Hard Times

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Hard Times

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
to abdicateverb

*** fail to fulfill or undertake (a responsibility or duty)

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to backfireverb

to have a result contrary to what one desired

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at the expense ofphrase

used when something is done by putting someone or something else at risk

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deficiencynoun

an existing weakness or fault in someone or something

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to eludeverb

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

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to doomverb

to have no choice but to die, fail, etc.

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fiasconoun

a sudden and violent collapse

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to flatlineverb

*** fail to increase; remain static

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to flounderverb

behave awkwardly; have difficulties

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futileadjective

serving no purpose or not producing any useful results

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hasslenoun

a situation that is disturbing because it causes difficulty or problems

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ill-fatedadjective

marked by bringing bad fortune or ending in failure

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to implodeverb

(of a system, organization, etc.) to experience a sudden or dramatic failure

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inauspiciousadjective

contrary to your interests or welfare

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inconveniencenoun

difficulties caused by something that makes one irritated or uncomfortable

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in vainadverb

with no success

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to languishverb

to fail to be successful or make any progress

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lost causenoun

a thing or person that is impossible to improve or succeed

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to miscarryverb

be fail to achieve success or reach the desired outcome

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nonentitynoun

a person of no influence

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to overreachverb

fail by aiming too high or trying too hard

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patheticadjective

deserving or inciting pity

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to plagueverb

to continually cause someone or something difficulty, pain, or worry

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precariousadjective

affording no ease or reassurance

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to scupperverb

to do something in order to cause something such as an opportunity or plan to fail

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setbacknoun

a problem that gets in the way of a process or makes it worse

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to strike outverb

to not succeed in doing or accomplishing something

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to unravelverb

(of a scheme, system, organization, etc.) to begin to fail or fall apart

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to talk downverb

speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child

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underdognoun

a person, team, etc. that does not have a high chance of success or winning because of being seemingly weaker than others

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unattainableadjective

not possible to reach or obtain

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thornyadjective

causing problem or difficulty

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to break downverb

(of a relationship, negotiation, etc.) to cease to work, and fail

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to fall flatverb

(of a plan, joke, remark, etc.) to fail amuse or interest others

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fatallyadverb

in a way that almost guarantees failure or disaster

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to hauntverb

*** be persistently in the mind of (someone)

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to miss the markphrase

to fail in achieving the desired result

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