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Barrons GRE Words--Part 4

high frequency words for the GRE
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astringent
harsh; severe
avuncular
benevolent and tolerant, like an uncle
complacent
self-satisfied
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
concomitant
existing concurrently
denigrate
to slur someone's reputation
discrete
constituting a separate thing; distinct
dissolution
disintegration; debauchery
distrait
inattentive; preoccupied
evocative
tending to call to mind or produce a reaction
fracas
a loud quarrel; brawl
impute
to relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault to; assign as a characteristic
internecine
deadly to both sides
inverterate
confirmed; long-standing; deeply rooted
refulgent
brightly shining; resplendent
salacious
lascivious; lustful
subsume
to include; incorporate
phoenix
anything that is restored after suffering great destruction
redoubtable
formidable; arousing fear; worthy of respect
wry
twisted or bent to one side; dryly humorous
plutocracy
society ruled by the wealthy
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
stint
to be sparing
tutelary
serving as a guardian or protector
picayune
insignificant; of little value
oppugn
to oppose, contradict, or call into question
ancillary
of secondary importance; auxillary; helping
compendious
containing or stating briefly and concisely all the essentials; succinct
incipient
beginning to exist or appear
indubitable
too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable
abet
to approve, encourage, and support; to urge or help
decry
to condemn openly; to depreciate by official proclamation or by rumor
decamp
to depart secretly or suddenly; to depart from camping grounds
conclusive
serving to put an end to doubt, question, or uncertainty; decisive
remission
a lessening of intensity or degree; abatement of the symptoms of a disease; release from debt, penalty, or obligation; forgiveness; pardon; cancel
accolade
an expression of approval; praise; a special acknowledgement; an award
bravado
a display of false or assumed courage
utilitarian
stressing practicality over other considerations
truckle
to yield or submit
malcontent
discontented with or in open defiance of
nihilism
a total rejection of existing laws, institutions, and moral values
pander
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others
augur
a prophet or seer; to predict
inextricable
impossible to disentangle, separate, or escape
convulsive
spasmodic; make sudden, violent uncontrollable movements; shake; shock; agitate
incisive
(pertaining to person or mental process): intelligently analytical and clear thinking; (of an account): accurate and sharply focused
risible
such as to provoke laughter; ludicrous; comical
adage
a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb.
aghast
struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror
barrage
an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms; a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops
corollary
an immediate consequence or easily drawn conclusion
derelict
(adj): left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned; neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent; (n): a person abandoned by society, especially a person without a permanent home and means of support; vagrant; bum.
echelon
a level of command, authority, or rank; a level of worthiness, achievement, or reputation
effluvia
a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious.
forensic
pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate; adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical.
gratis
without charge or payment; free
incendiary
tending to inflame the senses; inflammatory; arousing strife
indefatigable
incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
melee
a confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people; confusion, turmoil; jumble
moratorium
an authorized period of delay or waiting; a suspension of activity
nebulous
hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused; cloudy or cloudlike
nefarious
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous
opulent
wealthy, rich or affluent; abundant or plentiful
polarize
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.
promulgate
to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.); to set forth or teach publicly
seminal
having possibilities of future development; of or pertaining to seed
schism
division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties
subterfuge
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something