GRE KILL LIST 264 words

as taken from Magoosh Flashcards and other sources
  1. abrogate
    revoke formally
  2. anodyne
    capable of relieving pain
  3. aplomb
    great coolness and composure under strain
    Take it as a-bomb. A bomb defusing team must have following characteristics: assurance, balance, confidence, coolness, equanimity, nerve, nonchalance, poise, surety, tact... Nd these are the synonyms of aplomb!!!
  4. arch
    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
  5. arrant
    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
  6. arriviste
    a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  7. assiduous
    marked by care and persistent effort
  8. assiduously
    with care and persistence
    But then Obama spent months assiduously avoiding any involvement in Syria’s civil war, even as tens of thousands died.
    Time (Sep 23, 2013)
  9. autocratic
    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
  10. avocation
    an auxiliary activity
  11. base
    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
  12. bastardization
    an act that debases or corrupts
  13. beatitude
    a state of supreme happiness
  14. bedlam
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  15. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
  16. belie
    be in contradiction with
  17. benighted
    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
    be a night - fall in darkness
  18. bridle
    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
  19. burgeon
    grow and flourish
  20. callow
    young and inexperienced
  21. canard
    a deliberately misleading fabrication
  22. capitulate
    surrender under agreed conditions
  23. churlish
    having a bad disposition; surly
  24. clandestine
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  25. complicity
    guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
    The assumption of complicity or guilt further stokes Uighurs’ resentment.
    BusinessWeek (Mar 2, 2014)
  26. concomitant
    following or accompanying as a consequence
    That is because membership of the EU and the concomitant terms require negotiation with Brussels and agreement from existing EU member states.
    BBC (Feb 4, 2014)
  27. condescend
    debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
  28. conflate
    mix together different elements
  29. cosset
    treat with excessive indulgence
  30. coterminous
    being of equal extent or scope or duration
  31. countermand
    a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
  32. curmudgeon
    a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
  33. deleterious
    harmful to living things
  34. demonstrative
    given to or marked by the open expression of emotion
  35. desiccated
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
  36. desideratum
    something desired as a necessity
  37. dilettante
    an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
  38. disabuse
    free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
    sounds like dishabhool--remember it as correcting the path of a person who has dishabhooled
  39. discordant
    not in agreement or harmony
  40. disparage
    express a negative opinion of
  41. dissimulate
    hide (feelings) from other people
  42. dissipate
    spend frivolously and unwisely
  43. dissolute
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  44. dolorous
    showing sorrow
    colours ... are associated with cheerfulness .. dolours is opposite
  45. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  46. ethereal
    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
  47. execrable
    unequivocally detestable
  48. exiguity
    the quality of being meager
    The exiguity of those legs is a most promising earnest of your future exploits, and demonstrate your agility, virility, salubrity, and amorosity; ha, ha, ha.
    Moses, Montrose Jonas
  49. exorbitant
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
  50. extraneous
    not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
  51. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
  52. factitious
    not produced by natural forces
  53. fatuous
    devoid of intelligence
  54. fell
    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
  55. fiat
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
  56. foible
    a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
  57. forswear
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
  58. forthcoming
    at ease in talking to others
  59. frangible
    capable of being broken
  60. fritter
    small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
  61. galvanize
    stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock
  62. germane
    relevant and appropriate
  63. glib
    artfully persuasive in speech
  64. gumption
    fortitude and determination
  65. hauteur
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
  66. hector
    be bossy towards
  67. hedge
    minimize loss or risk
  68. histrionics
    a deliberate display of emotion for effect
  69. hoodwink
    conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  70. imbroglio
    an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
  71. impecunious
    not having enough money to pay for necessities
  72. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
  73. impugn
    attack as false or wrong
    im + PUGN ~ pugn looks like pungaa(hindi); NOW think of a person who is habitual of taking PUNGAA, he will always CONTRADICT people, and will always CHALLENGE others (impugn others).
    It was a political campaign designed to impugn me and my journalism.
    Salon (Jan 21, 2014)
  74. incendiary
    arousing to action or rebellion
  75. inchoate
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  76. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
  77. inequity
    injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards
    Because he demanded a serious commitment to social inequity, and to remove social injustice where he found it.
