Ups and Downs

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Ups and Downs

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
frissonnoun

an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

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gallingadjective

causing irritation or annoyance

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glare
glarenoun

an angry stare

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to gnaw atverb

become ground down or deteriorate

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greednoun

excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

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hot-bloodedadjective

prone to emotion

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to hyperventilateverb

breathe excessively hard and fast

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hysterianoun

great excitement, anger, or fear that makes someone unable to control their emotions, and as a result, they start laughing, crying, etc.

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idolatrousadjective

blindly or excessively devoted or adoring

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ignominynoun

a state of dishonor

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inconsolableadjective

sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled

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indignation
indignationnoun

a feeling of righteous anger

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inhibitionnoun

the quality of being inhibited

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inquisitive
inquisitiveadjective

having a desire to learn many different things

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irascibilitynoun

a feeling of resentful anger

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to loathe
to loatheverb

to dislike something or someone very much often with a sense of disgust

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monotonous
monotonousadjective

boring because of being the same thing all the time

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moonstruckadjective

insane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon

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overwroughtadjective

deeply agitated especially from emotion

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poignancynoun

a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)

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plaintiveadjective

expressing sorrow

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querulousadjective

habitually complaining

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ravenousadjective

extremely hungry

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revulsionnoun

intense aversion

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ruefuladjective

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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to seetheverb

be in an agitated emotional state

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sepulchraladjective

gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

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sombreadjective

grave or even gloomy in character

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soulfuladjective

full of or expressing deep emotion

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to stupefyverb

be a mystery or bewildering to

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subduedadjective

quieted and brought under control

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tantrumnoun

a display of bad temper

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to sulkverb

be in a huff and display one's displeasure

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temperamentaladjective

subject to sharply varying moods

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trepidationnoun

a feeling of alarm or dread

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tremulousadjective

(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear

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unrequitedadjective

not returned in kind

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woebegoneadjective

affected by or full of grief or woe

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vexedadjective

troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances

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raptadjective

feeling great rapture or delight

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