Kaplan’s High-Frequency words Vocabulary List for GRE

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

WordDefinition
abate to reduce
in amount, degree or severity
abdicate
to renounce
or relinquish a throne
abject
utterly
hopeless, humiliating or wretched
abjure
to
renounce on oath
ablution
act of
cleansing
abrogate
to
abolish by formal means
abscond
to leave
secretly
abstention
the act
of refraining voluntarily
abstruse
hard to
understand; secret, hidden
accretion
an
increase by natural growth
acerbic
sour or
astringent in taste, harsh in temper
acquiesce
to
comply, give in
acrid sharp or biting
to the taste or smell
acrimonious
caustic,
stinging or bitter in nature
adjoin
to be
close or in contact with
adjoin
to be
next to and joined with
adjure
to beg or
command
admonish
to counsel
against something; caution
adulterate
to make
impure
adventitious
accidental
affable
friendly,
courteous
aggrandize
to
increase in power, influence and reputation
altruist
a person unselfishly
concerned for the welfare of others
amatory
of or
pertaining to lovers or lovemaking
amity friendship;
peaceful harmony
anachronism
something
our of place in time
anachronism
an
obsolete or archaic form
androgen
any
substance that promotes masculine characteristics
androgynous
being
both male and female
animus
hostile
feeling or attitude
antipathy
extreme
dislike
antipathy
aversion
apartheid
any system
or caste that separates people according to race
apathy
lack of
interest or emotion
apathy
lack of
interest or emotion
apogee
the
highest or most distant point
apostasy
a total desertion
of ones religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
apostasy
renunciation
of ones previous loyalty
apotheosis
glorification,
glorified ideal
approbation
praise,
consideration
arrogate
to claim unwarrantably
or presumptuously
assiduous
diligent,
persistent, hardworking
assuage
to make
less severe
atrophy
the
wasting away of body tissue
austere
severe or
stern in appearance; undecorated
autonomy
independence,
self-governance
aver to
affirm, to declare to be true
avocation
something
one does in addition to a principle occupation
banal predictable;
clichd, boring
belligerent
warlike,
given to waging war
bemoan
to express
pity for
benevolent
desiring
to do good to others
benign
having a
kindly disposition
bilateral
pertaining
to or affecting two or both sides
bombastic
pompous
in speech and manner
capitulate
to surrender
unconditionally or on stipulated terms
capricious
changing
ones mind quickly and often
castigate
to punish
or criticize harshly
chicanery
deception
by means of craft or guile
circuitous
roundabout,
indirect
circumambulate
to walk
about or around
circumscribe
to draw a
line around
circumspect
watchful
and discreet
cogent
convincing
and well reasoned
complacent
self-satisfied,
unconcerned
complaisant
inclined or
disposed to please
compunction
a feeling
of uneasiness for doing wrong
concentric
having a
common center
conciliate
to
placate, win over
conflagration
a large
destructive fire
confluence
merging
into one
congenital
existing
or as such from birth
contravene
to come
into conflict with
convalescent
recovering
from illness
convoke
to call
together
convoluted
intricate
and complicated
corroborate
to provide
supporting evidence
credulity
willingness
to believe or trust too easily
credulous
too
trusting; gullible
cursory
going
rapidly over something; hasty; superficial
decadent
decaying;
deteriorating
deference
respect;
courtesy
deferential
respectful;
to yield judgment to
deign to think
fit or in accordance with ones dignity
delude
to
mislead the mind of judgment of, deceive
derision
to act of
mockery
desiccate
to dry out
thoroughly
desultory
jumping
from one thing to another; disconnected
desultory at
random, unmethodical
diatribe
an
abusive, condemnatory speech
dichotomy
division
into two parts, kinds, etc.
