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H&I GRE Vocabulary

"H" & "I" Words

hackneyed rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon calm and peaceful
hallowed holy; consecrated
harangue to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
harbinger something that signals what is to come
harrow to distress; to cause agony to
hedonism devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
heretical dissenting from established dogma
hermetic sealed; airtight
heterodox unorthodox; iconoclastic
homily a sermon or morally instructive lecture
hubris arrogant presumption or pride
iconoclast one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
iconoclastic attacking cherished beliefs
idolatrous given to intense or excessive devotion to something
idyll a carefree, lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode
ignominious shameful; undignified
imbroglio difficult or bitter situation
imminent about to happen
immutable not capable of change
impassive revealing no emotion
impecunious lacking funds; without money
imperious commanding; arrogant; haughty
intractable not easily managed or directed
imperturbable marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
impetuous hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
implacable not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
importune to ask incessantly; to beg; to nag
impugn to challenge; to call into question
impunity immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate in an initial stage; not fully formed
incipient beginning to come into being or to become apparent
indefatigable dogged; tireless
indifferent having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
indolent lazy; listless
ineptitude incompetence
inert unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
infelicitous unfortunate; inappropriate
ingenuous artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication; naive
inherent ingrained within one's nature
inimical damaging, harmful, or injurious; hostile, adverse, or unfriendly
iniquity gross injustice; wickedness
innocuous harmless; causing no damage
inscrutable incapable of being discovered or understood
insensible unconscious; unresponsive
insipid without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit
insouciant unconcerned; carefree; heedless
insular provincial; narrow-minded
intransigent refusing to compromise
intrepid steadfast and courageous
inured accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inveigle to obtain by deception or flattery
irascible easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
itinerant traveling from place to place
Created by: bj1white
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