GRE word study for the visual learner - picture dictionary of GRE words. Click on the alphabetical list to see the complete list of words.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MAWKISH: "characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin"

le boudoir de Boots, originally uploaded by bootsartemis.

IMBIBE: " to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like: to imbibe a sermon; to imbibe beautiful scenery."

Elephants & Kilimanjaro, originally uploaded by Edgar Thissen.

IMBIBE: "to consume (liquids) by drinking; drink: He imbibed great quantities of iced tea."

Grandpa's Beer, originally uploaded by Wallen Arts.

SUPERCILIOUS camel "Feeling or showing haughty disdain"

Supercilious camel, originally uploaded by borichar.

SUPERCILIOUS: "haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression:"

JEJUNE: "devoid of significance or interest"

INELUCTABLE: word of the day Sept. 28, 1999


PUNITIVE: "serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment"

punishedphoto © 2010 Miguel Mendoza :P | more info (via: Wylio)

Gaol interiorphoto © 2009 Photographic Collection | more info (via: Wylio)

Jail Kittyphoto © 2010 phphoto2010 | more info (via: Wylio)

QUIXOTIC: "extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical,"

h a l n a k e r, originally uploaded by zerajera.

DYSPEPTIC: "Dyspeptic Elephant" - gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable

Dyspeptic Elephant, originally uploaded by Ken Marks.

DILUVIAL: pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge

Autumn Flood, originally uploaded by Ed Karjala.

DILUVIAL: "pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge"


CURSE: imprecation, malediction, anathema

(No Cursing??) Sign, originally uploaded by christopherdale.

INIMICAL: quotes

Even while we busily attend meetings, contribute money and perform our assigned tasks, we suspect that we may be helping to create a force that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
Robert Shea

Thus we see that tribal life is inimical to personal freedom; it favors tradition, convention, and conservatism.
Arthur Keith

ANATHEMA: quotes

I have come to realize that Jesse Helms stands for everything in politics that is anathema to me.
William Weld

Nazi Germany produced some posters that would certainly rank as artistically meritorious; their political content was anathema to most people.
Jane Alexander

I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was so desperate to get a job and couldn't and so it's kind of an anathema for me to turn down work.
Matt Damon

ANATHEMA: "it has now become commonly associated with the term accursed"


INIMICAL: war - "an inimical contest"

Definition of War:

a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.

INIMICAL: word of the day

Word of the Day

INIMICAL: "a cold, inimical gaze" - hostile

"And What Do YOU Want?", originally uploaded by ClintRiter.

VARIEGATED: wikipedia

From Wikipedia:

Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental, and gardeners tend to preserve these.

The term is also sometimes used to refer to colour zonation in flowers.


VARIEGATED: "having a variety of colors"

sunrise by the plane, originally uploaded by Farl.

PROBITY: integrity and uprightness; honesty

Integrity, originally uploaded by CATeyes.

ANATHEMA: "any imprecation of divine punishment" - curse

De espaldas al mundo, originally uploaded by Eric Parey.

CORRUGATED: "Shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges"

Corrugated Leaves, originally uploaded by Nghi La.

CORRUGATED: "the surface of the ocean was rippled and corrugated"

corrugated: google image

Picture Links:

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Floor

anathema: definition, quote

1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him.
2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.
4. any imprecation of divine punishment.
5. a curse; execration.

There is also anecdotal evidence -- and although such stories may be anathema to hard science, they can provide the basis for research questions.

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