GRE Barron's Essential 800 Words for the GRE (Part 1)

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The words that I have found tricky out of the 800 Essential Barron's words for the GRE

fallow

plowed but not sowed; uncultivated

aspersion

slander; false rumor

discomfit

to make uneasy; disconcert

distrait

inattentive; preoccupied

dissolution

disintegration; debauchery

evince

to show plainly; to be an indication of

amulet

ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

hirsute

covered with hair

desultory

random; disconnected; rambling

extirpate

to root up; to destroy

exigency

crisis; urgent requirements

expatiate

to speak or write at length

exhort

to urge by strong appeal

expiate

to atone for

assiduous

diligent; hard-working

delineate

to represent or depict

dross

waste; worthless matter; trivial matter

abate

to decrease; reduce

exact

to force the payment of; demand and obtain by authority

contrite

very sorrowful for a wrong

continence

self-control; abstention from sexual activity

etiology

causes or origins

contumacious

disobedient; rebellious

effete

depleted of vitality; over-refined; decadent

beatify

to sanctify; to bless; to ascribe a virtue to

abjure

to reject; abandon formally

exculpate

to clear of blame; vindicate

essay

to make an attempt; subject to a test

demur

to express doubt

encomium

a formal expression of praise

cozen

to mislead by trick or fraud; deceive

diffidence

shyness; lack of confidence

diaphanous

transparent; fine-textured; insubstantial; vague

fatuous

foolishly self-satisfied

execrable

detestable; abhorrent

conciliatory

overcoming distrust or hostility

emollient

soothing; mollifying

carping

to find fault; complain

bedizen

to dress in a vulgar, showy manner

cant

insincere talk; language of a particular group

factotum

handyman

fallow

plowed but not sowed; uncultivated

fawning

seeking favor by flattering

flag

to droop; grow weak

florid

ruddy; reddish; flowery

flout

to treat scornfully

flux

flowing; a continuous moving

foment

to incite; arouse

forbearance

patience

forestall

to prevent; delay

formidable

menacing; threatening

forswear

renounce; repudiate

founder

to sink; fail; collapse

fracas

a loud quarrel; brawl

fractious

quarrelsome; unruly; rebellious

frieze

ornamental band on a wall

froward

stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient

garrulous

very talkative; wordy

gauche

coarse and uncouth; clumsy

gossamer

sheer; light and delicate, like cobwebs

grandiloquent

pompous; bombastic

grouse

to complain

guileless

free of cunning or deceit; artless

halcyon

calm and peaceful; happy; golden; prosperous

hallowed

holy; sacred

harangue

long, pompous speech; tirade

harrowing

extremely distressing; terrifying

hermetic

tightly sealed; magical

histrionic

relating to exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect; theatrical arts or performances

homily

sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; platitude

iconoclastic

attacking cherished traditions

imbroglio

complicated situation; an entanglement

impassive

showing no emotion

impecunious

poor; having no money

impervious

impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected

implacable

inflexible; incapable of being pleased

imprecation

curse

impute

relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault to; assign as a characteristic

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