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GRE High Frequency Words 334 words

1. abate
become less in amount or intensity
2. chicanery
the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
3. disseminate
cause to become widely known
4. gainsay
take exception to
5. latent
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
6. aberrant
markedly different from an accepted norm
7. coagulate
change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
8. dissolution
separation into component parts
9. garrulous
full of trivial conversation
10. laud
praise, glorify, or honor
11. abeyance
temporary cessation or suspension
12. coda
the closing section of a musical composition

13. dissonance
disagreeable sounds
14. goad
stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
15. lethargic
deficient in alertness or activity
16. abscond
run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
17. cogent
powerfully persuasive
18. distend
cause to expand as it by internal pressure
19. gouge
an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
20. levee
an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
21. abstemious
marked by temperance in indulgence
22. commensurate
corresponding in size or degree or extent
23. distill
undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
24. grandiloquent
lofty in style

25. levity
a manner lacking seriousness
26. admonish
take to task
27. compendium
a publication containing a variety of works
28. diverge
move or draw apart
29. gregarious
instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
30. log
a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
31. adulterate
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing
valuable ingredients with inferior ones
32. complaisant
showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
33. divest
take away possessions from someone
34. guileless
free of deceit
35. loquacious
full of trivial conversation
36. aesthetic
concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
37. compliant
disposed or willing to comply

38. document
anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
39. gullible
naive and easily deceived or tricked
40. lucid
(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
41. aggregate
a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
42. conciliatory
making or willing to make concessions
43. dogmatic
of or pertaining to or characteristic of a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
44. harangue
a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
45. luminous
softly bright or radiant
46. alacrity
liveliness and eagerness
47. condone
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
48. dormant
inactive but capable of becoming active
49. homogeneous
all of the same or similar kind or nature

50. magnanimity
liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
51. alleviate
provide physical relief, as from pain
52. confound
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
53. dupe
fool or hoax
54. hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
55. malingerer
someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
56. amalgamate
to bring or combine together or with something else
57. connoisseur
an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
58. ebullient
joyously unrestrained
59. iconoclastic
characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
60. malleable
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
61. ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
62. contention
the act of competing as for profit or a prize

63. eclectic
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
64. idolatry
the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
65. maverick
someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
66. ambivalence
mixed feelings or emotions
67. contentious
inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
68. efficacy
capacity or power to produce a desired effect
69. immutable
not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature
70. mendacious
given to lying
71. ameliorate
to make better
72. contrite
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
73. effrontery
audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
74. impair
make worse or less effective

75. metamorphosis
a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
76. anachronism
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
77. conundrum
a difficult problem
78. elegy
a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
79. impassive
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
80. meticulous
marked by precise accordance with details
81. analogous
similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
82. converge
be adjacent or come together
83. elicit
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
84. impede
be a hindrance or obstacle to
85. misanthrope
someone who dislikes people in general
86. anarchy
a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
87. convoluted
rolled longitudinally upon itself

88. embellish
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
89. impermeable
preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
90. mitigate
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
91. anomalous
deviating from the general or common order or type
92. craven
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
93. empirical
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
94. imperturbable
not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure
95. mollify
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
96. antipathy
a feeling of intense dislike
97. daunt
cause to lose courage
98. emulate
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
99. impervious
not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

100. morose
showing a brooding ill humor
101.
apathy
an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
102.
decorum
propriety in manners and conduct
103.
endemic
native to or confined to a certain region
104.
implacable
incapable of being placated
105.
mundane
found in the ordinary course of events
106.
appease
make peace with
107.
default
an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
108.
enervate
weaken mentally or morally
109.
implicit
implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
110.
negate
make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
111.
apprise
inform (somebody) of something
112.
deference
courteous regard for people's feelings

113.
engender
make children
114.
implode
burst inward
115.
neophyte
any new participant in some activity
116.
approbation
official approval
delineate
represented accurately or precisely
117.
increase

enhance

118.
inadvertently
without knowledge or intention
119.
obdurate
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
120.
appropriate
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
121.
denigrate
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
122.
ephemeral
anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
123.
inchoate
only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

124.
obsequious
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
125.
arduous
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
126.
deride
treat or speak of with contempt
127.
equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
128.
incongruity
the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
129.
obviate
do away with
130.
artless
simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
131.
derivative
a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound
132.
equivocate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
133.
inconsequential
lacking worth or importance
134.
occlude
block passage through
135.
ascetic
someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
136.
desiccate
lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

137.
erudite
having or showing profound knowledge
138.
incorporate
make into a whole or make part of a whole
139.
officious
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
140.
assiduous
marked by care and persistent effort
141.
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another
142.
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
143.
indeterminate
not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance
144.
onerous
not easily borne; wearing
145.
assuage
provide physical relief, as from pain
146.
deterrent
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
147.
eulogy
a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
148.
indigence
a state of extreme poverty or destitution

149.
opprobrium
a state of extreme dishonor
150.
attenuate
become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
151.
diatribe
thunderous verbal attack
152.
euphemism
an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or
too harsh
153.
indolent
disinclined to work or exertion
154.
oscillate
move or swing from side to side regularly
155.
audacious
disposed to venture or take risks
156.
dichotomy
being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
157.
exacerbate
make worse
158.
inert
unable to move or resist motion
159.
ostentatious
intended to attract notice and impress others
160.
austere
of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

161.
diffidence
lack of self-confidence
162.
exculpate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
163.
pate
liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned
ingenuous
lacking in sophistication or worldliness
164.
paragon
an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
165.
autonomous
existing as an independent entity
166.
diffuse
spread out; not concentrated in one place
167.
exigency
a pressing or urgent situation
168.
inherent
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
169.
partisan
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
170.
aver
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
171.
digression
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
172.
extrapolation
an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts
and observations

