GRE Hit Parade Group 2

  1. Abate (v)
    To lessen in intensity or degree
  2. Accolade (n)
    An expression of praise
  3. Adulation (n)
    Excessive praise; intense adoration
  4. Aesthetic (adj)
    Dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  5. Ameliorate (v)
    To make better or more tolerable
  6. Ascetic (n)
    One who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an oact of religious devotion
  7. Avarice (n)
    greed, esp. for wealth (adj. form: avaricious)
  8. Axiom (n)
    A universally recognized principle (adj form: axiomatic)
  9. Burgeon (v)
    To grow rapidly and flourish
  10. Bucolic (adj)
    Rustic and pastoral; characteristic or rural areas and their inhabitants
  11. Cacophony (n)
    Harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adj form: cacophonous)
  12. Canon (n)
    An established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (adj form: canonical)
  13. Castigation (n)
    Severe criticism or punishment (verb form: castigate)
  14. Catalyst (n)
    A substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  15. Caustic (adj)
    Burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  16. Chary (adj)
    Wary; cautious; sparing
  17. Cogent (adj)
    Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  18. Complaisance (n)
    The willingness to comply with thte wishes of others (adj. form: complaisant)
  19. Contentious (adj)
    Argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  20. Contrite (adj)
    Regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form: contrition)
  21. Culpable (adj)
    Deserving blame (noun form: culpability)
  22. Dearth (n)
    Smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
  23. Demur (v)
    To question or oppose
  24. Didactic (adj)
    Intended to reach or instruct
  25. Discretion (n)
    Cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj. form: discreet)
  26. Disinterested (adj)
    Free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  27. Dogmatic (adj)
    Expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles (noun form: dogma)
  28. Ebullience (n)
    The quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj form: ebullient)
  29. Eclectic (adj)
    Composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. Elegy (n)
    A mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (adj form: elegiac)
  31. Emollient (adj/n)
    Soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin.
  32. Empirical (adj)
    Based on observation or experiment
  33. Enigmatic (adj)
    Mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (noun form: enigma)
  34. Ephemeral (adj)
    Brief; fleeting
  35. Esoteric (adj)
    Intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  36. Eulogy (n)
    a speech honoring the dead (verb form: eulogize)
  37. Exonerate (v)
    To remove blame
  38. Facetious (adj)
    playful; humorous
  39. Fallacy (n)
    An invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (adj form: fallacious)
  40. Furtive (adj)
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  41. Gregarious (adj)
    Sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  42. Harangue (verb/noun)
    To deliver a pompus speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
  43. Heretical (adj)
    Violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form: heretic)
  44. Hyperbole (n)
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech (adj. form: hyperbolic)
  45. Impecunious (adj)
    Lacking funds; without money
  46. Incipient (adj)
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. Inert (adj)
    Unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  48. Innocuous (adj)
    Harmless; causing no damage
  49. Intransigent (adj)
    Refusing to compromise (noun form: intransigence)
  50. Inveigle (v)
    To obtain by decption or flattery
  51. Morose (adj)
    Sad; sullen; melancholy
  52. Odious (adj)
    Evoking intense aversion or dislike
  53. Opaque (adj0
    Impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  54. Oscillation (n)
    The act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rythm (verb form: oscillate)
  55. Penurious (adj)
    Penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  56. Pernicious (adj)
    Extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  57. Peruse (v)
    To examine with great care (noun form: perusal)
  58. Pious (adj)
    Extremely reverant or devout; showing strong religious devotion (noun form: piety)
  59. Precursor (n)
    One that precedes and indicates or announces another
  60. Preen (v)
    To dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
  61. Prodigious (adj)
    Abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordianry
  62. Prolific (adj)
    Producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  63. Putrefy (v)
    To rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
  64. Quaff (v)
    To drink deeply
  65. Quiescence (n)
    Stillness; motionlessness;quality of being at rest (adj. form: quiescent)
  66. Redoubtable (adj)
    Awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  67. Sanction (noun/verb)
    Authoratative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  68. Satire (n)
    A literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
  69. Squalid (adj)
    Sordid; wrethed and dirty as from neglect (noun form: squalid)
  70. Stoic (adj)
    Indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (noun form: stoicism)
  71. Supplant (v)
    To take the place of; supersede
  72. Torpid (adj)
    Lethargic; sluggish; dormant (noun form: torpor)
  73. Ubiquitous (adj)
    Existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
  74. Urbane (adj)
    Sophisticated; refined; elegant (noun form: urbanity)
  75. Vilify (v)
    To defame; to characterize harshly
  76. Viscous (adj)
    Thick; sticky (noun form: viscosity)
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GRE Hit Parade Group 2
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