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Glossary of Adi's Unique GRE

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abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abdicate
to give up position, right, power
abet
help/encourage smb (in doing wrong)
abeyance
held in suspended action
abhor
to hate to detest
abide
be faithful; to endure
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
acarpous
effete; no longer fertile; worn out
accede
to express approval, agree to
accolade
praise approval
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
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
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affable
friendly, easy to approach
afface
to erase or make illegible
affected
pretentious; phony
affinity
close connection; relationship
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agog
eager/excited
ail
trouble; be ill
alcove
recess/partially enclosed place
allegiance
duty; support; loyalty
aloof
reserved; indifferent
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambivalent
having both of two contrary meanings
ambrosial
extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n: ambrosia)
ambulatory
itinerant; walking around
ameliorate
improve
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
analgesia
a lessening of pain
analogous
comparable
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
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
antipathy
dislike; aversion
antithetical
direct opposing
apace
done quickly
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
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
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
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
arduous
hard; strenuous
argot
jargon slang
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrant
in the highest degree; being notoriously without moderation
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest
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
assiduous
diligent; hard-working; sedulous
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
clever; quick at seeing to get an advantage
asunder
into different parts
attune
bring into harmony
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
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
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
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 (manipulate) with flattery
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
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
boorish
rude; insensitive
brash
hasty; rash; impetuous; impudent; tactless; precipitate
brazen
made of brass
brigand
bandit; outlaw
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
buttress
support; prop up
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
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
callow
immature; lacking sophistication
calumny
false and mallicious acusation; misrepresentation; slader
canard
a lie
candid
frank straight-forward
canny
smart, founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint
cant
insincere talk; jargon
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canvass
to solicit votes, opinions, or the like; to examine carefully; investigate by inquiry; discuss; debate
capacious
large, roomy, extensive
caprice
impulse (adj: capricious)
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault, "to carp at minor errors"
catholic
universal, broad appeal
caucus
smaller group within an organization, a meeting of such a group
causality
cause and effect relationship
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
celerity
quick moving or acting
censure
to criticize or find fault with
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrasment, humiliation
champ
chew noisily
charlatan
quack; fake
chary
watchful; cautious; shy
chastise
punish; to censure severely
chattel
piece of personal property
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimirical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
choleric
easily angered; short-tempered
churl
bad-tempered person; rude (churlish)
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
clamor
shout complain with a lot of noise
cleave
to split or separate; to stick, cling
clement
mild
clinch
come to grips/settle conclusively
cling
to resist separation
cloture
closing device (in parliament); to end a debate by voting
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
clot; congeal; thicken
coax
get smb to do something by kindness
coda
conclusion to a musical or literary piece
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
coerce
compel to force to make obedient
coeval
of the same period; coexisting
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cogitate
think deeply mediate
cognate
related; similar
cognizant
being fully aware of
cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
cohort
a group or band of people
colander
bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water
collateral
accompanying; auxiliary; secured by collateral
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commemorate
keep the memory of
commensurate
equal in extent
commodious
roomy, spacious
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisant
agreeable; friendly; tending to comply; obliging; willingness to please
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
compunction
feeling of regret for one's action
concatenate
linked together
conceit
over-high opinion of too much pride
conciliatory
overcoming distruct or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something

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