GRE 1st 25 words

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  1. abate
    to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

    EX: As the hurricane's force ABATED, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
  2. abscond
    to leave secretly

    EX: The patron ABSCONDED from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
  3. abyss
    an extremely deep hole

    EX: The submarine dove into the ABYSS to chart the previously unseen depths
  4. advocate
    to speak in favor of

    EX: the vegetarian ADVOCATED a diet containing no meat
  5. aesthetic
    concerning the appreciation of beauty

    EX: Followers of the AESTHETIC movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art
  6. aggrandize
    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.
  7. alleviate
    to make more bearable

    EX: Taking aspirin helps to ALLEVIATE a headache.
  8. altruistic
    unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others

    EX: As the world has seen, altruistic appeals to organ donation have not yielded enough organs for transplantation.
  9. amalgamate
    to combine; to mix

    EX: Giant Industries AMALGAMATED with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorported.
  10. ambiguous
    doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways

    EX: The directions she gave were so AMBIGUOUS that we disagreed on which way to turn.
  11. ameliorate
    to make better; to improve

    EX: The doctor was able to AMELIORATE the patient's suffering using painkillers
  12. anachronism
    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
  13. analogous
    similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

    EX: In the Newtonian contruct for explaining the existence of God, the universe is ANALOGOUS to mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker"
  14. antagonize
    to annoy or provoke to anger

    EX: The child discovered that he could ANTAGONIZE the cat by pulling its tail
  15. antipathy
    extreme dislike

    The ANTIPATHY between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
  16. Arbitrate
    to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

    EX: Since the couple could not come to an agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings
  17. arachaic
    ancient, old-fashioned

    EX: Her ARCHAIC Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
  18. ardor
    intense and passionate feeling

    EX: Bishop's ARDOR for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson valley
  19. articulate
    able to speak clearly and expressively

    EX: She is such an ARTICULATE defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters
  20. attenuate
    to reduce in force or degree; to weaken

    EX: The Bill of Rights ATTENUATEDthe traditional power of governments to change laws at will
  21. austere
    severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

    EX: The lack of decoration makes military barracks seem AUSTERE to the civilian eye
  22. banal

    EX: he used BANAL phrases like "have an nice day" or "another day,another dollar."
  23. bolster
    to supporrt; to prop up

    EX: The presence of giant footprints BOLSTERED the argumentd that Sasquatch was in teh area.
  24. bombastic
    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.
  25. cacophony
    harsh, jarring noise

    EX: The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable CACOPHONY as they tried to tune their instruments
  26. candid
    impartial and honest in speech

    EX: The observations of a child can be charming since they are CANDID and unpretentious.
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GRE 1st 25 words
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