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Advanced English Verbs

Occlude - To block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct

Burgeon - To begin to grow or increase rapidly; to flourish

Inter - To place (a corpse) in a grave or tomb

Cozen - To trick or deceive

Ingratiate - To bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them

Bilk - To obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit

Ameliorate - To make something better

Peregrinate - To travel or wander from place to place

Ossify - To turn into bone or bony tissue

Repudiate - To refuse to accept; reject

Excoriate - To criticize (someone) severely

Aggrandize - To increase the power, status, or wealth of

Lionize - To give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity

Opine - To hold and state as one’s opinion

Bifurcate - To divide into two brances or forks

Lampoon - To publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm

Requite - To make appropriate return for (a favour, service, or wrongdoing)

Cosset - To care for and protect in an overindulgent way

Advanced English Nouns

Dearth  - A scarcity or lack of something

Iconoclast - A person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or institutions

Diatribe - A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something

Panegyric - A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

Chicanery - The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose

Guile - skillful deceit

Quisling - A traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country

Aegis - The protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization

Eminence - Fame or acknowledged superiority within a particular sphere

Quintessence - The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

Raconteur - A person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way

Alacrity - Brisk and cheerful readiness

Sedition -  Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

Dilettante - A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge

Acumen - The ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions

Advanced English Adjectives 3

Ebullient - cheerful and full of energy

Myopic - Short-sighted

Imperturbable - Unable to be upset or excited; calm

Lugubrious - Looking or sounding sad and dismal

Ersatz - (of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else

Lapidary -  (of language) elegant and concise, and therefore suitable for engraving on stone

Perfidious - Deceitful and untrustworthy

Desultory - Lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm.

Nascent - (especially of a process or organization) Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential

Erudite - Having or showing great knowledge or learning

Licentious - Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters.

Florid - Having a red or flushed complextion; Excessively intricate or elaborate

Glib - (of words or a speaker) Fluent but insincere and shallow

Bombastic - High-sounding but with little meaning; Inflated

Austere - Severe or strict in manner or attitude

Wan - (of a person’s complexion or appearance) Pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion

How to Study for the GRE

Step 1: Find a test taking center near you.

Step 2: Decide which date you want to take the GRE

Step 3: Download practice tests online.

Step 4: Go to your local library to find geologic surveys of your area.

Step 5: Use these resources to locate a nearby cave.

Step 6: Move into cave, leaving all your possessions behind.

Step 7: Abandon all your career goals.

Step 8: Gather roots and berries to survive.

Step 9: Let your hair and/or beard grow out.

Step 10: Try to forget the life you once hoped to lead.

Step 11: Cry.

anonymous asked:

I am taking the general GRE in 75 days, and my practice exam scores aren't exactly what I would like them to be. I am specifically struggling with the math portion, but not doing very well in the verbal sections either. I am enrolled in college full-time, have been awarded a research fellowship that requires 10 hours of my time per week (at least), and have an outside job. Would you have any advice on how to study for a standardized test such as this given time constraints?

You’re going to just have to buckle down and make time to study more. I know that might sound a little harsh, but they don’t give research fellowships to anyone, so I know you can do this. You know what you are struggling with, so focus on that (but make sure to review the other areas some, too).

GRE Specific Advice/Test-Prep:

General Studying Tips:

Good luck!

Can it be good, from the age of 10 to the age of 23 , to be always preparing for an exam, and always knowing that your whole worldly future depends on it: and not only knowing it, but perpetually reminded of it by your parents and masters? Is this the way to breed a nation of people in psychological, moral, and spiritual health?
—  C.S. Lewis to Dr. Warfield M. Firor (March 12, 1950)
Today's GRE Words to Study
  1. Abate – to lessen in intensity or degree; make or become less; to reduce in degree or intensity; moderate; to reduce in value or amount; to lessen, to subside
  2. Aberrant – deviating from the norm; not followed the normal or correct way; deviating from the usual or natural type; atypical; abnormal or deviant
  3. Abscond – to depart clandestinely; to steal away and hide; go away suddenly and secretly, esp in order to avoid arrest; to depart secretly and hide oneself; to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
  4. Absolute – complete; total; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative
  5. Accolade – an expression of praise; any award, honor, or laudatory notice; praise; approval
  6. Acerbic – having sour or bitter taste or character; sour or astringent in taste; harsh or severe, as of temper or expression
  7. Acumen – quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight; ability to understand and judge things quickly and clearly; shrewdness; mental keenness; sharpness of judgment; ability to judge quickly and well
  8. Addle – rotten; muddle; crazy; mentally confused; muddled; confuse; to make or become confused; to make or become rotten, as eggs
  9. Adulation – excessive praise; intense adoration; excessive admiration or praise; flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved
  10. Adulterate – to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients; make poorer in quality by adding another substance; to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element stickler
  11. Aesthetic – dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful; concerned with beauty and the appreciation of beauty
  12. Aggrandize – to increase in intensity, power or prestige; to make appear great or greater; praise highly; make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank or honor
  13. Alacrity – eager and enthusiastic willingness; prompt and eager readiness; promptness in response; cheerful readiness
  14. Alchemy – a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals, into gold; medieval form of chemistry, the chief aim of which was to discover how to turn ordinary metals into gold; a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
  15. Ambiguous – having more than one possible meaning; doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness
  16. Aplomb – confidence and self-control; poise; self-confidence
  17. Apprehension – suspicion or fear especially of future evil; foreboding; anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil; a view, opinion, or idea on any subject; the act of arresting; seizure
  18. Arcane – requiring secret or mysterious knowledge; esoteric secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
  19. Bemused – bewildered or confused; confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
  20. Benevolent – being, or wishing to be, kind, friendly and helpful; generous; charitable; having a wish to do good

so i just spent $355 dollars paying for standardized tests i need to take to apply to graduate school. for 2 tests. i’m salty as hell because its not cool that schools require you take these tests to apply, then the testing institutions can charge whatever they want because you have to take the test. more proof regarding how its hard for poor people to pursue a higher education, keeping them poor