Top GRE Words by Category

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Smart, Original

Adroit
Astute
Adept
Acumen
Canny
Ingenious
Innovative
Perspicacious
Perspicuous
Savvy
Shrewd

Unoriginal

Banal
Cliché
Derivative
Hackneyed
Mundane
Pedestrian
Prosaic
Quotidian
Trite
Vacuous
Vapid

Dull, Unintelligent

Fatuous
Obtuse

Friendly, Easygoing

Affable
Amiable
Amicable
Complaisant
Congenial
Docile
Tractable

Flexible

Malleable
Plastic

Give In

Acquiesce
Capitulate
Indulge

Stubborn

Intractable
Intransigent
Obdurate
Obstinate
Recalcitrant
Tenacious

Happy

Ebullient
Elated
Exultant
Jovial
Jubilant
Mirthful
Sanguine

Unhappy

Dejected
Despondent
Disconsolate
Lugubrious
Melancholy

Angry/Violent

Bellicose
Belligerent
Captious
Fractious
Intemperate
Irascible/Irate
Pugnacious
Rancor(ous)
Salvo
Truculent

Destroy

Decimate
Eradicate
Extirpate
Obliterate 

Liking For

Bent
Penchant
Predilection
Proclivity

Dislike for

Abhor(rence)
Animosity
Antipathy
Inimical
Enmity
Repugnance 

Praise, Admiration

Acclaim
Accolades
Adulate
Encomium
Extol
Eulogize/Eulogy
Laud/Plaudits
Lionize
Panegyric
Revere
Tout
Venerate

Manipulate

Coerce
Cajole 

Criticize

Abase
Assail
Debase
Deride
Disdain
Disparage
Impugn
Excoriate
Malign
Revile
Vituperate

Scold, Punish

Admonish
Censure
Chastise
Rebuke

Free from Blame

Exculpate
Exonerate
Penitent
Repentant

Hardworking

Assiduous
Diligent
Sedulous

Careful, Examine Closely

Circumspect
Fastidious
Meticulous
Peruse
Punctilious
Scrupulous
Scrutinize

Lazy, Careless

Apathetic
Desultory
Haphazard
Indifferent
Indolent
Lackadaisical
Slapdash

Dishonest

Charlatan
Chicanery
Disingenuous
Dissemble
Dupe
Feign
Mendacious
Prevaricate
Specious
Spurious

Soothe

Alleviate
Ameliorate
Appease
Assuage
Mitigate
Mollify
Palliate
Placate

Make Worse

Aggravate
Exacerbate

Large, Excessive Amount

Bevy
Copious
Myriad
Plethora
Surfeit

Small Amount

Circumscribed
Dearth
Paucity

Diverse

Eclectic
Heterogeneous
Motley
Multifarious 

Sophisticated

Cosmopolitan
Urbane

Narrow-Minded

Insular
Parochial
Provincial 

Polite

Cordial
Decorum/Decorous
Discreet 

Impolite, Crude

Boor(ish)
Philistine

Practical

Pragmatic
Prudent
Utilitarian

Suspicious

Chary
Incredulous
Skeptical
Wary

Naïve, Impractical

Callow
Credulous
Gullible
Ingenuous
Quixotic

Clear, Direct

Candid
(Pel)lucid
Unequivocal

Unclear, Incomprehensible

Ambiguous
Inscrutable
Nebulous
Obfuscate
Opaque

Indecisive, Uncertain

Ambivalent
Equivocate/Equivocal
Vacillate
Waver

Wordy, Complicated

Byzantine
Convoluted
Florid
Prolix
Verbose 

Plain, Using Few Words

Austere
Economical
Laconic
Perfunctory
Severe
Spare
Tacit(urn)
Terse

Secretive

Furtive
Surreptitious

Outgoing, Talkative

Garrulous
Gregarious
Loquacious
Voluble

Shy, Standoffish

Aloof
Bashful
Diffident
Reserved
Timid
Timorous 

Passionate

Ardent/Ardor
Fervid
Fervent

Inflated, Overblown

Bombastic
Histrionic
Turgid 

Nervous

Apprehensive
Flustered
Nonplussed

Noisy, Rowdy

Boisterous
Obstreperous

Calm, Quiet

Phlegmatic
Quiescent
Sedate
Serene
Stoic
Tranquil
Unflappable
Unruffled

False, Fake

Ersatz
Factitious
Fallacious
Specious
Spurious

Generous

Altruistic
Magnanimous
Munificent
Philanthropic

Greedy

Avaricious
Cupidity

Stingy

Miserly
Parsimonious

Fixed, Long-Lasting

Immutable
Steadfast

Inconsistent

Capricious
Erratic
Fickle
Impetuous
Mercurial
Perfidious
Sporadic
Whimsical
Volatile

Short-Lived

Cursory
Ephemeral
Fleeting
Transitory

Well-Known

Acclaimed
Exalted
Illustrious
Lofty
(Pre)eminent 

Essence, Standard-Bearer

Crux
Epitome
Paradigm
Paragon

Relevant

Germane

Unimportant

Ancillary
Inconsequential
Marginal(ize)
Peripheral
Picayune
Trivial(ize)

Obscure

Arcane
Abstruse
Esoteric
Recondite

Spread, Promote

Disperse
Disseminate
Perpetuate
Propagate

Ease

Facilitate
Streamline

Support

Bolster
Corroborate

Contradict

Belie
Gainsay

Prevent, Block

Forestall
Hinder
Obviate
Occlude
Preclude
Stymie
Thwart
Undermine

Reject, Break

Abjure
Abrogate
Eschew
Jettison

Modest, Humble

Deferential
Demure
Self-abnegating
Self-effacing 

Arrogant

Condescending
Contemptuous
Disdain(ful) 
Officious
Pompous
Supercilious

Sentimental

Cloying
Maudlin
Mawkish 

Harsh, Burning

Acerbic
Caustic
Vitriolic

Sarcastic, Dry Humor

Facetious
Flippant
Sardonic
Wry

Luxurious, Showing Off

Fulsome
Opulent
Ostentatious
Sybarite/Sybaritic

Simple, Poor

Abstemious
Ascetic
Austere
Impecunious
Indigent
Penurious

High Point

Apex
Zenith

Low Point

Nadir

Speed, Enthusiasm

Alacrity
Dispatch
Galvanize
Zeal

Lacking Energy

Enervate
Lethargic
Soporific
Torpid/Torpor
Vitiate 

Revolutionary, Rebel

Apostate
Heretic
Iconoclast
Maverick
Seditious

Wild, Wasteful

Degenerate
Depraved
Licentious
Prodigal
Profligate
Wanton

Extremist

Zealot

Traditional, Rigid

Hidebound
Ossified
Orthodox
Staid

Changeable

Malleable
Plastic
Protean

Wandering

Itinerant
Peripatetic 

Odd

Curious
Eccentric
Idiosyncratic
Quirky
Peculiar

Harm, Disease

Affliction
Malignant
Noisome
Noxious
Pestilence
Scourge

Harmless

Benign
Innocuous 

Coming Together

Amalgam
Coalesce
Conciliate
Confluence
Propitiate
Reconcile

Flattering

Obsequious
Sycophant(ic) 

Separate, Distinct

Discrete
Disparate

Occurring By Chance

Fortuitous
Providential
Serendipitous

Teaching, Learning

Didactic
Edify
Erudite
Pedantic