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Hit Parade 2010 # 4

Princeton Review GRE Vocab Set #4

QuestionAnswer
acerbic (adjective) having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
aggrandize (verb) to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
alchemy (noun) a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
amenable (adjective) agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anachronism (noun) something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent (adjective/noun) having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
contiguous (adjective) sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention (noun) a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous (adjective) tending to believe too readily; gullible (noun form: credulity)
cynicism (noun) an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness (adj. form: cynical)
decorum (noun) polite or appropriate conduct or behavior (adj. form: decorous)
derision (noun) scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment (adj. form: derisive; verb form: deride)
desiccate (verb) to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante (noun) one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage (verb) to slight or belittle
divulge (verb) to disclose something secret
fawn (verb) to flatter or praise excessively
flout (verb) to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
garrulous (adjective) pointlessly talkative, talking too much
glib (adjective) marked by ease or informality; non-chalant; lacking in depth; superficial
hubris (noun) overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
imminent (adjective) about to happen; impending
immutable (adjective) not capable of change
impetuous (adjective) hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
indifferent (adjective) having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inimical (adjective) damaging; harmful; injurious
intractable (adjective) not easliy managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
intrepid (adjective) steadfast and courageous
laconic (adjective) using few words; terse
maverick (noun) an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mercurial (adjective) characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
mollify (verb) to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
neophyte (noun) a recent convert; a beginner; novice
obfuscate (verb) to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obstinate (adjective) stubborn; hardhearted; uncompromising
ostentatious (adjective) characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
pervade (verb) to permeate throughout (adj. form: pervasive)
phlegmatic (adjective) calm;sluggish; unemotional
plethora (noun) an overabundance; a surplus
pragmatic (adjective) practical rather than idealistic
presumptuous (adjective) overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
pristine (adjective) pure; uncorrupted; clean
probity (noun) adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
proclivity (noun) a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate (adjective) excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant (noun form: profligacy)
propensity (noun) a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
prosaic (adjective) dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
pungent (adjective) characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic (adjective) foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian (adjective) occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rarefy (verb) to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite (adjective) hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
refulgent (adjective) radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege (verb) to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
sedulous (adjective) diligent; persistent; hard-working
shard (noun) a piece of broken pottery or glass
soporific (adjective) causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
sparse (adjective) thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift (noun) one who spends money wastefully
subtle (adjective) not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit (adjective) implied; not explicitly stated
terse (adjective) brief and concise in wording
tout (verb) to publicly praise or promote
trenchant (adjective) sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned (adjective) genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable (adjective) indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
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