GRE Vocab (149 Cards)
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1 Abase Degrade or humble; to lower in rank, status, or esteem
2 Abate reduce, diminish
3 Abdicate Formally give up the throne (or some other power or responsibility)
4 Aberrant abnormal, deviant
5 Abeyance Temporary suspension, inactivity
6 Abhor Detest, regard with disgust
7 Abjure Give up, renounce; repudiate, recant, or shun (especially formally or under oath)
8 Abrasive Rough, suitable for grinding or polishing (such as sandpaper); causing irritation or annoyance
9 Abreast Side-by-side. The more common "abreast of" means keeping up with, staying aware of, or remaining equal in progress with.
10 Abridge Reduce or lesson; shorten by omitting parts throughout while retaining the main idea
11 Abscission Cutting off; sudden termination; the separation of leaves, petals, or other parts from a plant or animal
12 Abscond Depart suddenly and secretively
13 Abstain Hold back, refrain (especially from something bad or unhealthy) ; decline to vote
14 Abyss A deep and vast space or cavity; anything profound or infinite
15 Accede Agree, give consent; assume power (usually as "accede to")
16 Accretion Gradual increase; an added part or addition
17 Acerbic Sour; harsh or severe
18 Acidulous Slightly acid or sour; sharp or caustic
19 Acme Summit, peak, highest point
20 Activism The practice of pursuing political or other goals through vigorous action, often including protests and demonstrations
21 Acumen Keen, quick, accurate insight or judgment
22 Adhere Stick (to), such as with glue, or to a plan or belief
23 Admonish Mildly scorn; caution, advise, or remind to do something
24 Adulterate Make impure by adding inappropriate or inferior ingredients
25 Adumbrate Give a rough outline of; foreshadow; reveal only partially; obscure
26 Adverse Opposing, harmful
27 Advocate Speak or argue in favor of (verb); a person who pleads for a cause or on behalf of another person (noun)
28 Aerie Dwelling or fortress built on a high place; the nest of a bird of prey, such as an eagle or hawk, built on a mountain or cliff
29 Aesthetic Concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste, pertaining to the science of what is beautiful (adj); a sense of beauty and taste of a particular time and place (noun)
30 Affable Warm, friendly, pleasant, approachable
31 Affectation Fake behavior (such as in speech or dress) adopted to give a certain impression
32 Aggrandize Make greater; exaggerate
33 Aggregate Gather together, amount to (verb); constituting a whole made up of constituent parts (adj)
34 Alacrity Cheerful or speedy willingness
35 Alacrity liveliness and eagerness
36 Albeit Although, even though
37 Alienate Cause to become unfriendly, hostile, or distant
38 Alleviate Lessen, make easier to endure
39 Aloof Distant physically or emotionally; reserved; indifferent
40 Amalgamate Blend, merge, or unite
41 Ambiguous Not clear, hard to understand, open to having several meanings or interpretations
42 Ambivalent Uncertain; unable to decide, or wanting to do two contradictory things at once
43 Ambivalent characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes
44 Ameliorate Improve; make better or more bearable
45 Amortize Gradually pay off a debt, or gradually write off an asset
46 Anachronism Something that is not in its correct historical time; a mistake in chronology, such as by assigning a person or event to the wrong time period
47 Analgesia Pain relief; inability to feel pain
48 Analogous Comparable, corresponding in some particular way (making good analogy)
49 Anarchy Absence of law or government; chaos, disorder
50 Annul Make void or null, cancel, abolish (usually of laws or other established rules)
51 Anodyne Medicine that relieves pain (noun); soothing, relieving pain (adj)
52 Anoint Rub or sprinkle oil on, make sacred, such as by a ceremony that includes applying oil to someone
53 Anomaly Deviation from what is common; inconsistency
54 Antagonize Make hostile or unfriendly
55 Antedate Be older than, precede in time; assign to an earlier date
56 Antipathy Deep dislike, aversion, or repugnance, sometimes without reason
57 Antithetical Directly opposed, opposite; involving antithesis (the rhetorical act of placing two phrases opposite one another for contrast, as in love me or hate me)
