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Combined Kaplan GRE Study Guide: Top GRE Words and Baron High-Frequency Vocabulary Word List 515

Total Words Word Definition * denotes word appeared on both Baron and Kaplan lists abate* to reduce in amount, degree or severity abdicate to renounce or relinquish a throne aberrant abnormal or deviant abeyance suspended action abject utterly hopeless, humiliating or wretched abjure to renounce on oath ablution act of cleansing abrogate to abolish by formal means abscond* depart secretly and hide abstemious* sparing in eating and drinking; temperate abstruse hard to understand; secret, hidden accretion an increase by natural growth acerbic sour or astringent in taste, harsh in temper acquiesce to comply, give in acrid sharp or biting to the taste or smell acrimonious caustic, stinging or bitter in nature adjoin* to be close or in contact with adjure to beg or command to counsel against something; caution; admonish warn; reprove to make impure by adding inferior or tainted adulterate* substances adventitious accidental artistic; dealing with or capable of aesthetic appreciating the beautiful affable friendly, courteous to increase in power, influence and aggrandize reputation aggregate gather; accumulate alacrity cheerful promptness; eagerness alleviate relieve a person unselfishly concerned for the altruist welfare of others amalgamate combine; unite in one body amatory of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning the state of having contradictory or ambivalence conflicting emotional attitudes ameliorate to make better; to improve amity friendship; peaceful harmony something or someone misplaced in time; anachronism* an obsolete or archaic form analogous comparable absence of governing body; state of anarchy disorder any substance that promotes masculine androgen characteristics androgynous being both male and female animus hostile feeling or attitude anomalous abnormal; irregular

antipathy* apartheid apathy* apogee apostasy* apotheosis appease apprise approbation* appropriate arduous arrogate artless ascetic assiduous* assuage atrophy attenuate audacious austere* autonomous* aver* avocation banal belie belligerent bemoan beneficent benevolent benign bilateral bolster bombastic* boorish burgeon burnish buttress capitulate capricious* castigate* catalyst caustic chicanery*

aversion; dislike any system or caste that separates people according to race lack of interest or emotion; uncaring; indifference the highest or most distant point renunciation of ones previous loyalty; a total desertion of ones religion, principles, cause, etc. glorification, glorified ideal pacify or soothe; relieve inform approval; praise, consideration acquire; take possession of for ones own use hard; strenuous to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously without guile; open and honest practicing self-denial; austere diligent, persistent, hardworking to make less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) to waste away; wither or deteriorate; the wasting away of body tissue make thinner daring; bold forbiddingly stern in appearance; severely simple and unornamented self-governing; independent assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact something one does in addition to a principle occupation boring; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clichd; hackneyed contradict; give a false impression warlike, given to waging war to express pity for kindly; doing good desiring to do good to others having a kindly disposition pertaining to or affecting two or both sides support; reinforce pompous in speech and manner ; using inflated language rude; insensitive grow forth; send out buds make shiny by rubbing; polish support; prop up to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms unpredictable; fickle; changing ones mind quickly and often to punish or criticize harshly agent that increases the rate of a chemical action; person or thing that causes action burning; sarcastically biting trickery; deception by means of craft or guile

circuitous circumambulat e circumscribe circumspect coagulate

roundabout, indirect

to walk about or around to draw a line around watchful and discreet thicken; congeal; clot concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that summarizes or coda concludes cogent* convincing and well reasoned corresponding in extent, degree, etc.; commensurate proportionate compendium brief, comprehensive summary complacent self-satisfied, unconcerned complaisant* trying to please; overly polite; obliging compliant yielding; conforming to requirements compunction a feeling of uneasiness for doing wrong concentric having a common center conciliate to placate, win over conciliatory reconciling; soothing overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; condone excuse conflagration a large destructive fire confluence merging into one confound confuse; puzzle congenital existing or as such from birth person competent to act as a judge of art; a connoisseur lover of art contention claim; thesis contentious quarrelsome contravene to come into conflict with feeling regret and sorrow for ones sins contrite or offenses; penitent conundrum riddle; difficult problem convalescent recovering from illness converge approach; tend to meet; come together convoke to call together convoluted* intricate and complicated corroborate to provide supporting evidence craven cowardly credulous* too trusting; gullible going rapidly over something; hasty; cursory superficial daunt intimidate; frighten decadent decaying; deteriorating propriety; orderliness and good taste in decorum manners default failure to act respect; courteous regard for anothers deference* wishes deferential respectful; to yield judgment to to think fit or in accordance with ones deign dignity delineate portray; depict; sketch delude to mislead the mind of judgment of, deceive denigrate blacken deride ridicule; make fun of

