GRE Test Vocabulary and SAT Test Vocabulary High Frequency Words

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high frequency words on GRE and SAT

ablution

the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels. A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.

abrogate

revoke formally. To abolish, repeal.

abstruse

difficult to penetrate. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.

abut

lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

accede

to agree or express agreement

acquiesce

to agree or express agreement, comply

acrid

harsh or corrosive in tone, SYM: caustic, vitriolic. Harshly pungent or bitter

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight; , quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight

adage

a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

adumbrate

describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of. To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness; Easy to approach

aggravate

make worse; To make heavier, or more burdensome; to annoy

agile

moving quickly and lightly (physically, or mentally.)

agog

highly excited by eagerness

alcove

a small recess opening off a larger room

aloof

remote in manner. Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others; apart, indifferent

anathema

(n.) a detested person. Anything forbidden, as by social usage. an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation

animadversion

(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval; a censure

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility; hatred

antidote

a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

aplomb

great coolness and composure under strain; , (n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity

apocrypha

Of doubtful authority or authenticity. 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible

apostate

a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc. False

apotheosis

raising to god status

apparition

an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly. , the appearance of a ghostlike figure

appease

make peace with

arboreal

of or relating to or formed by trees

arrant

Notoriously bad.

ascribe

attribute or credit to

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence. Keen in discernment

atonement

compensation for a wrong. Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury

augury

an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come. , an omen or prophecy

auspicious

attended by favorable circumstances

autocrat

Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence. , a cruel and oppressive dictator

aversion

strong dislike, the act of turning yourself away

avow

admit openly and bluntly

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments. , deadly or sinister

bask

derive or receive pleasure from

bedaub

v. To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.

bellicose

warlike

belligerent

(n.) someone who fights (or is fighting). (adj.) characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

benevolence

an act intending or showing kindness and good will

benign

pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence. not dangerous to health

berate

censure severely or angrily; to scold

boisterous

noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

blatant

conspicuously and offensively loud; without any attempt at concealment,

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

breach

a failure to perform some promised act or obligation; act in disregard of laws and rules

brittle

easily broken

bumptious

offensively self-assertive

burnish

polish and make shiny

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