GRE High Frequency Words
1. Garrulous : – adj – talking much or too much, esp. about unimportant things; loquacious : Garrulity – N. Generally politicians are garrulous.
2. Aberrant : – adj – abnormal or deviant, turning away from what is right, true, etc; deviating from what is normal or typical: Aberrant rains washed away some parts of the Orissa.
3. Foment : V- incite - to do or say something that encourages people to behave violently or illegally.
4. Hyperbole: N- Describing something as much better, more important, etc., than it really is / exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally. Ex. He is as strong as an ox. It’s a hyperbolic statement.
5. Tangential : adj – having only a slight or indirect connection with sth / merely touching a subject not dealing with it at length.
6. Neophyte : N – One just beginning a new kind of life, work, etc. : Beginner; novice
7. Austere : Adj – 1) simple & plain 2) Strict serious in appearance & behaviour 3) allowing nothing that gives pleasure : The monk’s austere way of life.
8. Meticulous : Adj – extremely / excessively careful; finicky; scrupulous
9. Discerning – Adj – Astute – having or showing good judgment or understanding; Discerning attitude of wards makes parents happy.
10. Recluse : Adj – a person who lives alone and likes to avoid other persons.
11. Perfunctory : Adj – done as a duty or habit without any interest. A perfunctory smile; They only made a perfunctory effort.
12. Abeyance : N - temporary suspension, as of an activity or function ; The deal was held in abeyance, until her arrival
13. Insipid : - Adj – 1) Having almost no taste or flavour ; A cup of insipid coffee.
2) Not interesting or exciting ; dull; lifeless ; – An insipid conversation.
14. Burgeon : V – to grow or develop rapidly ; Burgeon population/Demand of electricity.
15. Idolatry : N – 1) practice of worshipping statues as Gods; Hindus generally practice idolatry; 2) too much love or admiration of sb/sth; Sachin has got idolatry fans.
16. Log : N 1) Thick piece of wood or tree.
V - To put information in an official record or write a record of events.
17. Equivocate : V – talk sth deliberately in order to avoid or hide truth
use ambiguity to conceal the truth; equivocation
18. Diffidence : N (U) – Diffident – adj ; not having much confidence
19. Dupe : V – to trick or cheat sb;
N – a person who is tricked or cheated.
20. Euphemism : N - mild or vague expression substituted for a harsher or more direct one; a polite word/phrase that is used to avoid saying something embarrassing or offensive; pass away – died; prison – retaining centers.
21. Refute : V – Rebut; to prove that argument or theory/sth is wrong.
22. Obdurate : Adj – Stubborn – refusing to change your mind or your actions in any way.
23. Solicitous : Adj – being very concerned for sb and wanting to make sure that they are comfortable, well or happy
24. Recondite: Adj – not known or understood by many people
25. Extrapolation :N – to estimate or form an opinion about sth or sb.
26. Propriety : N(U) – Fitness, rightness; Correct conduct, socially acceptable behaviour
27. Equanimity: N – 1) keeping cool at difficult times 2) a calm state of mind – not to become angry especially in difficult situations.
28. Abstemious : Adj - Moderate or ascetic / Sparing in eating and drinking
29. Complaisant: Adj – willing to please; acquiescent; obliging
30. Deride : V – to treat sb/sth as ridiculous and not worth considering seriously
31. Commensurate : Adj – equal in extent; proportionate; Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
32. Belie – V – Contradict; give a false impression; fail to fulfill or justify; disappoint
33. Belle : N - a beautiful or most beautiful women; the most beautiful woman in a particular place
34. Disjointed – Adj – not communicated or described in a clear or logical way; not connected; incoherent; disconnected; take apart at the joints; disturb the working of; disrupt;
35. Insularity : N(U) – only interested in your own country, ideas, etc., and not in those from outside; of or like an island; separated or remote; narrow-minded;
36. Wary : Adj – cautious; on one’s guard; circumspect; showing caution;
37. Intransigence : N(U) – Stubborn – unwilling to change opinion/behaviour in a way that help others; uncompromising;
38. Desultory – Adj – going from one place/point to another/point without a definite plan/enthusiasm – Not methodical
39. Ambiguous – Adj – 1) having two or more meanings; not clear; indefinite; uncertain; 2) that can be understood in more than one way; not clearly stated or defined; difficult to classify
40. Anarchy – N(U) – 1) the complete absence of Govt.; Lawlessness ; disorder in any sphere of activity; 2) A situation in a country/organization without Govt./order or control.
