GRE Wordlist


Word Meaning
abase lower; degrade; humiliate
abash embarrass
abate subside or moderate
abbreviate shorten
abdicate renounce; give up
aberrant abnormal or deviant
abet assist, usually in doing something wrong
abeyance suspended action
abject wretched; lacking pride
abjure renounce upon oath
ablution washing
abnegation renunciation; self-sacrifice
abominate loathe; hate
abortive unsuccessful; fruitless
abrasive rubbing away; tending to grind down
abrogate abolish
abscond depart secretly and hide
absolute complete; totally unlimited; certain
absolve pardon (an offense)
abstain refrain; withhold from participation
abstract theoretical; not concrete; non-representational
abusive coarsely insulting; physically harmful
abut border upon; adjoin
abysmal bottomless
accede agree
accelerate move faster
accessible easy to approach; obtainable
accessory additional object; useful but not essential thing
acclimate adjust to climate or environment
acclivity sharp upslope of a hill
accolade award of merit
accord agreement
accost approach and speak first to a person
accoutre equip
accretion growth; increase
accrue come about by addition
acidulous slightly sour; sharp; caustic
acme peak; pinnacle; highest point
acquiesce assent; agree passively
acquittal deliverance from a charge
acrid sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious stinging, caustic
actuarial calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate motivate
acuity sharpness
acumen mental keenness
adage wise saying; proverb
adamant hard, inflexible
addendum addition; appendix to book
addle muddle; drive crazy
adherent supporter; follower
adjunct something attached to but holding an inferior position
adjuration solemn urging
adjutant staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
admonish warn; reprove
adorn decorate
adroit skillful
adulation flattery; admiration
adulterate make impure by mixing with baser substances
advent arrival
adventitious accidental; casual
adversary opponent; enemy
adverse unfavorable; hostile
adversity poverty, misfortune
advocate urge; plead for
aegis shield; defense
affable courteous
affected artificial; pretended
affidavit written statement made under oath
affiliation joining; associating with
affinity kinship
affirmation positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
affix attach or add on; fasten
affluence abundance; wealth
affront insult; offend
agape openmouthed
agenda items of business at a meeting
agglomeration collection; heap
aggrandize increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
aggregate sum; total
aghast horrified
agility nimbleness
agitate stir up; disturb
agnostic one who is skeptical of the existence of knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
agog highly excited; intensely curious
agrarian pertaining to land or its cultivation
alacrity cheerful promptness
alchemy medieval chemistry
alcove nook; recess
alias an assumed name
alienate make hostile; separate
alimentary supplying nourishment
alimony payments make to an ex-spouse after divorce
allay calm; pacify
allege state without proof
allegory story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alleviate relieve
alliteration repetition of beginning sound in poetry
alloy mixture as of metals
allude refer indirectly
allure entice; attract
allusion indirect reference
alluvial pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloft upward
aloof apart; reserved
altercation noisy quarrel
altruistic unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amalgamate combine; unite in one body
amass collect
amazon female warrior
ambidextrous capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambience environment; atmosphere
ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amble moving at an easy pace
ambrosia food of the gods
ambulatory able to walk
ameliorate improve
amenable readily managed; willing to be led
amend correct; change, generally for the better
amenities convenient features; courtesies
amiable agreeable; lovable
amicable friendly
amiss wrong; faulty
amity friendship
amnesia loss of memory
amnesty pardon
amok in a state of rage
amoral non-moral
amorous moved by sexual love; loving
amorphous shapeless; vague; indeterminate
amphibian able to live both on land and in water
amphitheater oval building with tiers of seats
ample abundant
amplify enlarge
amputate cut off part of body; prune
amulet charm; talisman
anachronism something or someone misplaced in time
analgesic causing insensitivity to pain
analogous comparable
analogy similarity; parallelism
anarchist person who rebels against the established order
anarchy absence of governing body; state of disorder
anathema solemn curse; someone or something that is despised
anathematize curse
anchor secure or fasten firmly; be fixed in place
ancillary serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
anecdote short account of an amusing or interesting event
anemia condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles
anesthetic substance that removes sensation with or without loss of consciousness
anguish acute pain; extreme suffering
angular sharp-cornered; stiff in manner
animadversion critical remark
animated lively
animosity active enmity
animus hostile feeling or intent
annals records; history
anneal reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annihilate destroy
annotate comment; make explanatory notes
annuity yearly allowance
annul make void
anodyne drug that relieves pain; opiate
anoint consecrate
