Studying this set, along with the others I created, got me a 162 on the verbal section and I didn't even have time to learn all of the words. On top of that, there were words that I didn't learn, from these sets, that were on the GRE. Had I learned them, my score would have been higher. I hope these sets help you get a solid score too.
This set contains selections from the final third of the Kaplan 900 GRE words list as well as various helpful words. This set also contains what has not been inc…
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a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual; the liquid thus used.
to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce; relinquish; give up.
slightly sour; sharp; caustic; moderately acid or tart.
associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.
inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within; divine communication of knowledge.
to drive or urge forward; press on; propel; incite or constrain to action.
the belief that things ultimately lead to good.
related or akin through males or on the father's side; allied or akin.
of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable
a collection of miscellaneous information, or an item, about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
a celestial body; a body, object, etc., that gives light; a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others.
pertaining to or resembling the wolf; savage; ravenous; predatory; any of numerous plants belonging to the genus "Lupinus."
having failed, missed, or fallen short; unsuccessful; unfulfilled or frustrated.
to release from slavery or servitude.
something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops.
a mixture; medley.
a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.
a heterogeneous mixture; jumble.
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.
the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures; the act, capability, or period of producing or bringing forth.
a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power; a favored or highly regarded person; a minor official.
a pouting grimace.
a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.
unspeakable, unutterable; appalling.
a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing; a rain cloud.
censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public; disgrace or discredit from public blame.
resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly; noisy, clamorous, or boisterous.
a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction; a popular outcry; any loud and continued noise.
the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion; viscera; refuse; rubbish; garbage.
dead and putrefying flesh; rottenness; anything vile.
the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity; the intestines, bowels.
to hold or express an opinion.
with deference to; with the permission of.
any thick skinned hoofed animal, such as an elephant; a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.
an argument or conclusion violating principles of valid reasoning.
any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion.
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources; an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
having perception; discerning; discriminating.
a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation; the future state of the wicked; hell; utter destruction or ruin.
full; complete; entire; absolute; unqualified; attended by all qualified members; fully constituted.
of or pertaining to rain, especially much rain; rainy.
a wretched coward; craven.
the part of the stage in front of the curtain; the wall frame for the stage; the stage itself; the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch.
to seek to convert someone to a religion, cause, belief, or political position.
physical beauty; comeliness.
pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair; proper; seemly; becoming.
as; as being; in the character or capacity of.
the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing; a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy.
usual or customary; ordinary; everyday; daily; characterized by paroxysms that recur daily.
a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage; suite.
a servant or attendant who has served a family for many years; A fee paid to secure services, as of a lawyer.
a number of things forming a series or set; a company of followers or attendants; a train or retinue.
full of flavor or taste; flavorful.
a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.
placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank; of less importance; secondary; subservient; subject; dependent.
a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat; any tyrant or oppressor.
growing old; aging; characteristic of old age.
following with smooth or logical regularity; ready to follow any leader; pliant; slavish; obsequious.
of or befitting a slave; abjectly submissive; base; mean; ignoble; deliberately imitative; lacking originality.
of low character, aims, etc.; mean; base; of low grade or quality; inferior.
pressed together or compacted; crowded together.
a beginner in learning anything; novice.
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value; to make thin; make slender or fine.
pompous and grandiloquent language; pretentious.
speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
a person who is aggressively and blindly patriotic; a person who believes one gender is superior to the other.
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful; digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random.
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy; restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge.
any barrier or boundary; an act or means of preventing complete loss of a bet, an argument, an investment, or the like, with a partially counterbalancing or qualifying one; to prevent or hinder free movement; obstruct.
fond of the company of others; sociable; pertaining to a flock or crowd.
a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition; a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration.
incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm.
adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful; unfriendly; hostile.
unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect; opposing one's interests or desire; being or acting in a contrary direction; opposite; confronting.
talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous; wordy.
to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
wearisome uniformity or lack of variety; the continuance of an unvarying sound; monotone.
firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty; not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease; not easily controlled or overcome.
a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence; quintessence; someone of exceptional merit; an unusually large, round pearl.
overabundance; excess; superfluity.
a superabundant or excessive amount; something superfluous, as a luxury.
unnecessary or needless; exceeding what is sufficient or required; being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly; to cast, plunge, or send, especially violently or abruptly.
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless; dormant.
to make rare or rarer; make less dense; thin out; to make more refined, spiritual, or exalted.
the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast; the study of the effective use of language; the ability to use language effectively; the art of prose in general as opposed to verse; the art of using speech to persuade, influence, or please; oratory; speech or discourse that pretends to significance but lacks true meaning.
skill or eloquence in public speaking; the art of public speaking.
causing or tending to cause sleep; sleepy; drowsy.
apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible; pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation; a small scar or mark such as a birthmark.
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
without emotion; apathetic; unmoved; calm; serene; unconscious; insensible; not subject to suffering.
fear to the point of awe; elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.; impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.; supreme or outstanding; complete; absolute; utter.
sluggish inactivity or inertia; lethargic indifference; apathy; dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.
having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance; inactive or sluggish by habit or nature.
to confuse; to irritate; annoy; provoke; to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry; to discuss or debate with vigor or at great length; to afflict with physical pain.
a table napkin.
a heavy silk fabric with a knobbly surface.
to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous; to follow closely; to ensue.
to follow in order; come afterward, especially in immediate succession; to follow as a consequence; result.
to cease from some action; desist; to come to an end.
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; to stop or abstain.
a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person; ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.
not combed; uncared-for or neglected; disheveled; messy; unpolished; rough; crude.
the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer.
the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God's attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
reckless; rashness or boldness.
dark; gloomy; obscure.
a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman; violent; turbulent; brawling; shrewish.
a woman of violent temper and speech; termagant; any of several small, mouselike insectivores of the genus Sorex and related genera, having a long, sharp snout.
a rocky pinnacle; a peak of a bare or rocky mountain or hill.
a lofty peak; the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.; any pointed, towering part or formation, as of rock; to set on or as if on a pinnacle.
a situation, analogous to a dilemma, in which there are three almost equally undesirable alternatives; a quandary posed by three alternative courses of action.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma; predicament.
any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority; an official edict.
a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority; any authoritative proclamation or command.
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion; decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute; having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical; capricious; unreasonable; unsupported.
a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire; a person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.
one selected to settle disputes about the application of settled rules or usages; a person agreed on by disputing parties to arbitrate their differences.
the right to use someone else's property as long as it is not damaged in the process.
of, pertaining to, or suggesting spring; springlike; belonging to or characteristic of youth.
verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.
caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.
a person who is bound by solemn religious vows; a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit; a devoted follower or admirer.
to roll, toss, or heave; to writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals; to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood; to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.
a confused mass; a jumble or muddle; a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval; a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about.
to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.; to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort; to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment; to live self-indulgently; luxuriate; revel; to flounder about; move along or proceed clumsily or with difficulty; to surge up or billow forth, as smoke or heat.
to enjoy oneself without stint; revel; to grow fully or abundantly; thrive; to take voluptuous pleasure.
to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance; to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict; a period of time spent doing something.
excessively; in an inappropriate, unjustifiable, or improper manner; immoderately; in contradiction of moral or legal standards.
to blow off or away; to separate the good from the bad; to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; sift; to analyze critically.
an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death; a visible spirit; a ghost or any apparition; an insubstantial copy of something; something pale, thin, and lacking in substance, such as a column of smoke.
to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does; to signify.
a presentiment or foreboding; something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication; prophetic significance; augury; foresight; prescience.
to foretell or predict; be an omen of; to warn or indicate beforehand; portend; to have a strong inner feeling or notion of; have a presentiment of.
soothsayer; prophet; to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate; to conjecture from signs or omens; predict; to argue, talk, or converse; an excessively talkative person.
of or pertaining to prognosis; predictive of something in the future; a forecast or prediction; an omen or portent; sign.
a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery; a forecast or prognostication.
massive structure built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley and western Iranian plateau, having the form of a terraced step pyramid of successively receding stories or levels.
a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another; the flat roof of a house.
a person who professes to foretell events; a seer.