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GRE Hit List 6

Beyond the Hit Parade Group 2, Princeton Review

QuestionAnswer
adjure to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
adumbrate to foreshadow vaguely or imply; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
anathema a solemn or religious curse; a person or thing that is loathed
anodyne soothing; or something that comforts or soothes pain
apogee farthest or highest point; zenith
apostate one who abandons long-held religious or political beliefs
apotheosis glorification to godliness; an exalted example or a model of perfection
asperity severity
asseverate to assert
assiduous diligent; hardworking
augury omen
bellicose belligerent (hostile/aggressive); pugnacious
calumniate to slander or make false accusation
captious disposed to point out trivial faults; calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
cavil to find fault without good reason
celerity speed, alacrity THINK accelerate
chimera an illusion
contumacious insubordinate, rebellious
debacle fiasco
denouement an outcome or solution
descry to discriminate or discern
desuetude disuse (the state of not being used)
desultory random; aimless; having a lack of plan or purpose
diaphanous transparent, gauzy (thin)
diffident reserved, shy, THINK lack in confidence
dirge a song of grief
encomium glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric (public speech), eulogy
eschew to shun or avoid
excoriate to censure or upbraid (scold)
execrate to denounce; to declare to be evil
exegesis critical examination, explication (to unravel or unfold)
expiate to atone or make amends for
extirpate to destroy
fatuous silly
fractious quarrelsome, rebellious
gainsay to deny or oppose
heterodox unorthodox, heretical
imbroglio embarrassing situation
indefatigable not easily exhaustible, dogged (has persistence)
ineluctable certain, inevitable
inimitable one of a kind
insouciant carefree
inveterate deep rooted
jejune vapid (not interesting); childish
lubricious lewd, greasy
mendicant a beggar, supplicant (supplicate: to beg)
meretricious cheap
minatory menacing
nadir low point, perigee
nonplussed baffled
obstreperous noisily and stubbornly defiant
ossified tending to become more rigid, conventional,sterile with age; literally, turned into bone
palliate to make something seem less serious
panegyric formal praise, eulogy
parsimonious cheap
peroration the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
plangent pounding, thundering
prolix long-winded, verbose
propitiate to appease
puerile childish
puissance power
pusillanimous cowardly, pussy
remonstrate to protest, object
sagacious having sound judgment
salacious lustful
salutary remedial, wholesome
sanguine cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine gloomy, dark
sententious aphoristic or moralistic
stentorian extremely loud and powerful
stygian gloomy, dark
sycophant toady, servile; parasite
tendentious biased
timorous timid
tyro novice
vitiate to corrupt
voluble fluent
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