GRE Word List


having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank

The meaning of the word rancid is having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank.

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caucusprivate meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
diminutionlessening; reduction in size; V. diminish
pedanticbookish; showing off learning; marked by an excessive ostentatious concern for book learning; N. pedantry
gibemock; make jeering remarks; N: jeering remarks
gnomedwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards
ragscrap of cloth; ADJ. ragged: old and torn; seeming unfinished and imperfect; Ex. ragged debut/performance
avertprevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.
ineffableunutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy
hackleshairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise