333 high frequency words for GRE

Abate subside , or moderate
Aberrant abnormal, or deviant
Abeyance suspended action
Abscond depart secretly and hide
Abstemious sparing in eating and drinking;
Admonish warn; reprove
Adulterate make impure by adding inferior or
tainted substances
Aesthetic artistic; dealing with or capable of
appreciating the beautiful
Aggregate gather; accumulate
Alacrity cheerful promptness; eagerness
Alleviate Relieve
Amalgamate combine; unite in one body
Ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning
Ambivalence the state of having contradictory or
conflicting emotional attitudes
Ameliorate Improve
Anachronism something or someone misplaced in
Analogous Comparable
Anarchy absence of governing body; state of
Anomalous abnormal; irregular
Antipathy aversion; dislike
Apathy lack of caring; indifference
Appease pacify or soothe; relieve
Apprise Inform
Approbation Approval
acquire; take possession of for ones
own use
Arduous hard; strenuous
Artless without guile; open and honest
Ascetic practicing self!denial; austere
Assiduous "iligent
Assuage v. ease or lessen #pain$; satisfy #hunger$;
soothe #anger$
Attenuate make thinner
Audacious daring; bold
Austere forbiddingly stern; severely simple
and unornamented
Autonomous self!governing; independent
Aver assert confidently or declare; as used
in law, state formally as a fact
%anal hackneyed; commonplace; trite;
lacking originality
%elie contradict; give a false impression
%eneficent kindly; doing good
%olster support; reinforce
%ombastic pompous; using inflated language
%oorish rude; insensitive
%urgeon grow forth; send out buds
%urnish make shiny by rubbing; polish
%uttress v. support; prop up
Capricious unpredictable; fickle
Castigation punishment; severe criticism
Catalyst agent that increases the pace of a
chemical action
Caustic burning; sarcastically biting
Chicanery trickery; deception
Coagulate thicken; congeal; clot
Coda concluding section of a musical or
literary composition; summari&es or
Cogent convincing
te ad'.
corresponding in e(tent, degree, etc.;
Compendium brief, comprehensive summary
Complaisant trying to please; overly polite;
Compliant yielding; conforming to requirements
Conciliatory reconciling; soothing
Condone overlook; forgive; give tacit approval;
Confound confuse; pu&&le
Connoisseur person competent to act as a 'udge of
art; a lover of art
Contention claim; thesis
Contentious quarrelsome
Contrite penitent
Conundrum riddle; difficult problem
Converge approach; tend to meet; come
Convoluted coiled around; involved; intricate
Craven cowardly
"aunt intimidate; frighten
"ecorum propriety; orderliness and good taste
in manners
"efault failure to act
"eference courteous regard for anothers wishes
"elineate portray; depict; sketch
"enigrate blacken
"eride ridicule; make fun of
"erivative unoriginal; obtained from another
"esiccate dry up
"esultory aimless; hapha&ard; digressing at
"eterrent )omething that discourages;
"iatribe n. bitter scolding; invective
"ichotomy split; branching into two parts
#especially contradictory ones$
"iffidence )hyness
"iffuse ad'. wordy, rambling, spread out #like a
"igression *andering away from the sub'ect
"irge +ament with music
"isabuse correct a false impression; undeceive
"iscerning mentally quick and observant; having
"iscordant not harmonious; conflicting
"iscredit defame; destroy confidence in;
"iscrepancy lack of consistency; difference
"iscrete ad'. separate; unconnected; consisting of
distinct parts
lacking genuine candor; insincere
"isinterested -npre'udiced
"is'ointed lacking coherence; separated at the
"ismiss eliminate from consideration; re'ect
"isparage %elittle
basically different; unrelated
"issemble v. disguise; pretend
"isseminate distribute; spread; scatter #like seeds$
"issolution disintegration; looseness in morals
"issonance discord; opposite of harmony
"istend e(pand; swell out
"istill purify; refine; concentrate
"iverge vary; go in different directions from
the same point
"ivest strip; deprive
"ocument provide written evidence
"ogmatic opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
"ormant sleeping; lethargic; latent
"upe someone easily fooled
.bullient showing e(citement; overflowing
with enthusiasm
