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100 terms

Patrick's GRE Prep 101-200

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alleviate
relieve (pain)
earmark
set aside (money or time) for a particular purpose
allegory
story, play, or movie in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
amass
collect (gradually, into a very large amount)
ambience
environment, atmosphere
ambient
completely surrounding, atmospheric
ameliorate
improve, make better
advert
refer, turn attention to, draw attention to, allude
affable
easily approachable, easy to talk to, warm/friendly
affected
1) acted upon, influenced/changed; 2) emotionally stirred; 3) infected (disease); 4) assumed air to impress others; 5) artificed/pretended
affinity
1) a natural attraction, liking; 2) relationship by marriage; 3) inherent similarity
aghast
filled w/great surprise or fear, horrified
agog
highly excited, intensely curious
alacrity
cheerful promptness without reluctance, eagerness, speed
alcove
nook, recess, secluded spot
alienate
1) make unfriendly or hostile; 2) estrange; 3) separate; 4) change ownership of
allocate
assign, set apart for a particular purpose
alloy
N. 1) mixture as of metals; 2) something added that lowers in value or purity; V. 3) mix; 4) make less pure; lower in value/quality; 5) spoil
unalloyed
not in mixture with other metals, pure, complete
allude
refer indirectly
agglomeration
collection, heap
agglomerate
gather into a rounded mass
aggolmeate
jumbled mass, heap
aloft
1) upward; 2) at or to great height; 3) at or on the masthead or upper rigging of a ship
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
amble
1) walking at an easy unhurried pace; 2) walk slowly and aimlessly
ambulatory
able to walk
amenable
1) obedient, compliant, readily managed; 2) responsive, willing to be led; 3) responsible, answerable, accountable (legally); 4) able to be tested by; 5) open (_____ to suggestions)
adversity
great hardship or affliction, misfortune, calamitous event
affliction
state of distress, cause distress, trial
aggregate
N. sum, total; V. gather into a mass of whole, accumulate, add up to
aloof
apart, not open in relationships, reserved
amalgamate
combine, unite in one body
amalgam
1) combination of different things; 2) mixture of metals including mercury used for filling holes in teeth
amend
1) change for the better, improve; 2) to remove faults or errors in; 3) to alter legislation by adding/deleting; 4) to enrich (soil) especially by adding organic H2O and sand; 5) better one's conduct, reform
affirmation
1) positive assertion, act of affirming; 2) something declared true; 3) a solemn declaration given in place of a sworn oath by a person who conscientiously objects to the oath
annex
V. attach, add to a large thing, take possession of, incorporate into a larger existing political unit; N. building addition
animus
hostile feeling or intent, hostility, disposition, basic attitude governing spirit
apocalyptic
prophetic, pertaining to revelations (especially of disaster), terrible, ultimately decisive/climactic
anneal
toughen, strengthen, reduce brittleness by heating and cooling
anthology
book of literacy selections by various authors, assortment
apoplexy
stroke, loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
angular
sharp-cornered, having an angle, not rounded, bony, lean, gaunt, stiff in manner
aplomb
poise, composure in difficult situations, assurance, self-confidence
analogy
similarity
poise
composure, balance, prepare, hover
amok
frenzied, without self-control, in a state of rage
anodyne
innocuous, not likely to offend or raise tensions; serving to alleviate pain
apathy
lack of caring, indifference, lack of concern or interest in important matters
anticlimax
letdown in thought or emotion, something unexciting, ordinary, or disappointing
amplify
increase in size or effect, expand, broaden or clarify by expanding, intensify, make stronger
amiable
agreeable, lovable, warmly friendly
amicable
peaceful, politely friendly, not quarrelsome
amiss
wrong, faulty
apiary
a place where bees are kept
apiculture
beekeeping
apiarist
person who keeps bees
animated
lively, spirited
anachronism
an error involving time in a story; someone or something misplaced in time
aperture
opening, hole, adjustable opening in a camera or microscope that limits the amount of light
apolitical
having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
amputate
cut off part of the body, prune
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
antediluvian
antiquated, extremely ancient, before the Great Flood
ape
imitate or mimic
antipathy
aversion, dislike, opposition
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory, auxiliary
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
antecedent
1) preceding events that influence what comes later; 2) ancestors; 3) word in a phrase replaced by a substitute (pronoun); 4) the first term in a ratio
anoint
consecrate, put oil on
anthem
song of praise or patriotism
ample
enough, abundant, spacious, large, portly
anecdote
short story of an amusing or interesting event
annul
make void
anathema
solemn curse, someone or something regarded as a curse
anthropoid
manlike, resembling a human being
amity
friendship, peaceful relationship (between nations)
apex
tip, summit, climax, highest point
antiseptic
substance that prevents infection in a wound
annuity
yearly allowance/collection
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
antiquated
obsolete, old-fashioned, outdated
amenities
convenient features that help make life pleasant, social courtesies
analogous
comparable, similar
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
analgesia
condition of being unable to feel pain
antecede
precede
antithesis
contrast, direct opposite to
apogee
highest point, the point in an orbit the farthest from the orbited body
perigee
lowest point, the point in an orbit the closest to the orbited body
annals
records arranged in yearly parts, history
animadversion
critical remark
animadvert
comment critically with disapproval
apothecary
druggist, pharmacist
anvil
1) a heavy iron block on which metal is shaped; 2) the middle ear bone; 3) the top of a cumulonimbus cloud
apocryphal
unauthenticated, counterfeit, dubious, untrue
amulet
charm, talisman, object worn to protect from evil/bad luck
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political views
assert
state strongly or positively, demand recognition of, make claim to