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GREHighFrequencyList

This stack contains Barron's High frequency word list

QuestionAnswer
Insipid (Adj) Lacking in flavor; Dull
Zealot (N) Fanatic; Person who shows excessive zeal
Whimsical (N) Capricious; Fanciful
Welter (N) Turmoil; Bewildering jumble
Wary (Adj) Very Cautious
Warranted (Adj) Justified; Authorized
Volatile (Adj) Changeable; Explosive; Evaporating rapidly
Vituperative (Adj) Abusive; Scolding
Viscous (Adj) Sticky; Gluey
Viable (Adj) Practical or Workable; Capable of maintaining
Verbose (adj) Wordy
Veracious (V) Revere
Vacillate (V) Waver; Fluctuate
Truculence (N) Aggressiveness; ferocity
Transgression (N) Violation of a Law; Sin
Tractable (Adj) Docile; Easily managed
Tortuous (Adj) Winding; full of curves
Torpor (N) Lethargy; Sluggishness; Dormant
Tirade (N) Extended scolding; Denunciation; Harangue
Tenuous (Adj) Thin; Rare; Slim
Tangential (Adj) Peripheral; only slightly connected; Digressing
Tacit (Adj) Understood; not put into word
Supposition (N) Hypothesis; Surmise
Supersede (V) Cause to Beset aside; Replace; Make obsolete
Substantiate (V) Establish by Evidence; Verify; support
Subside (V) Settle down; descend; grow quite
subpoena (N) Writ Summoning a witness to appear
Strut (N) Pompous walk; supporting bar
Striated (N) marked with parallel bands; grooved
Stolid (Adj) Dull; impassive
Stipulated (V) Make express conditions; specify
Stint (V) Be thrift; set limits
Stigma (N) Token of disgrace; Brand;
Sporadic Occurring irregularly
Spectrum (N) Colored band produced when a bean of light passed through a prism
Specious (Adj) Seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
Soporific (Adj) Sleep-Causing; marked by sleepiness
Solicitous (Adj) Worried; Concerned
Skeptic (N) Doubter; Person who suspends judgement until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view
Shard (N) Fragment; Generally of pottery
Secrete (V) Hide Away/ cache; produce and release a substance
Savor (V) Enjoy; Have a distinctive flavor; smell/quality
Saturate (V) Satisfy fully
sanction (v) approve; ratify
Salubrious (adj) Healthful
Sage (N) Person celebrated for wisdom
Reverent (Adj) Respectful; Worshipful
Reticent (Adj) Reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
Resolve (N) Determination; Firmness of purpose
Resolution (N) Determination
Rescind (V) Cancel
Repudiate (v) disown; disavow
Reprobate (N) Person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
Reproach (v) express disapproval or disappointment
Relegate (v) Banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Refute (v); Disapprove
Refractory (adj) stubborn; unmanageable
recondite (adj) abstruse; profound; secret
recluse (n) hermit; loner
recant (v) disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement
Recalcitrant (adj) obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
rarefied (adj) made less dense (of gas)
Quiescent (adj) at rest; dormant; temporarily
Quibble (N) Minor objection or complaint
Qualified (adj) limited; restricted
pungent (adj) stinging; sharp in taste or smell
proscribe (V) ostracize; banish; outlaw; prohibit; forbid; disallow; interdict; nix; veto
Propriety (N) Fitness; correct conduct; quality of being proper
Propitiate (v) Appease; Conciliate; Make peaceful
Propensity (N) Natural inclination; penchant
Proliferate (V) grow rapidly; spread; multiply
Prohibitive (adj) Tending to prevent the purchase or use something; inclined to prevent/ forbid
Profound (adj) Deep; not superficial, complete
Problematic (adj) Doubtful; Unsettled; Questionable perplexing
Probity (n) Uprightness; incorruptibility; honesty
Pristine (adj) Characteristic of earlier times; primitive unspoiled
Prevaricate (v) Lie; Hide the truth bu equivocating; beat around the bush; belie
Presumptuous (adj) arrogant; taking liberties
precursor (n) forerunner; predecessor
Precipitate (adj) rash; premature; hasty; sudden
precarious (adj) uncertain; risky; unsafe; lacking in stability
preamble (n) introductory statement; preface; prelude
Pragmatic (adj) practical (as opposed to idealistic) concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
Porous (adj) full of pores; like a sieve; permeable
Plummet (v) fall sharply; fall straight down; collapse
plethora (n) excess; overabundance
platitude (n) trite remark; commonplace statement
plasticity (n) ability to be molded; elasticity; flexibility; malleability; mobility
placate (V) pacify; conciliate
piety (n) devoutness; reverence for god
phlegmatic (adj) calm; not easily disturbed; unemotional
pervasive (adj) spread throughout; universal; wide spread
perfunctory (adj) superficial; not through; lacking interest; care or enthusiasm
perfidious (adj) Treacherous; disloyal
perennial (n) something long-lasting; recurrent; repeated
penury (n) sever poverty; stinginess; very poor
