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GRE : The Hit Parade : Group 2 / 6

Group 2 / 6 of Princeton Review's Hit Parade: "a list of some of the vocabulary words that most frequently appear on the GRE"
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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
arduous
strenuous; taxing; requiring significant effort
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiom
a universally recognized principle
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
convoluted
complex or complicated
culpable
deserving blame
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
erudite
very learned; scholarly
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
facetious
playful; humorous
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
lucid
clear; easily understood
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precipitate
acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
quiescence
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
recant
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
stymie
to block; thwart
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
torque
a force that causes rotation
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic