GRE Vocab

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GRE Vocab
2010-08-04 23:15:32
GRE vocabulary

GRE High-Frequency words according to Barron's Guide
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  1. abate
    • subside, moderate.
    • They waited for the storm to abate.
  2. aberrant
    Abnormal, deviant.

    Given the aberrant nature of the data...
  3. abeyance
    suspended action

    The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
  4. abscond
    depart secretly and hide

    The teller who absconded with the bonds went uncaptured.
  5. abstemious
    sparing in eating and drinking, temperate.

    She was concerned with her son's abstemious diet.
  6. adulterate
    • make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
    • It is a crime to adulterate foods w/o informing the buyer.
  7. alacrity
    cheerful promptness, eagerness.

    They packed up their gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.
  8. ambivalence
    state of having contradictory emotional attitudes

    She was confused by the ambivalence of her feelings of simultaneous love and hate for her parents.
  9. ameliorate

    Many social workers have tried to ameliorate the conditions of people living in the slums.
  10. antipathy
    dislike, aversion

    Tom's extreme antipathy for disputes keeps him from getting into arguments.
  11. apprise

    NASA was apprised of the dangerous weather conditions.
  12. approbation

    She looked for some sign of their approbation.
  13. artless
    without guile, open and honest

    She made an artless comment in front of the movie's director.
  14. ascetic
    practicing self-denial, austere

    The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the ascetic life-style of monks.
  15. assiduous

    It took Rembrandt weeks of assiduous labor
  16. assuage
    ease or lessen

    Dick tried to assuage his heartache by eating ice cream.