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52 GRE Vocab Words

  1. anomaly – noun – something that is unusual or unexpected
    • The student’s poor performance on the latest test was an anomaly since she had previously earned excellent grades.
  2. equivocal – adj. – not easily understood or explained
    • Politicians have been known to provide equivocal answers to reporters’ questions.
  3. lucid – adj. – very clear and easy to understand
    • The lecture was lucid and straightforward, allowing the students to fully grasp the concepts presented.
  4. precipitate – verb – to cause (something) to happen quickly or suddenly
    • Unforeseen costs can precipitate a budget crisis.
  5. assuage – verb – to make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense
    • A massage can assuage the soreness in your muscles.
  6. erudite – adj. – having or showing great knowledge
    • High school students often struggle with novels that are more erudite than they are entertaining.
  7. opaque – adj. –  not able to be seen through; not easily understood
    • Medical jargon includes many opaque terms like macrosomic, which describes a newborn who weighs more than 4,000 grams.
  8. prodigal – adj. – wastefully extravagant
    • The prodigal prince bought lavish gifts and planned expensive events.
  9. enigma – noun – a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand
    • Scientists continue to research cancer to solve the enigma of its primary cause, which will hopefully lead to a cure.
  10. fervid – adj. – intensely enthusiastic or passionate
    • The child showed a fervid fascination for superheroes, pouring over comic books for hours.
  11. placate – verb – to make (someone) less angry or hostile
    • A parent may decide to placate a baby with a pacifier.
  12. zeal – noun – a strong feel of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something
    • The great emperor’s crusading zeal led him to conquer many lands.
  13. abstain – verb – to restrain oneself for doing or enjoying something
    • Doctors encourage their patients to abstain from smoking cigarettes.
  14. audacious – adj. – a willingness to take bold risks / adj. –  showing a lack of respect
    • The new CEO pursued audacious initiatives to save the company from bankruptcy. / The student’s audacious remark earned her a seat in afternoon detention.
  15. desiccate – verb – remove the moisture from (something)
    • The heat and energy from the sun can desiccate even the most hearty plants.
  16. gullible – adj. – easily persuaded to believe something
    • The gullible little boy gave his older sister all of his allowance because she told him she would buy a pony for him.
  17. laudable – adj. – deserving praise and commendation
    • Providing affordable healthcare for all citizens is a laudable goal.
  18. pedant – noun – a person who makes an excessive display of learning
    • Professor Blackwell, a well-known pedant, required his pre-med students to speak in Latin throughout the entire semester.
  19. vacillate – verb – to waver between different opinions or actions
    • Undergraduate students often vacillate among various majors before deciding which degree to pursue.
  20. adulterate – verb – to make (something) impure or weaker by adding something of inferior quality
    • Many chefs use fresh produce and refuse to adulterate their dishes with canned ingredients.
  21. capricious – adj. – given to sudden changes of mood or behavior
      • The capricious supervisor would hand out raises one day and fire his entire staff the next.
  22. engender – verb – to produce, cause, or give rise to (something)
      • Political debates can engender controversy regarding the subjects discussed.
  23. homogenous – adj. – of the same or similar kind
      • There are very few truly homogenous cultures since social diversity is increasingly widespread.
  24. loquacious – adj. – tending to talk a great deal
      • The loquacious professor was known for his five-hour lectures.
  25. pragmatic – adj. – dealing with the problems that exist in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on theories
      • pragmatic approach to legislation can be difficult given the complexities of politics.
  26. volatile – adj. – likely to change rapidly and unpredictably
      • It is possible for a country’s political climate to remain volatile for decades.
  27. apathy – noun – lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern
      • Political parties try to engage young voters who are more prone to apathy than older citizens.
  28. corroborate – verb – to confirm or make more certain
      • The scientist was able to corroborate his hypothesis with data gathered from multiple sources.
  29. ephemeral – adj. – lasting for a very short time
      • An ephemeral moment of victory may last mere seconds, but it can remain as a triumphant memory for decades.
  30. laconic – adj. – using few words
      • The student’s laconic response suggested  that she did not know very much about the topic the professor was discussing.
  31. mitigate – verb – make less severe, serious, or painful
      • We want to mitigate students’ GRE stress by offering helpful study tools.
  32. propriety – noun – the state or quality of being correct or proper
      • The students were instructed to behave with the utmost propriety while on their class field trip.
