GRE : The Hit Parade : Group 3 / 6

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Group 3 / 6 of Princeton Review's Hit Parade: "a list of some of the vocabulary words that most frequently appear on the GRE"

abate

to lessen in intensity or degree

accolade

an expression of praise

adulation

excessive praise; intense adoration

aesthetic

dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

avarice

greed, esp. for wealth

burgeon

to grow rapidly or flourish

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

catalyst

a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing

catalyst

a person or thing that causes change

caustic

burning or stinging; causing corrosion

chary

wary; cautious; sparing

cogent

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

complaisance

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

contrite

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

dearth

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

demur

to question or oppose

didactic

intended to teach or instruct

discretion

cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

disinterested

indifferent; free from self-interest

dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated

ebullience

the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

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

esoteric

intended for or understood by a small, specific group

exonerate

to remove blame

fallacy

an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

furtive

marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

gregarious

sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

harangue

to deliver a pompous speech or tirade

heretical

violating accepted dogma or convention

impecunious

lacking funds; without money

incipient

beginning to come into being or to become apparent

inert

unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

innocuous

harmless; causing no damage

intransigent

refusing to compromise

inveigle

to obtain by deception or flattery

morose

sad; sullen; melancholy

odious

evoking intense aversion or dislike

opaque

impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

peruse

to examine with great care

preen

to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care

prodigious

abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

putrefy

to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

quaff

to drink deeply

sanction

authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance

urbane

sophisticated; refined; elegant

viscous

thick; sticky

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