cueFlash

Glossary of Top GRE Combined

Start Studying! Add Cards ↓

abacus
frame with balls for calculating
abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abate
subside or moderate
abdicate
to give up position, right, power
abdication
giving up control authority
aberrant
deviant; abnormal
aberration
straying away from what is normal
abet
help/encourage smb (in doing wrong)
abeyance
held in suspended action
abhor
to hate to detest
abide
be faithful to endure
abiding
enduring, continuing
abject
miderable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abraded
rubbed off worn away by friction
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstruse
difficult to understand
abut
to touch, be in contact with
abysmal
bottomless extreme
acarpous
effete no longer fertile worn out
accede
to express approval, agree to
acclaimed
welcomed with shouts and approval
accolade
praise approval
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
accrue
accumulate
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree/comply
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adamant
kind of stone inflexible
admonish
to caution or reprimand
admonitory
containing warning
adorn
add beauty decorate
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adulterate
make impure by addition of inferior or tainted substances
adulteration
making unpure poorer in quality
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
advocate
to speak, plead, or argue for a cause, or in another’s behalf. (n) -- one who advocates.
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
affable
friendly, easy to approach
afface
to erase or make illegible
affected
pretentious, phony
affinity
close connection relationship
aggrandize
to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate.
aggravate
make worse irritate
aggregate
gather; accumulate
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agile
active quick-moving
agog
eager/excited
ail
trouble be ill
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on the quest to turn metal into gold
alcove
recess/partially enclosed place
ale
fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer
aleck
one who considers himself smarter than others
algorithm
mechanical problem solving procedure
allegiance
duty support loyalty
alleviate
relieve
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
aloof
reserved indifferent
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
amalgamate
to unite or mix. (n) -- amalgamation.
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
state of having two opposing or conflicting emotions
ambivalent
having both of two contrary meanings
ambrosial
extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n: ambrosia)
ambulatory
itenerant, walking around
ameliorate
improve
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
amortize
to diminsh by installment payments
amulet
ornament worn as charm against evil
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
analgesia
a lessening of pain
analogous
comparable
anarchy
absence of a governing body; state of disorder
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anguish
severe suffering
animosity
strong dislike
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
anomalous
irregular abnormal
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antediluvian
third from last
anterior
preceding, previous, prior
anthropomorphic
attribuuting human qualities to non humans, having human qualities
antidote
medicine used against a poison or a disease
antipathy
dislike; aversion
antithetical
direct opposing
apace
done quickly
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planets orbit that it is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy saying
aplomb
poise, confidence
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
appease
soothe; pacify
apprehensive
grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future
apprise
inform
approbation
praise, official approval
appropriate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use
apropos
appropriate to the situation apt
apt
well-suited quick-witted
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arable
suitable for cultivation
arbitrate
to settle a dispute by impulse (n: arbitration)
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
ardor
enthusiasm
arduous
hard; strenuous
argot
jargon slang
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrant
in the highest degree; being notoriously without moderation
arrogance
proud superior manner of behaviour
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
articulate
speak distinctly connect by joints
artless
open and honest
ascend
go or come up
ascertain
get to know
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
aseptic
surgically clean
ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or judgement
askance
scornfully
asocial
unable or unwilling to interact socially
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
assail
with attack violently
assay
to analyze or estimate
assent
to express agreement
assidious
dligent, persistent, hard working
assiduous
diligent hard-working sedulous
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
assuage
ease or lessen; soothe; satisfy
asterisk
the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters)
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
clever quick at seeing to get an advantage
asunder
into different parts
atonement
repayment death of jesus
attenuate
weaken; make thin
attune
bring into harmony
audacious
daring; bold
audit
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augury
prophesy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring
auspicious
having favorable prospects
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
autonomous
self-governing
auxiliary
helping supporting
avarice
greed
aver
state confidently
aversion
strong dislike
avid
eager; greedy
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, self evident truth
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
baleful
harmful ominous causing evil
balk
to shirk, refuse, prevent
balm
soothing healing influence
banal
trite; commonplace; hackneyed; unoriginal
bane
something causing ruin, death
baneful
causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive
barefaced
unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river
barren
not good enough unable to have young ones without value
bask
in enjoy warmth and light
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
beatify
to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
bedizen
to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
beguile
to decieve, mislead, charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
beat hard
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggrssive
belligerent
(person nation) waging war
bemuse
confuse, stupefy
benefactor
person who has given help
beneficient
kindly; doing good
benevolence
wish or activity in doing good
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kind and gentle mild (climate)
benison
blessing
bequest
arrangement to give something at death
berate
scold sharply
bereft
rob or dispossess of something (material)
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevy
group
bewilder
puzzle confuse
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bigot
stubborn narrow-minded person
bilge
bulge the protuberance of a cask
bilious
easile irritated, related to bile
billet
board and lodging for troops
blandish
to coax with flattery
blandishment
speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something
blandness
polite manner comforting uninteresting
blatant
noisy and rough
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without thought
bogus
sham; counterfeit; not genuine
boisterous
loud noisy rough lacking restraint
bolster
support; reinforce
bombast
pompous speech (adj: bombastic)
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
boorish
rude; insensitive
brash
hasty rush cheeky saucy
brass
yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)
brazen
made of brass
breach
a lapse, gap or break, as in a fortress wall. to break or break through.ex: unfortunately, the club members never forgot his breach of ettiquette.
brigand
bandit, outlaw
brittle
easily broken
broach
bring up announce begin to talk about
bromide
dull or commonplace person or idea
brook
to tolerate endure
buffet
to strike or hit
bulwark
defense wall
buoyant
able to float light-hearted
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burnish
to polish rub to a shine
buttress
support; prop up
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cacophonous
discordant; not in harmony
cadge
to get something by taking advantage of someone
cajole
to flatter coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
calipers
metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument

Add Cards

You must Login or Register to add cards