  33. advocate – verb – publicly recommend or support
      • The governor chose to advocate for a higher minimum wage rather than a tax incentive.
  34. cacophony – noun – a harsh, unpleasant mixture of sounds
      • The cacophony of the middle school band warming up was nearly unbearable for the audience.
  35. enervate – verb – cause (someone or something) to feel drained of energy; weaken
      • The boxer used a swift left uppercut to the jaw to enervate his opponent.
  36. ingenuous – adj. – innocent and unsuspecting
      • The scam artist preyed on ingenuous nursing home residents.
  37. misanthrope – noun – a person who dislikes humankind
      • The neighborhood misanthrope surrounded his yard with barbed wire to keep people away.
  38. paradox – noun – a statement that contradicts itself but might be true
      • The fact that the retired teacher claimed to hate all pets but adopted seven cats is an intriguing paradox.
  39. venerate – verb – regard with great respect
      • To venerate the fire chief’s forty years of service, the department held a special banquet.
  40. antipathy – noun – a strong feeling of dislike
      • The students voiced their antipathy for homework very loudly
  41. deride – verb – to express contempt for; ridicule
    • The unreasonable supervise was known to deride his employees on a daily basis.
  42. eulogy – noun – a speech that praises someone, typically some who has recently died
    • The rabbi’s eulogy was both heartfelt and inspiring.
  43. lethargic – adj. – lacking energy
    • It’s not uncommon to feel lethargic for weeks or even months after major surgery.
  44. obdurate – adj. – stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion
    • The obdurate three-year-old refused to eat any vegetables, no matter how they were prepared.
  45. philanthropic – adj. – seeking to promote the welfare of others
    • The students were grateful to receive financial support from philanthropic organizations that promote education.
  46. waver – verb – to go back and forth between choices or opinions
    • Some citizens vote solely along party lines and never waver in their political decisions.
  47. bolster – verb – to support or strengthen
    • The prosecutor worked to find evidence that would bolster her case against the defendant.
  48. dissonance – noun – a lack of harmony or agreement
    • The school board’s meeting lasted for hours due to the length debate fueled by dissonance among opinions.
  49. garrulous – adj. – excessively talkative
    • The garrulous hair stylist talked to each customer for hours at a time.
  50. malleable – adj. – easily influenced; pliable
    • Children’s moods are often malleable since children are greatly affected by their surroundings.
  51. ostentation – noun – excessive display of wealth
    • Owning a mansion doesn’t imply ostentation, but traveling exclusively by private jet certainly can.
  52. prevaricate – verb – avoid telling the truth by not directly answering a question
    • During the trial, the lead witness was willing to prevaricate in order to protect his friend.


  1. Anomaly: Picture an ant molly ('Anomaly' sounds like 'ant molly') wearing a graduation cap in a group of regular ants, symbolizing something unusual or unexpected in a normal setting.
  2. Equivocal: Imagine an eel wearing vocal cords ('Equivocal' sounds like 'eel vocal'), speaking in a confusing language, representing something not easily understood or explained.
  3. Lucid: Visualize a light bulb ('Lucid' sounds like 'light') emitting a clear, bright light, symbolizing clarity and ease of understanding.
  4. Precipitate: Picture a pre-sipping teapot ('Precipitate' sounds like 'pre-sip tea') tipping over suddenly, causing tea to spill quickly, representing the rapid initiation of an event.
  5. Assuage: Envision a swan giving a massage ('Assuage' sounds like 'swan sage'), symbolizing the act of making something unpleasant less intense.
  6. Erudite: Imagine a wise owl reading books ('Erudite' sounds like 'wise read'), symbolizing great knowledge and learning.
  7. Opaque: Picture a cloak ('Opaque' sounds like 'cloak') covering an object, making it difficult to see or understand, representing something not transparent or easily understood.
  8. Prodigal: Visualize a prodigy gal ('Prodigal' sounds like 'prodigy gal') spending lavishly on extravagant items, symbolizing wasteful extravagance.
  9. Enigma: Think of a knight in armor ('Enigma' sounds like 'knight') surrounded by mist, symbolizing a mysterious and puzzling figure.
  10. Fervid: Picture a fervent bird ('Fervid' sounds like 'fervent bird') passionately building its nest, representing intense enthusiasm or passion.
