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Barron's GRE words from 501 to 600

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miscellany   mixture of writings on various subjects  
miscreant   villain; criminal  
misogynist   one who hates women  
mitigate   to cause to become less harsh, severe, or painful; alleviate  
mnemonic   related to memory; assisting memory  
modicum   limited quantity  
mollify   to soothe  
monolithic   solid and uniform; constituting a single, unified whole  
morose   ill-humored; sullen  
motley   many colored; made up of many parts  
multifarious   diverse  
mundane   worldly as opposed to spiritual; concerned with the ordinary  
necromancy   black magic  
negate   to cancel out; nullify  
neologism   new word or pexpression  
neophyte   novice; beginner  
nexus   a means of connection; a connected group or series; a center  
nonplussed   bewildered  
nostalgia   sentimental longing for a past time  
nostrum   medicine or remedy of doubtful effectiveness; supposed cure  
nugatory   trifling; invalid  
obdurate   stubborn  
obsequious   overly submissive  
obsequy   funeral ceremony (often used in the plural, obsequies)  
obviate   to make unnecessary; to anticipate and prevent  
occlude   to shut; block  
occult   relating to practices connected with supernatural phenomena  
odyssey   a long, adventurous voyage; a guest  
officious   too helpful; meddlesome  
olfactory   concerning the sense of smell  
oligarchy   form of government in which power belongs to only a few leaders  
onerous   burdensome  
onomatopoeia   formation or use of words that imitate sounds of the actions they refer to  
opprobrium   disgrace; contempt  
ornithologist   scientist who studies birds  
oscillate   to move back and forth  
ostentatious   showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious  
overweening   presumptuous; arrogant; overbearing  
paean   song of joy or triumph; a fervent expression of joy  
paleontology   study of past geological eras through fossil remains  
pallid   lacking color or liveliness  
panegyric   elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise  
paragon   model of excellence or perfection  
partisan   one-sided; committed to a party, group, or cause; prejudiced  
pathological   departing from normal condition  
patois   a regional dialect; nonstandard speech; jargon  
paucity   scarcity  
pedantic   showing off learning  
pellucid   transparent; translucent; easily understood  
penchant   inclination  
penury   extreme poverty  
peregrination   a wandering from place to place  
peremptory   imperative; leaving no choice  
perennial   present throughout the years; persistent  
perfidious   faithless; disloyal; untrustworthy  
perfunctory   superficial; not thorough; performed really as a duty  
perigee   point in an orbit that is closest to the Earth  
permeable   penetrable  
perturb   to disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; cause a body to deviate from its regular orbit  
pervasive   spread throughout every part  
petulant   rude; peevish  
phlegmatic   calm in temperament; sluggish  
phoenix   mythical, immortal bird that lives for 500 years, burns itself to death, and rises from its ashes; anything that is restored after suffering great destruction  
physiognomy   facial features  
piety   devoutness  
piquant   appealingly stimulating; pleasantly pungent; attractive  
pique   fleeting feeling of hurt pride  
placate   to lessen another's anger; to pacify  
placid   calm  
plaintive   melancholy; mournful  
plasticity   condition of being able to be shaped or formed; pliability  
platitude   stale, overused expression  
platonic   spiritual; without sensual desire; theoretical  
plethora   excess; overabundance  
plumb   to determine the depth; to examine deeply  
plummet   to fall; plunge  
plutocracy   society ruled by the wealthy  
porous   full of holes; permeable to liquids  
poseur   person who affects an attitude or identity to impress others  
pragmatic   practical  
prate   to talk idly; chatter  
prattle   meaningless, foolish talk  
preamble   preliminary statement  
precarious   uncertain  
precept   principle; law  
precipitate (v.)   to cause to happen; throw down from a height  
precipitate (adj.)   rash; hasty; sudden  
precursor   forerunner; predecessor  
preempt   to supersede; appropriate for oneself  
prehensile   capable of grasping  
premonition   forewarning; presentiment  
presage   to foretell; indicate in advance  
presumptuous   rude; improperly bold  
preternatural   beyond the normal course of nature; supernatural  
prevaricate   to quibble; evade the truth  
primordial   original; existing from the beginning  
pristine   untouched; uncorrupted  
probity   honesty; high-mindedness  
problematic   posing a problem; doubtful; unsettled  
prodigal   wasteful; extravagant; lavish  


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