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Unformatted text preview: GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal Mastery 1535 words that feature in verbal reasoning section of the GRE List of synonyms and antonyms you are going to need in the exam The right context for using the words through sample sentences The right way to pronounce the words, thanks to the easy and friendly pronunciation system given Understanding where the words fit in as parts of speech Test Prep Series ***** GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal Mastery Published by Vibrant Publishers at Smashwords Copyright 2014 Vibrant Publishers, USA. Smashwords Edition, License Notes This ebook is licensed for your personal use only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author. This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject ma er covered. The author has made every effort in the preparation of this book to ensure the accuracy of the information. However, information in this book is sold without warranty either expressed or implied. The Author or the Publisher will not be liable for any damages caused or alleged to be caused either directly or indirectly by this book. Vibrant Publishers books are available at special quantity discount for sales promotions, or for use in corporate training programs. For more information please write to [email protected] Please email feedback / corrections (technical, grammatical or spelling) to [email protected] To access the complete catalogue of Vibrant Publishers, visit ***** Table of Contents 1. Chapter #1 (abash - aplomb) 2. Chapter #2 (apocalyptic - bemused) 3. Chapter #3 (benediction - centaur) 4. Chapter #4 (centrifuge - concomitant) 5. Chapter #5 (concord - denigrate) 6. Chapter #6 (denouement - epistemologist) 7. Chapter #7 (epitaph - gawk) 8. Chapter #8 (genealogy - impolitic) 9. Chapter #9 (importune - legerdemain) 10. Chapter #10 (lethargic - nocturnal) 11. Chapter #11 (noisome - plauditory) 12. Chapter #12 (plebeian - repudiate) 13. Chapter #13 (requiem - slew) 14. Chapter #14 (slough - tensile) 15. Chapter #15 (tepid - viscous) 16. Chapter #16 (vitiate - zephyr) ***** Preface The GRE has changed, and the new format requires the student to have stronger verbal reasoning skills than ever. There will be new types of questions in Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence, with an increase in overall level of difficulty. This means there is going to be a greater focus on cognitive skills and the ability to infer the right conclusions from the context. The winning strategy now is to develop a wide and all-round understanding of the GRE vocabulary, rather than just mug things up. This book is your comprehensive guide to essential GRE vocabulary. It presents 1535 words that you will encounter in different situations in the exam. Learning these is crucial to mastering verbal reasoning. This book teaches you not only what the words mean, but also how to use them correctly and in the right context. Synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech and sample sentences are provided to give you greater understanding. An easy-to-pick-up pronunciation system makes sure you can speak the words right, and will benefit you throughout life. Selected by GRE experts after extensive analysis of the new verbal test, these 1535 words are indispensable for any aspirant. The best way to maximize your preparation is to use these words in your daily life. Form sentences on your own based on where and how you’d include them in your conversations. Making flash cards and regularly quizzing yourself is also recommended. Remember, the best of learning happens when it is fun. And we want you to have fun while you prepare for the GRE. Here’s to your success! ***** Chapter #1 (abash - aplomb) This chapter covers the following words along with their part of speech, pronunciation, synonyms and antonym, if applicable. Sample