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Group 2 / 6 of Princeton Review's Hit Parade: "a list of some of the vocabulary words that most frequently appear on the GRE"

abscond

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

ameliorate

to make better or more tolerable

arduous

strenuous; taxing; requiring significant effort

ascetic

one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion

austere

without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

axiom

a universally recognized principle

axiomatic

taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth

bucolic

rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants

canonical

following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

contentious

argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

convoluted

complex or complicated

culpable

deserving blame

disabuse

to undeceive; to set right

eclectic

composed of elements drawn from various sources

effrontery

extreme boldness; presumptuousness

ephemeral

brief; fleeting

erudite

very learned; scholarly

eulogy

a speech honoring the dead

extemporaneous

improvised; done without preparation

facetious

playful; humorous

fulminate

to loudly attack or denounce

hyperbole

an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

lucid

clear; easily understood

oscillation

the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm

paean

a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

penurious

penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous

perfidy

intentional breach of faith; treachery

pernicious

extremely harmful; potentially causing death

perspicacious

acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

pious

extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion

precipitate

acting with excessive haste or impulse

precipitate

to cause or happen before anticipated or required

precursor

one that precedes and indicates or announces another

predilection

a disposition in favor of something; preference

prolific

producing large volumes or amounts; productive

qualms

misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

quiescence

stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest

recant

to retract, esp. a previously held belief

redoubtable

awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

reticent

quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

satire

a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision

sordid

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

squalid

sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect

squander

to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

stoic

indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast

stymie

to block; thwart

supplant

to take the place of; supersede

synthesis

the combination of parts to make a whole

torpid

lethargic; sluggish; dormant

torque

a force that causes rotation

ubiquitous

existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread

veracity

truthfulness; honesty

vilify

to defame; to characterize harshly

virulent

extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

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