derision derivative desiccate* desultory* deterrent diatribe dichotomy* diffident* diffuse* digression dilatory* dilettante dirge disabuse* discerning discordant discredit discrepancy discrete disingenuous disinterested disjointed dismiss disparage disparate disport disquiet dissemble* disseminate* dissolution dissonance distend distill diverge divest doctrine document dogma dogmatic* doleful dormant dour dupe* duplicity dystrophy ebullient

contemptuous or jeering laughter; ridicule. unoriginal; obtained from another source to dry out thoroughly aimless; haphazard; digressing at random something that discourages; hindrance bitter scolding; invective split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones) lacking or marked by a lack of selfconfidence; shy and timid. to spread widely or thinly wandering away from the subject inclined to delay or procrastinate someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic lament with music correct a false impression; to set right; to

free from error

mentally quick and observant; having insight not harmonious; conflicting defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve lack of consistency; difference separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts lacking genuine candor; insincere unprejudiced lacking coherence; separated at the joints eliminate from consideration; reject belittle fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar to divert or amuse oneself a lack of calm or peace disguise; pretend; to disguise ones real intentions or character distribute; spread widely; scatter (like seeds) disintegration; looseness in morals discord; opposite of harmony to expand by stretching; swell out purify; refine; concentrate vary; go in different directions from the same point strip; deprive a principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief; dogma provide written evidence a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal sorrowful, mournful sleeping; lethargic; latent sullen, gloomy to deceive; a person who is easily deceived deceitfulness in speech or conduct; doubledealing faulty or inadequate nutrition or development showing excitement; overflowing with

eclectic* efficacy* effigy effluence effrontery elegy* elicit elocution embellish empathy empirical emulate endemic enervate* engender* enhance enigma ephemeral* epigram epithet equanimity equivocate* erudite* esoteric* estimable eugenics eulogy* euphemism euphony exacerbate* exculpate* execrable exigency exigent expound extrapolation exult facetious facilitate fallacious fatuous fawning*

enthusiasm selective; composed of elements from a variety of sources effectiveness ; power to produce desired effect a dummy; a likeness or image, especially of a person. flowing out of impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness a sorrowful poem or speech draw out by discussion art of clear and expressive speaking adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story the identification with the feelings or thoughts of others based on experience imitate; rival prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country weaken; to reduce in strength to produce, cause or bring about increase; improve a puzzle; a mystery short-lived; fleeting a witty or pointed saying tersely expressed a word or phrase characteristically used to characterize a person or thing calmness of temperament; composure lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth learned, scholarly, bookish hard to understand; known only to the chosen few admirable improvement of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics expression of praise, often on the occasion of someones death an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive pleasantness of sound worsen; to increase bitterness or violence to clear from blame; prove innocent abominable urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention urgent; requiring immediate action to set forth in detail projection; conjecture to show or feel triumphant joy joking (often inappropriately); humorous help bring about; make less difficult false; misleading brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing

felicitous fervor fiduciary flag fledgling flout foment* forestall* fractious frugality fusillade futile gainsay garrulous goad gouge grandiloquent* gregarious guile guileless gullible harangue heterodox heterogeneous homogeneous hyperbole hypocritical iconoclast* idolatry immutable impair impassive* impede impermeable imperturbable impervious* impetuous* implacable implicit implode importune impugn inadvertently inamorata inchoate* incongruity

apt; suitably expressed; well chosen glowing ardor; intensity of feeling of a trust; held or given in trust droop; grow feeble; to decline in vigor or strength inexperienced reject; mock; show contempt for to arouse or incite prevent by taking action in advance irritable, peevish thrifty; economy continuous discharge of firearms or outburst of criticism useless; hopeless; ineffectual deny loquacious; talkative; wordy urge on overcharge pompous or inflated in language; bombastic; using high-sounding language sociable deceit or trickery without deceit easily deceived long, passionate, and vehement speech different from acknowledged standard; holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines of other origin; not originating in the body of the same kind exaggeration; overstatement affecting virtues or qualities one does not have one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions worship of idols; excessive admiration unchangeable injure; hurt without feeling; imperturbable; showing or feeling no emotion hinder; block impervious; not permitting passage through its substance calm; placid impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed quick to act without thinking incapable of being pacified understood but not stated burst inward to urge or press with excessive persistence to attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly a female lover not fully formed; disorganized; rudimentary; elementary lack of harmony; absurdity

