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GRE Practice - Synonyms - Set 5

Today’s GRE Practice is about words that DESCRIBE PEOPLE. You will be given a word with it’s meaning followed by 3 to 5 blanks marked A to E. Each of these blanks can be filled by a synonym. To help you along, the starting letters and other clues have been given. You should set aside 15-20 minutes to make a note of all the synonyms so that you can build your own wordlist.
  1. Probity – conduct that conforms to high standards of honesty and righteousness
  1. IN ____TY (9 letters)
  2. VE_____TY (8 letters)
  3. RE_____DE (9 letters)
  4. UP____NESS (5 letters for the blank)
  1. INTEGRITY
  2. VERACITY
  3. RECITUDE
  4. UPRIGHTNESS
  1. INTEGRITY, firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values
  2. VERACITY, truthfulness
  3. RECITUDE, moral integrity; righteousness
  4. UPRIGHTNESS, marked by a strong sense of morality
  1. Ardent – characterized by eager, zealous support or activity Ex: an ardent admirer
  1. F_____D (6 letters)
  2. IN_____NT (12 letters)
  3. VE_____NT (9 letters)
  4. IM_____ED(11 letters)
  1. FERVID
  2. INCANDESCENT
  3. VEHEMENT
  4. IMPASSIONED
  1. FERVID, also FERVENT both come from intensity or feverishness
  2. INCANDESCENT, characterized by glowing zeal. Remember incandescent light bulbs give out light
  3. VEHEMENT, vigorous or aggressive
  4. IMPASSIONED, filled with passion
  1. Axiomatic – not needing proof to be accepted; obvious
  1. SELF-____(7 letters for the blank)
  2. P___ F____(2 words; 5,5 letters)
  3. P_____T (6 letters)
  4. IN_____LE(11 letters)
  1. SELF-EVIDENT
  2. PRIMA FACIE
  3. PATENT
  4. INDUBITABLE
  1. SELF-EVIDENT, obvious, not requiring additional proof.
  2. PRIMA FACIE, literally translates at first view or fist look.
  3. PATENT, clearly seen/visible; obvious
  4. INDUBITABLE, cannot be doubted
  1. Polemic – an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another OR a person involved in such an attack
  1. DIA_____ (8 letters)
  2. T_____E (6 letters)
  3. HA_____UE (8 letters)
  4. DIS_____ (9 letters, person involved in a POLEMIC)
  1. DIATRIBE
  2. TIRADE
  3. HARANGUE
  4. DISPUTANT
  1. DIATRIBE, a bitter and abusive speech or piece of writing
  2. TIRADE, a protracted speech usually marked by intemperate or harsh language
  3. HARANGUE, a ranting speech or writing addressed to a public assembly
  4. DISPUTANT
  1. Pith – the important or essential part; essence
  1. K_____L (6 letters, MEANING: the core)
  2. C_____ (4 letters, MEANING: the most important or crucial part)
  3. N_____S (7 letters, MEANING: the central or most important part)
  4. G______ (4 letters, the essence or summary of)
  1. KERNEL
  2. CRUX
  3. NUCLEUS
  4. GIST
  1. KERNEL
  2. CRUX
  3. NUCLEUS
  4. GIST
  1. Extol – to praise highly
  1. L_____ (4 letters)
  2. EU_____ ZE(8 letters)
  3. RH_____ZE (10 letters)
  4. C_____L (5 letters)
  1. LAUD
  2. EULOGIZE
  3. RHAPSODIZE
  4. CAROL
  1. LAUD, public acknowledgment or admiration. Think APPLAUD
  2. EULOGIZE, to say or write good things about
  3. RHAPSODIZE, to make an exaggerated display of affection or praise
  4. CAROL, to sing praises especially in a joyful manner

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