Difficult GRE Words - Group 1

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v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem

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v. subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity

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n. shortening something by omitting parts of it

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v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim

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n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.

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v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage

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n. suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension

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v. fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate

Spelling Word: abhor
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a. disgusting, loathsome

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v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever

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n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite

Spelling Word: ablution
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n. repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others

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n. ending; act of abolishing; act of doing away with

Spelling Word: abolition
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a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless

Spelling Word: abortive
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v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode

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n. scratch; friction

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v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text

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a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority

Spelling Word: abrogate
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v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution

Spelling Word: abscond
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a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate

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a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.

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v. agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede

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n. upward slope, as of hill

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n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise

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n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion

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n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone

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a. slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic

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v. assent; agree without protesting

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n. the act of acquiring or gaining possession

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a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner

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n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred

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n. abbreviation

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n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use

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v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused

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n. person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause

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v. hear and settle a case by judicial procedure

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v. appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath

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v. enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments

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n. embellishment; decoration; something that beautifies or adorns; ornament

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a. skillful and adept under pressing conditions

Spelling Word: adroit
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v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

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v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade

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n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service

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a. easily approachable; warmly friendly

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v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation

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n. several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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a. struck by shock, terror, or amazement

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n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality

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ad. as known or named at another time or place; also known as

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n. soda ash; caustic soda, caustic potash; one of a class of caustic bases, such as soda, potash, and ammonia

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v. to assert to be true

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v. refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion

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n. temptation; enticement; any real or apparent good held forth, or operating, as a motive to action

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n. an indirect reference

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n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered

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n. a combination of many different things; an alloy of mercury and other metals

Spelling Word: amalgam
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v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury

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v. collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit

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a. capable of using either hand with equal ease

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n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate

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n. moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely

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n. pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions

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a. formless; lacking shape or definition

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v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase

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n. a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation

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a. serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness

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a. comparable; similar or alike

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n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse

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a. serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary

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ad. once more; again; in a new and different way

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n. feeling of animosity

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v. comment; make explanatory notes

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v. adjust or calculate so as to reflect a rate that is based on a full year

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n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain

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a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule

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n. one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent

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v. be earlier in time; go back further

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a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times

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n. book of literary selections by various authors

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a. manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance

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n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike

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n. contrast; direct contrast; opposition

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n. entire horn, or any branch of the horn

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n. South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.

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n. alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer

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n. opening; diameter of such an opening; hole

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n. loss of speech due to injury or illness

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n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion

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n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey

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n. poise; self-confident assurance

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a. untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious

Spelling Word: apocryphal
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n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited

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n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs

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n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something

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v. bring peace, quiet, or calm to; satisfy or relieve

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n. name; title; act of naming; act of appealing for aid, sympathy

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a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited

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v. inform; give notice to; make aware

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n. expression of warm approval; praise

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n. funding; money set aside for a specific purpose

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n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc

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a. curved or hooked like an eagle's beak

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a. fit for growing crops, as by plowing

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n. person with power to decide a dispute; judge

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a. tree-dwelling; treelike; living in trees

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n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned

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n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands

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n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events

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a. fragrant or sweet-smelling; caused by fragrant odor

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v. officially charge someone in a court of law

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n. being in debt; unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation

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v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right

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n. subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity

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a. free of artificiality; natural; open and honest

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n. superiority or decisive advantage; domination

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a. leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

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a. preventing infection; having cleansing effect

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n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region

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n. harshness of manner, roughness

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v. deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate

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n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position

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v. assault; attack with or as if with violent blows

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v. express agreement to what is alleged or proposed; accept

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a. constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

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v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into

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v. ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease

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n. eye defect that prevents proper focus

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a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere

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a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line

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a. of or pertaining to an atrium, especially the upper chambers of the heart

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n. something, such as an accomplishment or achievement; achievement

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v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of

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n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment

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a. fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold

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n. sign of something coming; art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens

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n. an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something

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a. strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented

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n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury

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v. prove genuine; establish authenticity of

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n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power

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a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent

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n. fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside

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n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

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v. declare to be true; affirm

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n. art or act of flying; specifically, the science or art of directing and controlling flying-machines

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n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment

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v. declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly

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n. open declaration; frank acknowledgment

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