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GRE VOCABULARY - WORDLIST-5

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1.Zenith [noun] 1.the highest point that the sun or moon reaches in the sky, directly above you:
eg:-The sun rose towards its zenith.
2. the time when sth is strongest and most successful eg:-Bill is at the zenith of his career.
SYNONYMS:-apex, acme, apogee, capstone, climax, culmination, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit
ANTONYMS:-NADIR
2.Xenophobe [noun] one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin : a xenophobic person
3.Tarnish [verb] to spoil the good opinion people have of sb/sth:
eg:-He hopes to improve the newspaper"s somewhat tarnished public image.
SYNONYMS:-taint, besmear, besmirch, defile, discolor, smear, soil, stain, sully, tar, defame, disgrace
4.Rhinestone [noun] a colorless imitation stone of high luster made of glass, paste, or gem quartz
5.Rigid [adj] 1.(of rules, methods, etc.) very strict and difficult to change:eg:-His rigid adherence to the rules made him unpopular.
2.(of a person) not willing to change their ideas or behaviour:eg:-rigid attitudes
3.(of an object or substance) stiff and difficult to move or bend:eg:-a rigid support for the tent
SYNONYMS:-stiff, immalleable, inflexible, unbending, strict, stringent, unpermissive, uncompromising, unyielding, adamant
6.Debilitating [adj] Impairing the strength and vitality
SYNONYMS:- weakening, crippling, disabling, enfeebling, draining, attenuate
ANTONYMS:-invigorating
7.Degenerate [verb] to become worse, for example by becoming lower in quality or weaker: eg:-Her health degenerated quickly.
[adj] having moral standards that have fallen to a level that is unacceptable to most people:
eg:-The movie is full of scenes of crime and degeneracy.
SYNONYMS:-vicious, corrupt, depraved, flagitious, infamous, miscreant, nefarious, rotten, unhealthy, villainous
8.Deficiency [noun] 1.the state of not having, or not having enough of, sth that is essential:eg:-Vitamin deficiency in the diet can cause illness.
2.a fault or a weakness in sth/sb that makes it or them less successful:eg:- deficiencies in the computer system
SYNONYMS:-failure, defalcation, deficit, inadequacy, insufficience, insufficiency, scantiness, shortage, defect
9.Denigrate [verb]to criticize sb/sth unfairly; to say sb/sth does not have any value or is not important:
eg:-I didn't intend to denigrate her achievements.
SYNONYMS:- malign, asperse, calumniate, defame, libel, scandalize, slander, traduce, vilify
10.Resolve [verb] 1. to break up into constituent parts; to analyze; 2. to change; 3. to cause; 4. to show the solution —n. firmness of purpose; determination
eg:-A prism can resolve white light into the colors of a rainbow.* The two sides tried for weeks to resolve their dispute.
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