gre sentence completion for high freq words

  1. As the hurrican's force ______, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.

    B. abated - to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
  2. the patron _______ form the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.

    E. absconded - to leave secretely
  3. the restauranteur made his ketchup last longer by _______ it with water.

    B. adulterated - to make impure
  4. followers of the ________ movement regared the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.

    A. aesthetic - concerning the appreciation of beauty
  5. the supervisor sought to __________ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.

    D. aggrandize - to increase in power, influence, and repuation
  6. taking aspririn helps to _____ a headache.

    D. alleviate - to make more bearable
  7. gaint industries ________ with mega products to form giant mega products incorporated

    C. amalgamated - to combine, to mix together
  8. the directions he gave were so _______ that we disagreed on which way to turn.

    C. ambiguous - doubtful or uncertain, able to be interpreted several ways
  9. the doctor was able to ________ the patient's suffereing using painkillers.

    C. ameliorate - to make better, to improve
  10. the aged hippie used ______ phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.

    B. anachromism - something out of place in time
  11. in a famous arguement for the existence of god, the universe is _________ to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker."

    E. analogous - similar or alike in some way, equivalent to
  12. the _____ between the french and the english regularly eruped into open warfare.

    B. antipathy - extreme dislike
  13. the _____ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.

    A. apathy - lack of interest or emotion
  14. serena used aspirin to ______ her pounding headache.

    E. assuage - to make something unpleasant less severe
  15. the bill of rights _____ the traditional power of government to change laws at will.

    D. attenuate - to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
  16. her _____ nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving.

    D. audacious - fearless and daring
  17. the lack of decoration makes zen temples seem ___ to the untrained eye.

    A. austere - severe or stern in appearance, undecorated
  18. he used ____ phrases like have a nice day, or another day, another dollar.

    A. banal - predictable, cliched, borning
  19. the presense of giant footprints ________ the arguement that sasquatch was in the area.

    C. bolstered - to support, to prop up
  20. the dicator's speeches were mostly _____, his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.

    E. bombastic - pompous in speech and manner
  21. the junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable ______ as they tried to tune their instruments.

    B. cacophony - harsh, jarring noise
  22. queen elizabeth I was quite _____, her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.

    A. capricious - changing one's mind quickly and often
  23. americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in singapore ______ perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the united states.

    A. castigate - to punish or criticize harshly
  24. the impostion of harsh taxes was the _______ that finally brought on the revoluation.

    E. catalyst - something that brings about a change in something else
  25. dorothy parker gained her reputation for ______ with from her cutting yet clever insults.

    A. caustic - biting in wit
  26. dishonest used care salesmen often use _______ to sell their beat up old cars.

    B. chicanery - deception by means of craft or guile
  27. swayed by the _____ argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to aquit the defendent.

    D. cogent - convincing and well reasoned
  28. some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as ________ an air of lawlessness.

    E. condoning - to overlook, pardon, or disregard
  29. although many people brought a brief history of time, few could follow the ________ ideas and theories.

    E. convoluted - intricate and complicated
  30. the countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the _____ appropriate for the visit to the palace.

    A. decorum - appropriateness of behavior or conduct, propriety
  31. the respectful young law clerk treated the supreme court justice with the upmost ________.

    D. deference - respect, courtesy
  32. the awkward child was often ____ by his cooler peers.

    D. derided - to speak or treat with contempt, to mock
  33. after a few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely _____.

    A. dessicated - to try out thoroughly
  34. diane had a ______ academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.

    D. desulatory - jumping from one thing to another, disconnected
  35. the trucker bellowed a _______ at the driver who had cut him off.

    E. diatribe - an abusive, condemnatory speech
  36. steve's ______ manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.

    B. diffident - lacking self confidence
  37. melville wrote the poem a ________ for james mcpherson for the funeral of a union general who was killed in 1864.

    D. dirage - a funeral hymn or mournful speech
  38. galileo's observations _______ scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the sun.

    B. disabused - to set right, to free from error
  39. it is easy to _______ the difference between butter and butter flavored topping.

    C. discern - to percieve, to recognize
  40. although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are _____.

    A. disparate - fundamentally different, entirely unlike
  41. the villain could _____ to the police no longer - he admited the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man.

    D. dissemble - to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
  42. cognitive _______ is the inner conflict produced when long stanind beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.

    A. dissonance - a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
  43. the dictator was _____ - he and only he was right.

    B. dogmatic - dictorial in one's opinions
  44. bugs bunny was able to _____ elmer fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.

    C. dupe - to deceive, a person who is easily deceived
  45. budapest's architecture is an ______ mix of eastern and western styles.

    D. eclectic - selecting form or made up from a variety of sources
  46. the ______ of penicillian was unsurpassed when it was first introduced; the drug completely eliminated alsmost all bacterial infections for which it was administered.

