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GRE Vocab
Vocabulary words to help beef up both essays and comprehension for the Verbal Reasoning section
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Graduate
02/13/2020

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Enfranchise
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v. To endow with rights, especially voting rights
To free from bondage
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Kindle
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v. to set fire to
to 'excite, animate, or arouse' - more metaphoric definition
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Renumeration
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n. pay or recompense (usually for work)
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Talisman
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n. lucky charm, anything whose presence creates a powerful influence on human beings
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Bilk
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v. Cheat, defraud; to evade payment of; to frustrate; to elude
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Engender
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v. To produce, cause, or give rise to; to beget or progreate
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Abate
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v. lessen in intensity or degree; to make less
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Aberrant
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adj. deviating from the norm
things can be referred to as aberrant or aberration
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Abjure
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v. to renounce or reject; to avoid
similar in definition to 'abdicate'
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Abrogate
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v. to abolish or annul by authority; put down, repeal
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Abscission
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n. act of cutting off or removing
'abscise' is the verb form, it means 'to cut off'
word can also refer to the actual cut
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Ascond
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v. to steal off and hide; to sneak away
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Abstemious
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v. marked by moderation
typically refers to food and drink, related to the word 'abstain'
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Abstruse
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adj. hard to understand
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Accolade
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n. an expression of praise, an award
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Accretion
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n. growth, increase by building up over time
ex. 'accretion of dirt on the floor'
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Acerbic
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adj. sour or bitter taste or character
I generally see this word in relation to character and people
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Acumen
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n. fast, keen, or accurate knowledge
think acute, which means sharp - get it?
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Admonish
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v. to express warning or disapproval
related to 'admonitory' and 'admonition'
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Adroit
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adj. adept, dexterous
If you ever see the word 'maladroit', its the opposite
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Adulation
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n. excessive praise, intense adoration
'adulator' is someone who expresses admiration
consider 'lation', like 'congratulations'
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Adumbrate
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v. to foreshadow vaguely, suggest 'shakily'
not an exact premonition
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Aggrandize
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v. to increase in intensity or power; to make something appear more than it tsi
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Alacrity
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n. Eager and enthusiastic willingness
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Alloy
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v. to mingle or blend; to debase by mixing with something inferior
'unalloyed' = pure, unmixed
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Amalgamate
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v. combine several elements into a whole
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Ameliorate
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v. to make better or more tolerable
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Ambivalence
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n. the quality of having opposing ideas or feelings
think 'on the fence'
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Anathema
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n. a solemn or religious curse; loathed person or thing
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Anodyne
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adj. soothing
As a noun, means something that soothes pain
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Antipathy
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n. aversion or dislike
related to 'antipathetic', which means strong aversion
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Antithetical
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adj. diametrically opposed, direct opposite
think 'antithesis'
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Apocryphal
Definition
adj. of dubious authenticity or origin
typically seen in a religious context
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Apogee
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n. highest point; culmination, zenith
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Perigee
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n. lowest or closest point
think 'moon is at perigee when closest to the earth'
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Apotheosis
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n. "glorification to godliness", the best example of something
Think Lindsey Ellis
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Apposite
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adj. appropriate, relevant
Think 'apropos'
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Apprise
Definition
v. give notice to, inform
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Approbation
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n. an expression of approval
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Arabesque
Definition
n. complex, ornate design
Think Debussy
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Arrant
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adj. impudent; in every way, utter
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Artless
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adj. completely without guile, natural, without artifice; without skill
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Ascetic
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n. one who practices rigid self-denial, usually an act of religious devotion
OR
adj. austere, stark
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Asperity
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n. severity, rigor, roughness, harshness, irritability
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Aspersion
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n. act of defamation or maligning
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Assiduous
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adj. diligent and hardworking
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Assuage
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v. to ease or lessen; pacify
Refers specifically to lessening things that cause pain or distress
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Astringent
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adj. having a tightening effect; harsh; severe
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Attenuate
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v. to make thinner, weaken, lessen
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Augury
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n. omen, portent, the reading of omens
can also be a verb 'augur'
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August
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adj. Majestic, venerable
Think like a castle
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Auspice
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n. protection or support, patronage
can also mean sign or portent
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Aver
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v. to state as a fact; to confirm or support
used in place of 'said', 'averred'
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Axiom
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n. a universally recognized saying, commonly accepted
adjective form 'axiomatic'
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Baleful
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adj. sinister, ominous
think 'baleful looks'
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Bane
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adj. cause of injury, source of irritation
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Beatify
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v. to bless, make happy, or regard as saintly
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Bedizen
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v. to adorm in a cheap way, 'festoon'
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Beguile
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v. to influence with trickery, to purposefully mislead
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Bellicose
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adj. belligerent, combative
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Blandish
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v. to coax with flattery
adjective form is blandishment, flattery intended to coax
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Bridling
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v. to restrain or hold back
past participle of 'bridle'
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Brook
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v. to tolerate or endure
like 'brook no back talk'
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Bucolic
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adj. rustic, characterised by rural areas and thier inhabitants
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Burgeon
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v. grow rapidly or flourish
'burgeoning'
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Byzantine
Definition
adj. complex and convoluted
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Cadge
Definition
v. to mooch or beg from
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Calumniate
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v. to slander or make false accusations
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Canny
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adj. careful, cunning
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Capricious
Definition
adj. impulsive, erratic
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