58 Apathy Not caring; absence of feeling; lack of interest or concern
59 Apocryphal of questionable authenticity; false
60 Apostate Person who deserts a party, cause, religion, etc.
61 Apostle Pioneer of a reform movement (originally, an early follower of Jesus)
62 Appease Pacify, satisfy, relieve; concede to belligerent demands, sometimes at the expense of principles
63 Apposite Highly appropriate, suitable, or relevant
64 Appreciable Enough to be perceived, considerable
65 Apprise Inform, give notice to
66 Approbation Praise or approval, especially formal approval
67 Appropriate Set aside or authorize (such as money) for a particular purpose; take for one
68 Arbiter Judge, umpire, person empowered to decide matters at hand
69 Arbitrary Based entirely on one
70 Arcane Known or understood by only a few; obscure, secret
71 Arch (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
72 Archaic Characteristic of an earlier period, ancient, primitive
73 Ardent Very passionate, devoted, or enthusiastic
74 Arduous Very difficult, strenuous; severe, hard to endure
75 Arrogate Claim or take presumptuously or without the right to do so
76 Artful slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky
77 Articulate Using language in a clear fluent way (adj); speak distinctly or give clarity to an idea (verb)
78 Artifact Any object made by humans, especially those from an earlier time, such as those excavated by archaeologists
79 Artless Free of deceit or craftiness, natural, genuine; lacking skill or knowledge, crude, uncultured
80 Ascertain Find out with certainty
81 Ascetic Abstinent or austere in lifestyle (adj); a person who leads an austere and simple life without material pleasures, esp. someone who does this for religious reasons
82 Ascribe Assign or credit to a certain cause or source
83 Aseptic Free from germs
84 Asperity Rigor, severity; harshness or sharpness of tone; roughness of surface
85 Aspersions Damaging remarks, defamation, slander
86 Assail Attack violently, assault
87 Assiduous Persevering, diligent, constant
88 Assuage Make milder, relieve, soothe, pacify, or calm
89 Attenuate Weaken or thin out
90 Attuned In harmony; in sympathetic relationship
91 Audacious Very bold or brave, often in a rude or reckless way; extremely original
92 Augment Make larger
93 Augury Telling the future, such as through supernatural means
94 August Venerable, majestic; inspiring admiration
95 Auspicious favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
96 Austere Severe in manner or appearance; very self-disciplined, ascetic; without luxury or ease; sober or serious
97 Autonomous Self-governing, independent
98 Avarice Insatiable greed; a miserly desire to hoard wealth
99 Aver Declare or affirm with confidence
100 Avid Enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate; excessively desirous
101 Axiom Self-evident truth requiring no proof; universally or generally accepted principle
102 Base not adhering to ethical or moral principles
103 Becoming attractive; suitable; pleasing to the eye
104 Beg to evade a question, to invite an obvious question, to ask a question in itself makes unwarranted assumptions
105 Benighted lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
106 Bleak offering little or no hope
107 Blinkered To have a limited outlook or understanding, Narrow-minded
108 Candid openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
109 Check the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
110 Checkered Marked by periods of varied fortune or discreditable incidents
111 Contentious quarrelsome, inclined to argue
112 Contrite feeling regret or remorse for a fault or offence
113 Disparate fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
114 Egregious conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible, stand out in a bad way
115 Enervate weaken mentally or morally
116 Equivocate be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
117 Erratic likely to perform unpredictably
118 Expansive friendly and open and willing to talk
119 Extant still in existence
120 fact; factual
121 Fell (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
122 Fleece to deceive
123 Flush redden; blush; flow suddenly and abundantly; wash out by a rapid brief flow of water; N: reddish tinge; blush; brief rush; rush of strong feeling; Ex. flush of pride; ADJ: having surfaces in the same plane; even; blushing
124 Galvanize to stimulate to action
125 Hedge minimize loss or risk
126 Imbibe to drink; to take in, absorb
127 Innocuous harmless, producing no injury
128 Intimate to imply, suggest, or insinuate
129 Inundate fill quickly beyond capacity
130 involved Complicated, and difficult to comprehend
131 Laconic concise, using few words
132 Maintain state or assert
133 Moment having important effects or influence, significant
134 Paucity an inadequate quantity, scarcity
135 Profuse very abundant; given or flowing freely
136 Prosaic dull and unimaginative; matterof-
137 Pugnacious ready and able to resort to force or violence, aggressive
138 Qualify To modify, limit, or restrict, as by giving exceptions
139 Raft (often followed by
140 Retiring shy and reserved; modest
141 Scintillating brilliantly clever
142 Sedulous diligent; persistent; hard-working
143 Start move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
144 Stem limit or stop the flow or growth of somthing
145 Telling powerfully persuasive, significant and stands out
146 Tender offer or present for acceptance
147 Veracity truthfulness
148 Wanting Lacking or absent; Deficient in some way
149 Wax increase in phase