penchant (n) strong inclination; liking
pedantic (adj) showing off learning; bookish; academic
paucity (n) scarcity; dearth; smallness of quantity; insufficient quantity or number
pathological (adj) pertaining to disease
partisan (adj) one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
paragon (n) model of perfection
ostentatious (adj) showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
oscillate (v) vibrate pendulum-like; waver
opprobrium (n) infamy; vilification (slander); disgrace arising from shameful conduct; shameful; infamous
onerous (adj) burdensome; difficult; arduous; not easily borne; taxing
officious (adj) meddlesome excessively pushy in offering one's service
occlude (adj) shut; close; obstruct
obviate (v) make unnecessary; get rid of; avert; avoid eliminate; ward off
obsequious (adj) slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic; boot-licking; fawning; toadyism
obdurate (adj) stubborn; refusing to change one's belief
neophyte (n) recent convert; beginner; new member of a religious group; fledgling; freshman; newbie; newcomer; starter
negate (N) cancel out; nullify; deny; cause to have no effect; neutralize; belie
mundane (adj) worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; of the ordinary; routine; unremarkable; workday
morose (adj) ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
mollify(v) soothe an angry person; make less rigid; softer; appease; assuage; conciliate; gentle; placate; pacify
mitigate(v) lessen in intensity; moderate; appease; extenuate; palliate
Misanthrope (n) one who hates mankind
meticulous (adj) excessively careful; painstaking
metamorphosis (n) change of form; ex: metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly
mendacious (adj) lying; habitually dishonest; naturally untrue
maverick (n) rebel; nonconformist; irregular; unorthodox; someone exhibiting great independence; independent in behavior/ thought
malleable (adj) capable of being shaped by pounding impressionable; pliable; easily controlled; tractable
malingerer (n) one who finds illness to escape duty.
magnanimity (n) generosity; magnanimous; generous; largess; open handedness
luminous (adj) shining; issuing light; aglow; lambent; lucent
lucid (adj) easily understood; clear; intelligible; transparently clear; crystal clear; limpid
loquacious (adj) talkative; chatty; gabby; garrulous; talkative; talky
log (n) record of voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activity
Levity (n) lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner; silliness; funniness; facetiousness
levee (n) Earthen or stone embankment to prevent river from overflow pier providing landing place on river
lethargic (adj) drowsy; dull; lazy; sluggishness
Laud (v) praise; extol; glorify or honor
Latent (adj) potential but underdeveloped; dormant; hidden
lassitude (n) languor; weariness; listlessness
laconic (adj) brief and to the point; using few words; concise; expressing much in few words
itinerary (n) plan of trip; record of trip; a proposed route of travel; a guidebook for travelers
irresolute (adj) uncertain how to act; weak; doubtful
irascible (adj) irritable; easily angered; hot-tempered; hot-headed;
invective (n) abuse; vehement/ violent denunciation; insulting/ abusive word/ expression
inured(adj) accustomed; hardened
inundate (v) overwhelm; flood; cover; complete; submerge
intransigence (n) refusal of any compromise; stubbornness;
intractable (adj) unruly; stubborn; unyielding; difficult to manage
insularity - n narrow-mindedness; isolation; detached
insinuate - v hint; imply; creep in; introduce/ insert oneself by artful means
insensible - adj unconscious; unresponsive; insensitive; unaware; imperceptible
innocuous - adj harmless
inherent - adj firmly established by nature or habit; intrinsic; always present in here; inherent; characters; basic
ingenuous - adj naive & trusting; young; unsophisticated
inert - adj inactive; lacking power to move
indolent - adj lazy
indigence - n poverty; a state of extreme poverty
indeterminate - adj uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite; not clear; vague
incorporate - v introduce into a larger whole; combine; unite; embody; form a corporation
inconsequential - adj insignificant; unimportant; casual; of little or no importance
incongruity - n lack of harmony; absurdity; inappropriate; discrepancy; inconsistency; mismatch; difference;
inchoate - adj recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
inadvertently - adv unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly; unknowingly
implode - v burst inward
implicit - adj implied; unquestioning & complete; understood but not stated; tacit
implacable - adj incapable of being pacified merciless; cruel
impervious - adj impenetrable; incapable of being damaged; distressed; unable to penetrate; immune
imperturbable - adj unshakably calm; placid;
impermeable - adj impervious; not permitting passage though it's substance; impossible to permeate
impede - v hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block
impassive - adj without feeling; expressionless; imperturbable; poker-faced; inexpressive; apathy; apathetic
impair - v injure; hurt; damage; make worse or less effective
immutable - adj unchangeable; changeless; abiding; constant; fixed; immovable; inflexible
idolatry - n worship of idols; excessive admiration or devotion
iconoclastic - adj attacking cherished traditions; one who attacks traditional ideas
hyperbole - n exaggeration; overstatement; extravagant
homogeneous - adj of the same kind; uniform composition through out
harangue - n long; passionate and vehement speech
gullible - adj easily deceived or cheated; naive and easily deceived or tricked
guileless - adj without deceit; sincere; honest; straight forward; frank
gregarious - adj sociable (of an animal); tending to form a group; living in flocks or herds
grandiloquent - adj pompous; bombastic; using high sounding language
Gouge - v overcharge
Goad - v Urge on; cause to do something by continued annoyance; bully
garrulous - adj loquacious; wordy talkative;full of trivial conversation
gainsay - v deny; dispute or contradict; to speak or act against
Futile - adj useless; hopeless; ineffectual; in-vain
Frugality - n thrift; economy; carefulness; conservation
forestall - v prevent by taking action in advance; anticipate
Foment - v stir-up; instigate; abet; incite; agitate; promote the growth of (something evil/unpleasant)
Flout - v reject; mock; disregards; violates
fledgling - adj inexperienced; young; new; tyro; beginner; freshman
flag - v droop; grow feeble; to sag; bend; hang down; as from weakness; exhaustion; lack of support; fail; lose spirit or courage; sink
Fervor - n glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
Felicitous - adj suitably expressed; well chosen
fawning - adj courting favor by cringing & flattering; attempting to win favor by flattery
fatuous - adj foolish; inane; unreal; illusory; silly; idiotic; absurd; stupid
fallacious - adj false; misleading; wrong
facilitate - v help bring about; makes less difficult; make easier; alleviate
facetious - adj joking; humorous
extrapolation - n projection; conjecture; assumption; calculation of the value of a function; out side of the range
exigency - n urgent situation; emergency
exculpate - v clear from blame; forgive; pardon; condone
exacerbate - v worsen; embitter
euphemism - n mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; pomposity; grandiloquence
eulogy - n expression of praise; often on the occasion of someone's death
esoteric - adj hard to understand; known only to chosen few; mysterious
erudite - adj learned; scholarly; well-educated; cultured
equivocate - v lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
equanimity - n calmness of temperament; composure; coolness
ephemeral - adj short-lived; fleeting; momentary; passing
enhance - v increase; improve; add to; adorn; amplify; reinforce; raise
engender - v cause; produce
enervate - v weaken; tire; wear out
endemic - adj prevailing among a specific group of people or in specific area or country; native; local; regional
emulate - v imitate; rival; try to excel; make like; compete
empirical - adj based on experience; practical
embellish - v adorn; ornament; enhance as a story; make beautiful
elicit - v draw out by discussion; delineate
elegy - n poem or song expressing lamentation; dirge
effrontery - n shameless; boldness; barefaced; audacity
efficacy - n power to produce desired effect; efficiency; productiveness
eclectic - adj selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
ebullient - adj showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
dupe - n someone easily fooled
dormant - adj sleeping; lethargic; latent
dogmatic - adj opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal; bullheaded
Document - v provide written evidence; archive; record
divest - v strip; deprive; remove
diverge - v vary; go in different direction from the same point; branch; branch off; depart; deviate; split
distill - v pure; concentrate
distend - v expand; swell out; bulge;
dissonance - n discord; unharmonious; cacophony
dissolution - n disintegration; looseness in morals
disseminate - v distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)
dissemble - v disguise; pretend; hide from natural
disparate - adj basically different; unrelated
disparage - v belittle; express negative opinion
dismiss - v eliminate from consideration; reject
disjointed - adj disconnected; lacking orderly continuity
disinterested - adj unprejudiced; free from bias; not interested; free from self interest