    Salon (Jan 20, 2014)
  78. infelicitous
    not appropriate in application; defective
    Infelicitous though some of these performances may have been, they used to arouse more amusement than irritation.
    The Guardian (Nov 26, 2012)
  79. inimical
    not friendly
  80. inscrutable
    of an obscure nature
  81. interdict
    command against
  82. interdict
    command against
  83. internecine
    (of conflict) within a group or organization
  84. inveterate
    habitual
  85. invidious
    containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
  86. jaundiced
    showing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste
  87. jejune
    lacking interest or significance or impact
  88. juvenescence
    the process of growing into a youth
  89. lachrymose
    showing sorrow
  90. limpid
    (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
  91. magisterial
    offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
  92. malapropism
    the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
  93. malingerer
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
  94. martinet
    someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
  95. maudlin
    effusively or insincerely emotional
  96. mellifluous
    pleasing to the ear
  97. mettlesome
    having a proud and unbroken spirit
  98. mimetic
    exhibiting mimicry
  99. mores
    (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
  100. muckrake
    explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
  101. mulct
    money extracted as a penalty
  102. noisome
    causing or able to cause nausea
  103. nonplus
    be a mystery or bewildering to
  104. nugatory
    of no real value
  105. obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant
  106. obtain
    be valid, applicable, or true
  107. obtuse
    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
  108. officious
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  109. offset
    a compensating equivalent
  110. omniscient
    infinitely wise
  111. operatic
    of or relating to or characteristic of opera
  112. ostensible
    appearing as such but not necessarily so
  113. ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
  114. overweening
    presumptuously arrogant
  115. palimpsest
    a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible
  116. panegyric
    formally expressing praise
    pane(pain)+gyric(lyrics)=if someone takes pain and writes lyrics then he will get PRAISED!!!
    His name has been immortalized by an eloquent panegyric in the seventeenth canto of the Paradiso.
    Various
  117. pariah
    a person who is rejected (from society or home)
  118. partisan
    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  119. parvenu
    a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  120. patronize
    treat condescendingly
  121. peccadillo
    a petty misdeed
  122. pecuniary
    relating to or involving money
  123. pellucid
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  124. pernicious
    exceedingly harmful
  125. perquisite
    an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)
  126. personable
    (of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality
  127. pertinacious
    stubbornly unyielding
  128. picayune
    (informal) small and of little importance
    like pikachus - small & ignorable
  129. plucky
    showing courage
  130. pontificate
    talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
  131. portent
    a sign of something about to happen
  132. poultice
    a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
  133. predilection
    a predisposition in favor of something
  134. preempt
    acquire for oneself before others can do so
  135. prescient
    perceiving the significance of events before they occur
  136. presentiment
    a feeling of evil to come
  137. profligate
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  138. proscribe
    command against
    Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", which many Muslims deemed blasphemous, is proscribed due to its depiction of Islam.
    Reuters (Feb 11, 2014)
  139. proselytize
    convert to another faith or religion
  140. protean
    taking on different forms
  141. pyrrhic
    of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans)
  142. quisling
    someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
  143. recant
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
  144. recapitulate
    summarize briefly
  145. redolent
    having a strong pleasant odor
  146. repugnant
    offensive to the mind
  147. reverberation
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
  148. sang-froid
    great coolness and composure under strain
  149. sartorial
    of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
  150. saturnine
    bitter or scornful
  151. sciolist
    an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
  152. sedulous
    marked by care and persistent effort
    Mnemonic - In order to (see) through (dull) (often complex) concepts, you need to be (Se-dul-ous) extremely attentive and persistent with your efforts.
    A sedulous parent nags at a neurasthenic child that is too weak for exertion until the child's susceptibility to correction is blunted.
    ?Malley, Austin
  153. self-effacing
    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  154. semblance
    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
  155. sententious
    abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
  156. Sisyphean
    both extremely effortful and futile
  157. solipsism
    (philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
  158. spartan
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
  159. splenetic
    very irritable
  160. stultify
    deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless
  161. suborn
    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
  162. surmise
    infer from incomplete evidence
  163. temerity
    fearless daring
  164. tendentious
    having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one
  165. tergiversate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  166. turgid
    ostentatiously lofty in style
  167. unimpeachable
    beyond doubt or reproach
    After his long and unimpeachable service to the company, Sharat felt that a gold watch was a slap in the face rather than an honor.
