GRE Verbal Word List

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Following is a list of Top 175 New GRE Verbal world list. I will be adding more GRE words to the list. Use this along with other high frequency GRE Verbal word list to get high score in Verbal section in GRE.

Some of the techniques that you can use to memorize the GRE words includes

  • New GRE Verbal Flash Cards
  • Brute Force memorizing (if you are good at it)
  • Derive words using suffix
  • Using root words
  • Associate words to pictures
  • Using sentences

Follow which method is easy for you to memorize GRE Verbal word list. Barrons GRE books is standard for world lists. It has 50 word list for a total of 3000 words. Some students have scored high in GRE without studying all the word lists.

New GRE Verbal Word List

New GRE Words Meaning
diatribe a bitter abusive denunciation.
encomium a formal eulogy or speech of praise
conflagration a great fire
breach a lapse, gap or break, as in a fortress wall. To break or break through.ex: Unfortunately, the club members never forgot his breach of etiquette.
fathom a measure of length (six feet) used in nautical settings. to penetrate to the depths of something in order to understand it: “I couldn’t fathom her reasoning on that issue.”
anachronism a person or artifact appearing after its own time or out of chronological order (adj: anachronistic)
peccadillo a small sin or fault
eulogy a spoken or written tribute to the deceased (v. eulogize)
savant a very knowledgeable person; a genius
panegyric a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
tractable ability to be easily managed or controlled: “Her mother wished she were more tractable.” (n: tractability)
equivocal ambiguous; unclear; subject to more than one interpretation — often intentionally so: “Republicans complained that Bill Clinton’s answers were equivocal.” (v. equivocate)
improvidence an absence of foresight; a failure to provide for future needs or events: “Their improvidence resulted in the loss of their home.”
catalyst an agent of change (adj: catalytic; v. catalyze)
tirade (diatribe) an angry speech: “His tirade had gone on long enough.”
antediluvian ancient; outmoded; (literally,before the flood)
Pulchritudinous beautiful (n: pulchritude)
tyro beginner; person lacking experience in a specific endeavor: “They easily took advantage of the tyro.”
deprecation belittlement. (v. deprecate)
disparaging belittling (n: disparagement. v. disparage)
dispassionate calm; objective; unbiased
caustic capable of dissolving by chemical action; highly critical: “His caustic remarks spoiled the mood of the party.”
sanguine cheerful; confident: “Her sanguine attitude put everyone at ease.”(Sangfroid (noun) is a related French word meaning unflappability. Literally, it means cold blood)
lucid clear; translucent: “He made a lucid argument to support his theory.”
ingenious clever: “She developed an ingenious method for testing her hypothesis.”(n: ingenuity)
precipice cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; a dangerous place from which one is likely to fall; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
imperious commanding
banal commonplace or trite (n: banality)
pragmatic concerned with facts; practical, as opposed to highly principled or traditional: “His pragmatic approach often offended idealists.” (n: pragmatism)
pusillanimous cowardly, timid, or irresolute; petty: “The pusillanimous leader soon lost the respect of his people.”
craven cowardly; a coward
voracious craving or devouring large quantities of food, drink, or other things. She is a voracious reader.
chicanery deception by trickery
Word Definitions, Other Forms, and Examples
perfidious deliberately treacherous; dishonest (n: perfidy)
turpitude depravity; baseness: “Mr. Castor was fired for moral turpitude.”
culpable deserving of blame (n: culpability)
aberrant deviating from normal or correct.
sedulous diligent; persevering; persistent: “Her sedulous devotion to overcoming her background impressed many.” (n: sedulous; sedulousness; adv. sedulously)
petulant easily or frequently annoyed, especially over trivial matters; childishly irritable
efficacy effectiveness; capability to produce a desired effect
vacuous empty; without contents; without ideas or intelligence:: “She flashed a vacuous smile.”
zeal enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal (n: zealot; zealotry. adj: zealous)
exorbitant exceeding customary or normal limits, esp. in quantity or price: “The cab fare was exorbitant.”
plethora excessively large quantity; overabundance: “We received a  plethora of applications for the position.”
temperate exercising moderation and self-denial; calm or mild (n: temperance)
volatile explosive; fickle (n: volatility).
audacious extremely bold; fearless, especially said of human behavior (n: audacity)
wretched extremely pitiful or unfortunate (n: wretch)
ambrosial extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n: ambrosia)
gossamer fine cobweb on foliage; fine gauzy fabric; very fine: “She wore a gossamer robe.”
florid flushed with a rosy color, as in complexion; very ornate and flowery: “florid prose.”
explicit fully and clearly expressed
magnanimity generosity and nobility. (adj: magnanimous)
leviathan giant whale, therefore, something very large