diffident
lacking self-confidence
diffuse
to pour
out and spread
diffuse
to spread
widely or thinly
dilatory
intended
to delay
dilatory
inclined
to delay or procrastinate
dilettante
someone with
an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
disabuse
to set
right; to free from error
disport
to divert
or amuse oneself
disquiet
a lack of
calm or peace
dissemble
to present
a false appearance; to disguise ones real intentions or character
disseminate
to
scatter or spread widely
distend
to expand
by stretching
doctrinea
principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
dogma a firmly
held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic
dictatorial
in ones opinions
doleful
sorrowful,
mournful
dour sullen,
gloomy
dupe to
deceive; a person who is easily deceived
duplicity
deceitfulness
in speech or conduct; double-dealing
dystrophy
faulty or
inadequate nutrition or development
eclectic
selecting
from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
effigy
sculpture
or model or person
effluence
flowing
out of
elegy a
sorrowful poem or speech
elocution
art of
clear and expressive speaking
empathy
the
identification with the feelings or thoughts of others
enervate
to reduce
in strength
engender
to produce,
cause or bring about
enigma
a puzzle;
a mystery
ephemeral
lasting a
short time
epigram
a witty
or pointed saying tersely expressed
epithet
a word of
phrase, use invectively as a term of abuse
equivocate
to use expressions
of double meaning in order to mislead
erudite
learned,
scholarly, bookish
esoteric
known or
understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
eugenics
improvement
of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics
eulogy
speech in
praise of someone
euphony pleasantness
of sound
exacerbate
to
increase bitterness or violence
exculpate
to clear
from blame; prove innocent
execrable
abominable
exigent
urgent;
requiring immediate action
expound
to set
forth in detail
exult to show
or feel triumphant joy
fawn to grovel
fiduciary
of a
trust; held or given in trust
foment
to arouse
or incite
forestall
to
prevent by advance action
fractious
irritable,
peevish
fusillade
continuous
discharge of firearms or outburst of criticism
grandiloquent
pompous
or inflated in language
guile deceit or
trickery
heterodox
different
from acknowledged standard; holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines
heterogeneous
of other
origin; not originating in the body
hypocritical
affecting
virtues or qualities one does not have
iconoclast
one who opposes
established beliefs, customs and institutions
impassive
showing
or feeling no emotion
impervious
impossible
to penetrate; incapable of being affected
impetuous
quick to
act without thinking
impetuous
characterized
by sudden rash action or emotion
importune
to urge
or press with excessive persistence
impugn
to
challenge as false
inamorata
a female
lover
inchoate
not fully
formed; disorganized
inculpate
to charge
with fault
incursion
a hostile
entrance into a place
indigent
deficient
in what is requisite
indoctrinate
to imbue
someone with learning
indolence
state of
being lazy or slothful
indolence
showing a
disposition to avoid exertion; slothful
induce
to move
or lead by influence
ineffable
too great
for description
infusion
liquid
extract so obtained
ingenuous showing
innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
insensate
without
feeling or sensitivity
insidious
intended
to trap or beguile
insipid
lacking
interest or flavor
insolent
boldly
rude or disrespectful
interloper
someone
who intrudes in the domain of others
intransigent
uncompromising;
refusing to be reconciled
intransigent
refusing
to agree or compromise
invective
of,
relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
irascible
easily
made angry
laconic
using few
words
litigate
to make
the subject of a lawsuit
magnanimous
generous
in forgiving an insult or injury
magnate
a
powerful or influential person
maladroit
clumsy,
tactless
malevolent
characterized
by or expressing bad will
malfeasance
misconduct
or wrongdoing often committed by a public official
malign
to speak
harmful untruths about, to slander
malinger
to evade
responsibility by pretending to be ill
maxim an
expression of general truth or principle
minatory
menacing,
threatening
misanthrope
a person
who dislikes others
miscegenation
interbreeding
of races
mitigate
to
soften, to lessen
mollify
to calm
or make less severe
