180 Most Common GRE Words

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  1. Abate
    To reduce in amount, degree, severity.
  2. Abscond
    To leave secretly.
  3. Abstain
    To choose not to do something.

    Syn: Forbear, Refrain, Withhold
  4. Abyss
    An extremely deep hole.

    Syn: Chasm, Void
  5. Adulterate
    To make impure.

    Syn: Doctor
  6. Advocate
    • To speak in favor of.
  7. Aesthetic
    • Concerning the appreciation of beauty.
  8. Aggrandize
    To increase in power, influence, and reputation.
  9. Alleviate
    To make more bearable.

    Syn: Allay, Assuage, Comfort, Ease, Lessen, Lighten, Mitigate, Palliate, Relieve
  10. Amalgamate
    To mix together, to combine.

    Admix, Blend, Combine, Commingle, Commix, Compound, Fuse, Intermingle, Intermix, Merge, Mingle, Mix
  11. Ambiguous
    Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways.

    Syn: Cloudy, Doubtful, Dubious, Equivocal, Indeterminate, Nebulous, Obscure, Unclear, Vague
  12. Ameliorate
    To make better; to improve.

    Syn: Amend, Pacify, Upgrade, Improve, Better
  13. Anachronism
    Something out of place in time.

    Syn: Archaism, Incongruity
  14. Analogous
    Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to.

    Syn: Alike, Comparable, Corresponding, Equivalent, Homogeneous, Parallel, Similar
  15. Anomaly
    Deviation from what is normal.

    Syn: Aberrance, Aberration, Abnormality, Deviance, Deviation, Irregularity, Preternaturalness
  16. Antipathy
    Extreme dislike.

    Syn: Animosity, ANimus, Antagonism, Aversion, Enmity, Hostility, Repellence.
  17. Antagonize
    To annoy or provoke to anger.

    Syn: Clash, Irritate, Provoke, Conflict, Oppose, Incite, Vex, Pester
  18. Apathy
    Lack of interest or emotion

    Syn: Coolness, Disinterest, Disregard, Impassivity, INdifference, INsensibility, Lassitude, Lethary, Listlessness, Phlegm, Stolidity, Unconcern, Unresponsiveness.
  19. Arbitrate
    To judge a dispute between two opposing parties.

    Syn: Adjudge, Adjudicate, Decide, Determine, Judge, Moderate, Referee, Rule
  20. Archaic
    Ancient, old-fashioned.

    Syn: Ancient, Antediluvian, Antique, Bygone, Date, Dowdy, Fusty, Obsolete, Old-Fashioned, Outdated, Outmoded, Passe, Prehistoric, Stale, Superannuated, Superseded, Vintage.
  21. Ardor
    Intense and passionate feeling

    Syn: Devotion, Enthusiasm,Fervency, Fervidity, Fervidness, Fervor, Fire, Passion, Zeal, Zealousness.
  22. Articulate
    Able to speak clearly and expressively

    Syn: Eloquent, Expressive, Fluent, Lucid, Silver-Tongued, Smooth-Spoken.
  23. Assuage
    To make something unpleasant less severe.
  24. Attenuate
    To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

    Syn: Debilitate, Devitalize, Dilute, Enervate, Enfeeble, Rarefy, Sap, Thin, Undermine, Undo, Unnerve, Water, Weaken.
  25. Audacious
    Fearless and Daring

    Syn: Adventuresome, Aggresive, Assertive, Bold, Brave, Courageous, Daring, Dauntless, Doughty, Fearless, Gallant, Game, Heroic, Inrepid, Mettlesome, Plucky, Stout, Stouthearted, Unafraid, Undaunted, Valiant, Valorous, Venturesome, Venturuous.
  26. Austere
    Severe or stern in appearance, undecorated.

    Syn: Bleak, Dour, Grim, Hard, Harsh, Severe.
  27. Banal
    Predictable, Cliched, Boring

    Syn: Bland, Bromidic, Cliched, Commonplace, Fatuous, Hackneyed, Innocuous, Insipid, Jejune,
  28. Bolster
    To support, to prop up

    Syn: Brace, Buttress, Prop, Support, Sustain, Underpin, Uphold.
  29. Bombastic
    Pompous in speech or writing

    Syn: Bloated, Beclamatory, Fustain, Grandiloquent, Grandiose, High-Flown, Magniloquent, Orotund, Pretentious, Rhetorical, Self-Important
  30. Cacophony
    Harsh, Jarring noise

    Syn: Chaos, Clamor, Din, Discord, Disharmony, Noise.
  31. Capricious
    Changing one's mind quickly and often.

    Syn: Arbitrary, Chance, Changeable, Erratic, Fickle, Inconstant, Mercurial, Random, Whimsical, Willful.
  32. Candid
    Impartial and honest in speech.

    Syn: Direct, Forthright, Frank, Honest, Open, Sincere, Straight, Straightforward, Undiguised.
  33. Castigate
    To punish or criticize harshly

    Syn: Admonish, Chastise, Chide, Rebuke, Reprimand, Reproach, Tax, Scold, Reprove, Upbraid.
  34. Catalyst
    Something that brings about a change in something else.

    Syn: Catalyze
  35. Caustic
    Biting in wit.

    Syn: Acerbic, Biting, Mordant, Trenchant
  36. Chaos
    Great disorder or confusion.

    Syn: Clutter, Confusion, Disarrangement, Disarray, Disorder, Disorderliness, Disorganization, Jumble, Mess, Muddle, Scramble, Snarl, Topsy-Turviness, Turmoil.
  37. Chauvinist
    Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs.

    Syn: Partisan
  38. Chicanery
    Deception by means of craft or guile.

    Syn: Artifice, Conniving, Craftiness, Deception, Deviousness, Misrepresentation, Pettifoggery, Shadiness, Sneakiness, Sophistry, Subterfuge, Underhandedness
  39. Cogent
    Convincing and well-reasoned.

    Syn: Convincing, Persuasive, Solid, Sound, Telling, Valid
  40. Condone
    To overlook, pardon, or disregard.

    Syn: Exculpate, Excuse, Pardon, Remit.
  41. Convoluted
    Intricate and complicated.

    Syn: Byzantine, Complex, Elaborate, Intricate, Knotty, Labyrinthine, Perplexing, Tangled
  42. Corroborated
    To provide supporting evidence.

    Syn: Authenticate, Back, Bear Out, Buttress, Confirm, Substantiate, Validate, Verify.
  43. Credulous
    Too trusting; Gullible.

