GRE Vocab: Most Commonly Seen

  1. Absond
    To leave secretly
  2. Abate
    To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
  3. Eclectic
    Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
  4. Efficacy
  5. Elegy
    A sorrowful poem or speech
  6. Eloquent
    Persuasive and moving, esp. in speech
  7. Emulate
    To copy; to try to equal or excel
  8. Enervate
    To reduce in strength
  9. Engender
    To produce, cause or bring about
  10. Enigma
    A puzzle; a mystery
  11. Enumerate
    To count, list or itemize
  12. Ephemeral
    Lasting a short time
  13. Equivocate
    To use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
  14. Erratic
    Wandering and upredictable
  15. Erudite
    Learned, scholarly, bookish
  16. Esoteric
    Known or understood by only a few
  17. Estimable
  18. Eulogy
    Speech in praise of someone
  19. Euphemism
    Use of an inoffensive word of phrase in place of a more distasteful one
  20. Exacerbate
    To make worse
  21. Exculpate
    To clear from blame; prove innocent
  22. Exigent
    Urgent, requiring immediate action
  23. Exonerate
    To clear of blame
  24. Explicit
    Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
  25. Fanatical
    Acting excessively enthusiastic
  26. Fawn
    To grovel
  27. Fervid
    Intensely emotional; feverish
  28. Florid
    Excessively decorated or embellished
  29. Foment
    To arouse or incite
  30. Frugality
    A tendency to be thrifty or cheap
  31. Garrulous
    Tending to talk a lot
  32. Gregarious
    Outgoing, sociable
  33. Guile
    Deceit or trickery
  34. Gullible
    Easily deceived
  35. Homogenous
    Of a similar kind
  36. Iconoclast
    One who opposed established beliefs, customs and institutions
  37. Imperturbable
    Not capable of being disturbed
  38. Impervious
    Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
  39. Impetuous
    Quick to act without thinking
  40. Implacable
    Unable to be calmed down or made peaceul
  41. Inchoate
    Not fully formed; disorganized
  42. Ingenuous
    Showing innocence or childlike simplicity
  43. Inimical
    Hostile, unfriendly
  44. Innocuous
  45. Insipid
    Lacking interest or flavor
  46. Intransigent
    Uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
  47. Inundate
    To overwhelm; to cover with water
  48. Irascible
    Easily made angry
  49. Laconic
    Using few words
  50. Lament
    To express sorrow; to grieve
  51. Laud
    To give praise; to glorify
  52. Lavish
    To give unsparily; extremely generous or extravagant
  53. Lethargic
    Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
  54. Loquacious
  55. Lucid
    Clear and easily understood
  56. Luminous
    Bright, brilliant, glowing
  57. Malinger
    To evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
  58. Malleable
    Capable of being shaped
  59. Metaphor
    A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
  60. Meticulous
    Extremely careful about details
  61. Misanthrope
    A person who dislikes others
  62. Mitigate
    To soften; to lessen
  63. Mitigate
    To soften, to lessen
  64. Mollify
    To calm or make less severe
  65. Monotony
    Lack of variation
  66. Naive
    Lacking sophistication or experience
  67. Obdurate
    Hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
  68. Obseqious
    Overly submissive and eager to please
  69. Obviate
    To prevent; to make unnecessary
  70. Occlude
    To stop up; to prevent the passage of
  71. Onerous
    Troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
  72. Opaque
    Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
  73. Opprobrium
    Public disgrace
  74. Ostentation
    Excessive showiness
  75. Paradox
    A contradiction or dilemma
  76. Paragon
    Model of excellence or perfection
  77. Pedant
    Someone who shows off learning
  78. Perfidious
    Willing to betray one's trust
  79. Perfunctory
    Done in a routine way; indifferent
  80. Permeate
    To penetrate
  81. Philanthropy
    Charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
  82. Placate
    To soothe or pacify
  83. Plastic
    Able to be molded or altered or bent
  84. Plethor
  85. Pragmatic
    Practical as opposed to idealistic
  86. Precipitate
    To throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberaton
  87. Prevaricate
    To lie or deviate from the truth
  88. Pristine
    Fresh and clean; uncorrupted
  89. Prodigal
    Lavish, waseful
  90. Proliferate
    To increase in number quickly
  91. Propitiate
    To conciliate; to appease
  92. Propriety
    Correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
  93. Prudence
    Wisdom, caution or restraint
  94. Pungent
    Sharp and irritating to the senses
  95. Quiscent
  96. Rarefy
    To make thinner or sparser
  97. Repudiate
    To reject the validity of
  98. Reticent
    Silent, reserved
  99. Rhetoric
    Effetive writing or speaking
  100. Satiate
    To satisfy fully or overindulge
  101. Soporific
    Causing sleep or lethargy
  102. Specious
    Deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
  103. Stigma
    A mark of shame or discredit
  104. Stolid
    Unemotional; lacking sensitivity
  105. Sublime
    Lofty or grand
  106. Tacit
    Doen without using words
  107. Taciturn
    Silent, not talkative
  108. Tirade
    Long, harsh speech or verbal attack
  109. Torpor
    Extreme mental and physical sluggishness
  110. Transitory
    Temporary, lasting a brief time
  111. Vacillate
    To sway physically; to be indecisive
  112. Venerate
    To respect deeply
  113. Veracity
    Filled with truth and accuracy
  114. Verbose
  115. Vex
    To annoy
  116. Volatile
    Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
  117. Waver
    To fluctuate between choices
  118. Whimsical
    Acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
  119. Zeal
    Passion, excitement
  120. Abstain
    To choose not to do something
  121. Abyss
    An extremely deep hole
  122. Adulterate
    To make impure
  123. Advocate
    To speak in favor of
  124. Aesthetic
    Concerning the appreciation of beauty
  125. Aggrandize
    To increase in power, influence and reputation
  126. Alleviate
    To make more bearable
  127. Amalgamate
    To combine; to mix together
  128. Ambiguous
    Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
  129. Ameliorate
    To make better; to improve
  130. Anachronism
    Something out of place in time
  131. Analogous
    Similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
  132. Anomaly
    Deviation from what is normal
  133. Antagonize
    To annoy or provoke to anger
  134. Antipathy
    Extreme dislike
  135. Apathy
    Lack of interest or emotion
  136. Arbitrate
    To judge a dispute between two opposing parties
  137. Archaic
    Ancient, old fashioned
  138. Ardor
    Intense and passionate feeling
  139. Articulate
    Able to speak clearly and expressively
  140. Assuage
    To make something unpleasant less severe
  141. Attenuate
    To reduce in force or degree; to weaken
  142. Audacious
    Fearless and daring
  143. Austere
    Severe or sterm in appearance; undecorate
  144. Banal
    Predictable, cliched, boring
  145. Bolster
    To support; to prop up
  146. Bombastic
    Pompous in speech and manner
  147. Cacophony
    Harch, jarring noise
  148. Candid
    Impartial and honest in speech
  149. Capricious
    Changing one's mind quickly and often
  150. Castigate
    To punish or criticize harshly
  151. Catalyst
    Something that brings about a change in something else
  152. Caustic
    Biting in wit
  153. Chaos
    Great disorder or confusion
  154. Chauvinist
    Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which they belong to
  155. Chicanery
    Deception by means of craft or guile
  156. Cogent
    Convincing and well reasoned
  157. Condone
    To overlook, pardon or disregard
  158. Convoluted
    Intricate and complicated
  159. Corroborate
    To provide supporting evidence
  160. Credulous
    Too trusting, gullible
  161. Crecendo
    Steadily increasing volume or force
  162. Decorum
    Approprietness of behavior or conduct; propriety
  163. Deference
    Respect, courtesy
  164. Deride
    To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
  165. Desiccate
    To dry out thoroughly
  166. Desultory
    Jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
  167. Diatribe
    An abusive, condemnatory speech
  168. Diffident
    Lacking self-confidence
  169. Dilate
    To make larger; to expand
  170. Dilatory
    Intended to delay
  171. Dilettante
    Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
  172. Dirge
    A funeral hymn or mournful speech
  173. Disabuse
    To set right; to free from error
  174. Discern
    To perceive; to recognize
  175. Disparate
    Fundamentally different; entirely unlike
  176. Dissemble
    To present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
  177. Dissonance
    A harsh and disagreeable combination, often sounds
  178. Dogma
    A firmly held opinion, often a regligious belief
  179. Dogmatic
    Dictatorial in one's opinions
  180. Dupe
    To deceive; a person who is easily deceived
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