This title might seem misleading. After all, don’t I include many Magoosh vocabulary words as part of Vocab Wednesday? Indeed, I do, but often from chance. That is, I don’t specifically choose words because they are in our product; I choose words because they are high-frequency GRE words that fit a certain theme—and many happen to be in our product.
Today, I’m taking words that you can find in our Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions. These words, for the most part, are high-frequency words that have yet to make it into Vocab Wednesday. For variety, I’m also breaking the words into three groups: easy, medium, and difficult.
Anemia is a condition in which a person lacks sufficient red blood cells. As a result, that person feels weary. Not surprisingly, anemic means weak and insubstantial. However, it doesn’t just apply to one’s energy level. Writing that lacks vitality could be described as anemic prose.
Originally, the Epiphany was when Jesus presented himself to the Gentiles, or the non-believers. Today, epiphany can mean the appearance of any supernatural being, but is more typically used to describe any sudden revelation or insight. As in, today I was walking down the street and had this sudden realization—that is, an epiphany—that I should do such and such with my life.
To cede means to surrender or give it, and is usually applied to land or power. For example, upon Hitler’s death, Germany had to cede back much of the territory it had acquired during WWII.
This is a really interesting looking word (and a great word to make in Scrabble!). To juxtapose two things is to place them side by side, usually for a desired effect. Usually those two things are very different.
The photographer juxtaposed stark, barren landscapes and rubenesque woman, to contrast aridity with fertility.
Puissant sounds like piss-ant, a mean thing to say to somebody who is weak. Puissant actually comes from Old French for power. In it’s modern GRE incarnation, puissant is just that: it used to describe something powerful. A related word is impuissant. It means weak, lacking power.
Okay, this one definitely isn’t a common GRE word. Numinous is probably one of the most uncommon (though not obscure) words in the Magoosh product—though it is by no means obscure the way absquatulate is (don’t worry, that won’t show up on the GRE).
Numinous means supernatural. It does not relate to number or counting (so don’ t let that ‘num’- throw you off). Supernumerary, on the other hand, does relate to number, as in too much of something, excessive. Supernumerary just sprung to mind; it is not a word that is in our product. Though it is difficult, and could show up on the GRE.