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2011-08-21 16:37:42

Vocabulary words for the GRE
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  1. Abate
    To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
  2. Abscond
    To leave secretly

    Syn: Flee, Decamp, Escape
  3. Abstain
    To choose not to do something

    Syn: Forbear Refrain Withhold
  4. Advocate
    To speak in favor of

    Syn: Back Champion Support
  5. Aesthetic
    Concerning the appreciation of beauty

    Syn: Artistic Tasteful
  6. Aggrandize
    To increase in power, influence and reputation

    Syn: Amplify Dignify Emnoble Magnify Wax Apotheosize Elevate Exalt Swell Augment Enlarge Glorify Uplift
  7. Alleviate
    To make more bearable

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

    Syn: Admx Commingle Fuse Merge Blend Commix Intermingle Mingle Combine Compound Intermix Mix
  9. Ambiguous
    Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted in several ways

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

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

    Syn: Archaism Incongruity
  12. Analogous
    Similar or alike in some way equivalent to

    Syn: Alike Equivalent similar comparable homogenous corresponding parallel
  13. Anomaly
    Deviation from what is normal

    Syn: Abberance Deviance Preternaturalness Aberration Deviation Abnormality Irregularity
  14. Antagonize
    To anooy or provke to anger

    Syn: Clash irritate provoke conflict oppose vex incite pester
  15. Antipathy
    Extreme dislike

    Syn: animosity aversion repellence animus enmity antagonism hostiliy
  16. Apathy
    Lack of interest or emotion

    Syn: Coolness impassivity lassitude phelgm stolidity insenseibility
  17. Abbitrate
    To judge a dispute b/w two opposing parties

    Syn: Adjudge determine referee adjudicate judge rule decide moderate
  18. Archaic
    Ancient, Old fashioned

    Syn: Ancient bygone fusty superseded antediluvian outmoded stale superannuated
  19. Ardor
    Intense and passionate feeling

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

    Syn: Eloquent Lucid Expressive Silver-Tongued
  21. Assuage
    To make something unpleasant less severe
  22. Attenuate
    To reduce in force or degree; to weaken

    Syn: Debilitate Enervate Sap Devitalize Enfeeble Thin Unnerve Dilute Rarefy
  23. Audacious
    Fearless and daring

    Syn: Adventursome Plucky Valorous Dauntless Gallant Intrepid Doughty Mettlesome Valiant
  24. Austere
    Severe or stern in appearance; undecoated

    Syn: Bleak Dour Harsh Grim Severe
  25. Banal
    Predictable, boring

    Syn: Bland commonplace innocuous musty stereotypic bromidic fatuous insipid hackneyed jejune prosaic vapid
  26. Bolster
    To support; To prop up

    Syn: Brace Support Uphold Buttress Sustain
  27. Bombastic
    pompous in speech and manner

    Syn: Declamatory Grandoise Orotund Fustain High-Flown
  28. Cacophony
    Harsh, jarring noise

    Syn: Chaos, discord clamor disharmony din noise
  29. Candid
    Impartial and honest in speech
  30. Syn: Direct Honest Straight Forthright Open Straightforward Frank Undisguised
  31. Capricious
    Changing ones mind quickly and often

    Syn: Arbitrary erratic mercurial willful chance fickle random whimsicle
  32. Castigate
    To punish or criticize Harshly

    Syn: Admionish Rebuke Reprove Upbriad Chastise Reprimand Scold Chide
  33. Catalyst
    Something that brings about a change in something else

    Syn: Acerbic trenchant biting mordant
  34. Chauvinist
    Deception by means of craft or guile

    Syn: Artifice Deception Pettifoggery Sophistry Conniving Deviousness shadiness
  35. Cogent
    Convincing and well-reasoned

    Syn: Convincing sound persuasive telling solid valid
  36. Condone
    To overlooked, pardon, or disregard

    Syn: Exculpate Remit Excuse Pardon
  37. Convoluted
    Inticate and complicated
  38. Corroborate
    To provide supporting evidence

    Syn: Authenticate Buttress Validate Confirm Verify Substantiate
  39. Credulous
    To trusting; Gullible

    Syn: Naive Susceptible Trusting
  40. Crescendo
    Steadily increasing in volume or force
  41. Decorum
    Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
  42. Deference
    Respectful, Courtasy.

