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Kaplan's top 200 GRE words

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Abate   To reduce in amount, degree, or severity  
Abscond   To leave secretly  
Abstain   To choose not to do something  
Abyss   Extremely deep hole  
Adulterate   To make impure  
Advocate   To speak in favor of  
Aesthetic   Concerning the appreciation of beauty  
Aggrandize   To increase in power, influence, and reputation  
Alleviate   To make more bearable  
Amalgamate   To combine; to mix together  
Ambiguous   Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways  
Ameliorate   To make better; to improve  
Anachronism   Something out of place in time  
Analogous   Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to  
Anomaly   Deviation from what is normal  
Antagonize   To annoy or provoke to anger  
Antipathy   Extreme Dislike  
Arbitrate   To judge a dispute between two opposing parties  
Archaic   Ancient, old-fashioned  
Ardor   Intense and passionate feeling  
Articulate   Able to speak clearly and expressively  
Assuage   To make something unpleasant less severe  
Attenuate   To reduce in force of degree; to weaken  
Audacious   Fearless and daring  
Austere   Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated  
Banal   Predictable, cliched, boring  
Bolster   To prop up; to support  
Bombastic   Pompous in speech and manner  
Cacophony   Harsh, jarring noise  
Candid   Impartial and honest in speech  
Capricious   Changing one's mind quickly and often  
Castigate   To punish or criticize harshly  
Catalyst   Something that brings about a change in something else  
Caustic   Biting in wit  
Chaos   Great disorder or confusion  
Chauvinist   Someone prejudiced in favor of a group which he or she belongs  
Chicanery   Deception by means of craft or guile  
Cogent   Convincing and well reasoned  
Condone   To overlook, pardon, or disregard  
Convoluted   Intricate and complicated  
Corroborate   To provide supporting evidence  
Credulous   Too trusting, gullible  
Crescendo   Steadily increasing volume or force  
Decorum   Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety  
Deference   Respect, Courtesy  
Deride   To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock  
Desiccate   To dry out thoroughly  
Desultory   Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected  
Diatribe   An abusive, condemnatory speech  
Diffident   Lacking self-confidence  
Dilate   To make larger; to expand  
Dilatory   Intended to delay  
Dilettante   Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic  
Dirge   A funeral hymn or mournful speech  
Disabuse   To set right; To free from error  
Discern   To perceive; to recognize  
Disparate   Fundamentally different; entirely unlike  
Dissemble   To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character  
Dissonance   A harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds  
Dogma   A firmly held opinion, often a religious belief  
Dogmatic   Dictatorial in one's opinions  
Dupe   To deceive; a person who is easily deceived  
Eclectic   Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources  
Efficacy   Effectiveness  
Elegy   A sorrowful poem or speech  
Eloquent   Persuasive and moving, especially in speech  
Emulate   To copy; to try to equal or excel  
Enervate   To reduce in strength  
Engender   To produce, cause, or bring about  
Enigma   A puzzle; a mystery  
Enumerate   To count, list, or itemize  
Ephemeral   Lasting a short time  
Equivocate   To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead  
Erratic   Wandering and unpredictable  
Erudite   Learned, scholarly, bookish  
Esoteric   Known or understood by only a few  
Estimable   Admirable  
Eulogy   Speech in praise of someone.  
Euphemism   Use of any inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one.  
Exacerbate   To make worse.  
Exculpate   To clear from blame; prove innocent.  
Exigent   Urgent; requiring immediate action.  
Exonerate   To clear of blame.  
Explicit   Clearly stated or shown forthright in expression.  
Fanatical   Acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme unquestioned devotion.  
Fawn   To grovel.  
Fervid   Intensely emotional; Feverish.  
Florid   Excessively decorated or embellished.  
Foment   To arouse or incite.  
Frugality   A tendency to be thrifty or cheap.  
Garrulous   Tending to talk a lot.  
Gregarious   Outgoing, sociable.  
Guile   Deceit or trickery.  
Gullible   Easily deceived.  
Homogeneous   Of a similar kind.  
Iconoclast   One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions.  
Imperturbable   Not capable of being disturbed.  
Impervious   Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected.  
Impetuous   Quick to act without thinking.  
Implacable   Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful.  
Inchoate   Not fully formed; disorganized.  
Ingenuous   Showing innocence or childlike simplicity.  
Inimical   Hostile, unfriendly.  
Innocuous   Harmless.  
Insipid   Lacking interest of flavor.  
Intransigent   Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled.  
Inundate   To overwhelm; to cover with water.  
Irascible   Easily made angry.  
Laconic   Using few words.  
Lament   To express sorrow; to grieve.  
Laud   To give praise; to glorify.  
Lavish   To give unsparingly (V.); extremely generous or extravagant. (Adj.)  
Lethargic   Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner.  
Loquacious   Talkative.  
Lucid   Clear and easily understood.  
Luminous   Bright, brilliant, glowing.  
Malinger   To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill.  
Malleable   Capable of being shaped.  
Metaphor   A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol.  
Meticulous   Extremely careful about details.  
Misanthrope   A person who dislikes others.  
Mitigate   To soften; to lessen.  
Mollify   To calm or make less severe.  
Monotony   Lack of variation.  
Naive   Lacking sophistication or experience.  
Obdurate   Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion.  
Obsequious   Overly submissive and eager to please.  
Obstinate   Stubborn; Unyielding.  
Obviate   To prevent; to make unnecessary.  
Occlude   To stop up; to prevent the passage of.  
onerous   Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome.  
Opaque.   Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light.  
Opprobrium   Public disgrace.  
Ostentation   Excessive showiness.  
Paradox   A contradiction of dilemma.  
Paragon   Model of excellence or perfection.  
Pedant   Someone who shows off learning.  
Perfidious   Willing to betray one's trust.  
Perfunctory   Done in a routine way; indifferent.  
Permeate   To penetrate.  
Philanthropy   Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness.  
Placate   To soothe or pacify.  
Plastic   Able to be molded; altered, or bent.  
Plethora   Excess.  
Pragmatic   Practical as opposed to idealistic.  
Precipitate   To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation.  
Prevaricate   To lie or deviate from the truth.  
Pristine   Fresh and clean; uncorrupted.  
Prodigal   Lavish; Wasteful.  
Proliferate   To increase in number quickly.  
Propitiate   To conciliate; to appease.  
Propriety   Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs.  
Prudence   Wisdom, caution, or restraint.  
Pungent   Sharp and irritating to the senses.  
Quiescent   Motionless.  
Rarefy   To make thinner or sparser.  
Repudiate   To reject the validity of.  
Reticent   Silent, reserved.  
Rhetoric   Effective writing or speaking.  
Satiate   To satisfy fully or overindulge.  
Soporific   Causing sleep or lethargy.  
Specious   Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious.  
Stigma   A mark of shame or discomfort.  
Stolid   Unemotional; Lacking sensitivity.  
Sublime   Lofty or grand.  
Tacit   Done without using words.  
Taciturn   Silent, not talkative.  
Tirade   Long, harsh speech or verbal attack.  
Torpor   Extreme mental and physical sluggishness.  
Transitory   Temporary; lasting a brief time.  
Vacillate   To sway physically; to be indecisive.  
Venerate   To respect deeply.  
Veracity   Filled with truth and accuracy.  
Verbose   Wordy.  
Vex   To annoy  
Volatile   Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive.  
Waver   To fluctuate between choices.  
Whimsical   Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable.  
Zeal   Passion, excitement.  


   





 
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