gre vocab g-m.txt

  1. Gainsay (verb)
    To deny; to oppose

    After I easily won the Pac-man tournament, my competitors could no longer gainsay my video-game dominance

    S: contradict
  2. Gambol (verb)
    To skip about playfully

    After months in the winter den, the polar bear cubs finally emerged and gamboled in the snow

    S: frolic
  3. Garner (verb)
    To gather and save; to store-up

    The talented actor continued to garner accolades despite his brushes with the law. 

    S: amass
  4. Garrulous (adjective)
    Pointlessly talkative; talking too much

    I just wanted the garrulous waiter to stop rambling and take my order

    S: loquacious
  5. Gauche (adjective)
    Crude, awkward, tasteless

    In some cultures it is considered gauche to belch loudly at the end of dinner; in others it is the height of courtesy.

    S; tactless
  6. Germane (adjective)
    Relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter. 

    Greg could have cut out several sentences that were not germane to his thesis statement

    S: applicable
  7. Glib (adjective)
    Marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth

    Your glib response to my questions lets me know that you don't take me seriously. 

    S: superficial
  8. Gossamer (adjective)
    Delicate; insubstantial or tenuous

    Light filtered in through the gossamer curtains

    S: diaphanous
  9. Grandiloquence (noun)
    • Pompous speech or expression 
    • The nominee ended up losing votes because his grandiloquence annoyed his audience at every campaign speech

    S: bombast
  10. Guile (noun)
    Artfulness; trickery; duplicity

    Pulling off slight-of-hand tricks successfully requires dexterity and guile

    S: deceit
  11. Gregarious (adjective)
    Sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people. 

    Greg Brown was very gregarious and tended to get along well with everyone. 

    S: affable
  12. Gratuitous (adjective)
    Unnecessary; uncalled for

    Constructive comments will help me improve, but gratuitous criticism just makes me defensive. 

    S: unprovoked
  13. Grouse (verb)
    To complain or grumble

    Ferdinand's constant grousing about my violin playing has finally convinced me I might need lessons
  14. Guy (noun)
    A rope or cord attatched to something as a brace or guide

    We were all nervous that the guy for the pulley would give way, but the platform stayed intact, so it must have been fine
  15. Hackneyed (adjective)
    Rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage. 

    "You win some, you lose some" is an example of a hackneyed saying. 

    S: banal
  16. Halcyon (adjective)
    Calm and peaceful

    I'm looking forward to a halcyon vacation on a secluded beach. 

    S: serene
  17. Hallowed (adjective)
    Holy; consecrated

    Strawberry Fields in Central Park is hallowed ground for fans of John Lennon. 

    S: revered
  18. Harangue (verb)
    To deliver a pompous speech or tirade

    Sonny harangued his brother for returning the car with no gas. 

    S: hassle 
  19. Harrow (verb)
    To distress, create stress or torment

    The sadistic professor loved to harrow his students with harrowing tales of the upcoming final exam that no student in the school's history had ever passed 
  20. Hedonism (noun)
    Devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses.

    Monks lead a quiet, ascetic life devoid of hedonism

    S: debauchery, indulgence
  21. Hegemony (noun)
    The consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others. 

    At its height, the Roman Empire exercised hegemony over the entire Mediterranean area

    S: predominance, leadership
  22. Heretical (adjective)
    Dissenting from established dogma

    Some might find it heretical to put celery in a grilled-cheese sandwich, but I recommend trying it before passing judgment. 

    S: unorthodox
  23. Hermetic (adjective)
    Sealed; airtight

    When you buy a bottle of medicine, check the hermetic seal to make sure it is not broken

    S: impervious
  24. Heterodox (adjective)
    Unorthodox; icnoclastic

    The heterodox dessert combined bits of bacon and chocolate

    S: heretical
  25. Hirsute (adjective)
    Hairy, shaggy

    My hirsute dog sheds life-size replicas of himself and still has more hair left over. 
  26. Homily (noun)
    A sermon or morally instructive lecture, a platitude 

    The subject of the minister's homilies ranged from the importance of compassion to the virtues of brushing one's teeth three times a day. 
  27. Hubris (noun)
    Arrogant presumption or pride

    The governor's hubris was in appointing his son to lead the commission. 

