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Bert GRE Vocab-Noun

GRE Vocab Nouns only

QuestionAnswer
effrontery [n] extreme boldness; presumptuousness
approbation [n] (1) an expression of warm approval; praise (2) official approval
ennui [n] listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
exigency [n] (1) the state or quality of requiring much effort or immediate action (2) a pressing or urgent situation (3) urgent requirement; pressing need
paean [n] (1) a song of joyful praise or exultation (2) a fervent expression of joy or praise
perfidy [n] deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery
arriviste [n] (1) a person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart (2) a social climber
brisance [n] the shattering effect of the sudden release of energy in an explosion
bromide [n] (1) a commonplace remark or notion; a platitude (2) a tiresome person; a bore
cynosure [n] (1) an object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration (2) something that serves to guide
desuetude [n] a state of disuse or inactivity
epithet [n] (1) a term used to characterize a person or thing (2) a term used as a descriptive substitute ro the name or title of a person (3) an abusive or contemptuous word or phrase
farrago [n] an assortment or a medley; a conglomeration
humbug [n] (1) something intended to deceive; a hoax or fraud (2) a person who claims to be other than what he or she is; an imposter (3) nonsense; rubbish (4) pretense; deception
jeremiad [n] a literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom
epigram [n] (1) a short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation (2) a concise, clever, often paradoxical statement
pathos [n] (1) a quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow (2) the feeling so aroused
nebbish [n] a person regarded as weak-willed or timid
subvention [n] (1) provision of help, aid, or support (2) an endowment or subsidy; a grant of financial aid
clerihew [n] a humorous verse, usually consisting of two unmatched rhyming couplets, about a person whose name generally serves as one of the rhymes
badinage [n] light, playful banter
ambit [n] (1) an external boundary; a circuit (2) sphere or scope
persiflage [n] (1) light good-natured talk; banter (2) light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject
casuistry [n] (1) specious or excessively subtle reasoning intending to rationalize or mislead (2) the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical codes
defeasance [n] (1) a rendering void; an annulment (2) the voiding of a contract or deed (3) a clause within a contract or deed providing for annulment
tyro [n] a beginner in learning something
amanuensis [n] one who is employed to take dictation or to copy manuscript
panegyric [n] (1) a formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment (2) elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium
exegesis [n] critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text
aphorism [n] (1) a tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage (2) a brief statement of a principle
effulgence [n] a brilliant radiance
pabulum [n] (1) a substance that gives nourishment; food (2) insipid intellectual nourishment
predilection [n] a partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference
miasma [n] (1) a noxious atmosphere or influence (2) a poisonous atmosphere (3) a thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation
apotheosis [n] (1) exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification (2) elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification
syllogism [n] (1) reasoning from the general to the specific (2) a subtle or specious piece of reasoning
periphrasis [n] the use of, or a, circumlocuation
valetudinarian [n] (1) a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health (2) chronically ailing; sickly
nostrum [n] (1) a quack remedy (2) a favorite but untested remedy for problems or evils
bathos [n] (1) an abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace (2) an anticlimax (3) insincere or grossly sentimental pathos (4) banality; triteness
emolument [n] payment for an office or employment; compensation
perdition [n] (1) loss of the soul; eternal damnation (2) hell
solecism [n] (1) a non-standard usage or grammatical construction (2) a violation of etiquette (3) an impropriety, mistake, or incongruity
ebullition [n] (1) the state or process of boiling (2) a sudden, violent outpouring, as of emotion
obloquy [n] (1) abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny (2) the condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute
disinterest [n] (1) freedom from selfish bias or self-interest; impartiality (2) lack of interest; indifference
concupiscence [n] a strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust
accouchement [n] a confinement during childbirth; a lying-in
acedia [n] spiritual torpor and apathy; ennui
afflatus [n] a strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration
agitprop [n] political propaganda, especially favoring communism and disseminated through literature, drama, art, or music
agon [n] (1) a conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature (2) a test of will; a conflict
ague [n] a chill or fit of shivering
amour-proper [n] respect for oneself; self-esteem
amphigory [n] a nonsensical piece of writing, usually in verse
anabasis [n] an advance; an expedition
analects [n] selections from or parts of a literary work or group of works. Often used as a title. Used only in plural form.
