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  • 1. Barron GRE word list - Aabase lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respectabash embarrassabate subside or moderateabbreviate shortenabdicate renounce; give up (position, right, or responsibility)aberrant abnormal or deviantaberration deviation from the normal; mental disorderabet assist usually in doing something wrong; encourageabeyance suspended actionabhor detest; hate Dwell; abide by: comply with; put up with; tolerate; Ex. abide by the rules; Ex. Iabide cant abide rude people. (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showingabject lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apologyabjure renounce upon oathablution washingabnegation renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegationabode dwelling place; homeabolish cancel; put an end toabominable detestable; extremely unpleasantabominate loathe; hateaboriginal being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigineabortive unsuccessful; fruitlessabrasive rubbing away; tending to grind downabridge condense or shortenabrogate abolishabscission cutting off; separationabscond depart secretly and hide complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex.absolute absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutismabsolve pardon (an offense)abstain refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use ones vote;
  • 2. abstemious sparing in eating and drinking; temperate restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act ofabstinence abstaining from voteabstract theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentationalabstruse obscure; profound; difficult to understandabusive coarsely insulting; physically harmfulabut border upon; adjoinabysmal bottomlessabyss enormous chasm; vast bottomless pitacademic related to a school; not practical or directly usefulaccede agreeaccelerate move fasteraccessible easy to approach; obtainableaccessory additional object; useful but not essential thing applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval; Ex. Theacclaim new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praiseacclimate adjust to climate or environment; adaptacclivity sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivityaccolade award of merit; strong praise and approval oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt; make enough spaceaccommodate for; ADJ. accommodative; CF. accomodating: helpful and obligingaccomplice partner in crimeaccord agreementaccost approach and speak first to a personaccoutre equip; N. accoutrement growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase byaccretion natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete come to one as a gain; accumulate over time; come about by addition; Ex. benefitsaccrue that accrue from scientific research; Ex. interest accruing in a bank account; N. accrual bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. acerbic: bitter; acrid (in taste, manner, oracerbity tone)acetic vinegaryacidulous slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
  • 3. acknowledge recognize; admitacme peak; pinnacle; highest pointacne skin disease (on the face)acoustics science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear inacquiesce assent; agree passively; comply without protest deliverance from a charge; V. acquit: free from a charge or accusation; dischargeacquittal from a duty; conduct (oneself) in a specified manneracrid bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-naturedacrimonious animosity in speech or behavioracrophobia fear of heightsactuarial calculating; pertaining to insurance statisticsactuary someone who advises insurance companiesactuate motivate; activate; cause to actacuity sharpness (of mind or senses of sight or hearing) mental keenness; sharpness of judgment; ability to judge quickly and well; Ex.acumen business acumen (of the senses) sharp; quickly perceptive; keen; penetrating; brief and severe; Ex.acute acute sense of smell/analysis/painadage wise saying; proverbadamant hard; inflexible make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation:adapt act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel. addition; appendix to book; something that is added (as at the end of a speech oraddendum book)addiction compulsive habitual needaddle make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg) direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct ones efforts or attentionaddress to; make with a destination; N: formal speechadept expert at; very skilledadhere stick fast; be a devotd follower; N. adhesion: adhering; devotion; loyalityadherent supporter; followeradjacent adjoining; neighboring; close byadjoin be next to
  • 4. adjourn suspend until a later time; move from one place to anotheradjunct something attached to but holding an inferior positionadjuration solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnlyadjutant staff officer assisting the commander; assistantadmonish warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reproveadore love deeply and respect highlyadorn decorateadroit skillful (in using mind or hand)adulation flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated)adulterate substancesAdvent arrivaladventitious accidental; casual; happening by chanceadversary opponent; enemyadverse going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostileadversity great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous eventadvert referadvocacy support; active pleading on behalf of someone or somethingadvocate speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead foraegis shield; protection; defenseaerie(aery,eyrie,eyry) nest of a large bird of prey artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person oraesthetic building); CF. aesthete; CF. aestheticsaffable easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendlyaffected artificial; pretendedaffidavit written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)affiliation joining; associating with feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinitiesaffinity between two languages positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take anaffirmation oath; V. affirm; ADJ. affirmative; CF. affirmative action: positive discrimination state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievousaffliction suffering onaffluence abundance; wealth
  • 5. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings ofaffront intentionallyafterlife life after death; later part of ones lifeagape openmouthedagenda items of business at a meeting collection; heap; V. agglomerate: gather into a rounded mass; N. aggolmeate:agglomeration jumbled mass; heapaggrandize make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement sum; total; ADJ. V: gather into a mass or whole; accumulate; add up to; Ex.aggregate aggregate 100 dollarsaghast filled with great surprise or fear; horrifiedagility nimbleness; ability to move quicklyagitate stir up; disturbagnostic one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate realityagog highly excited; intensely curiousagrarian pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reformairy of air; high in the air; lofty; immaterial; unrealalacrity cheerful promptness without reluctancealchemy medieval chemistryalcove nook; recessalias an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. aliasalienate make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership ofalimentary supplying nourishmentalimony payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorceallay calm; pacifyallege state without proofallegiance loyaltyallegory story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fablealleviate relieve (pain)alliteration repetition of beginning sound in poetryallocate assign; set apart for a particular purpose mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix;alloy make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
  • 6. allude refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect referenceallure entice; attract; temptalluvial pertaining to soil deposits left by running wateralms money or goods given to the pooraloft upward; high up in the airaloof apart; not open in ones relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.altercation noisy quarrel unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for thealtruistic welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism combination of different things; mixture of metals (containing mercury) used foramalgam filling holes in teethamalgamate (of societies or groups) combine; unite in one bodyamass collect (gradually, in a very large amount)amazon female warriorambidextrous capable of using either hand with equal ease environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ.ambience ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperatureambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretationambivalence the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinionsamble walking at an easy unhurried pace; V: walk slowly and aimlesslyambrosia food of the godsambulatory able to walk act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealedambush position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.ameliorate improve obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerableamenable or accountable legally; responsible; able to be tested by; Ex. amenable to sensible suggestions; Ex. He is very amenable; Ex. amenable to the usual testsamend correct; change ; generally for the betteramenities convenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesiesamiable agreeable; lovable; warmly friendlyamicable peaceful; politely friendly; not quarrelsome; Ex. amicable settlementamiss wrong; faulty; Ex. something amiss; ADV.amity friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations
  • 7. amnesia loss of memoryamnesty pardon (allowed by government to political criminals)amok(amuck) in a state of rage; Ex. run amokamoral nonmoral; having no understanding of right and wrongamorous moved by sexual love; loving; of sexual love; Ex. amorous advancesamorphous formless; lacking shape or definitionamphibian able to live both on land and in water; N.amphitheater oval building with tiers of seats; CF. arena enough; abundant; spacious; large in size; Ex. ample opportunity/garden; N.ample amplitude: quality of being ample; abundance; largeness of space increase in size or effect; expand; broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; makeamplify stronger; Ex. amplify ones remarks with a graphamputate cut off part of body; prune (a limb)amulet charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil, bad luck an error involving time in a story; something or someone misplaced in time; ADJ.anachronism anachronisticanalgesia condition of being unable to feel painanalgesic causing insensitivity to pain; N.analogous comparable; similaranalogy similarity; parallelism; comparing two similar things person who seeks to overturn the established government; advocate of abolishinganarchist authorityanarchy absence of governing body; state of disorderanathema solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse; V. anathematizeancestry family descent; ADJ. ancestralanchor secure or fasten firmly; be fixed in place; N. anchorageancillary serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary; N.anecdote short story of an amusing or interesting eventanemia condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles; ADJ. anemic substance that removes sensation with or without loss of consciousness; N.anesthetic anesthesiaanguish acute pain; extreme suffering sharp-cornered; having an angle; not rounded (body); bony; lean; gaunt; stiff inangular manner
  • 8. animadversion critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapprovalanimated lively; spiritedanimosity active enmityanimus hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; dispositionannals records arranged in yearly parts; historyanneal reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass) attach; add to a large thing; take possession of; incorporate (territory) into aannex larger existing political unit (by force); N: building added to a large oneannihilate destroyannotate comment; make explanatory notesannuity yearly allowanceannul make voidanodyne drug that relieves pain or trouble;opiate; ADJ. Ex. anodyne statementanoint consecrate; put oil on (in a religious ceremony)anomalous abnormal; irregularanomaly irregularityanonymity state of being nameless; anonymousness; ADJ. anonymous hostility; active opposition; V. antagonize: cause to become an enemy; N.antagonism antagonist: person who is opposed to another; opponent; adversary; principal character in oppostion to the protagonistantecede precedeantecedents preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early backgroundantediluvian antiquated; extremely ancientanthem song of praise or patriotism; Ex. national anthemanthology book of literary selections by various authors; CF. omnibusanthropoid manlike; resembling a human being; N.anthropologist student of the history and science of humankindanthropomorphic having human form or characteristics letdown in thought or emotion; something unexciting, ordinary, or disappointinganticlimax coming after something important or excitingantidote remedy to counteract a poison or disease; Ex. antidote to the economic troublesantipathy aversion; dislike or oppositionantiquated obsolete; old-fashioned; outdatedantique made in an earlier period and usu. valuable; N: object that was made in an earlier
  • 9. period and that is rare or valuableantiquity quality of being very old; ancient times;antiseptic substance that prevents infection in a wound; ADJ.antithesis contrast; direct opposite of or to; ADJ. antithetic or antitheticalantler bony growth on the head of a deeranvil iron block used in hammering out metals lack of caring; indifference; lack of concern or interest in important matters; Ex.apathy He was sunk in apathy after his failure; ADJ. apatheticape imitate or mimic (a persons behavior or manner)aperture opening; hole; adjustable opening in a camera that limits the amount of lightapex tip; summit; climax; highest pointaphasia loss of speech due to injury or illnessaphorism pithy maxim or saying; ADJ. aphoristicapiarist person who keeps beesapiary a place where bees are keptapiculture bee-keepingaplomb poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidenceapocalyptic prophetic; pertaining to revelations especially of disaster; N. apocalypseapocryphal (of a story) widely believed but untrueapogee highest point; the point farthest from the earth; OP. perigeeapolitical having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairsapologist one who writes in defense of a cause or institution; N. apologiaapoplexy stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brainapostate one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs; N. apostasyapothecary druggist; pharmacistapothegm(apophthegm) pithy, compact sayingapotheosis elevation to godhood; an ideal example of somethingappall dismay; shock deeplyapparent evident; easily seen or understood; appearing as such; Ex. apparent improvementapparition ghost; phantomappease pacify or soothe; Ex. appease a crying baby; N. appeasementappellation name; titleappend attach
  • 10. application diligent attention; diligence; V. apply oneselfapposite appropriate; fittingappraise estimate value of; N. appraisal be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of; ADJ. appreciable:appreciate enough to be felt; Ex. appreciable differenceapprehend arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive; N. apprehensionapprehensive fearful; discerningapprise informapprobation approval acquire; take possession of for ones own use without permission; set aside for aappropriate particular purpose; allocate; CF. misappropriateappurtenances subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing with reference to; regarding; Ex. remarks apropos (of) the present situation; ADJ.apropos ADV.aptitude fitness; talentaquiline curved; hooked; of or like an eagle; Ex. aquiline nosearable fit for growing crops; Ex. arable land person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge who is in a position otarbiter make influential judgments; Ex. supreme arbiter of fashion in beachwarearbitrary unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical; Ex. arbitrary rulerarbitrate act as judge (at the request of both sides)arboreal of or living in treesarboretum place where different trees and shrubs are studied and exhibitedarcade a covered passageway usually lined with shops esoteric; secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated; Ex. arcane ritual; Ex.arcane arcane process closed to the uninitiated listenerarch- chief; first; Ex. archbishoparchaeology study of artifacts and relics of early mankindarchaic antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.archetype prototype; primitive patternarchipelago group of closely located islandsarchives public records; place where public records are keptardor heat; passion; zeal; ADJ. ardentarduous hard; strenuous; Ex. arduous work
  • 11. argot slang; speech spoken by only a small group of peoplearia operatic solo; a song sung by one person in an opera or oratorioarid (of land) dry; barren; unproductivearistocracy hereditary nobility; privileged class; government by nobility; N. aristocratarmada fleet of warshipsaromatic fragrant; having a sweet smell; N. aroma: strong pleasant smellarraign charge in court; indict marshal; draw up in order; arrange in order; clothe splendidly; adorn; N: finearray clothes; ordered group; Ex. in battle array being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have beenarrears donearrhythmic lacking rhythm or regularity; N. arrhythmia pride; haughtiness; ADJ. arrogant: unpleasantly self-important (with a strongarrogance confidence in ones own importance and a lack of respect for other people)arroyo gully; narrow channel formed by rainwaterarsenal storage place for military equipmentartery blood-vessel; CF. veinartful exhibiting art or skill; deceitful; cunning; CF. artifice effective; distinct; expressing ideas clearly; having clear sounds; having joints; Ex.articulate articulate speech; V: express thoughts and feeling clearly; pronounce clearly; unite by jointsartifacts object made by human beings, either hand-made or mass-producedartifice deception; trickeryartisan a manually skilled workerartless without guile; open and honestascendancy controlling influence; position of controlling influence; CF. in the ascendantascertain find out for certain; make certain practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex.ascetic ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticismascribe refer; attribute; assignaseptic preventing infection; having a cleansing effectashen ash-colored; deadly paleasinine stupid; Ex. asinine remarksaskance with a sideways or indirect look (with disapproval or distruct); Ex. look askance at
  • 12. askew crookedly; slanted; at an angle sharpness; roughness; severity (of temper or weather); Ex. asperities of a Russianasperity winteraspersion slanderous remark; Ex. cast aspersions onaspirant seeker after position or status seek to attain (position or status); long for; Ex. aspire to become president; Ex.aspire aspire to/after the leadershipassail assaultassay analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)assent agree; accept; N. assessment state strongly or positively; demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc.); make aassert claim to (by forceful action); Ex. assert ones independenceassiduous diligent absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge)assimilate completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)assuage mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. herassumption assumption of power; V. assume firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in ones own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances,assurance he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurancasteroid small planetastigmatism eye defect which prevents proper focus; OP. stigmatismastral relating to the stars binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent; Ex.astringent astringent criticismastronomical enormously large or extensiveastute wise; shrewd; keen; seeing quickly something that is to ones advantageasunder into parts; apart; V. sunderasylum place of refuge or shelter; protection (religious or political)asymmetric not identical on both sides of a dividing central line resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlieratavism type; throwback; ADJ. atavisticatheistic denying the existence of God; N. atheism
  • 13. atone make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone foratrocity brutal deed; ADJ. atrocious wasting away; V: weaken and lose flesh and muscle (through lack of blood or lackatrophy of use) alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful;attentive politely helpful; Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and considerationattenuate make thin; weakenattest testify; bear witnessattire clothe; N: clothing; array; apparelattribute essential quality; V: ascribe; explain rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction inattrition the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attritionatypical not normal; not typicalaudacious daring; bold; N. audacityaudit examination of accounts of a business; official examination; V.augment increase; add to omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign ofaugury (something in future)august impressive; majesticaureole suns corona; halo; bright circle of lightauroral pertaining to the aurora borealis; CF. aurora australisauspicious favoring success; giving signs of future success; Cf. auspices forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple andaustere unornamented; Ex. a monks austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerityauthenticate prove genuine subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating anothers will;authoritarian Ex. authoritarian regime/father having the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can beauthoritative trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial; Ex. authoritative dictionary/manner; CF. definitiveautocratic having absolute unchecked power; dictatorial; N. autocrat, autocracyautomaton mechanism that imitates actions of humans; machine that works by itselfautonomous self-governing; N. autonomy
  • 14. autopsy examination of a dead body; postmortem; V.auxiliary offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistantavalanche great mass of falling snow and ice group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF.avantgarde vanguardavarice greediness for wealth take vengence for something or on behalf of someone; Ex. They avenged his deathavenge by burning the village; Ex. He swore to avenge his brother; Ex. They avenged themselves on their enemy.aver state confidently; declare as true reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the houseaverse workaversion firm dislike prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by hisavert quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.aviary enclosure for birds; large cageavid greedy; extremely eager for; Ex. avid learner; N. avidityavocation secondary or minor occupationavow declare openly; N. avowalavuncular of or like an uncle solemn wonder; feeling of respect mixed with wonder and fear; V: fill with awe;awe ADJ. awesomeawful terrible; very badawl pointed tool used for piercingawry distorted; crooked; bent; Ex. Our plans have gone awry.axiom self-evident truth requiring no proofazure sky blue A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - B chatter idly or foolishly; make continuous sounds like water running babble gently over rounded stone; N. bacchanal noisy party with a lot of drinking bacchanalia the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus
  • 15. bacchanalian drunkenbackslide revert (to bad habits); N. reverter and forwards; Ex. reciprocate his invitation by inviting him; N.backwards reciprocity: reciprocal relationship; mutual interchange of advantages between two groups; Ex. reciprocity in trading rights pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again andbadger again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animalbadinage teasing conversation; banter; joking talkbaffle frustrate; perplex harass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used tobait catch fish or trap animals evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence;baleful portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stopbalk or get in the way of; frustrateballast heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballastbalm something that relieves pain; oily liquid with a pleasant smell from treesbalmy soft and mild (of air); fragrantbanal hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; cliched discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words)bandy heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words withbane posion; cause of ruin; ADJ. baneful: harmful; poisonous heap; piled-up mass; embankment; lateral tilting (as of an aircraft inbank turning); V: pile up; protect with a bank; tilt in turningbantering joking talk; good-naturedly ridiculing; N.V. banter railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff intobar equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the bar; V: shut in or out with bars; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister sharp projection from fishhook, arrow, or other object; openly cuttingbarb remarkbard poet shameless and noticeable; blatant; bold; unconcealed; having no coveringbarefaced on the face; Ex. barefaced lie agreement between two groups or people; something for sale at a pricebargain advantageous to the buyer; V: negotiate; trade; Ex. bargaining powerbaroque highly ornate
  • 16. barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large numberbarrage of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticismbarrister counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law; CF. barbarterer trader; V. barter: trade; exchange good for other goods rather than money contemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality; Ex. basebase motives/conduct; Ex. base metal such as ironbask luxuriate; take pleasure in warmthbastard illegitimate child stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastionbastion of male chauvinism let down; lessen the force of; moderate; restrain; Ex. with bated breath;bate CF. abatebattalion army unit made up of four or more companiesbauble trinket; cheap jewel; triflebawdy indecent; obscene; about sex in a rude funny way; CF. bawdbearing deportment; connectionbeatific giving or showing bliss; blissfulbeatitude blessedness; state of great happinessbedizen dress with vulgar finerybedraggle wet thoroughly; ADJ. bedraggled: draggledbeeline direct quick routebefuddle confuse thoroughlybeget father; become the father of; produce; give rise to envy; give or allow unwillingly; grudge; Ex. We shouldnt begrudge himbegrudge his success. deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract;beguile Ex. beguiling smilebehemoth huge creature; something of monstrous size or powerbeholden obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary; Ex. It behoovesbehoove(behove) one to do. harp on; dwell on tediously; explain or go over excessively or to abelabor ridiculous degree; assail verbally; beat severely; attack physicallybelated delayedbeleaguer besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
  • 17. contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied ourbelie high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.belittle disparage; depreciatebellicose warlikebelligerent quarrelsomebemoan lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval ofbemused confused; lost in thought; preoccupiedbenediction blessing gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a goodbenefactor purposebeneficent kindly; doing goodbeneficial helpful; useful; advantageousbeneficiary person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising publicbenefit entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefitsbenevolent generous; charitable; having a wish to do goodbenign kindly; favorable; not malignant (disease); Ex. benign tumorbenison blessing determined; Ex. bent on advancing in the business; N: natural talent orbent inclinationbequeath leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequestberate scold stronglybereaved deprived of (someone beloved through death) state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of beingbereavement bereaved or bereftbereft deprived of (something valuable); lackingberserk mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excitedbeseech beg; plead withbeset harass or trouble from all directions; hem inbesiege surround with armed forces; harass (with requests); annoy continuallybesmirch soil; defile; make dirtybestial beastlike; brutal; inhuman; very cruelbestow confer
  • 18. betoken signify; indicate; be a sign of be unfaithful; reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly); Ex. Her tremblingbetray hands betray her anxiety.betroth become engaged to marrybevy large group; Ex. a bevy of starletsbeware be cautious (of)bewitch cast a spell over; captivate completelybicameral two-chambered as a legislative bodybicker quarrel command; utter (a greeting); offer as a price; N: offer of a price; amountbid offered; earnest effort to gain something; Ex. bid for freedombiennial every two yearsbifurcated divided into two branches; forkedbigot one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)bigotry stubborn intolerance suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable;bilious easily irritatedbilk swindle; cheat large wave of water; a great swell or surge (of smoke); V: surge, swell, rollbillow in billowsbillowing swelling out in waves; surgingbiting sharply painful to the body or mind; Ex. biting wind/remarks having a sharp biting taste; 敬; causing sharp pain to the body or mind;bitter filled with resentment, disappointment, or other unpleasant feelings; Ex. bitter wind/sorrow/tearsbivouac temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.bizarre fantastic; violently contrasting; noticeably odd; strikingly unconventionalblackball vote against (an applicant); ostracize; N: negative voteblanch bleach; whiten; make white or palebland soothing or mild (food); agreeable; causing no trouble or offenceblandishment flatteryblare loud or harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of lightblase bored with pleasure or dissipation; uninterested or boredblasphemy irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V.
  • 19. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege extremely (offensively) obvious; loudly offensive; Ex. blatant lie; N.blatant blatancybleak cold or cheerless; frigid; unlikely to be favorable; depressing mar; spoil the beauty or perfection of; N: flaw or defect (that spoilsblemish perfection); Ex. blemishes in the crystal; CF. unblemishedblight plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroyblighted suffering from a disease; destroyedbliss complete happiness; ADJ. blissfulblithe(blithesome) gay; joyousbloated (unpleasantly) swollen or puffed as with water or airblotch spot; blot; CF. blot+botchblowhard talkative boaster; braggartbludgeon club; heavy-headed weapon; gloomy; depressed state of depression or melancholy; style of slow, mournful music (evolvedblues from southern Black American songs) pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-bluff naturedblunder error; stupid mistake having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque; V:blunt make or become bluntblurt utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement become red in the face (from embarrassment or shame); become red orblush rosy; N. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullyingbluster manner; CF. breeze, gust, galebode foreshadow; portendbog soft wet land; V: hinder or be hindered; Ex. bogged down in the mudbogus counterfeit; not authentic; intentionally false; Ex. bogus interviewBohemian unconventional (in an artistic way)boisterous violent; rough; noisybolster support; reinforce door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V:bolt dash or dart off; fasten (a | door); gobble down
  • 20. bombardment attack (as with missiles or bombs); V. bombardbombast grandiloquent, pompous speechbombastic pompous; using inflated languagebookish fond of books and readingboon blessing; benefit; something very helpfulboor rude, insensitive personboorish rude; insensitiveboost lift by pushing up from below; increase; raise; N: push upward; increasebotch mismanage; blowbouillon clear beef (or meat) soup leap or spring; limit or confine; constitute the limit of; Ex. bounded by Canada; N: leap or jumping; boundary; ADJ: certain; having a duty to dobound something (legally or morally); confined by bonds; Ex. We are bound to be late; Ex. I am bound tobountiful generous; graciously generous; showing bountybourgeois middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions match; short period of great activity; Ex. wrestling bout; bout ofbout drinking/flubovine cowlike; placid and dull; slow-thinking; calmbowdlerize expurgate; CF. Thomas Bowdlerbrackish somewhat salinebrag boastbraggadocio boastingbraggart boaster; bragger plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together;braid N: braided segment (as of hair) trademark; mark burned on the hide of an animal; mark burned into thebrand flesh of criminals; mark of disgrace; V: mark with a brand; give a lasting bad name; stigmatize; Ex. The press branded him a liar.brandish wave around (a weapon); flourishbravado swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of braverybrave face courageously; Ex. brave the stormbrawl noisy quarrelbrawn human muscle; muscular strength; sturdinessbrawny muscular; having well-developed muscles
  • 21. insolent; without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-brazen assurance or with unshamed confidencebreach breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap; opening; V.breadth width; extent produce young; rear; bring up; produce (an undesirable condition); N:breed kind or sort of animal or plantbrevity conciseness; shortness of duration harness fitted about a horses head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: putbridle a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass wasbrim full to the brim; V: be full to the brimbrindled tawny or grayish with streaks or spots (of animals)brink edge (at the top of a cliff); Ex. on the brink of the Grand Canyonbrisk quick and active; marked by liveliness and vigorbristle short stiff hair; V: (hair or fur) stand up stifflybristling rising like bristles; showing irritationbrittle hard but easily broken; difficult; unstable; Ex. brittle situationbroach introduce as a subject; moot; open upbrocade rich, figured(patterned) fabricbrochure pamphletbroil cook by direct heat; N.bromide platitude; chemical compound used to calm excitementbrooch ornamental clasp; pin sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young ofbrood certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one timebrook tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small streambrowbeat bully; intimidatebrowse graze; feed on growing grass; skim or glance at casuallybruise injure without breaking the skin; N.brunt main impact or shock (of an attack or blow); Ex. brunt of the argumentbrusque blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nicebuccaneer piratebucolic rustic; pastoralbuffet strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for
  • 22. people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food thats been setbuffoon stupid person; clownbuffoonery clowningbugaboo bugbear; object of baseless terror protruding part; swelling of a surface; Ex. The apple made a bulge in hisbulge pocket; V: swell outward; protrude size or volume (esp. when very large); main part; Ex. The bulk of the workbulk has already been done; ADJ. bulky: having great sizebullion gold and silver in the form of barsbully one who is habitually cruel to weaker people; V. strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; personbulwark who defendsbump hit or knock against with force; N.bungle mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior able to float; cheerful and optimistic; N. buoyancy; Ex. buoyancy ofbuoyant wood/water/American market overregulated administrative system marked by red tape; ADJ.bureaucracy bureaucratic grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computerburgeon industry; CF. bludgeonburlesque give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockinglyburnish make shiny by rubbing; polish piece of sculpture showing a persons head, shoulders, and upper chest;bust V: break up; arrest; Ex. crimebuster support; prop up; N. stationary structure to support wall; Ex. flyingbuttress buttressbuxom full-bosomed; plump; jolly A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - C small group of persons secretly united to promote their owncabal interestscache hiding place; V.