venerate great respect or reverence: “The Chinese traditionally venerated their ancestors; ancestor worship is merely a popular misnomer for this tradition.” (n: veneration, adj: venerable)
taciturn habitually untalkative or silent (n: taciturnity)
obdurate hardened against influence or feeling; intractable.
noisome harmful, offensive, destructive: “The noisome odor of the dump carried for miles.”
innocuous harmless; having no adverse affect; not likely to provoke strong emotion
saturnine having a gloomy or morose temperament
sagacious having a sharp or powerful intellect or discernment. (n: sagacity).
headlong headfirst; impulsive; hasty. impulsively; hastily; without forethought: “They rushed headlong into marriage.”
ponderous heavy; massive; awkward; dull: “A ponderous book is better than a sleeping pill.”
fervid, fervent highly emotional; hot: “The partisans displayed a fervent patriotism.” (n: fervor)
guileless honest; straightforward (n: guilelessness)
antipathy hostility toward, objection, or aversion to
caprice impulse (adj: capricious)
inchoate in an initial or early stage; incomplete; disorganized: “The act of writing forces one to clarify inchoate thoughts.”
extant in existence, still existing: The only extant representative of that species.”
quiescence inactivity; stillness; dormancy (adj: quiescent)
misnomer incorrect name or word for something
implication insinuation or connotation (v. implicate)
esoteric intended for or understood by only a few: “The esoteric discussion confused some people.” (n: esoterica)
dearth lack, scarcity: “The prosecutor complained about the dearth of concrete evidence against the suspect.”
diffident lacking self-confidence, modest (n: diffidence)
insipid lacking zest or excitement; dull
ephemeral lasting for only a brief time, fleeting (n: ephemera)
malevolent malicious; evil; having or showing ill will: “Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it.”
incorrigible not capable of being corrected: “The school board finally decided the James was incorrigible and expelled him from school.”
phlegmatic not easily excited; cool; sluggish
opaque not transparent or transluscent; dense; difficult to comprehend, as inopaque reasoning
insensible numb; unconscious: “Wayne was rendered insensible by a blow to the head.” unfeeling; insensitive: “They were insensible to the suffering of others.:
corporeal of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible. (In older writings, corporeal could be a synonym for corporal. This usage is no longer common)
insular of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive: “Newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community.”
corporal of the body: “corporal punishment.” a non-commissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private.
iconoclast one who attacks traditional ideas or institutions or one who destroys sacred images (adj: iconoclastic)
misanthrope one who hates people: “He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself.”
misogynist one who hates women
superficial only covering the surface: “A superficial treatment of the topic was all they wanted.”
anomalous peculiar; unique, contrary to the norm (n: anomaly)
impecunious penniless; poor
indelible permanent; unerasable; strong: “The Queen made an indelible impression on her subjects.”
bombast pompous speech (adj: bombastic)
laudable praiseworthy; commendable (v. laud)
latent present or potential but not evident or active (n: latency)
endemic prevalent in or native to a certain region, locality, or people: “The disease was endemic to the region.” Don’t confuse this word with epidemic.
irascible prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered
enigma puzzle; mystery: “Math is an enigma to me.” (adj: enigmatic)
prodigal rashly wasteful: “Americans’ prodigal devotion to the automobile is unique.”
plastic related to being shaped or molded; capable of being molded. (n: plasticity n: plastic)
dogmatic relying upon doctrine or dogma, as opposed to evidence
erudite scholarly; displaying deep intensive learning. (n: erudition)
specious seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive: “Her argument, though specious, was readily accepted by many.”
eclectic selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources: “Many modern decorators prefer an eclectic style.” (n: eclecticism)
pedantic showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; making an excessive display of one’s own learning: “We quickly tired of his pedantic conversation.” (n: pedant, pedantry).
homogenous similar in nature or kind; uniform: “a homogeneous society.”
guile skillful deceit: “He was well known for his guile.” (v. bequile; adj: beguiling. Note, however, that these two words have an additional meaning: to charm (v.) or charming (adj:), while the word guile does not generally have any such positive connotations)
viscous slow moving; highly resistant to flow: “Heintz commercials imply that their catsup is more viscous than others’.” (n: viscosity)
emollient softening; something that softens
precursor something (or someone) that precedes another: “The assassination of the Archduke was a precursor to the war.”
blandishment speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something
floundering struggling: “We tried to save the floundering business.”
dogged stubborn or determined: “Her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off.”
