GRE Word List

FIGURATIVE

not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech

The meaning of the word figurative is not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech.

Random words

WordMeaning
soothsayerone who foretells the future
overweeningarrogant; presumptuous
usurylending money at illegal high rates of interest
nipsnip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
foresightability to foresee future happenings; prudence in providing for the future
stereotypeone regarded as embodying a set image or type; fixed and unvarying representation; standardized mental picture often reflecting prejudice; Ex. stereotype of the happy slave; V: make a stereotype of; represent by a stereotype; Ex. It is wrong to stereotype people; Ex. stereotyped answer
plethoraexcess; overabundance; Ex. a plethora of excuses
placidpeaceful; calm; Ex. placid child/lake
concisebrief and compact
lagoonshallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs