Barrons GRE Word List 2 Adulation-Amend

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adulation

flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved

adulterate

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

advent

arrival

adventitious

accidental; casual; happening by chance

adversary

opponent; enemy

adverse

going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile

adversity

great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event

n advert

refer

advocacy

support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something

advocate

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

n aegis

shield; protection; defense

n aerie(aery,eyrie,eyry)

nest of a large bird of prey

aesthetic

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

affable

easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly

affected

artificial; pretended

affidavit

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

affiliation

joining; associating with

affinity

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

affirmation

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

affliction

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

affluence

abundance; wealth

affront

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

n agape

openmouthed

n agenda

items of business at a meeting

n agglomeration

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

aggrandize

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

aggregate

sum; total; ADJ. V: gather into a mass or whole; accumulate; add up to; Ex. aggregate 100 dollars

aghast

filled with great surprise or fear; horrified

agility

nimbleness; ability to move quickly

agitate

stir up; disturb

agnostic

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

n agog

highly excited; intensely curious

agrarian

pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform

alacrity

cheerful promptness without reluctance

alchemy

medieval chemistry

n alcove

nook; recess

alias

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

alienate

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

alimentary

supplying nourishment

n alimony

payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce

allay

calm; pacify

allege

state without proof

allegiance

loyalty

n allegory

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

alleviate

relieve (pain)

alliteration

repetition of beginning sound in poetry

allocate

assign; set apart for a particular purpose

alloy

mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness

allude

refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect reference

allure

entice; attract; tempt

s siren

apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

n aloof

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

n aloft

upward; high up in the air

altercation

noisy quarrel

altruistic

unselfishly generous; concerned for others; N. altiruism: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; unselfishness; OP. egoism

n amalgamate

(of societies or groups) combine; unite in one body

n amalgam

combination of different things; mixture of metals (containing mercury) used for filling holes in teeth

n amass

collect (gradually, in a very large amount)

amazon

female warrior

ambidextrous

capable of using either hand with equal ease

ambience

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

ambiguous

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

ambivalence

the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions

amble

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

n ambrosia

food of the gods

s nectar

drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by bees

ambulatory

able to walk

ameliorate

improve; Latin meliōrāre, meliōrāt-, from melior, better.

amenable

obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally; responsible; able to be tested by; Ex. amenable to sensible suggestions; Ex. He is very amenable; Ex. amenable to the usual tests

amend

correct; change ; generally for the better

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