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188 terms

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
gregarious
sociable
guileless
without deceit
gullible
easily deceived
harangue
long, passionate and vehement speech
homogeneous
of the same kind
hyperbole
exaggeration; overrstatement
iconoclastic
attacking cherish tradition
idolatry
worship of idols; excessive admiration
immutable
unchangeable
impair
injure; hurt
impassive
without feeling; imperturbable; stoical
impede
hinder; block
impermeable
impervious; not permitting passage through its passage
imperturbable
calm placid
impervious
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
inadvertently
unintentionally
inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
incorporate
introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
indigence
poverty
indolent
lazy
inert
inactive
ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
inherent
firmly established by native or habit
innocuous
harmless
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insinuate
hint; imply; creep in
insipid
lacking in flavor; dull
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
intractable
unruly; stubborn; unyielding
intransigence
refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
inundate
overwhelm; flood; submerge
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
abusive
irascible
irritable; easily angered
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
itinerary
plan of a trip