    D. efficacy - effectiveness
  47. the graduate student sought to ______ his professor in every way, copying not only how she taught, but also how she conducted herself outside of class.

    A. emulate - to copy, to try to equal or excel
  48. the guerrillas hoped that a series of suprise attacks would ______ the regular army.

    E. enervate - to reduce in strength
  49. his fear and hatred of clowns was ______ when he witness the death of his father at the hands of a clown.

    E. engendered - to produce, cause, or bring about
  50. the lives of mayflies seem _________ to us, since the flies' average life sapn is a matter of hours.

    D. ephemeral - lasting a short time
  51. when faced with criticism of his policies, the politician ________ and left all parties thinking he agreed with them.

    C. equivocated - to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
  52. the annual meeting of philosophy professors was a gathering of the most ______, well-published individuals in the field.

    A. erudite - learned, scholarly, bookish
  53. only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ______ world of particle physics.

    D. esoteric - known or understood by a few
  54. his best friend gave the _____, outlining his many achievements and talents.

    C. eulogy - speech in praise of someone
  55. the funeral director preferred to use the ______ sleeping instead of dead.

    D. euphemism - use of an inoffensive word or phrase in placed of a more distasteful one
  56. it was unwise to take aspriin to try and relieve heartburn; instead of providing relief, the drug will only _______ the problem.

    D. exacerbate - to make worse
  57. the patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was ______ to stop the source of the bleeding.

    C. exigent - urgent, requiring immediate action
  58. the understudy _______ over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis.

    E. fawned - to grovel
  59. the protesters tried to _______ feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.

    C. foment - to arouse or incite
  60. scrooge mcduck's ______ was so great that he accumlated enough wealth to fill a giant storehouse with money.

    D. frugality - a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
  61. the ______ parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking.

    C. garrulout - tending to talk a lot
  62. she was so _______ that when she found herself along she felt quite sad.

    A. gregarious - outgoing, sociable
  63. since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to ______ in an effort to trap his enemy.

    B. guile - deceit or trickery
  64. the con man pretended to be a bank officer so as to fool _______ bank customers into giving him their account information.

    C. gullible - easily deceived
  65. the class was fairly ________, since almost all of the students were senior journalism majors.

    E. homogenuous - of similar kind
  66. his lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an _________.

    A. iconoclast - one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
  67. the counselor had so much experience dealing with distraught children that she seemed _______, even when faced with the wildest tantrums.

    E. imperturbale - not capable of being distrubed
  68. a good raincoat will be ______ to moisture.

    C. impervious - ipossible to penetrate, incapable of being affected
  69. his rage at the betrayal was so great that he remained ______ for weeks.

    C. implacable - unable to be calmed down or make peaceful
  70. the ideas expressed in nietzsche's mature work also appear in an _______ form in his earliest writing.

    D. inchoate - not fully formed, disorganized
  71. she was so ______ that her friends feared that her innocence and trustfulness would be exploited when she visited the big city.

    C. ingenuous - showing innocence or childlike simplicity
  72. some snakes are poisonous, but most speciare are _______ and pose no danger to humans.

    D. innocuous - harmless
  73. the critic claimed that the painting was _____, containing no interesting qualities at all.

    A. insipid - lakcing interest of flavor
  74. the professor was ________ on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time.

    D. intransigent - uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
  75. the tidal wave _____ atlantis, which was lost beneath the water.

    C. inundated - to overwhelm, to cover with water
  76. attila the hun's ________ and violent nature made all who dealt with him fear for their lives.

    B. irascible - easily made angry
  77. she was a _______ poet who built her preputation on using words as sparinly as possible.

    D. laconic - using few words
  78. the clerk was so ______ that, even when the store was slow, he always had a long line in front of him.

    C. lethargic - acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
  79. she was naturally _____, which was a problem in situations in which listening was more importatnt than talking.

    B. loquacious - talkative
  80. the explainations were written in a simple and _____ manner so that students were immediately able to apply what they learned.

    A. lucid - clear and easily understood
  81. the park was bathed in ________ sunshine which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors.

    A. luminous - bright, brilliant, glowing
  82. a common way to avoid the draft was by ________ - pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being taken by the army.

    C. malingering - to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
  83. gold is the most ______ of precious metals; it can easily be formed into almost any shape.

    D. malleable - capable of being shaped
  84. to find all the clues at the crime scene, the investigators________ examined every inch of the area.

    A. meticulously - extremely carefuly about details
  85. the character scrooge in a christmas carol is such a _________ that even the sight of children singing makes him angry.

    E. misanthrope - person who dislikes others
  86. a judge may _______ a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.

    A. mitigate - to soften, to lessen
  87. their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would ________ them.

    C. mollify - to clam or make less severe
  88. the president was completely _______ on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.

    E. obdurate - hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
  89. the ________ new associate made sure to compliement her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue.