    Syn: Courtesy obeisance veneration homage respect honor reverence
  43. Deride
    To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

    Syn: Gibe ridicule taunt jeer scoff mock sneer
  44. Desiccate
    To dry out thoroughly

    Syn: Dehydrrate dry
  45. Desultory
    Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

    Syn: Aimless Haphazard purposeless erratic
  46. Diatribe
    An abusive, condemnatory speech

    Syn: Fulmination Jeremiad Tirade Harangue Malediction Invective Obloquy
  47. Diffident
    Lacking self confidence
  48. Dilate
    To make larger; to expand
  49. Dilatory
    Intended to delay
  50. Dilettante
    Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

    Syn: Tyro Dabbler
  51. Dirge
    A funeral hym or mournful speech

    Syn: Elegy Lament
  52. Disabuse
    To set right; to free from error
  53. Discern
    To percieve; to recognize
  54. Disparate
    Fundamentally different; entirely unlike

    Syn: Variant Divergent
  55. Dissemble
    To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character

    Syn: Camoflauge Masquerade Feign Sham Simulate
  56. Dissonance
    A harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
  57. Dogma
    A firmly held opinion; often a religous belief
  58. Dogmatic
    Dictatorial in one's opinions

    Syn: Authoritarian Doctrinaire Magisterial Peremptory Bossy Imperious
  59. Dupe
    To decieve; a person who is easily decieved

    Syn: Beguile Cozen Betray Deceive Bluff
  60. Eclectic
    Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
  61. Efficacy

    Syn: Dyamism Proficiency Efficiency
  62. Elegy
    A sorrowful poem or speech
  63. Eloquent
    Persuasive and moving, especially in speech
  64. Emulate
    To copy; to try to equal or excel
  65. Enervate
    To reduce in strength

    Syn: Debilitate Weaken Enfeeble
  66. Engender
    To produce, cause, or bring about
  67. Enigma
    A puzzle, a mystery
  68. Enumerate
    To count, list or itemize
  69. Ephemeral
    Lasting a short time

    Syn: Evanescent transient fleeting momentary
  70. Equivocate
    To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead

    Syn: Ambiguous evasive waffling
  71. Erratic
    Wandering and unpredictable
  72. Erudite
    Learned, scholarly, bookish
  73. Esoteric
    Known or understood only by few
  74. Estimable
    Admirable, high regard
  75. Eulogy
    Speech in praise of someone
  76. Euphemism
    Use on an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one

    Syn: Whitewash
  77. Exacerbate
    To make worse
  78. Exculpate
    To clear from blame; prove innocent

    Syn: Acquit vindicate clear exonerate
  79. Exigent
    Urgent; requiring immediate action
  80. Fanatical
    Acting excessively enthusiastic, filled with extreme unquestioned devotion
  81. Fawn
    To grovel

    Syn: Bootlick Pander
  82. Fervid
    Intensly emotional; feverish

    Syn: burning vehement impassioned zealous
  83. Florid
    Excessively decorated or embellished

    Syn: Elaborate ostentatious flamboyant rococo ornate
  84. Foment
    To arouse of incite

    Syn: agitate instigate impassion kindle inflame
  85. Frugality
    A tendency to be thrifty or cheap
  86. Garrulous
    Tending to talk alot

    Syn: Loquacious Effusive
  87. Gregarious
    Outgoing, sociable
  88. Syn: Congenial sociable affable
  89. Guile
    Deciet or trickery

    Syn: Artifice duplicity chicanery connivery
  90. Iconoclast
    One who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
  91. Imperturbable
    • Not capable of being distubed
    • To disturb greatly

    Syn: Serene composed Stoical
  92. Impervious
    Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
  93. Impetuous
    Quick to act without thinking

    Syn: Impulsive reckless precipitate
  94. Implacable
    Unable to be calmed down or peaceful

    Syn: Inexorable relentless intransigent remorseless irreconcilable
  95. Inchoate
    Not fully formed; disorganized
  96. Ingenuous
    Showing innocence or childlike simplicity

    Syn: artless naive guileless simple
  97. Inimical
    Hostile, Unfriendly

    Syn: Recalcitrant Antagonistic Dissident
  98. Innocuous

    Syn: Benign Harmless Inoffensive
  99. Insipid
    Lacking interest or flavor

    Syn: Banal Stale Bland Vapid Dull
  100. Intransigent
    Uncomprimising; refusing to be reconciled

    Syn: Implacable Obdurate Rigid Unyielding Inexorable Obstinate Unbending Remorseless
  101. Inundate
    To overwhelm; to cover with water
  102. Irascible
    Easily made angry

    Cantankerous Irritable
  103. Laconic
    Using few words

    Syn: Concise Taciturn Curt Terse Pithy
  104. Lament
    To express sorrow; to grieve

    Syn: Bewail Mourn Deplore Grieve
  105. Laud
    To give praise; to glorify
  106. Lavish
    To give unsparingly (v); extremely generous or extravagant (adj)

    Syn: Bestow Exuberant prodigal confer luxuriant profuse
  107. Loquacious

    Syn: Effusive Garrulous Verbose
  108. Malinger
    To evade responsiblity by pretending to be ill
  109. Metaphor
    A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
  110. Meticulous
    Extremey careful about details

