Difficult GRE Words - Group 1

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abase
v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem
abate
v. subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
abbreviation
n. shortening something by omitting parts of it
abdicate
v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
abdication
n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.
abet
v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
n. suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension
abhor
v. fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abhorrent
a. disgusting, loathsome
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
ablution
n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite
abnegation
n. repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others
abolition
n. ending; act of abolishing; act of doing away with
abortive
a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
abrade
v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abrasion
n. scratch; friction
abridge
v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
abrogate
a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
abscond
v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
abstemious
a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
abstruse
a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
accede
v. agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
acclivity
n. upward slope, as of hill
accolade
n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise
accretion
n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
acerbity
n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone
acidulous
a. slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic
acquiesce
v. assent; agree without protesting
acquisition
n. the act of acquiring or gaining possession
acrimonious
a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acrimony
n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
acronym
n. abbreviation
adage
n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused
adherent
n. person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause
adjudicate
v. hear and settle a case by judicial procedure
adjure
v. appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath
adorn
v. enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments
adornment
n. embellishment; decoration; something that beautifies or adorns; ornament
adroit
a. skillful and adept under pressing conditions
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
adumbrate
v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
advert
n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service
affable
a. easily approachable; warmly friendly
aggrandize
v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation
aggregation
n. several things grouped together or considered as a whole
aghast
a. struck by shock, terror, or amazement
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
aka
ad. as known or named at another time or place; also known as
alkali
n. soda ash; caustic soda, caustic potash; one of a class of caustic bases, such as soda, potash, and ammonia
allege
v. to assert to be true
allude
v. refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
allurement
n. temptation; enticement; any real or apparent good held forth, or operating, as a motive to action
allusion
n. an indirect reference
altar
n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
amalgam
n. a combination of many different things; an alloy of mercury and other metals
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury
amass
v. collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit
ambidextrous
a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambivalence
n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate
amble
n. moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely
amenity
n. pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
amorphous
a. formless; lacking shape or definition
amplify
v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
amputee
n. a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation
analgesic
a. serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness
analogous
a. comparable; similar or alike
anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancillary
a. serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary
anew
ad. once more; again; in a new and different way
animus
n. feeling of animosity
annotate
v. comment; make explanatory notes
annualize
v. adjust or calculate so as to reflect a rate that is based on a full year
anodyne
n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
anomalous
a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
antagonist
n. one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent
antedate
v. be earlier in time; go back further
antediluvian
a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthology
n. book of literary selections by various authors
anthropoid
a. manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance
antipathy
n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike
antithesis
n. contrast; direct contrast; opposition
antler
n. entire horn, or any branch of the horn
apartheid
n. South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.
aperitif
n. alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
aperture
n. opening; diameter of such an opening; hole
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
apiary
n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey
aplomb
n. poise; self-confident assurance
apocryphal
a. untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious
apogee
n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
apostate
n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something
appease
v. bring peace, quiet, or calm to; satisfy or relieve
appellation
n. name; title; act of naming; act of appealing for aid, sympathy
apposite
a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited
apprise
v. inform; give notice to; make aware
approbation
n. expression of warm approval; praise
appropriation
n. funding; money set aside for a specific purpose
aquifer
n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
aquiline
a. curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
arable
a. fit for growing crops, as by plowing
arbiter
n. person with power to decide a dispute; judge
arboreal
a. tree-dwelling; treelike; living in trees
archetype
n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
archipelago
n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands
arena
n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events
aromatic
a. fragrant or sweet-smelling; caused by fragrant odor
arraign
v. officially charge someone in a court of law
arrears
n. being in debt; unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation
arrogate
v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
artifice
n. subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
artless
a. free of artificiality; natural; open and honest
ascendancy
n. superiority or decisive advantage; domination
ascetic
a. leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
aseptic
a. preventing infection; having cleansing effect
aspect
n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region
asperity
n. harshness of manner, roughness
asphyxiate
v. deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate
aspirant
n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position
assail
v. assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
assent
v. express agreement to what is alleged or proposed; accept
assiduous
a. constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
assimilate
v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into
assuage
v. ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
astigmatism
n. eye defect that prevents proper focus
astringent
a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
asymmetric
a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
at loggerheads
ad. engaged in a dispute
atrial
a. of or pertaining to an atrium, especially the upper chambers of the heart
attainment
n. something, such as an accomplishment or achievement; achievement
attenuate
v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
audacious
a. fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold
augury
n. sign of something coming; art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens
aura
n. an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something
austere
a. strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
austerity
n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury
authenticate
v. prove genuine; establish authenticity of
autocrat
n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power
autonomous
a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
avalanche
n. fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside
avant-garde
n. radically new or original; cutting edge
avarice
n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
aver
v. declare to be true; affirm
aviation
n. art or act of flying; specifically, the science or art of directing and controlling flying-machines
avocation
n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
avow
v. declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly
avowal
n. open declaration; frank acknowledgment