GRE Vocabulary VI (Princeton)

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  1. abjure
    verb: to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
  2. adumbrate
    verb: to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
  3. anathema
    noun: a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
  4. anodyne
    adj/noun: soothing; something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
  5. apogee
    noun: farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
  6. apostate
    noun: one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
  7. apotheosis
    noun: deification; glorification to godliness; an exalted example; a model of excellence or perfection
  8. asperity
    noun: severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
  9. asseverate
    verb: to aver, allege, or assert
  10. assiduous
    adj: diligent, hard-working, sedulous
  11. augury
    noun: omen, portent
  12. bellicose
    adj: belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
  13. calumniate
    verb: to slander, to make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
  14. captious
    adj: disposed to point out trivial faults; calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
  15. cavil
    verb: to find fault without good reason
  16. celerity
    noun: speed, alacrity; think accelerate
  17. chimera
    noun: an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
  18. contumacious
    adj: insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
  19. debacle
    noun: rout, fiasco, complete failure
  20. denouement
    noun: an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
  21. descry
    verb: to discriminate or discern
  22. desuetude
    noun: disuse
  23. desultory
    adj: random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
  24. diaphanous
    adj: transparent, gauzy
  25. diffident
    adj: reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence
  26. dirge
    noun: a song of grief or lamentation
  27. encomium
    noun: glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
  28. eschew
    verb: to sun or avoid
  29. excoriate
    verb: to censure scathingly, to upbraid
  30. execrate
    verb: to denounce, to feel loathing for, to curse, to declare to be evil
  31. exegesis
    noun: critical examination, explication
  32. expiate
    verb: to tone or make amends for
  33. extirpate
    verb: to destroy, to exterminate, to cut out, to exscind
  34. fatuous
    adj: silly, inanely foolish
  35. fractious
    adj: quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
  36. gainsay
    verb: to deny, to dispute, to contradict, to oppose
  37. deterodox
    adj: unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
  38. imbroglio
    noun: difficult or embarrassing situtation
  39. indefatigable
    adj: certain, inevitable
  40. inimitable
    adj: one of a kind, peerless
  41. insouciant
    adj: unconcerned, carefree, heedless
  42. inveterate
    adj: deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
  43. jejune
    adj: vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile
  44. lubricious
    adj: lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
  45. mendicant
    noun: a beggar, supplicant
  46. meretricious
    adj: cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
  47. minatory
    adj: menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur, a threatening creature indeed)
  48. nadir
    noun: low point, perigee
  49. nonplussed
    adj: baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
  50. obstreperous
    adj: noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
  51. ossified
    adj: tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literally, turned into bone
  52. palliate
    verb: to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense
  53. panegyric
    noun: formal praise, eulogy, encomium; panegyrical means expressing elaborate praise
  54. parsimonious
    adj: cheap, miserly
  55. pellucid
    adj: transparent, easy to understand, limpid
  56. peroration
    noun: the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
  57. plangent
    adj: pounding, thundering, resounding
  58. prolix
    • adj: long-winded, verbose;
    • prolixity means verbosity
  59. propitiate
    • verb: to appease; to conciliate;
    • propitious means auspicious, favorable
  60. puerile
    adj: childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
  61. pissance
    • noun: power, strength;
    • puissant means powerful, strong
  62. pusillanimous
    adj: cowardly, craven
  63. remonstrate
    verb: to protest, to object
  64. sagacious
    adj: having sound judgement; perceptive, wise; like a sage
  65. salacious
    adj: lustful, lascivious, bawdy
  66. salutary
    adj: remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
  67. sanguine
    adj: cheerful, confident, optimistic
  68. saturnine
    adj: gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
  69. sententious
    adj: aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
  70. stentorian
    adj: extremely loud and powerful
  71. stygian
    adj: gloomy, dark
  72. sycophant
    noun: toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite
  73. tendentious
    adj: biased; showing marked tendencies
  74. timorous
    adj: timid, fearful, diffident
  75. tyro
    noun: novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
  76. vitiate
    verb: to corrupt, to debase, to spoil, to make ineffective
  77. voluble
    adj: fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language
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GRE Vocabulary VI (Princeton)
Beyond the Hit Parade Group 2
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