GRE Word List

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



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