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Glossary of GRE PR Hit Parade 1

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abscond
v: to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
adj: deviating from the norm (noun form: aberation)
alacrity
n: eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
n: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality (adj form: anomalous)
approbation
n: an expression of approval or praise
arduous
adj: strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
assuage
v: to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious
adj: daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form: audacity)
austere
adj: without adornment; bare; severlye simple; ascetic (noun form: austerity)
axiomatic
adj: taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)
canonical
adj: following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: cannon)
censure
v: to criticize severly; to offically rebuke
chicanery
n: trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
n: an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
adj: complex or complicated
disabuse
v: to undeceive; to set right
discordant
adj: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
adj: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
n: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
adj: well-spoken, expressive, articulate (noun form: eloquence)
enervate
v: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
n: dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
v: to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj form: equivocal)
erudite
adj: very learned; scholarly (noun form: erudition)
exculpate
v: exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
adj: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
adj: improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
n: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
v: to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
adj: artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
adj: accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
adj: easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
v: to praise highly (adj form: laudatory)
lucid
adj: clear; easily understood
magnanimity
n" the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adj form: magnanimous)
martial
adj: associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
adj: of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
adj: coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
adj: vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
n: a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or sense
noxious
adj: harmful, injurious
obtuse
adj: lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
v: to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
adj: troubling; burdensome
paean
n: a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
n: a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
adj: recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
n: intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj. form: perfidious)
perfunctory
adj: cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
adj: acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)
prattle
v: to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
adj: acting with excessive haste or impulse
predilection
n: a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience
n: foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj form: prescient)
prevaricate
v: to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
n: misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
v: to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
v: to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
v: to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
adj: quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
adj: concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
adj: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
adj: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
v: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
adj: not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
v: to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
v: to bloc; thwart
synthesis
n: the combination of parts to make a whole (verb form: synthesize)
torque
n: a force that causes rotation
tortuous
adj: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
adj: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
n: truthfulness, honesty
virulent
adj: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
adj: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
v: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion

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