anastrophe [n] inversion of the normal syntactic order of works; for example "Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear."
anomie [n] (1) social instability caused by erosion of standards and values (2) alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values, or ideals
antinomy [n] contradiction or opposition, especially between two laws or rules; a paradox
apercu [n] (1) a discerning perception; an insight (2) a short outline or summary; a synopsis
apophasis [n] allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned
apothegm or apophthegm [n] a terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim
appanage [n] (1) a source of revenue, such as land, given by a sovereign for the maintenance of a member of the ruling family (2) something extra offered to or claimed by a party as due; a perquisite
atelier [n] a workshop or studio, especially for an artist or designer
Aunt Sally [n] an object of criticism or contention, especially one that is set up to invite criticism or be easily refuted
auscultation [n] the act of listening
autochthon [n] one of the earliest known inhabitants of a place; an aborigine
bagatelle [n] (1) an unimportant or insignificant thing; a trifle (2) a short, light piece of verse or music
bantling [n] a young child
bel esprit [n] a cultivated, highly intelligent person
belles letters pl [n] (1) literature regarded for its aesthetic value rather than its didactic or informative content (2) light, stylish writings, usually on literary or intellectual subjects
blackguard [n] (1) a thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel (2) a foul-mouthed person
Boswell [n] a devoted admirer, student, and recorder of another's words and deeds
bounder [n] an ill-bred, unscrupulous man; a cad
brace [n] a pair of like things
brio [n] vigor; vivacity
burlesque [n] a ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty
cabotage [n] (1) trade or navigation in coastal waters (2) the exclusive right of a country to operate the air traffic within its territory
cadastre (ter) [n] a public record, survey, or map of the value, extend, and ownership of land as a basis of taxation
caducity [n] (1) the frailty of old age; senility (2) the quality or state of being perishable; impermanence
caitiff [n] a despicable coward; a wretch
capriccio [n] (1) a prank; a caper (2) a whim
Cassandra [n] one that utters unheeded prophecies
catamite [n] a boy who has a sexual relationship with a man
champaign [n] a stretch of level and open country; a plain
chanteuse [n] a woman singer, especially a nightclub singer
charrette [n] a final, intensive effort to finish a project, especially an architectural design project, before a deadline.
chrestomathy [n] (1) a selection of literary passages, usually by one author (2) an anthology used in studying a language
cineaste [n] (1) a film or movie enthusiast (2) a person involved in filmmaking
claque [n] (1) a group of persons hired to applaud at a performance (2) a group of fawning admirers
coffle [n] a group of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained together in a line
cognomen [n] (1) a family name; a surname (2) a name, especially a descriptive nickname or epithet acquired through usage over a period of time
coil [n] a disturbance; a fuss
collop [n] (1) a small portion of food or a slice, especially of meat (2) a roll of fat flesh
commination [n] a formal denunciation
Comstockery [n] censorship of literature and other forms of expression and communication because of perceived immorality or obscenity
confrere [n] a fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague
congeries [n] a collection; an aggregation
conspectus [n] a general survey of a subject; a synopsis
contretemps [n] an unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence
contumacy [n] obstinate or contemptuous resistance to authority; stubborn rebelliousness
coquette [n] a woman who makes teasing sexual or romantic overtures; a flirt
counterpane [n] a cover for a bed; a bedspread
crapulence [n] sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking
cri de coeur [n] an impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest
crotchet [n] an odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion
cui bono [n] utility, advantage, or self-interest considered as the determinant of value or motivation
cunctation [n] procrastination; delay
cupidity [n] excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice
demimonde [n] (1) a class of women kept by wealthy lovers or protectors (2) women prostitutes considered as a group
demirep [n] a person of doubtful reputation or respectability
dolce vita [n] a luxurious, self-indulgent way of life
doss [n] a crude or makeshift bed
durance [n] confinement or restraint by force; imprisonment
dyad [n] two individuals or units regarded as a pair
dysphemism [n] the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one
efflorescence [n] (1) a gradual process of unfolding or developing (2) the highest point; the culmination
