Fight Fire With Fire

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Fight Fire With Fire

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
to vanquishverb

come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

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veterannoun

a former member of the armed forces who has fought in a war

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to wageverb

carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

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trooper
troopernoun

a soldier in a motorized army unit

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trucenoun

an agreement according to which enemies or opponents stop fighting each other for a specific period of time; the period of time that such agreement lasts

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accordnoun

an official agreement between two countries or groups of people

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barracksnoun

a building or a set of buildings that soldiers live in

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battalionnoun

an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

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to blitzverb

attack suddenly and without warning

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bloodshednoun

indiscriminate slaughter

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blockadenoun

a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy

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brigadenoun

army unit smaller than a division

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to bombard
to bombardverb

to drop bombs on someone or something continuously

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brigadier generalnoun

a general officer ranking below a major general

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admiralnoun

the highest-ranking officer in a fleet

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to ambushverb

wait in hiding to attack

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armament
armamentnoun

weaponry used by military or naval force

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ammunitionnoun

projectiles to be fired from a gun

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to assassinateverb

to murder a prominent figure in a sudden attack for political purposes

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cavalrynoun

a highly mobile army unit

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ceasefirenoun

*** a temporary suspension of fighting, typically one during which peace talks take place; a truce

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civiliannoun

a person who is not a member of or not on active duty in armed forces or the police

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cold warnoun

a state of unfriendly relationship between two states which are not openly at war with each other

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to conquerverb

to gain control of a place or people using armed forces

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to conspireverb

to make secret plans with other people to commit an illegal or destructive act

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contingentnoun

a temporary military unit

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coupnoun

an unexpected, illegal, and often violent attempt to change a government

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court martialnoun

*** a military court that deals with members of the armed forces who break military law; a trial at such a court

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curfewnoun

an order or law that prohibits people from going outside after a specific time, particularly at night

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evacuationnoun

the action of transferring people or being transferred to somewhere else to be safe from a dangerous situation

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garrisonnoun

a fortified military post where troops are stationed

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incendiarynoun

a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

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to infiltrateverb

enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

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legionarynoun

a soldier who is a member of a legion (especially the French Foreign Legion)

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mercenarynoun

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

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maraudernoun

someone who attacks in search of booty

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militianoun

a military group consisting of civilians who have been trained as soldiers to help the army in emergencies

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to mobilizeverb

(of a state) to organize and prepare for a military operation

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to pillageverb

steal goods; take as spoils

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rebellionnoun

organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

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