  168. usury
    the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  169. venial
    warranting only temporal punishment
  170. virago
    a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
  171. vitiate
    make imperfect
  172. vitiate
    make imperfect
  173. vituperate
    spread negative information about
  174. wallow
    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
  175. windfall
    a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
  176. recrudesce
    happen
  177. untrammeled
    not confined or limited
  178. apprisal
    informing by words
  179. brook
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  180. cavil
    raise trivial objections
  181. meteoric
    pertaining to or consisting of meteors or meteoroids
  182. doleful
    filled with or evoking sadness
  183. gambit
    an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
  184. debonair
    having a sophisticated charm
  185. atavism
    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
  186. philistine
    a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
  187. chagrin
    strong feelings of embarrassment
  188. vitriol
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
  189. browbeat
    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
  190. nettlesome
    causing irritation or annoyance
  191. truculent
    defiantly aggressive
  192. broadside
    a speech of violent denunciation
  193. unstinting
    very generous
  194. disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
  195. apothegm
    a short pithy instructive saying
  196. eviscerate
    remove the entrails of
  197. bete noire
    a detested person
  198. troglodyte
    one who lives in solitude
  199. surcease
    a stopping
  200. confabulate
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
  201. odious
    unequivocally detestable
  202. prolific
    intellectually productive
  203. decadent
    marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
  204. pulchritude
    physical beauty (especially of a woman)
  205. splendiferous
    having great beauty and splendor
  206. desuetude
    a state of inactivity or disuse
  207. detract
    take away a part from; diminish
  208. clout
    special advantage or influence
  209. firebrand
    someone who deliberately foments trouble
  210. denouement
    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
  211. exposition
    a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display
  212. expostulate
    reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
  213. upbraid
    express criticism towards
  214. demur
    take exception to
  215. demure
    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  216. untenable
    (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justified
  217. immure
    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
  218. arch
    naughtily or annoyingly playful
  219. bilious
    relating to or containing bile
  220. defray
    bear the expenses of
  221. primacy
    the state of being first in importance
  222. vitriolic
    harsh or corrosive in tone
  223. anemic
    lacking vigor or energy
  224. approbatory
    expressing or manifesting praise or approval
  225. moribund
    being on the point of death; breathing your last
  226. subterfuge
    something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
  227. solecism
    a socially awkward or tactless act
  228. cede
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
  229. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  230. exalt
    fill with sublime emotion
  231. peerless
    eminent beyond or above comparison
  232. incarnate
    make concrete and real
  233. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
  234. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  235. bastion
    a group that defends a principle
  236. inveigle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  237. unflagging
    unceasing
  238. ascendant
    tending or directed upward
  239. sate
    fill to satisfaction
  240. needle
    goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
  241. protege
    a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career
  242. cerebration
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  243. egalitarian
    favoring social equality
  244. wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  245. freewheeling
    free of restraints or rules
  246. verdant
    characterized by abundance of verdure
  247. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  248. voluble
    marked by a ready flow of speech
  249. amortize
    liquidate gradually
    And that has brought a big emphasis on making these vehicles — whose fixed costs presumably have been amortized long ago — as price-competitive as possible.
    Forbes (Jun 3, 2014)
  250. adumbrate
    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    Both in the vastness and the richness of the visible universe the invisible God is adumbrated.
    Webster, Noah
  251. volition
    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
    He is believed to have left his combat base in Afghanistan on his own volition.
    Washington Times (Jun 5, 2014)
  252. apologia
    a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
  253. appose
    place side by side or in close proximity
  254. fulsome
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
  255. espouse
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  256. indentured
    bound by contract
  257. methodical
    characterized by method and orderliness
  258. cesspool
    a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
  259. numinous
    of or relating to or characteristic of a numen
  260. insinuate
    give to understand
  261. slapdash
    marked by great carelessness
  262. upstart
    a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
  263. sapient
    acutely insightful and wise
  264. politic
    marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness