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GRE Vocabulary List- Money Matters Part II

Can’t Spend it Fast Enough


This word means spending recklessly almost to the point of immorality. This word often pops up in politics, when some charge that government is spending wastefully.


The provenance of this word—like many GRE words—is the Bible. One of Jesus’ most famous parables, the story is of a young man who squanders his father’s wealth and returns home destitute. His father forgives him, but to posterity he will forever be remembered as the prodigal son. Therefore to be prodigal is to squander or waste wealth (it doesn’t necessarily have to be familial wealth.)


Getting a Hand


Is to help pay the cost of, either in part of full. (e.g. -In order for Sean to attend the prestigious college his magnanimous uncle helped defray the excessive tuition with a monthly infusion of cash.)


Is a regular allowance, usually for a student.


To offer up quittance is to no longer be insolvent. That is, you no longer are in debt.


Somebody is Trying to Take It!


This word means to trick or swindle.


This strange looking word also means to swindle or defraud someone. (Though the swindling doesn’t always have to relate to money.) Mulct can also mean to fine someone.


Don’t feel sheepish if you thought this word only pertained to the coat of an ovine. As a verb fleece means to swindle or dupe.


I Can’t Get Enough


One of the seven deadly sins, avarice means greed. Of note, this word doesn’t necessarily mean greed for money but usually pertains to possessions and not food.


This word is similar to avarice in that it means greedy. But the word is even more relevant to this post in that it means greed for money. Surprising, right? We think of Cupid the flying cherub, firing his arrow away and making Romeos and Juliets out of us. To avoid any confusion, instead imagine Cupid flying around shooting arrows into people’s wallets/purses and then swooping in and taking the loot. Oh what cupidity!


Putting it Together

Depending on a person’s level of education, there is a stark contrast in the way the age of exploration is depicted: for elementary school students, the explorers of the 15th and 16h century embodied ingenuity and daring; for the college student, the explorers were motivated only by _________, as shown by their wanton plundering of the native people’s gold.

(A) profligacy

(B) penury

(C) quittance

(D) prodigality

(E) cupidity

Answer: E


Extravagance : Profligacy ::

(A) miserliness : prodigality

(B) frugality : obstinacy

(C) quittance : insolvency

(D) chariness : paranoia

(E) penury : infamy

Here the answer is (D). Though chariness (caution) wasn’t part of the lesson, it was the only answer choice that kept the same bridge as the stem pair: Profligacy is excessive thrift, whereas paranoia is excessive chariness.

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9 Responses to GRE Vocabulary List- Money Matters Part II

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  4. sagar June 9, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    If u’ve been impoverish throughout your whole life, how will you be able to offer Quittance especially when you have succumbed to typhoid? i was guessing penury, because judging from what the composer’s life had been and what he is going through now, he had nothing but only poverty(penury) to offer.
    I guess i’m wrong but pls help me to understand the context here.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Sagar,

      Actually, you are right…it doesn’t really make sense based on the context. I’m going to edit the sentence to make the correct answer a lot more clear. Sorry for any confusion :)!

      • sagar June 12, 2013 at 6:19 am #

        Thanks Chris for replying to my queries.

        Now I just want to ask you that is it a good idea to pick up the words from the SE,SC answer options from Magoosh practice problems and add it to the vocabulary? How likely is that, these words are going to show up in the GRE both as answers and answer option?

        Let me tell you that I’m not totally relying on this method to build up my vocabulary, but doing so at least I can assure myself that I’m actually learning the GRE words, coz there are a lot of words thats obscure but not even a gre word.

        Also, please let me know some similar words like “Amenable”, “Render” etc. coz these words mean so many things and are used in so many context. Knowing definition alone is not helping me much, I need so many example sentences. Its quite hard to realise the sentence where these words are often employed.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele June 12, 2013 at 10:39 am #

          Hi Sagar,

          In actual Magoosh questions, the words in the SE/TC are words that can show up on the GRE. My goal is not to include words that are too obscure (perhaps there are two or three words out of a thousand from the Magoosh SE/TC that is too obscure). Otherwise, I’d encourage you to memorize all the words that show up in the Magoosh questions.

          As for those tricky GRE-esque words…amenable, render, belie, betray, contrive, intimate (v.), construe/misconstrue

          Good luck!

  5. SJ March 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Hey Chris
    “If you are thrifty you spend money wisely.”
    Profligate – spending recklessly almost to the point of immorality

    So how can profligate be excessive thrift ?
    Or does the adjective thrifty differ from noun thrift ?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris April 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Hi SJ,

      Thanks for pointing that out :). Thrifty is actually the opposite of profligate. Maybe my brain was thinking ‘spendthrift’ (which wouldn’t even be the right part of speech). Anyhow, I’ve changed it to make it valid.

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