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76 terms

2011 GRE Hit Parade Set 2

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Abate
To lessen in intensity or degree
Accolade
An expression of praise
Adulation
Excessive praise; intense adoration
Aesthetic
Dealing with art or the beautiful
Ameliorate
To make better or more tolerable
Ascetic
One who practices self-denial especially as an act of religious devotion
Avarice
Greed, especially for wealth
Axiom
A universally recognized principle
Burgeon
To grow rapidly or flourish
Bucolic
Rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
Cacophany
Harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
Canon
A secular law, rule, or code of law
Castigation
Severe criticism or punishment
Catalyst
A substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
Caustic
Burning and 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; impartial
Dogmatic
Expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
Ebullience
High spirits; exhilaration; exuberance
Eclectic
Composed of elements drawn from various sources
Elegy
A mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead
Emollient
Soothing to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
Empirical
Based on observation or experiment
Enigmatic
Mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
Ephemeral
Brief; lasting a very short time
Esoteric
Intended for or understood by a specific group
Eulogy
A speech honoring the dead
Exonerate
To remove blame
Facetious
Playful; Humerous
Fallacy
An invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
Furtive
Marked by stealth; covert
Gregarious
Sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
Harangue
A long, pompous speech
Heretical
Violating accepted dogma or convention
Hyperbole
An exaggerated statement
Impecunious
Lacking funds; without money
Incipient
Beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Inert
Unmoving; sluggish; lethargic
Innocuous
Harmless; causing no damage
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise
Inveigle
To obtain by deception or flattery
Morose
Sad; sullen; melancholy
Odious
Deserving or causing hatred; hateful
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 causing death
Peruse
To examine with great care
Pious
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 in 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
Satire
A literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
Squalid
Sordid; wretched; neglected and filthy
Stoic
Indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain
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
Villify
To defame; to characterize harshly
Viscous
Thick; sticky