  • 23. discordant; inharmonious; N. cacophony: unpleasant mixturecacophonous of loud soundscadaver corpse; dead human bodycadaverous like a corpse; pale rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beatcadence of sound; rhythmcadet student at a military schoolcajole persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedlecalamity disaster; miserycalculated deliberately planned; likelycaldron(cauldron) large kettle ability; quality; diameter of the inside of a round cylinder; Ex.caliber work of very high calibercalligraphy beautiful writing; excellent penmanship hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings ofcallous others; unkindcallow youthful; immature; inexperiencedcallus area of thick hard skincalorific heat-producing; N. caloriecalumny malicious misrepresentation; slandercamaraderie good-fellowship; CF. comrade shell or jewel carved in relief; stars special appearance in acameo minor role in a filmcamp group sharing a common cause or opinioncanard unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false reportcandor frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candidcanine related to dogs; doglikecanker any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancercanny shrewd in money matters; thrifty insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves;cant special words used by a particular group of peoplecantankerous ill-humored; irritable story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than ancantata oratorio)canter slow gallop; V. CF. trot
  • 24. canto division of a long poem determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.; go through (a region)canvass to solicit votes or orders; conduct a survey; N.capacious spacious mental or physical ability; role; position or duty; ability tocapacity accommodate; Ex. in my capacity as president having a very fine bore; resembling a hair; fine and slender;capillary Ex. capillary attraction; N: very fine hairlike tube; CF. capillaritycapitulate surrender; give up all resistancecaprice whim; sudden change of mind without any real causecapricious unpredictable; ficklecapsize (of a boat) turn overcaption title; chapter heading; text under illustrationcaptious faultfinding; too criticalcarafe glass water bottle; decantercarapace shell covering the back (of a turtle, tortoise, crab, etc.) unit of weight for precious stones; measure of the purity ofcarat(karat) goldcarcinogenic causing cancer; N. carcinogen chief; most important; N: priest; cardinal number: numbercardinal that shows quantity rather thatn ordercardiologist doctor specializing in ailments of the heart lurch; sway from side to side; move with irregular swingingcareen movement; staggercareer rush wildly; go at full speedcarefree free from worries; having no problemscaricature distortion; burlesquecarillon a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played destruction of life; slaughter; killing of large numbers ofcarnage people or animalscarnal fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the bodycarnivorous meat-eating; N. carnivore; CF. herbivorecarousal drunken revel; V. carousecarping petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
  • 25. carrion rotting flesh of a dead body; CF. vulturecartographer map-makercascade small waterfall one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; socialcaste stratification; prestigecastigation punishment; severe criticism or disapprovalcastrate remove the sex organs (of a male animal or person) happening by chance; irregular; occasional; informal;casual showing or feeling little interest; Ex. casual reader/labor/remark serious or fatal accident; person killed or wounded in ancasualty accident or battle deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event orcataclysm change agent which brings about a chemical change while it remainscatalyst unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysiscatapult slingshot; hurling machine; V: fire from catapult great waterfall; eye abnormality (causing a gradual loss ofcataract eyesight)catastrophe calamity ; disaster shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or acatcall sports match); boo; V. book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form;catechism religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind;categorical unqualified; absolute provide food and drink (for); cater to: try to satisfy (desires ofcater a bad kind) purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging andcatharsis weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of artcathartic purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ. (of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; includingcatholic many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes private meeting of a group of people in a political party tocaucus select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
  • 26. caulk(calk) make watertight (by blocking up cracks as in a ship)causal implying a cause-and-effect relationship; N. causality burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action;caustic sarcastically biting; (of remarks) intended to hurt; bitter; harmful; OP. harmless burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or causticcauterize substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages; parade; CF.cavalcade cavalrycavalier casual and offhand; arrogant; N: knightcavil quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily yield (title or territory) to (esp. after losing a war); surrendercede formally; N. cessioncelerity speed; rapiditycelestial heavenlycelibate abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried; N. celibacycemetery place for burying the dead (in ancient Rome) overseer of morals (also taking the census);censor person who eliminates inappropriate matter; V.censorious severely critical blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severecensure criticism; strong disapprovalcentaur mythical figure, half man and half horse denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same ascentigrade Celsius)centrifugal radiating; departing from the centercentrifuge machine that separates substances by whirling themcentripetal tending toward the center Roman army officer (commanding a company of about 100centurion soldiers) pertaining to the brain or intellect; intellectual rather thancerebral emotional; CF. cerebrumcerebration thought; working of the brain marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF.ceremonious ceremony: conventional social courtesycertitude certainty
  • 27. cessation stoppagecession yielding to another; cedingchafe warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N. worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover)chaff separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaffchaffing bantering; joking annoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused bychagrin humiliation or injured pride)chalice goblet; consecrated cupchameleon lizard that changes color in different situations support militantly; fight for; N: person who fights for orchampion supports strongly (a principle, movement, person, etc.) position of champion; defense or support; competition heldchampionship to determine a champion legal official of high rank; CF. chancellery(chancellory):chancellor position of a chancellor tune(melody) in which a number of words are sung on thechant same note; V: sing (a chant); utter (a slogan) in the manner of a chantchaotic in utter disorderchapel small church (in a prison, college, or hospital) older person who accompanies and supervises a youngchaperon unmarried womanchaplain clergyman attached to a chapel make or become black by burning; reduce or be reduced tochar carbon or charcoal(black substance made by burning wood) by incomplete combustioncharisma divine gift; great popular charm or appeal; magnetismcharlatan quack; pretender to knowledge (esp. in medicine) quality of pleasing; amulet; action or formula thought to havecharm magical power; spell; V: attract; cast a spell on; bewitch cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained aboutchary giving; OP. bold ornament a metal surface by indenting; follow rapidly tochase catchchasm abyss; very deep crack
  • 28. framework and working parts of an automobile; framework tochassis which components are attached morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts;chaste modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austerechasten discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigatechastise punish as by beating; criticize severely blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, orchauvinist sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvincheck stop motion; curb or restrain marked by great changes in fortune; with many changes ofcheckered(chequered) fortuene; CF. checked: having a pattern of squares angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: wingedcherubic angel of the highest orderchicanery trickery; deceptionchide scold; rebuke (someone who has done wrong) fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; N. chimera:chimerical unreal fancy; fire-breathing female creature lose a small piece from the surface or edge; N: small piecechip broken off something; CF. French fry; Potato chip/crispchisel swindle or cheat; N: wedgelike tool for cuttingchivalrous courteous; faithful; brave; N. chivalrychoice delicate; of very fine quality group of people who sing together (esp. during religiouschoir services); place for choir hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable; easily angered; CF.choleric cholera daily domestic task (such as cleaning, cooking, andchore shopping); unpleasant task art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement ofchoreography danceschortle chuckle with delight; N.chorus phrase repeated throughout a song or poemchronic long established as a diseasechronicle report; record (in chronological order)chuckle laugh quietly
  • 29. churlish boorish; rude; N. churl: boor; yahoociliated having minute hairs; CF. cilium; CF. cilia: eyelashcipher nonentity; worthless person or thing; zero; secret code; V. small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head,circlet arms, or neck as decoration) closed circular line around an area; circumference; regularlycircuit repeated journey from place to placecircuitous roundabout indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarilycircumlocution large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)circumscribe limit; confine; draw a line aroundcircumspect prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle;circumvent avoid; get aroundcistern reservoir or water tankcitadel fortresscite quote; commend; Ex. cited for bravery in an official record having to do with citizens; not military or religious; courteouscivil and polite; Ex. married in a civil ceremony; Ex. civil strife/disorder/law; N. civility; CF. civicclairvoyant having foresight; fortuneteller; N. clairvoyanceclamber climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble loud continous noise; continuous demand or complaint madeclamor by a large number of people; V: make a clamor; express (a demand) continually and loudly; ADJ. clamorousclandestine secretclangor loud resounding noise; sound of repeated clanging strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound; come together suddenly with a sharp sound;clap put or send promptly; Ex. clap the thief in jail; N: clapping; loud or explosive sound; CF. applauseclapper striker (tongue) of a bell shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in formerclarion timesclasp hold firmly within arms
  • 30. claustrophobia fear of being locked inclavicle collarbone split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to; N. cleavage; ADJ.cleave clovencleft N: split disposition to be lenient in deciding punishments; mildnessclemency as of the weather; ADJ. clement phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude; ADJ.cliche clichedclientele body of customersclimactic relating to the highest point; N. climax; CF. climaticclime climate cut off with shears; fasten; N: something clipped off (as aclip short extract from film); clasp or fastenerclipper sailing vessel built for great speedclique small exclusive group of peoplecloister monastery or conventclot half-solid lump formed from a liquid (or blood); V. great influence (especially political or social); hard blow withclout fistclown act stupidly; play the fool; N. distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet orcloying sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excesscoagulate congeal; thicken; clot; N. coagulantcoalesce combine; fuse; N. coalescencecoalition partnership; league; union of separate political partiescoax persuade by flatterycoda concluding section of a musical or literary composition treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby;coddle cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggscodicil supplement to the body of a will; later addition to a will arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system ofcodify words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
  • 31. coercion use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce living at the same time as; existing during the same period ofcoeval time; contemporary; of the same agecog tooth projecting from a wheelcogent convincingcogitate think over; ponder having a common origin; related linguistically; allied bycognate blood; similar or akin in nature; Ex. cognate languages; N. having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mentalcognitive processes; N. cognition: the mental process of knowingcognizance knowledge; ADJ. cognizant; having knowledge; awarecohabit live togethercohere stick togethercohesion tendency to keep together group of people who share some common quality; armedcohorts band; a group of between 300 and 600 soldiers under one commander (in the ancient Rome)coiffure hairstyle make coins; invent or fabricate (a word or phrase); N.coin coinage: word or phrase recently invented the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or morecoincidence seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time; be in agreement; CF. coincident; CF. coincidentalcolander utensil with perforated bottom used for strainingcollaborate work together; cooperate treasonably with the enemycollage work of art put together from fragments examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrangecollate in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound) security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from thecollateral same person but through different sons or daughterscollation a light meal; collatingcollected composed; calm; self-possessed pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N.colloquial colloquialism: colloquial expressioncolloquy informal discussion; conversationcollusion conspiring in a fraudulent scheme to cheat or deceive others;
  • 32. V. colludecolossal hugecolossus gigantic statue; person or thing of great size or importance deep prolonged unconsciousness caused by disease, poison,coma or a severe blowcomatose in a coma; extremely sleepycombustible easily burned; N. CF. combustioncomeback retort; quick clever reply; return to former statuscomely attractive; agreeable; having a pleasing appearancecomestible something fit to be eatencomeuppance deserts; well-deserved punishment or misfortune; rebukecomity courtesy; civility; Ex. comity of nations take (private property) for military use without needingcommandeer permission or giving payment; draft for military purposes honor the memory of; serve as a memorial to; Ex.commemorate commemorate the 100th anniversary/those who died in the war remembering; honoring the memory of; Ex. commemorativecommemorative stampcommensurate equal in extent; of the same sizecommiserate feel or express pity or sympathy forcommodious spacious and comfortablecommonplace ordinary; N: something ordinary or common; trite remarkcommonwealth nation governed by the people; republic; people of a nationcommunal held in common; public; of a group of people; of a commune small (often rural) community whose members share workcommune and income; V: exchange thoughts or feelings; Ex. commune with nature agreement; contract; ADJ: tightly packed; firm; brief;compact concise; Ex. compact statementcompartment one of the parts into which an enclosed space is dividedcompassion sympathy for the suffering of others; ADJ. compassionatecompatible harmonious; in harmony with; able to exist together overpowering; irresistible in effect; holding ones attention;compelling that compels one to do something; Ex. a compelling
  • 33. adventure story; V. compelcompendium brief, comprehensive summary; ADJ. compendiouscompensatory making up for; repayingcompilation listing of information in tabular or book form; compiling assemble; gather; accumulate; make (a report or a book) fromcompile facts and information found in various places; Ex. compile a dictionarycomplacency self-satisfaction; smugness; ADJ. complacentcomplaisant trying to please; obliging; willing to please otherscomplement complete; consummate; make perfect; N.complementary serving to complete something conformity in fulfilling requirements; readiness to yield;compliance disposition to yield to others; V. comply readily acting in accordance with a rule, order, or the wishescompliant or others; yielding; comforming to requirementscomplicity participation; involvement (in a questionable act or a crime)component element; ingredientcomport bear ones self; behave; Ex. comport oneself; N. comportment mixture of decaying organic matter used as fertilizer; V: putcompost or make compostcomposure mental calmness combine; produce by combining; increase; make worse by adding to or increasing; exacerbate; Ex. compound an error;compound ADJ: consisting of two or more parts; N: combination of two or more parts; area enclosed by a wall containing a group of buildings;comprehend include; understandcomprehensive broad; including a lot or everything; thorough; inclusive force into less space; squeeze; contract; put into fewer words;compress N: thick mass of cloth pressed to part of the body to stop bleeding or swelling, reduce fever, etc.comprise include; consist of adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger thecompromise interests or reputation of; put into danger, disrepute, or a dishonorable position; Ex. compromise ones principle; N. compelling; strong desire that is difficult to control;compulsion irresistible impulse
  • 34. compulsive resulting from compulsioncompulsory obligatory; that must be donecompunction remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guiltcompute reckon; calculateconcatenate link as in a chainconcave hollow; curved inwards; OP. convex admit; acknowledge as being true (often reluctantly); yield;concede grant; Ex. concede a goal vanity or self-love; too high opinion of ones own value;conceit extravagant metaphor (in poetry)concentric having a common center beginning; forming of an idea; fertilization; V. conceive: formconception an idea in the mind; devise; become pregnant; CF. inception mutually agreed on; done together by agreement; Ex.concerted concerted effort; CF. in concert: working together an act of yielding; conceding; something conceded; point, right, etc. given unwillingly; privilege of maintaining aconcession business in a certain place; Ex. oil concessions in the North sea; CF. concessionaire reconciling; soothing; V. conciliate: reconcile; soothe; win theconciliatory friendly feelings (by removing anger)concise brief and compactconclave private secret meetingconclusive decisive; ending all debate prepare by mixing or combining; make up in concert; deviseconcoct (something false) so as to deceive; Ex. concoct an elaborate excuse for being late; N. concoction that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequentconcomitant concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something elseconcord harmony; accordconcordat formal agreementconcur agree; coincide; happen at the same timeconcurrent happening at the same time; in agreement (derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to thecondescend level of one considered inferior
  • 35. condign adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deservedcondiments seasonings; spices express condolences; N. condolence: sympathy for someonecondole who has experienced great sorrowcondone overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuseconducive helpful; contributive; V. conduce; Ex. conduce to/towardsconduit aqueduct; passageway for fluidsconfidant(confidante) trusted friend (to whom one tells ones secret)confide tell in confidence (to a person one trusts); be confident about self-assurance; calm unworried feeling based on a strong belief in ones abilities; strong belief in the ability of a personconfidence or plan; trust or faith in a person or thing; something confided; secret; Ex. confidence in your ability; Ex. Im telling yo spoken or written in secret; trusted with private matters; Ex.confidential confidential secretary shut in an enclosed space; restrict; keep within limits; N.confine confinement seize; take possession of (private property) by official orderconfiscate (usu. as a punishment); commandeerconflagration great fire flowing together; the place where two rivers flow together;confluence crowd; gathering together person who uncritically conforms to the customs of a group;conformist OP. nonconformist: one who does not conform to accepted beliefs of norms harmony; agreement with established rules or customs; similarity; Ex. behave in conformity with; V. conform: beconformity similar; act in agreement; comply; Ex. conform to the rule; CF. conformanceconfound confuse; puzzlecongeal freeze; coagulate pleasant; friendly; in agreement with ones tastes and nature;congenial Ex. congenial weathercongenital existing at birth corporation made up of several different companies inconglomerate diversified fields; mass of various material gathered together; rock consisting of small stones held together by clay; V.
  • 36. conglomeration mass of material sticking together correspondence of parts; harmonious relationship; CF.congruence congruity in agreement; harmonious; corresponding; coincidingcongruent exactly; CF. congruous pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ.conifer coniferous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreenconjecture surmise; guess; V.conjugal pertaining to marriage cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movementconjure of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat. pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance;connivance permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire person competent to act as a judge of art, etc. (whoseconnoisseur judgments are respected); a lover of an artconnotation suggested or implied meaning of an expression; V. connoteconnubial pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial stateconsanguineous(consanguine) having a common ancestorconsanguinity kinship; relationship by birthconscientious scrupulous; through and careful; Ex. conscientious workerconscript draftee; person forced into military service; V. dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate ones lifeconsecrate to helping the poorconsensus general agreement; opinion reached by a group self-important; significant; consequent; following as a result;consequential Ex. consequential air; CF. subsequent school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-conservatory(conservatoire) enclosed area; CF. conservancy send to a person or place for sale; deliver officially; entrust;consign put into the care of another; set apart (for a special purpose); N. consignment; CF. consignor, consignee absence of contradictions; uniformity; degree of thickness orconsistency firmness; Ex. consistency of thick cream; CF. viscousconsole lessen sadness or disappointment; give comfort; allay the
  • 37. sorrow of; N. consolation unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger; V.consolidation consolidate: merge; strengthenconsonance harmony; agreementconsonant harmonious; in agreement; N.consort associate with; keep company; N: husband or wife (or a ruler) treacherous plot; secret plan against the law (by two or moreconspiracy people) take part in a conspiracy; (of events) work together; combine;conspire Ex. Events conspired to produce great difficulties.consternation great shock; dismay voters represented by an elected official; district soconstituency represented; group of supporters (or constituents)constituent supporter; voter; member of a constituency; component constituting; system of laws; composition of something;constitution physical makeup or structure of a person; Ex. men with strong constitutions restraint; compulsion; repression of feelings; reticence; V.constraint constrain: hold back; restrain; compel; oblige; confine forcibly; imprison explain; interpret; Ex. construe her silence as meaning thatconstrue she agreed; CF. misconstrueconsummate complete; V. infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: thatcontagion can be passed by infection in the aircontaminate pollutecontempt scorn; disdain; ADJ. contemptuous; CF. contemptiblecontend struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state stronglycontention assertion; claim; thesis; struggling; competitioncontentious quarrelsome; controversial; likely to cause arguments dispute; argue about the rightness of; compete for; try to win;contest Ex. contest the election results; Ex. contest a seat in Parliament; N. writings preceding and following the passage quoted;context circumstance in which an event occurscontiguous adjacent to; touching upon
  • 38. self-restraint; sexual chastity; sexual abstinence; voluntarycontinence control over bladder and bowel functions; ADJ. continent dependent on something uncertain or in the future; conditional; happening by chance; accidental; N: a group ofcontingent soldiers, ships to a larger force; CF. contingency: future event that may or may not occur; possibility; Ex. prepare for every contingency twistings; distortions; V. contort: twist violently out of shape;contortions CF. contortionistcontraband illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ. contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N.contravene contraventioncontrite penitent; repentant; N. contrition something contrived; machine or apparatus; clever deceitfulcontrivance plan; scheme invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation);contrive manage; Ex. contrive to attract his attention unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. Thecontrived ending was rather contrived. oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ.controvert controversial; N. controversy stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp.contumacious disobedient to an order made by a court)contusion bruiseconundrum riddle; difficult problem come together; assemble; call to meet; Ex. convene theconvene council social or moral custom; established practice; formal meeting;convention international agreementconventional ordinary; typical; not nuclear; Ex. conventional weaponsconverge approach; tend to meet; come togetherconversant familiar with; having knowledge ofconverse opposite; ADJ. one who has adopted a different religion or opinion; V:convert change into another form; (persuade to) adopt a particular religion or beliefconvex curving outward
  • 39. conveyance vehicle; transfer; act of conveying; Ex. public conveyance judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly heldconviction belief pleasantly merry; festive; joyous; gay; characterized byconvivial joviality; jovialconvoke call together; Ex. convoke Parliament; N. convocation coiled around; twisted; involved; complicated; intricate;convoluted complex; N. convolution: twist; one of the convex folds of the surface of the brain violent uncontrollable shaking movement (caused by illness);convulsion V. convulse; ADJ. convulsivecopious plentiful flirt; flirtatious woman; woman who tries to attract thecoquette admiration of men without sincere feelings; V.cordial warmly friendly; gracious; heartfelt; Ex. cordial welcome extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access orcordon egress; V. projecting molding on building (usually above columns orcornice pillars); horn (or horn-shaped container) overflowing with fruit andcornucopia grain; symbol of abundance; horn of plenty natural consequence (which naturally follows from somethingcorollary else) public official who investigates any death thought to be ofcoroner other than natural causes bodily (rather than spiritual); of a bodily form; material;corporeal tangiblecorpulent very fat; N. corpulence collection (of writings or information); Ex. the corpus ofcorpus Shakespears works; Cf. corpsecorpuscle red or white cell in the bloodcorrelate either of the correlated things; V.correlation mutual relationshipcorroborate confirm; support; strengthen destroy or wear away gradually by chemical action (over acorrode long period)corrosive eating away by chemicals or disease; (of language) fierce
  • 40. corrugated wrinkled; ridgedcosmic pertaining to the universe; vast group that meets socially; select circle; close group of peoplecoterie with shared interests approve; support; tolerate; Ex. countenance his rudecountenance behavior; N: face; appearancecountermand cancel; revoke (an order) thing that completes another; things very much alike; thingcounterpart that has the same purpose in a different system highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) detat;coup CF. coup de gr^ace: deathblow or shot which killscouple join; unite; OP. uncouplecourier messenger attempt to gain; seek; woo; risk; behave so as to invite;court attempt to gain the favor of by attention; Ex. court disaster binding agreement between two groups or people; compact;covenant V: enter into a covenant; promisecovert secret; hidden; implied; OP. overt avaricious; desirous of (someone elses possessions); V. covet:covetous desire eagerly (someone elses possessions)cow terrorize; intimidatecower shrink quivering as from fear; cringe shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-coy confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offercozen cheat; hoodwink; swindlecrabbed sour; bad-tempered; peevish; difficult to read as handwriting skill (esp. with ones hands); skill in deceiving people; guile;craft ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning very unrefined; grossly insensible; crude andcrass undiscriminating; Ex. crass behaviorcrave desire; want intenselycraven cowardlycredence belief evidence concerning ones authority; written proof of acredential persons position; Ex. The new ambassador presented his credentials to the court.
  • 41. credo creedcredulity belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete; ADJ. credulouscreed system of religious or ethical belief move with body close to the ground; move stealthily orcreep slowly; N.cremate incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory, crematorium increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage;crescendo climax; CF. crescentcrest top (as of a hill or wave); showy feathers on the head of a birdcrestfallen dejected; dispiritedcrevice crack; fissurecringe shrink back as if in fear; cowercrinkle wrinklecriteria standards used in judging; CF. criterion make (a piece of needlework) by looping thread with acrochet hooked needle; N. CF. crotchetcrone hag; ugly old womancross bad-tempered; showing ill-humor; angrycrossbreed hybridize; N: hybrid; CF. interbreed; CF. inbreed (of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N.crotchety crotchet: odd or whimsical notioncrust hard outer covering (as of earth or snow) essential or main point; Ex. the crux of the problem; ADJ.crux crucial: of deciding importance secret recess or vault usually used for burial; undergroundcrypt room (under a church)cryptic mysterious; hidden; secretcubicle small chamber used for sleeping or work word or signal (as in a play to prompt another actors speechcue or entrance); reminder or hint; V: give a cue tocuisine style of cooking; Ex. French cuisineculinary relating to cooking or kitchen pick out from others (to kill the weakest members); reject;cull select; collect (information); N.culmination highest point; climax; V. culminate in: reach the highest point
  • 42. in; end in; Ex. a series of minor clashes culminating in warculpable deserving blame; blameworthyculprit one guilty of a crimeculvert artificial channel for water; drain crossing under a road heavy and awkward to carry or wear; burdensome; Ex.cumbersome cumbersome parcel/uniformcumulative growing by addition; accumulativecunning clever in deceiving; sly; N: cleverness in deceiving; deceitcupidity greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupidcurator superintendent; manager (in charge of a museum or a library) chain or strap used with a bit to restrain a horse; somethingcurb that checks; V: check; restrain regulation requiring all people to leave the streets at statedcurfew times; signal (as a bell) announcing the hour of a curfewcurmudgeon churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person (of writing) flowing; running; having the successive letterscursive joinedcursory casual; hastily done with little attention to detailcurtail shorten; reduce skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF.cynical cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness object of general attention; person or thing that is a center ofcynosure attention; CF. Ursa Minor A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - D work at in a nonserious fashion; splash around; move noisily in adabble liquid delicate; delicately beautiful; fastidious; not easy to please; Ex.dainty dainty movement/dressdais raised platform for speakers or other important people trifle with; toy with; treat without the necessary seriousness;dally procrastinate; waste time
  • 43. condemn; criticize severely; condemn to everlasting punishment;damn doom; bring to ruin; N. damnationdank damp; unpleasantly wet neat and trim (in appearance); (of small men) neat in appearancedapper and quick in movements; neat; sprydappled spotteddart move or throw suddenly and quickly smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub onesdaub clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paintdaunt intimidate; frighten; discourage; disheartendauntless bold; fearlessdawdle loiter; hang around; waste time doing nothingdaze stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb; N.dazzle make blind with a sudden intense light; amaze; fill with wonder standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces;deadlock stalemate wooden; impassive; with no show of feeling; with an expressionlessdeadpan facedearth scarcitydebacle sudden disastrous downfall or defeat; complete disasterdebar bar; forbid; exclude; Ex. debarred from jury services degrade; reduce in quality or value; degenerate; lower in esteem;debase disgrace; N. debasement corrupt morally; seduce from virtue; N. debauchery: wild behaviordebauch (with sex and alcohol)debilitate weaken (esp. through heat, hunger, illness); enfeeble (of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming todebonair please; CF. of good disposition rubble; wreckage; scattered remains of something broken ordebris destroyeddebunk expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule debut; first public appearance; formal presentation of a youngdebut woman to societydebutante young woman making formal entrance into societydecadence decay; fall to a lower level (of morality, civilization, or art); ADJ.
  • 44. decadentdecant pour off gently (wine or liquid)decapitate beheaddecelerate slow down falling off at a specific season or stage of growth as of leaves; Ex.deciduous deciduous tree/teeth kill (usually one out of ten or every tenth man); destroy or kill adecimate large part ofdecipher decode; CF. indecipherabledeclivity downward slope (of a dress) having a low-cut neckline; CF. decolletage: lowdecollete neckline (on a dress)decomposition decay; V. decompose: decay; break and separate into simple partsdecorous proper (in behavior, conduct, or appearance) propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners; appropriatenessdecorum of behavior or conductdecoy lure or bait; V. authoritative order; edict; judgment of a court of law; V: order ordecree judge by decree weak and in bad condition from old age or hard use; Ex. decrepit olddecrepit chair/mandecrepitude state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age express strong disapproval of; condemn openly (somethingdecry dangerous to the public); disparage; Ex. decry the violence of modern filmsdeducible derived by reasoning; V. deduce: infer; derive by reasoningdeface mar; disfiguredefalcate embezzle harm someones reputation; malign; speak evil of; slander; N.defame defamation; ADJ. defamatorydefault failure to act; failure to perform a task or be present; V. resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a naturaldefeatist outcome; N. CF. defeatismdefect shortcoming; V: desert (in order to join the opposite one)defection desertion
  • 45. give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N.defer deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous courteous regard for anothers wish; courteous yielding to anothersdeference wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effronterydefiance refusal to yield; resistance; V. defy; ADJ. defiant pollute; make filthy or dirty; corrupt morally; profane; desecrate; N:defile narrow passage or gorge through mountains most reliable; authorative and complete; that cannot be improved;definitive conclusive; decisive; definite; Ex. definitive decision by the supreme courtdeflect turn aside; turn away from a straight course destroy leaves; deprive of leaves (by the use of chemicals); N.defoliate defoliantdefray provide for the payment of; undertake the payment of; paydefrock strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrockdeft neat; skillfuldefunct dead; no longer in use or existence become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse;degenerate Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person humiliation; debasement; degeneration; V. degrade: debase;degradation disgrace; degenerate; reduce (something) in worth; demote (someone); reduce in rankdehydrate remove water from; dry out turn into a god; make a god of; idolize; Ex. Kings were deified; CF.deify deitydeign condescend; stoopdelete erase; strike outdeleterious harmfuldeliberate consider; ponder; ADJ: done on purpose; slowdelineate portray; depict; sketch; describe; N. delineation mental disorder marked by confusion; uncontrolled excitement;delirium ADJ. deliriousdelta flat plain of mud or sand between branches of a riverdelude deceivedeluge flood; rush; V.delusion false belief; hallucination; deluding; Ex. delusions of grandeur; Ex.
  • 46. under the delusion that deceptive; likely to delude; misleading; raising vain hopes; Ex.delusive delusive promisesdelve dig; search deeply; investigate person who appeals to peoples prejudice; false leader of people; CF.demagogue demagoguerydemean disgrace; humiliate; debase in dignity; behavedemeanor behavior; bearingdemented insanedemerit fault; bad qualitydemise death related to population balance; N. demography: statistical study ofdemographic human populationdemolition destruction; V. demolishdemoniac(demoniacal) fiendish; cruel; N. demon: evil supernatural being; devildemotic of or pertaining to the people object (because of doubts, scruples); raise an objection (showingdemur qualms); hesitate; Ex. demur at the idea of working on Sunday (of a woman or child) grave; quiet and serious; coy; pretending to bedemure demuredenigrate blacken; defame (animal, person, or plant) inhabitant or resident of a particulardenizen place; regular visitor religious group; unit in a system; name or designation; CF.denomination denominator: common trait or characteristic meaning; distinguishing by name; V. denote: indicate; refer todenotation directly; mean; CF. connotation final outcome; final development of the plot of a play or otherdenouement literary work; the end of a story when everything is explaineddenounce condemn; criticize; N. denunciationdepict portraydeplete reduce; exhaust regret; express sorrow and severe disapproval for something bad;deplore Ex. deplore their violent behavior; ADJ. deplorable: very bad; deserving severe disapproval; Ex. deplorable living conditiondeploy spread out (troops) in an extended though shallow battle line;
  • 47. distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategicallydeport send out of the country; behave; N. deportation, deportmentdepose dethrone; remove from office; give a deposition; testifydeposition testimony under oath; deposing; dethroningdepravity extreme corruption; wickedness; V. deprave express disapproval of; deplore; protest against; belittle; ADJ.deprecate deprecatorydepreciate lessen in value; belittle; represent as of little valuedepredation plundering; destruction work or appoint as a deputy; N. deputy: person who has the powerdeputize to take charge when the leading person is awayderanged insane negligent; (of someone) neglectful of duty; (of something) desertedderelict by an owner; abandoned; N: abandoned property; homeless or vagrant persondereliction neglect of duty; abandonmentderide ridicule; treat with contempt; make fun of; OP. respectderision ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory deriving; origin or source of something; Ex. the derivation of thederivation word unoriginal; obtained from another source; Ex. derivative prose style;derivative N.dermatologist one who studies the skin and its diseases expressing a low opinion; disparaging; V. derogate: detract;derogatory disparagedescry catch sight of (something distant)desecrate profane; violate the sanctity ofdeserts what someone deservesdesiccate dry updesolate make desolate; forsake; abandon and desertdesperado reckless, desperate outlaw having lost all hope; despairing; reckless and violent because of lossdesperate of hope or despair; undertaken as a last resort look on with scorn; regard as worthless or distasteful; ADJ.despise despicable: contemptible
  • 48. despoil plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village without hope and courage; depressed; gloomy; N. despondency: lossdespondent of hope with gloom; dejectiondespot tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism extremely poor; lacking means of subsistence; utterly lacking;destitute devoid; Ex. destitute of any experiencedesultory aimless; haphazard; digressing at random emotionally removed; free from emotional involvement; calm anddetached objective; physically separate; N. detachment; CF. attachmentdetain keep waiting; prevent from leaving or going; N. detention having a fixed order of procedure; precisely defined; invariable;determinate fixed; conclusive; finaldetermination resolve; firmness of purpose; measurement or calculation; decisiondeterrent something that discourages or detersdetonation explosiondetraction slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractordetrimental harmful; damaging; N. detriment turn away from (a principle, norm); move away from an accepteddeviate standard; swerve; depart; diverge; N. deviation; Ex. deviation of the path of light by a prism roundabout; erratic; deviating from the straight course; notdevious straightforward; not completely honest; Ex. devious routedevise think up; invent; plan; bequeath; N: bequestdevoid empty; lacking deputize; pass or be passed to others (power, work, or property); Ex.devolve devolve on/upon/todevotee enthusiastic follower; enthusiast; Ex. devotee of Bachdevout pious; deeply religious; sincere; earnest; Ex. my devout hopedexterous skillful; skill in using hands or mind; N. dexteritydiabolical diabolic; devilish; fiendishdiadem crown relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal; Ex. dialecticaldialectical situation; N. dialectic: art of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical argumentsdiaphanous sheer; transparent
  • 49. diatribe bitter scolding or denunciation; invective; abuse division into two opposite parts; split; branching into two partsdichotomy (especially contradictory ones) authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge in court);dictum saying; maxim; CF. obiter dictum: incidental, nonbinding remark (something said in passing) (of speech or writing) intended to teach a moral lesson; teaching;didactic instructional; N. didacticism metal block used for shaping metal or plastic; device for stamping ordie impressing; mold; CF. dicediffidence shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident wordy; verbose; rambling; spread out (like a gas); V: spread out indiffuse all directions; disperse; N. diffusion; CF. suffusedignitary person of high rank or positiondigression wandering away from the subject; V. digress falling to pieces; in a bad condition; ruined because of neglect; Ex.dilapidated dilapidated old car/castle; N. dilapidationdilate expand; dilate on/upon: speak or write at length on (a subject)dilatory delaying; tending to delay situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorabledilemma options; problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives aimless follower of an art or a field of knowledge (not taking itdilettante seriously); amateur; dabbler; CF. delightdiligence steadiness of effort; persistent hard work make (a liquid) less concentrated; reduce in strength; Ex. dilute thedilute influence of the presidentdiminution lessening; reduction in size; V. diminishdin continued loud noise; V: make a din; instill by wearying repetitiondinghy small boat (often ships boat)dingy (of things and place) dirty and dull; Ex. dingy street/curtaindint means; effort; Ex. by dint of hard work life-size, three-dimensional scene from nature or history; three-diorama dimensional scene with modeled figures against a painted background warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great;dire urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food
  • 50. funeral song; slow mournful piece of music (sung over a deaddirge person)disabuse correct a false impression; undeceive; free from a wrong belief disloyal; lacking loyality; V. disaffect: cause to lose affection ordisaffected loyaltydisapprobation disapproval; condemnation state of disorder; a disorderly or untidy state; Ex. with her clothes indisarray disarray denial; disclaiming; repudiating; disowning; V. disavow; CF.disavowal disclaim dissolve; disperse; (of a group) break up and separate; Ex. The clubdisband has disbanded.disbar make (a lawyer) leave the bar or the legal professiondisburse pay out (as from a fund); N. disbursement; CF. pursediscernible distinguishable; perceivable; Ex. discernible improvement mentally quick and observant; having insight; perceptive; able todiscerning make good judgments; V. discern: perceivedisclaim disown; renounce claim to; deny; CF. disclaimerdisclose reveal; N. disclosurediscombobulated discomposed; confuseddiscomfit frustrate; put to rout; defeat; disconcert; embarrass; perturbdiscompose disturb the composure of; confusedisconcert confuse; upset; embarrass; perturbdisconsolate hopelessly sad (at the loss of something) conflict; lack of harmony; dissonance (when musical notes arediscord played)discordant not harmonious; conflicting disregard; regard (a story or news) as unimportant; deduct from adiscount cost serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (eitherdiscourse written or spoken); conversation; V. defame; disgrace; destroy confidence in; disbelieve; N. CF.discredit discreditable: causing discredit; shameful lack of consistency or agreement as between facts; difference; Ex.discrepancy discrepancy between two descriptionsdiscrete separate; unconnected
  • 51. prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances; freedom ofdiscretion action or judgment; ADJ. discreet; CF. discretionarydiscriminate distinguish; make distinctions on the basis of preferencediscriminating able to see differences; discerning; prejudiced; N. discrimination (of a person or writing) digressing; rambling (without any cleardiscursive plan)disdain treat with scorn or contempt debark; go ashore (from a ship); unload cargo from a ship; CF.disembark embarkdisenfranchise disfranchise; deprive of a civil right; OP. enfranchisedisengage uncouple; separate; disconnect; stop fighting; OP. engagedisfigure mar the appearance of; spoildisgorge surrender something (stolen); eject; vomit; OP. gorgedisgruntle make discontenteddishearten discouragedisheveled untidy (of hair or clothing); V. disheveldishonor disgrace; N. ADJ. dishonorabledisinclination unwillingnessdisingenuous not naive; not candid; sophisticated; worldly wise; OP. ingenuousdisinter dig up; unearth; OP. interdisinterested unprejudiced; free from bias and self-interest; objectivedisjointed disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin act or state of separation; disunity; CF. disjunctive: expressing adisjunction choice between two ideas; CF. conjunction; CF. conjunctive remove (forcibly); force out of a position; Ex. dislodge the fooddislodge caught in his throat; CF. lodgedismantle take apart; disassembledismember cut into small parts; cut (a body) apart limb from limb eliminate from consideration; no longer consider; put out of courtdismiss without further hearing; reject; discharge from employment; direct to leave; ADJ. dismissive; N. dismissaldisparage belittledisparate basically different; impossible to compare; unrelateddisparity difference; condition of inequality; OP. paritydispassionate calm; impartial; not influenced by personal feelings
  • 52. speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed; V:dispatch send to a specified destination; finish promptly; killdispel scatter; drive away; cause to vanish distribute; prepare and give out (medicines); N. dispensation:dispense dispensing; religious system; official exemption from an obligation or a ruledisperse scatter; Ex. disperse the cloud/crowddispirited lacking in spiritdisport amuse; Ex. disport oneself; CF. divertdisproportion lack of proportion (between the parts); ADJ. disproportionatedisputatious argumentative; fond of argumentdisquietude uneasiness; anxiety; V. disquiet: make anxious formal systematic inquiry; explanation of the results of a formaldisquisition inquiry; long formal speech or written reportdissection analysis; cutting apart in order to examinedissemble disguise; hide the real nature of; pretenddisseminate distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)dissension disagreement of opinions causing strife within a groupdissent disagreedissertation formal essay; treatise dissenting (with an opinion, a group, or a government); rebellious;dissident N.dissimulate pretend; conceal by feigning; dissembledissipate squander; waste foolishly; scatter disintegration; reduction to a liquid form; looseness in morals;dissolution sensual indulgence; debauchery; ADJ. dissolute: lacking in moral restraint; leading an immoral lifedissonance discorddissuade persuade not to do; discourage; N. dissuasion reserved or aloof; cold in manner; Ex. distant greeting; ADV.distant distantlydistend expand; swell out refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation);distill concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
  • 53. distinct clearly different; clearly noticed honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex.distinction graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinctiondistinctive clearly different from others of the same kind twist out of shape; give a false account of; misrepresent; N.distort distortion take (ones attention) off something; upset emotionally; makedistract anxious; ADJ. distracteddistrait absentminded; distracted upset; distracted by anxiety; very anxious and troubled almost todistraught the point of madness; Ex. distraught with grief/worrydiurnal daily; occurring during the daytimediva operatic singer; prima donna vary; go in different directions from the same point; ADJ. divergent:diverge differing; deviating differing in some characteristics (from each other); various; N.diverse diversity: | variety; dissimilitude; lack of resemblance act of turning aside; pastime; V. divert: turn aside from a course;diversion distract; amuse strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess; N.divest divestiture(divestment) perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future;divine foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divinationdivulge revealdocile obedient; easily managed; submissive program as for trial; book where such entries are made; list of thingsdocket to be done; agenda; label fixed to a package listing contents or directions; V: describe in a docket unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic;doctrinaire unyielding; marked by inflexible attachment to a doctrine without regard to its practical difficulties teachings in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.)doctrine taught; dogma; tenet; ADJ. doctrinaldocument provide written evidence (for a claim); record with documents; N.doddering shaky; infirm from old age; V. dodderdoff take off; OP. dondogged determined; stubborn; stubbornly persevering; tenacious; Ex.
