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1000 Top GRE Words

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abate
"to lessen, to subside "
abdication
giving up control authority
abet
help/encourage somebody (in doing wrong)
abeyance
suspended action
abidance
the state of abiding; abode; continuance; compliance (with)
abject
"hopeless, most unfortunate or miserable"
abjure
promise or swear to give up
abraded
rubbed off worn away by friction
abrogate
repeal or annul by authority
absonous
"inharmonious, incongruous, discordant"
abstruse
"difficult to comprehend, obscure, esoteric, recondite"
abut
border on
acarpous
"worn out, effete, no longer fertile"
accolade
"praise, approval, encomium "
accretion
the growing of separate things into one ; increase by natural growth
admonish /-nitory
"warn strongly, take to task / containing warning "
adulation
"excessive praise, flattery, sycophancy"
affable
polite and friendly
affiance
give to (in marriage) ; assure by promise
afterwise
"Wise after the event, wise or knowing when it is too late"
agglutination
clumping of bacteria/red cells when held together by antibodies; glueing
agog
eager/excited
ail
"trouble, be ill "
alacrity
eager and cheerful readiness
allegiance
"duty, support, loyalty "
altruism
"quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others, selflessness"
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambiguous
"having two contrary meanings, equivocal"
ambivalent
characterized by opposite feelings or emotions
ambulatory
"(pertaining to legs) able to walk about, ambulant"
ambuscade
"act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise, ambush"
ameliorate
improve make better
amenable
ageeable; responsive to suggestion; changeable
amortize
end (a debt) by setting aside money
anachronism
something out of place i.t.o. its historical or chronological context
annals
"chronological record of events in successive years, chronicles"
antithetical
direct opposing
aplomb
self-confidence
apochryphal
"false, spurious, fallacious"
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
apotheosis
"deification, glorification to godliness "
appellation
"identifying words by which something is classified, designation"
apprise
"make aware of, give information or notice to ; Gain in value (of currency)"
apprise
give notice to inform
approbation
"approval, commendation"
appropriate
"confiscate, invade"
apropos
"appropriate to the situation, apt, felicitous"
apt
"well-suited, quick-witted, pertinent "
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arboreal
of connected with trees
ardor
"enthusiasm, fervour, zeal "
argot
jargon slang
arrant
in the highest degree
arrogate
"demand as being one's property, seize and take control without authority"
ascetic
"practicing religious self-denial, austere, stark "
ascribe
consider to be the origin of or belonging to
aseptic
surgically clean
asperity
"hardship, something hard to endure; harshness, irritability,"
aspersion
"slander, calumny "
asseverate
"state categorically, make a positive statement or solemn declaration"
assiduous
"diligent, hard-working, sedulous "
assuage
make something (pain desire) less
astringent
substance that shrinks
atonement
"repayment, death of Jesus "
attenuate
"make thin. Weaken, enervate "
attune
bring into harmony
augury
"omen sign, prediction"
august
majestic venerable
austere
"severely moral and strict, simple and plain, ascetic, stark"
avarice
"greed, esp for wealth"
avatar
incarnation ; new personification of a familiar idea
aver
"affirm, assert, prove, justify "
aversion
strong dislike
avid
"eager, greedy, zealous for something "
avow
"admit, declare openly "
awry
"twisted toward one side, off course ; not functioning properly"
axiom / axiomatic
"a universally accepted principle; self evident truth, taken as given"
bacchanalian
drunken merrymaking
baleful
"harmful, causing evil, ominous, pernicious, baneful, pestilent"
baneful
"causing harm or ruin, sinister, ominous, pernicious, baleful"
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river
barren
"not good enough, unable to have young ones without value "
bedizen
"to adorn, especially in a cheap and showy manner "
belabor
beat hard
belie
"be in contradiction with, represent falsely, negate, contradict"
bellicose
"warlike, belligerent, pugnacious, contentious"
belligerent
(person nation) waging war
benediction
"act of praying for divine protection, blessing"
benevolence
wish or activity in doing good
bequest
"arrangement to give something at death, legacy, inheritance"
berate
"scold sharply, reproach, vituperate, upbraid"
bereft
rob or dispossess of something (material)
beset
"surrounded to be attacked by all sides, besieged ; plagued"
bilge
bulge; sides of the vessel that curve in to form the bottom (ship)
binge
Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
blandishment
"flattery, coaxing, enticement"
blithe
"cheerful, casual, carefree, insouciant, nonchalant"