.clectic selective; composed of elements
drawn from disparate sources
.fficacy power to produce desired effect
.ffrontery impudence; shameless boldness;
sheer nerve; presumptuousness
.legy poem or song e(pressing lamentation
.licit draw out by discussion
.mbellish adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
.mpirical based on e(perience
.mulate imitate; rival
.ndemic prevailing among a specific group of
people or in a specific area or country
.nervate *eaken
.ngender cause; produce
.nhance increase; improve
.phemeral short!lived; fleeting
.quanimity calmness of temperament; composure
.quivocate lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the
.rudite learned; scholarly
.soteric hard to understand; known only to the
chosen few
.ulogy e(pression of praise, often on the
occasion of someones death
.uphemism mild e(pression in place of an
unpleasant one
.(acerbate worsen; embitter
.(culpate clear from blame
.(igency urgent situation; pressing needs or
demands; state of requiring
immediate attention
.(trapolation pro'ection; con'ecture
/acetious 'oking #often inappropriately$;
/acilitate help bring about; make less difficult
/allacious false; misleading
/atuous brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug
/awning trying to please by behaving
obsequiously, flattering, or cringing
/elicitous apt; suitably e(pressed; well chosen
/ervor glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
/lag droop; grow feeble
/ledgling ine(perienced
/lout re'ect; mock; show contempt for
/oment stir up; instigate
/orestall prevent by taking action in advance
/rugality thrift; economy
/utile useless; hopeless; ineffectual
0ainsay deny
0arrulous loquacious; talkative; wordy
0oad urge on
0ouge overcharge
pompous; bombastic; using high!
sounding language
0regarious sociable
0uileless without deceit
0ullible easily deceived
1arangue long, passionate, and vehement
of the same kind
1yperbole e(aggeration; overstatement
Iconoclastic attacking cherished traditions
Idolatry worship of idols; e(cessive
Immutable unchangeable
Impair in'ure; hurt
Impassive without feeling; imperturbable;
Impede hinder; block
Impermeable impervious; not permitting passage
through its substance
calm; placid
Impervious impenetrable; incapable of being
damaged or distressed
Implacable incapable of being pacified
Implicit understood but not stated
Implode burst inward
Inadvertently unintentionally; by oversight;
Inchoate ad'. recently begun; rudimentary;
Incongruity lack of harmony; absurdity
insignificant; unimportant
Incorporate introduce something into a larger
whole; combine; unite
uncertain; not clearly fi(ed; indefinite
Indigence 3overty
Indolent +a&y
Inert inactive; lacking power to move
Ingenuous naive and trusting; young;
Inherent firmly established by nature or habit
Innocuous 1armless
Insensible unconscious; unresponsive
Insinuate hint; imply; creep in
Insipid lacking in flavor; dull
Insularity narrow!mindedness; isolation
Intractable unruly; stubborn; unyielding
refusal of any compromise;
Inundate overwhelm; flood; submerge
Inured ad'. accustomed; hardened
Invective n. Abuse
Irascible irritable; easily angered
Irresolute uncertain how to act; weak
Itinerary plan of a trip
+aconic brief and to the point
+assitude languor; weariness
+atent potential but undeveloped; dormant;
+aud v. 3raise
+ethargic drowsy; dull
+evee stone embankment to prevent
+evity lack of seriousness or steadiness;
+og record of a voyage or flight; record of
day!to!day activities
+oquacious 4alkative
+ucid easily understood; clear; intelligible
+uminous shining; issuing light
5agnanimity 0enerosity
5alingerer one who feigns illness to escape duty
5alleable capable of being shaped by pounding;
5averick rebel; nonconformist
5endacious lying; habitually dishonest
change of form
5eticulous e(cessively careful; painstaking;
5isanthrope one who hates mankind
5itigate appease; moderate
5ollify )oothe
5orose ill!humored; sullen; melancholy
5undane worldly as opposed to spiritual;
6egate cancel out; nullify; deny
6eophyte recent convert; beginner
7bdurate ad'. stubborn
7bsequious lavishly attentive; servile;
7bviate make unnecessary; get rid of
7cclude shut; close
7fficious meddlesome; e(cessively pushy in
offering ones services
7nerous burdensome