inconsequenti al insignificant; unimportant introduce something into a larger whole; incorporate combine; unite inculpate to charge with fault incursion a hostile entrance into a place indeterminate uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite indigence poverty indigent experiencing want or need; impoverished. indoctrinate to imbue someone with learning indolence* state of being lazy or slothful induce to move or lead by influence ineffable too great for description inert inactive; lacking power to move infusion liquid extract so obtained ingenuous* naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated inherent firmly established by nature or habit inimical hostile, unfriendly innocuous harmless insensate without feeling or sensitivity insensible unconscious; unresponsive insidious intended to trap or beguile insinuate hint; imply; creep in insipid* lacking in interest or flavor; dull insolent boldly rude or disrespectful insularity narrow-mindedness; isolation someone who intrudes in the domain of interloper others intractable unruly; stubborn; unyielding intransigence refusal of any compromise; stubbornness intransigent* refusing to agree or compromise inundate overwhelm; flood; submerge inured accustomed; hardened of, relating to, or characterized by insult or invective* abuse irascible* irritable; easily angered irresolute uncertain how to act; weak itinerary plan of a trip laconic brief and to the point; using few words lassitude languor; weariness latent potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden laud praise lethargic drowsy; dull earth or stone embankment to prevent levee flooding levity lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity litigate to make the subject of a lawsuit record of a voyage or flight; record of daylog to-day activities loquacious talkative lucid easily understood; clear; intelligible luminous shining; issuing light magnanimity generosity magnanimous generous in forgiving an insult or injury magnate a powerful or influential person maladroit clumsy, tactless


characterized by or expressing bad will misconduct or wrongdoing often committed malfeasance by a public official malign to speak harmful untruths about, to slander malinger to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill malingerer one who feigns illness to escape duty capable of being shaped by pounding; malleable impressionable maverick rebel; nonconformist maxim an expression of general truth or principle mendacious lying; habitually dishonest metamorphosis change of form meticulous excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous minatory menacing, threatening misanthrope* one who hates mankind miscegenation interbreeding of races mitigate* to soften, to lessen mollify* to calm or make less severe; soothe morose ill-humored; sullen; melancholy mundane worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday nascent starting to develop negate cancel out; nullify; deny neophyte* recent convert; beginner stubborn, hardened in feelings; resistant to obdurate persuasion obfuscate to render indistinct or dim oblique having a slanting or sloping direction overly submissive and eager to please; obsequious* servile; sycophantic obsolescent becoming obsolete obstreperous noisily defiant, unruly obtuse not sharp, pointed or acute obviate to prevent; make unnecessary; get rid of occlude to stop; close; to prevent the passage of meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering officious ones services omnivorous eating or absorbing everything onerous* troublesome and oppressive; burdensome opprobrium* public disgrace; infamy; vilification oscillate vibrate; waver ostentatious showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention panegyric formal or elaborate praise at an assembly a wide-ranging and impressive array or panoply display paragon* model of excellence or perfection partisan one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party pathogenic causing disease pathological pertaining to disease paucity* smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness pedantic showing off learning; bookish penchant strong inclination; liking penury severe poverty; stinginess percipient having perception; discerning; discriminating perennial something long-lasting treacherous; disloyal; willing to betray perfidious* ones trust perfidious willing to betray ones trust

superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; done in a routine way; walking or traveling about; itinerant penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas permeable to pass through permutation a complete change; transformation perquisite a gratuity, tip having keen mental perception and perspicacious understanding; shrewd; astute pertinacious resolute; persistent, stubborn pervasive spread throughout showing sudden irritation, esp. over some petulant annoyance philanderer one who carries on flirtations charity; a desire or effort to promote philanthropy goodness the study of literary texts to establish their philology authenticity and determine their meaning phlegmatic calm; not easily disturbed piety devoutness; reverence for God placate pacify; conciliate plasticity ability to be molded platitude trite remark; commonplace statement plethora* excess; overabundance plummet fall sharply porous full of pores; like a sieve practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or pragmatic impact of something preamble introductory statement precarious uncertain; risky a commandment given as a rule of action precept or conduct n. to throw violently or bring about abruptly; precipitate lacking deliberation precipitate adj. rash, premature, hasty, sudden preclude to prevent the presence of unusually advanced or mature in mental precocious development or talent precursor forerunner predilection preference, liking having knowledge of things before they prescient happen presentiment a feeling of anticipation over a future event presumptuous arrogant; taking liberties prevaricate* to lie or deviate from the truth characteristic of earlier times; primitive; pristine unspoiled probity* honesty; uprightness; incorruptibility doubtful; unsettled; questionable; problematic perplexing prodigal* lavish; wasteful; reckless with money profound deep; not superficial; complete tending to prevent the purchase or use of prohibitive something; inclined to prevent or forbid proliferate* grow rapidly; spread; multiply promulgate to make known by open declaration propensity natural inclination perfunctory* peripatetic

