Essential GRE Vocabulary (from the high frequency list from Barron's Pass Key to the GRE)

Essential GRE Vocabulary (from the high frequency list from Barron's Pass Key to the GRE)

Ken MuellerKen Mueller (lvl 5)
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Section 1

(50 cards)

abeyance

Front

suspended action

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ascetic

Front

practicing self-denial; austere

Back

attenuate

Front

make thin; weaken

Back

admonish

Front

warn; reprove

Back

anachronism

Front

something or someone misplace in time

Back

catalyst

Front

agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged

Back

bolster

Front

support; reinforce

Back

austere

Front

forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented

Back

burnish

Front

make shiny by rubbing; polish

Back

antipathy

Front

aversion; dislike

Back

buttress

Front

support; prop up

Back

apprise

Front

inform

Back

chicanery

Front

trickery; deception

Back

alleviate

Front

relieve

Back

appropriate

Front

acquire; take possession of for one's own use

Back

anarchy

Front

absence of governing body; state of disorder

Back

ambiguous

Front

unclear or doubtful in meaning

Back

cacophonous

Front

dicordant; inharmonious

Back

analogous

Front

comparable

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adulterate

Front

make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

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alacrity

Front

cheerful promptness; eagerness

Back

bombastic

Front

pompous; using inflated language

Back

appease

Front

pacify or soothe; relieve

Back

banal

Front

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacing originality

Back

caustic

Front

burning; sarcastically biting

Back

boorish

Front

rude; insensitive

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apathy

Front

lack of caring; indifference

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abscond

Front

depart secretly and hide

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abstemious

Front

sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

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aver

Front

state confidently

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ameliorate

Front

improve

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approbation

Front

approval

Back

assiduous

Front

diligent

Back

arduous

Front

hard; streunous

Back

audacious

Front

daring; bold

Back

aggregate

Front

gather; accumulate

Back

burgeoning

Front

flourishing; growing quickly; putting out buds

Back

ambivalence

Front

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes

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belie

Front

contradict; give a false impression

Back

anomalous

Front

abnormal; irregular

Back

aberrant

Front

abnormal or deviant

Back

artless

Front

without guile; open and honest

Back

abate

Front

subside or moderate

Back

castigation

Front

punishment; severe criticism

Back

aesthetic

Front

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful

Back

beneficent

Front

kindly; doing good

Back

capricious

Front

unpredictable; fickle

Back

amalgamate

Front

combine; unite in one body

Back

assuage

Front

ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)

Back

autonomous

Front

self-governing

Back

Section 2

(50 cards)

dichotomy

Front

split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)

Back

disparage

Front

belittle

Back

condone

Front

overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse

Back

contentious

Front

quarrelsome

Back

disseminate

Front

distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)

Back

conciliatory

Front

reconciling; soothing

Back

discerning

Front

mentally quick and observant; having insight

Back

disjointed

Front

disconnected

Back

distend

Front

expand; swell out

Back

disparate

Front

basically different; unrelated

Back

daunt

Front

intimidate; frighten

Back

discrepancy

Front

lack of consistency; difference

Back

deference

Front

courteous regard for another's wish

Back

denigrate

Front

belittle or defame; blacken

Back

conundrum

Front

riddle; difficult problem

Back

complaisant

Front

trying to please; obliging

Back

derivative

Front

unoriginal, obtained from another source

Back

converge

Front

approach; tend to meet; come together

Back

diffidence

Front

shyness

Back

discordany

Front

not harmonious; conflicting

Back

dissemble

Front

disguise; pretend

Back

compliant

Front

yielding; conforming to requirements

Back

craven

Front

cowardly

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contention

Front

claim; thesis

Back

connoisseur

Front

person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of an art

Back

dissolution

Front

breaking of a union; decay; termination

Back

distill

Front

purify; refine; concentrate

Back

convoluted

Front

coiled around; involved; intricate

Back

disabuse

Front

correct a false impression; undeceive

Back

delineate

Front

portray; depict; sketch

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cogent

Front

convincing

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diffuse

Front

wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)

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commensurate

Front

equal in extent

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disinterested

Front

unprejudiced

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discrete

Front

separate; unconnected

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desultory

Front

aimless; haphazard ; digressing at random

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confound

Front

confuse; puzzle

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disingenuous

Front

lacking genuine candor' insincere

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diatribe

Front

bitter scloding; invective

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discredit

Front

defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve

Back

compendium

Front

brief, comprehensive summary

Back

decorum

Front

propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners

Back

deterrent

Front

something that discourages; hinderance

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deride

Front

ridicule; make fun of

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dissonance

Front

discord; opposite of harmony

Back

default

Front

failure to act

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dessicate

Front

dry up

Back

contrite

Front

penitent

Back

digression

Front

wandering away from the subject

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dismiss

Front

eliminate from consideration; reject

Back

Section 3

(50 cards)

