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28 terms

Word Smart for the GRE

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ABATE
v to lessen in intensity or degree
ABERRANT
adj deviating from the norm
ABJURE
v to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
ABROGATE
v to abolish or annul by authority; put down
ABSCISSION
n act of cutting off or removing
ABSCOND
v to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
ACCOLADE
n an expression of praise; an award
ACCRETION
n growth, increase by successive addition, building up
ACERBIC
adj having a sour or bitter taste or character
ACUMEN
n quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
ADMONISH
v to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
ADROIT
adj adept, dexterous
ADULATION
n excessive praise; intense adoration
ADULTERATE
v to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
ADUMBRATE
v to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
AESTHETIC
adj dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
AGGRANDIZE
v to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater
ALACRITY
n eager and enthusiastic willingness
ALCHEMY
n a medieval science aimed at the tansmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation
ANTITHETICAL
adj diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
APOCRYPHAL
adj of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
APOGEE
n farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
APOSTATE
n one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
APOTHEOSIS
n deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
APPOSITE
adj appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
APPRISE
v give notice to, inform
APPROBATION
n expression of approval or praise
APPROPRIATE
v take for one's own use, confiscate