  11. Placate: Imagine a place setting ('Placate' sounds like 'place set') at a table becoming calm and orderly, symbolizing the act of making someone less angry or hostile.
  12. Zeal: Visualize a zebra leaping ('Zeal' sounds like 'zebra leal') with enthusiasm, representing strong interest and eagerness.
  13. Abstain: Think of an abbot staying ('Abstain' sounds like 'abbot stay') away from certain foods, symbolizing self-restraint from doing or enjoying something.
  14. Audacious: Picture an audio dish ('Audacious' sounds like 'audio dish') broadcasting bold statements, representing a willingness to take risks or showing disrespect.
  15. Desiccate: Visualize a dessert sick ('Desiccate' sounds like 'dessert sick') with all its moisture removed, symbolizing the process of drying out.
  16. Gullible: Imagine a gull buying ('Gullible' sounds like 'gull buy') something ridiculous, representing being easily persuaded to believe something.
  17. Laudable: Envision applauding tables ('Laudable' sounds like 'applaud table'), symbolizing actions deserving praise and commendation.
  18. Pedant: Picture a peddling ant ('Pedant' sounds like 'peddling ant') showing off its knowledge excessively, representing someone who displays excessive learning.
  19. Vacillate: Visualize a vacillating ceiling fan ('Vacillate' sounds like 'vacillating ceiling'), swinging back and forth, symbolizing wavering between different opinions.
  20. Adulterate: Think of an adult rat ('Adulterate' sounds like 'adult rat') mixing impure substances into food, representing the act of making something impure or weaker.
  21. Capricious (Capricious supervisor): Picture a cartoon goat ('Capri' sounding like 'Capricorn', a goat) wearing a boss's suit, randomly handing out cash with one hand (representing raises) and a pink slip (termination notice) with the other. This bizarre image of the 'Capri-cash-ious' goat captures the unpredictable nature of the capricious supervisor.
  22. Engender (Political debates): Visualize an engine ('Engen' sounding like 'Engine') in a debating stage setting. The engine starts to sputter and emit colorful smoke clouds (controversy), representing how political debates engender diverse opinions and controversies.
  23. Homogenous (Cultures): Imagine a chorus of honey jars ('Homo' sounding like 'Honey'), all singing the same note. This symbolizes the concept of homogeneity, but each jar has a different label, showing that true cultural homogeneity is rare.
  24. Loquacious (Professor): Think of a parrot ('Loqua' sounding like 'Parrot') in a professor's cap, endlessly talking into a microphone. This loquacious parrot represents the professor known for lengthy lectures.
  25. Pragmatic (Legislation): Envision a pragmatic ('Prag' sounding like 'Prague') bridge in a complex network of roads, representing the logical and realistic approach needed in the complicated world of legislation.
  26. Volatile (Political climate): Picture a volcano ('Volat' sounding like 'Volcano') in the middle of a political rally, erupting unpredictably, symbolizing a rapidly changing and unpredictable political climate.
  27. Apathy (Young voters): Visualize an apple tree ('Apa' sounding like 'Apple') with bored faces on the apples, showing disinterest. This symbolizes the apathy of young voters, who often remain uninterested and unengaged.
  28. Corroborate (Scientific hypothesis): Think of a choir ('Corro' sounding like 'Choir') of robots, each adding harmonies to the same tune, symbolizing different data sources coming together to confirm a hypothesis.
  29. Ephemeral (Moment of victory): Picture an elf ('Ephem' sounding like 'Elf') holding a stopwatch, capturing a fleeting moment. This ephemeral elf represents the brief but memorable moment of victory.
  30. Laconic (Student's response): Imagine a lock ('Lacon' sounding like 'Lock') with a tiny speech bubble, symbolizing the student's brief and minimalistic response.
  31. Mitigate (GRE stress): Think of a mitten ('Miti' sounding like 'Mitten') gently cushioning a stressed student's head, symbolizing the mitigation of stress.
  32. Propriety (Class field trip): Visualize a proper tie ('Proprie' sounding like 'Proper Tie') being worn by students on a field trip, representing their expected proper behavior.
  33. Advocate (Minimum wage): Imagine an ad ('Advo' sounding like 'Ad') for a vacation, but with images of happy workers, symbolizing the advocacy for better wages.
  34. Cacophony (School band): Picture a cactus ('Caco' sounding like 'Cactus') playing multiple noisy instruments simultaneously, creating an unbearable cacophony.
  35. Enervate (Boxer's move): Envision an energy drink ('Ener' sounding like 'Energy') with a 'V' on it, spilling out and losing its fizz, representing the loss of energy or weakening effect.
  36. Ingenuous (Nursing home residents): Picture an engine ('Ingen' sounding like 'Engine') with a naive face, symbolizing the innocent and unsuspecting nature of the ingenuous residents.
  37. Misanthrope (Neighbor): Think of a mist ('Misan' sounding like 'Mist') in the shape of a grumpy face, surrounding a house with barbed wire, representing the misanthropic neighbor.
  38. Paradox (Retired teacher's pets): Visualize a pair of docks ('Paradox' sounding like 'Pair of Docks') with one saying "No Boats" and the other filled with boats, symbolizing the contradictory nature of the paradox.
  39. Venerate (Fire chief): Picture a vending machine ('Ven' sounding like 'Vend') dispensing medals and awards, representing the respect and veneration for the fire chief's service.
  40. Antipathy (Homework dislike): Imagine an ant ('Anti' sounding like 'Ant') holding a 'pathy' sign (looks like 'pity') against a pile of homework, showcasing the strong dislike for it.
  41. Deride (express contempt for; ridicule): Imagine a "deer eyed" cartoon character laughing mockingly at other forest animals. The deer's exaggerated, human-like eyes are rolling in a comical manner, representing ridicule. This image helps you remember "deride" as a mocking, contemptuous action, like a "deer eyed" creature laughing at others.
  42. Eulogy (a speech that praises someone): Picture a "U-Log" - a log shaped like the letter 'U', with a microphone on it. People are standing around it, speaking highly of the U-Log, praising its shape and strength. This symbolizes a eulogy, where the U-Log represents the praised subject.
  43. Lethargic (lacking energy): Visualize a "leather-gic" couch - a couch made of leather that looks extremely comfortable and makes people sitting on it instantly feel lazy and sleepy. This couch symbolizes the feeling of being lethargic, heavy, and without energy.
  44. Obdurate (stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion): Think of an "obstacle durian" - a durian fruit placed as an unmovable obstacle in the middle of a road. People try to move it, but it stubbornly stays in place, symbolizing the unyielding nature of being obdurate.
  45. Philanthropic (seeking to promote the welfare of others): Imagine a "fill-anthropod" scene where anthropomorphic creatures are filling baskets with food and supplies for others. This scene symbolizes philanthropy, with the act of filling (phil) representing the generous nature of philanthropy.
  46. Waver (to go back and forth between choices or opinions): Envision a "wave fur" coat, swaying back and forth like ocean waves. This coat changes color as it moves, symbolizing the indecision and fluctuating nature of wavering.
  47. Bolster (to support or strengthen): Picture a "bowl stir" - a giant spoon stirring a massive bowl, making whatever is inside stronger and more robust. This symbolizes bolstering, as the stirring action in the bowl (bowl stir) strengthens and supports the contents.
  48. Dissonance (a lack of harmony or agreement): Visualize a "dissed sonnet" - a beautifully written sonnet that's being criticized and not appreciated, leading to a lack of harmony among literary critics. This represents dissonance, where the sonnet (sonance) is facing discord (dissed).
  49. Garrulous (excessively talkative): Imagine a "garlic mouth" - a mouth that keeps talking and, every time it opens, garlic cloves come out. This endless chatter and the overwhelming presence of garlic symbolize the overwhelming and excessive nature of being garrulous.
  50. Malleable (easily influenced; pliable): Think of a "mall-able" doll - a doll that changes outfits and styles every time it's in a different part of a shopping mall. This doll easily adapts and is influenced by its surroundings, representing the concept of being malleable.
  51. Ostentation (excessive display of wealth): Picture an "ostrich tent" - a luxurious tent designed like an ostrich, with extravagant features and opulent decorations. This tent, standing out in a normal camping ground, symbolizes ostentation through its excessive and flashy display.
  52. Prevaricate (avoid telling the truth by not directly answering a question): Envision a "pre-vari-cat" - a cat that, before varying its response, always looks around shiftily and never gives a straight answer. This cat's behavior represents prevarication, as it cleverly avoids direct answers.