  • 54. Inspector Javerts dogged pursuit of Jean Valjeandoggerel poor verse opinionated; holding stubbornly to ones opinion; arbitrary;dogmatic doctrinal blues; listlessness(lack of spirit or energy); slack(inactive) period;doldrums period of stagnation; ocean area near the equator where ships cannot move because there is no wind; Ex. in the doldrumsdolorous sorrowful; N. dolordolt slow-thinking stupid person; CF. dull home; V. ADJ. domiciled: having ones domicile; Ex. He isdomicile domiciled in Britain. exercising the most influence; high and easily seen; stronger thandominant the other part of a system; not recessive control; rule; enjoy a commanding position in; overlook from adominate height; 郴妨促焊促domineer rule over tyrannicallydon put on; OP. doff condemnation to a severe penalty; ruin; fate (esp. a tragic or ruinousdoom one); V.dormant sleeping; temporarily inactive; lethargic; latentdormer window projecting upright from roof; CF. sleeping roomdorsal relating to the back of an animal; Ex. dorsal fin file of documents on a subject or person; file; CF. bundle of papersdossier labeled on the backdotage senility; feeblemindedness of old age; Ex. In ones dotagedote be excessively fond of; show signs of mental declinedour sullen; gloomy; stubborn plunge into water or liquid; dip; immerse; drench; wet throughly;douse extinguish; throw water over; dowse untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractivedowdy way; shabby; CF. unattractive womandowncast disheartened; dejected; sad; directed downwarddowry money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriagedowse use a divining rod to search for underground water or mineralsdoze sleep lightly; nap
  • 55. drab dull; lacking color; cheerless ; Ex. drab coat/life extremely severe; Ex. draconian punishment; CF. Draco: Atheniandraconian politician first rough form; conscription; draught; V: make a draft of;draft conscript prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; excitingdrama and unusual situationdrastic strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; actdraught of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a timedraw choosing of a lot or carddregs sediment in a liquid; lees; worthless residue flow or fall in drops; let saliva flow out slowly from the mouth; movedribble a ball; N. fall or let fall in drops; shed drops; N: action or sound of falling indrip drops; liquid that falls in dropsdrivel nonsense; foolishness; V: talk nonsensedroll queer and amusingdrone talk dully; buzz or murmur like a bee; N. bend or hang downward; become weakened; Ex. His shouldersdroop drooped with tiredness; N.dross waste matter; worthless impuritiesdrudge do drudgery; N: person who drudgesdrudgery hard unpleasant work; menial work questionable; (of something) causing doubt; (of someone) filleddubious with doubt; N. dubiety malleable; pliable; (of metals) easily pulled into shape; flexible; (ofductile someone) easily influenced or controlleddulcet sweet sounding; pleasing to the ear; melodious (of colors or surfaces) not bright; cloudy; overcast; boring; (of edgedull or sound) not sharp; not rapid; sluggish; slow in thinking and understanding; stupid; V. astonish (making dumb); ADJ. dumbfounded, dumfounded,dumbfound(dumfound) dumbstruckdummy imitation of a real object used as a substitute; effigydupe someone easily fooled or deceived; V: deceive
  • 56. double-dealing; hypocrisy; being dishonest and deceitful; ADJ.duplicity duplicitousduration length of time something lasts forcible restraint, especially unlawfully; coercion by threat; illegalduress coercion; Ex. a promise made under duress (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sensedutiful(duteous) of duty)dwindle shrink; reduce graduallydynamic energetic; vigorously activedynamo generator for producing electricity; energetic persondys- abnormal; impaireddysentery inflammatory disorder of the lower intestinal tract word blindness; learning disorder marked by impairment of thedyslexia ability to read suffering from indigestion; N. dyspepsia: indigestion; difficulty indyspeptic digesting food A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Eearmark set aside (money or time) for a particular purpose gain for the performance of service or labor; gain (something that oneearn deserves); deserve of this earth; terrestrial; worldly; not divine; possible; Ex. no earthlyearthly reasonearthy unrefined; coarse; of earth; Ex. earthy remarks; OP. etherealebb (of the tide) recede; lessen; diminish; N. OP. flow: rise of tide showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm; boiling; N. ebullience;ebullient N. ebullition: state of boilingeccentric irregular; odd; unconventional; whimsical; bizarre; not concentriceccentricity oddity; idiosyncrasy ecclesiastical; pertaining to the church; N: minister; priest; cleric;ecclesiastic clergyman selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources; selectingeclectic individual elements from a variety of sources; N. eclecticism
  • 57. eclipse darken; extinguish; outshine; surpass; cause an eclipseecliptic path of the sun and the planets person concerned with the interrelationship between living organismsecologist and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology efficiency or conciseness in using something; thrifty management ofeconomy resourcesecosystem ecological community together with its environment rapture; very strong feeling of joy and happiness; any overpoweringecstasy emotion; ADJ. ecstatic: causing or experiencing ecstasyeddy swirling current of water, air, etc.; V.edict decree (especially one issued by a sovereign); official commandedifice building (of imposing size)edify instruct; correct morallyeerie weird; causing fear because strangeefface rub out; remove the surface of effectual; producing a strong response; striking; in operation; in effect;effective Ex. effective speech/photographeffectual able to produce a desired effect; valideffectuate effect; produce; achieve; Ex. effectuate a reconciliationeffeminate having womanly traits inner excitement or exuberance; showing high spirits; emitting bubbleseffervescence forming inside; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation; ADJ. effervescent; V. effervesceeffete having lost ones original power; barren; worn out; exhaustedefficacy power to produce desired effect; ADJ. efficacious: effectual dummy; likeness of a person made of wood, paper, or stone; Ex. burn aneffigy effigy of the Presidenteffluvium noxious(harmful) smell rudeness without any sense of shame; shameless boldness;effrontery presumptousness; nerve; cheekeffulgent shining brightly; brilliant pouring forth; unrestrained outpouring of feeling; V. effuse: pour out;effusion ADJ. effusive: pouring forth; gushingego ones opinion of oneself; self-esteem
  • 58. excessive interest in ones self; belief that one should be interested inegoism ones self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoisticalegotism tendency to speak or write of oneself excessively; conceit; self-importanceegotistical egotistic; excessively self-centered(egocentric); self-important; conceitedegregious notorious; conspicuously bad or shockingegress exit; opening for going out; act of going out; OP. ingressejaculation exclamation; abrupt ejection (to discharge sperm); V. ejaculateelaborate work out carefully; add more detail or information; ADJ.elaboration addition of details; intricacy able to spring back into shape; quick to recover (as from disappointment);elastic able to adapt to change; Ex. elastic plans; N: elastic material filled with excited joy and pride; overjoyed; in high spirits; joyful andelated proud; Ex. elated crowd; V. elate; N. elation poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal,elegy elegiac elevated position; altitude; height; flat upright side of a building; angleelevation made by pointing a gun; Ex. The elevation of her style is much admired; Ex. front elevation of the houseelicit draw out fact or information (by discussion or from someone)elixir cure-all; panacea; something invigorating omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (whenellipsis the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses elliptic; oval; of an ellipse; containing an ellipsis; ambiguous eitherelliptical purposely or because key words have been left outelope run away secretly with the intention of getting married expressiveness; persuasive speech; ADJ. eloquent: movingly expressive;eloquence expressing ideas well so that the hearers can be influenecedelucidate explain; make clear; clarify; enlighten; CF. lucid evasive; not frank; baffling; hard to grasp, catch, or understand; V. elude:elusive escape from; escape the understanding or grasp of; Ex. elude the hunter; Ex. His name eludes me.elysian relating to paradise; blissfulElysium place or condition of blissemaciated thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)emanate issue forth; come outemancipate set free; liberate
  • 59. emasculate weaken; castrateembargo ban on commerce or other activityembark commence; go on board a boat; begin a journeyembed(imbed) enclose; place in something; fix firmly in a surrounding massembellish adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details) taking for ones own use in violation of trust; stealing (of money placed inembezzlement ones care) make bitter; fill with painful or bitter feelings; make sad and angry; Ex.embitter He was embittered by many disappointments.emblazon ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonmentembody give a bodily form to; incorporate; includeemboss produce a design in raised relief; decorate with a raised design hug; clasp with the arms; adopt or espouse; accept readily; encircle;embrace include; Ex. embrace the cause/socialism; Ex. all-embracing; CF. brace; CF. bracelet decorate with needlework; ornament (a story) with fancy or fictitiousembroider details; embellish throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF.embroil imbroglio undeveloped; rudimentary; N. embryo: organism in the early stage ofembryonic developmentemend correct (usually a text); N. emendation: correction of errors; improvementemetic substance causing vomiting; ADJ.eminent rising above others; high; lofty; distinguished; Ex. eminent positionemissary agent (sent on a mission to represent another); messengeremollient soothing or softening remedy (for the skin); ADJ.emolument salary; payment for an office; compensation ability to identify with anothers feelings, ideas, etc.; identification withempathy and understanding of anothers feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathyempirical based on experienceemulate imitate; rival; try to equal or excel (through imitation)enact make (a bill) into lawenamored in love; Ex. enamored of his own beauty; V. enamor: inspire with loveencipher encode; convert a message into code; put into cipherencircle surround
  • 60. enclave territory enclosed within an alien landencomiastic praising; eulogistic; N. encomium: very high praise; eulogy surround; include; Ex. His activities encompass publishing andencompass computers. gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuableencroachment time; V. encroach: take anothers possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/uponencumber burden; N. encumbrance make beloved; Ex. endear her to everyone; ADJ. dear: loved; cherished;endear high-pricedendearment fond word or act; expression of affection prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area orendemic country; peculiar to a particular region or people; CF. pandemic approve; support; write ones signature on the back of; N. endorsement;endorse CF. dorsalendue provide with some quality; endow lasting; surviving; V. endure: bear (pain or suffering) for a long time;enduring remain alive (in spite of difficulties); last; surviveenergize invigorate; give energy to; make forceful and activeenervate weaken; take away energy from admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote); CF.enfranchise franchise attract; employ; hire; pledge oneself; confront; fight; enter into confliction; interlock; lock together; participate; N. engagement:engage agreement to marry; arrangement to meet someone or to do something; battleengaged employed; busy; betrothed; involved in conflictengaging charming; attractiveengender cause; produce; give rise toengross occupy fully; absorbengulf surround and swallow upenhance increase; make greater (as in value, reputation, or usefulness); improveenigma puzzle; mystery; ADJ. enigmatic: obscure; puzzlingenjoin command; order; forbidenlist (cause to) join the armed forces; obtain (help, sympathy, or support)enliven make lively or spirited; animate
  • 61. enmity ill will; hatred; hostility boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest;ennui CF. annoy hugeness (in a bad sense); excessive wickedness; Ex. enormity of theenormity crime; ADJ. enormousenrapture please intensely; fill with rapture and delightensconce settle comfortably; place comfortably (in a secure place)ensue follow (as a result) make necessary; require; necessitate; involve; limit the inheritance ofentail (property) to a specified succession of heirs; Ex. entail A on/upon B willingness to take new ventures; initiative; business organization; planenterprise (that is difficult or daring); Ex. their latest enterprise to sail round the world in a small boatenterprising full of initiative; showing enterprise capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic);enthrall hold spellboundentice lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; temptentity real beingentomology study of insectsentourage group of attendants; retinue; CF. surround put under a spell(condition caused by magical power); carry away(fill withentrance strong feeling) with emotion; put into a trance; fill with delightentreat plead; ask earnestly entrance; a way in; right to enter; main dish of a meal; Ex. entree into theentree(entree) exclusive circle businessperson (who assumes the risk of a business venture); contractor;entrepreneur ADJ. entrepreneurialenumerate list; mention one by one announce; proclaim; utter or speak, especially distinctly; pronounceenunciate clearly; articulate; Ex. This theory was first enunciated by him.environ enclose; surround; N. environs: surrounding area (as of a city) long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containingeon(aeon) two or more erasepaulet(epaulette) ornament worn on the shoulder (of a uniform, etc.)ephemeral short-lived; fleetingepic long heroic poem, novel, or similar work of art (celebrating the feats of a
  • 62. hero); ADJ: (of stories or events) resembling an epic; grandepicure connoisseur of food and drink; gourmet; ADJ. epicurean; CF. Epicurus believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should beepicurean avoided; N.epigram witty thought or saying, usually shortepilogue short speech at conclusion of dramatic work (of a story or play) loosely connected; made up of separate and looselyepisodic connected parts; N. episode: incident in the course of an experienceepistemologist philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemologyepitaph inscription in memory of a dead person (as on a tombstone) word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing;epithet descriptive phrase to characterize a person (often contemptous) perfect example or embodiment; brief summary; Ex. epitome of goodepitome manners; V. epitomize: make an epitome of; be an epitome of; embodyepoch period of timeequable tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniformequanimity calmness of temperament; composureequestrian rider on horseback; ADJ.equilibrium balance of opposing forces; balance of the mind; equanimityequine resembling a horse; Ex. equine face period of equal days and nights; the beginning of spring and autumn; Ex.equinox vernal/autumnal equinox; ADJ. equinoctialequipoise balance; balancing force; equilibriumequitable fair; impartial; OP. inequitableequity fairness; justice; OP. inequity (of words or statements) ambiguous; intentionally misleading; (ofequivocal behavior) questionable; OP. unequivocal use equivocal language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to concealequivocate the truth; N. equivocationerode eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.erotic pertaining to passionate love or sexual love wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moralerrant standards; Ex. knight-erranterratic odd; irregular in movement or behavior; unpredictableerroneous mistaken; wrong; incorrect
  • 63. erudite (of a person or book) learned; full of learning; scholarly; N. eruditionescapade prank; flighty conduct; reckless adventure that disobeys ruleseschew avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N.esoteric esotericaespionage spyingespouse adopt; support (an idea or aim); marry; N. espousalesteem respect; value; judge; N. (of a person) worthy of esteem; admirable; deserving esteem; possible toestimable estimate separated; alienated; V. estrange: alienate (people in a family); N.estranged estrangement like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. Sheethereal has an ethereal beauty; CF. ether: upper airethnic relating to races study of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF.ethnology anthropology underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiarethos to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethosetymology study of word parts; study of the origins of words pertaining to the improvement of race; N. eugenics: study of hereditaryeugenic improvement of the human raceeulogistic praising; full of eulogyeulogy expression of praise, often on the occasion of someones death; V. eulogizeeuphemism mild expression in place of an unpleasant one; ADJ. euphemisticeuphony sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious feeling of exaggerated or unfounded(ungrounded; baseless) well-being;euphoria feeling of great happiness or well-being (when unreasonable); ADJ. euphoriariceuthanasia mercy killingevanescent fleeting; vanishing; soon disappearing; V. evanesce not frank; trying to hide the truth; eluding; evading; V. evade: avoid (aevasive duty or responsibility) or escape from by deceitevenhanded impartial; faireventual happening at last as a result; Ex. eventual victory
  • 64. evince show clearlyevocative tending to call up (emotions, memories) call forth (memory or feeling); Ex. That old film evoked memories of myevoke childhood; N. evocationewe female sheepexacerbate worsen; aggravate; embitterexact demand and obtain by force; Ex. exact a promise from him; N. exactionexacting extremely demanding; Ex. exacting standard of safety raise in rank or dignity; praise highly; inspire; Ex. exalt the imagination;exalt ADJ. exalted; N. exaltationexasperate vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience) exclude; N. exception: objection; exclusion; ADJ. exceptional: unusual; ofexcept unusually high quality objectionable; likely to cause dislike; offensive; CF. unexceptionable:exceptionable entirely acceptableexcerpt selected passage (written or musical) taken from a longer work; V.exchequer treasury; Ex. Chancellor of the exchequer cut away; cut out; N: government tax on good produced and used inside aexcise country; N. excisionexclaim cry out suddenly; N. exclamation; ADJ. exclamatoryexcoriate scold with biting harshness; censure strongly; strip the skin offexculpate clear from blame or guiltexecrable very bad; detestableexecrate curse; express abhorrence for; detestexecute put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. executionexecutioner person administering capital punishment person having administrative authority; one branch of governmentexecutive executing laws; ADJ: relating to executingexecutor person designated to execute the terms of a will;exegesis explanation, especially of biblical(of the bible) passages serving as a model; outstanding; Ex. exemplary punishment/behavior; N.exemplary exemplar: typical example; model show by example; furnish an example; serve as an example of; Ex. Hisexemplify pictures exemplify that sort of painting.exempt not subject to a duty or obligation; free from a duty; V.
  • 65. effort; expenditure of much physical work; V. exert oneself: make a greatexertion effortexhale breathe out; OP. inhale invigorating and refreshing; cheering; V. exhilarate: make cheerful andexhilarating excited; Ex. exhilarated by the ride in the sports car urge (by strong argument or advice); Ex. The general exhorted his men toexhort fight bravely; N. exhortationexhume dig out of the ground; remove from a graveexigency urgent situation; ADJ. exigentexiguous small in amount; minuteexistential pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialismexodus departure (of a large number of people)exonerate acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guiltexorbitant (of costs or demands) excessive; exceeding reasonable boundsexorcise drive out evil spirits not native; from another part of the world; strange; intriguingly unusual;exotic Ex. exotic flower/dress (of a person) outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increaseexpansive in sizeexpatiate talk at length; speak or write in detail exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish;expatriate leave ones country suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morallyexpedient correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedientexpedite hasten; make go fasterexpeditious done with speed; quick; N. expedition payment or expense; expending; something expended; output; Ex. receiptexpenditure for the expenditure; Ex. expenditure of all the energyexpertise specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skillexpiate make amends for (a sin)expletive meaningless word; interjection; profane oath; swear-wordexplicate explain in detail; interpret; clarify; CF. explicableexplicit totally clear; definite; outspokenexploit make use of, sometimes unjustly; N. exploitationexpose public revelation of something discreditable
  • 66. expository explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade; V.expostulation expostulate risk, particularly of being exposed to disease or to the elements;exposure unmasking; act of laying something open; Ex. exposure of governmental corruptionexpound explainexpropriate take possession of (often for public use and without payment)expunge cancel; remove a word or name (from a book or list); eraseexpurgate clean; remove offensive parts of a book delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful; Ex. exquisite piece ofexquisite jewelryextant (of something written or painted) still in existenceextemporaneous not planned; impromptu; extemporeextenuate weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)extirpate root up; uproot; destroy completelyextol praise very highly; glorify wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF.extort extortionate: exorbitant surrender of prisoner by one state to another; Ex. extradition treaty; V.extradition extradite not essential; irrelevant; superfluous; external; coming from the outside;extraneous Ex. extraneous details/noise/to the subject projection; conjecture; V. extrapolate: infer (unknown information) fromextrapolation known informationextricate free from an entanglement or difficulty; disentangleextrinsic external; not essential or inherent; extraneous; OP. intrinsicextrovert person interested mostly in external objects and actions force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through aextrude die overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness;exuberance ADJ. exuberant: high-spirited and lively; growing abundantly and stronglyexude flow out slowly; discharge (gradually); give forth; N. exudationexult rejoice
  • 67. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - F build; lie; make up (a story) in order to deceive; Ex. fabricate the wholefabricate story; CF. fabric: underlying structure; Ex. fabric of societyfacade(fac{c}ade) front or face (of building); superficial or false appearancefacet small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a sidefacetious joking (often inappropriately); unserious; humorous easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability tofacile do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilfacilitate help bring about; make less difficultfacsimile copyfaction party; clique (within a large group); dissensionfactious inclined to form factions; causing dissensionfactitious artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tearsfactotum handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everythingfaculty mental or bodily powers; teaching staff not genuine; N: one that is not genuine; impostor; sham; V: counterfeit;fake Ex. fake the results of the experiment/the signature false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion;fallacious false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argumentfallible liable to errfallow (of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivatedfalsify make (something written) false by changing hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily throughfalter weakness; N. excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause; N. fanatic; ADJ.fanaticism fanaticfancied imagined; unreal breeder or dealer of animals; one who has a special interest, as forfancier raising specific plant or animal whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fancifulfanciful scheme
  • 68. imagination (of a whimsical or fantastic nature); capricious liking; V:fancy imagine; be fond of; ADJ. decorative; elaboratefanfare call by bugles or trumpets; showy display; spectacular public display broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening;farce ADJ. farcicalfar-fetched too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched storyfashion give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clayfastidious difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond onesfatalism control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death comprehend; investigate; determine the depth of; N. unit offathom measurement for the depth of waterfathomless too deep to be measured or understood; unfathomablefatuous smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity, fatuousnessfauna animals of a period or region; CF. florafavoritism display of partiality toward a favored person courting favor by cringing and flattering; V. fawn: exhibit affection as afawning dog; seek favor or attention by obsequiousnessfaze disconcert; dismay; embarrassfeasible practical; able to be carried out; practicable distinctive part of the faces (as the eyes or mouth); features: overallfeature appearance of the face; prominent or distinctive quality; prominent article; film; V: make prominentfebrile feverishfecundity fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or youngfeebleminded deficient in intelligence; very stupidfeign pretendfeint trick; shift; sham blow; feigned attack to draw away defensive action; V.felicitous (of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen happiness; appropriateness (of a remark, choice, etc.); quality of beingfelicity felicitousfeline of a member of the cat family; N.fell cut or knock down (a tree or a person); bring down (with a missile)felon person convicted of a grave crime; CF. felony: serious crimeferal (of an animal) not domestic; wild
  • 69. agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a politicalferment kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble) chemical reaction that splits complex organic compounds; unrest;fermentation agitationferocious fierce; violent; N. ferocity drive or hunt out of hiding; hunt with ferrets; drive out (as from a hiding place); expel; uncover or discover by searching; Ex. ferret out theferret secret; N. small fierce animal which catches rats and rabbits by going into their holes producing many young, fruits, or seeds; (of land) producing good crops;fertile V. fertilizefervent ardent; zealous; hotfervid ardent; zealous; hot glowing ardor; intensity of feeling; quality of being fervent or fervid;fervor zeal; intense heat rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generatefester pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.festive joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival honor at a festival; celebrate or honor with a feast; N. (outdoor) festivalfete(f^ete) or feast; CF. feastfetid(foetid) malodorous; foul object believed to have spiritual powers; object of excessive attention orfetish(fetich) reverence; CF. fetishism shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or shackle for the foot of afetter prisoner; CF. foot bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V.feud CF. Romeo and Juliet; CF. feudal, feudalismfiasco total failure; CF. bottlefiat command; arbitrary order; Ex. presidential fiat; CF. let it be donefickle changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless imaginary; non-existent; purposely invented to deceive; untrue; Ex.fictitious fictitious name/boyfriend; CF. fictionalfidelity loyalty; accuracyfiend evil spirit; devil invention; something invented; imaginary thing; Ex. figment of yourfigment imagination
  • 70. figurative not literal but metaphorical; using a figure(impression) of speech written symbols; number; amount represented in numbers; outline or silhouette of a thing or human body; person (well-known); impression;figure diagram; pattern; group in a dance; Ex. figure of speech; V. calculate with numbers; adorn with figures; appfigurine small ornamental statuette(very small statue)filch steal (things of small value)filial pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; Ex. filial respect block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making veryfilibuster slow long speeches; N; freebooterfiligree delicate ornamental lacelike metalworkfiling particle removed by a filefilth dirty matter; ADJ. filthyfinale conclusion; concluding partfinery beautiful clothes for a special occasionfinesse delicate skill; V: handle with finesse too particular; fussy; difficult to please; too concerned withfinicky unimportant details or quality; Ex. finicky about her foodfinish surface texture; completeness of executionfinished properly made and complete; Ex. finished product/performancefinite limited piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs upfirebrand troublefissure crevice; crackfit sudden outburst of an illness or feeling; convulsion caused by epilepsyfitful spasmodic; intermittent; irregularflaccid flabby; lacking firmness; weak; Ex. flaccid muscles droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF.flag unflaggingflagrant conspicuously wicked, bad, or offensive; blatant; outrageous beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strikeflail or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handleflair talentflamboyant ornate; highly elaborate; richly colored; ostentatious; showy; CF. flame
  • 71. flashy showy; gaudy; giving a momentary brillianceflaunt display ostentatiously; Ex. ``Honey, if youve got it, flaunt it !flay strip off skin; plunder; remove the skin from; criticize harshlyfleck spot; mark with flecks; N: small mark or spot inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and isfledgling(fledgeling) learning to fly; inexperienced person wool coat of a sheep; V: shear the fleece from; rob by a trick; swindle;fleece plunderfleet fast; rapid; N. ADJ. fleeting: passing quickly; ephemeral light stroke as with a whip; V: move with a light quick blow; strike withflick a light quick blow (as from a whip); Ex. flick the switch burn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement orflicker light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement (esp. of a womans behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from oneflighty lover to another; impulsive hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did notflinch flinch in the face of danger. send (something) spinning, often into the air, by striking with a lightflip quick blow; turn over; Ex. flip over lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N.flippant flippancy behave in a way that attracts (sexual) attention; deal triflingly with; N:flirt one (or woman) given to flirting; ADJ. flirtatious fly; fly or move lightly or quickly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by; Ex. a beeflit flitting from flower to flowerfloe flat mass of floating iceflora plants of a region or eraflorescence condition or period of floweringflorid ruddy; (of a complexion) reddish; flowery; very ornate; CF. roseflotsam drifting wreckage struggle and thrash about; proceed clumsily or falter (as in water, mud,flounder snow, etc.); proceed in confusion grow well; prosper; make sweeping gestures; wave; brandish; Ex. Theflourish trees flourished in the sun. N: showy movement or gesture; embellishment or ornamentation (esp. in handwriting)flout reject; mock; show contempt for; scorn; Ex. flout the rules
  • 72. flowery full of flowers; full of ornate expressionsfluctuate waver; shift; rise and fall as if in waves; change or vary irregularlyfluency smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck;fluke ADJ. fluky redden; blush; flow suddenly and abundantly; wash out by a rapid brief flow of water; N: reddish tinge; blush; brief rush; rush of strong feeling;flush Ex. flush of pride; ADJ: having surfaces in the same plane; even; blushingfluster confuse; make nervous and confused; N. having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar); V. flute: make longfluted parallel inward curves in; N. flute: long rounded groove incised on the shaft of a column (of a bird with large wings) wave (the wings) lightly, rapidly, andflutter irregularly; vibrate rapidly or erratically; fly by waving quickly; flitter; N.flux flowing; series of changes; fluctuation; Ex. in a state of fluxfodder coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; feed for livestock; CF. foodfoible small weakness of character; slight fault; CF. feeblefoil defeat; frustrate; prevent from being successful; thwart; CF. fail insert improperly; impose upon another by coercion; palm off; pass offfoist as genuine or worthy; CF. fistfoliage masses of leaves; CF. defoliate stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil orfoment unpleasant)foolhardy rash; reckless; foolishly daring vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too muchfoppish interest in his clothes and appearanceforay raid; sudden raid or military advance; V. patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous andforbearance forgiving way); be patient; Ex. forbear to send him to prisonford place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.forebears(forbears) ancestors premonition of evil; feeling of coming evil; V. forebode: be a warning offoreboding (something unpleasant) suitable to debate or courts of law; of or used in legal proceedings andforensic the tracking of criminals; Ex. forensic science/medicine
  • 73. predecessor; one that comes before and indicates the approach offorerunner another give an indication beforehand; be a sign of (what is coming); portend;foreshadow prefigure ability to foresee future happenings; prudence in providing for theforesight futureforestall prevent by taking action in advance something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach offorfeit contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture counterfeit; reproduce fraudulently; form by heating in a forge and hammering into shape; move with a sudden increase of speed or power;forge Ex. forged ahead in the last two years; N: furnace where metals are heatedforgo(forego) give up; do withoutforlorn sad and lonely; wretched; desolate ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something doneformality just for forms sake; Ex. mere formality menacing; arousing fear; threatening; difficult to defeat; Ex. formidableformidable foe/questionforsake desert; abandon; renounce renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up; CF.forswear abjureforte strong point or special talent in a persons character happening in the near future; ready; willing to help; Ex. No answer wasforthcoming forthcoming.forthright straightforward; direct; frankfortitude bravery; courage; strength of mindfortuitous accidental; by chance; N. fortuity public square of an ancient Roman city; public place for openforum discussion; court of lawforward presumptuous or bold rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations;foster ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents very bad or disagreeable; very dirty; Ex. foulfoul smell/flavor/temper/language/air/deed/weather/means; N. act against the rules; V. make or become foul; commit a foul
  • 74. founder person who establishes (an organization or business) brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part;fracas meleefractious unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered; Ex. fractious horsefrail weak; N. frailty right or privilege granted by authority; right to vote; license to sell afranchise product in a particular territoryfrantic wild; distraught as from fear or worry; Ex. frantic with fearfraudulent cheating; deceitful; Ex. fraudulent means; N. fraud: deception; swindle filled (with something unpleasant); full; Ex. fraught with danger andfraught difficulties; CF. freight brawl; fight; V: wear away or unravel by rubbing; have loose threadsfray developing; cause to become worn out (a persons temper or nerves); CF. rubfreebooter pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow richfrenetic(phrenetic) frenzied; franticfrenzied madly excited; N. frenzy: violent wild excitementfresco painting on wet plaster (usually fresh) be annoyed or vexed; Ex. fret over your poor grades; N: irritation offret mind; ADJ. fretfulfriction clash or conflict in opinion; rubbing againstfrieze ornamental horizontal band on a wallfrigid intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zonefringe decorative edge of hanging threads; edgefrisk move about playfully; froric; ADJ. frisky: playfulfritter waste (time or money on unimportant things) lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy offrivolous serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivialfrock long loose garment (worn by monks)frolic play and jump about happily; frisk; Ex. frolicking young lambsfrolicsome prankish; gay; playful; merry; friskyfrond fern leaf; palm or banana leaffructify bear fruit; produce fruit thrift; economy; ADJ. frugal: practicing economy; costing little;frugality inexpensive
  • 75. fruitful producing results; profitable; prolific; producing in abundance bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization; Ex. come to/be brought tofruition fruitionfrustrate thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purposefuddle make stupid or confused as with alcholic drink; N. in a fuddle: confused fleeting or transitory; lasting only a short time; roving(wandering);fugitive running away or fleeing as from the law; N: one who flees; Ex. fugitives at largefulcrum support on which a lever rests or pivotsfulminate thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation disgustingly excessive; offensively flattering; Ex. fulsomefulsome praise/expressions of admire move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something);fumble mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N. made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex.functional functional modern furniture; CF. functionalismfunctionary official (who performs a particular function)fundamental basic; primary; essentialfunereal sad; solemn; suitable for a funeralfuror frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. furyfurrow long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V. stealthy; quiet and secret (trying to escape notice); sneaky; Ex. furtivefurtive glancefusillade simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)fusion union; coalition; V. fuse trouble or worry over trifles; make nervous; pay too much attention to;fuss: N: needless concern or worry (about a trivial thing); anxious nervous condition; display of attention; Ex. make a fuss over the babyfussy fastidious; finicky; easily upsetfutile useless; hopeless; ineffectual A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - G
  • 76. gadfly animal-biting fly; irritating persongaffe social blundergainsay denygait manner of walking or running; speed large isolated system of stars, such as the Milky Way; collection of brilliantgalaxy personalities windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughters, tears); Ex. gale ofgale laughter annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of agall horse); exasperationgalleon large three-masted sailing shipgalley low ship with sails (rowed along by slaves)gallows framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging) of the production of electricity by the action of an acid on a metal; having thegalvanic effect of an electric shock; Ex. galvanic cell; galvanic effect; CF. Luigi Galvani stimulate or shock by an electric current; stimulate by shock; shock intogalvanize action; stir up; coat with rust-resistant zinc by using electricity opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed; action made to produce agambit future advantagegambol romp; skip about; leap about playfully; frolic; N. in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight gamely against a superior boxer;gamely ADJ. gamegamut entire range decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually followinggangrene injury); ADJ. gangrenous open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open;gape CF. agape mixed up; jumbled; distorted; V. garble: mix up or distort (a message) to suchgarbled an extent as to make misleading or unintelligiblegargantuan huge; enormous; gigantic; CF. the hero of Gargantua and Pantagruelgargoyle waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a buildinggarish overbright in color; unpleasantly bright; gaudygarner gather; store up; amass decorate; add a garnish to; decorate (food or drink) with small items such asgarnish lemon slices; N.garrulous loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. garrulity
  • 77. gastronomy art and science of preparing and serving good food; CF. gastronomegauche clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouthgaudy flashy; showygaunt lean and angular; thin and bony; emaciated; barren hammerlike tool; mallet(wooden hammer) used by a presiding officer or angavel auctioneer; V.gawk stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awegazette official periodical publication; newspapergenealogy record of descent; lineage; ancestry; study of ancestry vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of beinggenerality general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of peoplegenerate cause; produce; creategeneric characteristic of an entire class or species; of a genusgenesis beginning; origingeniality cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy; ADJ. genial: cheerful and good-temperedgenre particular variety of art or literature well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement; Ex.genteel genteel povertygentility those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteelgentle kindly; soft; mild; of good family people of standing(rank or position); people of good family or high socialgentry position; class of people just below nobilitygenuflect bend the knee as in worshipgenus division of animals or plants, below a family and above a speciesgeriatrics medical treatment and care of old age earliest form of an organism; seed or bud; something that may develop intogerm something larger or more important; microbe pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand;germane appropriategerminal pertaining to a germ; creative; Ex. germinal ideagerminate cause to sprout; sproutgerontocracy government ruled by old peoplegerontology study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridgegerrymander Gerry + (sala)mander
  • 78. evolve as in prenatal growth; N. gestation: period of development fromgestate conception until birthgesticulation motion; gesture; V. gesticulate: make gestures (while speaking)ghastly horrible; terrifying; resembling ghosts; CF. aghastgibberish nonsense; nonsensical or unintelligible talk or writing; babblinggibe mock; make jeering remarks; N: jeering remarks light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth;giddy Ex. giddy climb/heightgild cover with a thin layer of goldgingerly very carefully; ADJ.girth distance around something; circumferencegist essence; main point; substanceglacial like a glacier; of an ice age; extremely cold; Ex. glacial epoch; CF. icebergglamor compelling charm; ADJ. glamorousglare shine intensely and blindingly; stare fixedly and angrily; N. (of something bad) highly conspicuous; harshly bright; shining intensely andglaring blindingly cover with a thin and shiny surface; apply a glaze to; N: thin, smooth, shinyglaze coating (as for pottery); Ex. unglazed potterygleam brief flash of light; glow; V. gather leavings; gather grain left behind by reapers; gather bit by bit (facts orglean information) often with difficultyglib fluent (with insincerity or superficiality); facile; slick shine erratically; twinkle; N: dim or unsteady light; faint indication; Ex.glimmer glimmer of hope shine brightly with flashing points of light; Ex. glittering diamond ring; N:glitter sparkling light; attractiveness; glamor; Ex. glitter of the sun on the waves express evil satisfaction; look at or think about with evil satisfaction; viewgloat malevolently; Ex. The thief gloated over the stolen jewels.gloss brief explanation note or translation of a difficult expression; V.gloss_over explain away with the intention of deceiving or hiding faultsglossary brief explanation of words used in the text smooth and shining; N. gloss: shiny brightness on a surface; superficiallyglossy attractive appearance; Ex. gloss of good mannersglow shine brightly without a flame (as of eyes or metals); show redness and heat
  • 79. (in the face) after hard work or because of strong feelings; N: light produced by a heated body; brilliance of a colorglower scowl; glare; look or stare angrilyglut overstock; fill beyond capacity (with food); fill to excess; N: oversupplyglutinous sticky; viscous; gluey someone who eats too much; ADJ. gluttonous: given to gluttony; greedy; CF.glutton gluttony: habit of eating too muchgnarl protruding knot on a tree; V.gnarled twistedgnome dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continuedgoad annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continuallygobble eat very quicklygorge stuff oneself (with food); glut; CF. gorgeous: dazzlingly beautifulgory bloody; N. gore: blood (from a wound)gossamer sheer; very light; like cobwebs; N: soft and sheer fabric; cobwebgouge overcharge (with high price); extort from; Ex. gouge the public; CF. usurygourmand epicure; person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drinkgourmet connoisseur of food and drink; epicuregracious kind in a generous way (to someone less important)gradation series of gradual stages; degree in such a progression arrange into categories or grades; divide into marked intervals (for use ingraduate measurement); Ex. graduated rulergraduated arranged by degrees (of height, difficulty, etc.)granary storehouse for graingrandeur impressiveness; stateliness; majesty (of a person or speech) using high sounding or important-sounding language;grandiloquent pompous; bombastic affectedly grand; pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated;grandiose impressive; great in size or scope; grand; Ex. grandiose ideasgranulate form into grains or granules; N. granule: grain or particlegraphic pertaining to the art of delineating; vividly describedgraphite black form of carbon used in lead pencilsgrapple wrestle; come to grips with; take hold of and struggle with; Ex. grapple with
  • 80. the burglar make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred by rubbing against agrate rough surface; Ex. grated cheese N: framework of metal bars to hold fuel in a fireplacegratify please; satisfy; Ex. gratify a desiregratis free; without charge; ADJ. given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for; done without good reason; Ex.gratuitous gratuitous commentgratuity n. money given to sb who has done one a service; tip ;gravity seriousness; ADJ. grave (of an animal) feed on growing grass; cause (an animal) to feed on grass;graze scrape (esp. the skin) or touch lightly in passing; brush; Ex. We cant graze the cattle till summer; N: surface woundgregarious sociable; (of an animal) tending to form a groupgrievance cause of complaint; complaint question severely; cook on a grill; broil; N: cooking surface of parallel metalgrill barsgrim causing great fear; unrelenting; determined in spite of fear; Ex. grim smilegrimace facial distortion to show feeling such as pain, disgust, etc; V.grisly ghastly; horrifying; Ex. grisly remains of the bodies man employed to take care of horses; V: make neat and trim; clean and brushgroom (an animal) long narrow channel made in a surface to guide the movement of something;groove Ex. groove of the record total; fragrant; clearly wrong; (of peoples behavior) coarse; corpulent; Ex.gross gross insolence/behavior; V: earn as a total amount; N: 12 dozens fantastic; comically hideous; strange and unnatural (causing fear orgrotesque amusement)grotto small cavern bad-tempered complaint; person who keeps complaining; V: complain;grouch grumblegrouse complain; fuss; grumble; grouch; N: plump chickenlike game birdgrovel crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate; behave in a servile mannergrowl low, guttural, menacing sound (as of a dog)grudge deep feeling of dislike; Ex. grudge fight; V.grudging unwilling; reluctant; stingy(giving reluctantly)
  • 81. gruel thin liquid porridgegrueling exhausting; Ex. grueling marathon racegruesome grisly; horriblegruff rough-mannered; (of a voice) rough; hoarsegrumble complain; mutter discontentedly; grouch; N.grunt utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.guffaw boisterous laughter; V.guile deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning; Ex. persuade her by guileguileless without deceitguise outward appearance; costume; Ex. in a new guisegull trick; deceive; hoodwink; N: person who is easily tricked; dupegullible easily deceived (of liquid) pour out in large quantities from a hole; make an excessive displaygush of feeling (without true feeling); Ex. Blood gushed from the wound.gust strong abrupt rush of wind; V. CF. blustergustatory affecting or relating to the sense of tastegusto eager enjoyment; zest; enthusiasmgusty windy cable or chain attached to something that needs to be braced or steadied; CF.guy guidegyroscope apparatus used to maintain balance, ascertain direction, etc. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Hhabitat natural home of a plant or animal; CF. habitationhabituate accustom or familiarize; addicthackles hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someones hackles risehackneyed commonplace; tritehaggard wasted away; gaunt; Ex. haggard faces of the rescued minershaggle argue about prices (in an attempt to bargain)hail frozen rain drop; V: salute or greet; precipitate hail
  • 82. halcyon calm; peaceful; Ex. halcyon dayshale healthyhalfhearted exhibiting little interest or enthusiasmhallowed blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy delusion; false idea; false perception of objects with a compelling sense ofhallucination their reality; objects so perceived; V. hallucinate; ADJ. hallucinatory hesitant; faltering; not fluent; Ex. halting steps/voice; V. halt: proceed or acthalting with uncertainty; falter; hesitate; waver; stophamper obstruct; prevent the free movement of;handsome large in quantity; generous; Ex. handsome rewardhap chance; luck random; by chance; happening in an unplanned manner; Ex. haphazardhaphazard growth of the townhapless unfortunate; lucklessharangue long, passionate, and vehement speech; V.harass annoy by repeated attacksharbinger forerunner (which foreshadows what is to come) give protection (by giving food and shelter); provide a refuge for; hide; keepharbor in mind (thoughts or feelings); Ex. harbor a grudge/criminal; N: place of shelter; refuge (of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to standhardy inclement(stormy) weather tiresome dwelling on a subject; V. harp: dwell on(think or speak a lot about)harping tediously agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with aharrowing harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earthharry harass, annoy, torment (by repeated attacks); raid deck opening; lid covering a deck opening; V: emerge from an egg; producehatch (young) from an egghaughtiness pride; arrogance; ADJ. haughty (of a spirit) visit (a place); come to mind continually; visit (a place) regularly;haunt frequent; Ex. haunted house; Ex. haunted by his last words; N: place much frequentedhaven place of safety; refuge; harbor; Ex. tax havenhavoc widespread damage; disorder; chaos
  • 83. hazard venture; put in danger; risk; Ex. hazard a guess; N: possible source of dangerhazardous dangerous slightly obscure; misty; unclear; N. haze: light mist or smoke; confused statehazy of mindheadfirst moving with the head leading; headlongheadlong hasty; rash; headfirst; ADV. willful; stubborn; unyielding; determined to have ones own way; CF. noheadstrong excessivehealthful conducive to good health; Ex. healthful mountain airhealthy possessing good health; healthful person who verbally harasses others; V. heckle: verbally harass as with gibesheckler (by interrupting a speaker or speech) one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life; CF. hedonism: practicehedonist of living ones life purely for pleasureheed pay attention to; N: close attentionheedless not noticing; disregardinghegemony dominance especially of one nation over othersheinous atrocious; wicked; hatefully bad; Ex. heinous crimehelm steering wheel of a ship; position of controlhem surround tightly so that movement is impossible; Ex. hem in; N. messenger; sign of something to come; V: announce; proclaim; Ex.herald unheralded researcherherbivorous grain-eating; CF. herbivore group of animals; crowd; one who looks after a herd; Ex. shepherd/goatherd;herd Ex. herd instinct; Ex. herdsman; V: come together in a herd; look after a herd; Ex. herd cattlehereafter life after death opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion;heresy ADJ. heretical; CF. heretichermetic concerning alchemy or magic; obscure and mysterious; occulthermitage home of a hermit one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals withherpetologist reptiles and amphibiansheterodox (of beliefs) against accepted opinion; unorthodox; unconventionalheterogeneous dissimilar; mixed; not homogeneous; consisting of dissimilar elements or
  • 84. plantshew cut to pieces with ax or sword; chop; N.heyday time of greatest success or power; primehiatus gap; pause; gap or interruption in space or time; breakhibernal wintry; wintery; of or like winterhibernate sleep throughout the winter; N. hibernationhide skin of an animalhideous repulsive to the sight; ugly; repugnant; Ex. hideous face/scream arrangement by rank or standing; authoritarian body divided into ranks;hierarchy body of persons having authorityhieroglyphic picture writing; ADJ.high-flown highly pretentious or inflatedhilarity boisterous mirth(merriment; laughter); ADJ. hilarious: full of laughterhindmost furthest behind; farthest to the rearhindrance block; obstacle; V. hinderhindsight understanding the nature of an event after it has actually happenedhinterlands back country; inner part of a country; OP. foreland one who serves for hire (usually used contemptuously); one who works solelyhireling for compensation; Ex. hireling politicianhirsute hairy; having a lot of hairhistoric important in history; Ex. historic battle connected with history; based on events in history (whether regarded ashistorical important or not) theatrical; excessively dramatic or emotional; affected; of actors or acting; N.histrionic histrionics: histrionic behaviorhive box for bees; V: cause to go in a hivehoard stockpile; accumulate for future use; N: supply stored for future usehoary white with agehoax trick which makes someone take action; practical joke; Ex. hoax mail; V.holocaust destruction by fire; CF. burnt whole; CF. Holocaustholster leather pistol case (that hangs on a belt around the waist)homage honor; tribute; great respect; Ex. pay/do homage tohomely not good-looking; unattractivehomeostasis tendency of a system or organism to maintain relative stability or internal
  • 85. equilibrium; CF. homeo-: constant; Ex. homeotherm domestic; made at home; spun or woven at home; simple and ordinary; Ex.homespun homespun philosophyhomily sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; serious warning; ADJ. homiletichomogeneous of the same kind; uniform in composition throughouthone sharpen (a tool); N: whetstone for sharpening a toolhoodwink deceive; deludehorde crowd; swarm diagram of the positions of stars at a given moment (eg. of a persons birth)horoscope used by astrologershortatory encouraging; exhortive; marked by exhortation; CF. exhort pertaining to cultivation of gardens; N. horticulture: science or art ofhorticultural cultivating fruits, vegetables, or ornamental plants; CF. agriculture: science or art of farming or growing crops person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy so that the other side will dohostage what the enemy demandshostility unfriendliness; hatred; enmity; ADJ. hostilehothead person who does things too quickly without thinking; ADJ. hotheadedhovel shack; small wretched house hang about; (of birds or aircraft) stay in the air in one place; (of people) waithover nearby; stay around one place; waver; be in an uncertain statehubbub confused uproar; loud noise; dinhubris arrogance; excessive self-conceithue color; aspect; Ex. opinions of every hue outcry; loud cry or clamor; strong protest; Ex. hue and cry against the newhue_and_cry rulehull husk; dry outer covering of a seed; frame or body of a ship marked by kindness or consideration; kind and compassionate;humane humanitarianhumanitarian one devoted to the promotion of human welfare; CF. humanism of low rank or position; modest; having a low opinion of oneself and a highhumble opinion of others; unassuming; not proud; V. humiliate: make humble; cause to feel ashamed or to lose the respect of othershumdrum dull; monotonoushumid damp; N. humidity
  • 86. humility humbleness of spirithummock small hill; hillock indulge; comply with the wishes of; N. quality that makes somethinghumor amusing; state of mind; mood; Ex. in a bad humor; Ex. out of humorhumus substance or rich soil formed by decaying vegetable matter; CF. soilhurl throw forcefully; shout out violentlyhurtle crash; rush; move with great speed; Ex. hurtling runaway trainhusband use sparingly; conserve; save; Ex. husband ones energy; CF. house holder frugality; thrift; economy; agriculture; farming; Ex. animal husbandry; CF.husbandry husbandmanhut crude dwelling; shackhybrid mongrel; mixed breed; V. hybridizehydrophobia fear of water; rabies science and practice of the promotion and preservation of health; ADJ.hygiene hygienic: showing careful attention to cleanness (to prevent disease); Ex. hygienic conditionhyperbole exaggeration; overstatement; ADJ. hyperbolic: of hyperbole; of a hyperbolahypercritical excessively exacting; too critical (without noticing good qualities)hypnosis induced sleeping state; ADJ. hypnotic; V. hypnotize person unduly worried about his health; worrier without cause about illness;hypochondriac ADJ. CF. hypochondria: neurosis that one is or is becoming ill; CF. abdomen pretending to be virtuous; deceiving; N. hypocrisy: profession of beliefs onehypocritical does not possess; CF. hypocritehypothetical based on assumptions or hypotheses; supposed; N. hypothesis excessive or uncontrollable excitement; N. hysteric: person suffering fromhysteria hysteria; CF. hysterics: attack of hysteria A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Iichthyology study of fish; CF. ichthyo-: fishicon(ikon) religious image; idol; image or representation attacking cherished traditions; N. iconoclast: one who attacks traditionaliconoclastic ideas; one who destroys sacred imagesideology system of ideas characteristic of a group or cultureidiom expression whose meaning as a whole differs from the meanings of its
  • 87. individual words; distinctive style (of expression); Ex. idiom of the modern popular music; ADJ. idiomatic individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity;idiosyncrasy attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic not working; not employed or busy; lazy; without purpose; useless; lackingidle substance; baseless; not based on truth; Ex. idle worker; Ex. talk idly; V.idolatry worship of idols; excessive admiration or devotion; ADJ. idolatrous short poem idealizing rural life; simple happy period of life (in the country);idyll(idyl) scene from such a time; Ex. idyll of two young loversidyllic charmingly carefree; simple and happy; Ex. idyllic scene produced by fire; of fire; volcanic; (of rocks) formed from lava; Ex. igneousigneous meteoriteignite kindle; light; catch fire or set fire toignoble unworthy; not noble; dishonorable; Ex. ignoble deed deep disgrace; shame or dishonor; ADJ. ignominious; Ex. ignominousignominy defeatillicit illegalillimitable infinite; limitless brighten; clear up or make understandable; enlighten; enable toilluminate understand; Ex. illuminating remarksillusion misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusionillusive deceiving; based on illusion; causing illusion; deceptiveillusory illusive; deceptive; not realimbalance lack of balance or symmetry; disproportion weakness of mind; state of being an imbecile; N. imbecile: stupid person;imbecility foolimbibe drink in complicated situation (as in a play); painful or complex misunderstandingimbroglio (as in a play); entanglement; confused mass (as of papers); V. embroilimbue saturate(soak thoroughly); fill; Ex. imbue someone with feelingsimmaculate spotless; flawless; absolutely cleanimminent impending; near at handimmobility state of being immovableimmolate offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire)
  • 88. immune resistant to; free or exempt from; N. immunityimmure imprison; shut up in confinement; CF. wallimmutable unchangeableimpair injure; hurt; damageimpale pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear imperceptible(not easily understood); intangible; OP. palpable: tangible;impalpable easily perceptibleimpart grant a share of; make known; Ex. news to impartimpartial not biased; fair; N. impartialityimpassable not able to be traveled or crossed predicament(dangerous condition) from which there is no escape; situationimpasse allowing for no further progressimpassioned (of speech) filled with passion; ferventimpassive without feeling; expressionless; imperturbable; stoical; Ex. impassive face charge (a public official) with crime in office; raise doubts about; indict; Ex.impeach impeach a witnesss credibilityimpeccable faultlessimpecunious without moneyimpede hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block hindrance; stumbling-block; speech defect preventing clear articulation; Ex.impediment speech impedimentimpel drive or force onward; drive to take action; urge to actionimpending nearing; approaching; about to happen not able to be pierced or entered; beyond understanding; impossible toimpenetrable understand; Ex. impenetrable mysteryimpenitent not repentant absolutely necessary; that must be done; critically important; expressingimperative command; Ex. It is imperative that; N: something that must be doneimperceptible unnoticeable; impossible to perceive; undetectableimperial like an emperor; related to an empire; CF. imperialismimperil put in dangerimperious domineering; too commanding; haughty; CF. imperial/emperor impervious; not permitting passage through its substance; impossible toimpermeable permeateimpersonal not being a person; not showing personal feelings; Ex. impersonal
  • 89. force/manner/organizationimpertinent insolent; rude; not pertinent; N. impertinenceimperturbable unshakably calm; placid impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed; incapable of beingimpervious affected (in ones opinions); Ex. impervious to water/criticism violent; hasty; rash; impulsive; without careful thought; Ex. impetuousimpetuous decision moving force; momentum; force of a moving body; incentive; stimulus;impetus impulseimpiety irreverence; lack of respect for God or piety infringe; encroach; influence; touch; collide with; Ex. The effects areimpinge impinging on every aspect of our lives.impious irreverentimplacable incapable of being pacified; impossible to appease; Ex. implacable enemyimplausible unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi put into effect; enforce; carry out; supply with tools; Ex. implement theimplement plan/suggestion; N: tool or instrument incriminate; involve incriminatingly; show to be involved (in a crime); Ex.implicate implicate someone in the crimeimplication something hinted at or suggested; implying; implicating understood but not stated; implied; unquestioning and complete; Ex.implicit implicit trustimplode burst inward; CF. vaccum tubeimplore v. ask or beg earnestly; beseechimply suggest a meaning not expressed; signifyimpolitic not wise; not expedient; not politicimponderable weightless; that cannot undergo precise evaluation; CF. poundimport significance; importance; meaningimportunate urging; always demanding; troublesomely urgent or persistentimportune beg persistently; make repeated requests (in an annoying way)imposture assuming a false identity; masquerade; CF. impostorimpotent weak; ineffective; lacking in physical strength or power make poor; deprive of natural strength or something important; Ex.impoverish impoverished soilimprecation curse; swearword
  • 90. invulnerable; impossible to capture or enter by force; Ex. impregnableimpregnable fort/argument; CF. takeimpregnate make pregnant; fill thoroughly; saturate without previous preparation; off the cuff(end of a sleeve); on the spur ofimpromptu the momentimpropriety improperness; unsuitablenessimprovident thriftless; not providing for the futureimprovise compose on the spur of the momentimprudent lacking caution; not prudent; injudiciousimpudence impertinence; insolence dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); attack as false orimpugn questionable; challenge; gainsay; CF. fightimpuissance powerlessness; feeblenessimpunity freedom from punishment or harm; CF. punishimpute attribute; ascribe; charge; N. imputationinadvertently unintentionally; by oversight; carelesslyinalienable not to be taken away; nontransferable; Ex. inalienable rightsinamorata woman whom a man lovesinane silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanityinanimate lifeless; not animate speechless; producing indistinct speech; not articulate; not expressinginarticulate oneself clearlyinasmuch_as since; owing to the fact that begin formally; install in office; induct into office by a formal ceremony; N.inaugurate inauguration; ADJ. inaugural strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting visible light whenincandescent heated; Ex. incandescent light bulb; CF. candle singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; (the saying of) wordsincantation used in magic; CF. enchantincapacitate disable; N. incapacity: lack of capacityincarcerate imprison endowed with flesh; invested with bodily form; personified; Ex. devilincarnate incarnate; V: give bodily form to; embody act of assuming a human body and human nature; one who personifiesincarnation something; personification; Ex. previous incarnation/reincarnation
  • 91. incendiary arsonist; ADJ: causing fire; of arson; Ex. incendiary bomb enrage; infuriate(make furious); make extremely angry; outrage; N:incense aromatic substance burned to produce a pleasant odorincentive spur; motive; something which encourages one to greater activityinception start; beginningincessant uninterrupted; unceasing (of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning ofinchoate development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass rate of occurrence; particular occurrence; Ex. high incidence of infantincidence mortalityincident event; event that causes a crisisincidental not essential; minor; N: something incidentalincinerate burn to ashesincipient beginning; in an early stage (appreciatively) cutting; sharp; Ex. incisive remarks; V. incise: make a cutincisive into arouse to action; goad; motivate; induce to exist; Ex. incite a riot/the crowdincite to rebellioninclement stormy; unkind; unmerciful; CF. clementincline slope; slant; Ex. steep inclineinclined tending or leaning toward; bent; V. incline: slant; dispose; be disposed; tendinclusive tending to include all; all-inclusive; Ex. inclusive chargeincognito with identity concealed; using an assumed name; ADJ. unintelligible; muddled; unable to express ones thoughts in an orderlyincoherent manner; illogical; lacking cohesion; not coherentincommodious not spacious; inconvenientincompatible inharmonious; N. incompatibility lack of harmony; absurdity; ADJ. incongruous: lacking in harmony;incongruity inappropriateinconsequential insignificant; unimportant state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness; ADJ.inconsistency inconsistent: displaying a lack of consistency; erratic; contradictory; incompatibleincontinent lacking self-restraint; not continent; licentiousincontrovertible indisputable; impossible to dispute; not open to question; unquestionable
  • 92. introduce something into a larger whole; include; embody; give materialincorporate form to; ADJ.incorporeal without a material body; insubstantialincorrigible uncorrectableincredulity tendency to disbeliefincredulous withholding belief; skeptical; showing disbeliefincrement increase accuse of or implicate in a crime; serve as evidence against; cause to seem orincriminate make guilty of a crime; Ex. incriminating evidenceincrustation hard coating or crust; V. incrust: encrust; cover with a crust hatch; warm (eggs) with the body to promote hatching; maintain at optimal environment conditions for development; be holding in ones body anincubate infection which is going to develop into a disease; N. incubation; CF. incubation:disease burden; very worriying problem; mental care; nightmare; male devil; CF.incubus succubusinculcate teach (ideas or principles); instill obligatory; imposed as an obligation; currently holding an office; N: personincumbent who holds an officeincur bring upon oneselfincursion temporary invasion; CF. excursion: short journeyindecision irresolution; inability to make up ones mindindecisive marked by indecision; inconclusive; Ex. indecisive battleindefatigable tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tiredindelible not able to be erased make secure against damage or loss; compensate for damage or loss; CF.indemnify make uninjuredindentation notch; deep recess; V. indent; CF. tooth bind as servant or apprentice to master; bind by indenture; N: contractindenture binding one party into the service of another for a specified time (as between an apprentice and his master)indeterminate uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefiniteindicative suggestive; implying; serving to indicate signs; indications; Ex. indices of a students potential; CF. index: somethingindices that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living indexindict charge; N. indictment
  • 93. unmoved or unconcerned by; having no interest in; mediocre; neither goodindifferent nor badindigence povertyindigenous native; Ex. plant indigenous to the New Worldindigent poor; destituteindignation anger at an injustice; Ex. righteous indignation; ADJ. indignant treatment or situation that causes shame or loss of dignity, respect;indignity offensive or insulting treatment; humiliating or degrading treatment; Ex. I suffered the indignity of having to say that in front of them.indiscriminate choosing at random; confused; not based on careful distinctionsindisputable too certain to be disputed; beyond doubtindissoluble permanent; impossible to dissolve or disintegrateindite write; compose cause to accept a doctrine without questioning it; Ex. indoctrinated withindoctrinate mindless anti-communismindolent lazyindomitable unconquerable; unyieldingindubitable unable to be doubted; which cannot be doubted; unquestionableinduce persuade; lead to do something; bring about; N. inducement place formally in office; install; admit as a member; initiate; N. induction:induct inducting; process of deriving general principles from particular factsinductive pertaining to induction or proceeding from the specific to the general yield to; gratify; allow oneself a special pleasure; Ex. indulge ones everyindulge whim/a child/in a big cigarette; N. indulgenceindulgent humoring; yielding; lenient; showing indulgenceindustrious diligent; hard-working; N. industryinebriate make drunk; intoxicate; N. intoxicated personinebriated habitually intoxicated; drunk; N. inebriety unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech;ineffable indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joyineffectual not effective; not having a desired effect; weakineluctable irresistible; not to be escaped; unavoidable unsuited; inappropriate; lacking skill; incompetent; CF. inapt: (ofinept statements or ideas) inappropriateinequity unfairness; ADJ. inequitable
  • 94. inerrancy infallibility inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act; Ex. chemically inert;inert N. inertia: state of being inert; force which keeps a thing in the position or stateinestimable impossible to estimate; (apprec) invaluable; of immeasurable worthinevitable unavoidable relentless; unyielding; implacable; not capable of being changed by entreatyinexorable or efforts; Ex. inexorable price rises from which it is impossible to get free; that cannot be untied; Ex.inextricable inextricable troubles; Ex. inextricable two historiesinfallible unerring; never making mistakes notoriously bad; notorious; well known for being bad; Ex. infamousinfamous behavior; N: infamy: infamous act; evil fame or reputationinfantile childish; infantlikeinfer deduce; conclude; N. inferenceinfernal pertaining to hell; devilish; N. inferno: place of fiery heat or destruction inhabit in numbers large enough to be harmful; Ex. Mice infested the house;infest Ex. shark-infested watersinfidel unbeliever (with respect to a particular religion) pass into or through; penetrate or enter (an organization) sneakily; Ex.infiltrate infiltrate the troops into enemy territory; CF. infiltratorinfinitesimal very smallinfirmity weaknessinflated exaggerated; pompous; enlarged (with air or gas)influx flowing intoinfraction violation (of a rule or regulation); breachinfringe violate (a law); encroach (the right of another person)ingenious marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuityingenue ingenue; young innocent girlingenuous naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candidingrained deeply established; firmly rooted; Ex. ingrained dirt/prejudiceingrate ungrateful person (not expressing thanks) become popular with; bring (oneself) in favor of another; Ex. ingratiateingratiate himself with the bossinherent firmly established by nature or habit; intrinsic
  • 95. inhibit restrain; prohibit; retard or prevent; N. inhibitioninhibited (of a person) unable to express what one really feels (of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental; CF.inimical enemyinimitable matchless; not able to be imitatediniquitous wicked; immoral; unrighteous; N. iniquity; Ex. den of iniquity begin; originate; receive into a group; introduce to a new field or activity;initiate Ex. initiate someone into the mysteries of a secret religion; N: one who has been initiatedinjurious harmful; causing injuryinkling hint; slight indicationinnate inborninnocuous harmless change; something newly introduced; introduction of something new; V.innovation innovate: begin or introduce (something new); be creative; ADJ. innovativeinnuendo indirect or subtle (derogatory) hint; insinuation; Ex. sexual innuendoinopportune untimely; inappropriate or ill-timed; poorly choseninordinate beyond reasonable limits; unrestrained; excessive; Ex. inordinate demandsinquisitive eager for knowledge; unduly curiousinquisitor questioner (especially harsh); investigator; person making an inquisition hostile invasion; advance that lessens the quantity or difficulty ofinroad something; Ex. The long illness made serious inroads on his savings; CF. raidinsalubrious unwholesome; not healthful; Ex. insalubrious placeinsatiable not easily satisfied; unquenchable; Ex. insatiable appetiteinscrutable difficult to understand; impenetrable; not readily understood; mysteriousinsensate without feeling; lacking sense; foolish unconscious; unresponsive; insensitive; unaware; imperceptible; Ex.insensible insensible of his danger/to pain; Ex. insensible change; CF. not the opposite of sensible treacherous; stealthy; sly; working or spreading harmfully in a stealthyinsidious manner; Ex. insidious spreading of dry rotinsightful discerning; perceptive hint; imply; suggest indirectly; creep in; introduce or insert (oneself) byinsinuate artful means; Ex. insinuate himself into the bosss favor; CF. ingratiate
  • 96. insipid lacking in flavor; lacking interest; dull; Ex. insipid food/characterinsolence impudent disrespect; haughtiness; ADJ. insolent; CF. haughty + rudeinsolvent bankrupt; lacking money to pay; N. insolvencyinsomnia wakefulness; inability to sleepinsouciant without concern or care; unconcerned; indifferentinstigate start; urge; provoke; incite; Ex. instigate a search/quarrelinstitute organization for a special purpose; V: establish instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, orinstitution relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriageinstitutionalize make into an institution; put or confine in an institutioninsubordination disobedience; rebelliousness; ADJ. insubordinateinsubstantial lacking substance; insignificant; frail; immaterial narrow-mindedness; isolation; ADJ. insular: of an island; isolated; narrow-insularity minded; CF. peninsulainsuperable insurmountable; unbeatable; Ex. insuperable difficultiesinsurgent rebellious; N.insurmountable overwhelming; unbeatable; insuperableinsurrection rebellion; uprisingintangible not able to be perceived by touch; vagueintegral complete; necessary for completeness; Ex. integral partintegrate make whole; combine; make into one unit honesty; uprightness; wholeness; state of being whole and undivided;integrity completenessintellect higher mental powers; person of great intellectual abilityintelligentsia intellectuals; members of the educated elite (often used derogatorily)inter bury; N. intermentinterdict prohibit; forbid; N. meantime; Ex. in the interim; ADJ. taking place during an interim; Ex.interim interim paperinterjection exclamation; Ex. ``Ouchinterloper intruder; one who interferesintermediary intermediate; acting as a mediator; N: mediator; go-betweeninterminable endlessintermittent periodic; on and off; stopping and starting at intervals
  • 97. internecine mutually destructiveinterpolate insert betweeninterregnum period between two successive reigns or governmentsinterrogate question closely; cross-examine; cross-questioninterstice narrow space between thingsintervene come between; interfere; Ex. intervened to prevent a fight; N. intervention hint; suggest; imply; ADJ: marked by close relationship; familiar; private;intimate personal; Ex. intimate knowledge/thoughts in the diary; N: close friend or confidant; CF. intimacyintimidate frighten; N. intimidation not willing to accept ways of thinking different from ones own; CF. tolerant;intolerant CF. tolerate make drunk; stimulate or excite; Ex. intoxicated by all the money he mightintoxicate winintractable unruly; difficult to manage; Ex. intractable problem/child refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent:intransigence uncompromisingintrepid fearless make secret plans; plot; arouse the curiosity of; N: secret scheme; plot;intrigue secret love affairintrinsic essential; inherent; built-inintrospective looking within oneself; N. introspection: self-examination one who is introspective or inclined to think more about oneself; ADJ.introvert introverted put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person;intrude Ex. intrude ones own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in immediate insight; power of knowing without reasoning; ADJ. intuitive; V.intuition intuit: know by intuitioninundate flood; overflow; submerge; cover completely; Ex. inundated with work accustomed; hardened; Ex. inured to the Alaskan cold; V. inure: make usedinured to something undesirable; harden; CF. unfeeling one incapacitated(disabled) by a chronic illness; ADJ: incapacitated byinvalid illness; not valid; null; V: allow to leave (a military force) because of ill- healthinvalidate weaken; destroy; make invalid; nullifyinvective abuse
  • 98. inveigh denounce; utter censure or invective; Ex. inveigh against the evils of drink deceive; lead astray by deception; wheedle(cajole); Ex. inveigle her intoinveigle joining the club; CF. interest dishonestlyinverse oppositeinvert turn upside down or inside out; reverse the position or condition ofinveterate deep-rooted; habitual; CF. grow old designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex.invidious invidious comparisoninvincible unconquerable secure from corruption, attack, or violation(or profanation); unassailable;inviolable Ex. inviolable oath/rights; N. inviolability prayer for help (used in invoking); calling upon as a reference or support;invocation act of invoking call and bring into use (a right or law); call on/upon (a higher power or god)invoke for help; ask for; beg for; conjure (a spirit); Ex. invoke the veto power; Ex. invoke ones advisor/Godinvulnerable incapable of injury; impossible to damage or injureiota very small quantityirascible irritable; easily angeredirate angry; CF. ire: anger; wrathiridescent exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescenceirksome annoying; tedious; V. irk: annoyironic expressing irony; occurring in an unexpected and contrary manner hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite ofirony what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaningirreconcilable impossible to reconcile; incompatible; not able to be resolvedirrefutable indisputable; incontrovertible; undeniableirrelevant not applicable; unrelatedirremediable incurable; uncorrectable; impossible to remedyirreparable not able to be corrected or repaired; impossible to repairirrepressible unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold backirreproachable beyond reproach; blameless; impeccable; Ex. irreproachable conductirresolute uncertain how to act; weak; lacking in resolution; indecisive; N. irresolutionirretrievable impossible to recover or regain; CF. retrieve
  • 99. irreverence lack of proper respect or reverence; ADJ. irreverentirrevocable unalterable; irreversible; impossible to revokeisotope varying from of an elementisthmus narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land wandering; traveling from place to place (to perform work); Ex. itinerantitinerant preacheritinerary plan of a trip; record of a trip A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Jjab poke abruptly with something sharp; punch with short blowsjabber chatter rapidly or unintelligibly tired or uninterested by surfeit; fatigued; surfeited; worn out; wearied; Ex.jaded jaded appetite language used by special group; technical terminology; gibberish; nonsensicaljargon or incoherent talk medical condition in which the skin, the white part of the eyes, etc. turnjaundice yellow; V: affect with jaundice; affect with prejudice, envy, or hostility; bias yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long andjaundiced disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eyejaunt trip; short journey cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree;jaunty dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hatjeopardize endanger; imperil; put at risk; N. jeopardy: dangerjest playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfullyjetsam things thrown from a ship (to lighten the ship)jettison throw overboard (from a ship or plane)jibe agree; be in harmony with; gibe extremely aggressive and militant patriot; warlike chauvinist; N. jingoism:jingoist extreme nationalismjocose given to(having a tendency of) jokingjocular said or done in jest or playfully; marked by jokingjocund merryjollity gaiety; cheerfulness; ADJ. jolly: merry; gay
  • 100. shove; bump; push against (someone) rather roughly; Ex. jostled by thejostle crowdsjovial good-natured; merry; cheerfuljubilation rejoicing; great joyjudiciary judicial branch of governmentjudicious sound on judgment; wisejug pitcher; container for holding liquids irresistible crushing force; overwhelming advancing force that crushesjuggernaut everything in its pathjumble mix in a confused wayjuncture crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joiningjunket trip especially one taken for pleasure by an official at public expense group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officersjunta ruling a country after seizing power (by force)juridical of the law and its administration; CF. judicial: of courts of law; CF. judiciaryjurisdiction right and power to apply the law; authorityjurisprudence science of lawjuxtapose place side by side; CF. next A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - K tube in which patterns made by the reflection in mirrors of colored pieces ofkaleidoscope glass, etc. produce interesting symmetrical effects; series of changing events; Ex. kaleidoscope of European history; CF. beautifulken range of knowledge; Ex. beyond ones kenkernel central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)killjoy grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of otherskindle start a fire; ignite; inspire; arouse related; belonging to the same group; similar in nature or character; Ex.kindred kindred languages; N: relative; kin; kinshipkinetic producing motion; of motionkismet fate; destiny; Ex. Kismet is the Arabic word for fate.kleptomaniac person who has a compulsive desire to stealknack special talent; art
  • 101. knave untrustworthy person; rogue; scoundrel; jack; N. knavery mix; work dough; mix and work into a uniform mass (with the hands); Ex.knead knead doughkneel go down on ones knee(s) tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of theknell funeral bell; V. contract into wrinkles; grow together; join together closely; make (a fabric orknit garment) by interwining yarn or thread; Ex. knit the brow; Ex. The bones should knit together in a few weeks.knoll little round hill; hillockknotty intricate; difficult; tangled; CF. knotkudos honor; glory; acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Llabile likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. labilitylaborious demanding much work or care; tediouslabyrinth maze cord used to draw and tie together two opposite edges (as of a shoe); delicatelace fabric made of fine threads; V: draw together by tying a lacelaceration torn ragged wound; V. lacerate: tear (the skin as with broken glass); woundlachrymose producing tears; tearfullackadaisical lacking interest or effort; lacking purpose or zest; lazy; halfhearted; languidlackluster lacking luster(shine; gloss); dulllaconic brief and to the point; using few words; terselag move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.laggard slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler shallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea bylagoon sandbars or coral reefslaity laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergylament grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, orlampoon institutionlance pierce with a lance; cut into; N: spearlike weapon
  • 102. lancet small surgical tool for making incisionslanguid lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listlesslanguish lose animation or strengthlanguor lack of physical or mental energy; lassitude; depressionlank long and thin; Ex. Lank, gaunt, Abraham Lincoln take in food or drink with ones tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping thelap shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated personlarceny theft; Ex. petit larcenylarder pantry; place where food is keptlargess generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)lascivious lustfullassitude languor; weariness; listlessness fastening or lock consisting of a movable bar that fits into a notch; V: closelatch with a latch present but not yet noticeable or active; dormant; hidden; N. latency; CF.latent potentiallateral of or coming from the sidelatitude freedom from narrow limitationslaud praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise liberal; wasteful; generous or wasteful in giving or using; abundant; profuse;lavish great; Ex. decorated lavishly; V. give in abundancelax careless; negligent; not paying enough attention; Ex. lax servicelayman man who is not a cleric; man who is nonprofessional restraining rope fastened to the collar of an animal (to control it); Ex. a dog onleash a leash add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast,leaven that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivensleave-taking farewell or departurelechery gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous manlectern reading desk or stand for a public speakerleery (of someone) suspicious; wary; cautiousleeway room to move; margin; latitude; Ex. leeway for the deadlinelegacy gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestorlegato (of music) played smoothly
  • 103. legend explanatory list of symbols on a maplegerdemain sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of handlegislature legislating branch of government; CF. legislate: make laws mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment orleniency punishmentleonine like a lionlethal deadlylethargic drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivitylevee earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raiselevitate rise and float in the air (especially by magical means); CF. lightlevity lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity; lightness of manner impose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax); Ex. levy a tax onlevy tobaccolewd lustfullexicographer compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionarylexicon dictionary drawback; handicap; debts; obligation; responsibility; condition of beingliability liable; ADJ. liable: likely; responsible (for paying) contact that keeps parties in communication; communication between groups;liaison one that maintains communication; go-between; secret love affair; V. liaise: keep a connection defamatory written statement; act of writing something that smears a personslibel character; V. ADJ. libelouslibertine debauched person; dissolute or licentious person; roue; CF. freelibidinous lustfullibido psychic and emotional energy or urges behind human activity; sexual desirelibretto text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedomlicense that causes harm or damage; V.licentious amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrainedlien legal claim or right on a propertyligneous like woodlilliputian extremely small; CF. Lilliput in Gullivers Travelslimber flexible; supple; pliable; V.limbo region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex.
  • 104. Purgatory and Limbolimn draw; outline; describe; CF. line ?limp walk lamely; ADJ: lacking firmness; weaklimpid crystal clearlineage descent; ancestrylineaments features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line loiter or dawdle; be slow in leaving; delay going; continue or persist; be slow tolinger disappear; Ex. The smell lingered for days.linguistic pertaining to languagelionize treat (a person) as a celebrityliquidate settle accounts; pay off (a debt); clear up; eliminate; kill or abolishlist tilt (as of a ship); lean over (to one side)listless lacking in spirit or energy; languid supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replieslitany in the same wordslithe flexible; supple; CF. limberlitigation lawsuit; N. litigant: one party in a lawsuit; V. litigatelitotes understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good) waste material thrown away (as bits of paper scattered untidily); V: coverlitter untidily with scattered litter lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremelylivid angry reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath forloath him to go.loathe detest; ADJ. loathsome: arousing loathing; offensive; Ex. loathsome smelllode metal-bearing vein(long deposit of an ore)loft room or space under the roof; atticlofty very high record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities; section of a trunk;log V.loiter hang about/around; stand idly about; lingerloll lounge aboutlongevity long life; long duration act of keeping watch; high place commanding a wide view; person who keepslookout watch
  • 105. appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged, indistinct, or distorted form); Ex.loom The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly. N: apparatus for making thread into clothlope gallop slowlylopsided heavier or larger on one side than the other; Ex. lopsided way of walkingloquacious talkative; N. loquacitylot object used in making a determination at random; fate; piece of landlottery contest in which winners are selected in a drawing of lotslounge stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed waylout clumsy person; ADJ. loutish; CF. from countrysides ?low moo; make the sound of a cowlubricate apply a lubricant to; N. lubricant: substance that reduces frictionlucid easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. luciditylucrative profitable; producing wealthlucre money; profit; Ex. filthy lucreludicrous laughable; ridiculous; triflinglugubrious mournful; sorrowful moment of calm; period of reduced activity; Ex. a lull in the rain; V: cause tolull become less active; cause to sleep or rest; Ex. lull the opponents into a false sense of security; CF. lullaby move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N:lumber timberlumen unit of light energy (one candles worth) celebrity (in a specific field); dignitary; object that gives light (as a celestialluminary body)luminous shining (esp. in the dark); issuing light; Ex. luminous paint/road signslunar pertaining to the moonlunatic insane; Ex. lunatic asylumlurid wild; sensational; graphic; gruesome; horrible; Ex. lurid details of the murderlurk stealthily lie in waiting; slink; exist unperceivedluscious pleasing to taste or smell; deliciouslush (of a plant or grass) growing very welllust intense sexual desire; intense eagerness; V.luster shine; gloss (of a polished surface)
  • 106. lustrous shining; brilliant; Ex. lustrous hair abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; richluxuriant and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriateluxuriate take pleasure in great comfort A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Mmacabre gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death ceremonial staff used as a symbol of authority; clublike medievalmace weapon soften by soaking in liquid; waste away; Ex. macerate powderedmacerate wood to make paper crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, whichMachiavellian holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V.machinations machinatemaculated spotted; stained; CF. immaculatemadrigal pastoral song; song for several singers without instrumentsmaelstrom violent whirlpool; violent or tublent situation; CF. stream authoritative; imperious; commanding; of a magistrate; Ex.magisterial magisterial study of Roman law; Ex. magisterial mannermagistrate official with power to administer the lawmagnanimity generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (inmagnate business or industry); Ex. oil magnatemagniloquent boastful; pompousmagnitude greatness (in size or extent); extentmaim mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need); Ex.makeshift makeshift sheltermaladroit clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bunglingmalady illness uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain ormalaise appearance of disease)malapropism comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
  • 107. malapropos inappropriate; ADV. person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person;malcontent ADJ: discontentedmalediction cursemalefactor evildoer; criminalmaleficient doing evil; N. maleficiencemalevolent wishing evil; exhibiting ill will; N. malevolencemalfeasance wrongdoing; misconduct (by a public official) hateful; spiteful; expressing malice; N. malice: desire to harm others;malicious spite speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful;malign Ex. malign influence tending to cause death; highly injurious; aggressively malevolent; Ex.malignant malignant tumor one who feigns illness to escape duty; V. malinger: feign illness tomalingerer avoid work (of a metal) capable of being shaped by pounding(beating); pliable;malleable (of someone) impressionable(easily influenced); easily controlled; tractablemalodorous foul-smellingmammal vertebrate animal whose female suckles its youngmammoth gigantic; enormousmanacle restrain; handcuff; N. order; charge; authoritative command; power to govern another country; power to given to a government; region undermandate administration; V: give a mandate to; place under a mandate; Ex. mandated territorymandatory obligatory; compulsory; of a mandate strategic military or naval movement (done for training purposes);maneuver(manoeuver) carefully planned process; stratagem; V: carry out a military maneuver; use maneuvers in gaining an endmange skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hairmangle tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure; Ex. badly mangled bodiesmangy shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disordermaniacal of the mind; intense enthusiasm
  • 108. manifest evident; visible; obvious; V: show plainly outward demonstration; manifesting; indication of the presence ofmanifestation something; Ex. manifestation of his pronounced musical bentmanifesto public declaration of principles; statement of policymanifold many in number or kind; numerous; varied operate with ones hands; control or play upon (people, forces, etc.)manipulate artfully; maneuver; Ex. how to manipulate publicity and men; ADJ. manipulativemannered affected; not natural; Ex. mannered way of speech distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set ofmannerism styles) loose sleeveless outer garment; cloak; something that covers ormantle envelops; the layer of the earth between the crust and the coremanumit emancipate; free from slavery or bondagemar spoil the appearance ofmaraud move in search of plunder; Ex. marauding armymargin border; room; allowance beyond what is needed; Ex. margin of safetymarginal of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing abilitymarital pertaining to marriage bordering on(adjacent to) the sea; nautical; of the ships or the sea;maritime Ex. Maritime Provinces noticeable; targeted for vengeance or attack; Ex. markedmarked improvement/manmaroon leave helpless on a deserted island or coast; ADJ. red brownmarred damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure soft fatty tissue that fills most bone cavities and is the source of bloodmarrow cells put in order; guide ceremoniously to the correct place; Ex. marshalmarshal the children into the museum; N: military officer; official one of a family of mammals that nurse their offspring in amarsupial pouch(pocket of skin or leather); CF. kangaroo, opossum, wombatmartial warlike; of war; Ex. martial art/law strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rulesmartinet and orders; CF. Jean Martinet one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause;martyr great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism
  • 109. crush into mash; convert into mash; N: mixture of ground grain andmash nutrients fed to livestock and fowlmasochist person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism one who builds or works with stone or brick; N. masonry: work of amason mason; stonework or brickwork wear a mask or disguise; pretend; N: costume party or ball at whichmasquerade masks are worn; pretense; disguisemass Christian religious ceremony; CF. Mass: ceremony of the Eucharistmasticate chew not shiny; matte; having a dull finish; N: flat piece of material used asmat a floor covering; V. preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regardmaterialism for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)maternal motherly; N. maternity: motherhoodmatinee(matinee) dramatic or musical performance given in the afternoonmatriarch woman who rules a family or larger social groupmatriculate enroll (in college or graduate school); CF. matrixmatrimony state of being married point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die;matrix Ex. the matrix of Western civilizationmaudlin effusively sentimental handle roughly; batter; injure by beating; Ex. mauled by hismaul overexcited fans; N: heavy long-handled hammermausoleum monumental tomb; large stately tomb; CF. Mausolosmauve pale purplemaverick rebel; nonconformist (in a group) mushy(sentimental) and gushy; icky-sticky sentimental; excessivelymawkish and objectionably sentimentalmaxim proverb; truth pithily stated injury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person;mayhem violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maimmeager scanty; inadequate indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said);mealymouthed hypocritical; evasive wind or turn in its course; follow a winding or turning course; movemeander aimlessly and idly
  • 110. meddlesome interfering; V. meddle: interfere settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as anmediate intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-firemediocre ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor badmeditation reflection; thought; V. meditate element that is a creatures natural environment; nutrient setting in which microorganisms are cultivated; appropriate occupation ormedium means of expression; channel of communication; compromise; middle position between extremes; intervening substanmedley mixturemeek submissive; patient and long-suffering mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized bymegalomania delusions of wealth, power, or importancemelancholy gloomy; morose; blue; N. ADJ. melancholic; CF. melancholiamelee fight (of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; havingmellifluous a pleasant tunememento token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visitmemoir memoirs; autobiography; biography something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to honor thememorial memory of a person or event; ADJ: commemorativememorialize commemoratemenace threat; V: threatenmenagerie collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoomendacious lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacitymendicant beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menialmenial work (esp. servant in a house)mentor counselor; teachermercantile concerning trade or merchantsmercenary motivated solely by money or gain; N. capricious; quick and changing; fickle; containing the elementmercurial mercury; Ex. mercurial temper; CF. mood flashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex.meretricious metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute
  • 111. merger combination (of two business corporations); act of mergingmerit deserve; ADJ. meritorious: deserving reward or praisemesmerize hypnotize; N. mesmerism; CF. Franz Mesmer pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy:metallurgical science that deals with extracting metals from ores change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V.metamorphosis metamorphose: change by metamorphosismetaphor implied comparison; CF. simile pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N.metaphysical metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of realitymete measure; distribute; administer; Ex. mete out justice/punishment like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame;meteoric N. meteormeter arrangement of words in the form of poetry (by accentual rhythm)methodical systematic; N. method: systematic method of procedure excessively careful (with great attention to detail); painstaking;meticulous scrupulous metric; written in the form of poetry; Ex. metrical translation ofmetrical Homermetropolis large city courage (to continue bravely in spite of difficulties); spirit; ADJ.mettle mettlesome swamp gas; heavy vaporous atmosphere often emanating frommiasma decaying matter; pervasive corrupting influence; noxious atmosphere or influence small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm ofmicrocosm English society changing its habitat; wandering; Ex. migrant birds/workers; N: onemigrant that migrates wandering; V. migrate: move from one region and settle in another;migratory move periodically from one region to another social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of ones milieu;milieu Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.militant combative; bellicose; N. work against; Ex. militate against the chances of promotion; CF.militate serve as a soldier
  • 112. militia army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers thousand-year period (as in the New Testament); hoped-for period ofmillennium happiness and prosperity pantomime(act without dialogue); mimicry; mimer; V: mimic;mime pantomimemimicry imitationminatory menacing; threatening affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way,mincing taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincermingle mix together in close associationminiature small model; small painting; ADJ: smallminion servile dependent; obsequious followerminuscule(miniscule) extremely small extremely small; CF. minutes: official record of the proceedings at aminute meetingminutiae petty or trivial details; CF. minutiamirage unreal reflection; optical illusion entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deepmire mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the miremirth merriment; laughtermisadventure mischance; ill luck; Ex. death by misadventuremisanthrope one who hates mankind; misanthropistmisapprehension error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehendmiscellaneous made up of a variety of partsmiscellany mixture of writings on various subjects; collection of various itemsmischance ill luck behavior (of children) causing trouble with no serious harm; damage;mischief harm; Ex. mischief to the crops; ADJ. mischievous: causing mischief; playfully troublesomemisconduct immoral behavior; bad management; V.misconstrue interpret incorrectly; misinterpret; misjudge wretch; wrongdoer; villain; Ex. kindness to the miscreant; CF.miscreant believe
  • 113. misdemeanor minor crime; misdeed; wrongdoingmiserly stingy; meanmisgivings doubtsmishap unfortunate accidentmisnomer wrong or improper name; incorrect designationmisogamy hatred of marriagemisogynist hater of woman; CF. misogynymissile object to be thrown or projectedmissive letter; written statement; CF. sentmite very small object or insect-like creature; small coinmitigate appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as asmnemonic formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aidmobile movable; not fixed; N. mobilitymock ridicule; deride; imitate often in derision prevailing style; current fashion; manner; way of doing something;mode Ex. in the latest mode; Ex. simple mode of life limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum ofmodicum sense; CF. moderatemodish fashionable; conforming to the current fashion tone down in intensity; change the intensity or tone of; regulate;modulate change from one musical key to another; Ex. modulate from E to Gmogul powerful person; Ex. oil moguls; CF. Mogol, Moghul; CF. Mongolian the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has allmolecule the properties of that substancemollify soothe an angry personmollycoddle pamper; coddle; baby; indulge excessively periodically shed or cast off hairs or feathers (for replacement by amolt(moult) new growth)molten melted; Ex. molten lavamomentous very important; N. moment; CF. momentarymomentum quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving forcemonarchy government under a single rulermonastic related to monks or monasteries; removed from worldly concerns
  • 114. monetary pertaining to moneymongrel plant or animal (esp. a dog) of mixed breed; ADJ.monochromatic having only one colormonochrome painting in only one color; ADJ.monogram design composed of one or more initials of a name; V.monograph scholarly article solidly uniform; unchangeable; unyielding; N. monolith: large blockmonolithic of stonemonotheism belief in one God sameness leading to boredom; monotonousness; ADJ. monotonous;monotony CF. monotonemonumental massive; impressively large; built as a monument fits of depression or gloom; ADJ. moody: given to changeable moods;moodiness subject to periods of depression; gloomy CF. mood: | state of mind or emotion legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on themoratorium building of new houses given to unwholesome or unhealthy thought; moody; characteristicmorbid of disease; Ex. morbid curiosity; N. morbidity; CF. disease biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordantmordant pen/witmores conventions; moral standards; moral customsmorgue mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremationmoribund dying; at the point of death; CF. deathmorose ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholymortar vessel in which substances are crushed with a pestlemortician undertaker; CF. death humiliate by embarassing excessively; shame; punish the flesh;mortify discipline (ones body) by self-denial; Ex. mortified by her blunder; Ex. mortify the flesh; CF. cause to diemosaic picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.mote small speck (esp. of dust) theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work;motif single or repeated pattern; figuremotility ability to move spontaneously; ADJ. motile: moving spontaneously
  • 115. multi-colored (as of a garment worn by a jester); mixed;motley heterogeneous; CF. jester: one who jests (as a paid fool at medieval courts) blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark withmottled blotches of different colorsmotto brief statement used to express a principlemountebank charlatan; boastful pretendermuddle confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusionmuggy (of weather) warm and damp defraud a person of something; swindle; Ex. mulct the boy of hismulct legacymultifarious varied; greatly diversified; Ex. multifarious activitiesmultiform having many formsmultilingual having many languages; fluent in several languages state of being numerous or multiple; large number; Ex. multiplicitymultiplicity of details; ADJ. multiple: of more than one element worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; of the ordinary; Ex.mundane mundane existence; CF. worldmunificent very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificiencemural wall painting dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague; Ex. murky night/fog; N.murky murk: partial or complete darkness; gloommurmur low, indistinct, continuous sound; V. CF. mumblemuse ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet) having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by anmusky Asian deer gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up ones strength for themuster ordeal; N.musty stale (in odor or taste); spoiled by age; CF. moist ability to change in form; fickleness; ADJ. mutable: able to change;mutablility fickle; CF. mutate; CF. mutant silent; without speech; not pronounced; unable to speak; N: one whomute is incapable of speech; V: soften the sound, color, shade ofmuted silent; muffled; toned down; Ex. muted traffic noisemutilate maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential partmutinous unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open
  • 116. rebellion; CF. mutineermutter utter (complaining words) indistinctly in low tonesmyopic nearsighted; lacking foresight; N. myopiamyriad very large number; ADJ. CF. ten thousand of hidden meaning and spiritual power; Ex. mystic ceremonies; N.mystic CF. mysticism A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - N lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite thenadir zenith quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility; ADJ.naivete(naivety) naive(na"ive): ingenuous; lacking worldliness; simple; credulousnarcissist conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (anarrative story); CF. narrationnascent incipient; coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in musicnatal connected with birth; CF. prenatal; CF. postnatalnatation swimmingnatty neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dressernausea feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasicknessnauseate cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nauseanauseous causing nausea; feeling nauseanautical pertaining to ships or navigation (of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through;navigable (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steerednebula diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxynebulous vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes tonecromancy communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolisnectar drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by beesnefarious very wickednegate cancel out; nullify; cause to have no effect; deny; N. negation
  • 117. neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; notnegligence taking enough carenegligible so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregardednemesis someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesisneologism new or newly coined word or phraseneophyte recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plantnepotism favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephewnether lower; Ex. nether garments/regionsnettle irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesomenexus connectionnib beak(bill); pen point precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety:nicety exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between nicetiesniggardly meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault;niggle Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: beliefnihilist that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutio quick in movement; agile; quick in understanding; Ex. nimblenimble climber/mind snip off; stop somethings growth or development; bite; make numb withnip cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himselfnirvana in the attainment of an impersonal beatitudenocturnal done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal animals/raids; CF. nocturnenoisome foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesomenomadic wandering; N. nomad: tribe who migrates from place to place terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or namingnomenclature things in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF.nominal nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned;nonchalance cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
  • 118. neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged;noncommittal undecided undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in anondescript crowdnonentity person of no importance; nonexistencenonplus put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language; Ex.nonsense make (a) nonsense of: spoil; cause to failnoose loop formed in a rope homesickness; longing for the past; Ex. nostalgia for the clothes of 1920s;nostalgia ADJ. nostalgicnostrum questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)notable conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; notednotch V-shaped cut in a surface; V.notoriety disrepute; ill famenourish provide with food necessary for life and growthnourishment something that nourishes; food star that suddenly becomes much brighter and then returns to its originalnova brightnessnovelty something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; originalnovice beginnernoxious harmful; CF. obnoxiousnuance shade of slight difference in meaning or color; subtle distinctionnubile marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubialnugatory worthless; futilenullify make invalid; make null; invalidate person who collects coins; N. numismatics: study or collection of money,numismatist coins, and medals related to marriage or the wedding ceremony; N. nuptials: weddingnuptial ceremony suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex.nurse nurse a hope/grudge against someone nourish; feed; educate; rear; care for while it is growing or developing;nurture foster; cultivate; N: something that nourishes; rearingnutrient nourishing substance; ADJ: providing nourishment
  • 119. nutrition process of nourishing or being nourished; CF. malnutritionnutritious providing nourishment A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Ooaf stupid awkward person; CF. elf solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings;oath swear-word; Ex. ``For Christs sakeoatmeal crushed oats used for making porridgeobdurate stubborn; refusing to change ones beliefobeisance bow (to show respect and obedience) tall column tapering(becoming gradually narrower toward the end) andobelisk ending in a pyramidobese excessively fat; N. obesity confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex; make soobfuscate confused as to be difficult to understandobituary death notice (esp. in a newspaper); ADJ.objective not influenced by emotions; fair; N: goal; aim binding; required; compulsory; V. oblige: constrain; make grateful; do aobligatory favor; accommodate indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line);oblique Ex. oblique referenceobliterate destroy completely; wipe out; Ex. obliterate the villageoblivion obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness inattentive or unmindful; unaware; wholly absorbed; forgetful(having theoblivious habit of forgetting)obloquy slander; disgrace; infamyobnoxious offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell dark; vague; unclear; not well known; Ex. obscure meaning/village; V:obscure darken; cover; make unclear; Ex. obscure the moon/meaningobsequious slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophanticobsequy funeral ceremony related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession;obsessive preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively
  • 120. obsidian black volcanic rockobsolete outmoded; no longer used physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N.obstetrician obstetrics; CF. midwifeobstinate stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacyobstreperous boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable push (oneself or ones ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or onesobtrude ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusiveobtuse blunt; not sharp; stupid; slow in understandingobviate make unnecessary; get rid of; Ex. obviate the needOccident the Westocclude shut; close; obstruct; Ex. A blood clot occluded an artery. mysterious; secret; supernatural; beyond human comprehension; CF.occult mysterious to human ?; OP. bareoculist physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes chances; probability; disagreement; Ex. The odds are that it will rain. Ex. atodds odds withodious arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting fromodium hateful conduct)odoriferous giving off an odorodorous having an odorodyssey long, eventful, adventurous journey attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N.offensive offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offenseoffhand casual; done without prior thought or preparation meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering ones services; overly eager inofficious offering unwanted services or advices; Ex. officious bellboyogle look at amorously; make eyes at; Ex. old men ogling young girlsolfactory concerning the sense of smelloligarchy government by a privileged fewominous threatening; of an evil omenomnipotent all-powerful; having unlimited power
  • 121. omnipresent universally present; ubiquitousomniscient all-knowingomnivorous eating both plant and animal food; devouring everythingonerous burdensomeonomatopoeia words formed in imitation of natural soundsonslaught vicious assault; fierce attack; Ex. unexpected onslaught of the enemyonus burden; responsibility (of a thick liquid) pass or flow slowly; N: mud or thick liquid as at the bottomooze of a riveropalescent iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; N. opalescenceopaque dark; not transparent; N. opacity medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions oropiate causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opiumopportune timely; well-chosen individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage ofopportunist circumstances; N. opportunism infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn;opprobrium contempt; Ex. opprobrium hurled against him; ADJ. opprobrious: expressing contempt; shameful or infamousoptician maker and seller of eyeglassesoptimist person who looks on the bright side; N. optimismoptimum most favorable; optimal; N: most favorable condition not compulsory; left to ones choice; N. option: act of choosing; choice;optional freedom or power to choose; something available as a choice; Ex. have no option; Ex. two optionsoptometrist one who fits glasses to remedy visual defects extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance; ADJ. opulent: possessing greatopulence wealth; abundantopus work (esp. musical composition); Ex. magnum opus: masterpiece; CF. opera of an oracle; prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious ororacular ambiguous; hard to understand; N. oracle: wiser person; prophecy made by an oracleorator public speaker dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but withoutoratorio acting; CF. cantataordain decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister,
  • 122. priest, or rabbi; N. ordainment; CF. ordination severe trial or affliction; difficult experience; trial(test of patience orordeal endurance); afflictionordinance decree; authoritative orderordination ceremony conferring holy orders; ceremony of ordaining a priest wild drunken revelry; unrestrained indulgence in an activity; Ex. orgy oforgy shoppingorient get ones bearings; adjust; make familiar with a situation; orientateorientation act of finding oneself in society; orienting mouthlike opening; small opening (esp. to a cavern or passage of the body);orifice CF. mouthornate excessively or elaborately decoratedornithologist scientific student of birds; N. ornithology: scientific study of birds traditional; (of someone) conservative in belief; adhering to an establishedorthodox doctrineorthography correct spelling; CF. ortho-: straight; correct; Ex. orthodonticsoscillate vibrate pendulumlike; waverosseous made of bone; bonyossify change or harden into bone; become hard and unchanging in ones ideas apparent; appearing as such; professed(pretended); pretended; Ex. ostensibleostensible purpose of the expeditionostentatious showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious; N. ostentation: showy display banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friendsostracize ostracized him. N. ostracismoust expel; drive out; force out; N. ouster: oustingoutcast one that has been excluded from a society; ADJ.outfit clothing or equipment for a special purpose; Ex. cowboy outfitoutgoing sociable; eager to mix socially with othersoutlandish bizzare; peculiar; unconventional fugitive from the law (excluded from legal protection); V: declare (someone)outlaw to be an outlaw; deprive of the protection of the law; declare illegal; Ex. Drinking has been outlawed. point of view; view from a particular place; expectation for the future;outlook prospect; Ex. outlook on life; Ex. pleasing outlook; Ex. weather outlookoutmoded no longer in fashion or use; no longer stylish; old-fashioned
  • 123. act of extreme violence or viciousness; resentful anger; V: commit an outrageoutrage on; produce anger in; ADJ. outrageous: offensiveoutskirts fringes; outer borders (as of a city); Ex. outskirts of Bostonoutspoken candid; bluntoutstrip outrun; surpass; outdooutwit outsmart; defeat by behaving more cleverlyovation enthusiastic applause bossy; domineering and arrogant; decisively important; Ex. overbearingoverbearing manner/importance; V. overbear: dominateoverblown inflated; exaggerated watch over and direct; supervise; N. oversight: unintentional failure to noticeoversee or do something; supervisionovert open to view; public; not secret; CF. covertoverthrow topple; N. musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to beginoverture talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peaceoverturn turn over; capsize; toppleoverweening arrogant; presumptuous (of water) cover completely; defeat completely by much greater force; Ex.overwhelm overwhelmed by grief nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought:overwrought made or doneovoid egg-shaped; CF. ovum; CF. ovulate A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Ppachyderm thick-skinned animal one opposed to force; antimilitarist; ADJ. N. pacifism: opposition topacifist war as a means of resolving disputespacify soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue; bring peace topadre chaplain (in the armed forces)paean song of praise or joy; Ex. paeans celebrating the victorypainstaking taking pains; showing hard work; taking great care; very careful and
  • 124. throughpalatable agreeable; pleasing to the tastepalate roof of the mouth; sense of the tastepalatial of or suitable for a palace; magnificent study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric;paleontology Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documentspalette board on which painter mixes pigments(coloring matters) parchment or piece of writing material used for second time afterpalimpsest original writing has been erasedpall become boring; grow tiresomepallet small poor bed; Ex. straw pallet ease pain (without curing); make less severe or offensive (a crime orpalliate illness)pallid pale; wan; Ex. pallid complexion conceal in the palm of the hand; palm off: pass off; Ex. palm off somepalm bad oranges onto the lady/the painting as a real Renoir tangible; (of something bad) easily perceptible; obvious; Ex. palpablepalpable blunderpalpitate throb; beat rapidly; flutter; tremble; Ex. Her heart began to palpitate.paltry insignificant; petty; trifling; contemptible; Ex. paltry sum; CF. trashpan criticize harshlypanacea cure-all; remedy for all diseases flair; manner of doing things without any difficulty (causingpanache admiration); flamboyance; bunch of feathers (on a helmet); Ex. with great panache; widespread; affecting the majority of people; N: pandemic disease;pandemic CF. all peoplePandemonium wild tumult(commotion); wild noisy disorder; CF. Paradise Lostpander cater to (the low desires of others)panegyric formal praise; encomium; Ex. I dont deserve such panegyrics.pang sudden sharp feeling of pain denoting an unobstructed and comprehensive view; N. panorama:panoramic unbroken view of a wide areapantomime acting without dialogue; V.papyrus ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
  • 125. parable short simple story teaching a moral model; example that serves as a model; pattern; list of all theparadigm inflectional forms of a word something apparently contradictory in nature (that may nonethelessparadox be true); statement that looks false but is actually correctparagon model of perfection; Ex. paragon of virtue similar; analogous; corresponding; N: parallel line; person or thing that is parallel (to another); similarity; Ex. know of no parallel to theparallel case; Ex. without parallel; V: be similar to; make parallel; Ex. Your experience parallels mine; CF. unpparallelism state of being parallel; similarity; analogy limit; independent variable; Ex. parameters of the problem; Ex.parameter within the parameters of the budget foremost in importance; supreme; CF. para-: beyond; above; Ex.paramount paranormalparamour illicit lover psychosis marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution; N: ADJ:paranoia paranoid, paranoiac equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personalparaphernalia belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married womans property exclusive of her dowry restate a passage in ones own words while retaining thought ofparaphrase author; N: restatement of a text in other wordsparasite animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant; CF. para-: beside extremely dry; very thirsty; V. parch: make or become extremely dryparched (by exposure to heat)parchment writing material made from the skin of a sheep or goat cut away the outer covering or skin of (with a knife); trim; Ex. parepare apples/expensespariah social outcast; Ex. Mariah the pariahparish area in the care of a single priest and served by one main churchparity equality; close resemblance; CF. disparateparlance language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlanceparley conference (between opponents); CF. speakparochial narrow in scope or outlook; provincial; related to parishesparody humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty; V.
