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GRE Vocabulary: Negative Words (People You Wouldnt Want to Meet!)


Not to be confused with a doll dangled on strings (thats a marionette) a martinet is a person who is a strict disciplinarian. Think of a drill sergeant who barks an order and a platoon of cadets jump to attention the slightest misstep and its toilet duty. anything, the martinet is the one holding the strings. This military example is no coincidence martinet is an eponym, meaning a word derived from a persons name. The guilty party in this case is the 17 th Century French drillmaster Jean Martinet. If

Probably one of my favourite GRE words its great for describing certain folk and its fun to say. A curmudgeon is a grouchy, surly person, one who is always sulking as they grumble about something or another.

You thought a curmudgeon was bad? A misanthrope or hater of mankind walks down the street spewing vitriol at all those who walk by. College campuses are famous for misanthropes, those disheveled types who haunt coffee shops, muttering balefully as students pass by. Some say they are homeless others that they didnt get tenure. Regardless, steer clear of the misanthrope.


This word comes from reprove, a popular GRE word, which means (nope, not to prove again) to express disapproval of. A reprobate is a noun and is the recipient of the disapproval. Reprobate is a mildly humorous word, meaning that you would use it to describe some no good soul, but one you have a fondness for. Those old reprobates drinking all day down by the river they are not going to amount to much.

This word has a real cool origin the vir- comes from the Latin man. Virago, however, was coined during the medieval period to describe heroic female warriors. Today virago does not have such a noble connotation it describes an ill-tempered and sometimes violent woman. If youve ever had an old lady scream at you for no good reason, then youve had an encounter with a virago. As the virago unleashed a tirade upon the misanthrope, the latter shook his head contemptuously muttering, you are all that is wrong with the world.

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adjective 1. 1. having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality. "prosaic language can't convey the experience" sy unimaginative, uninspired, matter-ofno fact, dull, dry, humdrum, mundane,pedestrian, heavy, plodding, lifeless, dead, spiritless, l ny acklustre,undistinguished, stale, jejune, bland, insipid, vapid, vacuous, banal,hackneyed, tr ms ite, literal, factual, unpoetic, unemotional, unsentimental,clear, plain, unadorned, unembel : lished, unvarnished, monotonous,deadpan, flat More sporadic

adjective 1. 1. occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated. "sporadic fighting broke out" synonym occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy,isolated, odd s: , uneven; More entail

verb 1. 1. involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence. "a situation which entails considerable risks" synonyms: necessitate, make necessary, require, need, demand, call for; More

2. 2.

limit the inheritance of (property) over a number of generations so that ownership remains within a particular family or group. "her father's estate was entailed on a cousin"


1. 1. a limitation of the inheritance of property to certain heirs over a number of generations. "the damage being done in England by entails" tenacious

adjective 1. 1. tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely. "a tenacious grip"

synonyms: firm, tight, fast, clinging; More inoculate

verb past tense: inoculated; past participle: inoculated 1. 1. treat with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease; vaccinate. "he inoculated his tenants against smallpox" synonyms: immunize, vaccinate, inject; Mor macerate

verb past tense: macerated; past participle: macerated 1. 1. (especially with reference to food) soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid. "macerate the mustard seeds in vinegar" synonyms: pulp, mash, squash, soften, liquefy, soak, steep, infuse More 2. 2. archaic cause to waste away by fasting. "these men lodged in tombs and macerated themselves with fasting"