A Conversation with Jon Fosse

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Important GRE Words in this article:

Personable Save


Meaning: pleasing in appearance; attractive


Sentences:
This person must be personable, friendly and approachable. One personable young man crawls around on the floor searching for bottle caps that can be redeemed for neat prizes.


Wanting Save


Meaning: lacking


Sentences:
It was from a sense of wanting to extend the way imagination can reveal the necessary knowledge. In this area, Morrison was found wanting time and time again.


Synonyms:
deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect,


Antonyms:
sufficient, acceptable, present,


Obliging Save


Meaning: showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others


Sentences:
By the age of five her mother was happy to hand over the little girl's care whenever she could to an obliging friend. A very pleasant and obliging man, he gained the popularity of everybody.


Synonyms:
helpful, eager to help, eager to please, accommodating, willing,


Antonyms:
disobliging, obstructive, unhelpful, uncooperative,


Meander Save


Meaning: to wander aimlessly


Sentences:
Other tracks distinctly lack progression; a drum loop plods along with murky synth bass lines only to cut off suddenly, or meander without significant development or resolution. Its springs and mountain streams feed large aquifers and the slender Humboldt River, which meanders nearly 400 miles west from its beginnings in the northeast corner of the state.


Synonyms:
zigzag, wind, twist, turn, curve,


Conception Save


Meaning: the action of conceiving a child or of one being conceived


Sentences:
Almost all of them bear a blue plaque detailing someone's birth, death or conception. Bold in his strategic conceptions, McClellan nevertheless dreaded the actual execution of his plans.


Synonyms:
inception of pregnancy, conceiving, fertilization, impregnation, insemination,


Miser Save


Meaning: an individual who lives poorly in order to hoard money; a person who is stingy


Sentences:
This looked and sounded like a Chancellor who was holding on to the Treasury windfalls like a miser hoarding his coins. He decides instead to take over an old miser's nest egg.


Synonyms:
penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, Scrooge,


Antonyms:
spendthrift, philanthropist,


Eschew Save


Meaning: to shun or avoid


Sentences:
His call to reason and civil society and to eschewing irrationalities and violence is admirable. Fischer eschews the term gambling, preferring to call it ‘gaming’.


Synonyms:
abstain from, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear,


Antonyms:
indulge in,


Artful Save


Meaning: clever in a cunning way


Sentences:
In this arena, Apple may benefit from its consumer focus, artful design, and strong brand equity. Crisp photographs by Bill Milne capture the bright, boldly colored fabrics used for the author's artful, fun designs.


Synonyms:
sly, crafty, cunning, wily, scheming,


Antonyms:
ingenuous, honest, dull,


Complicity Save


Meaning: the fact or condition of being involved with others in an activity that is unlawful or morally wrong


Sentences:
To get multiple persons at the wrong end of the charge, one has to go to complicity, aiding and abetting, concert. On the minimalist view, he was guilty of importing as an accessory or in complicity with the informant.


Synonyms:
collusion, involvement, collaboration, connivance, abetment,


Antonyms:
ignorance,


Adamant Save


Meaning: refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind


Sentences:
However, Maria is adamant that gender has never been an issue in her career. She's adamant that she'll begin an indefinite hunger strike once she reaches jail.


Synonyms:
unshakeable, immovable, inflexible, unwavering, uncompromising,


Antonyms:
unsure,


Tranquility Save


Meaning: a disposition free from stress or emotion


Sentences:
He said the extra volume of traffic would play havoc with the rural tranquillity of the area. And so back to the cool tranquillity of the office with a sandwich that seems oddly less appetising than during its purchase 10 minutes earlier.


Hail Save


Meaning: enthusiastically acclaim or celebrate something


Sentences:
On the one hand it was hailed as groundbreaking and praised for encouraging debate. Three quick-thinking passers-by were today hailed as heroes for saving a man's life with emergency first aid as he lay on the pavement.


Synonyms:
greet, salute, address, halloo, speak to,


Antonyms:
say goodbye to, criticize, condemn, farewell,


Sever Save


Meaning: to remove or separate by cutting off


Sentences:
When the bullet goes through the temple in a certain way, it just severs the optic nerve. I would effectively be severing my connection with them too.


Synonyms:
cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave,


Antonyms:
join, attach, maintain, establish, initiate,


Tranquil Save


Meaning: peaceful; calm


Sentences:
Tai chi is calm and tranquil, and lacks the glamour or flashiness of aerobics. Travelling on it is leisurely, not intruded on by fumes or traffic jams; in short, a tranquil delight.


Synonyms:
peaceful, restful, reposeful, calm, quiet,


Antonyms:
disturbed, busy, excitable,


Conversion Save


Meaning: the act or process of transforming to another form, state, or product


Sentences:
If your loft conversion is in a two-storey house, you will have to encase the existing stairs of the house to create a fire-protected means of escape. We discuss the role of caste in the process of conversion.


