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GRE Vocab. Group 3a

Terms

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Emollient
Adjective. Soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh.
Avarice
Noun. Greed. especially for wealth.
Didactic
Adjective. Intended to teach or instruct.
Inveigle
Verb. To obtain by deception or flattery.
Dogmatic
Adjective. Stubbornly opinionated.
Opaque
Adjective. Impenetrable by light; not reflecting light.
Odious
Adjective. Evoking intense aversion or dislike.
Elegy
Noun. A mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead.
Caustic
Adjective. Burning or stinging; causing corrosion.
Quaff
Verb. To drink deeply.
Aesthetic
Adjective. Dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful.
Abate
Verb. To lessen in intensity or degree.
Discretion
Noun. Cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions.
Cacophony
Noun. Harsh; jarring; discordant sound; dissonance.
Inert
Adjective. Unmoving; lethargic; sluggish.
Putrefy
Verb. To rot; to decay and give off a foul odor.
Prodigious
Adjective. Abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary.
Innocuous
Adjective. Harmless; causing no damage.
Gregarious
Adjective. Sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other group.
Empirical
Adjective. Based on observation or experiment.
Peruse
Verb. To examine with great care.
Fallacy
Noun. An invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief.
Demur
Verb. To question or oppose.
Cogent
Adjective. Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing.
Contrite
Adjective. Regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness.
Harangue
Verb. To deliver a pompous speech or tirade.
Adulation
Noun. Expressive praise; intense adoration.
Dearth
Noun. Smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack.
Heretical
Adjective. Violating accepted dogma or convention.
Canon
Noun. An established set of principles or code of laws; often religious in nature.
Viscous
Adjective. Thick; sticky.
Burgeon
Verb. To grow rapidly or flourished.
Incipient
Adjective. Beginning to come into being or to become apparent.
Enigmatic
Adjective. Mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand.
Disinterested
Adjective. Indifferent; free from self-interest.
Estoeric
Adjective. Intended for or understood by a small, specific group.
Furtive
Adjective. Marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious.
Accolade
Noun. An expression of praise.
Sanction
Noun. Authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance.
Intransigent
Adjective. Refusing to compromise.
Castigation
Noun. Severe criticism or punishment.
Chary
Adjective. Wary; cautious; sparing.
Urbane
Adjective. Sophisticated; refined; elegant.
Impecunious
Adjective. Lacking funds; without money.
Catalyst
Noun. A person or thing that causes change.
Preen
Verb. To dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care.
Complaisance
Noun. The willingness to comply with the wishes of others.
Morose
Adjective. Sad; sullen; melancholy.
Catalyst
Noun. A substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing.
Ebullience
Noun. The quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings.
Exonerate
Verb. To remove blame.

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