GRE High Frequency Words- Part 2

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gre high frequency words- part 2 201. loquacious adjective he's so loquacious i can't get a word in edgewise: talkative, talky, prolix, garrulous, wordy, verbose, voluble, windy, long-winded; prating, chatty, chattery, chattering, babbling, prattling; informal gabby, blabby. —antonyms silent, reserved, taciturn, closemouthed, uncommunicative, reticent. 202. lucid adjective 1 a lucid sky portended a fine day: shining, bright, clear, transparent, crystalline , brilliant, resplendent, radiant, lustrous, luminous , scintillating, sparkling, dazzling; pellucid; illuminated. 2 the witness gave a lucid account of what happened: clear, easily understood, crystal clear, intelligible, understandable, articulate, comprehensible; precise, direct, straightforward, accurate, specific, well-organized, to the point, apposite, positive, certain. 3 although usually in a delirium, the patient has some lucid moments: clearheaded, clear thinking, normal, rational ; responsive, perceptive. —antonyms 1 dark , darkling, gloomy, dusky, obscure, opaque, turgid , muddy, murky; overcast. 2 unintelligible , incomprehensible, vague, indistinct, unclear, ambiguous, equivocal, garbled, mystifying. 3 confused, muddled, irrational; unresponsive, unperceptive. 203. luminous adjective the watch has a luminous dial: reflecting light, luminescent , radiant, irradiated, glowing, lustrous, illuminated, shining; shining in the dark; bright, brilliant. 204. magnanimous adjective only a truly magnanimous man could forgive such an insult: forgiving, free of vindictiveness, generous, largehearted, liberal; charitable, beneficent, philanthropic, altruistic, unselfish, princely. —antonyms unforgiving, vindictive, resentful, small, petty , selfish; parsimonious, miserly.

205. malinger verb in the army he would malinger by pretending to be ill: slack, shirk, procrastinate, loaf, dodge, evade, duck one's duty, lie down on the job; slang goldbrick, goof off. 206. malleable adjective 1 tin is a malleable metal: workable, easily shaped, easily wrought; ductile, tractable, plastic, pliant, flexible. 2 since young children are malleable, one must be careful what one says in front of them: impressionable, easily influenced, moldable, tractable, teachable, manageable, governable, docile; adaptable, flexible, pliable, compliant. —antonyms 1 rigid , stiff, hard, firm; unyielding, inflexible, unbending , inelastic. 2 refractory , intractable, recalcitrant, ungovernable. 207. maverick noun 1 the cowboys rounded up the mavericks for branding: unbranded calf, yearling; unbranded cow; motherless calf. 2 the young senator was regarded as a political maverick: noncomformist, eccentric, independent, individualist, loner, independent thinker, one's own man; dissenter, dissident . 208. mendacious adjective the mendacious retailer misled us: lying , untrue, false, untruthful, deceitful. —antonyms truthful, honest. 209. metamorphosis noun 1 there are four stages in the metamorphosis of a mosquito: transformation, change of form, mutation, transmutation, structural evolution, transfiguration, series of changes, modification,

conversion, transmogrification. 2 this once-confident man underwent a complete metamorphosis after his business failure: change in appearance or behavior, personality change, transformation, alteration, radical change, startling change, permutation. 210. meticulous adjective our meticulous housekeeper never forgets a thing: fastidious, scrupulous, exact, exacting, minutely careful, solicitous about details, painstaking, precise, nice, finical, finicky, fussy, particular; punctilious, perfectionist. —antonyms careless, inexact, imprecise, sloppy, negligent .

