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GRE vocab list 2

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adulation
n. flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved

The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes-men

adulate, v.
adulterate
v. to make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances

It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing they buyer; when consumers learned that Beechnut had adulterated its apple juice by mixing the juice with water, they protested vigorously.

adulteration, n.
advent
n. arrival.

Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual; happening by chance
adversary
n. opponent; enemy
adverse
adj. going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event
advert
n. refer
advocacy
n. support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something
advocate
v. speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for
aegis
n. shield; protection; defense
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey
aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics
affable
adj. easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly
affected
adj. artificial; pretended
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)
affiliation
n. joining; associating with
affinity
n. feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages
affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath; V. affirm; ADJ. affirmative; CF. affirmative action: positive discrimination
affliction
n. state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievous suffering on
affluence
n. abundance; wealth
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
agape
adj. openmouthed
agenda
n. items of business at a meeting
agglomeration
n. collection; heap; V. agglomerate: gather into a rounded mass; N. aggolmeate: jumbled mass; heap
aggrandize
v. make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement
aggregate
v. gather, accumulate
aghast
adj. filled with great surprise or fear; horrified
agility
n. nimbleness; ability to move quickly
agitate
v. stir up; disturb
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious

We were all agog at the news that the celebrated movie star was giving up his career in order to enter a monastery.
agrarian
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness without reluctance
alchemy
n. medieval chemistry
alcove
n. nook; recess
alias
n. an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias
alienate
v. make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment
alimony
n. payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce
allay
v. calm; pacify
allege
v. state without proof
allegiance
n. loyalty
allegory
n. story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alleviate
v. relieve (pain)
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
v. assign; set apart for a particular purpose
alloy
n. mixture as of metals.
allude
v. refer indirectly
allure
v. entice; attract; tempt
alluvial
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloof
adj. apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
aloft
adv. upward; high up in the air
altercation
n. noisy quarrel
altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others.
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body.
amass
v. collect (gradually, in a very large amount)
amazon
n. female warrior
ambidextrous
adj. capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambience
n. environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ. ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperature
ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
amble
n. walking at an easy unhurried pace; V: walk slowly and aimlessly
ambrosia
n. food of the gods
ambulatory
adj. able to walk
ameliorate
v. improve
amenable
adj. obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally
amend
v. correct; change ; generally for the better
affix
v. attatch or add on; fasten.

First the registrar had to affix his signature to the license; then he had to affix his official seal.
aggressor
n. attacker.

Before you punish both boys for fighting, see wheter you can determine which one was the aggressor.
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate.

Our delight at the Met's victory was alloyed by our concern for Al Leiter, who injured his pitching arm in the game.
allusion
n. indirect reference.

When Amanda said to the ticket scalper, "One hundred bucks? What do you want, a pound of flesh?" she was making an allusion to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.