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A-B: GRE High Frequency Words

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bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
beatific
saintly, angelic
behemoth
huge creature
belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
benison
blessing
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
easily irritated, relating to bile
bonhomie
good natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as defense
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
apotheosis
deification; glorified ideal
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
aplomb
poise, confidence
anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical qualities
ancillary
accessory, subordinate; helping
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
ambulatory
itinerant; walking around
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
acquiesce
to agree or comply in silence
acme
highest point, summit
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
abut
to touch, to be in contact with
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
abstemious
consuming moderately
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abultion
act of cleansing
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power