GRE Word List

IRONY

hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite of what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning

The meaning of the word irony is hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite of what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning.

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WordMeaning
plebeiancommon; vulgar; pertaining to the common people; N: common people in ancient Rome; CF. patrician
punctiliousminutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
prolixitytedious wordiness; verbosity; ADJ. prolix: wordy; verbose; diffuse
igneousproduced by fire; of fire; volcanic; (of rocks) formed from lava; Ex. igneous meteorite
finerybeautiful clothes for a special occasion
fortestrong point or special talent in a person's character
chagrinannoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride)
artfulexhibiting art or skill; deceitful; cunning; CF. artifice
practicablefeasible
prosperbecome successful (esp. financially); thrive; grow well; Ex. children prospering under his care