Daily Vocab. I

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Daily Vocab. I
2014-06-01 22:01:25
GRE,Daily,06/08/14 - 06/14/14
Daily Vocab. I
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  1. abate
    • verb: to lessen in intensity or degree
    • In an hour or so the storm would abate and they could leave.
  2. accolade
    • noun: an expression of praise
    • He does not praise his employees; silence is his highest accolade.
  3. adulation
    • noun: excessive praise; intense adoration
    • But here in America, great accomplishments and pop-culture adulation walk hand in hand.
  4. aesthetic
    • adj: dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
    • The new browser is much more than an aesthetic overhaul.
  5. ameliorate
    • verb: to make better or more tolerable
    • I'm very glad to see someone working to help ameliorate that situation.
  6. ascetic
    • noun: one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
    • He renounced his kingdom and embraced instead the path of the ascetic.
  7. avarice
    • noun: greed, esp. for wealth
    • adj form: avaricious
    • Usually, politics is about the avarice of one person or group in conflict .
  8. axiom
    • noun: a universally recognized principle
    • adj form: axiomatic
    • Another axiom of science is dispassionate observation.
  9. burgeon
    • verb: to grow rapidly or florish
    • Expect the black market to burgeon again.
  10. bucolic
    • adj: rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
    • It's true that I had a bucolic, truly peaceful childhood, growing up in a house next to our family's orchard.
  11. cacophony
    • noun: harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
    • adj form: cacophonous
    • Some worry that such changes will invite a cacophony of contentious discussion.
  12. canon
    • noun: an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
    • adj form: canonical
    • In the ancient canon of the Roman mass, he is ranked among the martyrs
  13. catalyst
    • noun: a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
    • The bombing attack was the catalyst for war.
  14. caustic
    • adj: burning or stinging; causing corrosion
    • a caustic cleaner
  15. chary
    • adj: wary; cautious; sparing
    • most people are chary of allowing themselves to be photographed
  16. misnomer
    • n.incorrect name or word for something
    • An example of misnomer is someone telling a child that an elephant is a lion.
    • “International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.
  17. misogynist
    • n.one who hates women
    • A male chauvinist who thinks all women are stupid and manipulative is an example of a misogynist.
  18. mitigate
    • v.to make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable:
    • "He was trying to mitigate the damage he had done."
    • (n: mitigation)