholic- universal; broad and comprehensive

A red street sign is a catholic warning to stop your vehicle. 

(isn’t that weird that catholic means broad and comprehensive?)

Collusion- collaboration, complicity, conspiracy 

After 9/11, people had the misguided idea that Al Qaeda and Iraq had a collusion and plotted the attacks together. 

Eschew- to shun; to avoid

Sometimes, in order to get over someone, you have to eschew him or her. 

Estimable- admirable

It is estimable how so many people came to help their neighbors after the destruction that Tropical Storm Irene caused.

Ethos- beliefs or character of a group

Central to WONY 90.9FM’s ethos was that above all, a DJ cannot swear on air. Otherwise the FCC will come and steal your firstborn.

Euphemism- use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

The boss decided to use the euphemism “downsized” instead of “cut” in his letter that was delivered to the one hundred employees to notify them that they were no longer with the company. 

Fervid- intensely emotional; feverish

The groom was fervid when he delivered his marital vows to his bride. 

Insipid- lacking interest or flavor

The blogger seems like she is  insipid with updating her blog. She hasn’t posted in months!

Jingoism- belligerent support in one’s country

Soccer fans in Europe are well known for their jingoism during the World Cup. 

Ostentation- excessive showiness

Some bloggers annoy me with their pictures that reek of ostentation. Do they ever get time to live and enjoy the moment instead of taking pictures every second? 

Overwrought- agitated; overdone

The voters were overwrought with the way their country was running, so they voted the President out to allow for a new voice to bring fresh ideas to the table.

Perfunctory- done in a routine way, indifferent

She always did her homework in a perfunctory manner. She would start out with history before she attempted to do math. 

Pugilism- boxing

The Fighter is a movie about pugilism.

Voluble- talkative; speaking easily; glib

People describe me as voluble.

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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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