intransigent stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change: “She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her.” (n: intransigence)
deference submission or courteous yielding: “He held his tongue in deference to his father.” (n: deferential. v. defer)
loquacious talkative
philanthropy tendency or action for the benefit of others, as in donating money or property to a charitable organization
reproof the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking. (v. reprove).
depredation the act of preying upon or plundering: “The depredations of the invaders demoralized the population.”
effluent the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such as a stream from a river (n: effluence)
vex to annoy; to bother; to perplex; to puzzle; to debate at length: “Franklin vexed his brother with his controversial writings.”
placate to calm or reduce anger by making concessions: “The professor tried to placate his students by postponing the exam.”
castigate to chastise or criticize severely
occlude to close or shut off; to obstruct (n: occlusion)
dissemble to conceal one’s real motive, to feign
propitiate to conciliate; to appease: “They made sacrifices to propitiate angry gods.”
aver to declare
infer to deduce: “New genetic evidence led some zoologists to infer that the red wolf is actually a hybrid of the coyote and the gray wolf.”
exculpate to demonstrate or prove to be blameless: “The evidence tended to exculpate the defendant.”(adj: exculpatory)
desiccate to dry out thoroughly (adj: desiccated)
precipitate to fall; to fall downward suddenly and dramatically; to bring about or hasten the occurrence of something: “Old World diseases precipitated a massive decline in the American Indian population.”
disabuse to free a person from falsehood or error: “We had to disabuse her of the notion that she was invited.”
cadge to get something by taking advantage of someone
feign to give false appearance or impression: “He feigned illness to avoid going to school.” (adj: feigned)
engender to give rise to, to propagate, to cause: “His slip of the tounge engendered much laughter.”
burgeon to grow or flourish; a bud or new growth (adj: burgeoning )
waver to hesitate or to tremble
inhibit to hold back, prohibit, forbid, or restrain (n: inhibition, adj: inhibited)
exacerbate to increase the bitterness or violence of; to aggravate: “The decision to fortify the border exacerbated tensions.”
abscond to leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law.
descry to make clear, to say
aggrandize to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate.
mitigate to make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable: “He was trying to mitigate the damage he had done.” (n: mitigation)
assuage to make less severe; to appease or satisfy
rarefy to make or become thin; to purify or refine (n: rarefaction, adj: rarefied)
obviate to prevent by anticipatory measures; to make unnecessary:
rescind to repeal or annul
sate to satisfy fully or to excess
fawn to seek favor or attention; to act subserviently (n, adj: fawning)
arbitrate to settle a dispute by impulse (n: arbitration)
depict to show, create a picture of.
advocate to speak, plead, or argue for a cause, or in another’s behalf. (n) — one who advocates.
prevaricate to stray away from or evade the truth: “When we asked him what his intentions were, he prevaricated.”(n: prevarication; prevaricator)
corroborate to strengthen or support: “The witness corroborted his story.” (n: corroboration)
emulate to strive to equal or excel (n: emulation)
imply to suggest indirectly; to entail: “She implied she didn’t believe his story.” (n: implication)
buttress to support. a support
amalgamate to unite or mix. (n) — amalgamation.
enervate to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “The heatenervated everyone.”
ossified turned to bone; hardened like bone; Inflexible: “The ossified culture failed to adapt to new economic conditions and died out.”
tortuous twisted; excessively complicated: “Despite public complaints, tax laws and forms have become increasingly tortuous.” Note: Don’t confuse this with torturous.
barefaced unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
ineffable inexpressible in words; unspeakable
hapless unfortunate
ingenuous unsophisticated; artless; straightforward; candid: “Wilson’s ingenuous response to the controversial calmed the suspicious listeners.”
tacit unspoken: “Katie and carmella had a tacit agreement that they would not mention the dented fender to their parents.”
laconic using few words; terse: “a laconic reply.”
ambiguous vague; subject to more than one interpretation
garrulous verbose; talkative; rambling: “We tried to avoid our garrulous neighbor.”
attenuate weaken (adj: attenuated)
lugubrious weighty, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an excessive degree: “Jake’s lugubrious monologues depressed his friends.”
nefarious wicked, evil: “a nefarious plot.”
complaisant willingly compliant or accepting of the status quo (n: complaisance)
verbose wordy: “The instructor asked her verbose student make her paper more concise.” (n: verbosity)

New GRE doesn’t have synonyms and antonyms section, but tough new words will appear in reading comprehension.
Don’t take New GRE without studying for New GRE Words.
Above New GRE Verbal word list should give an idea about new GRE words.

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