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GRE word list 1-5

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