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GRE: Top 50 Words

GRE Vocabulary: Kaplan's Top 50 Words

anomaly deviation from what is normal
assuage to make something unpleasant less severe
enigma a puzzle; a mystery
equivocal having a double or doubtful meaning; suspicious
erudite learned; scholarly; bookish
fervid intensely emotional; feverish
lucid clear and easily understood
opaque impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
placate to sooth or pacify
precipitate to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
prodigal wasteful; reckless with money
zeal passion, excitement
abstain to choose not to do something
adulterate to make impure
apathy lack of interest or emotion
audacious fearless and daring
capricious changing one's mind quickly and often
corroborate to provide supporting evidence
desiccate to dry out thoroughly
engender to produce, cause, or bring about
ephemeral lasting a short time
gullible easily deceived
homogenous of a similar kind
laconic using few words
laud to give praise; to glorify
loquacious talkative
mitigate to soften; to lessen
pedant someone who shows off learning
pragmatic practical as opposed to idealistic
propriety correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
vacillate to sway physically; to be indecisive
volatile easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
advocate to speak in favor of
antipathy extreme dislike
bolster to support; to prop up
cacophony harsh, jarring noise
deride to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
dissonance a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
enervate to reduce in strength
eulogy speech in praise of someone
garrulous tending to talk a lot
ingenuous showing innocence or childlike simplicity
lethargic acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
malleable capable of being shaped
misanthrope a person who dislikes others
obdurate hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
ostentation excessive showiness
paradox a contradiction or dilemma
philanthropy charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
prevaricate to lie or deviate from the truth
venerate to respect deeply
waver to fluctuate between choices
Created by: LKRitchey