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GRE top 300+ words

top 300+ gre words

WordDefinition
abated verb: to lessen
aberration noun: a deviation
abeyance noun: the condition of being temporally suspended
abjure verb: to give up or abstain from, often under oath
abraded verb: to wear down
abrogate verb: to do away with
abscond verb: to sneak off and hide away
abstemious adjective: to eat or drink moderately
accretion noun: the act of increasing in growth or size
acrimonious adjective: bitter or harsh
acquisitiveness adjective: having a strong desire to own
admonish verb: to scold
adroit adjective: skillful
aesthete noun: a person who is highly sensitive to beauty
affability noun: the quality of being friendly
aggrandized verb: to make greater, especially in wealth or power
ail verb: to feel sick
amalgamate verb: to mix or combine
ambivalent adjective: indifferent or having mixed feelings
amelioration noun: the act of making better or improving
amenable adjective: obedient and responsive to authority
anodized verb: to cover metal with an oxide
anomaly noun: something unusual or differing from the norm
antiquated adjective: old or useless
apathy noun: indifference or lack of interest
arabesque noun: a complex pattern or design
arboreal adjective: relating to trees
ardor noun: intense emotion, usually of enthusiasm or love
ascribe verb: to attribute to a source or a cause
asperity noun: condition of being rough or harsh
assuage verb: to relieve
atonement noun: to make amends
audacious adjective: bold and daring
austere adjective: simple, spare, unadorned
avarice noun: greed
aver verb: to affirm or prove
avow verb: to declare openly
belligerent adjective: hostile and difficult
beseech verb: to urgently request
bombast noun: pretentious words
boor noun: a crude person lacking culture and refinement
bourgeois noun: people of the middle class
brevity noun: condition of being brief in duration
buoyant adjective: tending to float OR being light-hearted and merry
burgeon verb: to grow or blossom
burnish noun: to make smooth and bright by polishing
cacophony noun: a harsh sound or sounds
cadge verb: to beg
capricious adjective: unpredictable and uncertain
castigate verb: to punish severely
caustic adjective: corrosive OR sharp and biting
cavern noun: a cave
centrifuge noun: a device used to simulate conditions in space
chary adjective: cautious
churlish adjective: vulgar and ungracious
coagulant noun: something that causes a liquid to solidify
coalesce verb: to come together as one
cogent adjective: valid or convincing
cognizance noun: awareness
cohort noun: a group of people or friends
complaisance noun: the act of obliging to pleasing others
consternation noun: the state of being paralyzed with fear
contentiously adjective: provoking debate or quarrels
conviviality adjective: enjoying social interaction
convoluted adjective: coiled together OR complicated
cordon noun: a line of people or objects around a specific area
corona noun: a ring around a celestial body, especially the sun and moon
corpuscle noun: a microscopic particle, most often a cell
corroborative adjective: tending to confirm with evidence
covert adjective: secret
covet verb: to want or desire
covetous adjective: having a strong desire to own
cower adjective: to curl up in fear
craven adjective: cowardly
credence noun: acceptance of a belief as truth
credulous adjective: gullible; willing to believe
culpability adjective: worthy of blame
curmudgeon noun: an ill-tempered person, often penny-pinching and stubborn
decimation noun: the act of destroying or killing a large population
deference noun: yielding to the wishes or opinions of others
demagogue noun: a leader who uses the emotions of the people to achieve power
dereliction noun: abandonment or neglect
deride verb: to mock or ridicule
derision noun: ridicule
desiccant noun: a medicine used fro drying up a sore
desiccate verb: to dry out
despotic adjective: characteristic of a ruler with absolute power
destitute adjective: lacking, especially regarding money
desultory adjective: moving or skipping from one thing to another
diction noun: word choice in writing
diffidence noun: the state of being shy and untrusting
dilate verb: to expand
diminutive adjective: extremely small
dirge noun: a mournful song
discern verb: to understand the difference
discordant adjective: conflicting
disingenuous adjective: insincere
disinter verb: to exhume a grave
disparage verb: to belittle and dishonor
disparate adjective: completely different
disputatious adjective: inclined to dispute or disagree
dissemble verb: to hide or conceal using a false appearance
dissipation noun: the act of breaking up and scattering
dissonance noun: sound that lacks of harmony
distillate noun: a liquid produced by evaporation during distillation
divestiture noun: the act of stripping or selling off
dolt noun: an idiot
dross noun: waste or refuse
dubious adjective: doubtful
efficacy noun: effectiveness
effrontery adjective: offensively bold
elegy adjective: a poem of mourning
elucidating verb: explaining or clarifying
emit verb: to give off
emollient noun: something that softens the skin
emulate verb: to imitate
encapsulate noun: to put in a capsule
encomium noun: praise
enervate verb: to remove courage or nerve
engender noun: to create or procreate
ennui noun: boredom
enigmatic adjective: like a puzzle
entreat verb: to ask for with sincerity
