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Barron's GRE 17th Edition High Freq Words


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  1. abate

    become less in amount or intensity
  2. chicanery

    the use of tricks to deceive someone
  3. disseminate

    cause to become widely known
  4. gainsay

    take exception to
  5. latent

    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  6. aberrant

    markedly different from an accepted norm
  7. coagulate

    change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
  8. dissolution

    separation into component parts
  9. garrulous

    full of trivial conversation
  10. laud

    praise, glorify, or honor
  11. abeyance

    temporary cessation or suspension
  12. coda

    the closing section of a musical composition
  13. dissonance

    disagreeable sounds
  14. goad

    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
  15. lethargic

    deficient in alertness or activity
  16. abscond

    run away, often taking something or somebody along
  17. cogent

    powerfully persuasive
  18. distend

    cause to expand as if by internal pressure
  19. gouge

    an impression in a surface, as made by a blow
  20. levee

    an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing
  21. abstemious

    marked by temperance in indulgence
  22. commensurate

    corresponding in size or degree or extent
  23. distill

    undergo condensation
  24. grandiloquent

    lofty in style
  25. levity

    a manner lacking seriousness
  26. admonish

    scold or reprimand; take to task
  27. compendium

    a publication containing a variety of works
  28. diverge

    move or draw apart
  29. gregarious

    temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
  30. log

    a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
  31. adulterate

    make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  32. complaisant

    showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
  33. divest

    take away possessions from someone
  34. guileless

    innocent and free of deceit
  35. loquacious

    full of trivial conversation
  36. aesthetic

    characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  37. compliant

    disposed to act in accordance with someone's wishes
  38. document

    a representation of a person's thinking with symbolic marks
  39. gullible

    naive and easily deceived or tricked
  40. lucid

    transparently clear; easily understandable
  41. aggregate

    a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together
  42. conciliatory

    making or willing to make concessions
  43. dogmatic

    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
  44. harangue

    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  45. luminous

    softly bright or radiant
  46. alacrity

    liveliness and eagerness
  47. condone

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
  48. dormant

    inactive but capable of becoming active
  49. homogeneous

    all of the same or similar kind or nature
  50. magnanimity

    nobility and generosity of spirit
  51. alleviate

    provide physical relief, as from pain
  52. confound

    be confusing or perplexing to
  53. dupe

    fool or hoax
  54. hyperbole

    extravagant exaggeration
  55. malingerer

    someone shirking duty by feigning illness or incapacity
  56. amalgamate

    bring or combine together or with something else
  57. connoisseur

    an expert able to appreciate a field
  58. ebullient

    joyously unrestrained
  59. iconoclastic

    characterized by attack on established beliefs
  60. malleable

    capable of being shaped or bent
  61. ambiguous

    having more than one possible meaning
  62. contention

    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  63. eclectic

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  64. idolatry

    the worship of objects or images as gods
  65. maverick

    someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
  66. ambivalence

    mixed feelings or emotions
  67. contentious

    showing an inclination to disagree
  68. efficacy

    capacity or power to produce a desired result
  69. immutable

    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  70. mendacious

    given to lying
  71. ameliorate

    make better
  72. contrite

    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
  73. effrontery

    audacious behavior that you have no right to
  74. impair

    make worse or less effective
  75. metamorphosis

    striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
  76. anachronism

    locating something at a time when it couldn't have existed
  77. conundrum

    a difficult problem
  78. elegy

    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  79. impassive

    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
  80. meticulous

    marked by precise accordance with details
  81. analogous

    similar or equivalent in some respects
  82. converge

    be adjacent or come together
  83. elicit

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  84. impede

    be a hindrance or obstacle to
  85. misanthrope

    someone who dislikes people in general
  86. anarchy

    a state of lawlessness and disorder
  87. convoluted

    highly complex or intricate
  88. embellish

    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
  89. impermeable

    preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
  90. mitigate

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  91. anomalous

    deviating from the general or common order or type
  92. craven

    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
  93. empirical

    derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
  94. imperturbable

    marked by extreme calm and composure
  95. mollify

    cause to be more favorably inclined
  96. antipathy

    a feeling of intense dislike
  97. daunt

    cause to lose courage
  98. emulate

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  99. impervious

    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
  100. morose

    showing a brooding ill humor
  101. apathy

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  102. decorum

    propriety in manners and conduct
  103. endemic

    native to or confined to a certain region
  104. implacable

    incapable of being appeased or pacified
  105. mundane

    found in the ordinary course of events
  106. appease

    make peace with
  107. default

    an option that is selected automatically
  108. enervate

    weaken physically, mentally, or morally
  109. implicit

    suggested though not directly expressed
  110. negate

    make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
  111. apprise

    inform somebody of something
  112. deference

    courteous regard for people's feelings
  113. engender

    call forth
  114. implode

    burst inward
  115. neophyte

    any new participant in some activity
  116. approbation

    official acceptance or agreement
  117. delineate

    represented accurately or precisely
  118. enhance

  119. inadvertently

    without knowledge or intention
  120. obdurate

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  121. appropriate

    suitable for a particular person, place, or situation
  122. denigrate

    attack the good name and reputation of someone
  123. ephemeral

    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  124. inchoate

    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  125. obsequious

    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  126. arduous

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
  127. deride

    treat or speak of with contempt
  128. equanimity

    steadiness of mind under stress
  129. incongruity

    the quality of disagreeing
  130. obviate

    do away with
  131. artless

    simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
  132. derivative

    a compound obtained from another compound
  133. equivocate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  134. inconsequential

    lacking worth or importance
  135. occlude

    block passage through
  136. ascetic

    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  137. desiccate

    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
  138. erudite

    having or showing profound knowledge
  139. incorporate

    make into a whole or make part of a whole
  140. officious

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  141. assiduous

    marked by care and persistent effort
  142. desultory

    marked by lack of definite plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
  143. esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
  144. indeterminate

    not fixed or known in advance
  145. onerous

    burdensome or difficult to endure
  146. assuage

    provide physical relief, as from pain
  147. deterrent

    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
  148. eulogy

    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
  149. indigence

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  150. opprobrium

    a state of extreme dishonor
  151. attenuate

    become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
  152. diatribe

    thunderous verbal attack
  153. euphemism

    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one
  154. indolent

    disinclined to work or exertion
  155. oscillate

    move or swing from side to side regularly
  156. audacious

    disposed to venture or take risks
  157. dichotomy

    a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
  158. exacerbate

    make worse
  159. inert

    unable to move or resist motion
  160. ostentatious

    intended to attract notice and impress others
  161. austere

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  162. diffidence

    lack of self-assurance
  163. exculpate

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  164. pate

    liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned
  165. ingenuous

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  166. paragon

    a perfect embodiment of a concept
  167. autonomous

    existing as an independent entity
  168. diffuse

    spread out; not concentrated in one place
  169. exigency

    a pressing or urgent situation
  170. inherent

    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  171. partisan

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  172. aver

    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  173. digression

    a message that departs from the main subject
  174. extrapolation

    an inference about the future based on known facts
  175. innocuous

    not injurious to physical or mental health
  176. pathological

    relating to the study of diseases
  177. banal

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  178. dirge

    a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person
  179. facetious

    cleverly amusing in tone
  180. insensible

    barely able to be perceived
  181. paucity

    an insufficient quantity or number
  182. belie

    be in contradiction with
  183. disabuse

    free somebody from an erroneous belief
  184. facilitate

    make easier
  185. insinuate

    suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand
  186. pedantic

    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  187. beneficent

    doing or producing good
  188. discerning

    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
  189. fallacious

    containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  190. insipid

    lacking interest or significance or impact
  191. penchant

    a strong liking or preference
  192. bolster

    support and strengthen
  193. discordant

    not in agreement or harmony
  194. fatuous

    devoid of intelligence
  195. insularity

    the state of being isolated or detached
  196. penury

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  197. bombastic

    ostentatiously lofty in style
  198. discredit

    the state of being held in low esteem
  199. fawning

    attempting to win favor by flattery
  200. intractable

    difficult to manage or mold
  201. perennial

    lasting an indefinitely long time
  202. boorish

    ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance
  203. discrepancy

    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  204. felicitous

    exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
  205. intransigence

    stubborn refusal to compromise or change
  206. perfidious

    tending to betray
  207. burgeon

    grow and flourish
  208. discrete

    constituting a separate entity or part
  209. fervor

    feelings of great warmth and intensity
  210. inundate

    fill or cover completely, usually with water
  211. perfunctory

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  212. burnish

    polish and make shiny
  213. disingenuous

    not straightforward or candid
  214. flag

    a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
  215. inured

    made tough by habitual exposure
  216. permeable

    allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through
  217. buttress

    a support usually of stone or brick
  218. disinterested

    unaffected by concern for one's own welfare
  219. fledgling

    young bird that has just become capable of flying
  220. invective

    abusive language used to express blame or censure
  221. pervasive

    spreading or spread throughout
  222. cacophonous

    having an unpleasant sound
  223. disjointed

    taken apart at the points of connection
  224. flout

    treat with contemptuous disregard
  225. irascible

    quickly aroused to anger
  226. phlegmatic

    showing little emotion
  227. capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  228. dismiss

    stop associating with
  229. foment

    try to stir up
  230. irresolute

    uncertain how to act or proceed
  231. piety

    righteousness by virtue of being religiously devout
  232. castigation

    verbal punishment
  233. disparage

    express a negative opinion of
  234. forestall

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  235. itinerary

    an established line of travel or access
  236. placate

    cause to be more favorably inclined
  237. catalyst

    substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction
  238. disparate

    fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
  239. frugality

    prudence in avoiding waste
  240. laconic

    brief and to the point
  241. plasticity

    the property of being physically malleable
  242. caustic

    capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  243. dissemble

    behave unnaturally or affectedly
  244. futile

    producing no result or effect
  245. lassitude

    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
  246. platitude

    a trite or obvious remark
  247. plethora

    extreme excess
  248. propitiate

    make peace with
  249. rescind

    cancel officially
  250. sporadic

    recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances
  251. tractable

    easily managed
  252. plummet

    drop sharply
  253. propriety

    correct behavior
  254. resolution

    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  255. stigma

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy
  256. transgression

    the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
  257. porous

    full of holes
  258. proscribe

    command against
  259. resolve

    find a solution or answer
  260. stint

    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
  261. truculence

    stubborn and defiant aggressiveness
  262. pragmatic

    concerned with practical matters
  263. pungent

    strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
  264. reticent

    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  265. stipulate

    make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  266. vacillate

    be undecided about something
  267. preamble

    a preliminary introduction, as to a statute or constitution
  268. qualified

    meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task
  269. reverent

    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
  270. stolid

    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
  271. venerate

    regard with feelings of respect and reverence
  272. precarious

    not secure; beset with difficulties
  273. quibble

    evade the truth of a point by raising irrelevant objections
  274. sage

    a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics
  275. striate

    marked with stripes
  276. veracious

    habitually speaking the truth
  277. precipitate

    bring about abruptly
  278. quiescent

    being quiet or still or inactive
  279. salubrious

    promoting health
  280. strut

    walk in a proud, confident way
  281. verbose

    using or containing too many words
  282. precursor

    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  283. rarefied

    of high moral or intellectual value
  284. sanction

    official permission or approval
  285. subpoena

    a writ issued to compel the attendance of a witness
  286. viable

    capable of life or normal growth and development
  287. presumptuous

    going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous
  288. recalcitrant

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
  289. satiate

    fill to satisfaction
  290. subside

    wear off or die down
  291. viscous

    having a relatively high resistance to flow
  292. prevaricate

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  293. recant

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
  294. saturate

    infuse or fill completely
  295. substantiate

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  296. vituperative

    marked by harshly abusive criticism
  297. pristine

    immaculately clean and unused
  298. recluse

    one who lives in solitude
  299. savor

    a particular taste or smell, especially an appealing one
  300. supersede

    take the place or move into the position of
  301. volatile

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence
  302. probity

    complete and confirmed integrity
  303. recondite

    difficult to understand
  304. secrete

    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
  305. supposition

    the cognitive process of conjecturing
  306. unwarranted

    incapable of being justified or explained
  307. problematic

    making great mental demands
  308. refractory

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
  309. shard

    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
  310. tacit

    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
  311. wary

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  312. prodigal

    recklessly wasteful
  313. refute

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  314. skeptic

    someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
  315. tangential

    of superficial relevance if any
  316. welter

    a confused multitude of things
  317. profound

    situated at or extending to great depth
  318. relegate

    assign to a lower position
  319. solicitous

    full of anxiety and concern
  320. tenuous

    lacking substance or significance
  321. whimsical

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  322. prohibitive

    tending to discourage, especially of prices
  323. reproach

    express criticism towards
  324. soporific

    inducing sleep
  325. tirade

    a speech of violent denunciation
  326. zealot

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  327. proliferate

    grow rapidly
  328. reprobate

    a person without moral scruples
  329. specious

    plausible but false
  330. torpor

    a state of motor and mental inactivity
  331. propensity

    a natural inclination
  332. repudiate

    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  333. spectrum

    a broad range of related objects, values, or qualities
  334. tortuous

    marked by repeated turns and bends
Created on October 8, 2012
(updated October 8, 2012)

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