GRE vocab list 2

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adulation

n. flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved

The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes-men

adulate, v.

adulterate

v. to make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances

It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing they buyer; when consumers learned that Beechnut had adulterated its apple juice by mixing the juice with water, they protested vigorously.

adulteration, n.

advent

n. arrival.

Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.

adventitious

adj. accidental; casual; happening by chance

adversary

n. opponent; enemy

adverse

adj. going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile

adversity

n. great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event

advert

n. refer

advocacy

n. support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something

advocate

v. speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for

aegis

n. shield; protection; defense

aerie

n. nest of a large bird of prey

aesthetic

adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics

affable

adj. easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly

affected

adj. artificial; pretended

affidavit

n. written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)

affiliation

n. joining; associating with

affinity

n. feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages

affirmation

n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath; V. affirm; ADJ. affirmative; CF. affirmative action: positive discrimination

affliction

n. state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievous suffering on

affluence

n. abundance; wealth

affront

n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally

agape

adj. openmouthed

agenda

n. items of business at a meeting

agglomeration

n. collection; heap; V. agglomerate: gather into a rounded mass; N. aggolmeate: jumbled mass; heap

aggrandize

v. make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement

aggregate

v. gather, accumulate

aghast

adj. filled with great surprise or fear; horrified

agility

n. nimbleness; ability to move quickly

agitate

v. stir up; disturb

agnostic

n. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality

agog

adj. highly excited; intensely curious

We were all agog at the news that the celebrated movie star was giving up his career in order to enter a monastery.

agrarian

adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform

alacrity

n. cheerful promptness without reluctance

alchemy

n. medieval chemistry

alcove

n. nook; recess

alias

n. an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias

alienate

v. make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of

alimentary

adj. supplying nourishment

alimony

n. payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce

allay

v. calm; pacify

allege

v. state without proof

allegiance

n. loyalty

allegory

n. story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable

alleviate

v. relieve (pain)

alliteration

n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry

allocate

v. assign; set apart for a particular purpose

alloy

n. mixture as of metals.

allude

v. refer indirectly

allure

v. entice; attract; tempt

alluvial

adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

aloof

adj. apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.

aloft

adv. upward; high up in the air

altercation

n. noisy quarrel

altruistic

adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others.

amalgamate

v. combine; unite in one body.

amass

v. collect (gradually, in a very large amount)

amazon

n. female warrior

ambidextrous

adj. capable of using either hand with equal ease

ambience

n. environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ. ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperature

ambiguous

adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation

ambivalence

n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions

amble

n. walking at an easy unhurried pace; V: walk slowly and aimlessly

ambrosia

n. food of the gods

ambulatory

adj. able to walk

ameliorate

v. improve

amenable

adj. obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally

amend

v. correct; change ; generally for the better

affix

v. attatch or add on; fasten.

First the registrar had to affix his signature to the license; then he had to affix his official seal.

aggressor

n. attacker.

Before you punish both boys for fighting, see wheter you can determine which one was the aggressor.

alloy

v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate.

Our delight at the Met's victory was alloyed by our concern for Al Leiter, who injured his pitching arm in the game.

allusion

n. indirect reference.

When Amanda said to the ticket scalper, "One hundred bucks? What do you want, a pound of flesh?" she was making an allusion to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

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