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74 terms

GRE Hit Parade Set 2 (2010)

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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
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
axiom
a universally recognized principle
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
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
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
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable
deserving blame
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
free of bias or self-interest
dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
ebullience
(noun) the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
composed of elements drwan from various sources
elegy
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
empirical
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
facetious
playful; humorous
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
harrangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
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
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially casuing death
peruse
to examine with great care
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
to drink deeply
quiescence
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
viscous
thick; sticky