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GRE Words #8

"R" and "S" Words

QuestionAnswer
Raconteur (noun) witty, skillful storyteller
Raiment (noun) clothing
Ramification (noun) implication; consequence
Rarefied (adj) refined
Rationale (noun) fundamental reason
Rebus (noun) puzzle in which pictures or symbols represent words
Recluse (noun) person who lives in solitude (often) and in seclusion
Refractory (adj) stubborn; unmanageable; resisting ordinary methods of treatment
Refract (verb) deflect sound or light
Regale (verb) to entertain
Reparation (noun) amends; compensation
Repine (verb) fret; complain
Reprise (noun) repetition, esp. of a piece of music
Reproach (verb) to find fault with; blame
Reprobate (noun) morally unprincipled person
Resolution (noun) determination; resolve
Resolve (noun) determination; firmness of purpose
Riposte (noun) a retaliatory action or retort
Rococo (adj) excessively ornate; highly decorated; style of architecture in 18th century Europe
Rubric (noun) title or heading; category; established mode of procedure or conduct; protocol
Rue (verb) to regret
Ruse (noun) trick; crafty stratagem; subterfuge
Rail (verb) to complain about bitterly
Rancorous (adj) characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
Rarefy (verb) to make or become thing; less dense; to refine
Recalcitrant (adj) obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
Recant (verb) to retract, esp. a previously held belief
Recondite (adj) hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Redoubtable (adj) awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Refulgent (adj) radiant; shiny; brilliant
Refute (verb) to disprove; to successfully argue against
Relegate (verb) to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
Remonstrate (verb) to protest, to object
Renege (verb) to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Rent (verb) torn (past tense of rend); an opening or tear caused by such
Repudiate (verb) to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown
Rescind (verb) to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
Reticent (adj) quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
Reverent (adj) marked by feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
Rhetoric (noun) the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
Sage (adj) wise
Sanction (noun) approval; ratification; permission or penalization
Sardonic (adj) cynical; scornfully mocking
Sartorial (adj) pertaining to tailors
Satiate (verb) to satisfy
Saturate (verb) to soak thoroughly; imbue throughout
Satyr (noun) creature that is half man, half beast with horns and legs of a goat; it's a follower of Dionysos, a lecher
Savor (verb) to enjoy; have a distinctive flavor and smell
Schematic (adj) relating to or in the form of an outline or diagram
Secrete (verb) produce and release substance into organism
Sedition (noun) behavior prompting behavior
Seismic (adj) relating to earthquakes; earthshaking
Sensual (adj) relating to the senses; gratifying the physical senses, esp. sexual appetites
Sensuous (adj) relating/operating to and through the senses
Sentient (adj) aware; conscious; able to perceive
Servile (adj) submissive; obedient
Sextant (noun) navigation tool that determined latitude and longitude
Simian (adj) apelike; relating to apes
Simile (noun) comparison of one thing with another using "like" or "as"
Sinecure (noun) well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
Sinuous (adj) winding; intricate; complex
Skeptic (noun) one who doubts
Sobriety (noun) seriousness
Sodden (adj) thoroughly soaked; saturated
Soliloquy (noun) literary or dramatic speech by one character, not addressed to others
Somatic (adj) relating to/affecting the body; corporeal
Spectrum (noun) band of colors produced when sunlight passes through a prism; broad range of related topics, ideas, or objects
Spendthrift (adj) wasteful and extravagant
Squalor (noun) filthy, wretched condition
Staccato (adj) marked by abrupt, clear-cut sounds
Stanch (verb) to check or stop the flow of
Stigma (noun) mark of disgrace or inferiority
Stint (verb) to be sparing
Stint (noun) period of time spent doing something
Stipulate (verb) to specify as an essential condition
Stolid (adj) having or showing little emotion
Stratified (adj) arranged in layers
Striated (adj) marked with thin, narrow grooves or channels
Stricture (noun) something that restrains; negative criticism
Strident (adj) loud; harsh; unpleasantly noisy
Stultify (verb) to impair or reduce to uselessness
Subside (verb) to settle down; grow quiet
Substantiate (verb) to support with proof or evidence
Substantive (adj) essential; pertaining to substance
Subsume (verb) to include; incorporate
Subversive (adj) intended to undermine or overthrow, esp. an established government
Subversive (noun) person intending to undermine something
Succor (noun) relief; help in time of distress or want
Suffrage (noun) the right to vote
Sundry (adj) various
Supersede (verb) to replace, esp. to displace as inferior or antiquated
Supine (adj) lying on the back; marked by lethargy
Suppliant (adj) beseeching
Supplicant (noun) one who asks humbly and earnestly
Supposition (noun) the act of assuming to be true or real
Syllogism (noun) a form of deductive reasoning that has a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion
Sylvan (adj) related to the woods or forest
Sagacious (adj) having sound judgement; perceptive, wise; like a sage
Salacious (adj) lustful, lascivious, bawdy
Salubrious (adj) promoting health or well-being
Salutary (adj) remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
Sanction (noun/verb) authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
Sanguine (adj) cheerful, confident, optimistic
Sap (verb) to enervate or weaken the vitality of
Sap (noun) a fool or nitwit
Satire (noun) a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
Saturnine (adj) gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
Scurvy (adj) contemptible, despicable
Sedulous (adj) diligent, persistent, hard-working
Sententious (adj) aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
Shard (noun) a piece of broken pottery or glass
Singular (adj) exceptional, unusual, odd
Solicitous (adj) concerned and attentive; eager
Solvent (adj) able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
Soporific (adj) causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
Sordid (adj) characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
Sparse (adj) thin; not dense; arranged at wildly spaced intervals
Specious (adj) seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
Spendthrift (noun) one who spends money wastefully
Sporadic (adj) occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
Spurious (adj) lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
Squalid (adj) sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
Squander (verb) to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
Stand (noun) a group of trees
Static (adj) not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
Steep (verb) to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep
Stentorian (adj) extremely loud and powerful
Stoic (adj) indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
Strut (noun) the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
Stupefy (verb) to stun, baffle, or amaze
Stygian (adj) gloomy, dark
Stymie (verb) to block; to thwart
Subpoena (noun) a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
Subtle (adj) not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
Succinct (adj) brief; concise
Superfluous (adj) exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
Supplant (verb) to take the place of; to supersede
Surfeit (verb) an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
Sycophant (noun) toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite
Synthesis (noun) the combination of parts to make a whole
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