GRE Vocab Hit Parade Group 4

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Vocabulary Set 4 (Hit Parade Group 4) for GRE prep.
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acerbic

having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

2

aggrandize

to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

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amenable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

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anachronism

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

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astringent

having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue

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contiguous

sharing a border; touching; adjacent

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convention

a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

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credulous

tending to believe too readily; gullible

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cynicism

an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness

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decorum

polite or appropriate conduct or behavior

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derision

scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment

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desiccate

to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull

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dilettante

on with an amateurish or superficial interest in arts or a branch of knowledge

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disparage

to slight or belittle

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divulge

to disclose something secret

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fawn

to flatter or praise excessively

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flout

to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention

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garrulous

pointlessly talkative; talking too much

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glib

marked by ease of informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

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hubris

overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance

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imminent

about to happen, impending

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immutable

not capable of change

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impetuous

hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

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indifferent

having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice

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inimical

damaging; harmful; injurious

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intractable

not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

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intrepid

steadfast and courageous

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laconic

using few words; terse

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maverick

an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

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mercurial

characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

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mollify

to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

32

neophyte

a recent convert; a beginner; novice

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obfuscate

to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

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obstinate

stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising

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ostentatious

characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy

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pervade

to permeate throughout

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phlegmatic

calm; sluggish; unemotional

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plethora

an overabundance, a surplus

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pragmatic

practical rather than idealistic

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presumptuous

overstepping due bounds; taking liberties

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pristine

pure; uncorrupted; clean

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probity

adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness

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proclivity

a natural predisposition or inclination

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profligate

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

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propensity

a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

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prosaic

dull; lacking in spirit or imagination

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pungent

characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste

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quixotic

foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

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quotidian

occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

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rarefy

to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

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recondite

hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

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reflugent

radiant; shiny; brilliant

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renege

to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise

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sedulous

diligent; persistent; hard-working

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shard

a piece of broken pottery or glass

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soporific

causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

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sparse

thin, not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

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spendthrift

one who spends money wastefully

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subtle

not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

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tacit

implied; not explicitly stated

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terse

brief and concise in wording

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tout

to publicly praise or promote

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trenchant

sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

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unfeigned

genuine; not false or hypocritical

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untenable

indefensible; not viable; uninhabitle

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vacillate

to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

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variegated

multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different colors

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vexation

annoyance; irritation

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vigilant

alertly watchful

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vituperate

to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate

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volatile

readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive