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Plaque is insidious: we cannot see it, but each day it eats away at our enamel, causing cavities and other dental problems. insolent(adjective): rude and arrogant Lilian could not help herself from being insolent, commenting that the Queen's shoes were showing too much toe. intimate(verb): to suggest something subtly At first Manfred's teachers intimated to his parents that he was not suited to skip a grade; when his parents protested, teachers explicitly told them that, notwithstanding the boy's precocity, he was simply too immature to jump to the 6th grade. This word has other definitions but this is the most important one for the GRE
gre.magoosh.com/flashcardsintransigent(adjective): unwilling to change one's beliefs or course of action Despite many calls for mercy, the judge remained intransigent, citing strict legal precedence. intrepid(adjective): fearless Captain Ahab was an intrepid captain whose reckless and fearless style ultimate leads to his downfall. inveterate(adjective): habitual He is an inveterate smoker and has told his family and friends that there is no way he will ever quit. involved(adjective): complicated, and difficult to comprehend The physics lecture became so involved that the undergraduate's eyes glazed over. irrevocable(adjective): incapable of being retracted or revoked Once you enter your plea to the court, it is irrevocable so think carefully about what you will say. itinerant(adjective): traveling from place to place to work Doctors used to be itinerant, traveling between patients' homes. jingoism(noun): fanatical patriotism North Korea maintains intense control over its population through a combination of jingoism and cult of personality. jovial(adjective): full of or showing high-spirited merriment The political candidate and his supporters were jovial once it was clear that she had won. jubilant(adjective): full of high-spirited delight because of triumph or success My hardwork paid off, and I was jubilant to receive a perfect score on the GRE. juxtapose(verb): place side by side The meaning of her paintings comes from a classical style which juxtaposes modern themes. laconic(adjective): one who says very few words While Martha always swooned over the hunky, laconic types in romantic comedies, her boyfriends inevitably were very talkative--and not very hunky. lambast(verb): criticize severely or angrily Showing no patience, the manager utterly lambasted the sales team that lost the big account. languid(adjective): not inclined towards physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed As the sun beat down and the temperature climbed higher, we spent a languid week lying around the house. largess(noun): extreme generosity and giving
gre.magoosh.com/flashcardsUncle Frank was known for his largess, so his nephew was sad when he did not receive a present for his birthday. laudable(adjective): worthy of high praise To say that Gandhi's actions were laudable is the greatest understatement; he overthrew an empire without violence. lionize(verb): assign great social importance to Students in the U.S. learn to lionize Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington because they are the founding