usage of the word is also illustrated. abash abdicate aberrant abeyance abjure abnegation abominate abrasive abridge abrogate abscission abscond abstain abstemious abstinence abstruse abut accede accessible accessory acclivity accolade accord accost accouter accretion accrue acerbity acidulous acoustics acquiesce acqui al acrophobia actuarial actuate acuity y acumen adage addendum addle adhere adjunct adjuration adroit adulation adventitious adversity advocate aerie affable affiliation affluence agglomeration aggressor agnostic alacrity alchemy allay allege allegory alleviate altruistic ambidextrous ambiguous ambivalence ambrosia ameliorate amenable amenities amnesty amok amphitheater p amplify anachronism analgesic anarchist anathema anathematize ancillary animadversion animosity anneal annihilate annotate annuity anodyne anoint anonymity antagonistic antecede antediluvian anthropologist anthropomorphic anticlimax antidote antipathy antithesis aphasia aphorism aplomb ***** ABASE (v) [uh-BEYS] Syn: lower; humiliate Ant: exalt; elevate; honor; raise; promote Usage: To add insult to injury, he further abased her by throwing the report at her in the presence of the rest of the staff. ABASH (v) [uh-BASH] Syn: embarrass Ant: encourage; cheer; animate; embolden; incite Usage: The writer felt abashed seeing the amount of a ention he was receiving. ABDICATE (v) [AB-di-keyt] Syn: renounce; give up; relinquish Ant: occupy; retain; maintain Usage: He abdicated his entire estate and retired into the forest, spending the rest of his life in a log cabin. ABERRANT (adj) [uh-BER-uh nt] Syn: abnormal; deviant Ant: normal Usage: Normally a calm and steady worker, recently Jim’s behavior has been noted to be aberrant. ABEYANCE (n) [uh-BEY-uh ns] Syn: suspended action; inactivity; cessation; suspension Ant: continuance Usage: But these rights of adulthood are in abeyance during the period of pupilage or nonage. ABJURE (v) [ab-JOO r] Syn: renounce; repudiate; retract Ant: claim; assert; profess; vindicate; retain; maintain, hold Usage: To save his skin, he simply adjured every statement they had made, humbling under their pressure. g p ABNEGATION (n) [ab-ni-GEY-shuh n] Syn: repudiation; self-sacrifice; relinquishment Ant: assertion; retention; maintenance; hold Usage: But this abnegation of responsibility is bringing with it the anarchy, chaos, and violence in society. ABOMINATE (v) [uh-BOM-uh-neyt] Syn: loathe; hate Ant: love; abide Usage: He has such a loathsome personality that any sane person would abominate him. ABRASIVE (adj) [uh-BREY-siv] Syn: caustic; corrosive; rubbing away; tending to grind down or abrade; causing irritation, annoyance, or bad feelings Ant: calm; mild; soothing; likable Usage: The builder explained that the material was abrasive and hence would easily crumble to powder. ABRIDGE (v) [uh-brij] Syn: condense or shorten Ant: lengthen, append Usage: The key issues are listed below in an abridged version of the mail sent to him. ABROGATE (adj) [AB-ruh-geyt] Syn: abolish; nullify Ant: approve; establish; sanction; support Usage: It was Abraham Lincoln who took the initiative to abrogate slavery in America. ABSCISSION (n) [ab-SIZH-uhn] Syn: removal by cu ing off, as in surgery; separation; section Ant: joining; recombination Usage: The doctor explained that the planned abscission of the patient’s toe was a necessary amputation to save his life from the spreading infection. ABSCOND (v) [ab-SKOND] Syn: depart secretly and hide Ant: appear; emerge; show; stay; remain Usage: The culprit is said to be absconding with the bank robbery proceeds. ABSTAIN (v) [ab-STEYN] Syn: refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice Syn: participate; act; consume Usage: On every Tuesday of the month, Jim abstains from consuming meat and alcohol. ABSTEMIOUS (adj) [ab-STEE-mee-uh s] Syn: Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate Ant: intemperate; glu onous; greedy Usage: Roderick chooses to