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800 High Frequency GRE Words Part 3

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deride
v. to mock
derivative
n. something derived; unoriginal
adj.
dessicate
v. to dry completely
Ex. dead animals desiccate quickly in the desert
desuetude
n. state of disuse
desultory
adj. random; disconnected; rambling
deterrent
n. something that discourages or hinders
detraction
n. the act of taking away; derogatory comment on a person's character
diaphanous
adj. transparent; fine-textured; insubstantial; vague
diatrite
n. bitter verbal attack
dichotomy
n. division into two usually contradictory parts
Ex. the dichotomy between the mind and physical phenomena
diffidence
n. shyness; lack of confidence
diffuse
v. to spread out
digression
n. act of straying from the main point
dirge
n. funeral hymn
disabuse
v. to free from a misconception
discerning
adj. perceptive; exhibiting keen insight and good judgment
discomfit
v. to make uneasy; disconcert
discordant
adj. not in tune
discredit
v. to dishonor; disgrace; caused to be doubted
discrepancy
n. difference between
discrete
adj. constituing a separate thing; distinct
discretion
n. quality if showing self-restraint in speech or actions; circumspection; freedom to act on one's own
disingenuous
adj. not candid; crafty
disinterested
adj. unprejudiced; objective
disjointed
adj. lacking order or coherence; dislocated
dismiss
v. put away from consideration; reject
disparage
v. to belittle
disparate
adj. dissimilar
dissemble
v. to pretend; disguise one's motives
disseminate
v. to spread; scatter; disperse
dissident
n. the person who disagrees about beliefs, etc.
dissolution
n. disintegration; debauchery
dissonance
n. discord; lack of harmony
distend
v. to expand; swell out
distill
v. extract the essential elements
distrait
adj. inattentive; preoccupied
diverge
v. to vary; go in different directions from the same point
divest
v. to strip; deprive; rid
divulge
v. to make known something that is secret
doctrinaire
adj. relating to a person who cannot compromise about points of a theory or doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
document
v. to provide with written evidence to support
doggerel
n. poor verse
dogmatic
adj. stating opinions without proof
dormant
adj. inactive
dross
n. waste; worthless matter; trivial matter
dupe
v. to deceive; trick
ebullient
adj. exhilarated; enthusiastic
eclectic
adj. selecting from various sources
effervescence
n. state of high spirit or liveliness; the process of bubling as gas escapes
Ex. an effervescent personality as a compensation for his perceived deficiency
effete
adj. depleted of vitality; overrefined; decadent
efficacy
n. efficiency; effectiveness
effrontery
n. shameless boldness; presumptuousness
Ex. the student has the effrontery to argue that school is largely a waste of time
egoism
n. the tendency to see things in relation to oneself; self-centeredness
egotistical
adj. excessively self-centered; conceited
elegy
n. poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit
v. to provoke; draw out
elixir
n. a substance believed to have the power to cure ills
Elysian
adj. blissful; delightful
emaciated
adj. thin and wasted
Ex. the prisoner was emaciated after being fed only bread and water
embellish
v. to adorn; decorate; enhance; make more attractive by adding details
emollient
adj. soothing; mollifying
empirical
adj. derived from observation or experiment
emulate
v. to imitate; copy
Ex. scientists try to emulate nature
encomium
n. a formal expression of praise
endemic
adj. inherent; belonging to an area
enervate
v. to weaken
engender
v. to cause; produce
enhance
v. to increase; improve
entomology
n. the scientific study of insects
enunciate
v. to pronounce clearly