Barron's high frequency words with meanings for GRE, Formulas and forms for Communication. Amity University

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Barrons GRE High-Frequency 333 Words Vocabulary List

WORD MEANING Abate subside , or moderate Aberrant abnormal, or deviant Abeyance suspended action Abscond depart secretly and hide Abstemious sparing in eating and drinking; temperate Admonish warn; reprove Adulterate make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances Aesthetic artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful Aggregate gather; accumulate Alacrity cheerful promptness; eagerness Alleviate relieve Amalgamate combine; unite in one body Ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning Ambivalence the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional

attitudes Ameliorate improve Anachronism something or someone misplaced in time Analogous comparable Anarchy absence of governing body; state of disorder Anomalous abnormal; irregular Antipathy aversion; dislike Apathy lack of caring; indifference Appease pacify or soothe; relieve Apprise inform Approbation approval Appropriate v. acquire; take possession of for one’s own use Arduous hard; strenuous Artless without guile; open and honest Ascetic practicing self-denial; austere Assiduous diligent Assuage v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) Attenuate make thinner Audacious daring; bold Austere forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented Autonomous self-governing; independent Aver assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as

a fact

Banal hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality Belie contradict; give a false impression


Beneficent kindly; doing good Bolster support; reinforce Bombastic pompous; using inflated language Boorish rude; insensitive Burgeon grow forth; send out buds Burnish make shiny by rubbing; polish Buttress v. support; prop up

Capricious unpredictable; fickle Castigation punishment; severe criticism Catalyst agent that increases the pace of a chemical action Caustic burning; sarcastically biting Chicanery trickery; deception Coagulate thicken; congeal; clot Coda concluding section of a musical or literary composition;

summarizes or concludes Cogent convincing Commensurate adj. corresponding in extent, degree, etc.; proportionate Compendium brief, comprehensive summary Complaisant trying to please; overly polite; obliging Compliant yielding; conforming to requirements Conciliatory reconciling; soothing Condone overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse Confound confuse; puzzle Connoisseur person competent to act as a judge of art; a lover of art Contention claim; thesis Contentious quarrelsome Contrite penitent Conundrum riddle; difficult problem Converge approach; tend to meet; come together Convoluted coiled around; involved; intricate Craven cowardly

Daunt intimidate; frighten Decorum propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners Default failure to act Deference courteous regard for another’s wishes Delineate portray; depict; sketch Denigrate blacken Deride ridicule; make fun of Derivative unoriginal; obtained from another source Desiccate dry up Desultory aimless; haphazard; digressing at random Deterrent Something that discourages; hindrance Diatribe n. bitter scolding; invective Dichotomy split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones) Diffidence Shyness Diffuse adj. wordy, rambling, spread out (like a gas)


Digression Wandering away from the subject Dirge Lament with music Disabuse correct a false impression; undeceive Discerning mentally quick and observant; having insight Discordant not harmonious; conflicting Discredit defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve Discrepancy lack of consistency; difference Discrete adj. separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts Disingenuous lacking genuine candor; insincere Disinterested unprejudiced Disjointed lacking coherence; separated at the joints Dismiss eliminate from consideration; reject Disparage belittle Disparate adj. basically different; unrelated Dissemble v. disguise; pretend Disseminate distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds) Dissolution disintegration; looseness in morals Dissonance discord; opposite of harmony Distend expand; swell out Distill purify; refine; concentrate Diverge vary; go in different directions from the same point Divest strip; deprive Document provide written evidence Dogmatic opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal Dormant sleeping; lethargic; latent Dupe someone easily fooled

Ebullient showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm Eclectic selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate

sources Efficacy power to produce desired effect Effrontery impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve;

presumptuousness Elegy poem or song expressing lamentation Elicit draw out by discussion Embellish adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story Empirical based on experience Emulate imitate; rival Endemic prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific

area or country Enervate weaken Engender cause; produce Enhance increase; improve Ephemeral short-lived; fleeting Equanimity calmness of temperament; composure Equivocate lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth Erudite learned; scholarly Esoteric hard to understand; known only to the chosen few


Eulogy expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone’s death

Euphemism mild expression in place of an unpleasant one Exacerbate worsen; embitter Exculpate clear from blame Exigency urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of

requiring immediate attention Extrapolation projection; conjecture

Facetious joking (often inappropriately); humorous Facilitate help bring about; make less difficult Fallacious false; misleading Fatuous brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug Fawning trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or

cringing Felicitous apt; suitably expressed; well chosen Fervor glowing ardor; intensity of feeling Flag droop; grow feeble Fledgling inexperienced Flout reject; mock; show contempt for Foment stir up; instigate Forestall prevent by taking action in advance Frugality thrift; economy Futile useless; hopeless; ineffectual

Gainsay deny Garrulous loquacious; talkative; wordy Goad urge on Gouge overcharge Grandiloquent pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language Gregarious sociable Guileless without deceit Gullible easily deceived

Harangue long, passionate, and vehement speech Homogeneous of the same kind Hyperbole exaggeration; overstatement

