Vocab Builder: GRE Words

This week’s list ups the ante from our 11th grade vocabulary list a couple weeks ago. Check out the GRE list on Visual Thesaurus for 490 more!

  • Abscond: The thief absconded from the museum as sirens wailed down the street.
  • Cognizant: With the booing of the crowd, the comedian became cognizant of the fact that his act was bombing.
  • Earthenware: More prone to chips and breakage, earthenware is fired at lower temperatures than porcelain.
  • Fracas: With the LA Lakers’ loss to the Celtics, the overfilled bar exploded into a fracas of bitterly disappointed fans.
  • Gregarious: The “Any Day Is a Good Day for a Party” social club is surprisingly void of the gregarious members necessary to make a social club sociable.

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  • blithe: Once a faithful church-goer, Tom is now blithe about his faith.
  • didactic: Tom’s pastor is a didactic speaker; he preaches endlessly about the evil in men’s souls, which leaves Tom feeling as if there is no point in trying.
  • erudite: Pastor Steve is quite erudite, having spent many years studying the bible and his faith.
  • feckless: Now Tom lives a feckless life, little caring about people around him.
  • glean: It became apparent that Big Company was gleaning its competitors’ sales pitches by ordering their products.

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