    S: conceit
  28. Harbinger (noun)
    Something that signals what is to come

    The Grim Reaper, with his cloak and scythe is a harbinger of death

    S: forerunner
  29. Iconoclast (noun)
    One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

    Socrates was put on trial and accused of being an iconoclast on matters of politics and religion'

    S: radical, rebel
  30. Iconoclastic (adjetive)
    Attacking cherished beliefs

    The controversial artist's iconoclastic work both stunned and impressed critics. 

    S: irreverent
  31. Idolatrous (adjective)
    Given to intense or excessive devotion to something

    Jim's family realized his love of football was truly idolatrous when the discovered the Raiders shrine in his closet

    S: committed
  32. Idyll (noun)
    A carefree, lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode

    Often while riding the subway to her monotonous job, she daydreamed of a tropical idyll

    S: carefree scene
  33. Ignominious (adjective)
    Shameful; undignified

    The senator's corruption scandal cast an ignominious shadow over his career

    S: humiliating
  34. Imbroglio (noun)
    Difficult or embarrassing situation

    Clare tried to extricate herself from the imbroglio she started at the party by sneaking out the back door

    S: entanglement, disagreement
  35. Imminent (adjective)
    About to happen

    The police have identified a suspect and an arrest is imminent

    S: impending
  36. Impassive (adjective)
    Revealing no emotion

    The defendant looked surprisingly impassive after the judge sentenced him to life in prison 

    S: apathetic, imperturbable 
  37. Impecunious (adjective)
    Lacking funds; without money

    The impecunious author survived on the generosity of her friends until she sold her first manuscript

    S: destitute
  38. Imperious (adjective)
    Commanding; arrogant; haughty

    Writers and photographers feared the editor-in-cheif because of her imperious attitude. 

    S: domineering
  39. Imperturbable (adjective)
    Marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness

    After an hour of meditation, Ivan is imperturbable and nothing will faze him. 

    S: unflappable 
  40. Impetuous (adjective)
    Hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

    Teenagers often make impetuous decisions that they later regret. 

    S: reckless
  41. Implacable (adjective)
    Not capable of being appeased or significantly changed 

    Sadly, Irina is an implacable pessimist and will never see the brighter side of any situation. 

    S: uncompromising
  42. Importune (verb)
    To ask incessantly; to beg; to nag

    The actor importuned the director to give him a bigger part in the play

    S: exhort
  43. Impudent (adjective)
    Shamelessly bold; insolent; impertinent

    John's impudent personality on stage enthralled his fans; unfortunately, is also alienated his fellow band members
  44. Impugn (verb)
    Attack or assail verbally, censure, execrate, deny

    The candidate impugned his opponent's flawless record in office

    S: discredit, challenge, call into question
  45. Impunity (noun)
    Immunity from punishment or penalty

    I was granted impunity for my repeated absences from work due to serious medical problems. 

    S: exemption
  46. Impute (verb)
    To attribute to a cause or source, ascribe, assign as a characteristic

    The mechanic imputed my car's failure to start to the absence of any gasoline in the tank
  47. Immutable (adjective)
    Not capable of change

    Gravity is an immutable law of nature

    S; permanent
  48. Inalienable (adjective)
    Cannot be transferred. 

    We have certain inalienable rights as americans. 
  49. Incipient (adjective)
    Beginning to come into being or to become apparent. 

    • Fortunately, the doctor detected the patient's incipient tumor during a routine check-up
    • S: developing
  50. Indefatigable (adjective)
    Dogged; tireless

    The shark's indefatigable pursuit of the seal was eventually rewarded. 

    S: unflagging
  51. Indifferent (adjective)
    Having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice. 

    Some buyers are indifferent to shipping costs and will order items online with no regard for the extra charges. 

    S: disinterested
  52. Indolent (adjective)
    Lazy; listless

    The fat, indolent cat didn't even stir when the mouse skittered across the kitchen

    S: lethargic. 
  53. Ineluctable (adjective)
    Certain; inevitable

    George refused to accept the ineluctable reality of death, so he planned to have himself frozen. 
  54. Inert (adjective)
    Unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

    The overweight dog is inert and refuses to go for a walk. 

