It’s with humility and embarrassment that I reveal that the test results from the GRE I took in February weren’t that great. In fact, I only scored 136 for the Quantitative Reasoning section, and a 152 for the Verbal Reasoning section. Keep in mind the scale is from 130 to 170. So, that math one, to put it bluntly, sucks. I was disappointed and more embarrassed, though, about the Verbal Reasoning score. I’m an English major and I would say about 70% of the vocabulary on the test in the VR section was either new to me or words that I’ve seen but don’t know the definition of.
In order to score higher on the next GRE (which I will take in about a month), I have been studying. I’ve gotten to the vocabulary section of the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Cracking the GRE, and in order to help me remember the words I study so that I’ll have a better chance at success on the future GRE I take – and because I love learning new words, just because – I’m going to post 20 each week. Please join me in learning these words. Let’s use them together – shall we write a story as a team? Form our own sentences and then post them? Create our own stories and then post them? It’s up to you.
Here are the first 20 words:
Abscond (verb) – to depart secretly; to steal off and hide
Aberrant (adj.) – deviating from the norm
Alacrity (noun) – eager and enthusiastic willingness
Anomaly (noun) – deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
Approbation (noun) – an expression of approval or praise
Arduous (adj.) – strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
Assuage (verb) – to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
Audacious (adj.) – daring and fearless; recklessly bold
Austere (adj.) – without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
Axiomatic (adj.) – taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
Canonical (adj.) – following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
Capricious (adj.) – inclined to change one’s mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
Censure (verb) – to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
Chicanery (noun) – trickery or subterfuge
Connoisseur (noun) – an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
Convoluted (adj.) – complex or complicated
Disabuse (verb) – to undeceive; to set right
Discordant (adj.) – conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
Disparate (adj.) – fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
Effrontery (noun) – extreme boldness; presumptuousness
Okay, that is 20. Let’s have some fun – what would you like to do, if anything?