Baron's GRE high frequency words

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abate

subside or moderate

aberrant

abnormal or deviant

anachronism

something or someone misplaced in time

admonish

warn; reprove

adulterate

to make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning

ambivalence

the state of having conflicting or contradicting emotional attitudes

abeyance

suspended in action

abscond

sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

alacrity

cheerful promptness; eagerness

alleviate

relieve

assuage

to ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)

attenuate

make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force or degree)

audacious

daring; bold

austere

forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented

artless

without guile; open and honest

ascetic

practicing self-denial; austere

assiduous

diligent

amalgamate

combine; unite in one body

appease

pacify or soothe; relieve

apprise

inform

approbation

approval

appropriate

acquire; to possessions of for one's own use

arduous

hard; strenuous

aesthetic

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful

aggregate

gather; accumulate

autonomous

self governing

analogous

comparable

anomalous

abnormal; irregular

anarchy

lack of governing body; state of disorder

aver

assert confidently; as use in law, state formally as a fact

antipathy

aversion; dislike

apathy

lack of caring; indifference

ameliorate

improve

banal

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality

belie

contradict; give a false impression

beneficent

kindly; doing good

bolster

support; reinforce

bombastic

pompous; using inflated languages

boorish

rude; insensitive

burgeon

to grow forth; send out buds

burnish

make shiny by rubbing polish

buttress

support; prop up

cacophonous

discordant; inharmonious

capricious

unpredictable; fickle

castigation

punishment; severe criticism

catalyst

agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while remain unchanged; person or thing that causes action

caustic

burning; sarcastically biting

chicanery

trickery; deception

coagulate

thicken; congeal; clot

coda

concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes or conclude

cogent

convincing

commensurate

corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.; proportionate

compendium

brief, comprehensive summary

complaisant

trying to please; overly polite; obliging

compliant

yielding; conforming to requirements

conciliatory

reconciling; soothing

condone

overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse

confound

confuse; puzzle

connoisseur

a person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of an art

contention

claim; thesis

contrite

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

conundrum

riddle; difficult problem

converge

approach; tend to meet; come together

convoluted

coiled around; involved; intricate

craven

cowardly

daunt

intimidate; frighten

decorum

propriety; orderliness and good taste in manner

default

failure to act

deference

courteous regard to another's wish

delineate

portray; depict; sketch

denigrate

blacken

deride

ridicule; make fun of

derivative

unoriginal; obtained from another source

desiccate

dry up

desultory

aimless; haphazard; digressing at random

deterrent

something that discourage; hindrance

diatribe

bitter scolding; invective

dichotomy

split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)

diffidence

shyness

diffuse

wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)

digression

wandering away from the subject

dirge

lament with music

disabuse

correct a false impression; undeceive

discerning

mentally quick and observant; having insight

discordant

not harmonious; conflicting

discredit

defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve

discrepancy

lack of consistency

discrete

separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts

disingenuous

lacking genuine candor; insincere

disinterested

unprejudiced

disjointed

lacking coherence; separated at the joints

dismiss

eliminate from consideration; reject

disparage

belittle

disparate

basically different; unrelated

dissemble

disguise; pretend

disseminate

distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)

dissolution

disintegration; looseness in morals

dissonance

discord; opposite of harmony

distend

expend; swell out

distill

purify; refine; concentrate

diverge

vary; go in different directions from the same point

divest

strip; deprive

document

provide written evidence

dogmatic

opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal

dormant

sleeping; lethargic; latent

dupe

someone easily fooled

ebullient

showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm

eclectic

selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources

efficacy

power to produce desired effect

effrontery

impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness

elegy

poem or song expressing lamentation

elicit

draw out by discussion

embellish

adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story

empirical

based on experience

emulate

imitate; rival

endemic

prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country

enervate

weaken

engender

cause; produce

enhance

increase; improve

ephemeral

short-lived; fleeting

equanimity

calmness of temperament; composure

equivocate

lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth

erudite

learned; scholarly

esoteric

hard to understand; known only to the chosen few

eulogy

expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death

euphemism

mild expression in place of an unpleasant one

exacerbate

worsen; embitter

exculpate

clear from blame

exigency

urgent situation; pressing needs or demand; state of requiring immediate attention

extrapolation

projection; conjecture

facetious

joking (often inappropriately); humorous

fallacious

false; misleading

fatuous

brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug

fawning

trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing

felicitous

apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

fervor

glowing ardor; intensity of feeling

flag

droop; grow feeble

fledgling

inexperienced

flout

reject; mock; show contempt for

foment

stir up, instigate

forestall

prevent by taking action in advance

frugality

thrift; economy

goad

urge on

gouge

tear out; overcharge

gainsay

deny

garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative

futile

useless; hopeless; ineffectual

grandiloquent

pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding languages

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