    S: motionless
  55. Ingenuous (adjective)
    Artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication; naive

    Her fears about childbirth seemed ingenuous to the women at the baby shower. 

    S: guileless, innocent, trusting
  56. Inherent (adjective)
    Ingrained within one's nature

    Even though lumpectomies are common, there are still dangers inherent to any surgery

    S: intrinsic
  57. Inimical (adjective)
    Damaging, harmful, or injurious; hostile, adverse, or unfriendly

    It has been proven that asbestos has inimical effects on respiratory health

    S: deleterious
  58. Inimitable (adjective)
    One of a kind, peerless

    His inimitable fears of daring on the trapeze were so audacious  that no one else even tried to imitate them. 
  59. Iniquity (noun)
    Gross injustice; wickedness 

    The iniquity of the government bailouts angers me; large corporations are being saved, while public schools are struggling for funding

    S: sin
  60. Innervate (verb)
    To supply with nerves, energize

    Innervated by our coach's pep talk, we wer filled with energy for the upcoming game
  61. Innocuous (adjective)
    Harmless; causing no damage

    The movie is innocuous entertainment suitable for all ages.

    S: inoffensive
  62. Insensible (adjective)
    Unconscious; unresponsive

    She tried to shake the insensible prince back to his senses. 

    The boxer dropped his defenses just long enough for his opponent to land a right hook that left him insensible on the canvas for few minutes.

    S: indifferent
  63. Insipid (adjective)
    Without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit

    Without any seasoning or sauce, chicken can often be insipid and dry. 

    S: bland
  64. Insouciant (adjective)
    Unconcerned; carefree; heedless

    The insouciant cyclist sang along with his headphones as he wove in and out of the busy downtown traffic. 

    S: nonchalant
  65. Insular (adjective)
    Provincial; narrow-minded

    The board was so insular in its thinking that its members were shocked to hear criticism of its policies from stockholders. 

    S: isolated
  66. Interdict (verb)
    Prohibit, forbid, ban, halt

    Although Prohibition attempted to interdict the sale of alcohol, it was never entirely successful
  67. Intimate (verb)
    To imply, suggest or insinuate

    The governor intimated that he might run for Congress, but coyly refused to commit one way or the other 
  68. Intractable (adjective)
    Not easily managed or directed

    The financial crisis has created intractable problems for the new government in power

    S: stubborn, obstinate
  69. Intransigent (adjective)
    Refusing to compromise

    Otto's intransigent stance made an out-of-court settlement unlikely

    S: inflexible
  70. Intrepid (adjective)
    Steadfast and courageous

    The intrepid eater will try any regional dish wherever she travels

    S: fearless
  71. Inundate (verb)
    To cover or overwhelm, to flood

    Because the village sits in a basin, it is easily inundated when river levels rise and there is no escape route for the water. 
  72. Inured (adjective)
    Accustomed to accepting something undesirable

    The explorer was inured to the cold wind she no longer noticed her chapped skin

    S: numbed, habituated, hardened
  73. Inveigh (verb)
    To attack verbally, denounce, deprecate

    The students inveighed bitterly against the new dress code, complaining that the orange shirts and red pants not only limited their freedom of expression but were also ugly
  74. Inveigle (verb)
    To obtain by deception or flattery

    The salesperson inveigled the woman to buy the outlandish and expensive hat. 

    S: manipulate
  75. Inveterate (adjective)
    Deep rooted, ingrained, habitual.

    Tim was such a inveterate liar that he lied even when he thought he was telling the truth

    S: inherent
  76. Invidious (adjective)
    Tending to arouse envy or ill will in others

    The promotion was important to Sven's career; however, it meant that for a while, he was in the invidious position of supervising his former coworkers. 
  77. Irascible (adjective)
    Easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts. 

    The hot-headed coach frequently shouted irascible comments at the referees. 

    S: touchy, testy, irritable
  78. Itinerate (verb)
    Traveling from place to place

    Long before newspapers, telephones, and the internet, itinerate salesmen were one valuable sources of news. 

    S: roving
  79. Infelicitous (adjective)
    Unfortunate; inappropriate

    An uncomfortable silence fell over the dinner table after one of the guests made an infelicitous comment to the hostess.

    S: malapropos, ill-chosen
  80. Inscrutable (adjective)
    Incapable of being discovered or understood. 

