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  1. abate
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  2. accolade
    an expression of praise
  3. adulation
    excessive praise; intense adoration
  4. aesthetic
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  5. ameliorate
    to make better or more tolerable
  6. ascetic
    one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
  7. avarice (adj. form: avaricious)
    greed, especially for wealth 
  8. axiom (adj. form: axiomatic)
    a universally recognized principle 
  9. burgeon
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  10. bucolic
    rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  11. cacophony (adj. form: cacophonous)
    harshing, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance 
  12. canon (adj. form: canonical)
    an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature 
  13. castigation (verb form: castigate)
    severe criticism or punishment 
  14. catalyst
    a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  15. caustic
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  16. chary
    wary; cautious; sparing
  17. cogent
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  18. complaisance (adj. form: complaisant)
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others 
  19. contentious
    argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  20. contrite (noun form: contrition)
    regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness 
  21. culpable (noun form: culpability)
    deserving blame 
  22. dearth
    smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
  23. demur
    to question or oppose
  24. didactic
    intended to teach or instruct
  25. discretion (adj. form: discrete)
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions 
  26. disinterested
    free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  27. dogmatic (noun form: dogma)
    expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles 
  28. ebullience (adj. form: ebullient)
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings 
  29. eclectic
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. elegy (adj. form: elegiac)
    a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead 
  31. emollient
    soothing, espcially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
  32. empirical
    based on observation or experience
  33. enigmatic (noun form: enigma)
    mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand 
  34. ephemeral
    brief; fleeting
  35. esoteric
    intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  36. eulogy (verb form: eulogize)
    a speech honoring the dead 
  37. exonerate
    to remove blame
  38. facetious
    playful; humorous
  39. fallacy (adj. form: fallacious)
    an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief 
  40. furtive
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  41. gregarious
    sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  42. harangue
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
  43. heretical (noun form: heresy)
    violating accepted dogma or convention 
  44. hyperbole (adj. form: hyperbolic)
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech 
  45. impecunious
    lacking funds; without money
  46. incipient
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. inert
    unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  48. innocuous
    harmless; causing no damage
  49. intransigent (noun form: intransigence)
    refusing to compromise 
  50. inveigle
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  51. morose
    sad; sullen; melancholy
  52. odious
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  53. opaque
    impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  54. oscillation (verb form: oscillate)
    the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm 
  55. penurious
    penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  56. pernicious
    extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  57. peruse (noun form: perusal)
    to examine with great care 
  58. pious (noun form: piety)
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion 
  59. precursor
    one that precedes and indicates or announces another
  60. preen
    to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
  61. prodigious
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  62. prolific
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  63. putrefy (adj. form: putrid)
    to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor 
  64. quaff
    to drink deeply
  65. quiescence (adj. form: quiescent)
    stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest 
  66. redoubtable
    awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  67. sanction
    authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  68.  satire (adj. form: satirical)
    a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision 
  69. squalid (noun form: squalor)
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect 
  70. stoic (noun form: stoicism)
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast 
  71. supplant
    to take the place of; to supersede
  72. torpid (noun form: torpor)
    lethargic; sluggish; dormant 
  73. ubiquitous
    existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
  74. urbane (noun form: urbanity)
    sophisticated; refined; elegant 
  75. vilify
    to defame; to characterize harshly
  76. viscous (noun form: viscosity)
    thick; sticky 

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2012-12-02 05:43:58
vocab gre

GRE vocab list 2
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