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Updated 2007-03-10 11:04

Summary

Words A-E.

Group 1

WordMeaning
abatereduce in amount, degree or severity
abdicaterenounce or relinquish a throne
aberrantabnormal or deviant
abeyancesuspended action
abjectutterly hopeless, humiliating or wretched
abjurerenounce on oath
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WordMeaning
ablutionact of cleansing
abrogateabolish by formal means
absconddepart secretly and hide
abstemioussparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstrusehard to understand; secret, hidden
accretionan increase by natural growth
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WordMeaning
acerbicsour or astringent in taste, harsh in temper
acquiescecomply, give in
acridsharp or biting to the taste or smell
acrimoniouscaustic, stinging or bitter in nature
adjoinbe close or in contact with
adjurebeg or command
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Group 2

WordMeaning
admonishcounsel against something; caution; warn; reprove
adulteratemake impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
adventitiousaccidental
aestheticartistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
affablefriendly, courteous
aggrandizeincrease in power, influence and reputation
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WordMeaning
aggregategather; accumulate
alacritycheerful promptness; eagerness
alleviaterelieve
altruista person unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others
amalgamatecombine; unite in one body
amatoryof or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking
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WordMeaning
ambiguousunclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalencethe state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amelioratemake better; to improve
amityfriendship; peaceful harmony
anachronismsomething or someone misplaced in time; an obsolete or archaic form
analogouscomparable
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Group 3

WordMeaning
anarchyabsence of governing body; state of disorder
androgenany substance that promotes masculine characteristics
androgynousbeing both male and female
animushostile feeling or attitude
anomalousabnormal; irregular
antipathyaversion; dislike
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WordMeaning
apartheidany system or caste that separates people according to race
apathylack of interest or emotion; uncaring; indifference
apogeethe highest or most distant point
apostasyrenunciation of one's previous loyalty; a total desertion of one's religion, principles, cause, etc.
apotheosisglorification, glorified ideal
appeasepacify or soothe; relieve
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WordMeaning
appriseinform
approbationapproval; praise, consideration
appropriateacquire; take possession of for one's own use
arduoushard; strenuous
arrogateclaim unwarrantably or presumptuously
artlesswithout guile; open and honest
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Group 4

WordMeaning
asceticpracticing self-denial; austere
assiduousdiligent, persistent, hardworking
assuagemake less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
atrophywaste away; wither or deteriorate; the wasting away of body tissue
attenuatemake thinner
audaciousdaring; bold
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WordMeaning
austereforbiddingly stern in appearance; severely simple and unornamented
autonomousself-governing; independent
averassert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
avocationsomething one does in addition to a principle occupation
banalboring; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clichéd; hackneyed
beliecontradict; give a false impression
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WordMeaning
belligerentwarlike, given to waging war
bemoanexpress pity for
beneficentkindly; doing good
benevolentdesiring to do good to others
benignhaving a kindly disposition
bilateralpertaining to or affecting two or both sides
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Group 5

WordMeaning
bolstersupport; reinforce
bombasticpompous in speech and manner ; using inflated language
boorishrude; insensitive
burgeongrow forth; send out buds
burnishmake shiny by rubbing; polish
buttresssupport; prop up
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WordMeaning
capitulatesurrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms
capriciousunpredictable; fickle; changing one's mind quickly and often
castigatepunish or criticize harshly
catalystagent that increases the rate of a chemical action; person or thing that causes action
causticburning; sarcastically biting
chicanerytrickery; deception by means of craft or guile
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WordMeaning
circuitousroundabout, indirect
circumambulatewalk about or around
circumscribedraw a line around
circumspectwatchful and discreet
coagulatethicken; congeal; clot
codaconcluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that summarizes or concludes
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Group 6

WordMeaning
cogentconvincing and well reasoned
commensuratecorresponding in extent, degree, etc.; proportionate
compendiumbrief, comprehensive summary
complacentself-satisfied, unconcerned
complaisanttrying to please; overly polite; obliging
compliantyielding; conforming to requirements
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WordMeaning
compunctiona feeling of uneasiness for doing wrong
concentrichaving a common center
conciliateplacate, win over
conciliatoryreconciling; soothing
condoneoverlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
conflagrationa large destructive fire
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WordMeaning
confluencemerging into one
confoundconfuse; puzzle
congenitalexisting or as such from birth
connoisseurperson competent to act as a judge of art; a lover of art
contentionclaim; thesis
contentiousquarrelsome
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Group 7

