GRE Vocabulary I
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GRE Vocabulary I
GRE Vocab Words (1-50) from Michigan State University
adj. deviating from normal or correct.
An example of an aberrant behavior would be a usually calm person having a fit of rage.
A year of abberant weather-record rainfall in the summer, record heat in autumn.
v. to leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law.
Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
v., n. to speak, plead, or argue for a cause, or in another’s behalf.
a passionate advocate of civil rights
(n) -- one who advocates.
She works as a consumer advocate.
v. to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate.
To make your farm larger by purchasing the neighboring farm is an example of aggrandize.
a movie that aggrandizes the bad guys and makes the cops look like dopes
v. to unite or mix.
An example of the word amalgamate is the process of combining flour and butter to create a roux.
(n) -- amalgamation.
amalgamating different styles of music
adj. vague; subject to more than one interpretation
We were confused by the ambiguous wording of the message.
adj. extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n
An example of ambrosia is perfume.
An example of ambrosia is nectar.
An example of ambrosia is a dessert salad made with marshmallows, orange, pineapple and coconut.
n. a person or artifact appearing after its own time or out of chronological order (adj
If a movie about ancient Egypt showed a Pharaoh wearing a wristwatch, the wristwatch would be an example of an anachronism.
He's an old-fashioned politician who is seen by many of his colleagues as an anachronism.
adj. peculiar; unique, contrary to the norm (n
A person with 50 piercings and tattoos is an example of someone who is anomalous.
Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.
adj. ancient; outmoded; (literally,before the flood)
An example of people who are antediluvian are Adam and Eve.
An example of an antediluvian item is the rotary phone.
He has antediluvian notions about the role of women in the workplace.
n. hostility toward, objection, or aversion to
An example of antipathy is how a staunch Republican might feel about a Democrat.
There has always been strong antipathy between the two groups.
v. to settle a dispute by impulse (n
An example of arbitrate is to hear issues and help a couple decide on a divorce settlement.
The council will arbitrate among the interest groups.
v. to make less severe; to appease or satisfy
An example of something that a nurse might assuage is someone's pain with the distribution of medicine.
An example of something that you may assuage is your need for sleep.
He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
v. weaken (adj
An example of attenuate is to destroy many members of an opposing force.
Earplugs will attenuate the loud sounds of the machinery.
adj. extremely bold; fearless, especially said of human behavior (n
A shy housewife traveling to a war torn country alone is an example of an audacious act.
They have audacious plans for the new school.
v. to declare
An example of aver is to firmly and assertively state that you are not guilty.
He averred that he was innocent.
adj. commonplace or trite (n
An example of something banal are boring knock-knock jokes that have been told many times before.
He made some banal remarks about the weather.
adj. unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
a barefaced lie
a barefaced challenge for a fight
n. speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something
An example of a blandishment is telling a friend how beautiful she is in order to entice her to buy your movie ticket.
He resisted the blandishment.
n. pompous speech (adj
The writings of Shakespeare are examples of bombast.
you need less bombast and more substance in this speech on human rights
n., v. a lapse, gap or break, as in a fortress wall. To break or break through.
Unfortunately, the club members never forgot his breach of ettiquette.
v., n. to grow or flourish; a bud or new growth (adj
: burgeoning )
An example of burgeon is a cherry tree flowering in springtime.
The market for collectibles has burgeoned in recent years.
v., n. to support. a support
A stone wall built against a wall to support the building is an example of a buttress.
the mother had always been the buttress of our family in trying times
v.to get something by taking advantage of someone
An example of to cadge is to get dinner by asking people entering a restaurant to buy you something.
She cadged money from her sister.
n. impulse (adj
A groom leaving a bride while standing at the altar is an example of a caprice action.
Snow falling in Los Angeles in the middle of the summer is an example of a caprice.
Employees have complained of being at the mercy of the manager's every whim and caprice.
v.to chastise or criticize severely
An example of castigate is when a person is punished harshly in public for his behavior.
The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
n.an agent of change (adj
: catalytic; v. catalyze)
An example of catalyst is how President Bush's claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction started the war in Iraq.
The bombing attack was the catalyst for war.
adj.capable of dissolving by chemical action; highly critical
"His caustic remarks spoiled the mood of the party."
The chemical was so caustic that it ate through the pipes.
n.deception by trickery
An example of chicanery is dishonest actions by politicians to get elected.
He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
adj.willingly compliant or accepting of the status quo (n
A happy-go-lucky girl who is agreeable, doesn't fight and does what others want her to do is an example of someone who is complaisant.
n.a great fire
An example of a conflagration is a large fire that burns up two houses.
the historic tavern burned to the ground in a horrible conflagration
adj.of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible.
(In older writings,coeporeal could be a synonym for corporal. This usage is no longer common)
An example of corporeal is tangible property as opposed to intellectual property.
the corporeal nature of matter
adj.of the body
: "corporal punishment."
a non-commissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private.
When you punish someone by harming his body and causing pain (such as by spanking the person) this is an example of corporal punishment.
started to suffer the corporal ailments that come with advancing age
v.to strengthen or support
"The witness corroborted his story."
adj., n.cowardly; a coward
A person who runs and hides when he hears any noise or sounds is an example of someone who might be described as craven.
a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally
adj.deserving of blame (n
An example of culpable is a person who has committed a wrongdoing.
They held her culpable for the accident.
"The prosecutor complained about the dearth of concrete evidence against the suspect."
n.submission or courteous yielding
"He held his tongue in deference to his father."
: deferential. v. defer)
v.to show, create a picture of.
When a writer describes a scene in vivid detail, this is an example of when he depicts the scene.
The wall was painted with a large mural depicting famous scenes from American history.
n.belittlement. (v. deprecate)
movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecatingthe comedy as the stupidest movie of the year
n.the act of preying upon or plundering
"The depredations of the invaders demoralized the population."
v.to make clear, to say
An example of descry is to pick out a secret code in a message.
we couldn't descry the reasons for his sudden departure
v.to dry out thoroughly (adj
An example of desiccate is slice a banana and put in a food dehydrator.
that historian's dry-as-dust prose desiccates what is actually an exciting period in European history
n.a bitter abusive denunciation.
An example of a diatribe is a father lecturing his son about how the son is not doing anything with his life.
The article is a diatribe against mainstream media.
adj.lacking self-confidence, modest (n
An example of diffident is a young man who is afraid to sign up for the football team.
She was diffident about stating her opinion.
for someone who makes a living performing for other people, the actress is remarkably diffident in real life
adj.to free a person from falsehood or error
"We had to disabuse her of the notion that she was invited."
let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
: disparagement. v. disparage)
The candidate made disparaging remarks about his opponent, but they only made him seem small for insulting a worthy adversary.
adj.calm; objective; unbiased
An example of someone dispassionate is a good judge.
Journalists aim to be dispassionate observers.
v.to conceal one's real motive, to feign
An example of dissemble is a person who is pretending to be your friend but who really just wants an invitation to your beach house.
he dissembled happiness at the news that his old girlfriend was getting married—to someone else
adj.stubborn or determined
"Her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off."