English Vocabulary Flash Cards: GRE

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abate
  • to reduce
  • lessen
abberation
  • a deviation
  • departure from the norm
abeyance
  • temporary inactivity
  • temporary suspension
abjure
  • to give up
  • to abstain from
  • to foreswear
abrade
  • to wear down or rub away the surface of something
abridge
  • to reduce the length of or diminish in scope
abrogate
  • to end
  • to do away with something
abscond
  • to withdraw and hide
  • typically to avoid arrest
absurd
  • extremely ridiculous
  • completely lacking reason
abysmal
  • very bad
  • very profound or deep
accretion
  • a gradual increase in the amount or size of something
acquisitive
  • characterized by a strong desire to gain information or objects
acrid
  • harsh or bitter taste or smell
acute
  • quick and precise, intense
  • sharp, keen
adhere
  • to stick fast
  • to remain in support of
adjacent
  • next to
  • to the nearest position
adroit
  • showing skill and experience
aesthetic
  • appealing to the senses because it is beautiful
affinity
  • natural attraction
  • inherit similarity
alienate
  • to isolate self from others or another person from oneself
ambiguous
  • unclear or capable of having more then one meaning
ambivalent
  • characterized by uncertain
  • unable to decide between opposites
ambivalent
  • characterized by uncertain
  • unable to decide between opposites
amenable
  • willing
  • responsive to suggestion
amiable
  • friendly and pleasant
amiable
  • friendly and pleasant
anachronism
  • something existing or happening out of its time in historical order
annotate
  • to provide with extra notes or comments
anomaly
  • something that is different from the norm
apathy
  • a lack of emotion or concern
ardor
  • passion
  • intense feelings
articulate
  • v. to clearly explain
  • adj. the quality of being able to speak clearly
ascribe
  • to attribute to specific source
  • to assign a characteristic
asperity
  • roughness or severity
assay
  • n. an analysis or examination
  • v. to subject to analysis or examine
assert
  • to demonstrate power
  • to defend a statement that is true
assimilate
  • to incorporate to
  • to make similar
assuage
  • to lessen or ease
assuage
  • to lessen or ease
assuage
  • to lessen or ease
assiduous
  • characteristics of careful and persistent effort
assumption
  • something believed to be true without proof
  • unstated evidence
aver
  • to maintain
  • to declare as true
aversion
  • strong dislike
banish
  • to force to leave
benevolence
  • an inclination to be kind or charitable
benign
  • kind, mild, harmless
bequest
  • an act of passing on
  • something that is passed on
bereft
  • deprived or despondent
blithe
  • casual
  • carefree or joyous
bolster
  • n. a narrow cushion
  • v. to support or strengthen
brazen
  • insolent
  • bold or shameless
burgeoning
  • thriving
  • growing rapidl
burgeoning
  • thriving
  • growing rapidly
cadge
  • to beg
capricious
  • impulsive
  • prone to sudden change
castigate
  • to punish or criticize severely
catalyst
  • something that causes something else to happen, usually without being directly involved in
  • a trigger for an event
censure
  • n. a formal criticism or intense disapproval
  • v. to express a formal disapproval
chronicle
  • n. a detailed narrative
  • v. to document or record
circumspect
  • prudent
  • mindful of potential consequences
cite
  • to quote as an example or proof
coalesce
  • to unite or come together
coerce
  • to compel
  • to force or threaten someone into acting a certain way
cogent
  • convincing and reasonable
cognitive
  • relating to conscience intellectual activity such as thinking, reasoning, and learning
coherence
  • the quality of being logical and clear
coincidental
  • occurring by chance
commensurate
  • corresponding in size, degree or duration
complaisant
  • obliging
  • showing a willingness to please
comprise
  • to consist of
  • to include
concede
  • to surrender
  • to admit or reluctantly yield
conducive
  • contributive
  • favorable
consternation
  • alarm or fear
converge
  • to meet or come together at a common point
converge
  • to meet or come together at a common point
convivial
  • festive and sociable
cordial
  • friendly, gracious
correlate
  • to have corresponding characteristics
corroborate
  • to confirm, to substantiate with evidence
countenance
  • n. facial features or expressions
cryptic
  • mystifying
  • hidden or concealed meaning
culmination
  • completion or climax
culpable
  • deserving blame or guilty
debilitate
  • to weaken or impair
decimate
  • to destroy large numbers of
  • to inflict great damage upon
decry
  • to denounce or criticize
defamation
  • a malicious or abusive attack on one's charater
delve
  • to deeply search through
demise
  • death
  • the end of existence
denigrate
  • to belittle
  • to speak ill of
depict
  • to represent or describe
deplore
  • to condemn
  • to disapprove of or regret
derision
  • use of ridicule to show contempt
derivation
  • copied or adapted
derivative
  • copied or adapted
desultory
  • aimless
  • inconsistent and irregular
dexterity
  • cleverness
  • skill and ease of movement, especially of hands
diatribe
  • an abusive, insulting verbal attack
didactic
  • intended for the purposes of moral teaching or instruction, even when such teaching is not welcome