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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Words from GRE Reading Passages

  I thought I’d add a little twist to this week’s word list. Since the words are taken from an article, it allows me to actually take phrases (or at least word pairings) that might be difficult to understand. It’s a little experiment, but it might end up being helpful, especially since the GRE is […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Fiendishly Difficult Words

Every now and then I like to choose really difficult, not frequently used words, because every now and then the GRE verbal section will contain a really difficulty, not frequently used word (“objurgate” from the first online practice test leaps to mind).

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: April/May Article of the Month Words (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of the vocabulary list that I drew from our recent April and May article(s) of the month. You can find Part 1 here. Let’s jump back in: Appropriation This is a confusing word since it can mean one of two things, and these two things tend to be contradictory. Appropriation can […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: April/May Article of the Month Words (Part 1)

  If you haven’t yet, I recommend checking out the April and May article(s) of the month, in which the following vocabulary pops up. Since there was a wealth of GRE words, I spread them out over two Vocab Wednesdays. Here is the first part.   Felonious Felonious is a potentially intimidating word that really […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: A Formidable Farrago

  A farrago is a confusing jumble of something. Formidable (described in more detail below) means causing inspiring awe or fear. These words aren’t easy, so I’m guessing they’ll be quite formidable.   Formidable As I mentioned above, if something is formidable it is big and scary. Let’s talk tests. Both the GMAT and GRE […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: These Words Are a Scream

  Nobody likes to get yelled at—no less be scolded so severely that they feel as though their skin has just been torn off. I know, quite a frightening visual. Interestingly, the English language is full of such words, many of which show up on the GRE.   Lambaste I remember physical education in middle […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: In Your Face Words

  “In-” is my poster child for why I don’t care for roots. Sure, roots can help you here and there, but most of the time words you’ll encounter on the GRE have roots that are very esoteric and only appear in one or two roots. With “in-“, you are even on slipperier ground: it […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Words from The Bible

  The Bible is full of famous phrases: “Cast the first stone”, “The blind leading the blind”, “Fall from grace”, etc. But there are many words of the GRE kind that have a biblical origin.   Behemoth In the Book of Job, which is part of the Old Testament, a giant beast named the behemoth […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Don’t Get CONned

  Con- is a root meaning ‘with’. It doesn’t actually mean “against”, as in pros and cons (that root would be contra). Of course, that doesn’t really help you with most words beginning with con-, since the roots that follow are not always clear-cut.   Concoct To come up with a preposterous story is to […]

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