  • 126. paroxysm fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage; sudden outburst floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic like matter; CF. strip:parquet long narrow piece ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question veryparry skillfully; N.parsimony stinginess; excessive frugality; ADJ. parsimonious incomplete; favoring one side over another; having a liking forpartial something state of being partial; inclination; favorable bias; special fondness;partiality preference one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party (with dislike of anypartisan others); N: strong supporter of a party; guerrillapartition divide into partsparvenu upstart; newly rich personpasse old-fashioned; past the primepass_off present falsely; represent falsely to be not active; acted upon; receiving an action without acting in return;passive accepting without resistance smooth viscous mixture as of flour(powder made by crushing grain)paste and water (used as an adhesive); V: cause to adhere by applying paste imitation of anothers style in musical composition or in writing; workpastiche of art openly imitating the works of other artistspastoral rural; of rural life; idyllic; of a pastorpastry paste of flour and water (eaten when baked) obvious; easily seen; open for the public to read; of or protected by apatent patent; Ex. patent to everyone; N.pathetic causing sadness, compassion, pity; touchingpathological pertaining to disease; N. pathology: study of disease tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces thesepathos feelings; Ex. pathos that runs through the novel green crust on old bronze works or copper; tone slowly taken bypatina varnished paintingpatois local or provincial dialectpatriarch father and ruler of a family or tribe noble; aristocratic; N: person of high rank; aristocrat; CF. member ofpatrician the governing classes in ancient Rome; CF. plebian
  • 127. patrimony property inherited from a father support; act superior toward; treat in a condescending manner; be apatronize customer of; N. patron: one that supports; regular customer; N. patronage; CF. boycottpaucity scarcity; dearthpauper very poor personpeccadillo slight offense or fault; CF. sinpecuniary pertaining to moneypedagogue teacher; CF. child leaderpedagogy teaching; art of education scholar who overemphasizes book learning, trivial details of learning,pedant or technicalities bookish; showing off learning; marked by an excessive ostentatiouspedantic concern for book learning; N. pedantrypeddle travel about selling (wares); CF. footpedestal support or base as for a pillar or statue ordinary; dull; unimaginative(lacking in imagination); going on foot;pedestrian Ex. pedestrian prose; N.pediatrician physician specializing in childrens diseases; N. pediatricspedigree ancestry; lineage one who has equal standing with another; nobleman; V: look intently;peer N. peerage; CF. peeresspeerless having no equal; incomparablepeevish bad-tempered; irritable; V. peeve: make angry (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many womenpejorative now considers ``housewife a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.pell-mell in confusion; disorderly; Ex. dash pell-mell transparent; limpid(crystal clear); clear in meaning; easy topellucid understand fenced enclosure for animals; confining space; Ex. sheep pen; V:pen confine in a pen; enclose self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for ones sins; CF.penance penitentpenchant strong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is
  • 128. disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars hanging down from something; pending; N: ornament (hanging frompendant(pendent) a necklace etc.) not yet decided or settled; impending; Ex. pending decision; PREP.pending while awaiting; until; Ex. delay the decision pending his returnpendulous hanging; suspended enter into; pierce; permeate; see through; grasp the inner significancepenetrate of; understandpenitent repentant; N.penology study of prison management and criminal rehabilitation dreamily or deeply thoughtful; sadly thoughtful; thoughtful with apensive hint of sadness; contemplative; CF. think overpenumbra partial shadow (in an eclipse); CF. almost shadowpenury extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy landless agricultural worker; bond servant; menial worker; N.peon peonage insightful; showing a good ability at perceiving and understanding;perceptive aware; wise; of perception striking one object against another sharply; Ex. percussionpercussion instrument; N: striking together of two bodies; sound caused by percussionperdition damnation; complete ruin; hellperegrination journey; V. peregrinate demanding and leaving no choice; imperative; Ex. peremptoryperemptory decree/knock something long-lasting; perennial plant; ADJ: lasting through theperennial year or many years; lasting for a long time; enduringperfidious treacherous; disloyal; N. perfidy: treacheryperforate pierce; put a hole through done routinely and with little care; superficial; not thorough; lackingperfunctory interest, care, or enthusiasm; Ex. perfunctory kissperigee point of moons orbit when it is nearest the earth; CF. apogeeperimeter outer boundary; length of the outer boundary; circumference walking about from place to place (to work); moving; Ex. peripateticperipatetic school of philosophyperipheral of a periphery; marginal; outer; of minor importance; not central; Ex.
  • 129. peripheral nerve/interest outside edge especially of a round surface; perimeter; Ex. periphery ofperiphery the town false testimony while under oath; V. perjure oneself: testify falselyperjury under oath that can be permeated; penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas topermeable pass through; V. permeate: spread or flow throughout; chargepermissive allowing much freedom; lenient; Ex. permissive societypernicious very harmful; deadly; very destructive; Ex. pernicious effect/anemia conclusion of an oration; perorating; V. perorate: conclude a speech;peroration speak at great lengthperpetrate commit an offense; do (something wrong)perpetual everlasting make perpetual; make something last for a long time; preserve fromperpetuate extinction; N. perpetuity any gain above stipulated salary; Ex. perquisites such as free mealsperquisite(perk) and a carpersevere continue steadily in spite of difficulties continue in existence; last; continue in a course of action in spite ofpersist opposition; Ex. persist in/with something; ADJ. persistentpersonable attractive (in personality or appearance) represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment orpersonify perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. personificationperspicacious (of someone) having insight; penetrating; astuteperspicuity clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity (of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex.perspicuous perspicuous comments (esp. of a girl or young woman) impertinent; forward; trim; jaunty;pert Ex. pert young miss/hatpertinacious holding tenaciously to an action; stubborn; persistentpertinent suitable; to the point; relevantperturb disturb greatlyperuse read through with care; N. perusal spread throughout; V. pervade: (of smells, ideas, feelings) spreadpervasive throughout; charge; permeate
  • 130. purposely continuing to do something wrong; stubbornly wrongheaded; perverted; directed away from what is right; wickedperverse and unacceptable; Ex. perverse satisfaction; Ex. Hannibal Lecter in a perverse mood; N. perversityperversion corruption; turning from right to wrong corrupt; turn from right to wrong; misuse; Ex. perverted sexualpervert desire/scientific knowledge; N: person whose sexual behavior is not natural belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to takepessimism the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic causing plague; tending to cause death; baneful; N. pestilence: fatalpestilential(pestilent) epidemic disease (esp. bubonic plague)pestle tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl or mortarpetrify turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyzepetty trivial; unimportant; very small; small-minded; petty-mindedpetulant touchy; peevish; ill-tempered formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears;phalanx group of men packed together (for attack or defense) pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention topharisaical tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strictpharisee observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation; SG. phenomenon: observable fact; very unusual person, thing, or event;phenomena marvel; wonder; CF. phenomenons; ADJ. phenomenal: very unusual; extraordinary; of a phenomenon; Ex. phenomenal strengthphilanderer faithless lover; flirtphilanthropist lover of mankind; doer of good; N. philanthropyphilatelist stamp-collector; N. philately: stamp collecting narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain; uncultured person who is indifferent to artistic andPhilistine cultural values; member of an ancient people in Palestine; OP. aesthetephilology study of language or words calm and unexcitable; not easily disturbed; CF. phlegm: sticky mucusphlegmatic produced in the respiratory tractphobia morbid fear
  • 131. phoenix symbol of immortality or rebirth; Ex. phoenix rising from its ashes major classification, second to kingdom, of plants and animals;phylum category ranking below a kingdom and above a class; division face (as showing the character and the mind); art of judging humanphysiognomy character from facial features pertaining to the science of the function of living organisms; N.physiological physiology of different colors; mottled; spotted in different colors (esp. in blackpiebald and white); Ex. piebald horse; CF. pie+baldpiecemeal one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemealpied piebald; variegated(many-colored); multicoloredpiety devoutness; reverence for God; ADJ. piouspigment coloring matter (usually powder to be mixed with water or oil)pilfer steal things of small value; filch; snitchpillage plunder punish by placing in a wooden frame or pillory; subject or expose topillory criticism and ridicule; N. squeeze between the thumb and a finger, or other edges; Ex. I had topinch pinch myself to make sure I wasnt dreaming. N: amount that can be held between the thumb and a fingerpine long for; yearn; languish from longing or grief; declinepinion restrain or immobilize by binding the wings or legs; N: birds wingpinnace small boatpinnacle peak; highest point; acme; Ex. pinnacle of famepious devout; religious; N. piety pleasantly tart-tasting; spicy; pleasantly stimulating; Ex. piquantpiquant situation when my old enemy asked for my help irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V:pique provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiositypiscatorial pertaining to fishing; CF. Piscespitfall hidden danger; concealed trap core or marrow; spongelike substance in the center of stems; essence;pith substancepithy concise and meaningful; substantial; meatypittance small amount (of money); small allowance or wage
  • 132. pivotal of a pivot; central; critical; crucialplacate pacify; bring peace to; conciliate; appeaseplacebo harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pillplacid peaceful; calm; Ex. placid child/lake steal anothers ideas or writings and pass them off as ones own; Ex.plagiarize ideas plagiarized from my article; N. plagiarism; CF. kidnapplaintive expressing sorrow; mournful; Ex. plaintive song braid; interwine; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weavingplait strands together; Ex. plaited hair; N: braided length as of hair o fabric; CF. pigtail, ponytailplane carpenters tool for smoothing and leveling wood; V. CF. flatplaster paste that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls; V. ability to be molded; ADJ. plastic: capable of being shaped or molded;plasticity Ex. plastic material such as clayplatitude trite remark; commonplace statement; ADJ. platitudinousplatonic purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire praise; enthusiastic approval; round(succession or series) ofplaudit applause; ADJ. plauditory; CF. applaudplausible conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious common; vulgar; pertaining to the common people; N: commonplebeian people in ancient Rome; CF. patricianplebiscite direct vote by the entire electorate (on an important issue) (of power) complete; full; fully attended by all qualified members; Ex.plenary plenary power abundance; plenty; great amount; completeness; fullness; CF.plenitude plenary, plentyplethora excess; overabundance; Ex. a plethora of excusespliable flexible; easily influenced; yielding; adaptablepliant flexible; easily influenced difficult condition; condition or state (esp. a bad state or condition);plight predicamentploy strategem to gain an advantage; tactic; Ex. management ploy courage; V: pull off or out; pull out the hair or feathers of; ADJ.pluck plucky: courageous; braveplumage feathers of a bird;
  • 133. exactly vertical; N: weight on the end of a line; V: examine veryplumb carefully or critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding); Ex. plumb the depth ofplumber one who installs and repairs pipes and plumbing(pipes) feather, esp. large or showy one; something that rises into the air (likeplume the shape of a feather); Ex. plume of smoke: 滚几 备抚plummet fall sharply; fall straight down; Ex. Stock prices plummeted.plump pleasantly fat; nicely roundedplutocracy society ruled by the wealthypodiatrist doctor who treats ailments of the feet; chiropodist; N. podiatricspodium pedestal; raised platform quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant:poignancy touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick good judgment with composure; balance; V: place in a carefullypoise balanced positionpolar of a pole; characterized by opposite extremes; Ex. polar oppositespolarity state of having two opposite qualitiespolarize split into opposite extremes or camps attack or defense of an opinion; controversy or refutation; argumentpolemic in support of point of view; N. polemics: art of debate or controversy aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious (rather than simplypolemical(polemic) expressing opinions)politic prudent; judicious; well judged; expedient; well devised (particular form of) political organization; form of government ofpolity nation or state; Ex. student polity one who has more than one spouse at a time; CF. bigamy; CF.polygamist polyandry speaking several languages; multilingual; Ex. polyglot person/society;polyglot N. self-important behavior; acting like a stuffed shirt(pompous person);pomposity ADJ. pompous: self-important having great weight; weighty; unwieldy; lacking lightness; dull; Ex.ponderous ponderous body/style of writing pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious; CF. pontiff:pontifical pope; bishoppore study industriously; ponder; scrutinize; Ex. pore over the book; N.
  • 134. porous full of pores; like a sieveporridge soft food made by boiling oatmeal foretell; presage; be a sign or warning of; N. portent: sign; omen;portend forewarningportly stout; corpulent assume a particular posture; put forward; present; affect a particularpose attitude (to impress others); Ex. pose a threat; N. person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impressposeur others; person who poses; CF. pose descendants; future generations; Ex. go down to posterity; CF.posterity posterior, anterior after death (as of child born after fathers death or book publishedposthumous after authors death); coming or occurring after ones death; Ex. posthumous fame/novelpostmortem autopsy; ADJ: occurring after death; of a postmortem self-evident truth; something assumed without proof; V: assume thepostulate truth of (as a basis of an argument)posture assume an affected pose; act artificially; N: pose; attitudepotable suitable for drinking; drinkablepotent powerful; convincing; persuasive; greatly influentialpotentate monarch; sovereignpotential expressing possibility; latent; N: capacity for growthpotion dose (of liquids); liquid dose heterogeneous mixture; medley; mixture of dried flower petals a potpotpourri (to give a pleasant smell to a room) soothing application applied to sore and inflamed portions of thepoultice body abstract; concise summing up of main points; concise summary of aprecis textpracticable feasible based on experience; of or acquired through practice (rather thanpractical theory); useful; Ex. practical man practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth orpragmatic impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill practical person; N. pragmatism: pragmatic way of dealing withpragmatist things
  • 135. prance move about in a spirited manner (proudly and confidently)prank mischievous trickprate talk idly; speak foolishly; boast idlyprattle talk idly; babble; N. CF. pratepreamble introductory statementprecarious unsafe; lacking in stability; uncertain; risky; Ex. precarious livingprecedent preceding (in time, rank, etc.)precept practical rule guiding conduct; Ex. mothers precept division of a city for election or police purposes; precincts: space thatprecinct surrounds a building; Ex. precincts of the collegeprecipice cliff; dangerous position; Ex. on the edge of the precipice something that causes a substance in a chemical solution to separateprecipitant out in solid form; OP. solvent hurl downward; throw headlong; hasten; cause to happen sooner;precipitate condense and fall as rain or snow; cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution; ADJ. hasty; rash; premature; suddenprecipitous steep; overhasty; precipitateprecise exactpreclude make impossible; prevent; exclude; eliminateprecocious advanced in development; N. precocityprecursor forerunner; predecessor predatory animal or bird; predatory person; creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others; ADJ.predator predatory: living by preying on other organisms; plundering; N. predationpredecessor former occupant of a post determine in advance; predestine; settle or decide beforehand;predetermine influence markedlypredicament difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemmapredilection preference; partiality give an inclination toward (in advance); make susceptible to; Ex.predispose predispose people to certain cancer; N. predispositionpreeminent outstanding; superior prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first;preempt appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
  • 136. make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction or pride; (of apreen bird) smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak; Ex. preen oneself on; CF. pruneprefatory introductory; of a prefaceprefigure be a sign of; foreshadow capable of grasping or holding (esp. by wrapping around); Ex.prehensile prehensile tailsprelate church dignitary; priest of high position in the church (esp. bishop)prelude introduction; introductory performance or event; forerunnerpremeditate plan in advance; Ex. premeditated murderpremise assumption; postulate; proposition upon which an argument is basedpremonition forewarning; presentiment; forebodingpremonitory serving to warn superiority of power, quantity, etc.; V. preponderate: be greater inpreponderance power, weight, or importance; ADJ. preponderantprepossessing attractive; CF. preoccupying ?preposterous absurd; completely unreasonable; ridiculousprerogative privilege; unquestionable right; CF. ask beforepresage foretell; be a warning or sign of; N: presentiment; foreboding; omen ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur;prescience ADJ. prescient premonition; foreboding; feeling something will happen; anticipatorypresentiment fear respect or admiration; impression produced by achievements orprestige reputation; ADJ: causing admiration; ADJ. prestigious: having prestige take for granted; assume; act overconfidently; take liberties; presumepresume on/upon: take unfair advantage of (someones kindness or connection); N. presumption going beyond what is right; excessively forward; arrogant; takingpresumptuous liberties feign; pretend to: claim to possess; make pretensions to; Ex. I dontpretend pretend to much expertise; N. pretense pretentiousness; claim (without foundation); Ex. I make nopretension pretensions to skill as an artist. ostentatious; showy; pompous; making unjustified claims;pretentious overambitious; Ex. pretentious films that claim to be art
  • 137. beyond what is normal in nature; supernatural; Ex. preternaturalpreternatural strength/forcespretext excuse be widespread; triumph over; gain victory; prevail on: persuade;prevail induce; Ex. Justice has prevailed; Ex. prevail on someone to do somethingprevalent widespread; generally acceptedprevaricate lie; hide the truth (by equivocating) target of a hunt; victim; V: hunt and eat as prey; victimize; Ex. Catsprey prey on mice. proper to the point of affectation; very precise and formal;prim exceedingly proper first in rank or importance; being first in time; original; Ex. mansprimal primal innocence first in rank or importance; principal; earliest in time; Ex. primaryprimary stages; N. CF. firstprimate group of mammals including humans period of ideal or peak condition; earliest or beginning stage; Ex. inprime the prime of life; Ex. prime of the year(spring); ADJ: first in importance or rank; first; V: make ready; prepare seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of theprimogeniture eldest child (to inherit the entire property of one or both parents)primordial existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentaryprimp groom oneself with care; adorn oneself unspoiled; remaining in a pure state; characteristic of earlier times;pristine primitive; Ex. an old book in pristine condition lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life; hardship; want; CF.privation deprive secret; hidden; not public; made a participant in something secret;privy Ex. privy chamber government; Ex. be privy to a discussion; CF. private pry; move with a lever; value highly; esteem; Ex. his most prizedprize possession; N: something captured during war-time (esp. an enemy ship) explore with a probe or tools; investigate; N: slender instrument usedprobe to explore a wound or body cavity; device designed to investigate an unknown region; thorough investigation; Ex. space probeprobity uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility
  • 138. causing a problem; open to doubt; doubtful; unsettled; questionable;problematic Ex. Whether the arena will ever be completed is problematic.proclivity inclination; natural tendency (esp. towards something bad)procrastinate postpone; delay or put off obtaining; V. procure: obtain by effort; obtain (a prostitute) forprocurement another poke (with a pointed object); stir up; urge; goad to action; N: pointedprod object used to prod; prodding wasteful; reckless with money; profuse; Ex. a mind prodigal of ideas;prodigal N. prodigality enormous; marvelous; extraordinary; Ex. prodigiousprodigious amount/memoryprodigy highly gifted child; person with exceptional talents; marvel; wonder violate; desecrate (something holy); treat unworthily; be profane for;profane ADJ: secular; nonreligious; irreverent for holy things wasteful (of money); dissipated; wildly immoral; dissolute; N:profligate profligate person; N. profligacy deep; not superficial; complete; Ex. profoundprofound thinker/remark/silence/deafness; N. profundity great amount; plenty; overabundance; excess; lavish expenditure; Ex.profusion profusion of choices; ADJ. profuse: plentiful; copious; giving or given abundantly; extravagantprogenitor ancestorprogeny children; offspring; descendantsprognosis forecasted course of a disease; prediction; CF. prognosticprognosticate predict (according to present indications) so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent theprohibitive purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid; Ex. prohibitive taxprojectile missile; fired or thrown object (such as stone or bullet) member of the working class; blue collar guy; N. proletariat: workingproletarian class (who have to work for wages)proliferate grow rapidly (in numbers); spread; multiply; N. proliferation producing offspring or fruit in abundance; fertile; fecund; abundantlyprolific fruitful; producing abundant works; Ex. prolific writerprolixity tedious wordiness; verbosity; ADJ. prolix: wordy; verbose; diffuseprologue introduction (to a poem or play)
  • 139. prolong lengthen; extend; draw outprominent protruding(sticking out); conspicuous; notable; eminent mixed indiscriminately; indiscriminate; not choosing carefully;promiscuous indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners; irregular, particularly sexually; Ex. promiscuous life/girl; N. promiscuitypromontory headland advance in rank; advance; help to flourish; advocate; help actively inpromote forming; publicize or popularize; Ex. Milk promotes health; Ex. promote a match/bill; Ex. promote a new product cause; urge; provoke; provide a cue (for an actor); ADJ: done withoutprompt delay; done at the right time; punctual; on time; N: reminder or cue announce; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by officialpromulgate publication inclined to; likely to (suffer); prostrate; lying with the frontprone downward; Ex. prone to disease/make mistakes; Ex. accident-proneprong pointed projecting partpronounced distinct; very noticeable; Ex. pronounced limpprop support placed under or against something; V. increase in number by producing young; multiply; spread; Ex. Mostpropagate plants propagate by seed; Ex. newspaper propagating their ideas substance which propels or drives forward (such as an explosivepropellant(propellent) charge or a rocket fuel)propensity natural inclination of a prophet or prophecy; having to do with predicting the future; N.prophetic prophecy; V. prophesy; N. prophet used to prevent disease; N: something prophylactic; condom; N.prophylactic prophylaxis: prevention of diseasepropinquity nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinshippropitiate appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory favorable; auspicious; advantageous; fortunate; Ex. propitiouspropitious day/signproponent supporter; backer; opposite of opponent put forth for consideration or analysis; set forth; Ex. propound apropound problem/theory fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity topropriety prevailing customs and usages; CF. proprietor, proprietarypropulsive driving forward; N. propulsion
  • 140. lacking in imagination; dull and unimaginative; matter-of-prosaic fact(concerned with facts, not imagination or feelings); factual; CF. proseproscenium part of stage in front of curtain; front arch of a stageproscribe prohibit; ostracize; banish; outlaw (induce someone to) convert to a religion or belief; N. proselyte: newproselytize convert to a doctrine or religionprosody art of versification; study of the metrical structure of verse become successful (esp. financially); thrive; grow well; Ex. childrenprosper prospering under his careprosperity good fortune and financial success; physical well-beingprosperous successful; rich; affluent; well-to-do; well-off stretch out full on ground; make prostrate; enervate; Ex. prostratingprostrate illness; ADJ: lying face down; having lost all strengthprotege person receiving protection and support from a patron leader or noticeable supporter of an idea; chief character in a play orprotagonist story able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to changeprotean his shape at will diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats;protocol first copy of a treaty before its ratification; Ex. Protocol demands that the queen meet him at the airport.prototype original work used as a model by othersprotract prolong; lengthen in time; draw outprotrude stick out; jut; project; Ex. protruding teethprotuberance protrusion; swelling; bulge place of origin; origin or source of something; Ex. Gunpowder is ofprovenance Chinese provenance; CF. comeprovender dry food for livestock; fodder adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ.proverb proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially quality of being provident; divine care; gods care; Providence: god;providence Ex. It seemed like providence that the doctor happened to be there; ADJ. providential: of divine providence; fortunate providing for future needs; displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing forprovident emergencies; OP. improvidentprovincial pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; narrow; unsophisticated
  • 141. act of providing; something provided; preparatory measure;provision provisions: necessary supplies (esp. food); stipulation; condition in an agreement; Ex. According to the provisions of the agreementprovisional tentative; temporaryproviso stipulation; condition in an agreement; provision arousing anger or sexual interest; annoying; Ex. provocative in tightprovocative jeans; V. provoke: incite to anger; cause (an unpleasant action or feeling); N. provocationprowess extraordinary ability; military bravery; Ex. prowess in battleproximity nearness; ADJ. proximateproxy authorized agent; authority to act for another excessively modest or proper person (who is easily shocked byprude improper things, esp. of a sexual nature); N. prudery; ADJ. prudish: excessively concerned with proprietyprudent cautious; careful; prudentialprune cut away; trim having or causing lustful desires and thoughts; arousing immoderateprurient sexual desire inquire impertinently (someone elses private affairs); use leverage topry raise or open something; prize; N. pries: tool for prying pen name; fictitious name assumed by an author; ADJ.pseudonym pseudonymouspsyche soul; mindpsychiatrist doctor who treats mental diseasespsychic of psyche; mental; of or possessing extraordinary mental powers pertaining to mental dearrangement; N. psychopath: person with anpsychopathic antisocial personality disorderpsychosis mental disorder; ADJ. N. psychoticpsychosomatic of the influence of the mind on the body (esp. with respect to disease)pterodactyl extinct flying reptile; CF. wing+fingerpucker gather into wrinkles or folds; N: wrinkle or foldpudding hot sweet dishpuerile childish; immature; CF. puer: boypugilist boxer; CF. pugilism: boxing combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people)pugnacity belligerent; combative in nature
  • 142. puissant powerful; strong; potent; N. puissance: powerpulchritude beauty; comeliness; ADJ. pulchritudinouspulmonary pertaining to the lungspulpit raised platform used in preaching (in a church)pulsate throb; beat regularly; vibrate regularly rhythmical throbbing of arteries; brief sudden change in a normallypulse constant quantity; V: pulsatepulverize crush or grind into very small particlespummel pommel; beat or pound with fists minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressingpunctilious niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detailpundit authority on a subject; expert; learned person stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic;pungent N. pungencypunitive punishing; Ex. punitive measurespuny tiny; weak; insignificantpurchase secure grasp or hold; firm grasp or footing place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which thepurgatory souls must expiate their sins remove or get rid of something or someone unwanted; eliminate; freepurge from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify (esp. of sin, guilt, or defilement); N. intention; purpose; meaning; V: claim; profess; Ex. order whichpurport purports to be signed by the generalpurported alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored; Ex. purported Satanistspurse pucker; contract (lips) into wrinkles; N: wallet furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer; V. purvey: supply (eg. food); furnish;purveyor CF. providepushy disagreeably aggressivepusillanimous cowardly; lacking courage; fainthearted supposed; reputed; generally regarded as such; Ex. putative father ofputative the childputrefy make or become putrid; N. putrefactionputrescent becoming putrid; putrefying
  • 143. putrid decayed and foul-smelling; foul; rotten; decayed; N. putridity baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in anpuzzle effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.pyromaniac person with an insane desire to set things on fire A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Qquack charlatan; impostorquadruped four-footed animal; ADJ. CF. bipedquaff drink with zest; drink with relish(zest; hearty enjoyment); CF. sip bog; marsh; soft, wet, boggy land; predicament; complex or dangerousquagmire situation from which it is difficult to free oneselfquail cower; shrink back in fear; lose heartquaint odd in an old-fashioned way; odd; old-fashioned; picturesquequalified limited; restricted; V. qualify: limit the meaning of; modifyqualify reach a necessary standard; limit the meaning of something stated uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters ofqualms conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.quandary dilemma; state of uncertainty; Ex. She is in a quandary about whether to go. isolation of a person, place, or ship to prevent spread of infection; V: isolate inquarantine quarantinequarry dig into (to get stone); N: mine; crush; suppress; squash; subdue; annul; Ex. quash a rebellion/the decision ofquash the low courtquay dock; wharf; pier; landing place (for boats) experiencing nausea; nauseated; easily nauseated; squeamish; Ex. feel a littlequeasy queasyqueer strange; eccentric; deviating from the normal suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Armyquell Quells Rebellion in newspaper; CF. killquench assuage or satisfy (thrust); slake; douse or extinguish; put out; suppressquerulous given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whiningquery inquiry; question; V.queue line (of waiting people or vehicles)
  • 144. quibble minor objection or complaint; V: raise minor objections; carp; cavilquicksilver mercuryquiescent dormant; temporarily inactive; at rest; N. quiescencequietude tranquillity; calmness purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essentialquintessence element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essencequip taunt; clever sarcastic remark; V. sudden sharp turn or twist; startling twist; caprice; idiosyncrasy; peculiarity ofquirk behavior; Ex. by a quirk of fatequisling traitor who aids invaders; CF. Vidkun Quislingquiver tremble; shake; N.quixotic idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote curious; suggesting puzzlement (without saying); questioning; teasing;quizzical mocking; bantering; Ex. quizzical glancequorum minimal number of members necessary to conduct a meetingquotidian daily; commonplace; customary; Ex. quotidian routine A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Rrabble mob; noisy crowd of or suffering rabies; like a fanatic; extremely zealous; furious; CF. rabies:rabid hydrophobia disease passed on by the bite of an infected animal (causing madness andrabies death)raconteur story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skillraffle lottery; V: award as a prize in a raffle; Ex. raffle off a new car scrap of cloth; ADJ. ragged: old and torn; seeming unfinished andrag imperfect; Ex. ragged debut/performanceragamuffin dirty child in torn clothes; person wearing tattered clothesrail complain bitterly; scold; rant; Ex. the weaker railing against injusticesraiment clothing; garments; Ex. I have no raiment fit to wear.rake immoral or dissolute person jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute; Ex. He wore his hat at arakish rakish and jaunty angle.
