394 terms

GRE NOVA 400

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abash
humiliate, embarrass
abdicate
relinquish
aberrant
abnormal ab- not dent- not normal
abet
aid, encourage (typically of crime)
abeyance
postponement
aboriginal
indigenous
abridge
shorten
abstemious
moderate to abstain
acclimate
to accustom oneself to the climate
accost
to approach and speak to someone
acquiesce
agree passively
acumen
insight
adamant
insistent
admonish
warn gently
adulterate
contaminate
adversity
hardship
aegis
that which protects
aesthetic
pleasing to the senses, beautiful
affable
friendly
affinity
fondness
aggregate
collect
aghast
horrified
alacrity
swiftness
alienate
antagonize
alleviate
assuage
altruism
benevolence
amalgamation
mixture
ambiguous
unclear
ambivalence
conflicting emotions
amenable
agreeable -amenities
amorphous
shapeless
anachronistic
out of historic order
analogus
similar
anarchy
absence of government
anathema
curse -enemy
animus
hate -animosity
anomalous
abnormal
antipathy
hatred, repulsion
antipodal
exact opposite
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
apathy
indifference
appease
pacify
approbation
approval
artless
naive, simple
ascetic
self-denying
assiduous
hard-working
assimilate
absorb
audacity
boldness
auspicious
favorable
austere
harsh, spartan
autonomous
self-governing
avarice
greed
axiom
self-evident
banal
trite
belie
misrepresent
belittle
disparage
bellicose
warlike
benefactor
patron
boisterous
noisy
boor
vulgar person
bourgeois
middle class
bucolic
rural, rustic
buttress
support
cachet
prestige -badge
cacophony
dissonance
callow
inexperienced
canon
rule
capacious
spacious
capitulate
surrender
castigate
criticize
cathartic
purifying; purgative (like purging)
catholic
universal
caustic
scathing of speech -acid
censure
condemn
chagrin
embarrassment
charlatan
quack
chary
cautious
coagulate
thicken
coda
concluding passage
cogent
well-put, convincing -agent is someone that tries to convince
collusion
conspiracy
commensurate
proportionate
commiserate
empathize
compensatory
redeeming
compliant
obedient
conciliatory
reconciling
condone
overlook wrongdoing
conducive
contributing -conductor
connoisseur
expert
consensus
agreement
contentious
argumentative
conundrum
puzzle; enigma
convoluted
twisted, complicated
covenant
agreement, pact
covert
secret
credence
belief
credulous
believing
cynical
scornful of the movtives of others
dauntless
courageous
dearth
scarcity
defamation
slander
deference
courteously yielding to another -to defer; difference
deleterious
harmful
delineate
draw a line around
demur
objection; take exception to -damn, you are wrong
denigrate
defame -degrade
deprecate
belittle -depreciate
desiccate
dehydrate
despot
tyrant
destitute
poor
desultory
without direction in life
deterrent
hindrance
devoid
empty
devout
pious; devoted to religion
diatribe
long denunciation
dichotomy
a division into two parts
didactic
instructional; -dictate
diffident
shy -different; shy is not the norm
digress
ramble; lose clarity -to move away from progress
disabuse
correct a misconception
discerning
observing; perceptive
discord
lack of harmony
discrete
separate
discretion
prudence; quality of being discreet
disingenuous
deceptive
disparate
various
disseminate
distribute
dissent
disagree
dissolution
disintegration
dissonance
discord
distend
swell -opposite of extend
divest
strip, deprive -opposite of invest -vestitude
divulge
disclose -dive right into it
dogmatic
certain, unchanging in opinion
dormant
asleep
eclectic
from many sources
efficacy
effectiveness
effigy
likeness, mannequin
effloresce
to bloom -flower
effrontery
insolence; audactiy; temerity -to front
elicit
provoke
eloquent
well-spoken
emanicipate
liberate
embellish
exaggerate
endemic
peculiar to a particular region -think of end of an epidemic
enervate
weaken
engender
generate
ennui
boredom -annoyed with everything
enumerate
count
esoteric
known by only a few -historic things are known to a few people
esthetic
artistic -aesthetic
euphemism
genteel expression
euphoria
elation -you live for...
evanescent
fleeing, very brief
exacerbate
worsen
exasperate
worsen
exhibitionist
one who draws attention to himself
exonerate
free from blame
expedite
hasten
extemporize
improvise -extra tempo bc w/o preparation
extol
praise highly
facetious
joking, sarcastic -making funny faces
facilitate
make easier
fallacy
false belief
fathom
understand
fervor
intensity
fickle
always changing one's mind -icky situation, hard time to make up one's mind
filibuster
long speech
fledgling
just beginning
flout
to show disregard for the law -foul out in baseball
foment
instigate -torment
forsake
abandon
fortuitous
lucky
foster
encourage
frugal
thrifty
fulminate
denounce -fully committed to terminate
furtive
stealthy -far from truth
gainsay
contradict -to gain something, you must challenge by saying it
germane
relevant -germain. um how is she relevant again?
