GRE Word List

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Following words are arranged in increasing order of complexity.

GRE Word List - 1

introspection examining one's own thoughts and feelings
philanthropist one who loves mankind
antidote medicine used against a poison or a disease
strive to make great efforts, to struggle
precursors a person or thing that precedes, as in a process or job.
ambidextrous able to use the left hand or the right equally well
retrospective Looking back on past
introvert one who turns towards himself
gerontocracy government ruled by old people
ambiguous doubtful; uncertain
braggart boastful
aggravate make worse; irritate
entice attract, lure
alleviate make (pain) easier to bear
equilibrium state of being balanced
malevolent malicious; evil; having or showing ill will
adorn add beauty; decorate
abhor to hate; to detest
agile active; quick-moving
endeavor to make an effort, to try very hard
connote Suggest or imply in addition to the precise, literal meaning
renovate restore something to better condition
curriculum course of study
stray wander lose one's way
amalgamate mix; combine; unite societies
xenophile (zen-uh-fahyl) a person who is attracted to foreign peoples cultures
drowsiness feeling sleepy half asleep
disrobe undress
suffocate cause or have difficulty in breathing
sequence succession connected line of
scent smell (especially pleasant)
sporadic happening from time to time
audacious Bold
affinity close connection; relationship
acumen Keen, quick, accurate insight or judgment
animosity strong dislike
heterogeneous made up of different kinds
fragile easily injured broken or destroyed
legacy Bequest or inheritance
massacre cruel killing of a large number of people
adulteration making unpure; poorer in quality
combustion process of burning
submerge put under water liquid sink out of sight
appease make quiet or calm
premature doing or happening something before the right time
shunned avoided, kept away from
anguish severe suffering
conceal hide keep secret
apt well-suited; quick-witted
indigenous native
grumble to complain
correlate have a mutual relation
offhand Without preparation or forethought
somersault rolling backward or forward (not sideways) movement
inquest Legal or judicial inquiry, especially before a jury and especially made by a coroner into the cause of someone.s death
edible fit to be eaten/not poisonous
extinguish end the existence of/wipe or put out
surcharge additional load/charge
conjoin to join together
accolade praise; approval
abscond to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
opaqueness dullness/not allowing light to pass through
impermeable that cannot be permeated
disallow refuse to allow or accept as a correct
timid shy easily frightened
abide be faithful; to endure
console give comfort or sympathy to
embezzle use in a wrong way for one's own benefit
warrant authority written order guarantee
acclaimed welcomed with shouts and approval
extinct no longer active
loll rest to sit or stand in a lazy way hang (dog's tongue)
reminiscent suggest something in the past
catalyst substance that causes speeding up
clientele customers
shallow little depth; not earnest
brittle easily broken
negligent taking too little care
poseur a person who attempts to impress by acting unlike himself
affable polite and friendly
ascend go or come up
relapse fall back again
dangle hand or swing loosely
asterisk the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters)
salvage the saving of property from loss
arrogance proud; superior manner of behaviour
moribund in a dying state; near death
dullard a stupid, insensitive person
livid Furiously angry, enraged
yarn tale story fibers for knitting
divergence getting farther apart from a point
ossified turned to bone; hardened like bone; Inflexible
rejuvenation becoming young in nature or appearance
vigorous strong energetic
allegiance duty support loyalty
dwarf person much smaller the usual size
fragrant sweet-smelling
judicious sound in judgment; wise
odor smell
scribble write hastily
hospitable liking to give hospitality
sawdust tiny bits of wood
narcissism Self-love
ameliorate improve; make better
succumb yield, die
ingest take in by swallowing
sluggard lazy slow-moving person
flop fail/move/fall clumsily
reiterate say or do again several times
gait a manner of walking, stepping, or running
defer postpone
complaisant trying to please; obliging
eloquence fluent speaking skillful use of language
derivative unoriginal; obtained from another source
commuter person who travels regularly
clot half-solid lump formed from liquid
weigh measure hoe heavy something is
steeply rising or falling sharply
dote show much fondness center one's attention
torque twisting force causing rotation
benefactor person who has given help
moderation quality of being limited; not extreme
plea request
enduring lasting
invincible too strong to be defeated
flimsy lacking solidarity, strength
turmoil trouble disturbance
sanity health of mind soundness of judgment
tadpole form of a frog when it leaves the egg
cryptic secret with a hidden meaning
sponge porous rubber for washing live at once expense
reconcile settle a quarrel restore peace
commemorate keep the memory of
volatile changeable inconstant fickle unstable explosive
alloy to debase by mixing with something inferior
gallant brave,behaves well with women
encapsulate enclose in capsule
dormant in a state of inactivity but awaiting development
fission splitting or division (esp. of cells)
grievous causing grief or pain; serious dire grave
shard A piece of broken pottery
hypocrisy falsely making oneself appear to be good
chisel steel tool for shaping materials
enzyme catalyst
infuriate fill with fury or rage
eradicate get rid of pull up by the roots
engulf swallow up
sanction approval (by authority) penalty
euphoria elation state of pleasant excitement
evoke call up bring out
renowned celebrated; famous
mischievous harmful; causing mischief
endorse write one's name on the back of
riddle puzzling person or thing
implicit implied though; not plainly expressed
misogynist one who hates women/females
abysmal extreme bad
disproof proof to the contrary
impromptu without preparation
erratic irregular in behaviour or opinion
meticulous giving great attention to details
pertain belong as a part have reference
inclined directing the mind in a certain direction
nihilism total rejection of all religious and moral beliefs
sadistic Cruel
Lambaste attack verbally
constrict make tight or smaller
perish be destroyed decay
writ written order
luminary star; light-giving body
dupe cheat make a fool of
ambivalent having both of two contrary meanings
auxiliary helping; supporting
tonic something giving strength or energy
extralegal outside the law
turbulence being uncontrollably violent
colloquial involving or using conversation.
connoisseur a person with good judgement (e.g.. in art)
abstruse difficult to comprehend; obscure
indistinct not easily heard; seen clearly marked
presentiment anticipatory fear; premonition
sophisticated complex; subtle; refined
parenthesis sentence within another one something separated
aberration straying away from what is normal
recuperate become strong after illness loss exhaustion
limp lacking strength; walking unevenly
pest destructive thing or a person who is nuisance
pluck pull the feathers off pick (e.g.. flowers)
mite A very small amount, portion, or particle
ail to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.
fidelity loyalty accuracy
satiate satisfy fully
perjury willful FALSE statement unlawful act
paradigm a model example or pattern
mesmerize hypnotize
gullible easily gulled
sobriety quality or condition of being sober
dislodge move force from the place occupied
fleet number of ships; quick-moving
articulate speak distinctly; connect by joints
tractable easily controlled or guided
predominate have more power than others
partisan one-sided committed to a party biased or prejudiced
yeoman man owning small estate; middle-class farmer
arcane known or understood by very few
solvent of the power of forming a solution
vivacious lively high-spirited
foolproof incapable of failure or error
spear weapon with a metal point on a long shaft
coagulation change to a thick and solid state
suffice be enough
beguile mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
permeate spread into every part of
brass yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)
elaborate worked out with much care in great detail
liberality free giving; generosity
malleable yielding easily shaped; moldable; adapting
forgery counterfeit
patron regular customer person who gives support
immutable that cannot be changed
cumbersome burdensome; heavy and awkward to carry
cordial warm and sincere
woo try to win
retrograde receding
sheath cover for the blade of a weapon or a tool
unscathed unharmed unhurt
knit draw together; unite firmly
jabber talk excitedly; utter rapidly
bewilder puzzle; confuse
repel refuse to accept/cause dislike
implosion collapse; bursting inward
superimpose put something on the top
pivotal of great importance (others depend on it)
enigma something that is puzzling
centurion leader of a unit of 100 soldiers
buoyant able to float; light-hearted
boisterous noisy; restraint
calipers metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument
stride walk with long steps
redeem get back by payment compensate
impede hinder; get in the way of
lampoon publicly mock or ridicule
treacherous not to be trusted, perfidious
resuscitation coming back to consciousness
concur agree in opinion happen together
recitals a number of performance of music
garrulous too talkative
indulgent inclined to indulge
apartheid brutal racial discrimination
evasive tending to evade
misanthrope person who hates mankind
pilferer to steal, especially in small quantities
eulogy formal praise panegyric
foster nurture; care for
edify instruct; correct morally
bogus sham; counterfeit; not genuine
dexterity skill (esp. in handling)
incongruous out of place; not in harmony or agreement
skit short piece of humorous writing
refine make or become pure cultural
chortle loud chuckle of pleasure or amusement
repulsive causing a feeling of disgust



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