GRE Vocab Beyond the Hit Parade - Group 2

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abjure

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

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adumbrate

to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow

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anathema

a solemn or ecclesiastical curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing

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anodyne

soothing; something that assuages or allays pain or conforts

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apogee

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith

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apostate

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions

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apotheosis

deification; glorification to godliness; an exalted example; a model of excellence or perfection

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asperity

severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability

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asseverate

to aver, allege, or assert

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assiduous

diligent, hard-working, sedulous

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augury

omen, portent

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bellicose

belligerent, pugnacious, warlike

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calumniate

to slander, to make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion

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captious

disposed to point out trivial faults; calculated to confuse or entrap in argument

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cavil

to find fault without good reason

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celerity

speed, alacrity; think accelerate

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chimera

an illusion

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contumacious

insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion

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debacle

rout, fiasco, complete failure

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denoument

an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot

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descry

to discriminate or discern

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desuetude

to disuse

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desultory

random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose

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diaphanous

transparent, gauzy

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diffident

reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self confidence

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dirge

a song of grief or lamentation

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encomium

glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy

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eschew

to shun or avoid

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excoriate

to censure scathingly, to upbraid (scold)

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execrate

to denounce, to feel loathing for, to curse, to declare to be evil

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exegesis

critical examination, explication (making clear)

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expiate

to atone or make amends for

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extirpate

to destroy, to exterminate, to cut out (excise/exscind)

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fatuous

silly, inanely foolish

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fractious

quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable

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gainsay

to deny, to dispute, to contradict, to oppose

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heterodox

unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic

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imbroglio

difficult or embarrassing situation

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indefatigable

not easily exhaustible; tireless, dogged

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ineluctable

certain, inevitable

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inimitable

one of a kind, peerless

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insouciant

unconcerned carefree, heedless

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inveterate

deep rooted, ingrained, habitual

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jejune

vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile

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lubricious

lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery

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mendicant

a beggar, supplicant

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meretricious

cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show

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minatory

menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur)

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nadir

low point, perigee

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nonplussed

baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think

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obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous

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ossified

tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literally, turned into bone

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palliate

to make something less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense

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panegyric

formal praise, eulogy, encomium

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parsimonious

cheap, miserly

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pellucid

transparent, easy to understand, limpid

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peroation

the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech

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plangent

pounding, thundering, resounding

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prolix

long-winded, verbose

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propitiate

to appease; to conciliate; (propitious means auspicious, favorable)

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puerile

childish, immature, jejune, nugatory (of no value/importance)

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puissnance

power, strength

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pusillanimous

cowardly, craven

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remonstrate

to protest, to object

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sagacious

having sound judgement; perceptive, wise; like a sage

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salacious

lustful, lascivious, bawdy

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salutary

remedial, wholesome, causing improvement

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sanguine

cheerful, confident, optimistic

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saturnine

gloomy, dark, sullen, morose

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sententious

aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively

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stentorian

extremely loud and powerful

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stygian

gloomy, dark

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sycophant

toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite

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tendentious

biased, showing marked tendencies

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timourous

timid, fearful, diffident

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tyro

novice, greenhorn, rank amateur

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vitiate

to corrupt, to debase, to spoil, to make ineffective

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voluble

fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language