propitiate* propound

to conciliate; to appease to set forth for consideration correct behavior or conduct, obedience to propriety* rules and customs to condemn as harmful or odious; ostracize; proscribe* banish; outlaw to convert (a person) from one belief, proselytize doctrine, cause, or faith to another protract to prolong, draw out, extend provident having or showing foresight prudence wisdom, caution or restraint puerile childish, immature pugnacious to quarrel or fight readily strict or exact in the observance of punctilious formalities pungent stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic pusillanimous lacking courage or resolution qualified limited; restricted querulous full of complaints quibble minor objection or complaint quiescence n. the condition of being at rest, still, inactive adj. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive; quiescent* motionless rarefied made less dense (of a gas) obstinately stubborn; determined to resist recalcitrant authority; unruly disclaim or disavow; retract a previous recant statement; openly confess error recluse hermit; loner recondite abstruse; profound; secret recumbent lying down; reclining; leaning refractory* stubborn; unmanageable; rebellious refute disprove rejoinder to reply, retort banish to an inferior position; delegate; relegate assign to say or plead in protest, objection, or remonstrate reproof reprehensible deserving rebuke or censure; blameworthy. reprisals retaliation against an enemy reproach express disapproval or disappointment person hardened in sin; wicked person; reprobate* devoid of a sense of decency repudiate* disown; disavow; to reject the validity of rescind cancel resolution n. determination resolve v. to make a firm decision about. silent; reserved; uncommunicative; inclined reticent* to silence reverent respectful; worshipful revile to criticize with harsh language sage person celebrated for wisdom salient prominent or conspicuous conducive or favorable to health or wellsalubrious being sanction approve; ratify satiate satisfy fully

saturate savor secrete sedition shard skeptic sociopath solicitous soporific* specious* spectrum sporadic stigma* stint stipulate stolid* striated strut subjugate subpoena subside substantiate subterfuge supercilious supersede supplicate supposition tacit taciturn tangential tenable tenacious tendentious tenuous tirade torpor* tortuous tractable* transcendent

soak thoroughly enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality hide away or cache; produce and release a substance incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government a piece of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig; a potsherd. doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined evidence supporting a point of view a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility worried; concerned sleep-causing; lethargy; marked by sleepiness having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious) colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism occurring irregularly a mark of shame or discredit to restrict or limit, as in amount or number; be sparing with to lay down as a condition of an agreement; require by contract dull; impassive; unemotional; lacking sensitivity marked with parallel bands; grooved pompous walk or supporting bar to conquer a writ requiring appearance in court to give testimony settle down; descend; grow quiet establish by evidence; verify; support an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule arrogant, haughty, condescending cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete to make humble and earnest entreaty hypothesis; surmise understood; not put into words silent, not talkative peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing capable of being held, maintained or defended holding fast; holding or tending to hold persistently to something marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan thin; rare; slim extended scolding; denunciation; harangue lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy winding; full of curves docile; easily managed or controlled going beyond ordinary limits

transgression truculence unconscionabl e vacillate venerate veracious* veracity verbose verisimilitude verity viable vicarious vilify viscous vituperative vociferous volatile volition voracious warranted wary welter whimsical zealot

violation of a law; sin aggressiveness; ferocity not restrained by conscience; unscrupulous waver; fluctuate revere truthful filled with trust and accuracy wordy the appearance or semblance of truth truthfulness practical or workable performed, exercised, received or suffered in place of another to slander, to defame sticky, gluey adj. abusive; scolding crying out noisily changeable; explosive; evaporation rapidly free choice, free will; act of choosing having a great appetite justified; authorized very cautious turmoil; bewildering jumble capricious; fanciful fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal