Advanced English Adjectives

Garrulous - excessively talkative

Sententious - given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner

Pertinacious - holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action

Propitious - giving or indicating a good chance of succeess, favorable

Captious - (of a person) tending to find fault or raise petty objections

Exiguous - very small in size or amount

Contumacious - (especially of a defendant’s behavior) stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority

Perspicacious - having a ready insight into an understanding of things.

Scurrilous - making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with intention of damaging their reputation

Sumptuous - splendid and expensive-looking

Pervicacious - very obstinate or stubborn

Temerarious - reckless, rash

Sagacious - having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement

Magnanimous - generous or forgiving, especially to a rival or less powerful person

Advanced English Adjectives 2

Culpable - Deserving blame

Laconic - Using very few words

Inimical - Tending to obstruct or harm

Recalcitrant - Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline

Fractious - Irritable and quarrelsome

Loquacious - Tending to talk a great deal; talkative

Sanguine - Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

Profligate - Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources

Obdurate - Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action

Belligerent - Hostile and aggressive

Prosaic - Having or using the style or diction of a prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality

Pellucid - Translucently clear

Dogmatic - Inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true

Mercurial - Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind

Esoteric - Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest

Vociferous - Expressing or characterized by vehement opinions

Taciturn - Reserved or uncommunicative in speech

Extant - Still in existence

Apocryphal - Of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as true

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!

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 branches or forks

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

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

Cosset - To care for and protect in an overindulgent way

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.

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)
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 skillful 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 judgments and take quick decisions