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GRE : The Hit Parade : Group 3 / 6

Group 3 / 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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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
an expression of praise
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
catalyst
a person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
indifferent; free from self-interest
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
elegy
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh
empirical
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
exonerate
to remove blame
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous
harmless; causing no damage
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
peruse
to examine with great care
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
to drink deeply
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
viscous
thick; sticky