boorish
"crude, offensive, rude "
brazen
made of brass
broach
"bring up, announce, begin to talk about, initiate"
brook
"to tolerate, endure "
bucolic
"charachteristic of rural areas/people (like a village/r !!), rustic, pastoral"
burgeon
"to expand, grow and flourish"
burnish
to polish rub to a shine
cabal
a scheme or plot a group of plotters
cacophony / -nous
a loud harsh or strident noise
cadence
"recurrent rhythmical series, rhythm, a 'beat'"
cadge
to beg to get by begging
cajole
use flattery or deceit to persuade
calcify
"to change into a hard, stony condition, petrify"
calipers
metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument
callow
"immature, inexperienced, unsophisticated, fledgling, naïve"
calumny
"slander, aspersion "
cannon
code of laws or set of principles (usually religious in nature)
cant
insincere talk/jargon
capitulate
"to surrender, give up"
capricious
"unpredictable, erratic, changing one's mind impulsively, whimsical"
captious
faultfinding
caret
mark used by an author to indicate where something is to be inserted
carousal
"drunken revel, a merry drinking party"
castigate / -ion
to chastise correct by punishing / severe punishment
cathartic
"strongly laxative, stimulates evacuation of the bowels (shitting), purgative"
caucus
a closed political meeting
caustic
"biting, sarcastic (in speech), satire "
censure
"expression of blame or disapproval, a rebuke "
centurion
leader of a unit of 100 soldiers
chagrin
"strong feelings of embarrassment, vexation, shame / to hurt the pride of"
chary
"cautious, wary "
chastened
corrected punished
chastisement
punishment
chicanery
"legal trickery, deception, shenanigan, guile, foxiness / false argument"
choleric
"quickly aroused to anger, irascible"
chronicles
"chronological record of events in successive years, annals"
churl
bad-tempered person
clamor
"shout, complain with a lot of noise "
cloture
closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
cloy
"To fill to satiety, to stuff full, to clog ; to overload, to burden"
coagulation
change to a thick and solid state
coalescing
coming together and uniting into one substance
coda
"passage that concludes a piece of music, finale (analogous to epilogue)"
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
codicil
"an addition to a will, appendix, supplement"
coeval
"of the same period, contemporary, coetaneous"
cogent
strong convincing
cogitate
"think deeply, mediate "
cognizant
being fully aware of
colander
bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
commensurate
"equivalent, corresponding in size or degree ; fitting, appropriate to"
commingle
mix together different elements
commodious
having plenty of space for what is needed
compendium
"a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work, collection"
complacent / ncy
"self-satisfied, contented to a fault / feeling of self-satisfaction, smug"
complaisance
"tending to comply, willingness to please, obliging, deference"
compunction
"feeling of regret for one's action, contrite "
conceit
"over-high opinion of, too much pride "
concord
agreement or harmony
confluence
"flowing together, place where two things come together"
confound
"be confusing or perplexing to, cause to be unable to think clearly"
congeal
"make or become gelatinous, stiff and solid "
congenial
"suitable to your needs or similar to your nature, agreeble, friendly"
congenital
"present from birth but not necessarily hereditary, inherent"
conjoin
to join together
consternation
surprise and fear dismay
consummate
"perfect, make perfect, complete ; of marriages"
contemn
to scorn or despise
contentious
"argumentative, combative, quarrelsome, pugnacious, bellicose"
contiguous
"touching, neighboring, near, adjoining"
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity
contrite
"filled with deep sorrow for wrongdoing, compunction "
contumacious
"insubordinate, rebellious "
conundrum
"a riddle, dilemma, enigma "
convivial
"friendly, occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company"
convoke
"call together, summon "
convoluted
"complicated, coiled, twisted, labyrinthine "
cornucopia
abundant supply
corporeal
"pertaining to the body, somatic"
corroborate / -tion
"Support with evidence, confirm / additional strengthening, evidence "
coruscate
glitter; scintillate; be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
countenance
to favor or approve of
countervail
counterbalance
covetous
eagerly desirous
cower
crouch shrink back (ketakutan)
coy
"shy, modest (esp of a girl) "
crass
so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility (stupidity)
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie
craven
"cowardly person, pusillanimous"
culpable
deserving blame (of a crime)
curmudgeon
bad-tempered person
cursory
"quick, hurried, perfunctory"
dainty
"pretty, delicate (food) ; difficult to please "
dawdler
"person who is slow, waste of time "
dearth
"shortage, sacarcity, paucity"
debacle
