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The 15 GRE Words of the Day
- connoisseur (noun) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert He sniffer the cork of the wine bottle with the self-assurance of a connoisseur
- contentious (adjective) argumentative; quarrelsome; casuing controversy or disagreement Some of the elemtns of the book The Bell Curve are highly contentious
- contrite (adjective) regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness She gave the parole board and the victim's family a contrite apology.
- convention (noun) a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude Ancient Greek actors had a convention of wearing masks during plays.
- convoluted (adjective) complex or complicated. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who drew convoluted machines (involving things like candles buring through ropes, mice chasing cheese, bowling balls, etc) for performing simple tasks
- credulous (adjective) tending to believe too readily; gullible She was so credulous that she believed everything she read.
- culpable (adjective) deserving blame The courts will find Ken Lay culpable
- cynicism (noun) an attitude or quality of of beleif that all people are motivated by selfishness She noted, with cynicism, that celebrities don't fund charities anonymously
- dearth (noun) smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack We suffered from the region's dearth of peanut butter, and ate our sandwiches only with jelly
- decorum (noun) polite or appropriate conduct or behavior After reading Miss Manners, I attempted to act with decorum
- demur (verb) to question or oppose I suggested we go back to my place for some drinks, but the lady politely demurred.
- derision (noun) scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment Originally, her idea to run a car on vegitable oil was met with derision, but now we run our car on soybean oil
- desiccate (verb) to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull Her edits fixed my grammer but also completely dessicated my document
- diatribe (noun) a harsh denunciation Dr. Laura launched into yet another diatribe against one of her callers - the third or fourth such diatribe that hour
- didactic (adjective) intended to teach or instruct Gerda Malaperis is a didactic text by Claude Piron. The story isn't very good, but you do learn a lot of Esperanto.