guileless

Front

without deceit

Back

garrulous

Front

loquacious; wordy; talkative

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exculpate

Front

clear from blame

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forestall

Front

prevent by taking action in advance

Back

ebullient

Front

showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm

Back

facetous

Front

joking (often inapproproately); humorous

Back

equivocate

Front

intentionally mislead; attempt to conceal the truth

Back

exacerbate

Front

worsen; embitter

Back

divest

Front

strip; deprive

Back

equanimity

Front

calmness of temperament; composure

Back

futile

Front

useless; hopeless; ineffectual

Back

eclectic

Front

selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources

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grandiloquent

Front

pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language

Back

erudite

Front

learned; scholarly

Back

facilitate

Front

help bring about; make less difficult

Back

goad

Front

urge on; prod; incite

Back

document

Front

provide written evidence

Back

enhance

Front

increaqse; improve

Back

flag

Front

droop; grow feeble

Back

extrapolation

Front

projection; conjecture

Back

gainsay

Front

deny

Back

elegy

Front

poem or song expressing lamentation

Back

euphemism

Front

mild expression in place of an unpleasant one

Back

fawning

Front

courting favor by cringing and flattering

Back

exigency

Front

urgent state; demand or requirement

Back

gregarious

Front

sociable

Back

enervate

Front

weaken

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engender

Front

cause; produce

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dupe

Front

someone easily fooled

Back

frugality

Front

thrift; economy

Back

embellish

Front

adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story

Back

diverge

Front

vary; go in different directions from the same point

Back

flout

Front

reject; mock

Back

fallacious

Front

false; misleading

Back

ephemeral

Front

short-lived; fleeting

Back

fervor

Front

glowing ardor; intensity of feeling

Back

endemic

Front

prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country

Back

empirical

Front

based on experience

Back

fatuous

Front

foolish; inane

Back

elicit

Front

draw out by discussion

Back

efficacy

Front

power to produce desired effect

Back

felicitous

Front

apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

Back

dogmatic

Front

opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal

Back

emulate

Front

imitate; rival

Back

foment

Front

stir up; instigate

Back

eulogy

Front

expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death

Back

esoteric

Front

hard to understand; known only to the chosen few

Back

effrontery

Front

insolent boldness; temerity

Back

dormant

Front

sleeping; lethargic; latent

Back

fledgling

Front

inexperienced

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Section 4

(50 cards)

gullible

Front

easily deceived

Back

indigence

Front

poverty

Back

intractable

Front

unruly; stubborn; unyielding

Back

log

Front

record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities

Back

insularity

Front

narrow-mindedness; isolation

Back

implode

Front

burst inward

Back

impermeable

Front

impervious; not permitting passage through its substance

Back

incorporate

Front

introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite

Back

luminous

Front

shining; issuing light

Back

hyperbole

Front

exaggeration; overstatement

Back

inadvertently

Front

unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly

Back

insinuate

Front

hint; imply; creep in

Back

iconoclastic

Front

attacking cherished traditions

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lassitude

Front

languor; weariness

Back

lethargic

Front

drowsy; dull

Back

impervious

Front

impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed

Back

inert

Front

inactive; lacking power to more

Back

impassive

Front

without feeling; imperturbable; stoical

Back

lucid

Front

easily understood; clear; intelligible

Back

implicit

Front

understood but not stated

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irresolute

Front

uncertain of how to act; weak

Back

inured

Front

accustomed; hardened

Back

impede

Front

hinder; block

Back

inchoate

Front

recently begun; rudimentary; elementary

Back

harangue

Front

long, passionate, and vehement speech

Back

insipid

Front

lacking in flavor; dull

Back

imperturbable

Front

calm; placid

Back

levity

Front

lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity

Back

loquacious

Front

talkative

Back

indeterminate

Front

uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite

Back

incongruity

Front

lack of harmony; absurdity

Back

irascible

Front

irritable; easily angered

Back

innocuous

Front

harmless

Back

laconic

Front

brief and to the point

Back

insensible

Front

unconscious; unresponsive

Back

implacable

Front

incapable of being pacified

Back

immutable

Front

unchangable

Back

inconsequential

Front

insignificant; unimportant

Back

impair

Front

injure; hurt

Back

latent

Front

potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden

Back

magnanimity

Front

generosity

Back

homogeneous

Front

of the same kind

Back

itinerary

Front

plan of a trip

Back

inherent

Front

firmly established by nature or habit

Back

laud

Front

praise

Back

idolatry

Front

worhsip of idols; excessive admiration

Back

inundate

Front

overwhelm; flood; submerge

Back

ingenuous

Front

naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated

Back

indolent

Front

lazy

Back

intransigence

Front

refusal of any compromise; stubbornness

Back

Section 5

(50 cards)

