I lost my GRE book, so I'm working on a different set of words now...
The 15 GRE Words of the Day
- abate (verb) To lessen in degree. After three days, the hurricane started to abate
- accolade (noun) An expression of praise. The movie has released with great accolades from the critics.
- acerbic (adjective) Having a sour or bitter taste or charecter. Although she praised her competetion, her tone was acerbic
- acumen (noun) Quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight. Ideally, you want a leader with accumen, not a trained chimp.
- adultation (noun) excessive praise; intense adoration. J-Lo enjoys the adulation of millions.
- alacrity (noun) Eager and Enthusaistic willingness. Bush has an alactrity for warfare
- alchemy (noun) A medieval sceience aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold. Although alchemy is impossible, alchemists accidentally invented chemistry.
- amenable (adjective) Agreeable; responsive to suggestion. I asjed her out, and she was anemable, so we went bowling.
- approbation (noun) An expression of approval or praise. I received approbation from my boss for the project.
- arduous (adjective) strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort. Taking the northern trail to the top of Mt. Witney is more arduous than the south.
- ascetic (noun) One who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion. The ascetic rose every moring at 4:00, after only four hours of sleep, to say morning prayers
- astringent (noun) Having a tightening effect on living tissue; hasrsh; severe The IMF reccomended measures were astringent, at least to the peasents, the foreign investors found them to be pleasent.
- austere (noun) Without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic. The monk's dwellings were completely austere. In his room was a hard bed and a crucifix upon the wall and nothing else.
- avarice (noun) Greed, especially for wealth. It was Martha Stewards avarice which lead to her downfall and her insider-trading.
- axiom (noun) A universally recognized principle; taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth. The divitinity of Jesus ius an axiom of Christianity. axiomatic (adjective)