GRE Word List

FORMALITY

ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality

The meaning of the word formality is ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality.

Random words

WordMeaning
surreptitiousdone secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
incubatehatch; warm (eggs) with the body to promote hatching; maintain at optimal environment conditions for development; be holding in one's body an infection which is going to develop into a disease; N. incubation; CF. incubation:disease
ingrateungrateful person (not expressing thanks)
outlawfugitive from the law (excluded from legal protection); V: declare (someone) to be an outlaw; deprive of the protection of the law; declare illegal; Ex. Drinking has been outlawed.
motiftheme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
attenuatemake thin; weaken
retrenchcut down; cut down expenses; economize
facetiousjoking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous
charmake or become black by burning; reduce or be reduced to carbon or charcoal(black substance made by burning wood) by incomplete combustion
rebusrepresentation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.