opprobrium

Front

infamy; vilification

Back

penchant

Front

strong inclination; liking

Back

phlegmatic

Front

calm; not easily disturbed

Back

probity

Front

uprightness; incorruptibility

Back

obsequious

Front

slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic

Back

precipitate

Front

rash; premature; hasty; sudden

Back

perfunctory

Front

superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm

Back

penury

Front

severe poverty; stinginess

Back

perfidious

Front

treacherous; disloyal

Back

negate

Front

cancel out; nullify; deny

Back

pathological

Front

related to the study of disease; diseased or markedly abnormal

Back

onerous

Front

burdensome

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misanthrope

Front

one who hate mankind

Back

prevaricate

Front

lie

Back

pedantic

Front

showing off learning; bookish

Back

pristine

Front

characteristic of earlier times; primitive, unspoiled

Back

ostentatious

Front

showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

Back

oscillate

Front

vibrate pendulumlike; waver

Back

malleable

Front

capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable

Back

obviate

Front

make unnecessary; prevent problems

Back

pervasive

Front

spread throughout

Back

meticulous

Front

excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous

Back

precursor

Front

forerunner

Back

paragon

Front

model of perfection

Back

platitude

Front

trite remark; commomplace statement

Back

officious

Front

meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services

Back

mundane

Front

worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday

Back

perennial

Front

something long-lasting

Back

malingerer

Front

one who feigns illness to escape duty

Back

prodigal

Front

wasteful; reckless with money

Back

porous

Front

full of pores; like a sieve

Back

plasticity

Front

ability to be molded

Back

mendacious

Front

lying; habitually dishonest

Back

pragmatic

Front

practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something

Back

metamorphosis

Front

change of form

Back

plethora

Front

excess; overabundance

Back

mitigate

Front

appease; moderate

Back

neophyte

Front

recent convert; beginner

Back

partisan

Front

one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

Back

presumptuous

Front

overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties

Back

placate

Front

pacify; concillate

Back

morose

Front

ill-humored; sullen; melancholy

Back

precarious

Front

uncertain; risky

Back

mollify

Front

soothe

Back

paucity

Front

scarcity

Back

obdurate

Front

stubborn

Back

piety

Front

devoutness; reverence for God

Back

problematic

Front

doubtful; unsettled; questionable' perplexing

Back

maverick

Front

rebel; nonconformist

Back

permeable

Front

penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through

Back

Section 6

(50 cards)

propensity

Front

natural inclination

Back

salubrious

Front

healthful

Back

repudiate

Front

disown; disavow

Back

propriety

Front

fitness; correct conduct

Back

substantiate

Front

establish by evidence; verify; support

Back

satiate

Front

satisfy fully

Back

relegate

Front

banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign

Back

stolid

Front

dull; impassive

Back

prohibitive

Front

tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined to prevent or forbid

Back

recant

Front

disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error

Back

rescind

Front

cancel

Back

resolution

Front

determination

Back

resolve

Front

determination; firmness of purpose

Back

proscribe

Front

ostracize; banish; outlaw

Back

sanction

Front

approve; ratify

Back

subside

Front

settle down; descend; grow quiet

Back

saturate

Front

soak thoroughly

Back

skeptic

Front

doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view

Back

solicitous

Front

worried, concerned

Back

propitiate

Front

appease

Back

secrete

Front

hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism

Back

recondite

Front

difficult to understand; profound; secret

Back

specious

Front

seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)

Back

stipulate

Front

make express conditions, specify

Back

proliferate

Front

grow rapidly; spread; multiply

Back

reticent

Front

reserved; uncommunicative

Back

quiescent

Front

at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive

Back

refractory

Front

stubborn; unmanageable

Back

savor

Front

enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality

Back

refute

Front

disprove

Back

tacit

Front

understood; not put into words

Back

shard

Front

fragment, generally of pottery

Back

sporadic

Front

occurring irregularly

Back

reverent

Front

respectful; worshipful

Back

spectrum

Front

colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism

Back

stigma

Front

token of disgrace; brand

Back

subpeona

Front

writ of summoning a witness to appear

Back

recalcitrant

Front

obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly

Back

supersede

Front

cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete

Back

tangential

Front

peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing

Back

profound

Front

deep; not superficial; complete

Back

reprobate

Front

person hardened by sin, devoid of a sense of decency

Back

qualified

Front

limited; restricted

Back

supposition

Front

hypothesis; surmise

Back

soporific

Front

sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness

Back

sage

Front

person celebrated for wisdom

Back

stint

Front

be thrifty; set limits

Back

reproach

Front

express disapproval or disappointment

Back

rarefied

Front

made less dense [of a gas]

Back

quibble

Front

minor objection or complaint

Back

Section 7

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tirade

Front

extended scolding; denunciation; harangue

Back

torpor

Front

lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy

Back

viable

Front

practical or workable; capable of maintaining life

Back

welter

Front

turmoil; bewildering jumble

Back

tortuous

Front

winding; full of curves

Back

truculence

Front

aggressiveness; ferocity

Back

veracious

Front

truthful

Back

tractable

Front

docile; easily managed

Back

vacillate

Front

waver; fluctuate

Back

vituperative

Front

abusive; scolding

Back

venerate

Front

revere

Back

whimsical

Front

capricious; fanciful

Back

wary

Front

very cautious

Back

warranted

Front

justified; authorized

Back

verbose

Front

wordy

Back

transgression

Front

violation of a law; sin

Back

tenuous

Front

thin; rare; slim

Back

volatile

Front

changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly

Back

zealot

Front

fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal

Back

viscous

Front

sticky; gluey

Back