embonpoint [n] the condition of being plump; stoutness
encomium [n] (1) warm, glowing praise (2) a formal expression of praise; a tribute
epigone [n] a second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher
exordium [n] a beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise
famulus [n] a private secretary or other close attendant
fardel [n] a pack; a bundle
fascicle or fascicule [n] (1) a small bundle (2) one of the parts of a book published in separate sections
filigree [n] delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire
fleer [n] a taunting, scoffing, or derisive look or gibe
fugleman [n] a leader, especially a political leader
funambulist [n] one who performs on a tightrope or a slack rope
gadfly [n] a persistent irritating critic; a nuisance
gallimaufry [n] a jumble; a hodgepodge
gammon [n] misleading or nonsensical talk; humbug
gasconade [n] boastfulness; bravado
gest or geste [n] a notable adventure or exploit
grandiloquence [n] pompous or bombastic speech or expression
guerdon [n] a reward; requital
gull [n] a person who is easily tricked or cheated; a dupe
gyre [n] a circular or spiral form; a vortex
harridan [n] a woman regarded as scolding and vicious
hebetude [n] dullness of mind; mental lethargy
helot [n] a person in servitude; a serf
henotheism [n] belief in one god without denying the existence of other gods
hypocorism [n] a name of endearment; a pet name
inamorata [n] a woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship
ingénue [n] a naïve girl or young woman
iniquity [n] gross immorality or injustice; wickedness
irredentist [n] one who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government
klatch or klatsch [n] a casual social gathering, usually for conversation
koan [n] a puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used in Zen Buddhism
lacuna [n] an empty space or a missing part; a gap
lassitude [n] a state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness
lickspittle [n] a fawning underling; a toady
lustrum [n] a period of five years
malversation [n] misconduct in public office
meiosis [n] rhetorical understatement
mephitis [n] an offensive smell; a stench
mésalliance [n] a marriage with a person of inferior social position
métier [n] an occupation, a trade, or a profession
midden [n] a dunghill or refuse heap
mittimus [n] an official order to send somebody to prison
modus vivendi [n] (1) a manner of living; a way of life (2) a temporary agreement pending a final settlement
moiety [n] a half
moue [n] a small grimace; a pout
mountebank [n] a flamboyant charlatan
mufti [n] civilian dress, especially when worn by one who normally wears a uniform
muliebrity [n] (1) the state of being a woman (2) femininity
muse [n] (1) a guiding spirit (2) a source of inspiration
Myrmidon [n] a faithful follower who carries out orders without question
ne plus ultra [n] the highest point, as of excellence or achievement; the ultimate
nescience [n] (1) absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance (2) agnosticism
nimiety [n] superfluity; excess
nonage [n] the period during which one is legally underage
nonce [n] the present or particular occasion
nous [n] good sense; shrewdness
obsequies [n] funeral rites or ceremonies
omphalos [n] a central part; a focal point
opprobrium [n] disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy
ordure [n] (1) excrement; dung (2) something morally offensive; filth
orison [n] a prayer
paralogism [n] a fallacious or illogical argument or conclusion
paraph [n] a flourish made after or below a signature
parturition [n] the act or process of giving birth; childbirth
parvenu [n] a person who has suddenly risen to a higher social and economic class and has not yet gained social acceptance by others in that class
pasticcio [n] a work or style produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources; a potpourri
pastiche [n] a dramatic, literary, or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists, often with satirical intent
paterfamilias [n] a man who is the head of a household or the father of a family
peccadillo [n] a small sin or fault
pelf [n] wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired
pettifogger [n] a petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer
philippic [n] a verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade
pied-à-terre [n] a secondary or temporary place of lodging
pleonasm [n] the use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy
poltroon [n] a base coward
popinjay [n] a vain, talkative person
proem [n] an introduction; a preface
propinquity [n] (1) proximity; nearness (2) kinship
psephology [n] the study of political elections
puissance [n] power; might
purlieu [n] (1) an outlying or neighboring area (2) a place that one frequents
quean [n] a woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute
quidnunc [n] a nosy person; a busybody
rebus [n] a representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols, often presented as a puzzle
recrement [n] waste matter; dross
reductio ad absurdum [n] disproof of a proposition by showing that it leads to absurd or untenable conclusions
revanche [n] (1) the act of retaliating; revenge (2) a political policy intended to regain lost territory or standing
rodomontade [n] pretentious boasting or bragging; bluster
sang-froid [n] coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances
savoir-faire [n] the ability to say or do the right or graceful thing
sciolism [n] a pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability
screed [n] a long monotonous speech or piece of writing
sedition [n] insurrection; rebellion
self-abnegation [n] the setting aside of self-interest for the sake of others or for a belief or principle
seraglio [n] (1) a large harem (2) a sultan's palace
sine qua non [n] an essential element or condition
slattern [n] an untidy, dirty woman
sobriquet [n] (1) an affectionate or humorous nickname (2) an assumed name
solon [n] (1) a wise lawgiver (2) a legislator
somnambulism [n] sleepwalking; the act or an instance of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state
sophist [n] one skilled in elaborate and devious argumentation
sororicide [n] the killing of one's sister
soupçon [n] a very small amount; a trace
specie [n] coined money; coin
sprachgefühl [n] a feeling for language; an ear for the idiomatically correct or appropriate
susurration [n] a soft, whispering, or rustling sound; a murmur
sybarite [n] a person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary
tabula rasa [n] the mind before it receives the impressions gained from experience
tatterdemalion [n] a person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin
tautology [n] needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy
termagant [n] a quarrelsome, scolding woman; a shrew
treacle [n] cloying speech or sentiment
trope [n] a figure of speech using words in a nonliteral way, such as a metaphor
turpitude [n] (1) depravity; baseness (2) a base act
usufruct [n] the right to use and enjoy the profits and advantages of something belonging to another as long as the property is not damaged or altered in any way
velleity [n] (1) volition at its lowest level (2) a mere wish or inclination
verisimilitude [n] (1) the quality of appearing to be true or real (2) something that has the appearance of being true or real
viand [n] (1) an item of food (2) a very choice or delicious dish
vicissitude [n] (1) a change or variation (2) one of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activities, or surroundings
virago [n] (1) a woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering (2) a large, strong, courageous woman
virtu [n] a knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art
vivandière [n] a woman who accompanies troops to sell them food, supplies, and liquor
Weltschmerz [n] sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism
wiseacre [n] a person regarded as being disagreeably egotistical and self-assured
younker [n] (1) a young man (2) a child
Zeitgeist [n] the spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation
festschrift [n] a volume of learned articles or essays by colleagues and admirers, serving as a tribute or memorial especially to a scholar
Weltanschauung [n] worldview
saturnalia [n] a celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness; an orgy
iconoclast [n] one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions
glossolalia [n] fabricated and non-meaningful speech, especially associated with a trance state or certain syndromes
dilettante [n] (1) a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge (2) a lover of the fine arts; a connoisseur
highbinder [n] a corrupt politician
katzenjammer [n] (1) a loud, discordant noise (2) a hangover (3) a state of depression or bewilderment
roorback [n] a false or slanderous story used for political advantage
teleology [n] (1) the study of design or purpose in natural phenomena (2) the use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena
monocoque [n] A metal structure, such as an aircraft, in which the skin absorbs all or most of the stresses to which the body is subjected
olio [n] (1) a heavily spiced stew of meat, vegetables, and chickpeas (2) a mixture or medley; a hodgepodge (3) a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany
gorget [n] (1) a piece of armor protecting the throat (2) an ornamental collar (3) a band or patch of distinctive color on the throat of an animal, especially an area of brightly colored feathers on the throat of a bird
borax [n] cheap merchandise, especially tasteless furnishings
ganef or ganof or gonif [n] a thief, scoundrel, or rascal
pachuco [n] a Mexican-American youth or teenager, especially one who dresses in flamboyant clothes and belongs to a neighborhood gang
peonage [n] a system by which debtors are bound in servitude to their creditors until their debts are paid
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