Unformatted text preview: GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal
1535 words that feature in verbal reasoning section of the GRE
List of synonyms and antonyms you are going to need in the
The right context for using the words through sample
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
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***** GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal
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***** 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)
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
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
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
***** 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]
Ant: encourage; cheer; animate; embolden; incite
Usage: The writer felt abashed seeing the amount of a ention he was
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Usage: Her primary job was to fashionably accouter the women in the
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
Usage: The ceiling slanted down toward the screen to improve
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
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
Usage: Jack did not join his friends for mountaineering as he suﬀered
ACTUARIAL (adj) [AK-choo-er-ee]
Syn: calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
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
Ant: dissuade; prevent; deter; hinder; discourage
Usage: Bob was actuated toward commi ing the crime because of his
ACUITY (n) [uh-KYOO-i-tee]
Usage: His sense of acuity and acumen was amazingly sharp even at
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
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
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]
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
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
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
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
AFFLUENCE (n) [AF-loo-uh ns]
Syn: abundance; wealth
Usage: Even before entering the mansion, the family’s aﬄuence was
clearly obvious from the value of the various imported cars parked
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
AGGRESSOR (n) [uh-GRES-er]
Syn: a acker
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
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;
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
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
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
ALLEVIATE (v) [uh-LEE-vee-eyt]
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
Ant: certainty; decisiveness
Usage: Paul was faced with deep ambivalence toward the prevailing
AMBROSIA (n) [am-BROH-zhuh]
Syn: food of the gods
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]
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
Usage: Even the most basic amenities were not available in that
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
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
Usage: His manner of working w...
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