GRE Vocab Set 2

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Abate (verb)

to lessen in intesity or degree

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Adulation (noun)

excessive praise, intense adoration

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Ameliorate (verb)

to make better or more tolerable

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Ascetic (noun)

one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion

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Axiom (noun)

a universally recognized principle

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Burgeon (verb)

to grow rapidly or flourish

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Bucolic (adj.)

rustic and pastoral; charcteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants

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Cacophony (noun)

harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

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Chary (adj.)

wary; cautious; sparing

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Cogent (adj.)

appealing forcible to the mind or reason; convincing

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Contentious (adj.)

argumentative; quarralsome

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Contrite (adj.)

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

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Culpable (adj.)

deserving blame

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Dearth (noun)

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity, a lack

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Demur (verb)

to question or oppose

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Didactic (adj.) dye-dact-tic

intended to teach or instruct

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Dogmatic (adj.)

expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles

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Ebullience (noun)

the quality of lively or entusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

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Emollient (adj.)

soothing, esp. to the skin

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Enigmatic (adj.)

mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

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Ephemeral (adj.)

brief, fleeting

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Esoteric (adj.)

intended for or understood by a small, specific group

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Furtive (adj.)

marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

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Harangue (verb)

to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech

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Heretical (adj.)

violating accepted dogma or convention

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Hyperbole (noun)

an exaggerated statemen, often used as a figure of speech

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Impecunious (adj.)

lacking funds; without money

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Incipient (adj.)

beginning to come into being or to become apparent

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Intransigent (adj>)

refusing to compromise

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Inveigle (verb) In-vay-gle

to obtain by deception or flattery

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Morose (adj.)

sad; sullen; melancholy

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Odious (adj.)

evoking intense aversion or dislike

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Penurious (adj.)

penny-pinching; excessivley thrifty; ungenerous

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Pernicious (adj.)

extrememly harmful; potentially causing death

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Peruse (verb)

to examine with great care

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Preen (verb)

to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care

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Prodigious (adj.)

abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

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Prolific (adj.)

producing large volumes or amounts

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Putrefy (verb)

to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

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Quaff (verb)

to drink deeply

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Quiescence (noun) kwhy-ess-ence

stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest

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Squalid (adj.)

sordid; wrethced and dirty as from neglect

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Torpid (adj.)

lethargic, sluggish; dormant

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Urbane (adj.)

sophisticated; refined; elegant

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Viscous (adj.)

thick; sticky