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GRE : The Hit Parade : Group 5 / 6

Group 5 / 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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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