GRE word list 1-5

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Study words for the GRE (Quizzes 1-5, pp. 30-44). From Word Smart for the GRE by The Princeton Review.

abate

to lessen in degree or intensity

abatement

a lessening in degree or amount

aberrant

deviating from the norm

aberration

someone or something that deviates from the norm

abjure

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

abrogate

to abolish or annul by authority; put down

abscission

act of cutting off or removing

abscond

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

accolade

an expression of praise; an award

accretion

growth, increase by successive addition, building up

acerbic

having a sour or bitter taste or character

acumen

quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

admonish

to reprove; to express warning or disapproval

admonition

a warning or a scolding

admonitory

expressing warning or disapproval

adroit

adept, dexterous

maladroit

clumsy or bungling

adulation

excessive praise; intense adoration

adulterate

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

adulteration

the process or effect of reducing purity with the combination of inferior ingredients

unadulterated

pure

adumbrate

to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily

aesthetic

dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

aggrandize

to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater

alacrity

eager and enthusiastic willingness

alchemy

a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of the metals, especially base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation

alchemist

one who practices or studies either the medieval science aimed at the transmutation of the metals, or any other magical or wonderful transformation

alloy

(v) to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
(n) the mixture itself

unalloyed

pure

amalgamate

to combine several elements into a whole

amalgamation

the combination of elements into a whole

amalgam

a metal used in fillings (that is a combination of mercury and silver)

ameliorate

to make better or more tolerable

amenable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

anachronism

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

anathema

a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing

anodyne

(adj) soothing
(n) something that assuages or allays pain, or comforts

anomaly

a deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

anomalous

deviating from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormal

antipathy

aversion, dislike

antipathetic

showing a strong aversion

antithetical

diametrically opposed

antithesis

the opposite of something

apocryphal

of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious

apogee

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith

perigee

the lowest or closest point, or the nadir

apostate

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause

apotheosis

deification, glorification to godliness; the perfect example

apposite

appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos

apprise

give notice to, inform

approbation

an expression of approval or praise

approbate

to approve something officially

appropriate

to take for one's own use, confiscate

arabesque

complex, ornate design; also, a position in ballet

arcane

mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates

arcana

deep secrets

archaic

outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitve time

arduous

strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort

arrant

impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter

arrest

to suspend; to engage

arresting

holding one's attention

artless

completely without guile; natural, without artificiality; without skill

artful

crafty, cunning; showing art or skill

ascetic

(n) one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
(adj) austere, stark

asceticism

the adherence to or belief in the practice of rigid self-denial

asperity

severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability

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