remain abstemious when the rest of his colleagues meet up for drinks. ABSTINENCE (n) [AB-stuh-nuhns] Syn: self-restraint; restraint from eating, drinking, having sex, or indulging any other appetites Ant: indulging; consumption; participation Usage: Spiritual ascetics preach a complete abstinence from the pleasures of world. ABSTRUSE (adj) [ab-STROOS] Syn: obscure; profound Ant: evident; visible; obvious Usage: It's clever, fun and makes a fairly abstruse point very neatly for even the most inexperienced to understand. ABUT (v) [uh-BUHT] Syn: border upon; adjoin Ant: separate Usage: A gravel terrace abuts the rear of the main house with a further brick path to the side of the farmhouse kitchen. ACCEDE (v) [ak-SEED] Syn: agree; approve; assent Ant: antagonize, dissent; demur; protest Usage: Shelly acceded to the request of Jill and stayed back for group study. ACCESSIBLE (adj) [ak-SES-uh-buh l] Syn: easy to approach; obtainable Ant: inaccessible; hard to reach Usage: The cliff-top at Skorda is easily accessible through a ski lift. ACCESSORY (n) [ak-SES-uh-ree] Syn: additional object; useful but not essential thing Ant: necessity; essential item Usage: Today a trendy cellphone is not just a gadget, but also a fashion accessory to flaunt in public. ACCLIVITY (n) [uh-KLIV-i-tee] Syn: sharp upslope of a hill; ascent Ant: declivity; descent Usage: It is delightfully situated on a bold acclivity, one mile east of the church, looking down on the village. ACCOLADE (n) [AK-uh-leyd] Syn: award of merit; recognition of accomplishment Ant: criticism; demerits Usage: She has been winning many accolades for her achievements. ACCORD (n) [uh-KAWRD] Syn: agreement; treaty Ant: difference; disagreement; withholding; refusal; denial g g Usage: The talks between the two Presidents led to an accord with a number of new agreements being signed by the two countries. ACCOST (v) [uh-KAWST] Syn: approach and speak first to a person Ant: shun; pass; elude; ignore; avoid Usage: Just as she was emerging from the bank, two men accosted her, grabbed her handbag, and made off in a waiting car. ACCOUTER (v) [uh-KOO-ter] Syn: equip; outfit Ant: disrobe; Usage: Her primary job was to fashionably accouter the women in the royal household. ACCRETION (n) [uh-KREE-shuh n] Syn: growth; increase; addition Syn: shrinkage; deduction; decrease Usage: There was no point in a empting accretion of more wealth when he knew that everything his affluent parents owned would eventually be handed down to him. ACCRUE (v) [uh-KROO] Syn: accumulate; pile up; grow; collect Ant: divest; shrink; decrease; lose Usage: There was no point in a empting to accrue more wealth when he knew that everything his affluent parents owned would eventually be handed down to him. ACERBITY (n) [uh-SUR-bi-tee] Syn: bi erness of speech and temper; harshness; severity Ant: sweetness; mellowness; mildness Usage: The party members showed acerbity in their harsh criticism of the leader's Divide and Rule policy. ACIDULOUS (adj) [uh-SIJ-uh-luhs] j Syn: slightly sour; sharp; caustic Ant: sweet; sugary Usage: People around Sheena are terrified of her acidulous tongue. ACOUSTICS (n) [uh-KOO-stiks] Syn: science of sound Ant: NULL Usage: The ceiling slanted down toward the screen to improve acoustics. ACQUIESCE (v) [ak-wee-ES] Syn: assent; agree without fuss; comply Ant: dissent; demur; object; protest; resist; oppose Usage: After a lot of pressure, the President decided to acquiesce to the people’s demands and moved to withdraw the troops. ACQUITTAL (n) [uh-KWIT-l] Syn: deliverance from a charge Ant: conviction Usage: The mafia don called for a huge celebration on account of his acqui al of all felony charges. ACROPHOBIA (n) [ak-ruh-FOH-bee-uh] Syn: fear of heights Ant: NULL Usage: Jack did not join his friends for mountaineering as he suffered from acrophobia. ACTUARIAL (adj) [AK-choo-er-ee] Syn: calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics Ant: NULL Usage: The actuarial statistics show that people are living into a higher age these days than ten years back. ACTUATE (v) [AK-choo-eyt] Syn: motivate; impel; incite y p Ant: dissuade; prevent; deter; hinder; discourage Usage: Bob was actuated toward commi ing the crime because of his heavy debts. ACUITY (n) [uh-KYOO-i-tee] Syn: sharpness Ant: stupidity Usage: His sense of acuity and acumen was amazingly sharp even at this age. ACUMEN (n) [uh-kYOO-muh n] Syn: mental shrewdness; discernment; keen insight Ant: stupidity; lack of awareness Usage: His sharp sense of business acumen has always been admired by people. ADAGE (n) [AD-ij] Syn: wise saying; proverb Ant: absurdity; ambiguity; foolishness; nonsense Usage: That “experience is the parent of wisdom,” is an adage, the truth of which is recognized by all mankind. ADDENDUM (n) [uh-DEN-duh m] Syn: an addition or a supplement Ant: subtraction Usage: This year, the company has put in a new addendum to the existing set of regulations to deal with new technology issues. ADDLE (v) [AD-l] Syn: muddle; confuse; drive crazy; become ro en Ant: clarify; explain; clear up Usage: Ken became addled by all this talk because he just couldn’t understand what Lori was saying. ADHERE (v) [ad-HEER] Syn: stick fast y Ant: disjoin; not conform Usage: However, dates will still need to be strictly adhered to if we hope to meet the due date. ADJUNCT (n) [AJ-uhngkt] Syn: something added on or a ached Ant: something removed Usage: Lastly, the lawyer made another adjunct to the will on the advice of the client. ADJURATION (n) [aj-uh-REY-shuh n] Syn: solemn urging; appeal Ant: denial; refusal; disavowal Usage: Broken-hearted with the verdict, the captain decided to make an adjuration to a higher court. ADROIT (adj) [uh-DROIT] Syn: skillful Ant: awkward; clumsy; unskillful; inexpert; lubberly Usage: Being an army officer’s daughter, she was quite adroit at all the physical exercises they asked her to do. ADULATION (n) [aj-uh-LEY shuh n] Syn: fla ery; admiration; overenthusiastic praise; sycophancy Ant: criticism; abuse Usage: By now, the film star was sick of all the fawning adulation he was drawing. ADVENTITIOUS (adj) [ad-vuh n-tish-uh s] Syn: accidental; casual; extrinsic Ant: deliberate; intrinsic; planned Usage: That they would meet like this at a coffee shop after twenty years of being separated was too adventitious to believe. ADVERSITY (n) [ad-VUR-si-tee] Syn: poverty; misfortune; bad luck y p y Ant: fortune; good luck; prosperity Usage: They say the true strength of man is measured in times of hardship and adversity. ADVOCATE (v) [AD-vuh-keyt] Syn: urge; plead for; support Ant: counter; discourage; impede Usage: What was really shocking to the pacifists was that he advocated the use of violence in their protests. AERIE (n) [air-ee] Syn: nest of a large bird of prey Ant: NULL Usage: The vulture was winging his way at a high altitude toward his aerie atop the mountain. AFFABLE (adj) [AF-uh-buh l] Syn: easily approachable; warm; genial; friendly Ant: contemptuous; disdainful; discourteous;, impolite, callous Usage: Jim had seemed like an affable gentleman to me but his neighbor told me he was often rude to her. AFFILIATION (n) [uh-fil-ee-EY-shuh n] Syn: joining; association; alliance Ant: separation; estrangement Usage: The local university has an affiliation to the University of Wisconsin. AFFLUENCE (n) [AF-loo-uh ns] Syn: abundance; wealth Ant: dearth Usage: Even before entering the mansion, the family’s affluence was clearly obvious from the value of the various imported cars parked outside. AGGLOMERATION (n) [uh-glom-uh-REY-shuh n] g Syn: collection; heap; jumble; cluster Ant: individual item Usage: Now, the site is an oasis of green space in an agglomeration of urban sprawl. AGGRESSOR (n) [uh-GRES-er] Syn: a acker Ant: victim Usage: The United Nations received much support for taking robust action against an aggressor nation. AGNOSTIC (n) [ag-NOS-tik] Syn: one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality Ant: believer Usage: There was no celebration for Easter in their house because they were agnostics. ALACRITY (n) [uh-LAK-ri-tee] Syn: cheerful promptness; eagerness; celerity; willingness; cheerfulness Ant: aversion; slowness; repugnance; reluctance; unwillingness Usage: On hearing the good news, the three of them rose to their feet with such alacrity that he was stunned. ALCHEMY (n) [AL-kuh-mee] Syn: medieval chemistry; sorcery Ant: science Usage: I studied alchemy and new age ideas at first, and then yoga. ALLAY (v) [uh-LEY] Syn: assuage; relieve; alleviate; calm; pacify Ant: dispute; provoke; agitate; arouse Usage: “Don’t worry; I am here with you,” he said, allaying her fears. ALLEGE (v) [uh-LEJ] Syn: state without proof Ant: contradict; deny; disprove; refute; gainsay Usage: Later they even dared to allege that he had helped the prisoner to escape. ALLEGORY (n) [AL-uh-gawr-ee] Syn: story in which characters are used as symbols; fable Ant: fact; history Usage: Aesop’s fable of the hard-working ant and lazy grasshopper presents an allegory showing the value of planning, working, and saving. ALLEVIATE (v) [uh-LEE-vee-eyt] Syn: relieve Ant: exacerbate; aggravate; increase; augment; embi er Usage: With great patience, he set out to alleviate their uneasiness. ALTRUISTIC (adj) [al-troo-IS-tik] Syn: unselfishly generous; concerned for others Ant: frugal; miserly Usage: Because of his altruistic nature he has no qualms about donating even millions to charity. AMBIDEXTROUS (adj) [am-bi-DEK-struh s] Syn: capable of using either hand with equal ease Ant: righthanded; lefthanded Usage: Ambidextrous design makes working more comfortable, whether you mouse with your left or right hand. AMBIGUOUS (adj) [am-BIG-yoo-uh s] Syn: unclear or doubtful in meaning; obscure; uncertain Ant: indisputable; obvious; unequivocal; unambiguous Usage: It would be far more sensible to write clear, lucid statements than ambiguous statements, which would only serve to confuse the reader. AMBIVALENCE (n) [am-BIV-uh-luh ns] Syn: the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional a itudes Ant: certainty; decisiveness Usage: Paul was faced with deep ambivalence toward the prevailing culture. AMBROSIA (n) [am-BROH-zhuh] Syn: food of the gods Ant: NULL Usage: After weeks of eating bland, tasteless food, the dinner cooked by Zoya felt as good as ambrosia to Neil. AMELIORATE (v) [uh-MEEL-yuh-reyt] Syn: improve Ant: injure; spoil; mar; debase; deteriorate Usage: The weather ameliorated toward the evening, with a beautiful sunset and pleasant temperatures. AMENABLE (adj) [uh-MEE-nuh-buh l] Syn: readily managed; willing to be led Ant: independent; irresponsible; determinate; agreeable Usage: “Provided I find the terms amenable I shall sign the document,” said Paul. AMENITIES (n) [uh-MEN-i-tees] Syn: comforts; conveniences; luxuries; niceties Ant: discomforts Usage: Even the most basic amenities were not available in that village. AMNESTY (n) [AM-nuh-stee] Syn: pardon; forgiveness; Ant: conviction; censure; blame Usage: On seeing the powerful mayor arriving at the town square, the prisoners begged for amnesty. p gg y AMOK (adj) [uh-MUHK] Syn: in a state of rage Ant: calm; relaxed; organized Usage: The bull ran amok on the grounds after being speared by the matador. AMPHITHEATER (n) [AM-fuh-thee-uh-ter] Syn: open oval building with tiers of seats Ant: enclosed theater Usage: In Rome, our primary agenda had been to make a visit to the amphitheater for a performance under the stars. AMPLIFY (v) [AM-pluh-fahy] Syn: broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger Ant: abridge; condense; summarize; curtail Usage: The noise only served to amplify the pain that had already brought her to tears. ANACHRONISM (n) [uh-NAK-ruh-niz-uh m] Syn: something or someone misplaced in time Ant: NULL Usage: His manner of working w...
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