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GRE

collection of gre words I found most difficult to learn

Terms

undefined, object
copy deck
proverb
adage
inimical
hostile, unfriendly-adj
adjuration
solemn urging
barrage
barrier built across river to keep from flooding
embalm
to impregnate a dead body with spices-V. spices-N
intractable
not easily managed-adj
libertine-n
a free thinker; one without moral restraint
acquiesce
assent; agree passively
inter
to bury-v
levity-a
an inappropriate lack of seriousness
glower
to glare-v
acuity
sharpness (of mind; or of senses)
altercation
noisy quarel
fervid
intensely emotional-adj
inculcate
to teach, impress in the mind-v
dupe
trick-v
remit
condone
abjure
renounce upon oath
desiccate
dry out thoroughly- v
irascible
easily made angry-adj
abate
subside or moderate
amble
walk slowly and aimlesly
allege
state without proof
indolent
habitually lazy-adj
abscission
cutting off; separation
bastion
par of a fortification that projects from the rest-n
inure
to harden, become used to-v
jocular
playful, humorous
acrimony
bitter ill-natured animosity in speech
siren
womanlike creature
addle
make of become confused; muddle; drive crazy
ingenious
showing innocence or childlike simplicity-adj
husband
to use sparingly-v
hermetic
tightly sealed-adj
eloquent
persuasive in speech-adj
amorphous
lacking shape or definition; formless
licentious-a
immoral; unrestrained by society
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left my running water
acidulous
slightly sour in taste or manner; sharp; caustic
badinage
playful teasing; banter
deride
to mock-v
lethargic-a
lacking energy
impasse
dilemma with no solution-n
calumny
false accusation
adept
expert at; very skilled
jingoism
belligerent support of one's country-n
allay
calm, pacify
acumen
mental keenness
legerdemain-n
trickery
iniquity
sin, evil act-n
hapless
unfortunate; having bad luck-adj
ephemeral
lasting a short time-adj
wry
distorted
erudite
learned-adj
ebullient
full of enthusiasm-adj
endemic
belonging to a particular area-adj
fetid
putrid, foul smelling-adj
investiture
ceremony conferring authority-n
disabuse
set right-v
bacchanalia
orgiastic rites associated with bacchus
diffident
lacking self-confidence-adj
jettison
discard because unnecessary-v
barrister
lawyer who has authority in higher courts
effrontery
boldness-n
dictum
authoritative statement-n
liberal-a
tolerant, generous, lavish
verisimilitude
the appearance of being true or real; of statements: an apparent truth
coffer
large chest
ablution
washing
limpid-a
clear, transparent
gratuitous
freely bestowed
ignoble
having low moral standards-adj
dilatory
procrastinating-adj
eschew
shun-v
alacrity
cheerful promptness
ersatz
fake-adj
estimable
admirable-adj
imprecation
curse-n
erratic/desultory
wandering and unpredictable; jumping from one subject to another-adj
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories; dogmatic-n
deference
respect
ambulatory
able to walk
incarnadine
blood-red in color-adj
impugn
to attack verbally-v
intransigent
uncompromising-adj
diatribe
condemnatory speech-n
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs-n
admonish
reprove
ingratiate
to please someone so as to then take advantage-v
abase
lower; degrade; make humble
acrophobia
fear of heights
adventitious
happening by chance
glib
superficial; offhand, casual-adj
canard
lie-N
distend
inflate, swell-v
inexorable
inflexible, unyielding-adj
fallow
dormant or unused-adj
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander
leery-a
suspicious
contrite
deeply sorrowful-Adj
gradation
process occurring by regular degrees or stages-N
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
aghast
filled with great surprise or fear
explicit
clearly stated or shown-adj
fractious
unruly, rebellious-adj
agglomeration
collection; heap
amulet
charm worn to protect against evil
abut
boarder upon
lampoon-v
the ridicule with satire
invective
abusive language-n
demure
express doubts-v
ballast
heavy material placed in a ship's hold to keep it steadyb
balk
thick, roughly square wooden beam-n
lassitude-n
a state of diminished energy
lapidary-a
relating to precious stones or the cutting of them
acclivity
sharp, upslope of hill
exponent
one who champions or advocates-n
exculpate/exonerate
to free from blame-v
amenable
obedient
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
affected
artificial; pretended
effigy
stuffed doll-n
gregarious
sociable-adj
expurgate
to censor-v
abstemious
