Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 3: Verbal; #18 (p. 56)


Even in this business, where is part of

Even in this business, where is part of everyday life, a talent for lying is not something usually found on one’s resume. Blank: aspiration, mendacity, prevarication, insensitivity, baseness, avarice

2 Explanations


Mitchell Strahlman

I'm confused about this answer, as I thought that prevaricate means to skirt an issue cunningly or speak in an evasive way. Therefore, prevaricate does not share a greatly similar definition with mendacity, which simply means to be untruthful.

Nov 3, 2019 • Comment

Sam Kinsman

Hi Mitchell,
You're right about that. However, "prevarication" also refers to being dishonest ("the act of deviating, especially from truth, honesty, or plain-dealing").
Keep in mind that oftentimes, words have multiple meanings, so it's a good idea to look up words to check for additional meanings! is a great resource to use for this :)

Nov 13, 2019 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 25, 2012 • Comment

Add Your Explanation

You must have a Magoosh account in order to leave an explanation.

Learn More About Magoosh