GRE barron's most frequent

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ABATE

subside or moderate

ABERRANT

abnormal or deviant

ABEYANCE

suspended action

ABSCOND

depart silently and hide

ABSTEMIOUS

sparing in eating and drinking (ADJ)

ADMONISH

warn; reprove (V)

ADULTERATE

make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

AESTHETIC

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful;

AGGREGATE

gather; accumulate;

ALACRITY

cheerful promptness; eagerness;

ALLEVIATE

relieve

AMBIGUOUS

unclear or doubtful in meaning

AMBIVALENCE

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes;

AMALGAMATE

combine; unite in one body;

AMELIORATE

improve

ANACHRONISM

something or someone misplaced in time;

ANALOGOUS

comparable

ANARCHY

absence of governing body; state of disorder;

ANOMALOUS

abnormal; irregular;

ANTIPATHY

aversion; dislike;

APATHY

lack of caring; indifference;

APPEASE

pacify or soothe

APPRISE

inform

APPROBATION

approval;

APPROPRIATE

acquire; take possession of for one's own use;

ARDUOUS

hard; strenuous;

ARTLESS

without guile; open and honest;

ASCETIC

practicing self denial; austere;

ASSIDUOUS

diligent

ASSUAGE

easen or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger);

ATTENUATE

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

AUDACIOUS

daring; bold;

AUSTERE

forbiddingly stern; severely simple; severely simple and unornamented;

AUTONOMOUS

self-governing

AVER

assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact;

BANAL

hackneyed; commonplace;

BELIE

contradict; give a false impression

BENEFICENT

kindly; doing good;

BOLSTER

support; reinforce;

BOMBASTIC

pompous; using inflated language;

BOORISH

rude; insensitive

BURGEON

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 it remains unaffected and unchanged;

CATALYST

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 concludes;

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

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

CONTENTION

claim; thesis;

CONTENTIOUS

quarrelsome;

CONTRITE

penitent;

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 manners;

DEFAULT

failure to act (N)

DEFERENCE

courteous regards for another's wish. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes";

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 discourages; hindrance;

DIATRIBE

bitter scolding; invective;

DICHOTOMY

split; branching into two parts;

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; difference;

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

belittlle

DISPARATE

basically different; unrelated;

DISSEMBLE

disguise; pretend;

DISSEMINATE

distribute; spread; scatter;

DISSOLUTION

disintegration; looseness in morals;

DISSONANCE

discord; opposite of harmony;

DISTEND

expand; swell out;

DISTILL

purify; refine; concentrate;

DIVERGE

vary

DIVEST

strip; deprive;

DOCUMENT

provide written evidence;

DOGMATIC

opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal;

DORMANT

sleeping; lethargic; latent;

DUPE

somebody 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 in a specific group of people or in a specific area of country;

ENERVATE

weaken;

ENGENDER

cause; produce;

ENHANCE

increase; improve;

EPHEMERAL

short-lived; fleeting;

EQUANIMITY

calmness or temperament; composure;

EQUIVOCATE

lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth;

ERUDITE

learned; scholarly;

ESOTERIC

hard to understand; known only to a 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; exonerate;

EXIGENCY

urgent situation;

EXTRAPOLATION

projection; conjecture;

FACETIOUS

joking (often inappropriately); humorous;

FACILITATE

help bring about; make less difficult;

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; incite;

FORESTALL

prevent by taking action in advance;

FRUGALITY

thrift; economy; marked by avoiding waste and being economical

FUTILE

useless; hopeless; ineffectual;

GAINSAY

deny

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