211. misanthropic adjective his unhappy childhood fostered his misanthropic personality: antisocial, unfriendly, unsociable, distrustful, unneighborly, inhospitable , morose, unpersonable, cynical, surly, discourteous, unaccommodating, unapproachable, unresponsive, cold, distant. —antonyms personable, amiable, amicable, loving, sociable, cordial; humanitarian; philanthropic, charitable. 212. mitigate verb there's no way to mitigate the effect of that unfavorable report: lessen, relieve, moderate, moderate in severity, alleviate, abate in intensity, palliate, soften, assuage, allay, soothe, placate, weaken, mollify, ameliorate, ease, blunt, reduce, lighten, diminish, temper, extenuate. —antonyms increase, augment, heighten, enhance, strengthen. 213. mollify verb flowers would not mollify her anger: appease , calm, moderate, placate, quell, still , lessen, mitigate, allay, reduce, palliate , conciliate, make less violent, decrease, soften, pacify, soothe, tone down, quiet, lighten, temper, abate, ease, assuage, curb, check, dull, lull, blunt .

—antonyms exasperate, exacerbate, agitate, stir, increase. 214. morose adjective i feel very morose after reading that sad story: depressed , low, crestfallen, sad, melancholy, downcast , moody, glum, dour, informal blue, down in the dumps; saturnine , mopish, gloomy, despondent, mournful, solemn; sullen, sulky, cross, surly, testy, waspish, sour , churlish, grumpy, cranky, ill-tempered, irascible. —antonyms cheerful, blithe, happy, good-natured, pleasant, genial, amiable, friendly.

215. mundane adjective artists often have trouble with the mundane affairs of life: ordinary, prosaic, commonplace, worldly, terrestrial, earthly, down-to-earth, day-to-day, routine, humdrum, everyday, practical, pedestrian, petty. —antonyms heavenly, celestial, ethereal, empyrean, unearthly, unworldly, spiritual. 216. negate verb this year's losses negate last year's profits: nullify , invalidate, void, reverse; quash, squash , quell, squelch; vanquish, defeat, overthrow , overwhelm, destroy, wipe out, blot out; deny, abrogate, revoke, gainsay, retract, disavow; rebut, refute, contradict; disallow, set aside; veto, repeal; disown, disclaim, repudiate. —antonyms affirm, confirm, attest to, ratify, endorse, corroborate, reinforce, support. 217. neophyte noun the neophyte learned the ropes very fast: beginner , tyro, apprentice, trainee, novice, probationer, newcomer, recruit, learner; tenderfoot, rookie, greenhorn, student, pupil; convert , proselyte, entrant, disciple, no-vitiate.

—antonyms veteran, old hand, expert. 218. obdurate adjective 1 the child was obdurate in refusing to eat vegetables: stubborn, obstinate, intractable, unyielding, inflexible , adamant, immovable, willful, headstrong, pigheaded, mulish, bullheaded; unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable. 2 the tyrant was obdurate in his treatment of prisoners: unmoved, uncaring, unfeeling, harsh, merciless, unmerciful , unpitying, pitiless, unsympathetic, uncompassionate, unsparing, untouched ; hardened, callous, cruel, cold-blooded, hardhearted .

— antonyms 1 obedient , agreeable, compliant, flexible, amenable; manageable, docile, tractable. 2 compassionate , sympathetic, caring, feeling, merciful, pitying, relenting, softhearted, kind, gentle, tender. 219. obsequious adjective the boss prefers obsequious underlings: servile , fawning, toadying, sycophantic, subservient, menial, ingratiating, deferential, slavish, cringing, cowering, mealymouthed, truckling, slang bootlicking, kowtowing, apple-polishing. —antonyms domineering, overbearing, swaggering, lordly, imperious, proud, haughty, arrogant, impudent , brash, bold, assertive, forceful, aggressive . 220. obviate verb the suspect's confession obviates the necessity for a trial: avert, avoid, make unnecessary, circumvent, remove, do away with, preclude , prevent; forestall, divert, parry, sidetrack, ward off, turn aside, stave off, fend off, informal nip in the bud. —antonyms necessitate, require, make essential, oblige, impel, cause, make unavoidable. 221. occlude verb

waste materials seem to be occluding the drain: obstruct , block, clog, shut off, shut up, choke, choke off, plug, close, barricade, congest, stopper, stop up, constrict, strangulate. —antonyms clear, unclog, open, ream, unplug. 222. officious adjective it's hard to be an office manager without being officious: obtrusive, intrusive, interfering, meddlesome, meddling, prying, poking one's nose in, offering gratuitous advice or services, informal kibitzing; overbearing, domineering, self-important, self-assertive, high-handed, high and mighty; pompous, patronizing. —antonyms unobtrusive, in the background. 223. onerous adjective holding down two jobs can be an onerous task: oppressive , burdensome, hard to endure, arduous, not easy to bear, distressing, painful, wearisome, taxing, exhausting, crushing, heavy, weighty, demanding, grievous. —antonyms easy, light, simple, effortless, trivial, trifling. 224. opprobrious adjective 1 the editorial made an opprobrious attack on modern morals: damning, denunciatory, condemnatory, hypercritical, censorious, faultfinding; abusive, scurrilous, acrimonious, malicious, malevolent, maligning, vilifying, vitriolic, fulminating, reviling. 2 the officer was reprimanded for his opprobrious conduct: disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful, disreputable, objectionable, unbecoming, deplorable, reprehensible, base, outrageous , shocking, scandalous, infamous, nefarious, despicable , corrupt, wicked. —antonyms 1 complimentary , flattering, approving, praising, laudatory, uncritical. 2 honorable , noble, meritorious, upright, ethical, principled, virtuous, moral; becoming, praiseworthy, worthy, laudable, noteworthy, estimable. 225. oscillate verb

1 the clock's pendulum caught the sunlight as it oscillated: swing, alternate, librate; pulsate, vibrate, pulse , move back and forth, seesaw, come and go, ebb and flow. 2 he's been oscillating between liberal and conservative all his life: waver, vacillate, hesitate, fluctuate, vary, hem and haw, shilly-shally, change, equivocate. 226. ostentatious adjective grandfather warned us not to be ostentatious with our money. the dress is too ostentatious to wear to a reception: flaunting wealth, fond of display, showing off, pompous, immodest, grandiose, affected, high-flown; conspicuous, pretentious, flamboyant, flashy, showy, gaudy, garish, loud, florid, overdone, exaggerated, obtrusive. —antonyms modest, reserved, conservative, somber, sedate; inconspicuous, simple, plain. 227. paragon noun aunt sue has always been a paragon of virtue: model , example, exemplar, prototype, archetype, paradigm, apotheosis, idea, symbol, pattern, standard, norm, criterion, yardstick. 228. partisan noun 1 the hometown partisans cheered the local team: supporter, follower, adherent, sympathizer, champion, advocate, ally, backer, upholder, enthusiast, fan, zealot, devotee, rooter, booster. 2 even after the country was defeated, partisans fought the invaders in the hills: freedom fighter, guerrilla, irregular, insurgent; (u.s. civil war) bushwacker, jayhawker. adjective 3 the senator vowed not to engage in partisan politics: favoring one political party, predisposed toward one group, favoring a cause, partial, biased, prejudiced, one-sided, slanted, unbalanced, subjective. —antonyms 1 detractor, defamer, censor, critic, backbiter, knocker; opponent, foe, adversary, rival, contender. 3 nonpartisan , bipartisan, unbiased, impartial, unprejudiced , disinterested, objective, broadminded, open-minded. 229. pathological path•o•log•i•cal (path '* loj "i k* l) also path' o•log"ic, adj. 1. of or pertaining to pathology. 2. caused or affected by disease.

3. characterized by an unhealthy compulsion: a pathological liar. [1680–90] path' o•log" i•cal•ly, adv.

230. paucity noun there was a paucity of information on the reported invasion: scarcity, dearth, lack, shortage, scarceness, scantiness, deficiency , poverty, sparsity, meagerness, puniness, thinness, poorness, insufficiency. —antonyms surfeit, overflow, excess, surplus, superabundance. 231. pedantic adjective when you ask him a question you get a pedantic answer: ostentatiously learned, pompous, academic, scholastic, didactic, doctrinaire , bookish, stilted, dogmatic, punctilious, hairsplitting, nitpicking, overly meticulous, fussy, finicky, overparticular.

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