glib
insincere manner; slick
gratuitous
unwarranted, uncalled for
gregarious
sociable
halcyon
serene
hamper
obstruct
harangue
tirade -her anger
harry
harass
hedonism
excessive pursuit of pleasure in life
hegemony
authority, domination -germany
histrionic
overly dramatic -hysteria
homogeneous
uniform
hyperbole
exaggeration
hypocritical
deceiving
iconoclast
someone who denounces sacred traditions -clash against iconic figures
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity
imminent
about to happen
impecunious
indigent
imperative
vital
imperturbable
calm
impervious
impenetrable
impetuous
impulsive -petulant
implicit
implied
impolitic
unwise -people in politics are not wise
impulsive
act suddenly
impunity
exemption from harm
inadvertent
unintentional -in (not) advertisement
incendiary
inflammatory
incipient
beginning
incontrovertible
indisputable
incorrigible
indisputable
indifferent
unconcerned
indigent
poor
indolent
lazy
indomitable
invincible -impossible to dominate
ineffable
inexpressible -in(not) fable
inert
inactive -innertia
inherent
innate
inhibit
restrain
inimical
hostile -enemy
insatiable
gluttonous; impossilbe to satisfy
insidious
treacherous -something inside or hidden
insipid
flat, dull
insufferable
unbearable
insular
narrow-minded
intangible
not perceptible by touch
internecine
mutually destructive
intractable
unmanageable
intrepid
fearless
inundate
flood
inure
accustom, habituate, harden -in yourself
invective
verbal insult
inveigle
lure -invite
irascible
irritable
irresolute
hesitant, uncertain
itinerary
route
judicious
prudent
laconic
brief, terse
lassitude
lethargy
laudatory
commendable
levity
frivolity -leave it without seriousness
lucid
clearly understood
lurid
ghastly -horrid
machiavellian
politically crafty, cunning
magnanimous
generous, kindhearted
magnate
powerful, successful person
malevolence
bad intent, malice
malinger
shirk; to feign illness
malleable
moldable, tractable
misanthrope
hater of mankind
miscreant
evildoer -opposite of what is created
mitigate
lessen the severity
mundane
ordinary
nadir
lowest point
narcissism
self-love
nascent
incipient
neologism
newly coined expression -new logic
nonplus
confound -why did i not get an A+
noxious
toxic
obfuscate
bewilder, muddle
obtuse
stupid
obviate
to prevent
odious
despicable
officious
forward, obtrusive
omnipotent
all-powerful
onerous
burdensome -ON US
opprobrium
disgrace -opium
oscillate
waver
paean
song of praise -piano
paradigm
model
paragon
standard of excellence
parody
imitation, ridicule
parsimonious
stingy
paucity
scarcity
pedagogical
pertaining to teaching -pedophile must be taught a lesson
pedantic
bookish -patent
penchant
inclination
penury
poverty
pernicious
destructive -per noxious
perpetuity
eternity
perspicacious
keen -perspective, perceptive
pervade
permeate
philanthropic
charitable
phlegmatic
sluggish -pragmatic
piety
devoutness
pious
devout, holy
piquant
tart-tasting, spicy -QUANT is more delighful than Verbal
pithy
concise -math pi is concise
platitude
trite remark
platonic
nonsexual
plethora
overabundance
polemic
controversy -political polls are controversial
posthumous
after death
pragmatic
practical
precarious
dangerous, risky -Care to do something dangerous
precipitate
cause
precursor
forerunner
preponderance
predominance; prevalence
presumptuous
assuming; excessively forward -make assumptions
pretentious
ostentatious
pretext
excuse
prevaricate
lie
probity
integrity -probe
problematic
uncertain
prodigal
wasteful
prodigy
genius
profligate
licentious, prodigal
profound
deep
profusion
overabundance
prolific
fruitful, productive
propensity
inclination
proportionate
commensurate
propriety
decorum -proper
prosaic
uninspired, flat
proscribe
prohibit -pre scribe
protuberance
bulge -protrude
pundit
politically astute person -smart people comes up with intelligent puns
pungent
sharp smell or taste
qualms
misgivings
quash
put down, suppress -squash
querulous
complaining
quixotic
impractical, romanitc
raconteur
story teller
recalcitrant
stubborn -companies recall bc determined to fix
recant
retract
redoubtable
formidable, unnerving -if you doubt yourself again...
refractory
obstinate
relegate
assign to an inferior position
renege
break a promise
renounce
disown
reprehensible
blameworthy
reproach
blame
reprobate
miscreant
repudiate
disavow
requisite
necessary
rescind
revoke
resolute
determined
reticent
reserved
retribution
reprisal
reverent
respectful
rhapsody
ecstasy
rhetoric
elocution, grandiloquence
sanctimonious
self-righteous
sanction
approval
sanguinary
gory, murderous -gory
satiate
satisfy fully
satire
ridicule
schism
rift
secular
worldly, nonreligious
sedulous
diligent -to seduce
severance
division
skeptical
doubtful
solicitous
considerate, concerned -solicit with consideration
solvent
financially sounds
sophistry
specious reasoning -appears sophicated
specious
false but plausible -suspicious
spurious
false, counterfeit -spur of the moment is wrong
squander
waste
stupefy
deaden, dumfound
stymie
hinder, thwart
sullen
sulky, sour
supercilious
arrogant -super conscious
superfluous
overabundant -super flowing
surfeit
overabundance -surplus
synthesis
combination
tacit
understood without being spoken
temerity
boldness
tenuous
thing, insubstantial -attentuate; tennis players
terse
concise
torpid
lethargic, inactive
tractable
docile, manageable
transient
fleeting, temporary
trenchant
incisive, penetrating
truculent
fierce -trunk
ubiquitous
omnipresent, pervasive
ulterior
hidden, covert
untenable
cannot be achieved -unattenable
untoward
perverse -not toward your interest
urbane
refined, worldly
vacillate
waver
venerable
revered -honorable
veracity
truthfulness -verify
verbose
wordy
vernacular
common speech
vex
annoy
viable
capable of surviving
vilify
defame -villain
virulent
deadly, poisonous
vitriolic
scathing; acidic -vie for liquor
vituperative
abusive
vivacious
lively
volatile
unstable
voluminous
bulky, extensive
voracious
hungry
xenophobia
fear of foreigners
Zealot
Fanatic