Barron's 800 Words For The GRE - A

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GRE Top 800 Words - A


 
  
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Abjure
 
Verb.

To reject, abandon formally.

Most Quakers abjure violence.
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Abscond
 
Verb.

Depart secretly.

A warrant for arrest is out for a person believed to...
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Abscission
 
Noun.

The natural separation of a leaf or other part of plant.


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Abscise
 
Verb.

The act of cutting.

The Dr. abscised a small growth on the patient's hand....
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Abject
 
Adj.

Miserable, Pitiful.

The Grapes of Wrath portrays abject poverty of many...
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Abstinence
 
Noun

the Act of giving up certain pleasures.

The mink's vow of abstinence includes...
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Abate
 
Verb.

To decrease, reduce.

NASA announced that it would delay the launch of...
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Aberrant
 
Adj.

Deviating from what is normal.

When a person's behavior becomes aberrant,...
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Abstemious
 
Adj.

Moderate in appetite.

Some research suggests that people with an abstemious...
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Abdicate
 
To give up a position, power or right

The appeals court judge has abdicated his responsibility...
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Abeyance
 
Temporary suppression or suspension.

A good judge must hold his or her judgment in...
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Abysmal
 
Very bad.

The abysmal failure of the free market system in Russia has led some people...
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Free market
 
an economic market in which the demand and supply of goods and services is either not regulated...
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Planned economy
 
an economic system in which the production, allocation and consumption of goods and supplies...
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Capitalism
 
an economic and political system in which a country's industry and trade are controlled by...
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Accretion
 
growth in size or increase in amount.

In the 1960s, the American geophysicist Harry...
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Geophysicist
 
one who specialized in the physics of the earth and its environment.
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Igneous
 
In geology, relating to the formation of rocks by solidification from a molten state. From...
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Accrue
 
to accumulate, grow by additions.

If you accrue interest smartly, you can increase...
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monopolistic
 
having exclusive control over a commercial activity.
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Adamant
 
uncompromising, unyielding.

Despite widespread opposition to his plan, the D's leader...
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Adjunct
 
something added, attached or joined.

Speed walking is normally regarded as adjuncts...
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Admonish
 
To caution or reprimand

The judge adminoshed the jury to discount testimony that had...
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Adulterate
 
to corrupt or make impure

The unscrupulous company sells an adulterated version of the...
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Aesthetic
 
relating to beauty or art.

Members of the English aesthetic movement believed in art...
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Gothic
 
a style of architecture popular in Middle Ages. Pointed arches, soaring spaces and light.
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Affected
 
pretentious, phony

It has been argued that the emphasis on so-called proper English"...
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affinity
 
fondness, liking, similarity

The female students in the class felt an affinity for the...
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Aggrandize
 
to make larger or greater

One of the concerns of the framers of the Constitution was...
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Aggregate
 
amounting to a whole, total.

The aggregate wealth of a country includes private as...
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Alacrity

 
cheerful willingness, eagerness, speed.

The football coach was pleased to see the team...
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Alchemy
 
Medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or...
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Allay
 
to lessen, ease, soothe.

Improvements in anti-virus software have allayed many people's...
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Alleviate
 
To relieve, improve partially.

Alleviate relative poverty.
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Bourgeoisie
 
Social order dominated by the property-owning class. Term is associated with Marxism but is...
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Alloy
 
a combination of, a mixture of two or more metals.

Scientists formulate alloys to create...
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Allure
 
the power to entice by charm

Political groups in the US often lobby Congress to use...
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Lobby
 
a group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification...
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Clockwork Universe
 
theory of origin of universe that compares universe to mechanical clock created by god. Once...
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Amalgamate
 
To combine into a unified whole.

In early 1999, six municipalities were amalgamated...
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Ambiguous
 
Unclear or doubtful in meaning.
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Mahayana Buddhist
 
One of three major traditions of Buddhism. Regards the historical Buddha as a manifestation...
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Ambivalent
 
the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes.

John felt some ambivalence about...
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Ambrosia
 
Something delicious, food of the Gods.

The food critic praised the chef for preparing...
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Ameliorate
 
To improve

Knowing they could not stop the spread of a contagion in a few days, health...
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Amenable
 
agreeable, cooperative, suited.

The young writer is amenable to suggestions for improving...
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Amenity
 
something that increases comfort.

Many amenities considered normal by people in developed...
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Amulet
 
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits


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Anachronism
 
Something out of the proper time.

Some experts regard the retirement age of 65 as an...
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Analgesic
 
Medication that reduces or eliminates pain.

Aspirin is a powerful analgesic that was...
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Analogous
 
comparable.