    The secrets of the inscrutable Sphinx are likely to remain undiscovered forever. 

    S: unfathomable 
  81. Ineptitude (noun)

    The ineptitude of the new assistant was maddening; he forgot to take meeting minutes and misplaced the packages he was supposed to send out

    S: incapacity
  82. Inchoate (adjective)
    In an initial stage; not fully formed

    The more experienced engineers sent his original, inchoate proposal back for revision. 

    S: rudimentary, amorphous
  83. Jejune (adjective)
    Vapid; uninteresting; immature

    Critics slammed the author's first novel for being jejune; hopefully her second will be more mature

    S: childish
  84. Jibe (verb)
    To agree; to be in accord

    Despite our very different backgrounds, Richard's political view jibe rather closely with my own

    S: conform
  85. Jettison (verb)
    To throw overboard

    The CEO of the failing company jettisoned the entire product development department and hired a new team

    S: discard
  86. Jocular/Jocose (adjective)
    Humorous; joking

    His jocular attitude and hilarious take on things made him a pleasure to work with

    S: jesting
  87. Kinetic (adjective)
    Characterized by motion

    The kinetic choreography had audience members gasping during the performance

    S: dynamic
  88. Labile (adjective)
    Readily open to change, unstable

    He was so emotionally labile that he could be crying one minute and laughing the next
  89. Lachrymose (adjective)
    Causing tears, tearful, showing sorrow

    His lachrymose apology didn't move me; he was going to have to do a lot more than shed a few tears before I was ready to forgive him
  90. Laconic (adjective)
    Using few words

    The exhausted babysitter's laconic response was simply, "no"

    S: terse
  91. Lassitude (noun)
    Listless, languor, weariness

    Those two push-ups I attempted filled me with lassitude for the rest of the day
  92. Laud (verb)
    To praise highly

    The sea-weary crew lauded the captain's decision to stay in port for an extra day. 

    S: acclaim, extol
  93. Lavish (adjective)

    No expense was spared in giving the astronauts a lavish homecoming, complete with welcome feasts and a parade down fifth avenue, after their arduous mission
  94. Lethargic (adjective)
    Characterized by lethargy or sluggishness

    Though Ryan loves to run through 18 holes of disc golf in 100-degree weather, I am left too lethargic to so much as pick up my bag
  95. Libertine (noun)
    Someone unrestrained by morality or convention or leading a dissolute life 

    We discovered that she was quite the libertine when it was revealed that she was having affairs on three different continents at the same time
  96. Limn (verb)
    To draw; to outline in detail

    The artist limned the Parisian market scene to perfectly that I could imagine myself in the painting

    S: describe
  97. Limpid (adjective)
    Transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled

    The once-limpiid pond had become a nasty soup of algae, beer cans, and a random tennis shoe or two. 
  98. List (verb)
    To tilt or lean to one side

    The ship listed to one side after running aground on a rock and filling partially with water
  99. Loquacious (adjective)
    Extremely talkative

    My aunt is annoyingly loquacious; she speaks at great length about minor occurrences in her life

    S: garrulous
  100. Lucid (adjective0
    Intelligible, sound, clear

    The lucid water in the tide pool allowed us to see the bottom clearly
  101. Lumber (verb)
    To move heavily and clumsily or with a rumbling sound

    The truck lumbered about like a drunken dinosaur
  102. Luminous (adjective)
    Characterized by brightness and the emission of light

    Sirius is considered the most luminous star in the northern sky

    S; brilliant, radiant
  103. Lissome (adjective)
    Supple; graceful

    The ballerina's lissome form does not come easily; she spends hours practicing every day

    S: lithe
  104. Lambaste (verb)
    To excoriate; to berate

    The coach lambasted his players at halftime for their bad attitude, bad decisions, and exceptionally bad performance. 

    S: scold
  105. Lubricious (adjective)
    Lewd; wanton; slippery

    The lubricious stare from that strange man in the park left me disgusted. 

    S: salacious
  106. Maculate (adjective)
    Marked with spots or blotches; impure 

    After he unruly holiday feats, we all laughed over the maculate tablecloth. 

    S: stained
  107. Magnanimous (adjective)
    Generous and noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving. 

    Giving the employees Fridays off during the summer was a magnanimous gesture. 

