Success Is a Sure Thing, Failure Is Not!

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Success Is a Sure Thing, Failure Is Not!

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
to ascertainverb

learn or discover with certainty

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desideratumnoun

something desired as a necessity

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to flummoxverb

be a mystery or bewildering to

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juncturenoun

a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made

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quandarynoun

a state of being perplexed or uncertain about how to proceed in a difficult situation

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skepticnoun

someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

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warrantedadjective

*** having a good reason and being acceptable

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to defaultverb

fail to pay up

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egregiousadjective

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

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feasible
feasibleadjective

possible to be done

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halcyonadjective

marked by peace and prosperity

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heydaynoun

a period in which someone or something was at its height of success, fame, or strength

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illustriousadjective

having or conferring glory

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to impedeverb

be a hindrance or obstacle to

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inadvertentadjective

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

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incentivenoun

a positive motivational influence

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insufferableadjective

too extreme to bear

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involvedadjective

highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

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kudosnoun

admiration, praise, and fame someone receives for their achievements or good deeds

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onerousadjective

not easily borne; wearing

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peccadillonoun

a petty misdeed

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primacynoun

the state of being first in importance

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pyrrhicadjective

of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans)

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to quailverb

draw back, as with fear or pain

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to reapverb

get or derive

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remedialadjective

tending or intended to rectify or improve

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remissadjective

failing in what duty requires

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to resolveverb

to find an acceptable solution to a disagreement or difficulty

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schadenfreudenoun

delight in another person's misfortune

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serendipitynoun

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

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stalwartadjective

having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships

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to stemverb

*** stop the spread or development of (something undesirable)

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to stymyverb

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

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subterfugenoun

something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

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unpropitiousadjective

not propitious

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unviableadjective

unable to succeed

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viableadjective

capable of life or normal growth and development

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wantingadjective

inadequate in amount or degree

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