(GRE) vocab and idioms 2

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'On the Dot'

on time

reproach

scold

evanescent

momentary

tantamount

similar to

egregious

unique in a bad way

impunity

exception from punishment

flagrant

obviously offensive or wrong

clandestine

secret

nebulous

unclear, vague

omnivorous

taking over, or taking in everything (an omnivorous reader)

precedent

model to be followed

omnipotent

all knowing

'Sword of Damocles'

a precarious situation

rudimentary

basic level

throng (n)

crowd of people or animals

pretext

a false reason or justification for something

accosted

approached forcefully

mammoth

colossal, huge

havoc

great destruction

sinecure (n)

a job with little work

overt

done openly, apparent

relegate

to send to an inferior position

repulse

to drive back by force

bias

prejudice in favor or against something

prejudice

preconceived opinion not based on experience

racism

belief that one racial group is superior to another (that an entirety of one race may possess specific characteristics)

incisive

accurate, quick thinking

precipitate

cause to happen suddenly (usu. undesirable)

impetuous

impulsive, done without care

foment

instigate or stir up

'Hit the nail on the head'

say something exactly right

occult

mysterious, magical practices or phenomena

abjure

to renounce (to give up a claim)

slovenly

careless, sloppily

penitent

regretful

quarry

something that is hunted

deter

prevent or discourage

'Out of one's depth'

over your head

allay

to sooth or alleviate

'Under one's wing'

guided, to be in their care

redolent

filled with a smell

disparate

different, not comparable

inane

silly or stupid

rampant

wide spread

admonish

warn firmly (strongly advise)

paucity

shortage, scarcity

'Pass the buck'

shift responsibility

'Take down a peg'

lower/diminish someone

'Stock in trade'

carry on business

'Lionize a person'

treat as an idol

pernicious

having a harmful effect, fatal

ethics

moral principals

acrimonious

harsh, bitter (usu. during a speech)

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