The psychology researcher's experiment postulates that the brain is analogous...
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Social Darwinism
 
a theory in sociology that individuals achieve advantage over others as a result of genetic...
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Protestant work ethic
 
a view of life that encourages hard work ad a rational view of the world as a way to achieve...
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Confucian
 
a system or ethics based on the teachings of Confucious. Places high value on family relationships....
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Anarchy
 
absence of government; state of disorder.
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Dionysos
 
Known as Bacchus to the Romans, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Selene. He was the Greek god...
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Anarchism
 
The theory that all forms of gov. are oppressive and should be abolished. Also means the advocacy...
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Anodyne
 
something that calms or soothes pain.

Some people use alcohol as an anodyne to numb...
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Anomalous
 
Irregular, deviating from the norm. (Anomaly)

The psychologist discounted the anomalous...
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Antecedent
 
something that comes before.
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Reformation
 
a 16th century movement aimed at reforming abuses in the Roman Catholic Church. Led to establishment...
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Antediluvian
 
Prehistoric.

Most of our knowledge of antediluvian times has been built up as the result...
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Antipathy
 
dislike, hostility.

Keri feels great antipathy towards her classes this semester.
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Protagonist
 
the main character is a work of literature.
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Apathy
 
indifference.

Apathy was high in the election because there was no major controversy...
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Welfare state
 
the provision of welfare services by the state.
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Apex
 
the highest point.


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Classicalism
 
an aesthetic tradition that values simplicity.
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Augustans
 
a period of English literature from around 1700-1789. Satire was a feature.
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Apogee
 
the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited. the highest point.

The...
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Apothegm
 
A terse, witty saying. Pronounced "AP-uh-them"

One of the best known political apothegms...
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Appease
 
to calm, pacify, placate.

Many historians have criticized British PM Neville Chamberlain...
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Meow! Meow!
 
Merl!
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Appellation
 
name.

The discovery of the bones of a person with the appellation Kennewick Man......
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Apposite
 
strikingly appropriate an relevant.

the writer searched two dictionaries and a thesaurus...
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Apprise
 
To inform.

Nadine Cohoda's biography keeps the reader apprised of racism black Americans...
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Approbration
 
Praise, approval.


The Medal of Honor is the highest approbation an American soldier...
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Appropriate
 
To take possession for one's own use, confiscate.

The invading army appropriated supplies...
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Apropos
 
Relevant.

Apropos of nothing, the speaker declared that the purpose of life is to love....
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Arabesque
 
Ornate design featuring intertwined curves; a ballet position in which one leg is extended...
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Archeaology
 
The study of material evidence of past human life. 
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Carbon-14
 
determining the actual or relative age of an object through the use of the isotope Carbon-14,...
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ardor
 
great emotion of passion.

"It is the unknown that excited the ardor of scholars, who...
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Arduous
 
extremely difficult, laborious.

the task of writing a research paper is arduous.
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Argot
 
a specialized vocab word used by a group.

Writers of crime fiction often use the argot...
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Arrest
 
to stop, to seize.

Temporary arrest of the patient's respiration made it easier for...
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Artifact
 
item made by human craft. 
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Artless
 
guilesless, natural

The source of the meaning of artless as guiless is the poet Dryden....
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Ascetic
 
One who practices sself-denial.

Muslim ascetics consider the internal battle against...
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Asperity
 
severity, harshness, irritability. 
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Aspersion
 
slander false rumor.

Singapore is a young democracy and its leaders often respond strongly...
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Assiduous
 
diligent, hard-working.

The assiduous people of Hong Kong live in a territory with...
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Assuage
 
to make less severe. 
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Astringent
 
harsh, sevre

Bob tends to nick himself when he shaves, so he uses n astringent aftershave...
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Asylum
 
place of refuse or shelter.

The Stoic, accused of seeking asylum in the consolations...
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Atavism
 
in biology, the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generationa of...
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Attenuate
 
to weaken.

Modern digital radio equipment allows even signals that have been greatly...
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audacious
 
bold, daring.

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austere
 
Stern, unadorned.

Deism is an austere belief that reflects the predominant philosophy...
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Deism 
 
the belief in a God who created the universe and then abondened it. 
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autonomous
 
self-governing, independent.

Some biologists have theorized that our belief in our...
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Avarice
 
Greed.

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aver
 
to affirm, declare to be true.

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Avocation
 
seconadary occupation.

Dan became so proficient at his avocation - computer programming...
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avuncular
 
like an uncle, benvolent and tolerant.

Walter Cronkite had an avuncular manner that...
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axiomatic
 
taken for granted. 

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