GRE Vocab (G-K)
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GRE Vocab (G-K)
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500 "hardest" words/definitions/synonyms/example sentences
to dance or skip around playfully
From her office, Amy enviously watched the playful puppies
around Central Park.
Synonyms: caper; frisk; frolic; rollick; romp
to gather and store
The director managed to
financial backing from several different sources for his next project.
Synonyms: amass; acquire; glean; harvest; reap
tending to talk a lot
parakeet distracted its owner with it's continuous talking.
Synonyms: effusive; loquacious
growth process from conception to birth
The longer the
period of an organism, the more developed the baby is at birth.
Synonyms: development; gravidity; pregnancy
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
The slimy politician continued gaining supporters because he was a
Synonyms: easy; superficial
to glare or stare angrily and intensely
The cranky waiter
at the indecisive customer.
Synonyms: frown; lower; scowl
process occurring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color
The paint store offers so many different
of red that it's impossible the choose among them.
Synonyms: nuance; shade; step; subtlety
She was so
when she found herself alone she felt quite sad.
Synonyms: affable; communicative; congenial; sociable
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
Maude and Bertha sobbed loudly throughout the
Synonyms: dire; dolorous; grave; mournful
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
to his ex-girlfriend, hoping she would take him back.
Synonyms: bootlick; cringe; fawn; kowtow; toady
Since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to
in an effort to trap his enemy.
Synonyms: artifice; chicanery; connivery: duplicity
The con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool the gullible bank customers into giving him their account information.
Synonyms: credulous; exploitable; naive
unfortunate; having bad luck
I wish someone would give that poor,
soul some food and shelter.
Synonyms: ill-fated; ill-starred; jinxed; luckless; unlucky
the domination of one state or group over its allies
When Germany claimed
over Russia, Stalin was outraged.
Synonyms: authority; power
seal of the jar proved impossible to break.
Synonyms: airtight; impervious; watertight
composed of unlike parts; different; diverse
The United Nations is by nature a
Synonyms: assorted; miscellaneous;mixed; motley; varied
very old; whitish or gray from age
The old man's
beard contrasted starkly to the new stubble of his teenage grandson.
Synonyms: ancient; antediluvian; antique; venerable; vintage
of a similar kind
The class was fairly
since most of the students were journalism majors.
Synonyms: consistent; standardized; uniform; unvarying
to manage economically; to use sparingly
The cyclist paced herself at the start of the race, knowing that if she
her resources she'd have the strength to break out of the pack later on.
purposeful exaggeration for effect
When the mayor claimed his town was one of the seven wonders of the world, outsiders classified his statement as a
Synonyms: embellishment; inflation; magnification
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an
Synonyms: maverick; nonconformist; rebel; revolutionary
peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity
included a fondness for wearing bright green shoes with mauve socks.
Synonyms: humor; oddity; quirk
having low moral standards; not noble in character; mean
The photographer was paid a princely sum for the picture of the self-proclaimed ethicist in the
act of pick-pocketing.
Synonyms: lowly; vulgar
to infuse, dye, wet, or moisten
Marcia struggled to
her children with decent values, a difficult task this day and age.
Synonyms: charge; freight; impregnate; permeate; pervade
blocked path; dilemma with no solution
The rock slide produced an
, so no one could proceed further on the road.
Synonyms: cul-de-sac; deadlock; stalemate
poor; having no money
After the stock market crashed, many former millionaires found themselves
Synonyms: destitute; impoverished; indigent; needy; penniless
not capable of being disturbed
The counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she was
, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.
Synonyms: composed; dispassionate; impassive; serene; stoical
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
A good raincoat will be
Synonyms: impregnable; resistant
quick to act without thinking
It is not good for an investment banker to be
since much thought should be given to all possible options.
Synonyms: impulsive; precipitate; rash; reckless; spontaneous
not devout in religion
The nun cut herself off from her
family after she entered the convent.
Synonyms: immoral; irreverent; profane
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
His rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained
Synonyms: inexorable; intransigent; irreconcilable; relentless; remorseless; unforgiving; unrelenting
, Hank searched for the person who had vandalized his truck.
to call into question; to attack verbally
"How dare you
my motives?" protested the lawyer, on being accused of ambulance chasing.
Synonyms: challenge; dispute
blood-red in color
At his mother's mention of his baby pictures, the shy boy's cheeks turned incarnadine with embarrassment.
Synonyms: reddened; ruby; ruddy
not fully formed; disorganized
The ideas expressed in Nietzsche's mature work also appear in an
form in his earliest writing.
