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Barron's GRE with sentences -Wordlist A (2/6)

A complete list of Barron's GRE Wordlist, with meanings and sentences. The series has the entire wordlist split by alphabets, and also a mega complete wordlist, of all 3757 words. This is Wordlist A.
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addendum
addition; appendix to book

Jane's editor approved her new comparative literature text but thought it would be even better with an _____ on recent developments in literary criticism.
addle
muddle; drive crazy

This idiotic plan is confusing enough to _____ anyone.
adherent
supporter; follower

In the wake of the scandal, the senator's one-time ______ quietly deserted him.
adjunct
something attached to but holding an inferior position

I will entertain this concept as an _____ to the main proposal.
adjuration
solemn urging

Her _____ to tell the truth did not change the witnesses' testimony.
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant

Though Wellington delegated many tasks to his chief _____, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, Somerset was in no doubt as to who made all major decisions.
admonish
warn; reprove

He _____ his listeners to change their wicked ways.
adorn
decorate

Wall paintings and carved statues _____ the temple.
adroit
skillful

His _____ handling of the delicate situation pleased his employers.
adulation
flattery; admiration

The rock star thrived on the _____ of his groupies and yes-men.
advent
arrival

Most Americans were unaware of the _____ of the Nuclear Age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.
adventitious
accidental; casual

He found this _____ meeting with his friend extremely fortunate.
adversary
opponent; enemy

Batman struggled to save Gotham City from the machinations of his wicked _____, the Joker.
adverse
unfavorable; hostile

_____ circumstances compelled him to close his business.
advert
refer to

Since you _____ to this matter so frequently, you must regard it as important.
advocate
urge; plead for

The abolitionists _____ freedom for the slaves.
aegis
shield; defense

Under the _____ of the Bill of Rights, we enjoy our most treasured freedoms.
affable
courteous
Although he held a position of responsibility, he was an _____ individual and could be reached by anyone with a complaint.
affected
artificial; pretended

His _____ mannerisms irritated may of us who had known him before his promotion.
affidavit
written statement made under oath

The court refused to accept his statement unless he presented it in the form of an _____.
affiliation
joining; associating with

His _____ with the political party was of short duration for he soon disagreed with his colleagues.
affinity
kinship

She felt an _____ with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.
affirmation
positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath

Despite Tom's _____ of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
affix
attach or add on; fasten
First the registrar had to _____ his signature to the license; then he had to _____ his official seal.
affluence
abundance; wealth

Foreigners are amazed by the ____ and luxury of the American way of life.
agape
openmouthed

She stared, _____, at the many strange animals in the zoo.
agenda
items of business at a meeting

We had so much difficulty agreeing upon an ______ that there was very little time for the meeting.
agglomeration
collection; heap

It took weeks to assort the _____ of miscellaneous items she had collected on her trip.
aggrandize
increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor

The history of the past quarter century illustrates how a President may _____ his power to act aggressively in international affairs without considering the wishes of Congress.
aggregate
sum; total

The _____ wealth of this country is staggering to the imagination.
aghast
horrified

He was _____ at the nerve of the speaker who had insulted his host.
agility
nimbleness

The _____ of the acrobat amazed and thrilled the audience.
agitate
stir up; disturb

Her fiery remarks _____ the already angry mob.
agnostic
one who is skeptical of the existence of knowability of a god or any ultimate reality

The _____ demanded proof before she would accept the statement of the minister.
agog
highly excited; intensely curious

We were all _____ at the news that the celebrated movie star was giving up his career in order to enter a monastery.
agrarian
pertaining to land or its cultivation

As a result of its recent industrialization, the country is gradually losing its _____ traditions.
alacrity
cheerful promptness

He demonstrated his eagerness to serve by his _____ in executing the orders of his master.
alchemy
medieval chemistry

The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of _____.
alcove
nook; recess

Though their apartment lacked a full-scale dining room, an _____ adjacent to the living room made an adequate breakfast nook for the young couple.
alias
an assumed name

John Smith's _____ was Bob Jones.
alienate
make hostile; separate

Her attempts to _____ the two friends failed because they had complete faith in each other.
alimentary
supplying nourishment
The _____ canal in our bodies is so named because digestion of foods occurs there.
alimony
payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce

As Tony had supported Tina through medical school, on their divorce he asked the court to award him $500 a month in _____.
allay
calm; pacify

The crew tried to _____ the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.
allege
state without proof

It is _____ that she had worked for the enemy.
allegory
story in which characters are used as symbols; fable

Pilgrim's Progress is an _____ of the temptations and victories of the human soul.
alleviate
relieve

This should _____ the pain; if it does not, we shall have to use stronger drugs.
alliteration
repetition of beginning sound in poetry

"The furrow followed free" is an example of _____.
alloy
mixture as of metals

_____ of gold are used more frequently than the pure metal.
allude
refer indirectly

Try not to _____ to this matter in his presence because the topic annoys him.
affront
insult; offend

Accustomed to being treated with respect, Miss Challoner was _____ by Vidal's offensive behavior.