GMAT vocab “A” – 124 Words

abaft

at or near the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

abandon

forsake; leave behind

abase

cause to feel shame

abbreviate

shorten

abdicate

give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

abhor

find repugnant

abject

of the most contemptible kind

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

abominate

find repugnant

abridge

lessen, diminish, or curtail

abrogate

revoke formally

abrupt

exceedingly sudden and unexpected

abscond

run away, often taking something or somebody along

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

abstinence

the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

abysmal

so deep as to be immeasurable

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

acclaim

enthusiastic approval

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

accomplice

a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

accrue

grow by addition

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

acquiesce

agree or express agreement

acrid

strong and sharp, as a taste or smell

acrimony

a rough and bitter manner

adage

a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact

addled

confused and vague; used especially of thinking

adept

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

adjure

command solemnly

adroit

quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

adulterate

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

adversary

someone who offers opposition

adverse

in an opposing direction

advocate

a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

affiliate

join in a social or business relationship

affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

aggrandize

embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of

aghast

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

agrarian

relating to rural matters

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

alchemist

one who tried to change ordinary metals into gold

alchemy

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

allegory

a short moral story

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose

allude

make an indirect reference to

allure

the power to entice or attract

allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

aloof

remote in manner

altercation

a noisy quarrel

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

amalgam

a combination or blend of diverse things

amalgamate

bring or combine together or with something else

amass

collect or gather

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

ameliorate

make better

amendment

a statement that is added to a proposal or document

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

anachronism

locating something at a time when it couldn’t have existed

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

anarchist

an advocate of the abolition of governments

anecdote

short account of an incident

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

anonymous

having no known name or identity or known source

antagonism

an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

apocalyptic

of or relating to a catastrophe

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

appease

make peace with

apposite

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

arable

capable of being farmed productively

arbiter

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

archetype

something that serves as a model

ardent

characterized by intense emotion

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

aromatic

having a strong pleasant odor

arrogant

having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance

arrogate

seize and take control without authority

articulate

express or state clearly

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

aseptic

free of pathological microorganisms

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

asperity

harshness of manner

aspersion

a disparaging remark

aspirant

an ambitious young person

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

assess

estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

astringent

tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

atypical

not representative of a group, class, or type

audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

augment

enlarge or increase

august

profoundly honored

auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

authentic

not counterfeit or copied

authoritarian

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

autocrat

a cruel and oppressive dictator

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

azure

of a deep somewhat purplish blue color
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