Synonyms: amorphous; incoherent; incomplete; unorganized
to teach; impress in the mind
their children with their beliefs and ideas instead of allowing their children to decelop their own values.
Synonyms: implant; indoctrinate; instill; preach
habitually lazy or idle
ways got her fired from many jobs.
Synonyms: faineant; languid; lethargic; slothful; sluggish
force of the twister swept away their house.
Synonyms: adamant; relentless; obdurate
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
She was so
that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city.
Synonyms: artless; guileless; innocent; naive; simple; unaffected
When none of her relatives thanked her for the fruitcakes she had sent them, Audrey condemned them all as
Synonyms: cad; churl
to gain favor with another by deliberate effort; to seek to please somebody so as to gain an advantage
The new intern tried to
herself with the managers so that they might consider her for a future job.
Synonyms: curry; favor; flatter
Even though a cease-fire had been in place for months, the two sides were still inimical to each other.
Synonyms: adverse; antagonistic; dissident; recalcitrant
sin; evil act
"I promise to close every den of
in this town!" thundered the conservative new mayor.
Synonyms: enormity; immorality; injustice; vice; wickedness
Some snakes are poisonous, but most species are
and pose no danger to humans.
: benign; harmless; inoffensive; insipid
an investigation; an inquiry
The police chief ordered an
to determine what went wrong.
Synonyms: probe; quest; research
lacking interest or flavor
The critic claimed that the painting was
, containing no interest qualities at all.
Synonyms: banal; bland; dull; stale; vapid
After the emperor's troops crushed the
, its leaders fled the country.
Synonyms: mutiny; revolt; revolution; uprising
After giving the masses one last chance to pay their respects, the leader's body was
Synonyms: entomb; inhume; sepulcher; sepulture; tomb
period between reigns
When JFK was shot, there was a brief
before LBJ became president.
not easily managed or manipulated
for hours, the wild horse eventually allowed the rider to mount.
Synonyms: stubborn; unruly
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
The professor was
on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time.
Synonyms: implacable; inexorable; irreconcilable; obdurate; obstinate; remorseless; rigid; unbending; unrelenting; unyielding
fearless; resolutely courageous
Despite freezing winds, the
hiker completed his ascent.
to overwhelm; to cover with water
The tidal wave
Atlantis, which was lost beneath the water.
Synonyms: deluge; drown; engulf; flood; submerge
to harden; accustom; become used to
Eventually, Hassad became
to the sirens that went off every night and could sleep through them.
Synonyms: condition; familiarize; habituate
A stream of
poured from Mrs. Pratt's mouth as she watched the vandals smash her ceramic frog.
Synonyms: denunciation; revilement; vituperation
ceremony conferring authority
, he grabbed the crown from the Pope's hands and placed it on his head himself.
Synonyms: inaugural; inauguration; induction; initiation; installation
envious, obnoxious, or offensive; likely to promote ill-will
It is cruel and
for parents to play favorites with their children.
Synonyms: discriminatory; insulting; jaundiced; resentful
easily made angry
Attila the Hun's
and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives.
Synonyms: cantankerous; irritable; ornery; testy
wandering from place to place; unsettled
tomcat came back to the Johansson homestead every two months.
Synonyms: nomadic; vagrant
nonsensical talk; specialized language
You need to master technical
in order to communicate successfully with engineers.
Synonyms: argot; cant; dialect; idiom; slang
to discard; to get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering
The sinking ship
its cargo in a desperate attempt to reduce its weight.
Synonyms: dump; eject
belligerent support of one's country
made it difficult for the students to participate in an open political discussion.
Synonyms: chauvinism; nationalism
old man entertained his grandchildren for hours.
Synonyms: amusing; comical
sensible; showing good judgment
The wise and distinguished judge was well known for having a
Synonyms: circumspect; prudent; sagacious; sapient
point of time, especially where two things are joined
, I think it would be a good idea for us to take a coffee break.
Synonyms: confluence; convergence; crisis; crossroads; moment
having a sharp edge; intellectually sharp; perceptive
intelligence, she figured out the puzzle in seconds flat.
Synonyms: acute; canny; quick
to set fire or to ignite; excite or inspire
With only damp wood to work with, Tilda had great difficulty trying to
the camp fire.
Synonyms: arouse;awaken; light; spark
relating to motion; characterized by movement
sculpture moved back and forth, startling the museum visitors.
Synonyms: active; dynamic; mobile
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
When the townspeople heard the
from the church belfry, they knew that their mayor had died.
Synonyms: chime; peal; toll
fame, glory, or honor
The actress happily accepted
from the press for her stunning performance in the film.
Synonyms: acclaim; accolade; encomium; homage; praise