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GRE Sample Word Lists

abase            lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect

abash            embarrass

abate             subside or moderate

abbreviate       shorten

abdicate         renounce; give up (position, right, or responsibility)

aberrant         abnormal or deviant

aberration       deviation from the normal; mental disorder

abet               assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage

abeyance       suspended action

abhor             detest; hate

abject            (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology

abjure            renounce upon oath

ablution          washing

abnegation     renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation

abolish           cancel; put an end to

abominate      loathe; hate

abominable     detestable; extremely unpleasant

aboriginal       being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine

abortive          unsuccessful; fruitless

abrasive         rubbing away; tending to grind down

abridge           condense or shorten

abrogate         abolish

abscission      cutting off; separation

abscond         depart secretly and hide

absolute         complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism

absolve          pardon (an offense)

abstain           refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote;

abstemious    sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

abstinence     restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote

abstract          theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentationals representational (of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life

abstruse         obscure; profound; difficult to understand

abusive          coarsely insulting; physically harmful

abut               border upon; adjoin

abysmal         bottomless

abyss            enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit

academic       related to a school; not practical or directly useful

accede           agree

accelerate      move faster

accessible      easy to approach; obtainable

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