ephemeral adjective: very brief in duration, usually only one day
epithet noun: a descriptive word or phrase
equivocal adjective: possible meaning two different things; vague or doubtful
erudition noun: extensive knowledge
esoteric adjective: known by only a few
ethos noun: the spirit and character of a community
excoriation noun: the act of chafing the skin
exculpate verb: to acquit or clear of blame
exigent adjective: needing necessary, immediate action
extant adjective: the opposite of extinct; still existing
extol verb: to praise
extrapolate verb: to use past knowledge to hypothesize or estimate
extricable adjective: able to be freed from entanglement or trouble
fallacious adjective: false
fatuous adjective: foolish
feckless adjective: irresponsible
feint noun: a false ploy meant to draw attention away from the real purpose
fervent adjective: passionate
fissure noun: a crack
floridness adjective: flushed
flustered adjective: to be in a state of confusion or uncertainty
foibles noun: a flaw in character
foment verb: to excite
foolhardy adjective: careless
fortuitous adjective: happening by chance
fracas noun: a noisy disturbance
frieze noun: a decorative piece in architecture
gainsay noun: to deny
garrulous adjective: extremely talkative
gaseous adjective: relating to a gas
glib adjective: done with ease
gossamer adjective: gauzy, light
gregariousness adjective: social
grievous adjective: causing grief or anguish
gristle noun: tough cartilage in meat
guile noun: deceit and treachery
gullible adjective: easily tricked
hackneyed adjective: predictable and overused
hapless adjective: unlucky
harbinger noun: something that foreshadows the future
harrow noun: a farming tool verb: to bother or torment
heckle verb: to badger and annoy
herbaceous adjective: relating to a herb
hew verb: to cut using an ax
hone verb: to sharpen
hoodwink verb: to deceive
iconoclast noun: one who seeks to overthrow tradition or authority
idiosyncrasy noun: a peculiarity
idolatry noun: worship of idols
idyll noun: a romantic poem
imbroglio noun: a disagreement
imperceptibly adjective: difficult to perceive
imperiousness noun: the condition of being overbearing
imperturbability noun: self-assured calm and collectiveness
impetuosity noun: the condition of being impulsive
implacable adjective: impossible to satisfy
implosion noun: an inward collapse
inadvertent adjective: careless
incense verb: to make angry OR noun: a substance burned to make an aroma
inchoate adjective: just started
incongruous adjective: incompatible
incorrigible adjective: impossible to control or reform
incursion noun: the act of entering foreign territory
indefatigability noun: the state of never growing tired
indeterminate adjective: unable to determine
inimitable adjective: no capable of being copied or imitated; unique
inscrutability noun: the state of being hard to understand or investigate
insipid adjective: boring, tasteless
insolence noun: the quality of being rude or arrogant
insularity noun: the state of being isolated like an island
interpolate verb: to insert, as in text. Often implies corruption
intractable adjective: difficult and stubborn
intransigence noun: the condition of being stubborn and uncompromising
intrinsically adv: naturally inherent
inundate verb: to flood, or to overwhelm with an overabundance
invective noun: insulting language
irascible adjective: easily angered
irresolute adjective: undecided
jocular adjective: often joking
labyrinthine adjective: relating to a maze
laconic adjective: using few words; concise
lambaste verb: to scold or beat
laud verb: to praise
lethargy noun: a state of great fatigue
levee noun: a dam
limn verb: to describe, especially with an illustration
lofty adjective: elevated in importance; grand
loquacious adjective: extremely talkative
lucid adjective: clearly understandable; sane; transparent
lugubrious adjective: extremely depressed
magnanimous adjective: generous and noble; kind-hearted
maladroit adjective: inept; incapable
malinger verb: to act sick to avoid work
malleable adjective: capable of being shaped
mar verb: to damage
mercenary noun: a hired killer
mercurial adjective: relating to mercury OR quick tempered
metamorphose verb: to transform
meticulous adjective: detailed and precise
milieu noun: environment
mimicry noun: the act of mimicking; mocking
misanthrope noun: person who hates mankind
miscreant noun: a villain
miser noun: a person who hoards money; penny-pincher
mitigate verb: to alleviate
morose adjective: sad
multifarious adjective: great variety
myopic adjective: short-sighted
nadir noun: lowest point
narcissist noun: a person who loves themselves
nascent adjective: beginning to exist
nave noun: central part of the church or the center of a wheel
nib noun: the tip
noisome adjective: offensive odor; toxic
obdurate adjective: hardened emotionally
obviate verb: to prevent through anticipation
occult adjective: relating to the supernatural
odium noun: the state of being strongly dislike or dishonored
opprobrium noun: disgrace
ossified verb: to harden or become bone
ostentatious adjective: pretentious and boastful
ostracism noun: the act of excluding
outmoded adjective: out of fashion
overtly adv: out in the open
paean noun: a song of praise
palpable adjective: touchable or evident
parse verb: to break a sentence into parts of speech
parsimonious adjective: miserly and frugal
peccadillo noun: a small misdeed
