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31 terms

GRE Words Hit Parade group 3

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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
an expression of praise
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
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
demur
to question or oppose
disinterested
indifferent; free from self-interest
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
elegy
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh
exonerate
to remove blame
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
peruse
to examine with great care
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
quaff
to drink deeply
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
viscous
thick; sticky