30 GRE Words Beginning with “E” and “F” – 30 Words

eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Kate looks down on Vi as a willfully contrarian flake who ever since dropping out of college has grown increasingly eccentric.
New York Times (Jun 16, 2013)
ecstatic

feeling great rapture or delight

Cavendish is always ecstatic at every win, but had more reason than usual on Friday.
The Guardian (May 17, 2013)
elated

exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

Orange County Fire Authority Captain John Muir told reporters that Jack’s relatives were elated by news that she was found alive.
Reuters (Apr 4, 2013)
elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

Looking for ancient ancestors can also help to elucidate how early animals developed their basic body plan and nervous system.
Scientific American (Mar 15, 2012)
eminence

high status importance owing to marked superiority

Within 15 years he had acquired and merged his way to Texas banking eminence as the biggest shareholder in First International Bancshares of Dallas.
New York Times (Dec 12, 2012)
emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

Later in the mission, the spin rate could be reduced to better emulate Martian conditions, where gravity is 40% that on Earth.
BBC (Jul 24, 2013)
enigmatic

not clear to the understanding

A glowing red devil makes an enigmatic appearance in scenes as bizarre and gripping as any conventionally scary movie.
The Guardian (Mar 21, 2013)
entail

impose, involve, or imply as a necessary result

The arrangement “is based on existing resources and should therefore entail no substantial additional costs”, a Commission statement said.
BBC (Jul 17, 2013)
entrenched

established firmly and securely

The opposition tapped into growing concern among Cambodians over rising inequality and entrenched corruption that Hun Sen’s critics say his policies have exacerbated.
Reuters (Jul 29, 2013)
equitable

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

Moody’s said Orr’s plan cites a “fair and equitable” standard for restructuring the city’s finances.
Reuters (May 16, 2013)
erroneous

containing or characterized by mistakes

The “bridge” was not included in Wilkins’ map, although it did incorporate some other erroneous details.
The Guardian (Jun 11, 2013)
euphoric

characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation

I took a deep breath – an almost giddy, euphoric feeling came over me.
Time (Jul 23, 2013)
exacerbate

make worse

Hygiene problems are exacerbated by a lack of fresh water and basic sanitation in some rural areas.
Reuters (Jul 21, 2013)
exacting

severe and unremitting in making demands

Violence has continued apace this summer, exacting a particularly heavy toll of Afghan police officers.
New York Times (Jul 2, 2013)
explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

The law is explicit – parking charges are about managing congestion, not raising revenue.
BBC (Jul 22, 2013)
exponentially

in a manner of rapid growth

Over the past two decades, China’s economic, political and diplomatic power has increased exponentially.
BBC (Jul 16, 2013)
extravagance

excessive spending

More generally, as they build their welfare states, Asian countries are determined to avoid the West’s extravagance.
Economist (Oct 11, 2012)
fanciful

not based on fact; unreal

As she tried out her new Google Glass recently, Wilkinson said, it felt like that fanciful idea had become real.
Seattle Times (May 12, 2013)
fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

His fastidious diction is unmistakable: he picks up words as if with sugar tongs – as if each syllable needed personal attention.
The Guardian (Mar 16, 2013)
fictitious

formed or conceived by the imagination

According to its website, “Paladin Deception Services can put together almost any fictitious scenario that you require.”
Forbes (May 31, 2013)
fleeting

lasting for a markedly brief time

Admittedly, the poor production makes it easy to get carried away about random, fleeting excellence.
Seattle Times (Jul 12, 2013)
flourish

grow vigorously

The mutual became a trusted local financial institution, merged with the Rock Building Society in 1965 and continued to flourish.
The Guardian (Jul 25, 2013)
flout

treat with contemptuous disregard

Footloose, determined and eager to flout convention, Mr. Buck bypassed college.
New York Times (Jul 12, 2013)
fluctuation

an instance of change

But the day to day fluctuations in the stock value, taken in aggregate, are best modeled with a random walk.
Scientific American (Jun 28, 2013)
foreground

move closer to the viewer to make more visible or prominent

Such projects foreground contemporary claims about pluralism and interfaith cooperation in US civic life.
Salon (May 1, 2013)
forsake

leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Saracens may be thoroughly professional in their approach, but thanks to Venter they have not forsaken the game’s amateur roots.
The Guardian (Apr 25, 2013)
fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

There are also fortuitous street finds, like the Eames lounge chairs he discovered near their apartment in Greenwich Village.
New York Times (Apr 13, 2011)
fractious

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Western powers are still hesitant about sending arms, partially due to the fractious politics of the opposition’s political umbrella group abroad, the Syrian National Council.
Reuters (Jul 7, 2013)
frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

Doral Financial Corporation, the bank’s holding company, issued a statement saying the lawsuit “is false, frivolous and has absolutely no legal basis.”
Reuters (Jun 18, 2013)
frugality

prudence in avoiding waste

He says the days of booming economies have been replaced by an era of relative frugality.
BBC (May 13, 2013)

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