GRE Vocab Hit Parade Group 2

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Vocabulary Set 2 (Hit Parade Group 2) for GRE prep.
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1

to lessen in intensity or degree

abate (v)

2

an expression of praise

accolade (n)

3

excessive praise; intense adoration

adulation (n)

4

dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

aesthetic (adj)

5

to make better or more tolerable

ameliorate (v)

6

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

ascetic (n)

7

greed, esp. for wealth

avarice (n)

8

a universally recognized principle

axiom (n)

9

to grow rapidly or flourish

burgeon (v)

10

rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants

bucolic (adj)

11

harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

cacophony (n)
cacophonous (adj)

12

an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature

canon (n)
canonical (adj)

13

severe criticism or punishment

castigation (n)
castigate (v)

14

a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change

catalyst (n)

15

burning or stinging; causing corrosion

caustic (adj)

16

wary; cautious; sparing

chary (adj)

17

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

cogent (adj)

18

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

complaisance (n)
complaisant (adj)

19

argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

contentious (adj)

20

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

contrite (adj)
contrition (n)

21

deserving blame

culpable (adj)
culpability (n)

22

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

dearth (n)

23

to question or oppose

demur (v)

24

intended to teach or instruct

didactic (adj)

25

cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

discretion (n)

26

free of bias or self-interest; impartial

disinterested (adj)

27

expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles

dogmatic (adj)
dogma (n)

28

the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

ebullience (n)
ebullient (adj)

29

composed of elements drawn from various sources

eclectic (adj)

30

a mournful poem, exp. one lamenting the dead

elegy (n)
elegiac (adj)

31

soothing, exp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin

emollient (adj) (n)

32

based on observation or experiment

empirical (adj)

33

mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

enigmatic (adj)
enigma (n)

34

brief; fleeting

ephemeral (adj)

35

intended for or understood by a small, specific group

esoteric (adj)

36

a speech honoring the dead

eulogy (n)
eulogize (v)

37

to remove blame

exonerate (v)

38

playful; humorous

facetious (adj)

39

an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

fallacy (n)
fallacious (adj)

40

marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

furtive (adj)

41

sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

gregarious (adj)

42

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

harangue (v) (n)

43

violating accepted dogma or convention

heretical (adj)
heresy (n)

44

an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

hyperbole (n)
hyperbolic (adj)

45

lacking funds; without money

impecunious (adj)

46

beginning to come into being or to become apparent

incipient (adj)

47

unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

inert (adj)

48

harmless; causing no damage

innocuous (adj)

49

refusing to compromise

intransigent (adj)
intransigence (n)

50

to obtain by deception or flattery

inveigle (v)

51

sad; sullen; melancholy

morose (adj)

52

evoking intense aversion or dislike

odious (adj)

53

impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

opaque (adj)

54

the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm

oscillation (n)
oscillate (v)

55

penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous

penurious (adj)

56

extremely harmful; potentially causing death

pernicious (adj)

57

to examine with great care

peruse (v)
perusal (n)

58

extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion

pious (adj)
piety (n)

59

one that precedes and indicates or announces another

precursor (n)

60

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

preen (v)

61

abundant in size, force, or extent; extrodinary

prodigious (adj)

62

producing large volumes or amounts; productive

prolific (adj)

63

to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

putrefy (v)
putrid (adj)

64

to drink deeply

quaff (v)

65

stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest

quiescence (n)

66

awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

redoubtable (adj)

67

authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to

sanction (n) (v)

68

a litary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision

satire (n)

69

sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect

squalid (adj)
squalor (n)

70

indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast

stoic (adj)

71

to take the place of; to supersede

supplant (v)

72

lethargic; sluggish; dormant

torpid (adj)
torpor (n)

73

existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread

ubiquitous (adj)

74

sophisticated; refined; elegant

urbane (adj)
urbanity (n)

75

to defame; to characterize harshly

vilify (v)

76

thick; sticky

viscous (adj)
viscosity (n)