Need-to-know GRE words – 99 Words

acolyte

an assistant to a priest or minister in a liturgical service

adamant

very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

approbation

official acceptance or agreement

ascribe

attribute or credit to

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

boorish

ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance

bumptious

offensively self-assertive

burgeon

grow and flourish

cajole

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

cant

a slope in the turn of a road or track

chauvinism

fanatical patriotism

chimerical

like a grotesque product of the imagination

coquettish

like a flirtatious woman

corpulence

the property of excessive fatness

deign

do something that one considers to be below one’s dignity

deleterious

harmful to living things

desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

dint

force or effort

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

dupe

fool or hoax

ebullient

joyously unrestrained

elysian

relating to the abode of the blessed after death

emendation

a correction by emending

engender

call forth

ennui

the feeling of being bored by something tedious

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

fodder

coarse food composed of plants or leaves and stalks

fulminate

cause to explode violently and with loud noise

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

ineffable

defying expression or description

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

itinerant

traveling from place to place to work

knavery

lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

lachrymose

showing sorrow

laconic

brief and to the point

livid

furiously angry

lugubrious

excessively mournful

maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

mendicant

a pauper who lives by begging

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

nugatory

of no real value

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

odious

unequivocally detestable

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

pastiche

a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

pejorative

expressing disapproval

penchant

a strong liking

penitent

feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

penurious

excessively unwilling to spend

perfidy

an act of deliberate betrayal

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

perspicacious

mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

progenitor

an ancestor in the direct line

pugnacious

ready and able to resort to force or violence

pungent

strong and sharp to the sense of taste

pusillanimous

lacking in courage, strength, and resolution

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

recondite

difficult to penetrate

repose

freedom from activity

respite

a pause from doing something

rife

excessively abundant

risible

arousing or provoking laughter

sardonic

disdainfully or ironically humorous

saturnine

bitter or scornful

savant

a learned person

sedition

an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

specious

plausible but false

stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

stultify

deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

tantamount

being essentially equal to something

tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends

travesty

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

truculent

defiantly aggressive

turbid

clouded as with sediment

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

venal

capable of being corrupted

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

vituperate

spread negative information about

winnow

the act of separating grain from chaff
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