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GRE Test Vocabulary and SAT Test Vocabulary High Frequency Words

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ablution
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels. A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.
abrogate
revoke formally. To abolish, repeal.
abstruse
difficult to penetrate. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.
abut
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
accede
to agree or express agreement
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement, comply
acrid
harsh or corrosive in tone, SYM: caustic, vitriolic. Harshly pungent or bitter
acumen
shrewdness shown by keen insight; , quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
adage
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
adumbrate
describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of. To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.
affable
diffusing warmth and friendliness; Easy to approach
aggravate
make worse; To make heavier, or more burdensome; to annoy
agile
moving quickly and lightly (physically, or mentally.)
agog
highly excited by eagerness
alcove
a small recess opening off a larger room
aloof
remote in manner. Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others; apart, indifferent
anathema
(n.) a detested person. Anything forbidden, as by social usage. an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation
animadversion
(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval; a censure
animosity
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility; hatred
antidote
a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
aplomb
great coolness and composure under strain; , (n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
apocrypha
Of doubtful authority or authenticity. 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible
apostate
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc. False
apotheosis
raising to god status
apparition
an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly. , the appearance of a ghostlike figure
appease
make peace with
arboreal
of or relating to or formed by trees
arrant
Notoriously bad.
ascribe
attribute or credit to
astute
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence. Keen in discernment
atonement
compensation for a wrong. Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury
augury
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come. , an omen or prophecy
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
autocrat
Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence. , a cruel and oppressive dictator
aversion
strong dislike, the act of turning yourself away
avow
admit openly and bluntly
baleful
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments. , deadly or sinister
bask
derive or receive pleasure from
bedaub
v. To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
bellicose
warlike
belligerent
(n.) someone who fights (or is fighting). (adj.) characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
benefactor
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
benevolence
an act intending or showing kindness and good will
benign
pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence. not dangerous to health
berate
censure severely or angrily; to scold
boisterous
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
blatant
conspicuously and offensively loud; without any attempt at concealment,
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
breach
a failure to perform some promised act or obligation; act in disregard of laws and rules
brittle
easily broken
bumptious
offensively self-assertive
burnish
polish and make shiny