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GRE Vocab - Group 2

Princeton Review 2012

QuestionAnswer
Abate (verb) to lessen in intensity of degree
Accolade (noun) an expression of praise
Adulation (noun) excessive praise; intense adoration
Aesthetic (adj) dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art of the beautiful
Ameliorate (verb) to make better or more tolerable
Ascetic (noun) one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
Avarice (noun) greed, especially for wealth (adj form: avaricious)
Axiom (noun) a universally recognized principle (adj form: axiomatic)
Burgeon (verb) to grow rapidly or flourish
Bucolic (adj) rustic and pastoral’ characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
Cacophony (noun) harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adj form: cacophonous)
Canon (noun) an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (adj form: canonical)
Castigation (noun) severe criticism or punishment (verb form: castigate)
Catalyst (noun) a substance that accelerated the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
Caustic (adj) burning or stinging; causing corrosion
Chary (adj) wary; cautious; sparing
Cogent (adj) appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
Complaisance (noun) the willingness to comply with the wishes of others (adj form: complaisant)
Contrite (adj) regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form: contrition)
Culpable (adj) deserving blame (noun form: culpability)
Dearth (noun) smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
Demur (verb) to question or oppose
Didactic (adj) intended to teach or instruct
Discretion (noun) cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj form: discrete)
Disinterested (adj) free of bias or self-interest; impartial
Dogmatic (adj) expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles (noun form: dogma)
Ebullience (noun) the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj form: ebullient)
Eclectic (adj) composed of elements drawn from various sources
Elegy (noun) a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead (adj form: elegiac)
Emollient (adj)/(noun) soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
Empirical (adj) based on observation or experiment
Enigmatic (adj) mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (noun form: enigma)
Ephemeral (adj) brief; fleeting
Esoteric (adj) intended for or understood by a small, specific group
Eulogy (noun) a speech honoring the dead (verb form: eulogize)
Exonerate (verb) to remove blame
Facetious (adj) playful, humorous
Fallacy (noun) in invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (adj form: fallacious)
Furtive (adj) marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
Gregarious (adj) sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
Harangue (verb)/(noun) to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
Heretical (adj) violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form: heresy)
Hyperbole (noun) an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech (adj form: hyperbolic)
Impecunious (adj) lacking funds; without money
Incipient (adj) beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Inert (adj) unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
Innocuous (adj) harmless; causing no damage
Intransigent (adj) refusing to compromise (noun form: intransigence)
Inveigle (verb) to obtain by deception or flattery
Morose (adj) sad; sullen; melancholy
Odious (adj) evoking intense aversion or dislike
Opaque (adj) impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
Oscillation (noun) the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm (verb form: oscillate)
Penurious (adj) penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
Pernicious (adj) extremely harmful; potentially causing death
Peruse (verb) to examine with great care (noun form: perusal)
Pious (adj) extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
Precursor (noun) one that precedes and indicated or announces another
Preen (verb) to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
Prodigious (adj) abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
Prolific (adj) producing large volumes or amounts; productive
Putrefy (verb) to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (adj form: putrid)
Quaff (verb) to drink deeply
Quiescence (noun) stillness; motionless; quality of being at rest (adj form: quiescent)
Redoubtable (adj) awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Sanction (noun)/(verb) authoritative permission or approval’ a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
Satire (noun) a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision (adj form: satirical)
Squalid (adj) sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (noun form: squalor)
Stoic (adj) indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (noun form: stoicism)
Supplant (verb) to take the place of; to supersede
Torpid (adj) lethargic; sluggish; dormant (noun form; torpor)
Ubiquitous (adj) existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
Urbane (adj) sophisticated; refined; elegant (noun form: urbanity)
Vilify (verb) to defame; to characterize harshly
Viscous (adj) thick; sticky (noun form: viscosity)
Created by: ah1551 on 2012-05-16



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