GRE Word List

MERETRICIOUS

flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute

The meaning of the word meretricious is flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute.

Random words

WordMeaning
tantrumfit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
perigeepoint of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth; CF. apogee
notableconspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
torporlethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
suppressput an end to forcibly; subdue; stifle; overwhelm; inhibit the expression of; check; prevent from being published or made public; Ex. suppress a smile; Ex. suppress the magazine/truth
serendipitygift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendip
buffetstrike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set
nepotismfavoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
urgedrive or force forward (by causing impulses); drive to take action; impel; entreat earnestly; Ex. urge horses; N: impulse that prompts action
quandarydilemma; state of uncertainty; Ex. She is in a quandary about whether to go.