48 More Top GRE Vocabulary Words

48 More Top GRE Vocabulary Words

Once you’ve reviewed our list of the top 52 GRE vocabulary words, keep building your GRE vocabulary knowledge with this list of 48 more vocab words you’re likely to encounter on the exam. We’ll break down these GRE-level words with their definitions in context to help you remember them as you work through the GRE Verbal section. Improving your GRE vocabulary will help you on all GRE Verbal question types and on the GRE Analytical Writing section. After reviewing these top GRE words, put your skills to the test by taking our short GRE vocabulary practice quiz. 

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48 More Top GRE Words Definitions & Examples

  1. deferencenoun – respect, courtesy 
    The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost deference. 
  1. bombasticadj. – pompous in speech and manner 
    The ranting of the radio talk-show host was mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact. 
  1. obsequiousadj. – overly submissive and eager to please 
    The obsequious new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor’s tie and agree with him on every issue. 
  1. speciousadj. – deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious 
    The student’s specious excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was provided otherwise when her teacher called her home. 
  1. mollifyverb – to calm or make less severe
    Their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe that any compromise would mollify them. 
  1. dirgenoun – a funeral hymn or mournful speech 
    Melville wrote the poem “A Dirge for James McPherson” for the funeral of a Union general who was killed in 1864. 
  1. veracity noun – truthfulness; accuracy 
    She had a reputation for veracity, so everyone trusted her description of events. 
  1. disparateadj. – fundamentally different; entirely unlike 
    Although the twins appear to be identical physically, their personalities are disparate. 
  1. exigentadj. – urgent; requiring immediate action
    The patient was losing blood so rapidly that it was exigent to stop the source of the bleeding. 
  1. castigateverb – to punish or criticize harshly 
    Many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore castigate the perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States. 
  1. iconoclastnoun – one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
    His lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an iconoclast. 
  1. amalgamate verb – to combine; to mix together
    Giant Industries amalgamated with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Incorporated. 
  1. paragonnoun – model of excellence of perfection
    She is a paragon of what a judge should be: honest, intelligent, hardworking, and just.
  1. chicanerynoun – deception by means of craft or guile
    Dishonest used car salespeople often use chicanery to sell their beat-up old cars. 
  1. occludeverb – to stop up; to prevent the passage of 
    A shadow is thrown across the earth’s surface during a solar eclipse, when the light from the sun is occluded by the moon. 
  1. fomentverb – to arouse or incite 
    The protestors tried to foment feelings against the war through their speeches and demonstrations. 
  1. quiescentadj. – motionless 
    Many animals are quiescent over the winter months, minimizing activity in order to conserve energy. 
  1. intransigentadj. – uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
    The professor was intransigent on the deadline, insisting that everyone turn the assignment in at the same time. 
  1. disabuseverb – to set right; to free from error
    Galileo’s observations disabused scholars of the notion that the Sun revolved around the Earth. 
  1. stolidadj. – unemotional; lacking sensitivity 
    The prisoners appeared stolid and unaffected by the judge’s harsh sentence. 
  1. opprobrium noun – public disgrace 
    After the scheme to embezzle the elderly was made public, the treasurer resigned in utter opprobrium. 
  1. floridadj. – excessively decorated or embellished 
    The palace had been decorated in a florid style; every surface had been carved and gilded. 
  1. soporificadj. – causing sleep or lethargy 
    The movie proved to be so soporific that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater. 
  1. dogmaticadj. – dictatorial in one’s opinions
    The dictator was dogmatic – he, and only he, was right. 
  1. aggrandizeverb – to increase in power, influence, and reputation 
    The supervisor sought to aggrandize herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own.
  1. perfunctoryadj. – done in a routine way; indifferent
    The machinelike bank teller processed the transaction and gave the waiting customer a perfunctory smile. 
  1. luminousadj. – bright, brilliant, glowing
    The park was bathed in luminous sunshine, which warmed the bodies and the souls of the visitors. 
  1. malingerverb – to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
    A common way to avoid the draft was by malingering – pretending to be mentally or physically ill so as to avoid being enlisted by the army. 
  1. guilenoun – deceit or trickery 
    Since he was not fast enough to catch the roadrunner on foot, the coyote resorted to guile in an effort to trap his enemy.
  1. esotericadj. – known or understood by only a few
    Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the esoteric world of particle physics. 
  1. cogentadj. – convincing and well-reasoned 
    Swayed by the cogent argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant. 
  1. repudiateverb – to reject the validity of 
    The old woman’s claim that she was Russian royalty was repudiated when DNA tests showed she was of no relation to them. 
  1. torpornoun – extreme mental and physical sluggishness 
    After surgery, the patient experienced torpor until the anesthesia wore off. 
  1. taciturnadj. – silent, not talkative
    The clerk’s taciturn nature earned him the nickname “Silent Bob.”
  1. anachronismnoun – something out of place in time
    The aged hippie used anachronistic phrases, like “groovy” and “far out,” that had not been popular for years. 
  1. dilettantenoun – someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
    Jerry’s friends were such dilettantes that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
  1. propitiateverb – to conciliate; to appease
    The management propitiated the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members.
  1. insipidadj. – lacking interest or flavor 
    The critic claimed that the painting was insipid, containing no interesting qualities at all.
  1. inchoateadj. – not fully formed; disorganized 
    The ideas expressed in Nietzsche’s mature work also appear in an inchoate form in his earliest writing. 
  1. banaladj. – predictable, clichéd, boring 
    He used banal phrases like “have a nice day” and “another day, another dollar.”
  1. estimableadj. – admirable 
    Most people consider it estimable that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
  1. dilateverb – to make larger; to expand
    When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes dilate to let in more light. 
  1. diffidentadj. – lacking self-confidence 
    Steve’s diffident manner during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field. 
  1. austereadj. – severe or stern in appearance; undecorated 
    The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem austere to the civilian eye.
  1. stigmanoun – a mark of shame or discredit 
    In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was required to wear the letter A on her clothes as a public stigma for her adultery. 
  1. onerousadj. – troublesome and oppressive; burdensome 
    The assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved onerous to the team in charge of it.
  1. inimicaladj. – hostile, unfriendly 
    Even though the children had grown up together, they were inimical to each other at school. 
  1. condoneverb – to overlook, pardon, or disregard 
    Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as condoning an air of lawlessness.


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