GRE Word List

DIRE

warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food

The meaning of the word dire is warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food.

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WordMeaning
cataclysmdeluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change
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ameliorateimprove
protrudestick out; jut; project; Ex. protruding teeth
germearliest form of an organism; seed or bud; something that may develop into something larger or more important; microbe
arrogancepride; haughtiness; ADJ. arrogant: unpleasantly self-important (with a strong confidence in one's own importance and a lack of respect for other people)
resurrectrevive
magnateperson of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate
crescendoincrease in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
skiffsmall light sailboat or rowboat