Barron's 800 Words For The GRE - A

GRE Top 800 Words - A
 
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Abjure
Verb.To reject, abandon formally. Most Quakers abjure violence.
Abscond
Verb. Depart secretly. A warrant for arrest is out for a person believed to have absconded...
Abscission
Noun.The natural separation of a leaf or other part of plant.
Abscise
Verb.The act of cutting. The Dr. abscised a small growth on the patient's hand.
Abject
Adj. Miserable, Pitiful. The Grapes of Wrath portrays abject poverty of many people during...
Abstinence
Nounthe Act of giving up certain pleasures. The mink's vow of abstinence includes all intoxicating...
Abate
Verb. To decrease, reduce. NASA announced that it would delay the launch of the shuttle until...
Aberrant
Adj. Deviating from what is normal. When a person's behavior becomes aberrant, his or her peers...
Abstemious
Adj.Moderate in appetite. Some research suggests that people with an abstemious lifestyle tend...
Abdicate
To give up a position, power or rightThe appeals court judge has abdicated his responsibility...
Abeyance
Temporary suppression or suspension. A good judge must hold his or her judgment in abeyance...
Abysmal
Very bad. The abysmal failure of the free market system in Russia has led some people to argue...
Free market
an economic market in which the demand and supply of goods and services is either not regulated...
Planned economy
an economic system in which the production, allocation and consumption of goods and supplies...
Capitalism
an economic and political system in which a country's industry and trade are controlled by...
Accretion
growth in size or increase in amount. In the 1960s, the American geophysicist Harry Hess conceived...
Geophysicist
one who specialized in the physics of the earth and its environment.
Igneous
In geology, relating to the formation of rocks by solidification from a molten state. From...
Accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions. If you accrue interest smartly, you can increase your portfolio....
monopolistic
having exclusive control over a commercial activity.
Adamant
uncompromising, unyielding. Despite widespread opposition to his plan, the D's leader is adamant...
Adjunct
something added, attached or joined. Speed walking is normally regarded as adjuncts of track...
Admonish
To caution or reprimandThe judge adminoshed the jury to discount testimony that had been ruled...
Adulterate
to corrupt or make impureThe unscrupulous company sells an adulterated version of the drug....
Aesthetic
relating to beauty or art. Members of the English aesthetic movement believed in art for art's...
Gothic
a style of architecture popular in Middle Ages. Pointed arches, soaring spaces and light.
Affected
pretentious, phonyIt has been argued that the emphasis on so-called proper English" leads to...
affinity
fondness, liking, similarityThe female students in the class felt an affinity for the ancient...
Aggrandize
to make larger or greaterOne of the concerns of the framers of the Constitution was that one...
Aggregate
amounting to a whole, total. The aggregate wealth of a country includes private as well as...
Alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness, speed.The football coach was pleased to see the team get to...
Alchemy
Medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or...
Allay
to lessen, ease, soothe. Improvements in anti-virus software have allayed many people's fears...
Alleviate
To relieve, improve partially. Alleviate relative poverty.
Bourgeoisie
Social order dominated by the property-owning class. Term is associated with Marxism but is...
Alloy
a combination of, a mixture of two or more metals. Scientists formulate alloys to create properties...
Allure
the power to entice by charm Political groups in the US often lobby Congress to use the allure...
Lobby
a group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification...
Clockwork Universe
theory of origin of universe that compares universe to mechanical clock created by god. Once...
Amalgamate
To combine into a unified whole.In early 1999, six municipalities were amalgamated into an...
Ambiguous
Unclear or doubtful in meaning.
Mahayana Buddhist
One of three major traditions of Buddhism. Regards the historical Buddha as a manifestation...
Ambivalent
the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes. John felt some ambivalence about getting...
Ambrosia
Something delicious, food of the Gods. The food critic praised the chef for preparing what...
Ameliorate
To improveKnowing they could not stop the spread of a contagion in a few days, health authorities...
Amenable
agreeable, cooperative, suited. The young writer is amenable to suggestions for improving her...
Amenity
something that increases comfort. Many amenities considered normal by people in developed countries...
Amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
Anachronism
Something out of the proper time. Some experts regard the retirement age of 65 as an anachronism...
Analgesic
