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Glossary of GRE words - Barrons

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Abjure
Renounce upon oath
Accoutre
Equip
Acerbity
Bitterness of speech and temper
Acrimonious
Bitter in words or manner
Adage
Wise saying; Proverb
Adherent (n.)
Supporter; Follower
Adjuration
Solemn urging
Adjutant
Staff officer assisting the commander; Assistant
Adventitious
Casual; Accidental
Advert
Refer to
Aegis
Shield; Defence
Agape
Openmouthed
Aggrandize
Increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
Agnostic
One who is skekptical about the existence of a God or any ultimate reality
Agog
Highly excited; intensely curious
Agrarian
Pertaining to land or its cultivation
Alimentary
Supplying nutrition
Allegory
A story where characters are used as symbols; Fable
Alloy (v.)
Mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
Alluvial
Pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
Aloft
Upward
Altruistic
Unselfishly generous; concerned for others
Amenable
Readily managed; Answerable or accountable legally
Amity
Friendship
Amnesty
Pardon
Amock/Amuck
In a state of rage
Analgesic
Causing insensitivity to pain
Anathema
Solemn curse; Somone or something regarded as a curse
Ancillary
Serving as an aid or accessory; Auxiliary
Animadaversion
Critical remark
Animus
Hostile feeling or intent
Anneal
Reduce brittleness and increase toughness by heating and cooling
Annex
Attach; Take possession of
Annuity
Yearly allowance
Anodyne
Drug that relieves pain; Opiate
Anoint
Consecrate
Antediluvian
Antiquated; extremely ancient
Antrhopoid
Manlike
Antrhopomorphic
Having human form or characteristics
Aphasia
Loss of speech due to injury or illness
Aphorism
Pithy maxim; saying (philosophical or scientific)
Aplomb
Poise; Assurance
Apocalyptic
Prophetic
Apocryphal
Untrue; made up
Apogee
Highest point
Apologist
One who writes in defence of a cause or an institution
Apostate
One who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
Apothegm
Pithy, compact saying
Apotheosis
Elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
Appellation
Title; name
Application
Diligent attention
Apposite
Appropriate; fitting
Appurtenances
Subordinate possessions
Apropos
With reference to; regarding
Arable
Fit for growing crops
Arboretum
Place where different varieties of shrubs and tress are studied and exhibited
Argot
Slang
Array
Clothe; adorn
Arrears
Being in debt
Arroyo
Gully
Artifice
Deception; trickery
Asinine
Stupid
Asperity
Sharpness (of temper)
Aspersion
Slanderous remark
Aspirant
seeker after position or status
Assumption
Something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of
Astringent
Harsh or severe; binding; causing contraction
Asunder
Into parts; apart
Atavism
Resemblance to remote ancestors rather than parents; revertion to an earlier type; throwback
Attrition
Gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
Augury
Omen; prophecy
August
Impressive; Majestic
Aureole
Sun's corona; halo
Aurhoritarian
Subordination of an individual to the state; Completely dominating another's will
Avarice
Greediness of wealth
Avocation
Secondary occupation
Avow
Declare openly
Avuncular
Like an uncle
Awl
Pointed tool used for piercing
Axiom
Self-evident truth requiring no proof
Bacchanalian
Drunken
Badinage
Teasing conversation
Baleful
Deadly; a malign influence; ominous
Bandy
Discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
Barefaced
Shameless boldness; unconcealed
Baroque
Highly ornate
Bastion
Stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
Bate
To let down; restrain
Beatific
Giving bliss; blissful
Beatitude
Blessedness; in a state of bliss
Bedizen
Dress with vulgar finery
Beguile
Mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
Behemoth
Huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
Beholden
Obligated; indebted
Behoove
Be suited to; incumbent upon
Belabour
Explain or go over a point excessively or to a ridiculous extent; assail verbally
Beleaguer
Beseige or attack; harass
Bellicose
Warlike
Bemoan
Lament; express disapproval of
Benison
Blessing
Bent
Determined; show talent or inclination
Beset
Harass or trouble; hem in
Betoken
Signify; indicate
Bevy
Large group
Bicameral
Two-chambered
Bigotry
Stubborn intolerance
Bilious
Suffering from indigestion; irritable
Bilk
Swindle; cheat
Bivouac
Temporary encampment
Blithe
Gay; joyous
Blowhard
Talkative boaster
Bluster
Blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
Bohemian
Unconventional
Bouillon
Clear beef soup
Bourgeois
Middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
Bowdlerize
Expurgate
Brackish
Somwhat saline
Braggadocio
Boasting
Braggart
Boaster
Brindled
Tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
Brocade
Rich, figured fabric
Browbeat
Bully; intimidate
Brunt
Main impact; shock
Bucolic
Rustic; pastoral
Buffet (v.)
Slap; Batter; Knock about
Bulwark
Earthwork or other defence; person who defends
Burlesque
Imitation that ridicules
Cabal
A small group of people secretly united to promote their own interests
Callow
Youthful; Immature; Inexperienced
Calorific
Heat producing
Calumny
Malicious misrepresentation; slander
Cameo
Shell or jewel carved in relief; a star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
Canard
Unfounded rumour; exaggerated report
Candor
Frankness; open honesty
Canker
Any ulcerous sore; any evil
Canon
A collection or authoritative list of books; rule or standard set by ecclesiastical authorities
Cant
Insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
Capacious
Spacious
Capitulate
Surrender
Captious
Faultfinding
Careen
Lurch; sway from side to side
Carousal
Drunken revelery
Carping
Petty criticisms; faultfinding
Categorical
Without exception; unqualified; absolute
Catharsis
Purging or cleansing any passage in the body
Cathartic
Purgatory
Cavalier
Casual or offhand; arrogant
Cavil
Make frivolous objections
Celerity
Rapidity; speed
Censorious
Critical
Censure
Criticize; blame
Cerebration
Thought
Certitude
Certainity
Cession
Yielding to; cede
Chaffing
Laughing; joking
Charlatan
Pretender to knowledge; Quack
Chary
Cautious; Sparing or restrained about giving
Chase
Ornament a metal surface by indentation
Chauvinist
Blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
Chimerical
Fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
Choleric
Hot-tempered
Churlish
Boorish; rude
Cipher
Code; non-entity; worthless person or thing
Circumlocution
Indirect or roundabout expression
Circumscribe
Limit; confine
Clarion
Shrill trumpetlike sound
Clavicle
Collarbone
Cloister
Monsatery or convent
Cloying
Distasteful; excessively sweet or sentimental
Coeval
Living at the same time as; contemporary
Cogitate
Think over
Cognate
Linguistically related; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
Cognizance
Knowledge
Cohere
Stick together
Coin
Make coins; invent or fabricate
Collation
Light meal
Colloquy
Informal discussion
Collusion
Conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
Comestible
Something fit to be eaten
Comity
Courtesy; Civility
Compact (n.)
Agreement; contract
Complicity
Involvement; participation
Compunction
Remorse
Condign
Adequate; deservedly severe
Confluence
Flowing together; crowd
Conjecture
Surmise; guess
Connivance
Pretence to ignorance of something wrong; assist; permission to offend
Consequential
Pompous; self-important
Constituent
Supporter
Construe
Interpret; explain
Contend
Struggle; compete; assert earnestly
Continence
Self-restraint; sexual chastity
Contingent
Group that makes up part of a gathering
Contraband
Illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods
Contravene
Oppose; contradict; infringe on or transgress
Controvert
Oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
Contumacious
Disobedient; resisting authority
Contusion
Bruise
Conversant
Familiar with
Conveyance
Vehicle; transfer
Convivial
Festive; gay; characterised by joviality
Convoke
Call together
Coquette
Flirt
Cornucopia
Horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance
Corollary
Consequence; Accompaniment
Corporeal
Bodily; material
Corpulent
Very fat
Countenance
Approve; tolerate
Countermand
Cancel; revoke
Covenant
Agreement
Covetous
Avaricious; eagerly desirous of
Cow
Terrorize; intimidate
Cozen
Cheat; swindle; hoodwink
Crabbed
Sour; peevish
Crass
Unrefined; grossly insensible
Credulity
Belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
Crotchety
Eccentric; whimsical
Cupidity
Greed
Curmudgeon
Churlish; miserly individual
Cursive
Flowing; running
Dapper
Neat and trim
Dappled
Spotted
Daub
Smear
Deadlock
Standstill; stalemate
Deadpan
Wooden; impassive
Dearth
Scarcity
Debase
Lower in esteem; degrade; reduce the quality or value
Debauch
Corrupt; seduce from virtue
Debonair
Friendly; aiming to please
Debunk
Expose as false, exaggerated etc; ridicule
Decimate
Kill, usually one in ten
Declivity
Downward slope
Decry
show strong disapproval of; disparage
Defection
Desertion
Deplore
Reject
Defray
Provide the payment for
Deft
Neat; skillful
Deify
Turn into a god; idolize
Deign
Condescend; stoop
Deluge
Flood; rush
Delusive
Deceptive; raising vain hopes
Demagogue
Person who appeals to people's prejudices; false leader
Demotic
Pertaining to the people
Demur
Object (due to scruples or doubts); hesitate
Denizen
Inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
Denouement
Outcome; Final development of the plot of a play or literary work
Depose
Dethrone; remove from office
Deprecate
Express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
Depredation
Plundering
Derelict
Abandoned; negligent

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