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Day 1 GRE VOCAB - A-C
Terms in this set (50)
to humiliate or degrade. "uh BASE"
Think: give up a base.
When you're making out with someone, if you give up a base too quickly, then you just abase yourself.
Think: Bashful the dwarf.
When Snow White kisses him, Bashful gets so abashed that he blushes.
To reduce. Think: rebate.
It may be annoying to have to mail it in, but the rebate on the new cell phone will abate its cost.
an exception or departure from the norm. "ah (rhymes with "nah")
burr A shun"
Think: a bare Asian. Seeing a bare Asian would be an aberration - most people in Asia wear clothes.
temporary inactivity; suspension. "uh BAY ants" Think: "obey" ends.
Think: Ab Whor
I hate people who show of their abs on instagram
miserable; wretched. "ab-JEKT"
Think: rejects. If she rejects my marriage proposal, I'll be abject, with nothing to live for.
to give up something; to deny oneself something. "ab nuh GATE"
Think: abs negated.
If you abnegate food, the fat covering your abs will get negated.
something awful. "uh BOM in A shun"
Think: bomb a nation.
It is an abomination to bomb a nation: civilians get killed.
existing since the beginning. "AB or IDGE in ul" Think: original.
To end prematurely
To be numerous
causing irritation. "Uh BRAY sive"
Think: braying donkey.
Adopting a homeless donkey seemed great until I realized it would wake me up every morning with its abrasive braying.
to shorten. "uh BRIJ"
Think: a bridge.
A bridge would abridge my commute, which involves driving around the canyon.
to get rid of; to abolish. "AB roh gate"
Think: a broken gate.
After my 120 lb. Mastiff decided to abrogate the barrier to the kitchen and eat from the garbage, we were left with a broken gate.
the shedding of leaves, flowers, or fruits. "ab SIZH un"
Instead of waiting for the grapes to drop off of the vines, speed up the abscission by getting out there with a pair of scissors.
complete and total. "ab so LUTE"
Think: Absolut Vodka.
The reason Absolut Vodka is more expensive than most brands is its superior purity; it is literally absolute vodka.
to free from guilt; to forgive. "ub SOLVE"
Catholics believe that confessing to a priest will dissolve their guilt and absolve them from sin.
"ab STEM ee us"
Think: abstinence. The health teacher knew that if he told students to be abstemious, some of them would still get pregnant, so he urged them to practice abstinence.
hard to comprehend. "ab STROOS"
Think: abstract and confusing.
The abstract strudel directions will confuse the new cook because they are abstruse.
awful. "uh BIZ mull"
When I had food poisoning, my stomach felt so abysmal that I had to drink a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
Think: agreed. Since we all accede to the plan to seed the garden, it looks like we're agreed.
An expression of praise
Think: Escalade. I received many accolades for my service, but my favorite was the gift of a brand-new Cadillac Escalade.
growth via a gradual buildup. "uh CREE shun"
Think: creeps up on. Gaining weight creeps up on a lot of people since they don't notice the slow accretion of fat.
To gradually increase
harsh; biting. "uh SIR bick" Think: acidic.
On American Idol, Simon Cowell's criticism was acerbic to the point of being acidic.
somewhat harsh. "uh SID you luss"
I like Sour Patch Kids because their acidulous taste is acid-ish without being too painful.
the highest point of something "ACK me"
In high school, I was plagued by acne: the acme of my nose was often a giant zit.
(adjective): eager to acquire and possess; greedy. "uh QUIZ zit tive"
Think: a squid visited.
An acquisitive squid visited my house and wrapped his arms around all of my valuable Chinese porcelain.
bitter. "ak rih MOAN ee us"
Think: a crime on us.
Committing a crime on us makes us acrimonious.
insightfulness. "AK you min"
Think: accurate men.
In business, accurate men usually have acumen.
stubborn; unyielding. "AD uh mint"
Think: Adam... damn it!
God was adamant that Adam not return to the Garden of Eden: "I said no, damn it!"
very skilled. "uh DEPPED"
Think: adapt. Mountain lions can adapt to almost any climate and environment; they're adept at survival.
appropriate; good enough. "AD uh quit"
Think: had to quit.
I had to quit at mile 15 of my marathon, but now that I think about it, 15 miles is plenty adequate for a solid workout.
to stick to something. "ad HERE"
The adhesive on the Band-Aid made it adhere to my finger.
warned to do what's best. "ad MON isht"
Think: add Monistat.
"Add Monistat to your body if you're suffering from a vaginal yeast infection," the ad admonished.
decorated. "uh DORNED"
Think: add ornaments.
If you adore Christmas, then you probably enjoy adorning your home by adding ornaments to your tree.
adroit (adjective): skillful. "uh DROIT" (rhymes with "Detroit")
Think: a Droid. A Droid is an adroit cell phone since it can do so much.
excessive admiration. "ad joo LAY shun"
Think: adult adoration.
The grown adult's adoration of role-playing video games could only be called adulation.
to corrupt; to make impure. "uh DULT er ate"
In The Bible, God said, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." because an affair will adulterate a marriage.
an enemy or rival. "AD ver sare ee"
Think: adversity Israel faces more adversity than most countries; it is nearly completely bordered with adversaries.
supporter, ally. "AD voh kit"
Think: I voted.
I voted in the election, proving I'm an advocate of our democracy.
protection. "EE gis"
Think: egg us Go ahead, try to egg us - our house has the aegis of the police, since my dad's a cop.
Relating to beauty.
Since they want tourists to feed them, zoo giraffes are so affable that its laughable
an artificial way of behaving. "aff eck TAY shun"
Think: a fake fiction. Madonna's phony English accent is an affectation; it is a fake fiction.
related to, intertwined
an insult or offense. "uh FRONT"
Think: afro in front. I have a huge afro, so if I sit in front of people at a movie, they often take it as an affront.
made greater; enhanced. "uh GRAND ized" Think: a grand-sized.
I aggrandized my social status by throwing a lavish party - it gave me a grand-sized reputation.
struck by fear or amazement. "uh GASSED" Think: a ghost.
I was aghast when I looked in the mirror and saw a ghost standing next to me.
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