Iconoclastic attacking cherished traditions Idolatry worship of idols; excessive admiration Immutable unchangeable Impair injure; hurt Impassive without feeling; imperturbable; stoical Impede hinder; block Impermeable impervious; not permitting passage through its substance Imperturbable calm; placid Impervious impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed Implacable incapable of being pacified


Implicit understood but not stated Implode burst inward Inadvertently unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly Inchoate adj. recently begun; rudimentary; elementary Incongruity lack of harmony; absurdity Inconsequential insignificant; unimportant Incorporate introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite Indeterminate uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite Indigence poverty Indolent Lazy Inert inactive; lacking power to move Ingenuous naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated Inherent firmly established by nature or habit Innocuous Harmless Insensible unconscious; unresponsive Insinuate hint; imply; creep in Insipid lacking in flavor; dull Insularity narrow-mindedness; isolation Intractable unruly; stubborn; unyielding Intransigence n. refusal of any compromise; stubbornness Inundate overwhelm; flood; submerge Inured adj. accustomed; hardened Invective n. abuse Irascible irritable; easily angered Irresolute uncertain how to act; weak Itinerary plan of a trip

Laconic brief and to the point Lassitude languor; weariness Latent potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden Laud v. praise Lethargic drowsy; dull Levee stone embankment to prevent flooding Levity lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity Log record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities Loquacious talkative Lucid easily understood; clear; intelligible Luminous shining; issuing light

Magnanimity Generosity Malingerer one who feigns illness to escape duty Malleable capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable Maverick rebel; nonconformist Mendacious lying; habitually dishonest Metamorphosis change of form Meticulous excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous Misanthrope one who hates mankind Mitigate appease; moderate


Mollify soothe Morose ill-humored; sullen; melancholy Mundane worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday

Negate cancel out; nullify; deny Neophyte recent convert; beginner

Obdurate adj. stubborn Obsequious lavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic Obviate make unnecessary; get rid of Occlude shut; close Officious meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one’s services Onerous burdensome Opprobrium infamy; vilification Oscillate vibrate; waver Ostentatious showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

Paragon model of perfection Partisan one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party Pathological pertaining to disease Paucity Scarcity Pedantic showing off learning; bookish Penchant strong inclination; liking Penury severe poverty; stinginess Perennial something long-lasting Perfidious treacherous; disloyal Perfunctory superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or

enthusiasm Permeable penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through Pervasive spread throughout Phlegmatic calm; not easily disturbed Piety devoutness; reverence for God Placate pacify; conciliate Plasticity ability to be molded Platitude n. trite remark; commonplace statement Plethora excess; overabundance Plummet fall sharply Porous full of pores; like a sieve Pragmatic practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the

practical worth or impact of something Preamble introductory statement Precarious uncertain; risky Precipitate adj. rash, premature, hasty, sudden Precursor forerunner Presumptuous arrogant; taking liberties Prevaricate lie Pristine characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled Probity uprightness; incorruptibility


Problematic doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing Prodigal wasteful; reckless with money Profound deep; not superficial; complete Prohibitive tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined

to prevent or forbid Proliferate grow rapidly; spread; multiply Propensity natural inclination Propitiate appease Propriety fitness; correct conduct Proscribe ostracize; banish; outlaw Pungent stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic

Qualified limited; restricted Quibble minor objection or complaint Quiescent at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive

Rarefied made less dense (of a gas) Recalcitrant obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly Recant disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly

confess error Recluse hermit; loner Recondite abstruse; profound; secret Refractory stubborn; unmanageable Refute disprove Relegate banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign Reproach express disapproval or disappointment Reprobate person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency Repudiate disown; disavow Rescind cancel Resolution Determination Resolve determination; firmness of purpose Reticent reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence Reverent respectful; worshipful

Sage person celebrated for wisdom Salubrious healthful Sanction approve; ratify Satiate satisfy fully Saturate soak thoroughly Savor enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality Secrete hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an

organism Shard fragment, generally of pottery Skeptic doubter; person who suspends judgment until having

examined evidence supporting a point of view Solicitous worried; concerned Soporific sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness Specious seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often


intentionally) Spectrum colored band produced when a beam of light passes through

a prism Sporadic occurring irregularly Stigma token of disgrace; brand Stint v. be thrifty; set limits Stipulate make express conditions; specify Stolid dull; impassive Striated marked with parallel bands; grooved Strut pompous walk Strut supporting bar Subpoena writ summoning a witness to appear Subside settle down; descend; grow quiet Substantiate establish by evidence; verify; support Supersede cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete Supposition hypothesis; surmise

Tacit understood; not put into words Tangential peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing Tenuous thin; rare; slim Tirade extended scolding; denunciation; harangue Torpor lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy Tortuous winding; full of curves Tractable docile; easily managed Transgression violation of a law; sin Truculence aggressiveness; ferocity

Vacillate waver; fluctuate Venerate revere Veracious truthful Verbose wordy Viable practical or workable Viscous sticky, gluey Vituperative adj abusive; scolding Volatile changeable; explosive; evaporation rapidly

Warranted justified; authorized Wary very cautious Welter turmoil; bewildering jumble Whimsical capricious; fanciful

Zealot fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal


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