sparing in eating or drinking
acquittal
deliverance from charge
accost
approach and speak first to a person
abeyance
suspended action
grovel
humble oneself in a demeaning way-v
inundate
to overwhelm, to cover with water-v
intrepid
fearless-adj
adversity
great hardship
distaff
female branch of family-n
euphemism
use of inoffensive word in place of offensive one-n
amicable
peaceful; politely friendly
garrulous
tending to talk a lot-adj
actuary
someone who advises insurance companies
exigent
urgent-adj
euphony
pleasant sound-n
demerit
fault; bad quality
dither
act confusedly without purpose-v
languid-a
lacking energy
hegemony
domination of one state or group over its allies-n
bonhomie
atmosphere of good cheer-N
dirge
vurial song, lament-n
platitude
the quality of dullness or banality
largess-n
generous giving up, especially to others who seem inferior
gestation
growth process from conception to birth-n
pastiche
novel, poem, painting, made up of many different styles
lavish-adj
extremely generous
fatuous
foolishly self-satisfied, silly, stupid
fecund
productive, fertile-adj
kudos-n
fame, glory, honor
fulmination
violent denunciation
ablution
the act or process of washing clean
lionize-v
to treat as a celebrity
laconic-a
using few words
ethos
beliefs or character of a group-n
affinity
feeling of kinship
actuate
motivate; cause to act; activate
plebeian
an ordinary person
dogma
rigid, firmly held, belief-n
divine
fortel-v
decorous
proper (related to decorum)-Adj
kinetic-adj
relating to motion
implacable
unable to be calmed or made peaceful-adj
larceny-n
theft of property
advent
arrival
aegis
shield, protection
barefaced
shameless; impudent
alimentary
supplying nourishment
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed-adj
dilettante
one with superficial interest in a topic-n
blithe
joyful-adj
garner
to gather and store-v
ford
wade through water-v
knell-n
sound of a funeral bell
furtive
secret-adj
imbue
to infuse; dye, wet,moisten-v
efficacy
effectiveness-n
jargon
nonsensical talk or specialized language-n
amnesty
pardon
adroit
skillful
frenetic
frenzied, frantic-adj
invidious
likely to promote ill-will-adj
assiduity
constant and close attention; obsequious attention;
amok
state of rage
advert
refer
ambrosia/nector
food/drink of the goods
adage
wise saying; proverb
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
encomium
warm praise-n
dissemble
present false appearance
acrid
bitter
absolve
pardon
eulogy
speech in praise of someone-n
esoteric
known only to a select few-adj
abrogate
abolish
alloy
mixture of metals; something added that lowers value
affront
insult
ingrate
ungrateful person-n
dogmatic
dictatorial in opinion-adj
fawn
to grovel-v
collusion
conspiracy-N
droll
amusing in a distorted way
laud-v
to give praise; to glorify
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
agog
highly excited
acrimonious
stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner
inquest
an investigation, inquiry-n
foment
to arouse-v
livid-a
discolored from a bruise, red with anger
dyspeptic
gloomy-adj
bombast
inflated, over-puffed, language
lachrymose-a
tearful
interregnum
period between reigns-n
gambol
to dance or skip around playfully-v
puerile
youthful
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
deleterious
harmful
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior substances
allocate/earmark
set aside (money) for a particular purpose
impecunious
poor, having no money-adj
affable
easily approachable
garrulous
tending to talk a lot-adj
enervate
reduce in strength-v
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
listless-a
lacking energy or enthusiasm
hyperbole
purposeful exaggeration for effect-n
baleful
threatening evil or hard; menacing-adj
adamant
hard; inflexible
impervious
impossible to penetrate-adj
fanatical
excessively enthusiastic-adj
itinerant
wandering from place to place-adj
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate-adj
lissome-a
easily flexed, limber, agile
abject
(of condition) wretched; lacking pride
accede
agree
judicious
sensible, showing good judgment-adj
insurrection
rebellion-n
cloying
sickly sweet-N
flag
to decline in vigor or strength, interest-v
idiosyncrasies
eccentricity, oddity-n
accord
agreement
amity
friendship
edify
instruct morally or spiritually-v
amiable
agreeable; warmly friendly
dilate
to expand-v
diurnal
existing in day-adj
abet
assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage

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