"A sudden and violent collapse, sudden disaster "
debilitate
make weak (w.r.t. health)
decimate
"kill in large numbers (one in every ten), annihilate"
decorum / -rous
"propriety, properness / proper"
decrepitude
"state of deterioration due to old age or long use, dilapidation"
decry
disapprove of
defer
"postpone, delay ; submit to another's wish or opinion"
deference / tial
"showing respect, regardful of another's wishes"
delineate
"to portray, depict, sketch out, define, describe "
deluge
"great flood, heavy rush of water / to flood, inundate"
demagogue
"person appealing not to reasons but to emotions, rabble-rouser"
demur
"to hesitate, raise objections "
denigrate
"defame, belittle, sully, disparage, detract"
denouement
an outcome or solution the unraveling of a plot
deposition
"dethronement, depositing "
deprave
make morally bad corrupt
deprecate
"protest against, express disapproval of, inveigh, deplore"
dereliction
deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
derision
"ridicule, scorn, treat with contempt"
descry
"catch sight of, see something in the distance "
desiccate / nt
dehydrate / substance used to absorb moisture
desuetude
cessation of use disuse
desultory
aimless haphazard digressing at random
detraction
"criticism, slandering, verbal attack, aspersion, calumny"
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
diaphanous
transparent gauzy
diatribe
"violent verbal attack, tirade, malediction, obloquy, jeremiad, fulmination"
dichotomy
"Being twofold, a classification into two opposed subclasses, duality"
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
diffidence
shyness
digression
"a message that departs from the main subject, wandering off"
dilapidate
Bring into a condition of decay by neglect or misuse
dilate
"speak comprehensively, become wider, large "
dilatory
"tending to cause delay, procrastinating"
dilettante
"one with amateur or superficial interest in a subject, dabbler"
dirge
"hymn of mourning performed as a memorial to a dead person, lament"
disabuse
"to set right, undeceive"
discern / -ing
"see with an effort but clearly, perceive, recognize / shrewd; discriminating"
discomfit
confuse embarrass
disconcert
upset the self-possession of
disconsolate
sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled
discordant
"conflicting in sound, disharmonious, dissonant"
discountenance
refuse to approve of
discourse
"speech, lecture "
discreet
careful/prudent
discrepancy
A difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
disdain
look on with contempt
disencumber
free from encumbrance
disheveled
untidy
disingenuous
"sophisticated, artful, trying to deceive, cunning "
disinter
dig up from the earth (inter = bury)
disparage / -ging
"to belittle, denigrate / derogative"
disparate
"essentially different, unlike "
disproof
proof to the contrary
disquisition
an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
dissemble
speak or behave so as to hide something (in mind)
disseminate
distribute (esp. ideas)
dissent
have a different opinion refuse to assent
dissimulate
"pretend; conceal by feigning, as of feelings"
dissolute
"lewd, debauched, degenerate, dissipated, libertine, profligate"
distend
"to swell, expand"
divest
"take away possessions from someone, deprive of status"
divestiture
An order to an offending party to rid itself of property
divulge
"make known something secret, disclose"
doggerel
"trivial, poorly constructed verse "
dolt
stupid fellow
dote
"show much fondness, excessive attention, Be senile due to old age"
dour
"stubbornly unyielding, pertinacious ; dull, sullen, gloomy, saturnine"
drawl
slow way of speaking by drawing out the vowels
droll
jesting
drone
"male bee, person who isn't self-employed "
dulcet
"melodious, harmonious "
duress
threats to compel somebody
ebullient / ce
"overflowing with enthusiasm / exuberance, outburst of feeling "
eclectic
"composed of elements drawn from various sources, compiled"
ecumenical
"representing the whole Christian world, of worldwide scope"
edacious
"devouring, voracious, ravenous, rapacious"
effete
marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
efficacy / cious
"production of a desired result, productive, efficient, effective"
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles a noxious odor or vapor
effrontery
"boldness, impudence, arrogance "
egress
"reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse, the act of coming out"
elegy
"a lament, a melancholy composition, dirge"
emaciate
make thin and weak
emancipate
"free from slavery or servitude,give equal rights to minorities, manumit"
embellish
make beautiful
emolient
"soothing (esp to the skin), mollify"
emote
"stir up, excite "
emulate
"to simulate, imitate ; strive to equality"
encapsulate
enclose in capsule
encomium
"warm or glowing praise, eulogy, panegyric, accolade"
encumbrance
burden things that get on the way of
endearing
making dear or liked
endemic
epidemic ; prevailing to people living in a particular location