Synonyms:
change, changing, transformation, turning, altering,


Delirium Save


Meaning: an acutely disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence, occurring in intoxication, fever, and other disorders


Sentences:
Certain signs and symptoms can help physicians distinguish between delirium and a pre-existing psychiatric disorder. The use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, or anticholinesterase inhibitors for insomnia related to delirium or dementia is also unproved.


Synonyms:
derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary insanity, temporary madness,


Antonyms:
lucidity, coherence,


Creditable Save


Meaning: deserving of praise but not that amazing


Sentences:
It just kind of seeps out with things that are said in passing, as if there were no other possible view, let alone a creditable one. The film is a creditable effort to tell an African story from the point of view of an African.


Synonyms:
commendable, praiseworthy, laudable, admirable, honourable,


Antonyms:
deplorable,


Conversant Save


Meaning: familiar with or knowledgeable about something


Sentences:
Well-rounded students are conversant in many disciplines, she said. In return, the trio expected certificates issued by the Forest department that they were conversant with charming snakes.


Synonyms:
familiar with, acquainted with, au fait with, at home with, no stranger to,


Antonyms:
unfamiliar with, ignorant of,


Compute Save


Meaning: reckon or calculate (a figure or amount)


Sentences:
We computed the weighted average values for the above variables for the 20 Hungarian counties. For each participant, we computed a gamma coefficient specific to items that participants had failed in the first recall test.


Synonyms:
calculate, work out, reckon, figure, enumerate,


Nominal Save


Meaning: (of a price or charge) very small; far below the real value or cost. of a quantity or dimension) stated or expressed but not necessarily corresponding exactly to the real value.


Sentences:
The sacking will also dent the reputations of most of the nominal Liberal and National sitting councillors for future council or state contests. It is however a noun and ‘after’ clauses are nominal.


Synonyms:
in name only, in title only, titular, formal, official,


Antonyms:
real, considerable, substantial,


Retiring Save


Meaning: to be shy, and to be inclined to retract from company


Sentences:
Mrs. Feeney must have been in a lot of pain for she was normally a retiring woman noted for her kindnesses. A retiring disposition prevented him taking a prominent political role, but he is a good example of a late Victorian nobleman dedicated to university and municipal matters.


Synonyms:
departing, outgoing, shy, diffident, bashful,


Antonyms:
incoming, bold, outgoing,


Definitive Save


Meaning: (of a conclusion or agreement) done or reached decisively and with authority


Sentences:
The companies expect to enter into a definitive agreement within 60 days. He published the senior's complete works in a definitive edition.


Synonyms:
conclusive, final, ultimate, authoritative, exhaustive,


Antonyms:
provisional,


Officious Save


Meaning: assertive of authority in a domineering way, especially with regard to trivial matters


Sentences:
The hotel manager in Gansu is officious, just like the clean, well-appointed government facility she oversees. These officious intermeddlers from Hollywood have no regard for baseball or its rich history of patriotism, and they have no business being at the Hall of Fame.


Synonyms:
self-important, bumptious, self-assertive, overbearing, overzealous,


Antonyms:
self-effacing,


Depict Save


Meaning: represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form


Sentences:
Yet he implored that the Indian Empire should not be depicted as an exclusive commercial concern. The paintings depict scenes from Hindu mythology and the colours would never fade.


Synonyms:
portray, represent, picture, illustrate, delineate,


Secrete Save


Meaning: to ensconce, conceal, or stow


Sentences:
Hardly had we secreted ourselves when we spied a flotilla of a Roman expeditionary force sailing hard upstream. The glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which is the primary regulator of calcium homeostasis.


Synonyms:
produce, discharge, emit, excrete, exude,


Antonyms:
absorb, reveal, show,


Concentric Save


Meaning: of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes which share the same centre, the larger often completely surrounding the smaller


Sentences:
The fish and bugs make concentric circles on its surface that are beautiful. The hill here offers a striking view of the drained lake of Montady, the fields laid out in concentric circles like a message from space.


Posit Save


Meaning: assume as fact


Sentences:
The existence of deeply iterated sets, including the infinite ones, is a theoretical posit, supported by the upper tier of Maddy's epistemology. Lots to tear apart and disagree with, there, but it's a posit.


Synonyms:
postulate, put forward, advance, propound, submit,


Voracious Save


Meaning: very hungry; approaching an activity with gusto


Sentences:
Patients chosen for this group were all voracious readers and enjoyed reading either science fiction or fantasy novels. I also adore sleeping, and babies don't seem to have the same voracious appetite for sleep I do.


Synonyms:
insatiable, unquenchable, unappeasable, prodigious, uncontrollable,


He had read Fosse’s novels and was certain that Fosse was a playwright, but Fosse adamantly declined.
He didn’t want to travel or write plays; at least for a while.
And Sleepless, Olav’s Dreams, and Weariness became Trilogy, a work for which Jon Fosse received the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2015.
But for Septology, Fosse has worked like many of his colleagues.
In addition to editing the Septology and other works by Jon Fosse, she is author of Poet på Guds jord, the definitive critical biography of Fosse.

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