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A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away

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A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 19:12
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Make no mistake, a strong vocabulary is still key to acing the Verbal section despite the change in the format. The only change is that there is no longer any need to memorize words that are rarely used in real life. That's super!
Since our work has been made all the more easier, i'm going to kick things off by taking an official question from the revised format, and working through the words used in the question stem and answer choices. As we move on, we may also use questions from other sources such as Manhattan GRE.


Note: After a week or two, i'll edit this post to include hyperlinks to all the words in this thread.
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 19:14
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 19:18
Just curious to know, is the word list going to differ in GRE because of the new format ?
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 19:43
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Let's dive straight in:
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While in many ways their personalities could not have been more different—she was ebullient where he was glum, relaxed where he was awkward, garrulous where he was __________ they were surprisingly well suited.
A solicitous
B munificent
C irresolute
D laconic
E fastidious
F taciturn

Difficulty: Medium
Source: #16, Page 56, Practice Book, Revised GRE, ETS


Answer:
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D, F


Lots of adjectives thrown about here. Do we need to know what all these words mean? Well, not for this questions, but all these are a must-have in your vocabulary armory.

ebullient
Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition(s):
1.overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited
2.bubbling up like a boiling liquid.

Usage:The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor

Synonyms: excited, boiling, agitated, buoyant, effervescent, vivacious, sprightly

Source: dictionary.com


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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 20:24
subhashghosh wrote:
Just curious to know, is the word list going to differ in GRE because of the new format ?

Good question! First, there never was any official word list; just those released by test prep firms. Barron's Word List was the most popular (probably because it was the most comprehensive), but many of the people who've gone through the entire list have told me that, in the end, it wasn't worth it because only a couple of words from the entire list were tested on the exam. The reason why people had to memorize so many words was because of the Analogies and Antonyms questions. These question types are no longer there in the new GRE because the GRE is taking an effort to make the test more relevant to all programs, and bschools in particular. Who cares if you know what the antonyms and synonyms of exotic words are. All that matters is if you know most of the common place words, and the context in which they are used. In light of this, Barron's has completely removed the word list from their latest edition. Remember, the word list was Barron's USP for their GRE book. The fact that they have removed it completely should highlight the extent of the change in the GRE wrt vocabulary.
However, if you still need to brush up on your vocabulary, as is the case with me, then the classic vocabulary building books are a must read. My personal favourite is Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis.
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 21:39
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I have taken GRE (Q 800, V 760) this year, and I think nothing from Barron's was there in the test :)
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 21:55
subhashghosh wrote:
I have taken GRE (Q 800, V 760) this year, and I think nothing from Barron's was there in the test :)

Ouch, not a single word! That would have been frustrating. Congratulations on the brilliant score!
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 03:14
Garrulous (adj)

Other forms:
  • garrulously (adverb)
  • garrulousness (noun)

Definition:
  • annoyingly/ excessively talktative; babbling;
  • wordy; verbose

Usage:
  • Jane is usually quiet, but she became garrulous after a couple of beers.
  • When answering questions in your MBA interview, don't be garrulous; always be concise, and to the point.

Synonyms:
  • loquacious,
  • circumlocutory,
  • verbose,
  • babbling

Antonyms:
  • reserved,
  • taciturn,
  • laconic,
  • pithy,
  • terse

Etymology: Latin garrulus, from garrire to chatter
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Solicitous (adj)

Other forms:
  • solicitously (adverb)
  • solicitousness (noun)

Definition:
  • careful/ particular
  • concerned
  • eager

Usage:
  • The HBS R2 results have just been announced; Simon is solicitous to find out whether he got admitted.
  • You have to be solicitous when taking the GMAT, because a single mistake could rob you of your target score.
  • Simon opened his inbox, but could not find any email from Harvard; he became solicitous

Synonyms:
  • anxious,
  • agog,
  • zealous

Antonyms:
  • apathetic,
  • heedless,
  • casual,
  • disinterested

Etymology: Latin sollicitus, meaning anxious
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Re: A Word a Day Keeps the Death Eaters Away [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 08:33
Munificent (adj)

Other forms:
  • munificently (adverb)
  • munificence (noun)

Definition:
  • very liberal/ generous

Usage:
  • After a munificent donation from J.B. Fuqua, Duke University named its business school after him
  • Simon is a munificent host; he always takes his guests out to the most expensive restaurants

Synonyms:
  • lavish
  • handsome
  • openhanded
  • bounteous

Antonyms:
  • parsimonious
  • costive
  • niggardly
  • sparse

Etymology: Latin munificus, meaning generous
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