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GRE Hit List 2

Hit Parade Group 2, Princeton Review

QuestionAnswer
abate to lesson in intensity
accolade an expression of praise
adulation excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate to make better or more tolerable
ascetic one or practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion (think of a monk)
avarice greed, esp. for wealth (adj. form: avaricious)
axiom a universally recognized principle
burgeon to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation severe criticism or punishment (verb: castigate)
catalyst a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary wary; cautious
cogent appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious argumentative; quarrelsome
contrite regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable deserving blame
dearth smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demure to question or oppose
didactic intended to teach or instruct
discretion cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic expressing a rigid opinion or assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
ebullience the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy a mournful poem; esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient soothing, esp. to the skin, making less harsh
empirical based on observation or experiment
enigmatic mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral brief; fleeting
esoteric intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy a speech honoring the dead
exonerate remove from blame
facetious silly; playful; humorous
fallacy an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
gregarious sociable; outgoing; friendly
harangue to deliver a pompous speech or tirade (verb) or a long, pompous speech (noun)
heretical violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form: heresy)
hyperbole an exaggerated statement (i could eat a hippo i'm so hungry)
impecunious lacking funds, no cash moneys
incipient beginning to come into being or apparent
inert unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous harmless
intransigent refusing to compromise
inveigle to obtain by deception or flattery
morose sad
odious evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
oscillation the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious penny-pinching
pernicious extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse to exame with great care
pious extremely reverent or devout; very religious
precursor one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen to dress up;to primp
prodigious abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy to rot
quaff to drink deeply
quiescence stillness; motionless
redoubtable awe-inspiring
sanction authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance (n); to give permission (v)
satire a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor
squalid sordid; foul
stoic unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
supplant to take the place of
torpid lethargic; sluggish
ubiquitous existing everywhere at the same time
urbane sophisticated
vilify to defame, to characterize harshly
viscous thick; sticky
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