GRE Vocab list 2

  1. abate
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  2. adulation
    intense adoration; excessive praise
  3. ameliorate
    to make better or more tolerable
  4. ascetic
    • (noun)
    • one who practices rigid self denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
    • ascetic is a nun or priest
  5. avarice
    • (noun)
    • 1. greed, esp. for wealth
  6. axiom
    a universally recognized principle (adj. form axiomatic)
  7. burgeon
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  8. bucolic
    • (adj.)
    • 1. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
    • 2. the hill country of stephenville adds to the bucolic vibe.
  9. canon
    • (noun)
    • 1. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (adj. form canonical)
    • 2. canon in music is reptition
  10. castigation
    1. severe punishment or criticism
  11. chary
    wary; cautious; sparing
  12. cogent
    • (adj)
    • 1. appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
    • 2. from latin word cogere, co-together, agere- drive
    • 3. from
  13. complaisance
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  14. contentious
    • argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
    • 1. ex/ sometimes i feel contentious after being confronted by my bosses
  15. contrite
    • regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form: contrition)
    • 1. after every time I become contentious i get contrite; i regret becoming combative.
  16. demur
    • (verb)
    • 1. to question or oppose
  17. didactic
    1. intended to teach or instruct
  18. discretion
    1. cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj. form discreet)
  19. disinterested of bias or self-interest; impartial
  20. dogmatic
    • (adj)
    • 1. expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles (noun form: dogma)
    • 2. EX/ can remember this by Marine corps symbol devil dog: they are rigid and disciplined Marines!
  21. ebullience
    • 1. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
    • (adj. form ebullient)
  22. elegy
    • 1. a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (adj. form elegaic)
    • 2. sounds like eulogy
  23. emollient
    soothing; esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes theskin
  24. empirical
    based on observation or experiment
  25. enigmatic
    1. mysterious; obscure
  26. ephemeral
    brief; fleeting
  27. esoteric
    (adj.) understood or intended for a small, specific group
  28. eulogy
    speech honoring the dead
  29. exonerate
    • 1. to remove blame
    • excuplate
  30. facetious
    playful; humorous
  31. fallacy
    1. an incorrect or invalid notion; a mistaken belief (adj. form, fallacious)
  32. furtive
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  33. harangue
    • 1. to deliver a forceful or angry speech; ranting speech or writing
    • 2. To hang someone figuratively by haranging.
  34. heretical
    violating accepted dogma or convention (heresy is noun form)
  35. hyperbole
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  36. impecunious
    • 1. lacking funds; without money
    • Ex/ most college students live impecunious lives.
  37. incipient
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent.
  38. innocuous
    1. harmless; causing no damage
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GRE Vocab list 2
gre vocab list two pages 146 to 148