GRE vocab 2

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  1. abate  v
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  2. accolade  n
    expression of praise
  3. adulation  n
    excessive praise; intense adoration
  4. aesthetic  adj
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art/beauty
  5. ameliorate  v
    to make better or more tolerable
  6. ascetic  n
    one who practices rigid self-denial esp for religion
  7. avarice  n
  8. axiom  n
    universally recognized principle
  9. burgeon  v
    to grow rapidly; flourish
  10. bucolic  adj
    rustic & pastoral; characteristic of rural
  11. cacophony  n
    harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
  12. canon  n
    established set of principles/code of laws
  13. castigation  n
    severe criticism or punishment
  14. catalyst  n
    accelerates a rxn; causes change
  15. caustic  adj
    burning or stinging; corrosion
  16. chary  adj
    wary; cautious; sparing
  17. cogent  adj
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  18. complaisance  n
    willingness to comply with wishes of others
  19. contentious  adj
    argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy/disagreement
  20. contrite  adj
    regretful;seeking forgiveness
  21. culpable  adj
    deserving blame
  22. dearth  n
    smallness or quantity; scarcity; lack of
  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 a rigid opinion based on unproved/improvable principles
  28. ebullience  n
    quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts/feelings
  29. eclectic  adj
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. elegy  n
    mournful poem, lamenting the dead
  31. emollient  adj/n
    soothing to skin; less harsh; softens/smooths skin
  32. empirical adj
    based on observation or experiment
  33. enigmatic  adj
    mysterious; obscure;difficult to understand
  34. ephemeral  adj
    brief; fleeting
  35. esoteric  adj
    intended for or understood by a small specific group
  36. eulogy  n
    speech honoring the dead
  37. exonerate  v
    to remove blame
  38. facetious  adj
    playful; humorous
  39. fallacy  n
    invalid; incorrect notion; mistaken belief
  40. furtive  adj
    marked by stealth
  41. gregarious  adj
    sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  42. harangue  v/n
    to deliver a pompous speech
  43. heretical  adj
    violating accepted dogma  or convention
  44. hyperbole  n
    exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  45. impecunious  adj
    lacking funds; without money
  46. incipient  adj
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. inert  adj
    unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  48. innocuous  adj
    harmless; causing no damage
  49. intransigent  adj
    harmless; causing no damage
  50. inveigle  v
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  51. morose  adj
    sad; sullen;melancholy
  52. odious  adj
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  53. opaque  adj
    impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  54. oscillation  n
    act or state of swinging back & forth with steady, uninterrupted rhythm
  55. penurious adj
    penny-pinching;excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  56. pernicious  adj
    extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  57. peruse  v
    to examine with great care
  58. pious  adj
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  59. precursor  n
    one that precedes & indicates or announces
  60. preen  v
    another to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
  61. prodigious  adj
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  62. prolific  adj
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  63. putrefy  v
    to rot; to decay & give off a foul odor
  64. quaff  v
    to drink deeply
  65. quiescence  n
    stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
  66. redoubtable  adj
    awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  67. sanction  n/v
    authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority
  68. satire  n
    literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice though humor or derision
  69. squalid  adj
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
  70. stoic  adj
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain
  71. supplant  v
    to take the place of; to supersede
  72. torpid adj
    lethargic; sluggish; dormant
  73. ubiquitous  adj
    existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
  74. urbane  adj
    sophisticated; refined; elegant
  75. vilify  v
    to defame; to characterize harshly
  76. viscous  adj
    thick; sticky
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GRE vocab 2
2013-08-09 03:54:21

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