41. Supersede – V – replacement of theory/Technology in place of old.
42. Plummet - v – to fall very quickly in amount or value; fall or plunge rapidly; Temperatures plummeted to minus 20.
43. Penury – N(U) –Poverty; destitution; lack; scarcity; – The state of being very poor.
44. Malingerer – N – A person who pretends to be ill/sick, esp in order to avoid work.
45. Soporific – Adj – Making you feel like going to sleep; to cause to sleep; sleepiness; The soporific effect of the sun.
46. Dirge – N – 1) a song sung in the past at a funeral or for a dead person 2) a song or piece of music that is too slow and sad 3) a funeral hymn 4) a slow, sad song 5) lament for the dead
47. Autonomous – Adj – having self-Govt.; acting or free to act independently
48. Daunt – V – discourage; intimidate; to make sb nervous and less confident about doing sth; daunting (adj)
49. Contention – N – 1) struggle / dispute / argument / rivalry 2) a statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
50. Embellish – V – beautify; adorn; to decorate or improve by adding detail; ornament; adorn; enhance with fictitious additions
51. Perfidious – Adj – Treacherous; faithless
52. Aesthetic – Adj – Sensitivity to art and beauty; artistic
53. Veracious – Adj 1) habitually truthful; honest 2) true, accurate
54. Truculence - N – Aggressiveness, ferocity – a storm of incredible truculence
55. Catalyst – N - 1) Any substance serving as agent in catalysis (the speeding up or sometimes slowing down of the rate of chemical reaction) 2) a person acting as the stimulus in bringing about results.
56. Compendium – N – A summery or abstract containing the essential information in a brief form; Cricket Compendium
57. Pervasive – Adj – Spread throughout
58. Lucid – Adj 1) Bright; Shining 2) transparent 3) clear to the mind
59. Enhance – V – 1) to make greater, as in cost, value, attraction, etc; augment 2) to improve the quality or condition.
60. Platitude – N – sth i.e. boring because it is said many times before
61. Welter – V – Completely involved; to be soaked, stained or bathed; to welter in work; to welter in blood; N – a confusion; turmoil
62. Oscillate – V – to swing 2) to be indecisive in purpose or opinion
63. Zealot – N – Fanatic – A person who is zealous, esp to an extreme or excessive degree; over enthusiastic
64. Impede – V – Obstruct or delay; to bar the progress of
65. Anomalous – Adj – abnormal – deviating from the general rule/usual method.
66. Reticent - Adj; reserved; uncommunicative; He was reticent about his personal life/ private life/ experience. Reticent attitude of Ravi made him alone. Reticence – N(C).
67. Abate - V – subside or moderate; to become less strong: By the weekend, the storms had abated. 2) They postponed their traveling plans until storm abated.
68. Implode – V – burst inward – if you break a vacuum tube implodes.
69. Inadvertently – Adv – unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly; not attentive; heedless; due to oversight
70. Paucity – N – 1) fewness, small number 2) scarcity, dearth, insufficiency.
71. Rescind - v – to revoke, repeal, or cancel:
72. Misanthrope – N – A person who hates or distrusts all people.
73. Negate – V – to deny the existence or truth of 2) to make ineffective
74. Partisan – N – a person who strongly supports one side or party or person.
75. Document – N(C) – A piece of paper with official information on it.