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GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

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abate to lessen to subside 
abdication giving up control authority 
aberration straying away from what is normal 
abet help/encourage smb (in doing wrong) 
abeyance suspended action 
abhor to hate to detest 
abide be faithful to endure 
abjure promise or swear to give up 
abraded rubbed off worn away by friction 
abrogate repeal or annul by authority 
abscond to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest) 
abstruse difficult to comprehend obscure 
abut border on 
abysmal bottomless extreme 
acarpous effete no longer fertile worn out 
acclaimed welcomed with shouts and approval 
accolade praise approval 
accretion the growing of separate things into one 
accrue accumulate
adamant kind of stone inflexible 
admonitory containing warning 
adorn add beauty decorate 
adulteration making unpure poorer in quality 
affable polite and friendly 
affinity close connection relationship 
aggravate make worse irritate 
agile active quick-moving 
agog eager/excited 
ail trouble be ill 
alacrity eager and cheerful readiness 
alcove recess/partially enclosed place 
ale fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer
aleck one who considers himself smarter than others
allegiance duty support loyalty 
alleviate make (pain) easier to bear 
alloy to debase by mixing with something inferior 
aloof reserved indifferent 
amalgamate mix combine unite societies 
ambidextrous able to use the left hand or the right equally well 
ambiguous doubtful uncertain 
ambivalent having both of two contrary meanings 
ambrosial extremely pleasing to taste 
ameliorate improve make better 
amortize end (a debt) by setting aside money 
anguish severe suffering 
animosity strong dislike 
antidote medicine used against a poison or a disease 
antithetical direct opposing 
apartheid brutal racial discrimination 
aplomb self-confidence 
apostate one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions 
apotheosis deification glorification to godliness 
appease make quiet or calm 
apprehensive grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future 
apprise give notice to inform 
approbation approval 
apropos appropriate to the situation apt 
apt well-suited quick-witted 
arabesque a complex ornate design 
arboreal of connected with trees 
ardor enthusiasm 
arduous steep difficult ascent laborious 
argot jargon slang 
arrant in the highest degree 
arrogance proud superior manner of behaviour 
articulate speak distinctly connect by joints 
ascend go or come up 
ascertain get to know 
ascetic practicing self-denial austere stark 
ascribe consider to be the origin of or belonging to 
aseptic surgically clean 
asperity roughness harshness ill temper irritability 
aspersion slander 
assail with attack violently 
assiduous diligent hard-working sedulous 
assuage make something (pain desire) less 
asterisk the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters) 
astringent substance that shrinks 
astute clever quick at seeing to get an advantage 
atonement repayment death of Jesus 
attenuate make thin. weaken enervate 
attune bring into harmony 
audacious daring foolishly bold impudent 
augury omen sign 
august majestic venerable 
auspicious favorable successful prosperous 
austere severely moral and strict simple and plain 
auxiliary helping supporting 
aver affirm assert prove justify 
aversion strong dislike 
avid eager greedy 
avow admit. Declare openly 

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