    Syn: Naive, Susceptible, Trusting
  44. Crescendo
    Steadily increasing in volume or force.
  45. Decorum
    • Apprpriateness of behavior or conduct, propriety.
  46. Deference
    Respect, Courtesy
  47. Deride
    To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
  48. Desiccate
    To dry out thoroughly
  49. Desultory
    jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
  50. Diatribe
    An abusive, condemnatory speech
  51. Diffident
    Lacking self-confidence
  52. Dilate
    To make larger; to expand
  53. Dilatory
    Intended to delay.
  54. Dilettante
    Someone with an amateruish and superficial interest in a topic.
  55. Dirge
    A funeral hymn or mournful speech.
  56. Disabuse
    To set right; to free from error.
  57. Discern
    To perceive; to recognize.
  58. Disparate
    Fundamentally different; entirely unlike
  59. Dissemble
    To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character.
  60. Dissonance
    A harsh and disagreeable combination; often sounds.
  61. Dogma
    A firmly head opinion, often a religious belief.
  62. Dogmatic
    Dictatorial in one's options.
  63. Dupe
    To deceive; a person who is easily deceived.
  64. Eclectic
    Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources.
  65. Efficacy
  66. Elegy
    A sorrowful poem or speech.
  67. Eloquent
    Persuasive and moving, especially in speech.
  68. Emulate
    To copy; to try to equal or excel.
  69. Enervate
    To reduce in strength.
  70. Engender
    To produce, cause, or bring about.
  71. Enigma
    A puzzle; a mystery
  72. Enumerate
    To count, list or itemize.
  73. Ephemeral
    Lasting a short time.
  74. Equivocate
    To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead.
  75. Erratic
    Wandering and unpredictable.
  76. Erudite
    Learned, scholarly, bookish.
  77. Esoteric
    Known or understood by only a few.
  78. Estimable
  79. Eulogy
    Speechin in praise of someone.
  80. Euphemism
    Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one.
  81. Exacerbate
    To make worse.
  82. Exculpate
    To clear from blame; to prove innocent.
  83. Exigent
    Urgent; requiring immediate action.
  84. Exonerate
    To clear of blame.
  85. Explicit
    Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression.
  86. Fanatical
    Acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion.
  87. Fawn
    To grovel.
  88. Fervid
    Intensely emotional; ferverish.
  89. Florid
    Excessively decorated or embellished.
  90. Foment
    To arouse or incite.
  91. Frugality
    A tendency to be thrifty or cheap.
  92. Garrulous
    Tending to talk a lot.
  93. Gregarious
    Outgoing, sociable.
  94. Guile
    Deceit or trickery.
  95. Gullibile
    Easily deceived.
  96. Homogenous
    Of a similar kind.
  97. Iconoclast
    One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions.
  98. Imperturbable
    Not cabable of being disturbed.
  99. Impervious
    Impossible to penetrate; incable of being affected.
  100. Impetuous
    Quick to act without thinking.
  101. Implacable
    Unable to be calmed down or made peaceful.
  102. Inchoate
    Not fully formed; disorganized.
  103. Ingenuous
    Showing innocence or childlike simplicity.
  104. Inimical
    Hostile, unfriendly.
  105. Innocuous
  106. Insipid
    Lacking interest or flavor.
  107. Intransigent
    Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled.
  108. Inundate
    To overwhelm; to cover with water.
  109. Irascile
    Easily made angry.
  110. Laconic
    Using few words.
  111. Lament
    To express sorrow, to grieve.
  112. Laud
    To give praise; to glorify.
  113. Lavish
    To give unsparingly; extremely generous or extravagant.
  114. Lethargic
    Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner.
  115. Loquacious
  116. Lucid
    Clear and easily understood.
  117. Luminous
    Bright, brilliant, glowing.
  118. Malinger
    To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill.
  119. Malleable
    Capable of being shaped.
  120. Metaphor
    A figure of speech comparing two different thingsl a symbol.
  121. Meticulous
    Extremely careful about details.
  122. Misanthrope
    A person who dislikes others.
  123. Mitigate
    To soften; to lessen.
  124. Mollify
    To calm or make less severe.
  125. Monotony
    Lack of variation.
  126. Naive
    Lacking sophisticiation or experience.
  127. Obdurate
    Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion.
  128. Obsequious
    Overly submissive and eager to please.
  129. Obstinate
    Stubborn, unyielding.
  130. Obviate
    To prevent; to make unnecessary.
  131. Occlude
    To stop up; to prevent the passage of.
  132. Onerous
    Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome.
  133. Opaque
    Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light.
  134. Opprobrium
    Public disgrace.
  135. Ostentation
    Excessive showiness.
  136. Paradox
    A contradiction or dilemma.
  137. Paragon
    Model of excellence or perfection.
  138. Pedant
    Someone who shows off learning.
  139. Perfidious
    Willing to betray one's trust.
  140. Perfunctory
    Done in a routine way; indifferent.
  141. Permeate
    To penetrate.
  142. Philanthropy
    Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness.
  143. Placate
    To soothe or pacify.
  144. Plastic
    Able to be molded, altered or bent.
  145. Plethora
  146. Pragmatic
    Practical as opposed to idealistic.
  147. Precipitate
    To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation.
  148. Prevaricate
    To lie or deviate from the truth.
  149. Pristine
    Fresh and clean; uncorrputed.
  150. Prodigal
    Lavish; Wasteful
  151. Proliferate
    To increase in number quickly.
  152. Propitiate
    To conciliate; to appease.
  153. Propriety
    Correct behavior; obdience to rules and customs.
  154. Prudence
    Wisdom, caution or restraint.
  155. Pungent
    Sharp and irritating to the senses.
  156. Quiescent
  157. Rarefy
    To make thinner or sparser.
  158. Repudiate
    To reject the validity of.
  159. Reticent
    Silent, reserved.
  160. Rhetoric
    Effective writing or speaking.
  161. Satiate
    To satisfy fully or overindulge.
  162. Soporific
    Causing sleep or lethargy.
  163. Specious
    Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious.
  164. Stigma
    A mark of shame or discredit.
  165. Stolid
    Unemotional; lacking sensitivity.
  166. Sublime
    Lofty or grand.
  167. Tacit
    Done without using words.
  168. Taciturn
    Silent; not talkative.
  169. Tirade
    Long, harsh speech or verbal attack.
  170. Torpor
    Extreme mental and physical sluggishness.
  171. Transitory
    Temporary, lasting a brief time.
  172. Vacillate
    To sway physically; to be indecisive.
  173. Venerate
    To respect deeply.
  174. Veracity
    Filled with truth and accuracy.
  175. Verbose
  176. Vex
    To annoy.
  177. Volatile
    Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive.
  178. Waver
    To fluctuate between choices.
  179. Whimsical
    Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable.
  180. Zeal
    Passion, excitement.
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180 Most Common GRE Words
180 Most Common GRE Words
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