Word List for GRE: Words starting with A-C
Date: Monday, November 29 @ 11:50:07 IST
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abacus -   - frame with balls for calculating
abate  - to lessen to subside
abdication  - giving up control authority
aberration  - straying away from what is normal
abet  - help/encourage somebody (in doing wrong)
abeyance  - suspended action

abhor  - to hate to detest
abide  - be faithful to endure
abjure  - promise or swear to give up
abraded  - rubbed off worn away by friction
abrogate  - repeal or annul by authority
abscond  - to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
abstruse  - difficult to comprehend obscure
abut  - border on
abysmal  - bottomless extreme
acarpous  - effete no longer fertile worn out
acclaimed  - welcomed with shouts and approval
accolade  - praise approval
accretion  - the growing of separate things into one
adamant  - kind of stone inflexible
admonitory  - containing warning
adorn  - add beauty decorate
adulteration  - making unpure poorer in quality
affable  - polite and friendly
affinity  - close connection relationship
aggravate  - make worse irritate
agile  - active quick-moving
agog  - eager/excited
ail  - trouble be ill
alacrity  - eager and cheerful readiness
alcove  - recess/partially enclosed place
allegiance  - duty support loyalty
alleviate  - make (pain) easier to bear
alloy  - to debase by mixing with something inferior
aloof  - reserved indifferent
amalgamate  - mix combine unite societies
ambidextrous  - able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambiguous  - doubtful uncertain
ambivalent  - having both of two contrary meanings
ameliorate  - improve make better
amortize  - end (a debt) by setting aside money
anguish  - severe suffering
animosity  - strong dislike
antidote  - medicine used against a poison or a disease
antithetical  - direct opposing
apartheid  - brutal racial discrimination
aplomb  - self-confidence
apotheosis  - deification glorification to godliness
appease  - make quiet or calm
apprise  - give notice to inform
approbation  - approval
apropos  - appropriate to the situation apt
apt  - well-suited quick-witted
arabesque  - a complex ornate design
arboreal  - of connected with trees
ardor  - enthusiasm
arduous  - steep difficult ascent laborious
argot  - jargon slang
arrant  - in the highest degree
arrogance  - proud superior manner of behaviour
articulate  - speak distinctly connect by joints
ascend  - go or come up
ascertain  - get to know
ascetic  - practicing self-denial austere stark
ascribe  - consider to be the origin of or belonging to
aseptic  - surgically clean
asperity  - roughness harshness ill temper irritability
aspersion  - slander
assail  - with attack violently
assiduous  - diligent hard-working sedulous
assuage  - make something (pain desire) less
asterisk  - the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters)
astringent  - substance that shrinks
astute  - clever quick at seeing to get an advantage
atonement  - repayment death of Jesus
attenuate  - make thin. weaken enervate
attune  - bring into harmony
audacious  - daring foolishly bold impudent
augury  - omen sign
august  - majestic venerable
auspicious  - favourable successful prosperous
austere  - severely moral and strict simple and plain
auxiliary  - helping supporting
aver  - affirm assert prove justify
aversion  - strong dislike
avid  - eager greedy
avow  - admit. Declare openly
baleful  - harmful ominous causing evil
balk  - obstacle purposely to get on the way of
baneful  - causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive
barrage  - artificial obstacle built across a river
bask  - in enjoy warmth and light
beatify  - to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
bedizen  - to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
belabor  - beat hard
bellicose  - belligerent pugnacious warlike
belligerent  - (person nation) waging war
benefactor  - person who has given help
benevolence  - wish or activity in doing good
benign  - kind and gentle mild (climate)
bequest  - arrangement to give something at death
berate  - scold sharply
bereft  - rob or dispossess of something (material)
bewilder  - puzzle confuse
bigot  - stubborn narrow-minded person
bilge  - bulge the protuberance of a cask
blandishment  - flattery coaxing
blandness  - polite manner comforting uninteresting
blatant  - noisy and rough
blithe  - cheerful casual carefree
bogus  - sham counterfeit not genuine
boisterous  - loud noisy rough lacking restraint
bolster  - give greatly needed support
boorish  - crude offensive rude
brash  - hasty rush cheeky saucy
brass  - yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)
brazen  - made of brass
breach  - opening broken place breaking
brittle  - easily broken
broach  - bring up announce begin to talk about
brook  - to tolerate endure
buoyant  - able to float light-hearted
burgeon  - grow forth send out buds
burnish  - to polish rub to a shine
cabal  - a scheme or plot a group of plotters
cadge  - to beg to get by begging
cajole  - use flattery or deceit to persuade

calumny  - slander aspersion
candid  - frank straight-forward
cant  - insincere talk/jargon
cantankerous  - bad-tempered/quarrelsome
canvass  - discuss thoroughly sort of touting
castigate  - to chastise correct by punishing
castigation  - severe punishment
catalyst  - substance that causes speeding up
caustic  - biting sarcastic
censure  - expression of blame or disapproval a rebuke
centurion  - leader of a unit of 100 soldiers
chary  - cautious wary
chastened  - corrected punished
chastisement  - punishment
chauvinist  - a blindly devoted patriot
chicanery  - legal trickery/false argument
chisel  - steel tool for shaping materials
churl  - bad-tempered person
clamor  - shout complain with a lot of noise
clientele  - customers
clinch  - come to grips/settle conclusively
cling  - to resist separation
clot  - half-solid lump formed from liquid
coagulation  - change to a thick and solid state
coalescing  - coming together and uniting into one substance
coax  - get somebody to do something by kindness
coda  - passage that completes a piece of music
coddle  - treat with care and tenderness
coerce  - compel to force to make obedient
coeval  - of the same period coexisting
cogent  - strong convincing
cogitate  - think deeply mediate
cognizant  - being fully aware of
collusion  - secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
combustion  - process of burning
commemorate  - keep the memory of
commodious  - having plenty of space for what is needed
commuter  - person who travels regularly
complaisance  - tending to comply obliging willingness to please
compunction  - feeling of regret for one's action
conceal  - hide keep secret
conceit  - over-high opinion of too much pride
conciliatory  - reconciling soothing comforting mollifying
concord  - agreement or harmony
concur  - agree in opinion happen together
condense  - increase in density strength make laconic
condone  - forgive
congeal  - make or become stiff and solid
conjoin  - to join together
connoisseur  - a person with good judgement (e.g.. in art)
connotation  - suggestion in addition to
consequential  - pompous self important
console  - give comfort or sympathy to
conspicuous  - easily seen remarkable
consternation  - surprise and fear dismay
constrain  - compel
constrict  - make tight or smaller
consume  - get to the end of
consummate  - perfect/make perfect/complete
contemn  - to scorn or despise
contentious  - argumentative pugnacious combative quarrelsome
contiguous  - touching neighbouring near
contrite  - filled with deep sorrow for wrongdoing
contumacious  - insubordinate rebellious
conundrum  - a riddle dilemma enigma
conviction  - convincing firm belief
convoke  - call together summon
convoluted  - complicated coiled twisted
cordial  - warm and sincere
cordon  - line (of police acting as a guard)
cornucopia  - abundant supply
corporeal  - physical of or for the body
correlate  - have a mutual relation
corroboration  - additional strengthening evidence
countenance  - to favour or approve of
counterfeit  - forgery
countervail  - counterbalance
covert  - disguised
covetous  - eagerly desirous
cower  - crouch shrink back
coy  - shy/modest (esp. of a girl)
crass  - very great (esp.. stupidity)
cravat  - piece of linen worn as a necktie
craven  - cowardly
credulity  - too great a readiness to believe things
credulous  - ready to believe things
crush  - press lose shape subdue overwhelm
cryptic  - secret with a hidden meaning
cumbersome  - burdensome heavy and awkward to carry
curmudgeon  - bad-tempered person
curriculum  - course of study
cursory  - quick hurried
curtail  - make shorter then was planned

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