GRE Vocab

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GRE Vocab
2013-08-07 17:53:53

Set 2
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  1. abate  v
    to lessen in intensity
  2. accolade  n
    expression of praise
  3. adulation  n
    excessive praise, adoration
  4. aesthetic  adj
    dealing with, appreciate, beauty or art
  5. ameliorate  v
    make more tolerable
  6. ascetic  n
    practices rigid self-denial, act or religious devotion
  7. avarice  n
    greed, for wealth
  8. axiom  n
    universally recognized principle
  9. burgeon  v
    to grow rapidly; flourish
  10. bucolic  adj
    rustic & pastoral; rural area
  11. cacophony  n
    harsh, jarring sound
  12. canon  n
    established set of principles or code of laws
  13. castigation  n
    severe criticism or punishment
  14. catalyst  n
    substance that accelerates rate or rxn; causes change
  15. caustic   adj
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  16. chary  adj
    wary; cautious; sparing
  17. cogent  adj
    appealing forcibly to mind or reason; convincing
  18. complaisance  n
    willingness to comply
  19. contentious  adj
    argumentative; quarrelsome; cause controversy or disagreement
  20. contrite  adj
    regretful; seeking forgiveness
  21. culpable  adj
    deserving blame
  22. dearth  n
    deserving blame
  23. demur  v
    to question or oppose
  24. didactic  adj
    intended to teach or instruct
  25. discretion  n
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
  26. disinterested  adj
    free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  27. dogmatic  adj
    expressing rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
  28. ebullience n
    quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts & feelings
  29. eclectic  adj
    composed of elements drawn from various sources