    S: altruistic, beneficent, high-minded
  108. Malevolent (adjective)
    Having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred

    Once the intruder revealed his gun, it was clear that he had malevolent intentions

    S: evil
  109. Malleable (adjective)
    Capable of being shaped or formed, easily influenced. 

    Mabel kneaded the malleable clay into a work of art. 

    S: pliable, tractable
  110. Malinger (verb)
    To feign illness to avoid work

    She malingered so often that when she actually fell ill, she had used up all of her sick days. 

    S; dodge
  111. Martial (adjective)
    Associated with war and the armed forces

    During the riots, the National Guard was called in to enforce martial laws. 

    S: military, soldierly
  112. Martinet (noun)
    A rigid disciplinarian

    Sister Paul Marie is a sweet and generous person, but she is a martinet when it comes to teaching grammar, and few people passed her class on the first try. 
  113. Maunder (verb)
    To talk or move aimlessly, mutter, ramble

    After we maundered about for over three hours I started to suspect that our guide didn't have the slightest idea where he was going
  114. Maverick (noun)
    An independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

    The candidate was once considered a maverick, but now most people agree that he just follows the party line. 

    S: nonconformist
  115. Mellifluous (adjective)
    Sweetly flowing, often used to describe a voice

    The grandmother's mellifluous voice soothed the crying child. 

    S: smooth
  116. Mendacity (noun)
    The condition of being untruthful

    When his lies became public, Will lost many friends because of his mendacity

    S: dishonesty
  117. Mendicant (noun)
    Beggar, supplicant

    The humble mendicant spent his days collecting money to help others.

    S: pauper
  118. Mercurial (adjective)
    Characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood. 

    Christian Grey is often described as mercurial. 

    S: inconsistent
  119. Meretricious (adjective)
    Flashy; gaudy

    The meretricious stretch limousine looked out of place in the church parking lot

    S: tawdry
  120. Meticulous (adjective)
    Characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

    Maury is a meticulous editor who will find every last typo and mistake

    S: conscientious 
  121. Mettle (noun)
    Strength of spirit; courage

    The weeks of physical competition tested his mettle in unforeseen ways. 

    S: fortitude
  122. Militate (verb)
    To have weight or bearing on, to argue (against)

    The president's advisors warned him that the volatility of the situation militated against any rash action
  123. Milk (verb)
    To exploit, to squeeze every last ounce of 

    I milked my sprained ankle for as much sympathy as I could; pretty soon I had people cooking me dinner and cleaning my house
  124. Minatory (adjective)
    Menacing; threatening

    The territorial dog gave a minatory look at the mail carrier

    S: intimidating
  125. Mince (verb)
    Pronounce or speak affectedly or too carefully, euphemize, take tiny steps, tiptoe

    Don't mince words with me; just come right out and tell me exactly what you think
  126. Misanthrope (noun)
    One who hates all other humans

    The movie is about an adorable young child who wins the heart of a misanthrope

    S: cynic
  127. Misogynist (noun)
    One who hates women

    Sometimes I wonder if my boss is a misogynist because none of the female employees get promotions

    S: sexist
  128. Mitigate (verb)
    To make or become less severe or intense; to moderate.

    Aspirin can mitigate pain

    S: lessen
  129. Mollify (verb)
    To calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

    Marlena tried to mollify her angry neighbor by offering to pay for the broken window. 

    S: pacify
  130. Morose (adjective)
    Sad; sullen

    Alan's morose attitude made him an unpopular dinner guest. 

    S: melancholy
  131. Multifaceted (adjective)
    Having many aspects

    It seemed at first to be an open-and-shut robbery case, but soon detectives uncovered so many twists and turns that it seems as multifaceted as a dodecahedron
  132. Multifarious (adjective)
    Varied, motley, greatly diversified. 

    The objects of his multifarious crushes ranged from Katherine Hepburn to the cashier at the grocery store
  133. Mundane (adjective)
    Of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary

    You might think that an office is too mundane a setting for comedy, but popular TV shows prove otherwise. 

    S: commonplace, everyday, banal
  134. Munificence (noun)

    I respect Bill Gates for his munificence; he has funded much of the research to combat malaria in developing countries. 

    S: bounteousness
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