disingenuous - adj not naive; sophisticated; wordy wise
discrete - adj separate; unconnected; distinct
discrepancy - n lack of consistency; difference
discredit - v defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
discordant - adj not harmonious; conflicting
discerning - adj mentally quick & observant; having insight; perceptive; able to make good judgement; discriminating
disabuse - v correct a false impression; undeceive
dirge - n lament with music; funeral song
Digression - n wandering away from the subject
Diffuse - adj wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas); verbose; disperse
Diffidence - n shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity
Dichotomy - N split; branching into two parts
Diatribe - n bitter scolding; invective; denunciation; abuse
Deterrent - n something that discourages; hindrance
Desultory - adj aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
Desiccate - v Dry up; lose water/ moisture; dehydrated
Connoisseur - n Person competent to act as a judge of art; a lover of an art
Derivative Unoriginal; banal; obtained from another source
Deride - v Ridicule; make fun of; treat with contempt
Contempt Dishonor; Worthless
Denigrate - v Blacken; defame; slander; malign
Delineate - v Portray; depict; Sketch; describe; outline
Deference - N Courteous regard for another's wish; Respect
Default Failure to act
Decorum Propriety; Appropriateness; Orderliness & good taste in manners
Daunt (v) Intimidate; frighten; discourage; dishearten
Craven - n Cowardly; Fearful
Convoluted - adj Coiled around; involved; intricate; complicate; complex
Converge Approach; Tend to meet; come together
Conundrum - n Riddle; Difficult problem
Contentious - adj Quarrelsome; Controversial; Likely to cause arguments
Contention - N Claim; Thesis; Struggling; Competition; Assertion
Confound - v Confuse; Puzzle
Condone Overlook; Forgive; Give tacit approval; excuse; condone; pardon
Conciliatory - adj Reconciling; Soothing; Win the friendly feeling; placate
Compliant Yielding; conforming to requirements
Complaisant Trying to Please; Obliging; willing to please others
Compendium Brief; Comprehensive summary
Commensurate Equal in extent; of the same size
Cogent Convincing
Coda Concluding section of a musical/ literary composition; finale
Coagulate Thicken; congeal; clot
Chicanery Trickery; Deception
Caustic Burning; Sarcastically biting
Catalyst Agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected & unchanged
Castigation Punishment; Severe criticism; Sensitive even to mild criticism
Capricious - adj Unpredictable; Fickle
Cacophonous Discordant; Inharmonious
Buttress Support; Prop up
Burnish Make shiny by rubbing; polish
Burgeon Grow forth; send out buds
Boorish Rude; Insensitive; Ill mannered
Bombastic Pompous; using inflated language; Puffer up with conceit; big-talking
Bolster Support; Reinforce; Long pillow; Strengthen
Beneficent - adj Kindly; Doing good
Belie Contradict; Give a false impression
Banal Unoriginal; Hackneyed; Commonplaces; Trite
Aver State confidently; Affirm; say; verify
Autonomous Self-governing
Austere Forbidding stern; severely simple & UN-ornamented
Audacious Daring; Bold
Attenuate Make thin; weaken; faded
Assuage Ease/ Lessen (pain); Satisfy (hunger); Sooth(anger); Abate
Assiduous Diligent; Cause to become homogeneous; hard-working
Ascetic Practicing self-denial; Austere; avoiding physical pleasure & comforts
Artless without guile; open & honest
Arduous Hard Strenuous
Appropriate Acquire; Allocate
Approbation Approval
Apprise Inform; Increase the value of appreciate; notify; give notice
Appease Pacify soothe; relieve; gentle; placate
Apathy Lack of caring; Indifference
Antipathy Aversion; Dislike
Anomalous Abnormal; Irregular
Anarchy Absence of governing body, State of disorder
Analogous Comparable; Similar; Correspondent
Anachronism Misplaced in time
Ameliorate Improve; Get Better
Ambivalence Contradictory/ Conflicting emotional attitudes
Ambiguous Unclear or doubtful in meaning having more than one interpretation
Amalgamate Combine; Unite in one body
Alleviate Relieve; Ease; Facilitate
Alacrity Cheerful promptness; eagerness smartness
Aggregate Gather; Accumulate; sum; total; the whole amount
Aesthetic Artistic; Beautiful
Adulterate Corrupt; Debase; Make impure by adding a inferior substance
Admonish Warn or speak with gentle disapproval/ discourage
Abstemious Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; a light eater
Abscond Depart secretly & hide; run away; usually includes taking something or somebody with
Abeyance Temporary suspensions
Aberrant Different; abnormal; deviant
Abate To reduce in amount; subside or moderate; put to an end
Prodigal Wasteful; Reckless with money; profuse
Contrite Penitent; Repentant
 

 



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