GRE Vocab Hit Parade Group 3

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Vocabulary Set 3 (Hit Parade Group 3) for GRE prep.
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Keen, accurate judgement or insight

acumen (n)

2

to reduce the purity by combining with inferior ingredients

adulterate (v)

3

to combine several elements into a whole

amalgamate (v)
amalgamation (n)

4

outdate; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time

archaic (adj)

5

to state as a fact; to declare or assert

aver (v)

6

to provide support or reinforcement

bolster (v)

7

pompous; gradiloquent

bombastic (adj)
bombast (n)

8

a harsh denunciation

diatribe (n)

9

to disguise or conceal; to mislead

dissemble (v)

10

departing from norms or conventions

eccentric (adj)

11

characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

endemic (adj)

12

tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing

evanescent (adj)

13

to make worse or more severe

exacerbate (v)

14

greatly emotional or zealous

fervent (adj)
fervor (n)

15

happening by accident or chance

fortuitous (adj)

16

relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

germane (adj)

17

pompous speech or expression

grandiloquence (n)
grandiloquent (adj)

18

rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

hackneyed (adj)

19

calm and peaceful

halcyon (adj)

20

devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses

hedonism (n)
hedonist (n)

21

the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others

hegemony (n)

22

one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or instituitions

iconoclast (n)

23

given to intense or excessive devotion to something

idolatrous (adj)
idolatry (n)

24

revealing no emotion

impassive (adj)

25

marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness

imperturbable (adj)

26

not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

implacable (adj)

27

immunity from punishment or penalty

impunity (n)

28

in an initial stage; not fully formed

inchoate (adj)

29

unfortunate; inapproriate

infelicitous (adj)

30

without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland

insipid (adj)

31

extremely talkative

loquacious (adj)
loquacity (n)

32

characterized by brightness and the emission of light

luminous (adj)

33

having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred

malevolent (adj)
malevolence (n)

34

capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable

malleable (adj)

35

the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

mendacity (n)
mendacious (adj)

36

characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

meticulous (adj)

37

one who hates all other humans

misanthrope (n)
misantrhopic (adj)

38

to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

mitigate (v)

39

unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

obdurate (adj)

40

exhibiting a fawning attentiveness or obedience

obsequious (adj)

41

to obstruct or block

occlude (v)

42

disgrace; contempt; scorn

opprobrium (n)

43

the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing

pedagogy (n)

44

overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge

pedantic (adj)

45

poverty; destitution

penury (n)

46

having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout

pervasive (adj)

47

to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

pine (v)

48

to illegally use or reproduce

pirate (v)

49

the essential or central part

pith (n)

50

precise and brief

pithy (adj)

51

to appease; to calm by making concessions

placate (v)

52

a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful

platitude (n)

53

to plunge or drop straight down

plummet (v)

54

controversial; argumentative

polemical (adj)

55

recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish

prodigal (adj)

56

given to coming forth abundantly; extravagant

profuse (adj)

57

to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

proliferate (v)

58

questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations

queries (n)

59

prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish

querulous (adj)

60

characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

rancorous (adj)

61

obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

recalcitrant (adj)

62

to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown

repudiate (v)

63

to invalidate; to repeal; to retract

rescind (v)

64

marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect

reverent (adj)
reverence (n)

65

the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion

rhetoric (n)

66

promoting health or well-being

salubrious (adj)

67

able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

solvent (adj)

68

seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false

specious (adj)

69

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

spurious (adj)

70

a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony

subpoena (n)

71

brief; concise

succinct (adj)

72

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

superfluous (adj)

73

an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess

surfeit (v)

74

the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination

tenacity (n)
tenacious (adj)

75

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

tenuous (adj)

76

a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

tirade (n)

77

fleeting; passing quickly; brief

transient (adj)

78

fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause

zealous (adj)
zealot (n)