nascent
starting
to develop
neophyte
a recent
convert
obdurate
hardened
in feelings; resistant to persuasion
obfuscate
to render
indistinct or dim
oblique
having a
slanting or sloping direction
obsequious
overly
submissive and eager to please
obsequious
fawning
obsolescent
becoming
obsolete
obstreperous
noisily
defiant, unruly
obtuse
not
sharp, pointed or acute
obviate
to
prevent; to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop
up; to prevent the passage of
omnivorous
eating or
absorbing everything
onerous
troublesome
and oppressive; burdensome
opprobrium
public
disgrace
opprobrium
the
disgrace incurred by shameful conduct
panegyric
formal or
elaborate praise at an assembly
panoply a
wide-ranging and impressive array or display
paragon
model of
excellence or perfection
pathogenic
causing
disease
paucity
smallness
of quantity; scarcity; scantiness
percipient
having perception;
discerning; discriminating
perfidious
willing
to betray ones trust
perfunctory
done in a
routine way; indifferent
perfunctory
performed
merely as routine duty
peripatetic
walking
or traveling about; itinerant
permutation
a
complete change; transformation
perquisite
a
gratuity, tip
perspicacious
shrewd,
astute
perspicacious
having
keen mental perception and understanding
pertinacious
resolute
pertinacious
persistent,
stubborn
petulant
showing
sudden irritation, esp. over some annoyance
philanderer
one who
carries on flirtations
philanthropy
charity;
a desire or effort to promote goodness
philology
the study
of literary texts to establish their authenticity and determine their meaning
plethora
excess
precept
a
commandment given as a rule of action or conduct
precipitate
to throw
violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
preclude
to
prevent the presence of
precocious
unusually
advanced or mature in mental development or talent
predilection
preference,
liking
prescient
having
knowledge of things before they happen
presentiment
a feeling
of anticipation over a future event
prevaricate
to lie or
deviate from the truth
probity
honesty,
high-mindedness
prodigal
lavish,
wasteful
proliferate
to
increase in number quickly
promulgate
to make known
by open declaration
propitiate
to
conciliate; to appease
propound
to set
forth for consideration
propriety
correct
behavior, obedience to rules and customs
proscribe
to
condemn as harmful or odious
proselytize
to convert
of attempt to recruit
protract
to
prolong, draw out, extend
provident
having or
showing foresight
prudence
wisdom,
caution or restraint
puerile
childish,
immature
pugnacious
to
quarrel or fight readily
punctilious
strict or
exact in the observance of formalities
pusillanimous
lacking
courage or resolution
querulous
full of
complaints
quiescence
the
condition of being at rest, still, inactive
quiescent
motionless
recumbent
lying
down; reclining; leaning
refractory
stubborn,
rebellious
rejoinder
to reply,
retort
remonstrate
to say or
plead in protect, objection or reproof
reprehensible
deserving
rebuke or censure
reprisals
retaliation
against an enemy
reprobate
a
depraved or wicked person
repudiate
to reject
the validity of
reticent
silent,
reserved
reticent
disposed
to be silent or not to speak freely
revile
to criticize
with harsh language
salient
prominent
or conspicuous
sedition
incitement
of discontent or rebellion against a government
sociopath
a person
whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility
soporific
causing
sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively
attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
stigma
a mark of
shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional;
lacking sensitivity
subjugate
to
conquer
subterfuge
an artifice
or expedient used to evade a rule
supercilious
arrogant,
haughty, condescending
supplicate
to make
humble and earnest entreaty
taciturn
silent,
not talkative
tenable
capable
of being held, maintained or defended
tenacious
holding
fast
tendentious
having a
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
habitually
truthful
veracity
filled
with trust and accuracy
verisimilitude
the
appearance or semblance of truth
verity
truthfulness
vicarious
performed,
exercised, received or suffered in place of another
vilify
to
slander, to defame
vociferous
crying
out noisily
volition
free
choice, free will; act of choosing
voracious
having a
great appetite

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