GRE sample – 97 Words

abject

of the most contemptible kind

asperity

harshness of manner

aspersion

a disparaging remark

burnish

polish and make shiny

cant

a slope in the turn of a road or track

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

concoct

make something by mixing

continence

voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

contumacious

willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

decorum

propriety in manners and conduct

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

disparage

express a negative opinion of

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

divulge

make known to the public information previously kept secret

effervescence

the process of bubbling as gas escapes

effete

excessively self-indulgent, affected, or decadent

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

emaciated

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

emollient

a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

equable

not varying

equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

evince

give expression to

extirpate

destroy completely, as if down to the roots

facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

factotum

a servant employed to do a variety of jobs

fatuous

devoid of intelligence

fledge

grow feathers

flout

treat with contemptuous disregard

foment

try to stir up

forswear

formally reject or disavow

fracas

noisy quarrel

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

froward

habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

fulminate

cause to explode violently and with loud noise

gauche

lacking social polish

gossamer

a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

grouse

popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs

imperturbable

marked by extreme calm and composure

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

implacable

incapable of being appeased or pacified

implode

burst inward

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

interdict

command against

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

intransigence

stubborn refusal to compromise or change

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

inured

made tough by habitual exposure

inveigle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

inveterate

habitual

invidious

containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice

irascible

quickly aroused to anger

jibe

shift from one side of the ship to the other

junta

a group of officers who rule a country after seizing power

lascivious

driven by lust

lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

lethargic

deficient in alertness or activity

levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

limpid

clear and bright

litany

any long and tedious address or recital

maelstrom

a powerful circular current of water

malinger

avoid responsibilities and duties

mendacious

given to lying

meretricious

tastelessly showy

mesmerize

attract strongly, as if with a magnet

mettle

the courage to carry on

minatory

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

motley

consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

acquiesce

agree or express agreement

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

obviate

do away with

occlude

block passage through

officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

overweening

presumptuously arrogant

pallid

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

panegyric

formally expressing praise

patois

a regional dialect of a language

pellucid

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

perfidious

tending to betray

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

physiognomy

the human face

piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste
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