  • 145. come or bring together; call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.);rally revive or recuperate (after illness or difficulty); N: act of rallying; mass gatheringram male sheep; V. strike or drive against with a heavy impactramble wander aimlessly (physically or mentally); digress branching out; subdivision; one branch of a system; one of the resultsramification following from an action or decision; Ex. ramifications of a business/the decisionramify branch out; divide into branches or subdivisionsramp slope; inclined plane or roadway (connecting two levels) growing or spreading uncontrollably; growing in profusion; unrestrained;rampant Ex. rampant lawlessness/weedrampart defensive mound of earthramshackle (of a building or vehicle) poorly constructed; rickety; falling apartrancid having the odor of stale or decomposing fat; rank long-lasting hatred; bitterness; Ex. negotiation without rancor; ADJ.rancor rancorous without definite purpose, plan, or aim; haphazard; Ex. random shots; Ex.random chosen at randomrank offensive in odor or flavorrankle irritate; fester; annoy search thoroughly; pillage (going through a place); Ex. Enemy soldiersransack ransacked the town. speak violently or excitedly; rave; talk excitedly showing anger; scold; makerant a grandiloquent speech; Ex. The priest ranted about the devil. voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping;rapacious plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birdsrapport close relationship; emotional closeness; harmonyrapt engrossed; absorbed; enchanted; Ex. rapt listenerrapture great joy and delight; ecstasy; ADJ. rapturousrare (of air) thin in density; rarefied; Ex. rare air of the mountainsrarefied made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction (of a sound) grate on (eg. nerves); make a harsh noise; have an unpleasantrasp effect; rub with something rough; Ex. The cats tongue rasped my hand.raspy making a harsh noise; grating; harshratify approve formally; confirm; verify
  • 146. reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reasonratiocination logicallyration fixed portion; V: distribute as rationsrational (of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical fundamental reason or principle (on which a system or principle is based);rationale fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action make rational; devise false reasons for (ones behavior); offer an excuse;rationalize give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization (of voice) harsh and unpleasant; (of people) disorderly and boisterous; Ex.raucous raucous shoutsravage devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by stormsrave overwhelmingly favorable review; V: talk wildly as if mad; Ex. raving lunaticravel fall apart into tangles; entangle; unravel or untwistravenous extremely hungry; voraciousravine narrow valley with steep sides; gorge; CF. gully, canyonraze destroy completely; Ex. raze the city to the ground strongly opposed to social or political change; opposing progress; politicallyreactionary ultraconservative; N. OP. radicalrealm kingdom; field or sphere; Ex. not within the realms of possibility one who harvests grain; Ex. the Grim Reaper; V. reap: cut and gatherreaper (crop); harvest a croprebate return of part of a payment; discount; V.rebuff reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She rebuffed his invitation; N.rebuke scold harshly; criticize severely representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in whichrebus pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18 is a rebus for ``Are you 18.rebuttal refutation; response with contrary evidence; V. rebut: refute; disprove disobedient or resisting authority even after being punished; obstinatelyrecalcitrant stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly; Ex. recalcitrant child disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex.recant recant ones faith/a statementrecapitulate summarizerecast reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion againreceptive quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the
  • 147. proposal pause; temporary cessation; alcove; secret inner place; Ex. parliament inrecess recess; V. CF. recessiverecession withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activityrecidivism habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivistrecipient receiver mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex.reciprocal reciprocal trade agreement do or give something in return; repay in kind; give or take mutually;reciprocate interchange; move act of reciting publicly; detailed account; performance of music or dancerecital (by a solo performer) repeat aloud (something learned); describe; Ex. recite his complaints; N.recite recitationreckon count; calculate; regard as; think; supposerecline lie downrecluse hermit; loner; ADJ. reclusive make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas inreconcile opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile ones political principles with ones religious beliefsrecondite abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make areconnaissance preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)recount narrate or tell (a story); count over againrecourse resorting to help when in trouble; Ex. without recourse torecreant disloyal; cowardly; N: disloyal and cowardly personrecrimination countercharges; V. recriminaterectify set right; correct; CF. rect-: right moral correctness; moral uprightness; moral virtue; correctness ofrectitude judgmentrecumbent reclining; lying down completely or in partrecuperate recover; return to health; regain; Ex. recuperate lossesrecurrent occurring again and againredolent odorous; fragrant; suggestive (of an odor); Ex. redolent of onions/mysteryredoubtable formidable; causing fear
  • 148. remedy; compensation; Ex. seek redress for the damage to your car; V: putredress right; remedy or rectify (a wrong); make amends for diminish; bring to a weaker or more difficult condition; demote; lower inreduce rank; separate into components by analysis; Ex. reduced to the ranks; Ex. reduce the house to rubble; N. reduction superfluous; more than is necessary; verbose; excessively wordy;redundant repetitious emit (an unpleasant odor or smoke); give off an unpleasant odor; give outreek smoke; Ex. reeking chimney; N: unpleasant odor; stenchrefectory dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)referendum direct vote by all the peoplerefraction bending of a ray of lightrefractory unmanageable; disobedient and stubborn; Ex. refractory horserefrain abstain from; resist; forbear; N: chorusrefulgent effulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming; Ex. refulgent moon renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright byrefurbish polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polishrefuse anything discarded or rejected as worthless; trashrefute disprove; prove to be false; N. refutationregal royal; of a monarch; Ex. regal mannerregale entertainregatta boat or yacht race spiritual rebirth; Ex. regeneration of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give orregeneration obtain new life; reform spiritually a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or still a child;regent ADJ. Ex. the Prince regentregicide murder of a king or queenregime method of system or government prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. dailyregimen regimen of a dancerregiment military unit; V: subject to strict order; Ex. regimented societyrehabilitate restore to proper condition (health or useful life); restore the former rank ofreimburse repay; pay backreinstate restore to a previous condition or positionreiterate repeat
  • 149. rejoinder reply; retort; comeback; V. rejoin: say in replyrejuvenate make young againrelapse return to a former state (esp. after improvement); N. put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate;relegate assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the childrens room; Ex. relegated to the second division become less severe; give in(surrender); ADJ. relentless: unyielding;relent continuously severe having importance; pertinent; referring to the case in hand; N. relevance,relevant relevancy surviving remnant (from an extinct culture); memento; keepsake; relics:relic corpse; Ex. ancient relics; Ex. relics of his travel; Ex. His relics are buried at X.religious of religion; (of a person) pious; having reverence for a deity give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquishrelinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my armrelish enjoy; savor; N: enjoyment; zestremediable reparablereminiscence recollection; V. reminisce: recollect the pastreminiscent suggestive of something (in the past); of reminiscenceremiss negligent; careless about a duty temporary moderation (of disease symptoms); remitting of a debt orremission punishment; cancelation of a debt; pardon; Ex. The disease went into remission; Ex. Christians pray for the remission of sins.remit transmit (money) in payment; free someone from a debt or punishmentremittance remitting of money; amount of money remittedremnant remainderremonstrate protest; objection; V. remonstrate: say in protestremorse deep regret for wrongdoing; guilt; self-reproach (of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid; V. remunerate:remunerative reward; pay (someone) for work or troublerend split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow give; deliver; provide; represent in verbal or artistic form; depict; perform;render make; translate; Ex. render the song beautifullyrendezvous meeting place; meeting at a set time or place; V.rendition rendering; translation; artistic interpretation of a song, etc
  • 150. renegade deserter; traitor; ADJ. break a promise; deny; go back on; Ex. renege on the contract/paying offrenege the debt abandon; give up (by formal announcement); disown; repudiate; Ex.renounce renounce ones claim to the property/ones religion; N. renunciationrenovate restore to good condition; renewrenown fame; ADJ. renownedrent tear made by rending; rip; splitreparable capable of being repaired compensation (for loss or wrong); amends; Ex. make reparation for thereparation damage; CF. repairrepartee quick clever replyrepast meal; feast; banquetrepeal revoke; annul drive away; disgust; Ex. repel the attack/moisture; Ex. repelled by the dirtyrepel room; CF. repulsionrepellent driving away; disgusting; offensive; repulsive; unattractive; N.repercussion rebound; reaction; reverberation; Ex. serious repercussion list of works of music, drama, etc., a performer is prepared to present; CF.repertoire repertoryrepine fret; complain; be annoyed; Ex. repine over the undone workreplenish fill up again fully filled; filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantlyreplete supplied; Ex. report replete with errorsreplica copyreplicate reproduce; duplicate resting; state of being at rest; calmness; V: lie at rest; relax; put or place; Ex.repose repose our hopes in a single manrepository storehousereprehensible deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blamerepresentational (of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex.repress repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postponereprieve or cancel the punishment of
  • 151. reprimand reprove severely; rebuke; N.reprisal retaliation musical repetition; repeating of a piece of music; repeat performance;reprise recurrent action; Ex. reprise in the finale; Ex. constant reprises blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N.reproach ADJ. reproachful morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense ofreprobate decency; CF. disapproved by God ?reprobation severe disapproval; CF. approbationreprove censure; rebuke; N. reproofrepudiate disown; disavow; deny disgust; strong dislike; loathing; ADJ. repugnant: arousing disgust;repugnance repulsive reject with rudeness or coldness (an offer or friendship); drive back (anrepulse enemy attack); CF. repulse $neq$ cause repulsion distaste; disgust; act of driving back; ADJ. repulsive: causing disgust;repulsion tending to drive away; V. repel (not `repulse)reputable respectable; having a good reputation supposed; Ex. reputed father of the child; V. repute: consider; N. repute:reputed reputation; esteemrequiem mass for the dead; dirgerequisite necessary requirement; something required; ADJ: required; necessary formal demand or request; Ex. requisition for more computing equipment;requisition V.requite make return for; repay; reciprocate; revenge; N. requittalrescind repeal; annul; cancel (a law, decision, or agreement)resentment indignation; bitterness; displeasure; V. resent: feel anger about self-control; self-restraint; formal but distant manner; reticence; Ex.reserve without reserve: freely and openly; ADJ. reserved: shy and uncommunicativeresidual remaining; left over; of a residue; N: residueresidue remainder; balanceresign give up (a position, right, or claim); submit (oneself) passively patiently submissiveness; statement that one is quitting a job; ADJ.resignation resigned: acquiescentresilient elastic; having the power of springing back; able to recover quickly (as from
  • 152. misfortune)resolution determination; resoluteness; ADJ. resolute: firm or determined in purposeresolve decide; settle; solve; separate; make a determined decision; N. resolution (of a sound) echoing; resounding(sounding loudly); deep and full in sound;resonant producing resonance; Ex. resonant voice; N. resonanceresort turn to for help; Ex. resort to violence; N. (of a place) be filled with sound; (of a sound) sound loudly; sound back;resound echo; Ex. hall resounded with laughter clever and imaginative (in dealing with difficult situations); N. resource,resourceful resourcefulnessrespiration breathing; exhalation; ADJ. respiratoryrespite time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieveresplendent brilliant; splendid in appearance; dazzling; glorious state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc.; ADJ. responsive: readilyresponsiveness reacting; Ex. responsive to treatment returning something (lost or stolen) to the rightful owner; reparation;restitution indemnification; compensation for loss, damage, or injury impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlesslyrestive impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restlessrestraint moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction taking up again; recommencement; V. resume: begin or take up again; takeresumption or occupy again; Ex. Kindly resume your seats. rise again; flow to and fro; N. resurgence; ADJ. resurgent: (of ideas orresurge beliefs) experiencing revival; surging againresurrect revive revive; bring back to life or consciousness; Ex. resuscitate the drownedresuscitate child keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N.retain retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisorretaliate repay in kind (usually for bad treatment); V. retaliate delay (in development); ADJ. retarded: (as of a child) slower inretard development holding; able to retain things (esp. facts in the mind); having a goodretentive memory inclined to silence; uncommunicative; reserved; Ex. He was reticent aboutreticent the reasons; N. reticence
  • 153. retinue following; attendantsretiring shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personalityretort quick sharp reply; V. withdraw; take back; draw back; Ex. retract a statement/an offer/claws; N.retract retraction; CF. retractileretrench cut down; cut down expenses; economize deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses;retribution compensation; vengeance; CF. pay backretrieve recover; put right; find and bring in; regain; Ex. retrieve the situation taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax); (of aretroactive law) having effect on the past as well as the futureretrograde go backwards; recede; degenerate; deteriorate; ADJ.retrospective looking back on the past; N. retrospection; V. retrospect boisterous merrymaking; V. revel: engage boisterous festivities; enjoyrevelry greatly; N: boisterous festivity or celebrationreverberate echo repeatedly; resound; Ex. The thunder reverberated across the valley.reverend deserving reverence; N: priest respectful; worshipful; V. revere: regard with reverence; N. reverence:reverent profound respectreverie daydream; abstracted musingrevert relapse; backslide; turn back to; return to the former owner; N. reversionrevile attack with abusive language; vilify(slander)revoke cancel; retract; CF. irrevocable sudden strong feeling of disgust; sudden violent change of feeling; negativerevulsion reaction; Ex. revulsion from the scenes of torture speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner; Ex. rhapsodizerhapsodize over the beauty of the scenery excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling; musical composition ofrhapsody irregular form (as if made up as one plays it) art of effective communication; art of using language effectively and persuasively; style of speaking or writing; grandiloquent language; Ex.rhetoric political rhetoric; ADJ. rhetorical; CF. rhetorical question: question to which no answer is expected as marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribaldribald language or jokerickety (of buildings) likely to break or fall apart; of rickets; CF. rickets; CF. vitamin
  • 154. D pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout; Ex. The gunman riddledriddle the car with bullets; Ex. The whole report is riddled with errors; N. large sieve (separating earth from stone)rider amendment or clause added to a legislative billrife (of something bad) widespread; abundant; current narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through arift rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation arrangement of masts and sails; V: equip (a ship) with rigging; ADJ.rig rigging: ropes that hold up a ships sailsrighteous morally upright; justrightful legally correct; Ex. rightful owner hard and unbending; stiff and unyielding; fixed in behavior or views; strict;rigid rigorous; Ex. rigid rulerigor severity; Ex. rigors of the Russian winterrile irritate; vex; muddy tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force ofrip the wind; N. metal pin used for fastening metal plates together; V: fasten with a rivet;rivet engrossriveting holding ones attention; absorbing; engrossingrivulet small stream; CF. rill < rivulet < riverrobust strong; vigorousrococo ornate; highly decorated; N. CF. 18th centuryroil make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; disturb (of land) rising and falling in long gentle slopes; happening continuously byrolling stages; Ex. rolling devolution of power to local governmentsromp play or frolic boisterously; gambol; N.rooster cock; adult male chickenroseate rosy; optimistic; Ex. roseate viewsroster list (of names)rostrum raised platform for speech-making; pulpit repetition; memorization through repetition without understanding; Ex.rote learn poetry by roterotund (of a person) fat and round
  • 155. rotunda circular building or hall covered with a domerotundity roundness; sonorousness of speechroue lecherous man lively; inducing excitement; stirring; V. rouse: waken; arouse from sleep orrousing depression; excite; stir uprout put to rout; stampede; drive out; N: complete defeat and disorderly retreatrubble fragments (esp. from a destroyed building)rubric title or heading (in red print); directions for religious ceremony; protocolruddy reddish; (of the face) reddish and healthy-looking elementary; not developed; crude; N. rudiment: fundamental element orrudimentary principle; Ex. rudiments of the languagerue regret; lament; mourn; Ex. He will rue the day; N. ADJ. ruefulruffian violent scoundrel; bullyrumble make or move with a deep rolling sound (as thunder or stomach)ruminant animal that ruminates; ADJ.ruminate chew over and over (mentally or, like cows, physically); mull over(ponder)rummage ransack; thoroughly searchrun-down (of a place) dilapidated; in a bad condition; (of a person) weak or exhausted mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet; N. rune: one of the letters ofrunic an alphabet used by ancient Germanic peoples (cut on stone or wood); magic charmruse trick to deceive; stratagem pertaining to country people; unsophisticated; simple; crude; uncouth; (ofrustic furniture) rough with the bark left on; N. rural person; rustic personrusticate banish to the country; dwell in the countryrustle make slight sounds like silk moving or being rubbed togetherruthless pitiless; merciless; cruel A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - S one who commits sabotage; destroyer of property; N. sabotage:saboteur destruction of property (usually carried out secretly)saccharine cloying sweet; characteristic of sugar or saccharinsacrilegious desecrating; profane; N. sacrilege: desecration, misuse, or theft of
  • 156. something sacredsacrosanct invioably sacred; most sacred; inviolablesadistic inclined to cruelty; N. sadism: delight in crueltysaga Scandinavian myth; any legend; long heroic narrativesagacious wise; perceptive; shrewd; having insight; N. sagacitysage person celebrated for wisdom; wise person; ADJ: wisesalacious lascivious; lustful; Ex. salacious monk prominent; projecting beyond a line; conspicuous; Ex. salientsalient featuressaline salty (of the skin) yellowish and unhealthy-looking; sickly in color; Ex.sallow sallow complexion due to jaundice healthful; conducive to health or well-being; socially desirable;salubrious Ex. salubrious area; CF. health tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; Ex. The punishmentsalutary had a salutary effect on the boy; CF. healthsalvage rescue (goods or property) from loss; N: saving; property saved displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness; N.sanctimonious sanctimony: hypocritical piety approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforcesanction compliance place of refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place; Ex. The outlaw wassanctuary granted sanctuary in the church.sanguinary bloody; with much bloodshedsanguine optimistic; cheerful; hopeful; of the color of blood; red diminish; weaken; undermine the foundations of (a fortification);sap Ex. The element kryptonite sapped his strength. cutting ironic remark; scornful remarks; stinging rebuke; ADJ.sarcasm sarcastic scornfully mocking; disdainful; sarcastic; cynical; Ex. sardonicsardonic smile pertaining to tailors or tailoring; Ex. a man of great sartorialsartorial elegance; CF. sartor: tailorsate satisfy to the full; satisfy to excess; cloysatellite small body revolving around a larger onesatiate satisfy fully (physical needs such as hunger); sate; N. satiety:
  • 157. condition of being satiated form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule aresatire employed to attack human vice and follysatirical using satire; mockingsaturate soak thoroughly; imbue; impregnate; charge; fill to capacity morose; gloomy; Ex. Do not be misled by his saturninesaturnine countenance. half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysussatyr (resembling a goat), portrayed as wanton(unrestrained) and cunning; lecher; CF. faun; CF. goat: lecherous mansaunter stroll(go for a leisurely walk) slowly; N.savant scholar; learned person; CF. savoir: know enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality; N: taste orsavor smell; distinctive quality pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex.savory savory reputationscabbard case for a sword blade; sheathscad a great quantity; Ex. scads of clothes temporary platform for workers (to work at heights above thescaffold ground); bracing framework; platform for execution climb up; ascend; remove or come off in scales; N: flake ofscale epidermis; ascending or descending series of musical tonesscanty meager; insufficient someone who bears the blame for others; whipping boy; CF.scapegoat escape+goat hunt through discarded materials for usable items or food;scavenge search, especially for food; N. scavenger: one who scavenges; animal that feeds on refuse and carrion plot outline; screenplay(script for a movie); opera libretto;scenario outline of possible future events of a schema or scheme; relating to an outline or diagram; using aschematic system of symbols; N. schema: diagrammatic representation; outline systematic plan; plot; clever dishonest plan; orderly arrangement of elements; Ex. health insurance scheme; Ex. a scheme to escapescheme taxes; Ex. a color scheme; Ex. a story with no scheme; V: contrive a schemeschism division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
  • 158. scholarly full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. scholarly journal trace; minute amount; shred; least bit; Ex. There is not a scintillascintilla of truth; CF. spark sparkle; flash; be animated; be full of life; Ex. scintillatingscintillate conversationscion detached plant shoot used in grafting; descendantscoff laugh (at); mock; ridicule; Ex. scoff at their threatsscorch sear; N. number of points; written form of a musical composition; reason; group of 20; notch or incision; Ex. full/vocal score; Ex. Dontscore worry on that score; V: mark with lines or notches; Ex. score the paper to make it easy to fold stamp out(put an end to); thwart; hinder; Ex. scotch the rumor;scotch CF. cut; CF. 劝悼阑 临捞绰 狼固 lash; whip (formerly used for punishment); source of severescourge punishment; V: whip; afflictscowl frown angrily; N: angry frown small bit or fragment; discarded waste material; fight; Ex. a scrapscrap of paper/cloth; V: break into parts for disposal; discard as worthless; fight; quarrelscrappy quarrelsomescraps leftover foodscreech unpleasant high sharp sound; shriek; V.scrimmage disorderly fight between two or more people hesitate for ethical reasons; fret about; Ex. She did not scruple toscruple read his diary; N: uneasy feeling arising from conscience; consciencescrupulous conscientious; extremely thorough; Ex. scrupulous workerscrutinize examine closely and critically; N. scrutiny struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry; N. CF.scuffle scuffling twins ?scurrilous abusive; obscene; indecent; Ex. scurrilous remarkscurry move hastily; hurry; move briskly contemptible; despicable; N: disease caused by deficiency ofscurvy Vitamin C sink (a ship) by cutting holes in the hull; scrap; discard; N: smallscuttle hatch in a ships deck or hull
  • 159. seamy sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life burn the surface of; char or burn; brand; parch; cause (a plant) tosear wither enhance the flavor of by adding a spice, etc.; inure; harden; N.season seasoning: something used in seasoning occurring at the proper time or season; opportune; Ex.seasonable seasonable intervention in the disputeseasonal of a particular season; Ex. seasonal rise in employmentseasoned experiencedsecession withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membershipseclusion isolation; solitude; V. seclude: set apart from others; isolate conceal; hide away or cache; produce and release a substancesecrete into an organism; CF. secretive separate religious body; faction; group of people with commonsect beliefs within a larger group of a sect; narrow-minded; parochial; N: member of a sect;sectarian narrow-minded personsecular worldly; not pertaining to church matters or religion; temporal composed (with no excitement); grave; V: administer a sedativesedate to; CF. sedative requiring sitting; done while sitting; not moving from one placesedentary to another; settled; Ex. sedentary job/population conduct or language inciting rebellion; rebellion; resistance tosedition authority; insubordination; ADJ. seditiousseduce lead away from proper conduct; entice; ADJ. seductivesedulous diligent; assiduous; paying attention; N. sedulity run-down; decrepit; disreputable; having many seeds; Ex. seedyseedy downtown hotelseemly (of behavior) proper; appropriateseep pass slowly through small openings; ooze; trickle; N. seepage be violently disturbed; boil; (of a liquid) move about wildly as ifseethe boiling; Ex. The nation was seething with discontent.seine seine net; net for catching fishseismic pertaining to earthquakes careful in choosing; having an effect only on certain things; notselective general; Ex. eclectic weed killer
  • 160. self-indulgence excessive indulgence of ones own desireself-righteous sure of ones own righteousness; moralistic outward appearance; guise; Ex. We called in the troops to bringsemblance a/some semblance of order to the city. related to seed or semen; germinal; creative; providing a basis forseminal further development; influencing future developments; Ex. seminal research in a new field school for training future ministers; secondary school, especiallyseminary for young women old age; feeblemindedness of old age; ADJ. senile: resulting fromsenility old age; showing the weakness of body or mind from old age; Ex. senile dementia process of being made sensitive or acutely responsive to ansensitization external agent or substance; V. sensitize: make or become sensitive devoted to the pleasures of the sense; carnal; voluptuous; Ex.sensual sensual woman/curves/lips giving pleasure to the senses; pertaining to the physical senses;sensuous operating through the senses; sensuous feeling of soft velvet on the skinsententious pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic capable of sensation and conscious; aware; sensitive; Ex. sentientsentient creature; N. sentiencesentimental swayed by sentiment; appealing to the sentimentssentinel sentry; lookout of or causing sepsis; putrid; producing putrefaction; N. sepsis:septic poisoning of part of the body (producing pus)sepulcher tomb; V: place in a sepulcher; ADJ. sepulchralsequester isolate; segregate; seclude; retire from public lifesere sear; parched; dry gift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental goodserendipity fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendipserenity calmness; placidity; ADJ. serene winding; twisting; of or like a serpent; Ex. serpentine course ofserpentine the river; N. serpent: snakeserrated having a sawtoothed edge; Ex. serrated leafservile slavish; cringing; N. servility
  • 161. servitude slavery; compulsory labor imposed as a punishment separate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship);sever N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position harshness; intensity; sternness; austerity; ADJ. severe: harsh;severity strict; extremely violent or intense navigation tool used to determine a ships latitude and longitudesextant (by measuring the altitudes of stars)shack crude cabinshackle chain; fetter; confine with shackles; N. slight difference in degree; nuance; degree of color; Ex. shades ofshade meaning/grey pretend; feign; ADJ: not genuine; fake; Ex. sham jewelry; N:sham something that is not what it appears; impostor; pretense; Ex. The agreement was a sham. (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex.shambles After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.Shangri-la imaginary remote paradise on earth; CF. Lost Horizonshard fragment generally of broken pottery (glass, clay bowl, or cup) very thin piece, usually of wood (cut from a surface with a sharpshaving blade)sheaf bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from;shear cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. Hesheathe sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade small roofed structure for storage and shelter; V: pour forth; loseshed by natural process; repel without allowing penetration; radiate; cast; Ex. shed tears/light/water/skin/leavessheer pure; thin and transparent; very steepsherbet flavored dessert ice change position or place; exchange (one thing) for another; change in direction or position; Ex. shift the stolen goods; N.shift group of workers which takes turns with other groups; working period of such a group shine with a flickering light; glimmer intermittently; Ex. Theshimmer moonlight shimmered on the water; N.shirk avoid (responsibility, work, etc.); malinger
  • 162. made of inferior material; sham; not genuine; inferior; dishonest;shoddy Ex. shoddy goods/trickshoot new growth from a plant push forward; push roughly; Ex. pushing and shoving to get onshove the bus; N.shrew scolding woman; very small mouselike animalshrewd clever; astuteshrivel make or become shrunken and wrinkled (often by drying)shudder shake uncontrollably; tremble; V. mix together; jumble; move (something) from one place toshuffle another; slide (the feet) along the ground while walking; Ex. shuffle papers from one pile to another; N. keep away from; avoid deliberately; Ex. She has been shunned byshun her neighbors. move (a railway train) from one track to another; turn aside;shunt divert; sidetrack; Ex. shunt traffic around an accident; N.shyster lawyer using questionable methods; unscrupulous practionersibling brother or sister prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancientsibylline world)sidereal relating to stars; Ex. sidereal day switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N.sidetrack CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track put through a sieve to separate fine from coarse particles; sort orsift examine carefully expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N.significant significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant sediment deposited by running water (at the entrance to a harborsilt or by a bend in a river)simian monkeylike; N: ape or monkeysimile comparison of one thing with another, using the word like or assimper smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedlysimplistic oversimplifiedsimulate feign; imitate
  • 163. well-paid position with little responsibility; CF. sine cure: withoutsinecure care; CF. San Serif (of meat) tough; strong and firm; muscular; N. sinew: tendon;sinewy strong cord connecting a muscle to a bone being only one; individual; unique; extraordinary; odd; Ex.singular singular beauty/behaviorsinister evil; ominoussinuous twisting; winding; bending in and out; not morally honestsiren apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature sceptic; doubter; person who suspends judgment until he hasskeptic examined the evidence supporting a point of view; ADJ. skeptical; N. skepticism; scepticismskiff small light sailboat or rowboat read or glance through quickly; touch lightly in passing; brush;skim remove from the surface of a liquid provide or use scantily; live very economically; Ex. skimp onskimp necessities; ADJ. skimpy: inadequate in amount; scanty; stingy; niggardlyskinflint miser; stingy personskirmish minor fight; minor battle in war; V. inconstant; capricious; frivolous; not serious; Ex. charming butskittish skittish young woman; CF. skitskulduggery(skullduggery) dishonest behavior or action; Ex. skulduggery in the election move furtively and secretly; Ex. He skulked through the lessskulk fashionable sections of the city. moving slowly; sluggish; inactive; (of a rope) loose; negligent;slack lax; Ex. slack season; Ex. slack in ones work; N. V.slacken slow up; loosen; make or become slackslag glassy residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matterslake satisfy (thirst); quench; sate defamation; utterance of false and malicious statements; V. ADJ.slander slanderousslap hit quickly with the flat part of the hand; N. CF. smackslapdash hasty and careless; haphazard; sloppy(carelessly done) killing of animals for food; massacre; V: butcher (animals) forslaughter food; kill in large numbers
  • 164. of or like a slave; servile; showing no originality; copied veryslavish closely; Ex. slavish devotion/copy of the original shabby and dirty; flimsy; insubstantial; Ex. sleazy back-streetsleazy hotel/fabricsledge large sled drawn by work animalssleek smooth and shining (as from good health); V. one that achieves unexpected success; something originally ofsleeper little value or importance that in time becomes very valuablesleigh large vehicle drawn by a horse over snow or ice dexterity; CF. sleight of hand: legerdemain; quickness of thesleight hands in doing tricksslew large quantity or number; Ex. slew of errands left make smooth or glossy; N: smooth surface; Ex. oil slick; ADJ:slick smooth; glossy; deftly executed; adroit; glib insult to ones dignity; snub; V: treat as if of small importance;slight insult; snub; ADJ. small in size; of small importance move furtively; ADJ. slinky: stealthy; furtive; sneaky (as inslink ambush)slipshod slovenly; careless; sloppy; untidy; shabby; Ex. slipshod workslither slip or slide slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy;sloth indolent (of a snake) shed or cast off (dead outer skin); N: outer layer thatslough is shed untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who isslovenly habitually untidy or carelesssluggard lazy personsluggish lazy; slow; inactive; lethargic; CF. slug: nail with no shell artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of watersluice (with a gate to regulate the flow)slur pronounce indistinctly; speak indistinctly; mumblesly clever in deceiving; secretive; not telling ones intentions intelligent; quick and energetic; fashionable; Ex. smartsmart pace/restaurant; V: cause or feel a sharp pain; N: smarting pain slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex.smattering smattering of German
  • 165. spread or cover with a sticky substance; N: mark made bysmear smearing melt (ore) for separating and removing the metal; melt or blendsmelt ores changing their chemical composition conceited smile; offensively self-satisfied smile (often at someonesmirk elses misfortune); V. smoulder; burn slowly without flame; be liable to break out atsmolder any moment; exist in a suppressed state; Ex. smoldering anger kill from lack of air; suppress; cover thickly; Ex. smothered insmother little stickerssmudge dirty mark with unclear edges made by rubbing; V.smug self-satisfied; complacent move, give, or take in a quiet, stealthy way; N: one who sneaks;sneak ADJ. sneakysnicker half-stifled(suppressed) laugh; V.snip short quick cut with scissors; V: cut with scissors complain or whine tearfully; run at the nose; snuffle; Ex. Dontsnivel come back sniveling to me. ignore or behave coldly toward; Ex. I made a suggestion but shesnub snubbed me; N. sniffle; sniff repeatedly (in order to keep liquid from running outsnuffle of the nose)soar rise or fly high in the air; Ex. The rocket soared into the sky. serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: makesober or become sober moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol);sobriety seriousnesssodden thoroughly soaked; dull or stupid as if from drinksojourn temporary stay; V: stay for a time comfort in sorrow or trouble; consolation; V: comfort or consolesolace in time of sorrow or trouble repair or make whole by using a metal alloy; N: metal alloysolder (usually tin and lead) used in the molten state to join metallic parts nonstandard grammatical construction; construction that issolecism flagrantly incorrect grammatically; violation of social etiquettesolemnity seriousness; gravity
  • 166. entreat; request earnestly; seek to obtain; Ex. solicit votes; CF.solicit solicitor: one who solicits; chief law officersolicitor lawyer in the lower court of law anxious; worried; concerned; eager; Ex. solicitous to dosolicitous something; N. solicitude talking to oneself (esp. in a play); CF. monologue: soliloquy; longsoliloquy speech by one person (often monopolizing a conversation) state of being alone; seclusion; ADJ. solitary: existing or livingsolitude alone (esp. by choice); remote or secluded; single; sole; Ex. solitary life/inn; Ex. no solitary piece of proofsolstice point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equatorsoluble able to be dissolved in a liquid; able to be worked out or solved substance that dissolves another; ADJ: capable of dissolvingsolvent another substancesomatic pertaining to the body; bodily; physicalsomber dark; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; CF. shadowsomnambulist sleepwalker; V. somnambulate; N. somnambulismsomnolent half asleep; drowsy; N. somnolencesonic of sound or its speed in air; CF. subsonic, supersonicsonnet 14-line poetic verse form with a fixed rhyme patternsonorous resonant; producing a full deep sound; producing soundsoothsayer one who foretells the future teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning;sophist N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument worldly wise and urbane; refined; complex; N. sophistication; V.sophisticated sophisticatesophistry seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning; sophismsophomoric immature; half-baked; like a sophomoresoporific sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsysordid filthy; foul; base; vile; Ex. sordid bed/story in good condition; showing good judgment or good sense;sound thorough; complete; Ex. sound mind/investment/trainingsour having a sharp or acid taste; acid; tart; bad-tempered; V. ruler in a monarchy; ADJ: (of a country) independent and self-sovereign governing; having supreme power; supreme; excellent