Medication that reduces or eliminates pain.Aspirin is a powerful analgesic that was introduced...
Analogous
comparable. The psychology researcher's experiment postulates that the brain is analogous to...
Social Darwinism
a theory in sociology that individuals achieve advantage over others as a result of genetic...
Protestant work ethic
a view of life that encourages hard work ad a rational view of the world as a way to achieve...
Confucian
a system or ethics based on the teachings of Confucious. Places high value on family relationships....
Anarchy
absence of government; state of disorder.
Dionysos
Known as Bacchus to the Romans, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Selene. He was the Greek god...
Anarchism
The theory that all forms of gov. are oppressive and should be abolished. Also means the advocacy...
Anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain. Some people use alcohol as an anodyne to numb their emotional...
Anomalous
Irregular, deviating from the norm. (Anomaly)The psychologist discounted the anomalous behavior...
Antecedent
something that comes before.
Reformation
a 16th century movement aimed at reforming abuses in the Roman Catholic Church. Led to establishment...
Antediluvian
Prehistoric. Most of our knowledge of antediluvian times has been built up as the result of...
Antipathy
dislike, hostility. Keri feels great antipathy towards her classes this semester.
Protagonist
the main character is a work of literature.
Apathy
indifference. Apathy was high in the election because there was no major controversy or issue...
Welfare state
the provision of welfare services by the state.
Apex
the highest point.
Classicalism
an aesthetic tradition that values simplicity.
Augustans
a period of English literature from around 1700-1789. Satire was a feature.
Apogee
the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited. the highest point. The Ottoman...
Apothegm
A terse, witty saying. Pronounced "AP-uh-them"One of the best known political apothegms was...
Appease
to calm, pacify, placate. Many historians have criticized British PM Neville Chamberlain for...
Meow! Meow!
Merl!
Appellation
name. The discovery of the bones of a person with the appellation Kennewick Man...
Apposite
strikingly appropriate an relevant. the writer searched two dictionaries and a thesaurus before...
Apprise
To inform. Nadine Cohoda's biography keeps the reader apprised of racism black Americans had...
Approbration
Praise, approval. The Medal of Honor is the highest approbation an American soldier can receive....
Appropriate
To take possession for one's own use, confiscate. The invading army appropriated supplies from...
Apropos
Relevant. Apropos of nothing, the speaker declared that the purpose of life is to love.
Arabesque
Ornate design featuring intertwined curves; a ballet position in which one leg is extended...
Archeaology
The study of material evidence of past human life. 
Carbon-14
determining the actual or relative age of an object through the use of the isotope Carbon-14,...
ardor
great emotion of passion. "It is the unknown that excited the ardor of scholars, who , in the...
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious. the task of writing a research paper is arduous.
Argot
a specialized vocab word used by a group. Writers of crime fiction often use the argot of criminals...
Arrest
to stop, to seize. Temporary arrest of the patient's respiration made it easier for the doctor...
Artifact
item made by human craft. 
Artless
guilesless, natural The source of the meaning of artless as guiless is the poet Dryden. Such...
Ascetic
One who practices sself-denial. Muslim ascetics consider the internal battle against human...
Asperity
severity, harshness, irritability. 
Aspersion
slander false rumor. Singapore is a young democracy and its leaders often respond strongly...
Assiduous
diligent, hard-working. The assiduous people of Hong Kong live in a territory with one of the...
Assuage
to make less severe. 
Astringent
harsh, sevre Bob tends to nick himself when he shaves, so he uses n astringent aftershave to...
Asylum
place of refuse or shelter. The Stoic, accused of seeking asylum in the consolations of philosophy,...
Atavism
in biology, the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generationa of...
Attenuate
to weaken. Modern digital radio equipment allows even signals that have been greatly attenuated...
audacious
bold, daring.
austere
Stern, unadorned. Deism is an austere belief that reflects the predominant philosophy of the...
Deism 
the belief in a God who created the universe and then abondened it. 
autonomous
self-governing, independent. Some biologists have theorized that our belief in our ability...
Avarice
Greed.
aver
to affirm, declare to be true.
Avocation
seconadary occupation. Dan became so proficient at his avocation - computer programming - that...
avuncular
like an uncle, benvolent and tolerant. Walter Cronkite had an avuncular manner that made him...
axiomatic
taken for granted. 


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