    B. obsequious - overly submissive and eager to please
  90. the river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which _______ the need for a bridge.

    E. obviated - to prevent; to make unncessary
  91. a shadow is thrown across the earth's surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is _______ by the moon.

    D. occluded - to stop up; to prevent the passage of
  92. the assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved _________ to the team in charge of it.

    B. onerous - troublesome and oppressive, burdensome
  93. after the scheme to embezzle the eldery was made public, the treasurer regisned in utter _______.

    A. opprobrium - public disgrace
  94. the _______ of the sun king's court is evident in the lavish decoration and luxuriousness of his palace in versailles.

    E. ostentation - excessive showiness
  95. she is the _________ of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking and just.

    C. paragon - model of excellence or perfection
  96. the graduate instructor's tedious and excessive commentary on the subject soon gained her a reputation as a _______.

    B. pedant - someone who shows off learning
  97. the actress's ______ companion revealed all of her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.

    B. perfidious - willing to betray one's trust
  98. the machinelike bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a ________ smile.

    B. perfunctory - done in a routine way, indifferent
  99. this miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to _______ stains and dissolve them in minutes.

    B. permeate - to penetrate
  100. the burglar tried to _____ the snarling dog by saying nice doggy and offering it a treat.

    A. placate - to soothe or pacify
  101. the new material was very ______ and could be formed into products of vastly different shapes.

    C. plastic - able to me molded, altered or bent
  102. assuming that more was better, the defendant offered the judge a _______ of excuses.

    A. plethora - excess
  103. while daydreaming gamblers think they can get rich by frequenting casinos, ________ gamblers realize that the odds are heavily stacked against them.

    E. pragmatic - practical as opposed to idealistic
  104. upon learning that the couple married after knowing each other only 2 months, friends and family members expected such as ______ marriage to end in divorce.

    B. precipitate - to throw violently or bring about abruptly, lacking deliberation
  105. rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee ________ and claimed that heavy traffic had prevented him from arriving at work on time.

    C. prevaricate - to lie or deviate from the truth
  106. since concerted measures had been taken to prevent looting, the archeological site was still _______ when researchers arrived.

    B. pristine - fresh and clean, uncorrupted
  107. the ________ son quickly wasted all of his inheritance on a lavish liftestyle devoted to pleasure.

    C. prodigal - lavish, wasteful
  108. the management maintained a high level of _____, adhering to even the most minor social rules.

    C. prepriety - correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
  109. the smoke from the burning tires was extremely ______.

    E. pungent - sharp and irritating to the senses
  110. many animals are ______ over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy.

    D. quiescent - motionless
  111. since the atmosphere _______ as altitudes increase, the air at the top of very tall mountains is too think to breathe.

    B. rarefies - to make thinner or sparser
  112. the old woman's claim that she was russian royalty was _________ when dna results showed she was of no relation to them.

    E. repudiated - to reject the validity of
  113. physically small and ________ in her speech, joan didion often went unnoticed by those upon whom she was reporting.

    C. reticent - silent, reserved
  114. his desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could ________ it.

    A. satiate - to satisfy fully or overindulge
  115. the movie proved to be so ______ that soon loud snored were heard throughout the theater.

    B. soporific - cuasing sleep or lethargy
  116. the student's _________ excuse for being late sounded legitimate, but was proved otherwise when his teacher called his home.

    A. specious - deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
  117. in the scarlet letter, hester prynne was required to wear the letter a on her clothes as a public ______ for her adultery.

    E. stigma - a mark of shame or discredit
  118. the prisoner appeared ______ and unaffeced by the judge's harsh sentence.

    A. stolid - unemotional; lacking sensitivity
  119. although not a word had been said, everyone in the room knew that a ______ agreement had been made about which course of action to take.

    E. tacit - done without using words
  120. observers were shocked at the manager's ______ over such a minor mistake.

    E. tirade - long, harshe speech or verbal attack
  121. the customer held up the line as he _________ between ordering chocolate chip or rocky road ice cream.

    D. vacillated - to sway physically; to be indecisive
  122. in a traditional confucian society, the young _______ their elders, deferring to the elders' wisdon and experience.

    E. venerate - to respect deeply
  123. she had a reputation for _______, so everyone trusted her description of events.

    D. veracity - filled with truth and accuracy
  124. the professor's answer was so _______ that his student forgot what the original question had been.

    B. verbose - wordy
  125. his ________ personality made it difficult to predict his reaction to anything.

    E. volatile - easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
  126. the ballet was _______, delighting the children with its imagintive characters and unpredictable sets.

    C. whimsical - acting a fanciful or capricious manner, unpredictable
  127. she brought her typical _______ to the project, sparking enthusiasm in the other team members.

    A. zeal - passion, excitement
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gre sentence completion for high freq words
gre sentence completion for high frequency words