WordMeaning
contravenecome into conflict with
contritefeeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent
conundrumriddle; difficult problem
convalescentrecovering from illness
convergeapproach; tend to meet; come together
convokecall together
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WordMeaning
convolutedintricate and complicated
corroborateprovide supporting evidence
cravencowardly
creduloustoo trusting; gullible
cursorygoing rapidly over something; hasty; superficial
dauntintimidate; frighten
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WordMeaning
decadentdecaying; deteriorating
decorumpropriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
defaultfailure to act
deferencerespect; courteous regard for another's wishes
deferentialrespectful; to yield judgment to
deignthink fit or in accordance with one's dignity
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Group 8

WordMeaning
delineateportray; depict; sketch
deludemislead the mind of judgment of, deceive
denigrateblacken
derideridicule; make fun of
derisioncontemptuous or jeering laughter; ridicule.
derivativeunoriginal; obtained from another source
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WordMeaning
desiccatedry out thoroughly
desultoryaimless; haphazard; digressing at random
deterrentsomething that discourages; hindrance
diatribebitter scolding; invective
dichotomysplit; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)
diffidentlacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
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WordMeaning
diffusespread widely or thinly
digressionwandering away from the subject
dilatoryinclined to delay or procrastinate
dilettantesomeone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirgelament with music
disabusecorrect a false impression; to set right;
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Group 9

WordMeaning
discerningmentally quick and observant; having insight
discordantnot harmonious; conflicting
discreditdefame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
discrepancylack of consistency; difference
discreteseparate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts
disingenuouslacking genuine candor; insincere
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WordMeaning
disinterestedunprejudiced
disjointedlacking coherence; separated at the joints
dismisseliminate from consideration; reject
disparagebelittle
disparatefundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar
disportdivert or amuse oneself
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WordMeaning
disquieta lack of calm or peace
dissembledisguise; pretend; to disguise one's real intentions or character
disseminatedistribute; spread widely; scatter (like seeds)
dissolutiondisintegration; looseness in morals
dissonancediscord; opposite of harmony
distendexpand by stretching; swell out
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Group 10

WordMeaning
distillpurify; refine; concentrate
divergevary; go in different directions from the same point
diveststrip; deprive
doctrinea principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief; dogma
documentprovide written evidence
dogmaa firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
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WordMeaning
dogmaticopinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
dolefulsorrowful, mournful
dormantsleeping; lethargic; latent
doursullen, gloomy
dupedeceive; a person who is easily deceived
duplicitydeceitfulness in speech or conduct; double-dealing
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WordMeaning
dystrophyfaulty or inadequate nutrition or development
ebullientshowing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eclecticselective; composed of elements from a variety of sources
efficacyeffectiveness ; power to produce desired effect
effigya dummy; a likeness or image, especially of a person.
effluenceflowing out of
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Group 11

WordMeaning
effronteryimpudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness
elegya sorrowful poem or speech
elicitdraw out by discussion
elocutionart of clear and expressive speaking
embellishadorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
empathythe identification with the feelings or thoughts of others
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empiricalbased on experience
emulateimitate; rival
endemicprevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
enervateweaken; to reduce in strength
engenderproduce, cause or bring about
enhanceincrease; improve
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WordMeaning
enigmaa puzzle; a mystery
ephemeralshort-lived; fleeting
epigrama witty or pointed saying tersely expressed
epitheta word or phrase characteristically used to characterize a person or thing
equanimitycalmness of temperament; composure
equivocatelie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
eruditelearned, scholarly, bookish
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Group 12

WordMeaning
esoterichard to understand; known only to the chosen few
estimableadmirable
eugenicsimprovement of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics
eulogyexpression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemisman inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
euphonypleasantness of sound
exacerbateworsen; to increase bitterness or violence
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WordMeaning
exculpateclear from blame; prove innocent
execrableabominable
exigencyurgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention
exigenturgent; requiring immediate action
expoundset forth in detail
extrapolationprojection; conjecture
exultshow or feel triumphant joy
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GRE Vocab - A through F
GRE Vocab 2 - F through M
GRE Vocab 3 - M through Z