GRE : The Hit Parade : Group 5 / 6

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Group 5 / 6 of Princeton Review's Hit Parade: "a list of some of the vocabulary words that most frequently appear on the GRE"

aggrandize

to increase in intensity, power, or prestige

alchemy

a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold

anachronism

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

astringent

having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe

contiguous

sharing a border; touching; adjacent

convention

a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

cynicism

an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness

decorum

polite or appropriate conduct or behavior

derision

scorn; ridicule; contemptuous treatment

desiccate

to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull

dilettante

one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

disparage

to slight or belittle

divulge

to disclose something secret

immutable

not capable of change

inimical

damaging; harmful; injurious

intractable

not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

neophyte

a recent convert; a beginner; novice

presumptuous

overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties

pristine

pure; uncorrupted; clean

probity

adherence to highest principles; uprightness

proclivity

a natural predisposition or inclination

profligate

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

propensity

a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

prosaic

dull; unimaginative

pungent

characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste

quixotic

foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

quotidian

occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

rarefy

to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

recondite

hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

refulgent

radiant; shiny; brilliant

renege

to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise

shard

a piece of broken pottery or glass

sparse

thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

spendthrift

one who spends money wastefully

subtle

not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

tacit

implied; not explicitly stated

terse

brief and concise in wording

tout

to publicly praise or promote

trenchant

sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

unfeigned

genuine; not false or hypocritical

untenable

indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

vacillate

to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; to waver

variegated

multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color

vexation

annoyance; irritation

vigilant

alertly watchful

vituperate

to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate

volatile

readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive

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