    Syn: Conscientious Precise Scrupulous
  111. Misanthrope
    A person who dislikes others
  112. Mitgate
    To soften; To lessen

    Syn: Allay Ease Mollify Alleviate Lighten Palliate Assuage Moderate
  113. Mollify
    To clam or make less severe
  114. Monotony
    Lack of variation

    Syn: Drone Tedium
  115. Naive
    Lacking Sophistication or experience
  116. Obdurate
    Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion

    Syn: Inflexible Tenacious Intransigent Unyielding Recalcitrant
  117. Obsequious
    Overly submissive and eager to please
  118. Obstinate
    Stubborn, Unyielding
  119. Obviate
    To prevent; to make unnecessary

    Syn: Forestall Preclude Prohibit
  120. Onerous
    Troublesome and Oppressive; Burdensome
  121. Opaque
    Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
  122. Opprobrium
    Public Disgrace

    Syn: Discredit Obloquy Ignominy Dishonor
  123. Ostentation
    Excessive showiness

    Syn: Conspicuouseness Showiness Flashiness
  124. Paradox
    A contradiction or dilemma
  125. Paragon
    A model of excellence or perfection

    Syn: Apotheosis Ideal Standard
  126. Pedant
    Someone who shows off learning
  127. Perfidious
    Willing to betray one's trust

    Syn: Disloyal Treacherous Faithless Traitorous
  128. Perfunctory
    Done in a routine way; indifferent
  129. Permeate
    To penetrate
  130. Philanthropy
    Charity; A desire or effort to promote goodness

    Syn: Altruism Humanitarianism
  131. Placate
    To soothe or pacify

    Syn: appease conciliate mollify
  132. Plastic
    Able to be molded, altered or bent

    Syn: Ductile Pliant malleable
  133. Pragmatic
    Practical as opposed to idealistic
  134. Precipitate
    To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
  135. Prevaricate
    To lie or deviate from the truth

    Syn: Equivocate lie perjure
  136. Pristine
    Fresh and clean; uncorrupted

    Syn: UNdamaged innocent
  137. Prodigal
    Lavish; wasteful

    Syn: Extravagant Spendthrift Lavish Wasteful Profligate
  138. Proliferate
    To increase in number quickly
  139. Propitiate
    To concilate; to appease
  140. Propriety
    Correct behavior; obediance to rules and customs

    Syn: Decency Seemliness Decorum Modesty
  141. Prudence
    Wisdom, caution, or restraint

    Syn: Astuteness Frugality Thrift Circumspection Discretion
  142. Quiscent

    Syn: Dormant Latent
  143. Rarefy
    To make thinner or sparser

    Syn: Attenuate Thin
  144. Repudiate
    To reject the validity of

    Syn: Disavow Renounce Disclaim Disown
  145. Reticent
    Silent Reserved

    Syn: Cool Standoffish Introverted
  146. Satiate
    To satisy fully or overindulge
  147. Soporific
    Causing sleep or lethargy

    Syn: Hypnotic Somnolent Narcotic
  148. Specious
    Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious

    Syn: Illusory Spurious Ostensible Plausible
  149. Stigma
    A mark of shame or discredit

    Syn: Blemish Stain Blot Taint Opprobrium
  150. Stolid
    Unemotional; lacking sensitivity

    Syn: APathetic phlegmatic impassive stoical indifferent
  151. Sublime
    Lofty or Grand

    Syn: August Grand Noble Superb
  152. Tacit
    Done without using words

    Syn: Implicit Unsaid Implied Unuttered Undeclared
  153. Taciturn
    Silent, not talktitive

    Syn: Laconic Reticent
  154. Tirade
    Long Harsh Speech or verbal attack
  155. Torpor
    Extreme mental and physical sluggishness

    Syn: Apathy Languor
  156. Transitory
    Temporary, lasting a breif time

    Syn: Ephemeral Impermanent Evanescent Fleeting
  157. Vacillate
    To sway physically; to be indecisive
  158. Venerate
    To respect deeply

    Syn: Adore Revere Honor Idolize
  159. Veracity
    Filled with truth and accuracy

    Syn: Candor Probity Exactitude Fidelity
  160. Vex
    To annoy

    Syn: Annoy Exasperate Peeve Bother Irk Provoke Chafe Nettle
  161. Volatile
    Easily Aroused or changeable; Lively or explosive

    Syn: Capricious Inconsistant Erratic Inconstant Fickle Mercurial
  162. Waver
    To fluctuate between choices

    Syn: Dither Oscillate Falter Vacillate Fluctuate
  163. Whimsicle
    Acting in a fanciful or caprisious manner: Unpredictable

    Syn: Capricious Frivolous Erratic Flippant
  164. Zeal
    Passion Excitement