anomalous abnormal; irregular
anomaly irregularity
anonymity state of being nameless; anonymousness
antagonistic hostile; opposed
antecede precede
antecedents preceding events; early life; ancestors
antediluvian antiquated; ancient
anthropoid manlike
anthropologist student of the history and science of humankind
anthropomorphic having human form or characteristics
anticlimax letdown in thought or emotion
antipathy aversion; dislike
antiquated obsolete; outdated
antiseptic substance that prevents infection
antithesis contrast; direct opposite of or to
anvil iron block used in hammering out metals
apathetic indifferent
apathy lack of caring; indifference
ape imitate or mimic
aperture opening; hole
apex tip; summit; climax
aphasia loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism pithy maxim
apiary a place where bees are kept
aplomb poise; composure
apocalyptic prophetic; pertaining to revelations; especially of disaster
apocryphal untrue; made up
apogee highest point
apoplexy stroke; loss of consciousness followed by paralysis
apostate one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothecary druggist
apothegm pithy, compact saying
apotheosis deification; glorification
appall dismay; shock
apparition ghost; phantom
appease pacify; soothe
appellation name; title
append attach
application diligent attention; (secondary meaning) apply
apposite appropriate; fitting
appraise estimate the value of
appreciate be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
apprehend arrest ( a criminal); dread; perceive
apprehensive fearful; discerning
apprise inform
approbation approval
appropriate acquire; take possession of for one's own use
appurtenances subordinate possessions
apropos with reference to; regarding
aptitude fitness; talent
aquiline curved, hooked
arable fit for plowing
arbiter person with power to decide a matter in a dispute; judge
arbitrary unreasonable or capricious; tyrannical
arbitrate act as judge
arboretum place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcade a covered passageway, usually lined with shops
arcane secret; mysterious
archaeology study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
archaic antiquated
archetype prototype; primitive pattern
archipelago group of closely located islands
archives public records; place where public records are kept
ardor heat; passion; zeal
arduous hard; strenuous
argot slang
aria operatic solo
arid dry; barren
aristocracy hereditary nobility; privileged class
armada fleet of warships
aromatic fragrant
arraign charge in court; indict
array marshal; draw up in order
array clothe; adorn
arrears being in debt
arrogance pride, haughtiness
arroyo gully
articulate effective; distinct
artifacts products of primitive culture
artifice deception; trickery
artisan a manually skilled worker
artless without guile; open and honest
ascendancy controlling influence
ascetic practicing self-denial; austere
asceticism doctrine of self-denial
ascribe refer; attribute; assign
aseptic preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
ashen ash-colored; deadly pale
asinine stupid
askance with a sideways or indirect look
askew crookedly; slanted; at an angle
asperity sharpness (of temper)
aspersion slanderous remark
aspirant seeker after position or status
aspiration noble ambition
assail assault
assay analyze; evaluate
assent agree; accept
assert state strongly or positively; insist on or demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc).
assessment estimation; appraisal
assiduous diligent
assimilate absorb; cause to become homogenous
assuage ease; lessen(pain)
assumption something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of
assurance promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence
asteroid small planet
astigmatism eye defect that prevents proper focus
astral relating to the stars
astringent binding; causing contraction; harsh or severe
astronomical enormously large or extensive
astute wise; shrewd
asunder into parts; apart
asylum place of refuge or shelter; protection
asymmetric not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavism resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type;
atheistic denying the existence of God
atone make amends for; pay for
atrocity brutal deed
atrophy wasting away
attenuate make thin; weaken
attest testify; bear witness
attribute essential quality
attribute ascribe; explain
attrition gradual wearing down
audacious daring; bold
audit examination of accounts
augment increase
augury omen; prophecy
august impressive; majestic
aureole sun's corona; halo
auroral pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious favoring success
austere strict, stern
austerity sternness; severity; lack of luxuries
authenticate prove genuine
authoritarian favoring or exercising total control; non-democratic
authoritative having the weight of authority; dictatorial
autocrat monarch with supreme power
automaton mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous self-governing
autopsy examination of a dead body; postmortem
auxiliary offering or providing help; additional or sub-sidiary
avarice greed for wealth
aver state confidently
averse reluctant
aversion firm dislike
avert prevent; turn away
aviary enclosure for birds
avid greedy; eager for
avocation secondary or minor occupation
avow declare openly
avuncular like an uncle
awe solemn wonder
awl pointed tool used for piercing
awry distorted; crooked
axiom self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure sky blue