Ripples in a Pond

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Ripples in a Pond

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
balefuladjective

*** having a harmful effect

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cardinaladjective

serving as an essential component

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concomitantadjective

occurring with or following as a consequence

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counterproductiveadjective

tending to hinder the achievement of a goal

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fecklessadjective

generally incompetent and ineffectual

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immaterialadjective

of no importance or relevance especially to a law case

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inchoateadjective

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

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inconsequentialadjective

lacking worth or importance

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transitoryadjective

lasting a very short time

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triflingadjective

not worth considering

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plasticadjective

capable of being influenced or formed

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portentousadjective

of momentous or ominous significance

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retrospectiveadjective

concerned with or related to the past

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to aggrandizeverb

*** to make great or greater

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to appeaseverb

cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

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to attenuateverb

*** to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of

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to burgeonverb

grow and flourish

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to constrictverb

*** to limit what somebody is able to do

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to culminateverb

reach the highest or most decisive point

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to deflectverb

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

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to elevateverb

to provide a person or thing with a better position or higher rank, often undeservingly

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to exacerbateverb

make worse

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to fomentverb

*** to promote the growth or development of

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to galvanizeverb

to stimulate to action

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to lullverb

make calm or still

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to waxverb

to increase in size, intensity, strength, etc.

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to misattributeverb

*** to incorrectly indicate the cause, origin, or creator of something; to attribute wrongly

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to obtainverb

be valid, applicable, or true

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to oscillateverb

be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

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to overshadowverb

to cause someone or something to seem less important

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to permeateverb

spread or diffuse through

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to proliferateverb

to cause something to rapidly increase in numbers or grow in size

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to squelchverb

suppress or crush completely

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to supersedeverb

take the place or move into the position of

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deterrentnoun

something that makes people decide not to do something because of its consequences

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nadirnoun

an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

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precursornoun

something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

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status quonoun

the existing state of affairs

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to checkverb

to keep something bad under control in order to prevent deterioration or to slow down its spread or development

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