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Kaplan GRE Study Guide: Top GRE Vocabulary Word List 295 Total Words

Word abate abdicate abject abjure ablution abrogate abscond abstention abstruse accretion acerbic acquiesce

acrid acrimonious adjoin adjoin adjure admonish adulterate adventitious affable aggrandize

Definition to in amount, degree or severity to or relinquish a throne utterly hopeless, humiliating or wretched to renounce on oath act cleansing to abolish by formal means to secretly the of refraining voluntarily hard understand; secret, hidden an increase by natural growth sour astringent in taste, harsh in temper to comply, give in sharp to the taste or smell caustic, stinging or bitter in nature to close or in contact with to next to and joined with to command to against something; caution to impure accidental

reduce renounce


leave act to




be be beg or counsel make

friendly, courteous to increase in power, influence and reputation

altruist amatory

amity anachronism anachronism androgen androgynous animus antipathy antipathy apartheid apathy apathy apogee apostasy apostasy apotheosis approbation arrogate assiduous assuage atrophy austere autonomy

a person concerned for the welfare of others of pertaining to lovers or lovemaking friendship; peaceful harmony something our of place in time an obsolete or archaic form any substance that promotes masculine characteristics being both male and female hostile feeling or attitude extreme dislike aversion any or caste that separates people according to race lack interest or emotion lack interest or emotion the highest or most distant point a total of ones religion, principles, party, cause, etc. renunciation of ones previous loyalty glorification, glorified ideal praise, consideration to claim or presumptuously diligent, persistent, hardworking to less severe the wasting away of body tissue severe stern in appearance; undecorated independence, self-governance to affirm, to declare to be true

unselfishly or

system of of







something one does in addition to a principle occupation predictable; banal clichd, boring belligerent warlike, given to waging war bemoan to pity for benevolent desiring to do good to others benign having kindly disposition bilateral pertaining to or affecting two or both sides bombastic pompous in speech and manner capitulate to unconditionally or on stipulated terms capricious changing ones mind quickly and often castigate to or criticize harshly chicanery deception by means of craft or guile circuitous roundabout, indirect circumambulate to about or around circumscribe to draw line around circumspect watchful and discreet cogent convincing and well reasoned complacent self-satisfied, unconcerned complaisant inclined disposed to please compunction a of uneasiness for doing wrong concentric having common center conciliate to placate, win over conflagration a destructive fire confluence merging into one congenital existing or as such from birth




walk a

or feeling a


contravene convalescent convoke convoluted corroborate credulity credulous cursory decadent deference deferential

deign delude derision desiccate desultory

desultory diatribe dichotomy diffident diffuse diffuse dilatory dilatory dilettante

to into conflict with recovering from illness to together intricate and complicated to supporting evidence willingness to believe or trust too easily too trusting; gullible going rapidly over something; hasty; superficial decaying; deteriorating respect; courtesy respectful; to yield judgment to to fit or in accordance with ones dignity to mislead the mind of judgment of, deceive to act mockery to dry thoroughly jumping from one thing to another; disconnected at random, unmethodical an abusive, condemnatory speech division into two parts, kinds, etc. lacking to out and spread to widely or thinly intended to delay inclined to delay or procrastinate someone an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic





of out

self-confidence pour spread


disabuse disport disquiet dissemble disseminate distend

doctrine dogma dogmatic doleful

dour dupe duplicity dystrophy eclectic efficacy effigy effluence

to set right; to free from error to divert or amuse oneself a lack of calm or peace to present a false appearance; to disguise ones real intentions or character to scatter or spread widely to expand by stretching a principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief; dogma a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief dictatorial in ones opinions sorrowful, mournful sullen, gloomy to deceive; a person who is easily deceived deceitfulness in speech or conduct; double-dealing faulty or inadequate nutrition or development selecting from or made up from a variety of sources effectiveness sculpture or model or person flowing out of a sorrowful poem or speech art clear and expressive speaking the identification with the feelings or thoughts of others to in strength to cause or bring about a a mystery lasting short time

elegy elocution empathy enervate engender enigma ephemeral


reduce produce, puzzle; a

epigram epithet equivocate erudite esoteric estimable eugenics eulogy

a or pointed saying tersely expressed a word phrase, use invectively as a term of abuse to use of double meaning in order to mislead learned, scholarly, bookish known understood by only a few admirable improvement of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics speech praise of someone pleasantness of sound to increase bitterness or violence to from blame; prove innocent abominable urgent; requiring immediate action to forth in detail to or feel triumphant joy to

witty of expressions



euphony exacerbate exculpate execrable exigent expound


set show grovel a arouse

exult fawn fiduciary foment forestall fractious fusillade grandiloquent

guile heterodox heterogeneous

of trust; held or given in trust to or incite to prevent by advance action irritable, peevish continuous discharge of firearms or outburst of criticism pompous or inflated in language deceit trickery different from acknowledged standard; holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines of origin; not originating in the body



hypocritical iconoclast impassive impervious impetuous impetuous importune impugn inamorata inchoate inculpate incursion indigent indoctrinate indolence indolence induce ineffable infusion

ingenuous inimical insensate insidious insipid insolent

affecting virtues or qualities one does not have one who established beliefs, customs and institutions showing or feeling no emotion impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected quick act without thinking characterized by sudden rash action or emotion to or press with excessive persistence to challenge as false a lover not formed; disorganized to with fault a entrance into a place deficient in what is requisite to someone with learning state being lazy or slothful showing disposition to avoid exertion; slothful to or lead by influence too for description liquid extract so obtained showing innocence or childlike simplicity hostile, without feeling or sensitivity intended to trap or beguile lacking interest or flavor boldly rude or disrespectful




female fully charge hostile

imbue of a move great


interloper intransigent intransigent invective irascible laconic litigate magnanimous magnate maladroit malevolent malfeasance malign malinger

maxim minatory misanthrope miscegenation mitigate mollify nascent neophyte obdurate obfuscate oblique

someone who intrudes in the domain of others uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled refusing to agree or compromise of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse easily made angry using words to the subject of a lawsuit generous in forgiving an insult or injury a powerful or influential person clumsy, tactless characterized by or expressing bad will misconduct or wrongdoing often committed by a public official to harmful untruths about, to slander to responsibility by pretending to be ill an expression of general truth or principle menacing, threatening a who dislikes others interbreeding of races to soften, to lessen to or make less severe starting to develop a convert hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion to indistinct or dim having slanting or sloping direction

few make

speak evade




render a

obsequious obsequious obsolescent obstreperous obtuse obviate occlude omnivorous onerous opprobrium opprobrium panegyric

overly submissive and eager to please fawning becoming obsolete noisily defiant, unruly not sharp, pointed or acute to prevent; to make unnecessary to up; to prevent the passage of eating absorbing everything troublesome and oppressive; burdensome public disgrace the disgrace incurred by shameful conduct formal elaborate praise at an assembly a wide-ranging and impressive model excellence or perfection causing disease smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness having discerning; discriminating willing to betray ones trust done routine way; indifferent performed merely as routine duty walking or traveling about; itinerant a complete change; transformation a gratuity, tip shrewd, astute having

stop or




display of

panoply paragon pathogenic paucity percipient perfidious perfunctory perfunctory peripatetic permutation perquisite perspicacious perspicacious



keen mental perception and understanding pertinacious pertinacious petulant philanderer philanthropy resolute persistent, stubborn showing sudden irritation, esp. over some annoyance one who carries on flirtations charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness the study of literary texts to establish their authenticity and determine their meaning

philology plethora precept precipitate preclude precocious predilection prescient presentiment prevaricate probity prodigal proliferate promulgate propitiate propound propriety proscribe proselytize

excess a commandment given as a rule of action or conduct to violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation to prevent the presence of unusually advanced or mature in mental development or talent preference, liking having knowledge of things before they happen a of anticipation over a future event to lie deviate from the truth honesty, high-mindedness lavish, wasteful to increase in number quickly to make by open declaration to conciliate; to appease to forth for consideration correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs to condemn as harmful or odious to of attempt to recruit


feeling or




protract provident prudence puerile pugnacious punctilious pusillanimous querulous quiescence quiescent recumbent refractory rejoinder remonstrate reprehensible reprisals reprobate repudiate reticent reticent revile salient sedition sociopath soporific

to prolong, draw out, extend having showing foresight wisdom, caution or restraint childish, immature to quarrel or fight readily strict exact in the observance of formalities lacking courage or resolution full complaints the condition of being at rest, still, inactive motionless




lying down; reclining; leaning stubborn, rebellious to reply, retort to say or plead in protect, objection or reproof deserving rebuke or censure retaliation against an enemy a depraved or wicked person to reject the validity of silent, reserved disposed to be silent or not to speak freely to criticize with harsh language prominent or conspicuous incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility causing sleep or lethargy


deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious stigma a mark shame or discredit stolid unemotional; lacking sensitivity subjugate to conquer subterfuge an or expedient used to evade a rule supercilious arrogant, haughty, condescending supplicate to humble and earnest entreaty taciturn silent, not talkative tenable capable of being held, maintained or defended tenacious holding fast tendentious having predisposition towards a point of view torpor extreme mental and physical sluggishness tractable easily managed or controlled transcendent going beyond ordinary limits unconscionable unscrupulous veracious veracity verisimilitude verity vicarious vilify vociferous volition voracious habitually truthful filled with trust and accuracy the appearance or semblance of truth truthfulness performed, exercised, received or suffered in place of another to slander, to defame crying out noisily free choice, free will; act of choosing having great appetite