GRE Vocabulary In a Box 1/5

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Vocabulary in a Box

Abeyance

(n) temporary suppression or suspension

Affected

(adj.) phony; artificial

Abase

(v) to humble; disgrace

Abate

(v) to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

Abdicate

(v) to give up position, right, or power

Aberrant

(adj.) deviating from what is normal or expected

Abjure

(v) to reject; abandon formally

Abscond

(v) to leave secretly

Abstain

(v) to choose not to do something

Abstemious

(adj.) moderate in appetite

Abyss

(n) an extremely deep hole

Accretion

(n) a growth in size; an increase in amount

Acidulous

(adj.) sour in taste or manner

Acme

(n) highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

Adulterate

(v) to make impure

Advocate

(v) to speak in favor of

Aerie

(n) a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling

Aesthetic

(adj.) concerning the appreciation of beauty

Aggrandize

(v) to increase in power, influence, and reputation

Alacrity

(n) speed or quickness

Alleviate

(v) to make more bearable

Ambiguous

(adj.) doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways

Amalgamate

(v) to combine; to mix together

Ameliorate

(v) to make better; to improve

Amortize

(v) to diminish by installment payments

Amulet

(n) ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

Anachronism

(n) something out of place in time

Analgesia

(n) a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness

Analogous

(adj.) similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

Anodyne

(n) something that calms or soothes pain

Anomaly

(n) deviation from what is normal

Antagonize

(v) to annoy or provoke to anger

Antipathy

(n) extreme dislike

Apathy

(n) lack of interest or emotion

Apocryphal

(adj.) of questionable authority or authenticity

Apostate

(n) one who renounces a religious faith

Approbation

(n) approval and praise

Arbitrary

(adj.) determine by chance or impulse

Arbitrate

(v) to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

Archaic

(adj.) ancient; old-fashioned

Ardor

(n) intense and passionate feeling

Arrogate

(v) to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

Articulate

(adj.) able to speak clearly and expressively

Assail

(v) to attack; assault

Assuage

(v) to make something unpleasant less severe

Attenuate

(v) to reduce in force or degree; weaken

Audacious

(adj.) fearless and daring

Augury

(n) prophecy; prediction of events

August

(adj.) dignified; grandiose

Austere

(adj.) severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

Axiom

(n) premise; postulate; self-evident truth

Banal

(adj.) predictable; cliched; boring

Belfry

(n) bell tower; room in which a bell is hung

Bevy

(n) group

Bifurcate

(v) to divide into two parts

Bilk

(v) to cheat; defraud

Blight

(v) to afflict; destroy

Blithe

(adj.) joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought

Bolster

(v) to support; prop up

Bombastic

(adj.) pompous in speech and manner

Bonhomie

(n) good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer

Boor

(n) crude person, one lacking manners or taste

Burgeon

(v) to grow and flourish

Burnish

(v) to polish

Cabal

(n) a secret group seeking to overturn something

Cacophony

(n) harsh, jarring noise

Calumny

(n) a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

Canard

(n) a lie

Candid

(adj.) impartial and honest in speech

Capricious

(adj.) changing one's mind quickly and often

Cartography

(n) science or art of making maps

Castigate

(v) to punish or criticize harshly

Catalyst

(n) something that brings about a change in something else

Catholic

(adj.) universal; broad and comprehensive

Caustic

(adj.) biting in wit

Chaos

(n) great disorder or confused situation

Chauvinist

(n) someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

Chicanery

(n) deception by means of craft or guile

Circumspect

(adj.) cautious; aware of potential consequences

Cloying

(adj.) sickly sweet; excessive

Coalesce

(v) to grow together to form a single whole

Coffer

(n) strongbox; large chest for money

Cogent

(adj.) convincing and well-reasoned

Collusion

(n) collaboration; complicity; conspiracy

Condone

(v) to overlook; pardon or disregard

Connoisseur

(n) a person with expert knowledge or discriminating taste

Contrite

(adj.) deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong

Contumacious

(adj.) rebellious

Convoluted

(adj.) intricate and complicated

Corroborate

(v) to support with evidence

Cosset

(v) to pamper; treat with great care

Coterie

(n) an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

Craven

(adj.) lacking courage

Credulous

(adj.) too trusting; gullible

Crescendo

(n) steadily increasing in volume or force

Cupidity

(n) greed; strong desire

Curmudgeon

(n) cranky person, usually old

Debutante

(n) young woman making debut in high society

Declivity

(n) downward slope

Decorous

(adj.) proper; tasteful; socially correct

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