pedantic adjective: having a obsessive focus on book-learning and small details
perfidious adjective: relating to treachery
peripatetic adjective: traveling by foot noun: someone who is walking
perpetuating verb: to cause to continue forever
persevere verb: to not give up
pervasive adjective: the quality of invading or permeating'
philistine noun: one who is ignorant in certain areas like art
pirate noun: one who robs at sea verb: to steal
pith noun: the center; the significant part of something
placate noun: to calm or appease someone who is angry
plasticity noun: the quality of being like plastic
platitudinous adjective: dull and unoriginal; clich├ęd
plausible adjective: believable
polemic adjective: relating to controversy
poseur noun: someone who pretends to be something they're not to impress others
precursor noun: something that comes before
preempt verb: to take the place of
preponderate verb: to be heavier in weight
prevarication noun: the act of avoiding the truth
primacy noun: the condition of being first
prodigal adjective: extremely wasteful
prodigy noun: person with great talent
profundity noun: great wisdom and depth
proliferate verb: to reproduce at a rapid rate
prolixity noun: the state of being too wordy, as in writing
propagate verb: to reproduce
propitiatory adjective: offered as a way of seeking forgiveness
prudery noun: the state of being excessively modest
puerile adjective: childish
pundit noun: a critic or learned source of opinion
pungency noun: quality of being sharp or biting, especially to the taste or smell
pusillanimous adjective: cowardly
quaff verb: to drink quickly
quagmire noun: an uncertain situation or predicament
quiescent adjective: quiet; at rest
quixotic adjective: romantically unrealistic or impulsive
quotidian adjective: common
raconteur noun: a skilled storyteller
rancorous adjective: showing resentment
rarefy verb: to make thin
raucous adjective: loud and harsh
recluse noun: a hermit; a person who hides from the world
recompense verb: to compensate; to pay
recondite adjective: ambiguous
refractory adjective: difficult to work with; unmanageable
regale verb: to entertain
relegated verb: to demote or assign to an inferior position
repentant adjective: showing remorse for sins
reproach verb: to scold or shame
reproof verb: to scold or rebuke
repudiate verb: to reject as untrue
repugnant adjective: repulsive
requiem noun: church service for a deceased person
resplendent adjective: beautiful and often shining brilliance
reverie noun: a daydream
rogue noun: a scoundrel
ruffian noun: a thug; a tough person
rumination noun: the act of thinking deeply OR the process of chewing cud
sagacity noun: intelligence and wisdom
sage noun: one admired for wisdom noun: a herb
salacious adjective: stimulating, sexy but trashy
salutary adjective: promoting improvement
sap noun: liquid from a tree noun: a covered trench dug for war
satirize noun: to ridicule with sarcasm
scrupulous adjective: conscientious and detailed
scurvy noun: a disease caused by the lack of Vitamin C
sedulous adjective: diligent effort; constant pursuit
sextant noun: a device used by sailors to navigate
sidereal adjective: concerning stars or constellations
sinuous adjective: having curves
sodden adjective: soaked with water
sordid adjective: dirty
specious adjective: something that seems believable but is false
spendthrift noun: person who wastes money
spurious adjective: illegitimate; false
squelch verb: to squash
stanch verb: to stop the flow of fluids
stolid adjective: emotionless
subjugate verb: to conquer
subsume verb: to classify in a more complete category
subtlety noun: the quality of being subtle or sly
supercilious adjective: proud, haughty
supine adjective: lying on the back, face upward OR adjective: indifferent
synapse noun: space between 2 nerve endings
tangential adjective: barely touching
tedium noun: the condition of being tedious; boring
tenuous adjective: slender
thwart verb: to prevent
timorous adjective: timid
titillate verb: to excite or stimulate
torpor noun: state of inactivity
touting verb: to obtain votes or customers in a shameless manner
tractable adjective: easily managed
transitory adjective: short-lived
transmuted verb: to transform
turmoil noun: commotion
turpitude noun: corruption
tyro noun: a novice
underling noun: a person with lower rank and power
unfeigned adjective: genuine; not pretended or feigned
unequivocal adjective: clear and certain
univocal noun: a word with only one definition
usury noun: an incredible large interest rate, often illegal
vacillation noun: the act of moving from side to side
venal adjective: corruptible for a price; open to bribery
veneer noun: a decorative layer
veneration noun: the act of idolizing
veracious adjective: honest
verbosity noun: the state of being too wordy
veritable adjective: genuine; not pretended or feigned
vilify verb: to make into a villain
viscid adjective: covered with a sticky substance
viscous adjective: sticky
vituperative adjective: harsh criticism or censure
volubility noun: the condition of using fluent speech
voracious adjective: having a tremendous appetite
waft verb: to float
wheedle verb: to use flattery as a means of persuasion
whet verb: to sharpen verb: to stimulate
xenophobe noun: a person afraid of anything foreign, especially foreign people
zealous adjective: enthusiastic, passionate, fervent
zenith noun: the peak
Created by: soonershok