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

acumen

quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

adulterate

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

archaic

outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time

aver

to state as a fact; to confirm or support

dissemble

to disguise or conceal; to mislead

eccentric

departing from norms or conventions

endemic

characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

evanescent

tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing

exacerbate

to make worse or more severe

grandiloquence

pompous speech or expression

hackneyed

rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

hedonism

devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses

hegemony

the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others

iconoclast

one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

impassive

revealing no emotion

impunity

immunity from punishment or penalty

inchoate

in an initial stage; not fully formed

infelicitous

unfortunate; inappropriate

insipid

without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland

loquacious

extremely talkative

luminous

characterized by brightness and the emission of light

malevolent

having or showing often vicious ill-will, spite, or hatred

misanthrope

one who hates all other humans

mitigate

to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

occlude

to obstruct or block

pedagogy

the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing

penury

poverty; destitution

pine

to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

pith

the essential or central part

pithy

precise and brief

placate

to appease; to calm by making concessions

platitude

a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful

plummet

to plunge or drop straight down

prodigal

recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish

profuse

given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant

proliferate

to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

queries

questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations

querulous

prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome

recalcitrant

obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

repudiate

to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown

rescind

to invalidate; to repeal; to retract

reverent

marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect

specious

seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive

spurious

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

subpoena

a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony

succinct

brief; concise

superfluous

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

surfeit

excess; overindulgence

tenacity

the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued

tenuous

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

tirade

a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

transient

fleeting; passing quickly; brief

zealous

fervent; ardent; impassioned

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