30 GRE Words Beginning with “B” & “C” – 30 Words

banish

send away from a place of residence, as for punishment

In March, the Mid Devon district council in southwestern England attempted to banish apostrophes from all area street signs.
Slate (May 23, 2013)
belie

be in contradiction with

Speeds were measured yet urgent, belying his reputation as being, on occasion, a slow-ish Wagnerian.
The Guardian (Jul 23, 2013)
benign

pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

In a global ice age beginning 72,000 years ago, many Africans fled the continent’s arid interior, heading for the more benign southern shore.
New York Times (Nov 12, 2012)
bogus

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

He acknowledged pocketing bribes from corrupt contractors in exchange for certifying bogus or inflated invoices for services that were never provided.
New York Times (Jul 12, 2013)
bolster

support and strengthen

In Wednesday’s speech, Obama advocated for bolstering manufacturing, investing in infrastructure, and bringing down the cost of higher education.
BusinessWeek (Jul 24, 2013)
brandish

move or swing back and forth

Raising his arms over his head, assuming poses, brandishing the putting iron like a sword.
The New Yorker (Jun 3, 2013)
bridle

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

He smoldered for eight innings in the Washington Nationals’ dugout, until Davey Johnson could keep Harper bridled no longer.
Washington Post (Jun 10, 2012)
buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

One is the 1885 factory, which retains its original red-brick facade, exposed buttresses, oversized arched windows and chunky white “Peaks Mason Mints” lettering.
New York Times (Oct 20, 2012)
capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

Protections exist so workers “are not treated in an arbitrary and capricious way merely for political purposes.”
Reuters (May 30, 2013)
catastrophe

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

He also said the mountains are dangerous, with regular landslides and other natural catastrophes.
New York Times (Jul 13, 2013)
cerebral

involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

“Some people approach acting with all these things in their head, making it more complicated than it needs to be, way too cerebral,” he complained.
The Guardian (Jul 23, 2013)
chevron

an inverted V-shaped charge

Yet the precise patterns on the runway, which at first glance looked like chevron rugs, were literally drawn in sand.
New York Times (Jun 26, 2012)
chronological

relating to or arranged according to temporal order

The albums are listed in chronological order of their original release.
Time (Dec 25, 2012)
circumscribe

restrict or confine

In both cases, diplomatic security agents suggested that their investigations had been circumscribed or blocked by superiors.
New York Times (Jun 11, 2013)
clarify

make clear and comprehensible

Zarghami’s comments about talks with Cuba were taken seriously until Mehr later clarified he was joking.
The Guardian (Jul 3, 2013)
coinage

a newly invented word or phrase

Clever coinages may be laughed at and enjoyed, but hardly ever adopted by users of the language.
BBC (Feb 18, 2011)
complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

But those good times bred complacency, and Mr. Bernanke’s recent comments have caused an abrupt change in perceptions.
New York Times (Jun 24, 2013)
compliance

acting according to certain accepted standards

City inspectors have yet to investigate, but Mr. LaVorgna said the home was in compliance with the building code.
New York Times (Jul 24, 2013)
condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

China has staunchly rejected such allegations, saying the Beijing government neither condones nor carries out computer hacking.
Washington Post (Feb 10, 2013)
consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

Others were backed by a bipartisan consensus, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996.
Washington Post (Jul 17, 2013)
consolidation

the act of combining into an integral whole

Neuroscientists have long known that sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation, helping to integrate newly learned information.
Scientific American (Jul 24, 2013)
conspicuous

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

There are some signs that after years of penny-pinching, conspicuous spending is on the rise in Japan
New York Times (Jun 28, 2013)
constitute

compose or represent

Heated debates ensue about whether earnest attempts to support science journalists constitute “establishment PR”.
The Guardian (Jul 5, 2013)
conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

Unlike conventional zoos, Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo is made entirely using origami.
The Guardian (Jul 20, 2013)
copious

large in number or quantity

Plentiful plaudits and copious commendations have followed, but I’m not so sure.
BBC (Apr 22, 2013)
corroborate

support with evidence or authority or make more certain

Prosecutors said they could not corroborate allegations made by two witnesses against the general.
BBC (Apr 18, 2013)
crestfallen

brought low in spirit

Week after week, he roamed the streets of New York, looking for work, and every night returned to Hoboken, crestfallen and disappointed.
Charles Gilson
crude

conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

The abuse, repeating words that Mr Sarkozy himself had used previously, was a crude version of “get lost!”
BBC (Jul 26, 2013)
curtail

terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end

The military has postponed maintenance, curtailed training, canceled deployments and taken other steps to slash spending.
Reuters (Jul 8, 2013)
cynicism

a pessimistic feeling of distrust

People who live rigorously by this cynicism are often seen as grumpy killjoys.
The Guardian (Jul 10, 2013)

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