I have found the Critical Reading section of the GRE to be quite difficult. Anyone have any tips? I have found the Princeton Review’s strategy for this section to be a little too involving and perhaps tedious.
Here’s a fun list of some of the potential GRE Vocabulary words I have been playing with.
- Disabuse (verb) – to undeceive; to set right. EX: He disabused the congregation and built a new church with all the money he had embezzled.
- Disparate (adj) – fundamentally distinct or dissimilar. EX: Although the peacock and pigeon are disparate, they are both birds.
- Effrontery (noun) – Extreme boldness; presumptuousness EX: The mouse had the effrontery to walk up to the table and take food right off the plate while we were still eating our Christmas dinner.
- Enervate (verb) – To weaken; to reduce in vitality. EX: The two weeks the sheep dog had spent in the highland wilderness on the Markagunt Plateau enervated him to a serious degree of desperation. (See my post: Slot Canyons, Snow (the dog), Fall, and Many Other Things and Headed North on rescuing a sheep dog I found in the wilderness.)
- Ennui (noun) – Dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy EX: I developed a perspective of Ennui upon returning from Europe. (A picture of Edinburgh’s sky line)
- Extemporaneous (adj) – improvised; down with out preparation EX: The extemporaneous menu was a result of the kitchen’s broken stove.
- Acrimonious (adj) using sharp language EX: The acrimonious phone conversation left both parties furious. (Looks like the conversation happened from this phone booth)
- Placate (verb) – To please someone EX: That cup of coffee was placating.
- Inured (verb) – to become accustomed to something bad EX: He was inured to long days of repetitive, unfulfilling work.
- Innocuous (adj) – harmless EX: Believe it or not, this little guy is innocuous.