GRE VOCAB

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  1. abscond
    • (v): to leave secretely
    • Ex: The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
  2. abyss
    • (n): an extremely deep hole
    • ex: the submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths
  3. aggrandize
    • (v): to increase in power, influence, and reputation
    • ex: the supervisor sought to AGGRANDIZE herself by claiming that the achievements of her staff were actually her own.
  4. AMALGAMATE
    • (v): to combine; to mix together.
    • ex: Giant industries AMALGAMATED with Mega products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
  5. AMELIORATE
    • (v): to make better; to improve
    • ex: the doctor was able to AMELIORATE the patient's suffering using painkillers.
  6. ANACHRONISM
    • (n): something out of place in time
    • ex: The aged hippie used ANACHRONISTIC phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.
  7. ANTIPATHY
    • (n): extreme dislike
    • ex: The ANTIPATHY between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
  8. ARBITRATE
    • (v): to judge a dispute between two opposing parties.
    • ex: Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings.
  9. ARCHAIC
    • (adj): ancient, old-fashioned
    • ex: Her ARCHAIC commodore computer could not run the latest software.
  10. ARDOR
    • (n): intense and passionate feeling
    • ex: Bishop's ARDOR for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
  11. ASSUAGE
    • (v): to make something unpleasant less severe
    • ex: Serena used aspirin to ASSUAGE her pounding headache.
  12. ATTENUATE
    • (v): to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
    • ex: The Bill of Rights ATTENUATED the traditional power of governments to change laws at will.
  13. AUSTERE
    • (adj): severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
    • ex: The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem AUSTERE to the civillian eye.
  14. BANAL
    • (adj): predictable, cliched, boring
    • ex: He used BANAL phrases like Have a nice day, or Another day, another dollar.
  15. BOMBASTIC
    • (adj): pompous in speech and manner
    • ex: The ranting of the radio talk-show host was mostly BOMBASTIC; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
  16. CACOPHONY
    • (n): harsh, jarring noise
    • ex: The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable CACOPHONY as they tried to tune their instruments.
  17. CANDID
    • (adj); impartial and honest in speech
    • ex: The observations of a child can be charming since they are CANDID and unpretentious.
  18. CAPRICIOUS
    • (adj): changing one's mind quickly and often
    • ex: Queen Elizabeth 1 was quite CAPRICIOUS; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.
  19. CASTIGATE
    • (v): to punish or criticize harshly
    • ex: Many Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore CASTIGATE perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States.
  20. CAUSTIC
    • (adj): biting in wit
    • ex: Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for CAUSTIC wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.

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