173.
innocuous
not injurious to physical or mental health
174.
pathological
of or relating to the practice of pathology
175.
banal
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
176.
dirge
a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
177.
facetious
cleverly amusing in tone
178.
insensible
barely able to be perceived
179.
paucity
an insufficient quantity or number
180.
belie
be in contradiction with
181.
disabuse
free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
182.
facilitate
make easier
183.
insinuate
give to understand
184.
pedantic
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

185.
beneficent
doing or producing good
186.
discerning
having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
187.
fallacious
containing or based on a fallacy
188.
insipid
lacking interest or significance or impact
189.
penchant
a strong liking
190.
bolster
support and strengthen
191.
discordant
not in agreement or harmony
192.
fatuous
devoid of intelligence
193.
insularity
the state of being isolated or detached
194.
penury
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
195.
bombastic
ostentatiously lofty in style
196.
discredit
the state of being held in low esteem
197.
fawning
attempting to win favor by flattery

198.
intractable
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
199.
perennial
lasting three seasons or more
200.
boorish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
201.
discrepancy
a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
202.
felicitous
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
203.
intransigence
the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
204.
perfidious
tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians
by the Romans
205.
burgeon
grow and flourish
206.
discrete
constituting a separate entity or part
207.
fervor
feelings of great warmth and intensity
208.
inundate
fill or cover completely, usually with water
209.
perfunctory
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

210.
burnish
polish and make shiny
211.
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
212.
flag
emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
213.
inured
made tough by habitual exposure
214.
permeable
allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through
215.
buttress
a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
216.
disinterested
unaffected by self-interest
217.
fledgling
young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
218.
invective
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
219.
pervasive
spreading or spread throughout
220.
cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound
221.
disjointed
taken apart at the joints

222.
flout
treat with contemptuous disregard
223.
irascible
quickly aroused to anger
224.
phlegmatic
showing little emotion
225.
capricious
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
226.
dismiss
stop associating with
227.
foment
try to stir up public opinion
228.
irresolute
uncertain how to act or proceed
229.
piety
righteousness by virtue of being pious
230.
castigation
verbal punishment
231.
disparage
express a negative opinion of
232.
forestall
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
233.
itinerary
an established line of travel or access
234.
placate
cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

235.
catalyst
(chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being
affected
236.
disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
237.
frugality
prudence in avoiding waste
238.
laconic
brief and to the point; effectively cut short
239.
plasticity
the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or
hammered or shaped without breaking
240.
caustic
of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical
action
241.
dissemble
behave unnaturally or affectedly
242.
futile
producing no result or effect
243.
lassitude
a feeling of lack of interest or energy
244.
platitude
a trite or obvious remark
245.
plethora
extreme excess

246.
propitiate
make peace with
247.
rescind
cancel officially
248.
sporadic
recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
249.
tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
250.
plummet
drop sharply
251.
propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
252.
resolution
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
253.
stigma
a symbol of disgrace or infamy
254.
transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
255.
porous
full of pores or vessels or holes
256.
proscribe
command against
257.
resolve
find the solution
258.
stint
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

259.
truculence
obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness
260.
pragmatic
concerned with practical matters
261.
pungent
strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"
262.
reticent
reluctant to draw attention to yourself
263.
stipulate
specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or
provision in an agreement
264.
vacillate
be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
265.
preamble
a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
266.
qualified
meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
267.
reverent
feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
268.
stolid
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
269.
venerate
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
270.
precarious
not secure; beset with difficulties

271.
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
272.
sage
a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
273.
striate
marked with stria or striations
274.
veracious
habitually speaking the truth
275.
precipitate
bring about abruptly
276.
quiescent
being quiet or still or inactive
277.
salubrious
promoting health; healthful
278.
strut
to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
279.
verbose
using or containing too many words
280.
precursor
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
281.
rarefied
of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
282.
sanction
official permission or approval

283.
subpoena
a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial
proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
284.
viable
capable of life or normal growth and development
285.
presumptuous
excessively forward
286.
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
287.
satiate
fill to satisfaction
288.
subside
sink to a lower level or form a depression
289.
viscous
having a relatively high resistance to flow
290.
prevaricate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
291.
recant
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
292.
saturate
infuse or fill completely
293.
substantiate
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
294.
vituperative
marked by harshly abusive criticism

295.
pristine
immaculately clean and unused
296.
recluse
one who lives in solitude
297.
savor
the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
298.
supersede
take the place or move into the position of
299.
volatile
a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
300.
probity
complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
301.
recondite
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
302.
secrete
generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
303.
supposition
the cognitive process of supposing
304.
unwarranted
incapable of being justified or explained
305.
problematic
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
306.
refractory
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
307.
shard
a broken piece of a brittle artifact

308.
tacit
implied by or inferred from actions or statements
309.
wary
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
310.
prodigal
recklessly wasteful
311.
refute
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
312.
skeptic
someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
313.
tangential
of superficial relevance if any
314.
welter
a confused multitude of things
315.
profound
situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed
316.
relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
317.
solicitous
full of anxiety and concern
318.
tenuous
very thin in gauge or diameter
319.
whimsical
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

320.
prohibitive
tending to discourage (especially of prices)
321.
reproach
express criticism towards
322.
soporific
sleep inducing
323.
tirade
a speech of violent denunciation
324.
zealot
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
325.
proliferate
grow rapidly
326.
reprobate
a person without moral scruples
specious
plausible but false
327.
torpor
a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
328.
propensity
a natural inclination
329.
repudiate
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
330.
spectrum
a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
331.
tortuous
marked by repeated turns and bends