Gre most used words

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  1. abate
    to reduce in amount, degree or severity
  2. abscond
    to leave secretly
  3. abstain
    to choose not to do something
  4. abyss
    an extremely deep hole
  5. adulterate
    to make impure
  6. advocate
    to make impure
  7. aesthetic
    concerning the appreciation of beauty
  8. aggrandize
    to increase in power, influence, and reputation
  9. alleviate
    to make more bearable
  10. amalgamate
    to combine; to mix together
  11. ambiguous
    doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
  12. ameliorate
    to make better, to improve
  13. anachronism
    something out of place in time
  14. analogous
    similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
  15. anomaly
    deviation from what is normal
  16. antagonize
    to annoy or provoke to anger
  17. antipathy
    extreme dislike
  18. apathy
    lack of interest or emotion
  19. arbitrate
    to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
  20. archaic
    ancient, old fashioned
  21. ardor
    intense and passionate feeling
  22. articulate
    able to speak clearly and expressively
  23. assuage
    to make something unpleasant less severe
  24. attenuate
    to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
  25. audacious
    fearless and daring
  26. austere
    severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
  27. banal
    predictable, cliched, boring
  28. bolster
    to support, to prop up
  29. bombastic
    pompous in speech and manner
  30. cacophany
    harsh, jarring noise
  31. candid
    impartial and honest in speech
  32. capricious
    changing one's mind quickly and often
  33. castigate
    to punish or criticize harshly
  34. catalyst
    something that brings about a change in something else
  35. caustic
    biting in wit
  36. chaos
    great disorder or confusion
  37. chauvinist
    someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
  38. chicanery
    deception by means of craft or guile
  39. cogent
    convincing and well reasoned
  40. condone
    to overlook, pardon, or disregard
  41. convoluted
    intricate and complicated
  42. corroborate
    to provide supporting evidence
  43. credulous
    too trusting; gullible
  44. crescendo
    steadily increasing volume or force
  45. decorum
    appropriateness 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 amateurish 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 of sounds
  61. dogma
    a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
  62. dogmatic
    dictatorial in one's opinions
  63. dupe
    to deceive a person who is easily decieved
  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
    to count, list, or itemize
  74. equivocate
    to use expressions or double meaning in order to mislead
  75. erratic
    wandering and unpredicatble
  76. erudite
    learned, scholarly, bookish
  77. esoteric
    known or understood by only a few
  78. estimable
  79. eulogy
    speech 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; 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; feverish
  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. gullible
    easily deceived
  96. homogenous
    or a similar kind
  97. iconoclast
    one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
  98. imperturbable
    not capable of being disturbed
  99. impervious
    impossible to penetrate; incapable 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. irascible
    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 (v); extremely generous or extravgent (adj)
  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 things; a symbol
  121. meticulous
    extremely careful about details
  122. misanthrope
    a person who dislikes other
  123. mitigate
    to soften; to lessen
  124. mollify
    to calm or make less severe
  125. monotony
    lack of variation
  126. naive
    lacking sophistication or experience
  127. obdurate
    hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
  128. obsequious
    overly submissive and eager to please
  129. obviate
    to prevent; to make unnecessary
  130. obstinate
    stubborn, unyielding
  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; uncorrupted
  150. prodigal
    lavish, wasteful
  151. proliferate
    to increase in number quickly
  152. propriate
    to conciliate; to appease
  153. propriety
    correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
  154. propriety
    correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
  155. prudence
    wisdom, caution, or restraint
  156. pungent
    sharp and irritating to the senses
  157. quiescent
  158. rarefy
    to make thinner or sparser
  159. repudiate
    to reject the validity of
  160. reticent
    silent, reserved
  161. rhetoric
    effective writing or speaking
  162. satiate
    to satisfy fully or overindulge
  163. soporific
    causing sleep or lethargy
  164. specious
    deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
  165. stigma
    a mark of shame or discredit
  166. stolid
    unemotional; lacking sensitivity
  167. sublime
    lofty or grand
  168. tacit
    done without using words
  169. taciturn
    silent, not talkative
  170. tirade
    long, harsh speech or verbal attack
  171. torpor
    extreme mental and physical sluggishness
  172. transitory
    temporary, lasting a brief time
  173. vacillate
    to sway physically; to be indcisive
  174. venerate
    to respect deeply
  175. veracity
    filled with truth and accuracy
  176. verbose
  177. vex
    to annoy
  178. volatile
    easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
  179. waver
    to fluctuate between choices
  180. whimsical
    acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
  181. zeal
    passion, excitement
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