10 Most Frequent GRE Words from March 2015

Posted by on April 3, 2015 in GRE Vocabulary | 5 comments

Okay, so I have decided to start this initiative where I ask every single one of my GRE students who take the GRE test to tell me the words they remember seeing on the test. In my experience, every GRE test taker in Pakistan remembers 7-12 words on average and that makes a decent database each month (given that 30-40 of my students take the GRE exam every month). Then I chose the top 10 common words and post them here.

Knowing these 10 frequent words will by no means help you ace the exam but it will definitely give you something to relate to the difficulty level of the test in terms of vocabulary.

Gambit

Meaning: A gambit is a move or action (generally in chess) in which you risk something initially in the hope of future gain.

Mnemonic: Gambit sounds like β€œgamble”, and indeed there is an element of risk involved in gambling.

Usage: It is a gambit to skip all hard questions on the GRE exam and do the easier ones first in order to save time – on a harder section nearly all questions are hard and you may end up skipping all questions and wasting more time consequently.

Umbrage

Meaning: offense or annoyance

Mnemonic: Notice the last 4 Letter RAGE which means anger.

Usage: Ali took umbrage at the prank that his friends played on him.

Dander

Meaning: a feeling of anger and animosity

Mnemonic: Just think of Dandruff πŸ˜›

Usage: Don’t get your dander up if you get a low GRE score.

Exonerate

Meaning: release someone from a blame

Mnemonic: Ex(old) + Honor means to get back your old/lost honour

Usage: The job of a lawyer is to exonerate his clients and keep them out of jail and away from punishment.

Recuse

Meaning: excuse oneself from a case because of a possible partiality

Mnemonic: Recuse sound like excuse. So recuse is to excuse oneself

Usage: Because the judge and the lawyer had been classmates, the judge was asked to recuse herself at the start of the trial.

Tempestuous

Meaning: characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion, heated, stormy

Mnemonic: TEMPESTUOUS can be split as TEMP + PEST + OUS. So you will lose your TEMPER if someone PESTS you.

Usage: Lacking the tempestuousness of Ahmed, Ali in his debates was always calm.

Subterfuge

Meaning: deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal, dishonesty, guile

Mnemonic: Couldn’t think of a really good one for this but the closest I could get is SUB TERA kasoor πŸ˜› which of course is a lie – thora kasoor apna bhe hota hai.

Usage: Any subterfuge on the GRE exam would be immediately apparent, much to the embarrassment of the student concerned.

Deference

Meaning: humble submission and respect

Mnemonic: There is a DIFFERENCE between us and rich people, that is why we respect them.

Usage: The students nodded in deference as the teacher approached.

Goad

Meaning: provoke to stimulate some action or reaction.

Mnemonic: Sounds like God – everyday we pray to god and urge.

Usage: Media has been used to goad people of like minds into believing their false agenda

Contrite

Meaning: feeling remorse or affected by guilt

Mnemonic: COUNT THE CASH RIGHT, ELSE YOU WILL REGRET IT.

Usage: The ETS was noticeably contrite and apologized to the GRE test taker for the countless technical difficulties and no air conditioning.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you…. Nice effort but make 20 words atleast

    • Hi Jawad – well i can only make as many words as I get πŸ™‚ 10 was a stretch this time.

  2. Nice Effort sir. Now I know 10 new words πŸ™‚

  3. Good one.. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi. Thanks for your effort. Is there any recent word list. I am taking the test soon.

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