Very Common GRE Words

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Section 1

Question Answer
Abstainto hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy
Adulterateto debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; use cheaper, inferior, or less desirable goods in the production of
Anomalya deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form
Apathyabsence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement

Section 2

Question Answer
Assuageto make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate
Audaciousextermely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless
Capricioussubject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic
Corroborateto make more certain; confirm

Section 3

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Desiccateto dry thoroughly; dry up
Engenderto produce, cause, or give rise to
Enigmaa puzzling or inexplicable occurence or situation
Ephemerallasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory

Section 4

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Equivocalallowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a words or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous
Eruditecharacterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
Fervidheated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm
Gullibleeasily deceived or cheated

Section 5

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Homogeneouscorresponding in structure because of a common origin
Laconicusing few words; expressing much in few words; concise
Laudabledeserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable
Loquacioustalking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous

Section 6

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Lucideasily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible
Mitigateto lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate
Opaquenot transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through
Pendanta hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace

Section 7

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Placateto appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures
Pragmaticof or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations
Precipitateto hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly
Prodigalwastefully or recklessly extravagant

Section 8

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Proprietyconformity to established standards or food or proper behaviour or manners
Vacillateto waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute
Volatileevaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor
Zealfervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor