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Flashcards: Powerscore GRE 700 Repeat Offenders


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abdicate

Định nghĩa:
to give up, often in a formal manner
Ví dụ:
  • King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, a divorced American.

aberrant

Định nghĩa:
unusual*
Ví dụ:
  • My dog displayed aberrant behavior when he refused to greet me at the door or eat any of the treats I offered.

abeyance

Định nghĩa:
temporary suspension
Ví dụ:
  • The council voted to place the decision in abeyance for a month while more research was conducted.

abjure

Định nghĩa:
to give up, often in a formal manner
Ví dụ:
  • King Edward VIII abjured the throne in order to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, a divorced American

abstemious

Định nghĩa:
sparing in consumption, especially of food and drink
Ví dụ:
  • Abby’s emaciated figure was the result of her abstemious lifestyle; she never ate breakfast or lunch, and rarely ate dinner

abstruse

Định nghĩa:
hard to understand
Ví dụ:
  • Mr. Abbot tried to teach us how to solve an abstruse math problem, but it was too complicated for us to understand.

accretion

Định nghĩa:
an increase
Ví dụ:
  • Akeem's gradual accretion of duties at work did not go unnoticed; he was given a raise for taking on the extra work.

acerbic

Định nghĩa:
sour; harsh
Ví dụ:
  • Sour Patch Kids candy tastes like acerbic gummy bears

acidulous

Định nghĩa:
sour; sharp
Ví dụ:
  • Her acidulous criticism of my paper on Shakespeare was disappointing since I had invested many hours in research.

acme

Định nghĩa:
highest point
Ví dụ:
  • The Roman Empire reached its acme of power around 11 AD, but a slow decline occurred over the next four centuries.

acumen

Định nghĩa:
good judgment
Ví dụ:
  • The judge was respected for his acumen when sentencing convicted defendants.

adroit

Định nghĩa:
highly skilled, especially with one's hands
Ví dụ:
  • The adroit mechanic was able to fix Addy’s old car, even though six other mechanics said it couldn’t be repaired.

aerie

Định nghĩa:
a nest; a home high on a mountain
Ví dụ:
  • Our aerie atop Roan Mountain was a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

aesthetic

Định nghĩa:
relating to beauty*
Ví dụ:
  • Alaina chose this church because of its aesthetic qualities; it was the most beautiful wedding chapel she had everseen.

affable

Định nghĩa:
friendly*
Ví dụ:
  • In the fable, the affable princess was adored by all except for her three stepsisters who were angered by herfriendliness

affected

Định nghĩa:
fake; phony
Ví dụ:
  • Afton had never traveled outside of the United States, but he used an affected French accent to attract attention.

aggrandize

Định nghĩa:
increase in size
Ví dụ:
  • Agatha, an avid baseball enthusiast, used her inheritance to aggrandize her collection of baseball cards

alacrity

Định nghĩa:
liveliness and eagerness
Ví dụ:
  • Alaina impressed her new boss by accepting the task with alacrity; she was both eager and excited to get started.

alchemy

Định nghĩa:
magical power; process of turning base metals into gold
Ví dụ:
  • Al uses alchemy in the kitchen, turning simple ingredients into delicious culinary works of art.

amalgamation

Định nghĩa:
a combination
Ví dụ:
  • Amy’s new dance routine is an amalgamation of styles, including ballet and jazz.

ameliorate

Định nghĩa:
to make better
Ví dụ:
  • Amelia was an outstanding caregiver; she could ameliorate a patient’s discomfort just by smiling kindly

amenable

Định nghĩa:
agreeable
Ví dụ:
  • Amy was amenable to changing my schedule at work so that I could attend my son's baseball games

amiable

Định nghĩa:
friendly
Ví dụ:
  • The amiable celebrity was known for his willingness to sign autographs and visit with his fans.

amortize

Định nghĩa:
to eliminate debt by making payments
Ví dụ:
  • For most borrowers, it takes thirty years to amortize their mortgage

amulet

Định nghĩa:
a magical charm to ward off evil
Ví dụ:
  • Amos placed a small amulet in his pocket, a charm that he believed helped him advance to the state tennis finals.

anachronistic

Định nghĩa:
out of chronological order
Ví dụ:
  • Today’s announcement about the impending demolition of the baseball stadium is anachronistic; the stadium was razed early last week.

analgesic

Định nghĩa:
capable of relieving pain
Ví dụ:
  • Although Andy was in the most painful stages of the disease, his daughter’s visit was analgesic; he was so happy to see her that his pain was significantly reduced.

anodyne

Định nghĩa:
something that relieves pain
Ví dụ:
  • The comedy club was an anodyne to Annika's grief; while she was there, she could forget her pain and sadness.

anthropocentrism

Định nghĩa:
theory that regards humans as the central element of the universe
Ví dụ:
  • People who support the theory of anthropocentrism have a difficult time believing in intelligent life on other planets.

antipathy

Định nghĩa:
strong dislike
Ví dụ:
  • Antonio's antipathy for reporters stemmed from his childhood, when journalists hassled him about his father's trial.

apathy

Định nghĩa:
an absence of emotion or enthusiasm*
Ví dụ:
  • The teacher was disappointed in the students’ apathy toward the field trip; she had mistakenly believed that this tripwould finally excite them about learning

apocryphal

Định nghĩa:
fake; untrue
Ví dụ:
  • April told an apocryphal tale about my mother; I wanted so much to believe it even though I knew it wasn't true.

apostate

Định nghĩa:
person who abandons their religion or cause
Ví dụ:
  • I had been an apostate from my religion for years, but recently had started thinking about rejoining the church.

approbation

Định nghĩa:
approval
Ví dụ:
  • Apollo's proposal for new lighting on campus was met with approbation, as the board agreed there was a safety issue

archaic

Định nghĩa:
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period*
Ví dụ:
  • The college cannot have sorority or fraternity houses because of an archaic town law that does not allow unmarriedpeople to live together

ardor

Định nghĩa:
intense passion
Ví dụ:
  • Mrs. Armstrong, my English teacher, is known for her ardor for the literature of William Faulkner; last summer sheeven visited his hometown in Mississippi in order to better visualize the settings of his books.

arrogate

Định nghĩa:
to claim without rights
Ví dụ:
  • The government arrogated Arianna's land, so she hired a lawyer to prove it did not have any rights to her property

ascertain

Định nghĩa:
to make certain
Ví dụ:
  • The detective was able to ascertain the suspect’s whereabouts on the night of the burglary through surveillance video

ascetic

Định nghĩa:
a person who practices self-denial as a spiritual discipline
Ví dụ:
  • To prove his devotion to the religion, the ascetic did not own anything that might provide comfort or pleasure, such as a mattress or television set

assail

Định nghĩa:
to attack
Ví dụ:
  • Asa was determined to master the GRE Verbal Reasoning section, so she assailed vocabulary words with determination.

assiduous

Định nghĩa:
constant and attentive
Ví dụ:
  • Ashley is an assiduous researcher; she was able to find articles on the poet that even the librarian could not locate

assuage

Định nghĩa:
to relieve or ease
Ví dụ:
  • The shoplifter assuaged his guilt by confessing to the crime

attenuate

Định nghĩa:
to weaken
Ví dụ:
  • Atticus' muscles slowly attenuated when he quit working out at the gym

audacious

Định nghĩa:
bold and fearless
Ví dụ:
  • Audrey asked audacious questions that most people would be scared to ask.

augment

Định nghĩa:
to enlarge or increase
Ví dụ:
  • In an effort to augment her paper on William Faulkner, Aubrey added three pages about the author’s childhood.

augury

Định nghĩa:
divine prediction
Ví dụ:
  • Augustus believed the groundhog's shadow was an augury of a delayed springtime

august

Định nghĩa:
noble and dignified
Ví dụ:
  • The august king was admired for his good work.

auspicious

Định nghĩa:
favorable; fortunate
Ví dụ:
  • Austin waited for an auspicious time to ask his father to borrow the car; he finally had his chance on the day that hisdad received a sizable raise at work

austere

Định nghĩa:
1. strict; disciplined; serious 2. simple; undecorated
Ví dụ:
  • Mr. Aston is the most austere teacher at school; he does not tolerate any talking nor does he accept late assignments.

autonomy

Định nghĩa:
independence
Ví dụ:
  • The Confederate states fought to gain autonomy from the Union during the Civil War.