Cracking the GRE-2011 Edition- Hit Parade & Beyond Hit Parade Vocabulary Master List

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aberrant, (n. form: aberration)

(adj) deviation from the norm

abscond

(v) to depart clandestinely; to steal off an hide

alacrity

(n) eager and enthusiastic willingness (like Michelle!)

anomaly, (adj. form: anomalous)

(n) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

approbation

(n) an expression of approval or praise

arduous

(adj.) strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort

assuage

(v) to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

audacious (n. form: audacity)

(adj.) daring and fearless; recklessly bold

austere (n. form: austerity)

(adj.) without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

axiomatic (n. form: axiom)

(adj) taken as a given; posessing self-evident truth

canonical (n. form: canon)

(adj) forllowing or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

capricious

(adj.) inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable

censure

(v) to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

chicanery

(n) trickery or subterfuge

connoisseur

(n) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert

convoluted

(adj.) complex or complicated

disabuse

(v) to undeceive; to set right

discordant

(adj) conflicting; dissonant or harsh sounding

disparate

(adj.) fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

effrontery

(n) extreme boldness; presumptuousness

eloquent (n. form: eloquence)

(adj.) well-spoken, expressive, articulate

enervate

(v) to weaken; to reduce in vitality

ennui

(n) dissatisfaction from restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

equivocate (adj. form: equivocal)

(v) to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

erudite (n. form: erudition)

(adj.) very learned; scholarly

exculpate

(v) exonerate; to clear of blame

exigent

(adj.) urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

extemporaneous

(adj.) improvised; done without preparation

filibuster

(n) intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

fulminate

(v) to loudly attack or denounce

ingenuous

(adj.) artless; frank and candid; lacking in a sophistication

inured

(adj.) accustomed to accepting something undesirable

irascible

(adj.) easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

laud (adj. form; laudatory)

(v) to praise highly

lucid

(adj.) clear; easily understood

magnanimity (adj. form: magnanimous)

(n) the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart esp. in forgiving

martial

(adj) associated with war and the armed forces

mundane

(adj.) of the world; typical pf or concerned with the ordinary

nascent

(adj.) coming into being; in early developmental stages

nebulous

(adj.) vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

neologism

(n) a new word, expression or usage; the creation or usage of new words or senses

noxious

(adj.) harmful, injurious

obtuse

(adj.) lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

obviate

(v) to anticipate and make unnecessary

onerous

(adj.) troubling; burdensome

paean

(n) a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

parody

(n) a humorous imitation intended for ridicule of comic effect, esp. in literature and art

perennial

(adj.) recurrent throughout the years or many years; happening repeatedly

perfidy (adj. form: perfidious)

(n) intentional breach of faith; treachery

perfunctory

(adj.) cursory; done without care or interest

perspicacious (n. form: perspicacity)

(adj.) acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

prattle

(v) to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

precipitate

(adj.) acting with excessive haste or impulse

precipitate

(v) to cause or happen before anticipated or required

predilection

(n) a disposition in favor of something; preference

prescience (adj. form: prescient)

(n) foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring

prevaricate

(v) to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

qualms

(n) misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

recant

(v) to retract, esp. a previously held belief

refute

(v) to disprove; to successfully urge against

relegate

(v) to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position

reticent

(adj.) quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts or feelings

solicitous

(adj.) concerned and attentive; eager

sordid

(adj.) characterized by film, grime, or squalor; foul

sporadic

(adj.) occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

squander

(v) to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

static

(adj.) not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

stupefy

(v) to stun, baffle, or amaze

stymie

(v) to block; thwart

synthesis (v. form: synthesize)

(n) the combination of parts to make a whole

torque

(n) a force that causes rotation

tortuous

(adj.) winding, twisting; excessively complicated

truculent

(adj.) fierce and cruel; eager to fight

veracity

(n) truthfulness, honesty

virulent

(adj.) extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

voracious

(adj.) having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

waver

(v) to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion

abate

(v) to lessen in intensity or degree

accolade

(n) an expression of praise

adulation

(n) excessive praise; intense adoration

aesthetic

(adj.) dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

ameliorate

(v) to make better or make more tolerable

ascetic

(n) one who practice rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion

avarice (adj. form: avaricious)

(n) greed, esp. for wealth

axiom (adj. form; axiomatic)

(n) a universally recognized principle

bucolic

(adj.) rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural ares and their inhabitants

burgeon

(v) to grow rapidly or flourish

cacophony (adj. form: cacophonous)

(n) harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

canon (adj. form: canonical)

(n) an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature

castigation (v. form: castigate)

(n) severe criticism or punishment

catalyst

(n) a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that cause change

caustic

(adj) burning or stinging; causing corrosion

chary

(adj.) wary, cautious, sparing

cogent

(adj.) appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

complaisance (adj. form: complaisant)

(n) the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

contentious

(adj.) argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

contrite (n. form: contrition)

(adj.) regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

culpable (n. form: culpability)

(adj.) deserving blame

dearth

(n) smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

demur

(v) to question or oppose

didactic

(adj.) intended to teach or instruct

discretion (adj. form: discreet)

(n) cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

disinterested

(adj.) free of bias or self-interest; impartial

dogmatic (n. form: dogma)

(adj.) expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles

ebullience (adj. form: ebullient)

(n) the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

eclectic

(adj.) composed of elements drawn from various sources

elegy (adj. form: elegiac)

(n) a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead

emollient

(adj./n.) soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin

empirical

(adj.) based on observation or experiment

enigmatic (n. form: enigma)

(adj.) mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

ephemeral

(adj.) brief;fleeting

esoteric

(adj.) intended for or understood by a small, specific group

eulogy (v. form: eulogize)

(n) a speech honoring the dead

exonerate

(v) to remove blame

facetious

(adj.) playful; humorous

fallacy (adj. form: fallacious)

(n) an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

furtive

(adj.) marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

gregarious

(adj.) sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

harangue

(v./n.) to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech

heretical (n. form: heresy)

(adj.) violating accepted dogma or convention

hyperbole (adj. form: hyperbolic)

(n) an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

impecunious

(adj.) lacking funds; without money

incipient

(adj.) beginning to come into being or to become apparent

inert

(adj.) unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

innocuous

(adj.) harmless; causing no damage

intransigent (n. form: intransigence)

(adj.) refusing to compromise

inveigle

(v) to obtain by deception or flattery

morose

(adj.) sad; sullen; melancholy

odious

(adj.) evoking intense aversion or dislike

opaque

(adj.) impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

oscillation (v. form: oscillate)

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

penurious

(adj.) penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous

pernicious

(adj.) extremely harmful; potentially causing death

peruse (n. form; perusal)

(v) to examine with great care

pious (n. form. piety)

(adj.) extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion

precursor

(n) one that precedes and indicates or announces another

preen

(v) to dress; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care

prodigious

(adj.) abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary

prolific

(adj.) producing large volumes or amounts; productive

putrefy (adj. form: putrid)

(v) to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

quaff

(v) to drink deeply

quiescence (adj. form: quiescent)

(n) stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest

redoubtable

(adj.) awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

sanction

(n/v) authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to

satire (adj. form: satirical)

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

squalid (n. form: squalor)

(adj.) sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect

stoic (n. form: stoicism)

(adj.) indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast

supplant

(v) to take the place of; supersede

torpid (n. form: torpor)

(adj.) lethargic; sluggish; dormant

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