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Glossary of Princeton Review GRE Hit Parade 4

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acerbic

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

v
to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
alchemy

n
a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
(an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
amenable

a
agreeable; responsive suggestion
anachronism

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

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

a
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention

n
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous

a
tending to believe too readily; gullible
(noun form: credulity)
cynicism

n
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
(noun form: cynical)
decorum

n
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
(adjective form: decorous)
derision

n
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
(adjective form: derisive; verb form: deride)
desiccate

v
to dry out or dehydrate;
to make dry or dull
dilettante

n
one with amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage

v
to slight or belittle
divulge

v
to disclose something secret
fawn

v
to flatter or praise excessively
flout

v
to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention

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