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(GRE) vocab and idioms 2

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'On the Dot'
on time
reproach
scold
evanescent
momentary
tantamount
similar to
egregious
unique in a bad way
impunity
exception from punishment
flagrant
obviously offensive or wrong
clandestine
secret
nebulous
unclear, vague
omnivorous
taking over, or taking in everything (an omnivorous reader)
precedent
model to be followed
omnipotent
all knowing
'Sword of Damocles'
a precarious situation
rudimentary
basic level
throng (n)
crowd of people or animals
pretext
a false reason or justification for something
accosted
approached forcefully
mammoth
colossal, huge
havoc
great destruction
sinecure (n)
a job with little work
overt
done openly, apparent
relegate
to send to an inferior position
repulse
to drive back by force
bias
prejudice in favor or against something
prejudice
preconceived opinion not based on experience
racism
belief that one racial group is superior to another (that an entirety of one race may possess specific characteristics)
incisive
accurate, quick thinking
precipitate
cause to happen suddenly (usu. undesirable)
impetuous
impulsive, done without care
foment
instigate or stir up
'Hit the nail on the head'
say something exactly right
occult
mysterious, magical practices or phenomena
abjure
to renounce (to give up a claim)
slovenly
careless, sloppily
penitent
regretful
quarry
something that is hunted
deter
prevent or discourage
'Out of one's depth'
over your head
allay
to sooth or alleviate
'Under one's wing'
guided, to be in their care
redolent
filled with a smell
disparate
different, not comparable
inane
silly or stupid
rampant
wide spread
admonish
warn firmly (strongly advise)
paucity
shortage, scarcity
'Pass the buck'
shift responsibility
'Take down a peg'
lower/diminish someone
'Stock in trade'
carry on business
'Lionize a person'
treat as an idol
pernicious
having a harmful effect, fatal
ethics
moral principals
acrimonious
harsh, bitter (usu. during a speech)