  • 167. complete independence and self-government (of a country);sovereignty supremacy of authority; power to governsow plant or scatter seedspangle small shiny metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation give; use; refrain from harming; save from experiencing; exempt; Ex. spare me 5 minutes; Ex. Take this money and spare my life;spare Ex. The emperor was spared the onus; ADJ: kept in reserve; free for other use; unoccupied; Ex. spare timesparse not thick; thinly scattered; scanty without attention to comfort; lacking luxury and comfort; sternlySpartan disciplined; Ex. spartan living condition/life fitful; periodic; of or like a spasm; N. spasm: sudden involuntaryspasmodic muscular contraction; sudden burst of energy or emotionspat squabble; minor dispute; minor quarrelspate sudden flood or rush; Ex. spate of accidentsspatial relating to spacespatula broad-bladed instrument used for spreading or mixing lay eggs (in large numbers); produce offspring (in largespawn numbers); N: eggs of aquatic animals seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (oftenspecious intentionally)speck small piece or mark; Ex. speck of dust in the eyespectral ghostly; N. specter: spectre; ghost; phantom colored band produced when a beam of light passes through aspectrum prism; broad and continuous range; Ex. whole spectrum of modern thoughts unable for the moment to speak (because of strong feeling); Ex.speechless speechless with angerspendthrift someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealthsphinx-like enigmatic; mysteriousspin rotate swiftly; make (thread) by twisting (cotton, wool, etc.); N. join together end to end to make one continuous length; fastensplice together; unite; Ex. splice two strips of tape; N.spoilsport one who spoils the pleasure of others lack of premeditation; naturalness; freedom from constraint;spontaneity ADJ. spontaneous: self-generated; unpremeditated; happening without being planned
  • 168. spoof parody accidental transposition of sounds in successive words; Ex. ``Letspoonerism me sew you to your sheet for ``Let me show you to your seat; CF. William Spoonersporadic occurring irregularly; intermittent playful; frolicsome; merry; CF. sport: play or frolic; CF.sportive sportsmanlike begin to grow; give off shoots or buds; N: new growth on a plant;sprout shoot neat and trim in appearance; smart; Ex. Be spruce for your jobspruce interview; V.spry (esp. of older people) vigorously active; nimblespurious false; counterfeit; forged; illogical; Ex. spurious argumentsspurn reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She spurned all offers of help. minor quarrel; bickering; V: engage in a minor quarrel; Ex.squabble squabbling children condition of being squalid; filth; degradation; dirty neglectedsqualor state; ADJ. squalid: dirty; sordid; morally repulsive; Ex. squalid storysquander waste; spend foolishlysquash crush; quash; suppresssquat short and thick; stocky; Ex. ugly squat tower; V. N. easily shocked or sickened by unpleasant things; fastidious; Ex. Asqueamish nurse should not be squeamish. produce a splashing sound (when stepping through mud); crush;squelch squash; played in an abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound; Ex.staccato staccato applause (of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; notstagnant developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial outputstaid serious and sedate; sober; Ex. staid during the funeral ceremonystalemate deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked physically strong; brawny; steadfast; strong in mind orstalwart determination; Ex. stalwart supporter; N: stalwart followerstamina power of endurance; strength; staying powerstammer speak with involuntarily pauses or repetitions
  • 169. step on heavily (so as to crush or extinguish); put an end to; imprint or impress with a mark, design, or seal; shape with a die;stamp characterize; Ex. machine stamping out car bodies; Ex. newspaper stamping him as a liar; N. stamping; implement us sudden frenzied rush (of panic-stricken animals or people); V:stampede participate in or cause stampede; Ex. stampede before the price risesstanch stop or check flow of blood; Ex. stanch the gushing woundstandstill condition of no movement or activity; stopstanza division of a poem (composed of two or more lines)start move suddenly or involuntarily; Ex. start at the sight of a snakestately formal; ceremonious; grand in style or size; majestic having no motion; unchanging; lacking development; N. stasis:static stable statestatute law enacted by the legislature created by statute or legislative action; regulated by statute; Ex.statutory statutory age limitsteadfast steadily loyal; unswerving; steady action of moving secretly or unseen; slyness; sneakiness;stealth secretiveness; ADJ. stealthy soak; saturate; Ex. steep the fabric in the dye bath; ADJ:steep precipitous pertaining to the stars; of a star performer; outstanding; Ex.stellar stellar attraction of the entire performance stop or check (the flow of); Ex. stem the bleeding from thestem slashed artery; N: main axis of a plant; stalkstem_from arise from; originate fromstench strong foul odor; reek; stink (of the voice) extremely loud; CF. Stentor: a loud herald in thestentorian Iliad one regarded as embodying a set image or type; fixed and unvarying representation; standardized mental picture oftenstereotype reflecting prejudice; Ex. stereotype of the happy slave; V: make a stereotype of; represent by a stereotype; Ex. It is wrong to ster incapable of producing young; free from microorganism; V.sterile sterilizestickler perfectionist; person who insists things be exactly right
  • 170. stifle suppress; extinguish; inhibit; smother or suffocate token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma;stigma characterize as disgracefulstilted bombastic; stiffly pompous; Ex. stilted rhetoric; CF. stiff: formalstink stench; V: emit a strong foul odor supply; allotted amount of work; assigned portion of work;stint limitation; Ex. two-year stint in the army; Ex. without stintstipend pay for servicesstipple paint or draw with dots or short strokes state as a necessary condition (of an agreement); make expressstipulate conditions; specify; Ex. He stipulated payment in advance standard; kept regularly in stock or supply; typical; routine;stock common; Ex. stock sizes of paper; Ex. stock excuse/character; N: goods for sale in a shop; OP. unique wooden enclosure or pen; fixed line of posts used as defensivestockade barrierstodgy dull; stuffy; boringly conservative; Ex. stodgy bookstoic stoical; impassive; unmoved by joy or grief; N. CF. stoicismstoke stir up a fire or furnace; feed plentifully dull; impassive; showing little emotion when strong feelings arestolid expected bend forward and down; lower or debase oneself; fall to a lowerstoop standard of behavior by doing something; condescend; Ex. stoop to lying rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong instout determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter stray or fall behind (a main group); spread out in a scatteredstraggle group; Ex. straggling marathon racer; Ex. straggling branchstrangle kill by choking or suffocating; suppressstratagem deceptive scheme; clever trickstratified divided into classes; arranged into strata; V. stratifystratum layer of earths surface; layer of society; PL. strata spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rosestrew petals marked with parallel bands; striped; grooved; Ex. striated rocks;striated V. striate; N. stria: thin groove or line
  • 171. severe and adverse criticism; critical comments; limit orstricture restrictionstrident loud and harsh; insistent; N. stridency (of rules) binding; rigid; marked by scarcity of money; Ex.stringent stringent economic conditionsstrut supporting bar; CF. airplane wing building support carefully contrived; calculated; unspontaneous; deliberate;studied thoughtful; Ex. studied remarkstudious given to diligent study make stupid in mind; cause to appear or become stupid orstultify inconsistent; suppress; frustrate or hinder; Ex. stultifying effect of uninteresting work; Ex. stultify free expressionstumble trip and almost fall; proceed unsteadily; act falteringly; N. base of a tree trunk left after the rest has been cut down; V: walkstump in a heavy manner; baffle; puzzlestun make unconscious or numb as by a blow; amaze; astoundstupefy stun; make numb (as with a drug); amazestupor state of being stupefied; state of apathy; daze; lack of awarenesssturdy strong and firm (in the body) unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chiefstygian river in the subterranean land of the deadstymie thwart; present an obstacle; stumpsuavity urbanity; polish; ADJ. suave: smooth and courteoussubaltern subordinate less intense; quieter; Ex. subdued lighting; Ex. subdue: conquer;subdue make less intense; quiet; Ex. subdue ones anger influenced by personal feelings; occurring or taking place withinsubjective the mind; unreal; Ex. subjective sensation of the ghostly presencesubjugate conquer; bring under control refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptablesublimate activities; change between a solid state and a gaseous state causing deep feelings of wonder, joy, respect, etc.; exalted; noblesublime and uplifting; utter below the threshold of conscious perception; Ex. subliminalsubliminal advertisementsubmerge place under water; dip; go under water; cover completely (as with
  • 172. water); Ex. submerged in worksubmissive willing to obey orders; yielding; timid occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive; N. V: put in a lowersubordinate rank or class persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury); N.suborn subornation writ(written command issued by a court) summoning a witnesssubpoena to appear in court; V: summon with a subpoenasubsequent following in time or order; later behaving like a slave; servile; obsequious; subordinate; N.subservient subservience sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as asubside sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abatesubsidiary serving to assist; subordinate; secondary; of a subsidy; N. direct financial aid by government, etc.; V. subsidize: assist with asubsidy subsidy existence; means of subsisting; means of support; livelihood; V.subsistence subsist: exist; maintain life (at a meager level) of substance; material; solid; essential or fundamental; ample;substantial considerable; well-to-do; wealthysubstantiate support (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial;substantive considerable; Ex. substantive issuessubsume include (as a member of a group); encompass stratagem(deceptive scheme); pretense; evasion; Ex. resort to asubterfuge harmless subterfuge perceptiveness; ingenuity; delicacy; ADJ. subtle: delicate; sosubtlety slight as to be difficult to detect; able to make fine distinctions; clever; Ex. subtle mind/differences in meaning tending to overthrow or ruin; V. subvert: overthrow completelysubversive (an established system); destroy completely; CF. undermine ?succor assist (someone in difficulty); aid; comfort; N. juicy; full of juice or sap; full of richness; N: succulent plant suchsucculent as a cactus yield (to something overwhelming); give in; die; Ex. succumb tosuccumb the illnesssuckle give or take milk at the breast or udder
  • 173. suffocate die or kill from lack of air; suppress advocate of the extension of voting rights (for women); CF.suffragist suffrage spread through or over (with a color or liquid); charge; Ex. Asuffuse blush suffused her cheeks.suitor man who is courting a womansullen silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomysully defile; soil; tarnish; Ex. sully ones hands in menial laborsultry (of weather) hot; sweltering; sensual; voluptuous act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given bysummation the judge at the end of a trial)sumptuous grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich; Ex. sumptuous feastsunder separate; part; CF. asunder miscellaneous; various; several; N. sundries: small miscellaneoussundry itemssuperannuated retired or disqualified because of age; outmoded; obsolete haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow,supercilious ciliumsupererogatory superfluous; more than needed or demanded of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex.superficial superficial analysis/knowledgesuperfluous excessive; overabundant; unnecessary; N. superfluitysuperimpose place over something else person or thing excess of what is necessary; extra; ADJ:supernumerary additional to the usual or necessary numbersupersede replace; cause to be set aside; make obsolete; N. supersession lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist laysupine supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decisionsupplant take the place of unfairly; usurp; replacesupple flexible; limber; pliantsuppliant entreating; beseeching; N.supplicant one who supplicates; ADJ.supplicate petition humbly; pray to grant a favorsupposition assumption; hypothesis; surmise; V. supposesupposititious assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
  • 174. put an end to forcibly; subdue; stifle; overwhelm; inhibit thesuppress expression of; check; prevent from being published or made public; Ex. suppress a smile; Ex. suppress the magazine/truth satiate; feed or supply to excess; stuff; indulge to excess insurfeit anything; N: surfeiting; excessive amount; Ex. surfeit of foodsurge powerful movement of or like a wave; V.surly bad-tempered; rude; crosssurmise guess; N.surmount overcomesurpass exceedsurreptitious done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogatesurrogate mother; ADJ. close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion);surveillance watching; guarding impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable ofsusceptible accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility cause to stop for a period; interrupt; hold in abeyance; defer; hang from above; exclude for a period from a position; Ex.suspend suspended state; Ex. suspend judgment; Ex. suspended from the team; N. suspension state of being undecided; anxiety or apprehension resulting fromsuspense uncertainty suffer (harm or loss); experience; support; prop; maintain; keepsustain in existence; nourish (to maintain life); Ex. sustain the family/the trapped miners sustaining; means of livelihood, support, food, nourishment;sustenance something that maintains life; food stitches sewn to hold the cut edges of a wound or incision;suture material used in sewing; V: sew together a woundswagger walk or behave with an over-confident mannerswamp wetland; marsh; V: flood; overwhelm; drench in with liquid large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people orswarm animals; V: move in a crowd or massswarthy (of a skin or complexion) dark; dusky; Ex. swarthy Italian ?swathe swath; wrap around; bandage; Ex. ones head swathed in
  • 175. bandages swing from side to side; influence (someone) to change onessway opinion; N.swear vow; promise; use profane oaths; use offensive wordsswear-word word considered offensive; Ex. ``bloodyswell long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.swelter (of a person) suffer from oppressive heat; be oppressed by heat deviate; turn aside sharply from a straight course; Ex. swerveswerve from the principle; Ex. The car swerved to the right.swill drink greedilyswindler cheaterswipe hit with a sweeping motion; N. lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF.sybarite Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italysycophant servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man; ADJ. sycophantic logical formula consisting of a major premise, a minor premisesyllogism and a conclusion; deceptive or specious argumentsylvan pertaining to the woods or the country interdependent relationship (between groups, species) oftensymbiosis mutually beneficial; ADJ. symbiotic; CF. together + life arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity; ADJ.symmetry symmetrical similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time;synchronous V. synchronizesynoptic providing a general overview; summary; N. synopsis combining parts or separate things into a whole; the whole sosynthesis formed; PL. syntheses; V. synthesize not natural; artificial; resulting from synthesis; Ex. syntheticsynthetic fiber; N. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - T small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing antablet inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall understood (without actually being expressed); not put into words; Ex. tacittacit agreement
  • 176. taciturn habitually silent; talking littletact skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offencetactful careful no to cause offence; OP. tactlesstactile pertaining to the organs or sense of touch contaminate; cause to lose purity; modify with a trace of something bad; Ex.taint tainted reputation; N: stain; touch of decay or bad influence; CF. touchtakeoff burlesque; act of leaving the groundtalisman charm; object believed to give supernatural powers to or protect its bearertalon claw of birdtan convert (hide) into leather; make brown by exposure to the sun only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showingtangential divergence; CF. tangent able to be touched; real; concrete; palpable; possible to realize or understand;tangible Ex. tangible prooftanner person who turns animal hides into leather tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach;tantalize torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declarationtantamount of war; CF. amounttantrum fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums. very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make ortaper become gradually narrower toward one endtarantula venomous spidertardy slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrivaltarnish make or become dull or discolored; N.tarry linger; delay in starting or going; dawdletart sharp to the taste; acid-tasting; caustic; sarcastic; Ex. tart apple/reply torn piece of cloth; ADJ. tattered: (of clothes) old and torn; (of a person)tatter dressed in old torn clothestaunt deride or provoke; challenge in derision; N.taut tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye; N. tautology: needlesstautological repetition of the same sense; statement that is always truetawdry cheap and gaudy; Ex. tawdry jewelrytawny brownish yellow
  • 177. specialist in classifying (animals, etc.); CF. taxonomy: science oftaxonomist classificationtedium boredom; weariness; ADJ. tedious practice of abstaining totally from alcoholic drinks; N. teetotaler;; ADJ.teetotalism teetotal; CF. T + total boldness; nerve; rashness; Ex. temerity to ask for a pay increase after onlytemerity three days work moderate; make less severe; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel) as bytemper alternate heating and cooling characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess; ADJ.temperament temperamental: of temperament; having frequent changes of temper; Ex. temperamental dislike of sports; Ex. temperamental actress moderate; restrained; self-controlled; moderate in respect to temperature;temperate CF. temperance: moderation and self-restraint; abstinence of alcoholic drinks; Ex. temperance societytempestuous stormy; violent; impassioned; N. tempest: violent stormtempo speed of musictemporal of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldlytemporize gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneselftenacious holding fast (as to a belief); persistenttenacity firmness; persistencetenancy possession of land or building by rent; period of a tenants occupancytenant one that pays rent to use property owned by anothertend have a tendency; take care of; minister; serve at; apply ones attention; attend promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed totendentious further a cause; Ex. tendentious rather than truth-seeking; CF. tend: move in a certain direction offer formally; extend; Ex. tender ones resignation/the exact fare; N: formaltender offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender woundtenet doctrine; dogmatensile capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationshiptension between groups or people not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain;tentative hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/replytenuous thin; slim; rare
  • 178. tenure holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held lukewarm; slightly warm; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to thetepid new film; Ex. tepid supporter part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; endingterminal in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancertermination end; V. terminateterminology terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclatureterminus last stop of railroad; endterrestrial on or relating to the earthterse concise; abrupt; pithytertiary third in order or ranktessellated mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated patterntestator maker of a will; CF. testatrixtesty irritable; impatient and bad-tempered; short-tempered; N. testiness tie (an animal) with a rope or tether; N: rope or chain to which an animal istether tied; limit of ones endurance; Ex. the end of ones tetherthematic of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or ideatheocracy government run by religious leaderstheoretical based on theory; not practical or applied; hypotheticaltherapeutic curative; N. therapy pertaining to heat; producing heat; warm; Ex. thermal bath; N: rising currentthermal of warm airthesis opinion put forward and supported by reasoned argumentsthespian pertaining to drama; N: actor or actressthrall slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to findthrash the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net. worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor; hackneyed; Ex.threadbare threadbare excuses sign or warning (of coming danger); Ex. threat of rain; V: express a threat;threat give warning of (something bad); Ex. The cloud threatens rain. beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from thethresh strawthrifty careful about money; economical; N. thrift
  • 179. thrive prosper; flourish (of a heart or machine) beat rapidly or violently; N. Ex. hearthrob: heartbeat;throb sweetheartthroes violent anguishthrong crowd (of people or things); V. strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates thethrottle flow; CF. throat ?thwart block or hinder; baffle; frustratetickle touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter; pleasetightwad miser; excessively frugal persontiller handle used to move boats rudder (to steer) quality of a musical tone produced by a musical instrument (whichtimbre distinguishes it from others of the same pitch)timidity lack of self-confidence or couragetimorous fearful; timid; demonstrating fear give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color ortinge quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousytint slight degree of color; V: give a tint totipple drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently; N: alcoholic drink long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding;tirade denunciationtitanic gigantic; N. titantithe tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithetitillate tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it name (of a book, film, etc.); mark of rank; formal appellation as of rank ortitle office (such as Lord or General); right or claim to possession; championship; Ex. title as head of the family; Ex. title to the estatetitter nervous giggle; nervous laugh; V. of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without thetitular obligations; Ex. titular head of the companytoady servile flatterer; yes man; sycophant; V: be a toady to; fawntoga Roman outer robetoken outward sign; Ex. a token of our gratitude sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals; N: sound of a bell; fixed tax ortoll charge
  • 180. tome large volume; booktonsure shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders; V.topography physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: placetopple become unsteady and fall downtorpedo underwater explosive apparatus; V. lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (oftorpor an animal) dormant; hibernatingtorque twisting force; force producing rotationtorrent rushing stream; flood; Ex. The rain fell in torrents.torrid (of weather) hot or scorching; passionate; Ex. torrid love affairstorso trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunktortuous winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) totoss decide something animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family;totem representation of this; Ex. totem poletotter shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall causing a feeling of pity or sympathy; pathetic; V. touch: cause to feel pity ortouching sympathy; ADJ. touchedtouchstone stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling;touchy Ex. touchy situation promote or publicize (ones goods or service); praise excessively (as a form oftout advertisement); CF. advertisetoxic poisonous; N. toxicity propaganda pamphlet (esp. by a religious or political group); expanse oftract land; region of indefinite size; system of related organs; Ex. digestive tract docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N.tractable tractabilitytraduce expose to slandertrajectory path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlesslytramp about; long walk; sound of heavy walkingtrample step heavily with the feet; crush under the feettrance hypnotic state; ecstatic state; detachment from ones physical surrounding
  • 181. (as in contemplation or daydreaming); CF. transitiontranquillity calmness; peace exceeding ordinary limits; superior; surpassing; V. transcend: go beyond;transcendent exceed; surpass; N. transcendancy going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand bytranscendental practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition; OP. empirical; CF. transcendentalismtranscribe copy; write a copy of; N. transcriptiontransgression violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrongtransient staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transienttransition going from one state of action to anothertransitory transient; impermanent; fleeting; N. transitorinesstranslucent partly transparenttransmute transform; change; convert to something different permitting light to pass through freely; easily detected; obvious; clear; Ex.transparent transparent lie (of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery wastetranspire matter) through pores strong emotion; rapture; Ex. in a transport/transports of; V: move to strongtransport emotion; enrapturetranspose reverse the order or position oftrappings outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank) (of an experience) deeply shocking; pertaining to an injury caused bytraumatic violence; N. trauma: serious wound; emotional shock that causes lasting psychological damagetravail strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirthtraverse go through or across copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true naturetravesty of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragontread walk; trample; N: grooved face of a tire; horizontal part of a steptreasure keep as precious; cherishtreatise article treating a subject systematically and thoroughlytrek travel; journey; V: make a long difficult journeytremor trembling; slight quiver (as of the earth or from nervous agitation)
  • 182. tremulous trembling; waveringtrenchant cutting; incisive; keentrepidation fear; nervous apprehensiontribulation suffering; ordeal; distress; trialtribunal court of justice official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians to protect their rights;tribune protector of the people tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another intribute acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute totrickle flow in drops or in a thin stream; N.trickster person who cheats peopletrident three-pronged spear something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treattrifle without seriousness; flirttrifling trivial; unimportanttrigger set off; start group of three related works (connected by a shared subject but eachtrilogy complete in itself) make neat or tidy by clipping; reduce by removing what is unnecessary;trim ornament; decorate (round the edges); Ex. trim the cost; Ex. jacket trimmed with fur; N. ADJ: tidy; in good ordertrinket knickknack; bauble; cheap jewelrytrite hackneyed; commonplacetrivia trifles; unimportant matterstroth pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth long narrow container for feeding farm animals; lowest point (of a wave,trough business cycle, etc.); long narrow depression as between wavestruculence aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fiercetruism self-evident truthtruncate cut the top off; shorten main wooden stem of a tree; human body excluding the head and limbs;trunk torso; prehensile nose of an elephanttryst meeting arranged by lovers; arrangement between lovers to meettumid (of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
  • 183. commotion of a great crowd; riot; noise; uproar; ADJ. tumultuous: noisy andtumult disorderlytundra rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North Americaturbid (of a liquid) having the sediment disturbed; muddy; thickturbulence state of violent agitation; ADJ. turbulent: violently agitated or disturbedtureen deep dish for serving soupturgid swollen; distended (as from liquid) extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the countryturmoil into turmoilturncoat traitorturpitude depravity; baseness; Ex. moral turpitudetutelage guardianship; training; function of a tutor; instructiontutelary protective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities wealthy and powerful businessperson; wealthy leader; magnate; Ex. businesstycoon tycoontyphoon tropical hurricane or cyclone oppression; cruel government; ADJ. tyrannical: of a tyrant or tyranny;tyranny despotic; V. tyrannize: treat tyrannically; oppresstyro beginner; novice A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Uubiquitous being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity sore place appearing on the skin inside or outside the body; Ex.ulcer stomach ulcer; ADJ. ulcerous; V. ulcerate intentionally hidden; beyond what is evident; situated beyond;ulterior unstated and often questionable; Ex. ulterior motive final; not susceptible to further analysis; fundamental; Ex. Theultimate sun is the ultimate source of energy. last demand; last warning; last statement of conditions that mustultimatum be met; Ex. They have ignored our ultimatum. resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult; Ex. take umbrage atumbrage his rudeness unexplicable; impossible to account for; unreasonable orunaccountable mysterious
  • 184. unanimity complete agreement; ADJ. unanimousunassailable not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to questionunassuaged unsatisfied; not soothedunassuming modest; Ex. the champions unassuming mannerunbridled violent; uncontrolled; Ex. unbridled rage/greeduncanny strange; mysterious; Ex. uncanny knackunceremonious not done politely without due formalities unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyondunconscionable reason; Ex. unconscionable demanduncouth boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandishunction the act of anointing with oil; Ex. extreme unctionunctuous oily; bland; insincerely suaveunderhand(underhanded) done slyly and secretly (being dishonest)underlying lying below; fundamentalundermine weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneathunderscore underline; emphasize state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. Heunderstate understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstateundertaker funeral director; one whose business is to arrange burialsundulating moving with a wavelike motion; V. undulate; CF. und: wave dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching; Ex. He unearthedunearth some secrets about her; OP. concealunearthly not earthly; supernatural; weird; ghostlyunequivocal plain; clear; obviousunerringly infallibly; ADJ. unerring: making no mistakesunexceptionable entirely acceptable; not offering any basis for criticismunfaltering steadfast; firm; not changingunfeigned genuine; realunfetter liberate; free from chains; V. unfetterunfledged immature; not having the feathers necessary to fly; CF. fledglingunfrock defrock; strip a priest or minister of church authority (of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something)ungainly unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
  • 185. unguent ointmentuniformity sameness; monotony; ADJ. uniform: the same all over one-sided; involving or affecting only one side; Ex. unilateralunilateral declaration that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blamelessunimpeachable and exemplaryuninhibited unrepressed; free in behavior and feelingsunintimating unfrighteningunique without an equal; single in kind unity of pitch (in musical performance); complete accord; Ex. Theunison choir sang in unison. characterizing or affecting all; general; present everywhere; of theuniversal universe; cosmic; Ex. universal agreement; Ex. a subject of universal interestunkempt disheveled; uncared for in appearance; not combed; CF. comb (of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate;unmitigated without qualification; absolute; Ex. unmitigated disasterunobtrusive inconspicuous; not blatantunprecedented having no previous example; novel; unparalleledunprepossessing unattractiveunravel disentangle; solveunregenerate making no attempt to change ones bad practicesunrequited not requited; not reciprocated; Ex. unrequited loveunruly disobedient; lawless; difficult to control distasteful; disagreeable; morally offensive; Ex. unsavoryunsavory activity/reputationunscathed unharmed; Ex. escape the accident unscathed unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave withunseemly unseemly hasteunsightly ugly; unpleasant to look atunsullied untarnished; CF. sully (of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to beuntenable maintained unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untowarduntoward encounter
  • 186. unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless;unwarranted undeservedunwieldy awkward (to carry or move); cumbersome; unmanageable not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwittingunwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwontedunwonted punctuality.upbraid reprimand; severely scoldupright (sitting or standing) straight up; honest; moraluproar noisy confusion marked by commotion or uproar; very noisy (esp. with laughter);uproarious hilarious; causing loud laughter; extremely funnyupshot outcome; final resulturbane suave; refined in manner; elegant mischievous child (usually a boy); CF. urchin: hedgehog; CF.urchin porcupine: pig with spikes ?; CF. sea urchin drive or force forward (by causing impulses); drive to take action;urge impel; entreat earnestly; Ex. urge horses; N: impulse that prompts action compelling immediate action; pressing; persistent; importunate;urgent Ex. urgent in his demandsursine bearlike; pertaining to a bear act or manner of using; accepted practice; way in which words areusage actually used seize anothers power or rank (without legal authority); supplant;usurp appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for ones own useusury lending money at illegal high rates of interestutopia ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopianuxorious excessively submissive or devoted to ones wife; CF. uxor: wife A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Wwade walk through a substance, such as water, that impedes movementwaffle speak equivocally about an issue; N. move gently (in air or in seas) by wind or waves; Ex. leaves wafting past thewaft window
  • 187. shake repeatedly from side to side; Ex. The dog wagged its tail; N: humorouswag person; witwage begin and continue (a war)waggish humorous; mischievous; trickywaif homeless child or animal; Ex. waifs and strays give up temporarily; yield; N. waiver: waiving a right or claim; document thatwaive waives a right or claim trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gonewake before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war roll in mud; indulge in; (of a ship) roll in a rough sea; become helpless; Ex.wallow wallow in the mud/luxurywan having a pale or sickly color; pallidwanderlust strong longing to travel decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex.wane The moon waxes and wanes every month; N. achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle anwangle invitation to the party. unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexuallywanton improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just causewarble (of a bird) sing; babble; N. administrative division of a city; division in a hospital or prison; incompetentward person placed under the protection of a guardian; V: guard; ward off: avertwarp twist out of shape; N. justification; written order that serves as authorization (esp. a judicial writ);warrant Ex. search/death warrant; V: justify; guaranteewarranted justified; authorizedwarranty guarantee; assurance by seller tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions inwarren which people livewary very cautious; watchfulwastrel waster; profligate move or swing back and forth; be uncertain or unsteady in decision orwaver movement; Ex. wavering between accepting and refusingwax increase gradually (as the moon); growwaylay ambush; lie in wait for and attackwean accustom a baby not to nurse; accustom (the young of a mammal) to take
  • 188. nourishment other than by suckling; give up a cherished activity; cause to gradually leave (an interest or habit); Ex. wean oneself from cigarettesweary tired after long work; V. pass safely through (a storm or difficult period); endure the effects of weatherweather or other forcesweird eerie; strange; unnaturalwell-bred of good upbringing; well-mannered and refinedwelt raised mark from a beating or whipping wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victimswelter weltered in their blood. deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promisewheedle out of herwhelp young animal (esp. of the dog or cat family); young wolf, dog, tiger, etc.whet sharpen; stimulate; Ex. whet someones appetite puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. whiff ofwhiff perfume/scandalwhim sudden capricious idea; fancywhimsical capricious; fanciful; amusingly strangewhimsy whim; tendency to behave amusingly strangely; Ex. story full of whimsywhine complain (in a sad voice); make a high sad sound (as in pain or supplication)whinny neigh like a horse; CF. neigh: make the sound which horses makewhit small amount; smallest speck; Ex. not a whit of pare; cut away thin bits (from wood); fashion in this way; reduce gradually;whittle trimwholesome conducive to mental or physical health; healthful ring of leaves around stem; ring; circular arrangement; Ex. whorls on thewhorl fingerswiggle wriggle; move from side to side with irregular twisting motionswillful wilful; intentional; headstrongwillowy flexible; pliant; slender; CF. willowwilt loose freshness; droopwily crafty; cunning; artful; N. wile: deceitful stratagem move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched thewince cold body.windfall fallen fruit; unexpected lucky event
  • 189. sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad;winnow CF. windwinsome charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engagingwisp small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)wispy thin; slight; barely discernible sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguelywistful longingwithdrawn introverted; retiring; remote remote/distant in manner; aloofwither (of a plant) dry up from loss of moisture; lose freshness; shrivel; decaywithhold refuse to give; hold back; Ex. withholding taxwithstand stand up against; resist successfullywitless lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idioticwitticism witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)wizardry sorcery; magicwizened shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old ladywoe great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes sad; (of something bad) deplorable; deplorably bad; Ex. woeful housingwoeful conditions (the stated persons) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted:wont customaryworldly engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material worldwrangle quarrel noisily; obtain through arguing; herd cattle; N.wrath anger; furywreak inflict; Ex. wreak ones vengeance onwrench twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands. obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory fromwrest their grasp miserable person; bad or despicable person; ADJ. wretched: miserable; bad;wretch contemptible; vilewring twist (to extract liquid); extract by twisting; wrench painfully (necks or hands)wrinkle small ridge on a smooth surface (face or cloth); V. written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to dowrit something)writhe twist in coils; contort in painwrongheaded stubbornly wrong
  • 190. (esp. of an expression of the face) twisted; with a humorous twist (expressingwry displeasure) A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Xxenophobia fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Yyen strong desire; longing; urge; Ex. yen for travelyeoman man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer amount produced; crop; income on investment; profit obtained from an investment;yield V: produce; give in; surrenderyoke join together; unite; N: crossbar used to joining two draft animalsyokel rustic; country bumpkin;yore time long past; Ex. in the days of yore A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP Barron GRE word list - Zzany comic; crazy; N: clown; comical person (given to outlandish behavior)zeal eager enthusiasm (to a cause or ideal); ADJ. zealouszealot one who is zealous; fanatic; person who shows excessive zealzenith point directly overhead in the sky; summit; acme; highest pointzephyr gentle breeze; west wind outer skin of an orange used for giving a special taste to food; spice; interest; flavor;zest spirited enjoyment; Ex. add a certain zest to the affair; Ex. zest for life A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z TOP