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Glossary of GRE FLASHCARDS (H)

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habituate
accustom or familiarize; addict
hackles
hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog
hackneyed
commonplace; trite
haggard
wasted away; gaunt
halcyon
calm; peaceful
hale
healthy
hallowed
blessed; consecrated
halting
hesitant; faltering
hap
chance; luck
hapless
unfortunate
harangue
* long, passionate, and vehement speech
harbinger
forerunner
harbor
provide a refuge for; hide
hardy
sturdy; robust; able to stand inclement weather
harping
tiresome dwelling on a subject
harrowing
agonizing; distressing; traumatic
harry
harrass, annoy, torment; raid
hatch
deck opening; lid covering a deck opening
haughtiness
pride; arrogance
headlong
hasty; rash
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
heedless
not noticing; disregarding
hegemony
dominance, especially of one nation over others
herbivorous
grain-eating
hermetic
(second meaning) obscure and mysterious; occult
hermitage
home of a hermit
herpetologist
one who studies reptiles
heterodox
unorthodox; unconventional
hew
cut to pieces with ax or sword
hiatus
gap; pause`
hibernal
wintry
hilarity
boisterous mirth (merriment, laughter)
hinterlands
back country
hireling
one who serves for hire (usually used contemptously)
hirsute
hairy
histrionic
theatrical
hoary
white with age
holocaust
destruction by fire
holster
pistol case
homespun
domestic; made at home
homily
sermon; serious warning
homogeneous
* of the same kind
horde
crowd
hortatory
encouraging; exhortive (urging)
horticultural
pertaining to cultivation of gardens
hovel
shack; small, wretched house
hue
color; aspect
hue and cry
outcry
humdrum
dull; monotonous
hummock
small hill
humus
substance formed by decaying vegetable matter
hurtle
crash; rush
husband
use sparingly; conserve; save
husbandry
frugality; thrift; agriculture
hybrid
mongrel; mixed breed
hydrophobia
fear of water; rabies
hyperbole
* exaggeration; overstatement

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