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GRE Word List

ATAVISM

resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic

The meaning of the word atavism is resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic.

Random words

WordMeaning
saturatesoak thoroughly; imbue; impregnate; charge; fill to capacity
aptitudefitness; talent
luminarycelebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestial body)
predatorpredatory animal or bird; predatory person; creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others; ADJ. predatory: living by preying on other organisms; plundering; N. predation
rescindrepeal; annul; cancel (a law, decision, or agreement)
eonlong period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
nexusconnection
baitharass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used to catch fish or trap animals
antecedentspreceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
behemothhuge creature; something of monstrous size or power