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GRE Word List

CONTRIVANCE

something contrived; machine or apparatus; clever deceitful plan; scheme

The meaning of the word contrivance is something contrived; machine or apparatus; clever deceitful plan; scheme.

Random words

WordMeaning
cedeyield (title or territory) to (esp. after losing a war); surrender formally; N. cession
gadflyanimal-biting fly; irritating person
pulchritudebeauty; comeliness; ADJ. pulchritudinous
sinecurewell-paid position with little responsibility; CF. sine cure: without care; CF. San Serif
guiledeceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning; Ex. persuade her by guile
championshipposition of champion; defense or support; competition held to determine a champion
convulsionviolent uncontrollable shaking movement (caused by illness); V. convulse; ADJ. convulsive
imbrogliocomplicated situation (as in a play); painful or complex misunderstanding (as in a play); entanglement; confused mass (as of papers); V. embroil
corporealbodily (rather than spiritual); of a bodily form; material; tangible
brocaderich, figured(patterned) fabric