7pprobrium infamy; vilification
7scillate vibrate; waver
7stentatious showy; pretentious; trying to attract
3aragon model of perfection
3artisan one!sided; pre'udiced; committed to a
3athological pertaining to disease
3aucity )carcity
3edantic showing off learning; bookish
3enchant strong inclination; liking
3enury severe poverty; stinginess
3erennial something long!lasting
3erfidious treacherous; disloyal
3erfunctory superficial; not thorough; lacking
interest, care, or enthusiasm
3ermeable penetrable; porous; allowing liquids
or gas to pass through
3ervasive spread throughout
3hlegmatic calm; not easily disturbed
3iety devoutness; reverence for 0od
3lacate pacify; conciliate
3lasticity ability to be molded
3latitude n. trite remark; commonplace statement
3lethora e(cess; overabundance
3lummet fall sharply
3orous full of pores; like a sieve
3ragmatic practical #as opposed to idealistic$;
concerned with the practical worth or
impact of something
3reamble introductory statement
3recarious uncertain; risky
rash, premature, hasty, sudden
3recursor forerunner
arrogant; taking liberties
3revaricate lie
3ristine characteristic of earlier times;
primitive; unspoiled
3robity uprightness; incorruptibility
3roblematic doubtful; unsettled; questionable;
3rodigal wasteful; reckless with money
3rofound deep; not superficial; complete
3rohibitive tending to prevent the purchase or use
of something; inclined to prevent or
3roliferate grow rapidly; spread; multiply
3ropensity natural inclination
3ropitiate Appease
3ropriety fitness; correct conduct
3roscribe ostraci&e; banish; outlaw
3ungent stinging; sharp in taste or smell;
9ualified limited; restricted
9uibble minor ob'ection or complaint
9uiescent at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Rarefied made less dense #of a gas$
Recalcitrant obstinately stubborn; determined to
resist authority; unruly
Recant disclaim or disavow; retract a
previous statement; openly confess
Recluse hermit; loner
Recondite abstruse; profound; secret
Refractory stubborn; unmanageable
Refute "isprove
Relegate banish to an inferior position;
delegate; assign
Reproach e(press disapproval or
Reprobate person hardened in sin; devoid of a
sense of decency
Repudiate disown; disavow
Rescind Cancel
Resolution "etermination
Resolve determination; firmness of purpose
Reticent reserved; uncommunicative; inclined
to silence
Reverent respectful; worshipful
)age person celebrated for wisdom
)alubrious 1ealthful
)anction approve; ratify
)atiate satisfy fully
)aturate soak thoroughly
)avor en'oy; have a distinctive flavor,
smell, or quality
)ecrete hide away or cache; produce and
release a substance into an organism
)hard fragment, generally of pottery
)keptic doubter; person who suspends
'udgment until having e(amined
evidence supporting a point of view
)olicitous worried; concerned
)oporific sleep!causing; marked by sleepiness
)pecious seemingly reasonable but incorrect;
misleading #often intentionally$
)pectrum colored band produced when a beam
of light passes through a prism
)poradic occurring irregularly
)tigma token of disgrace; brand
)tint v. be thrifty; set limits
)tipulate make e(press conditions; specify
)tolid dull; impassive
)triated marked with parallel bands; grooved
)trut pompous walk
)trut supporting bar
)ubpoena writ summoning a witness to appear
)ubside settle down; descend; grow quiet
)ubstantiate establish by evidence; verify; support
)upersede cause to be set aside; replace; make
)upposition hypothesis; surmise
4acit understood; not put into words
4angential peripheral; only slightly connected;
4enuous thin; rare; slim
4irade e(tended scolding; denunciation;
4orpor lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
4ortuous winding; full of curves
4ractable docile; easily managed
violation of a law; sin
4ruculence aggressiveness; ferocity
:acillate waver; fluctuate
:enerate revere
:eracious truthful
:erbose wordy
:iable practical or workable
:iscous sticky, gluey
abusive; scolding
:olatile changeable; e(plosive; evaporation
*arranted 'ustified; authori&ed
*ary very cautious
*elter turmoil; bewildering 'umble
*himsical capricious; fanciful
;ealot fanatic; person who shows e(cessive

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