Words beginning with A for GMAT, GRE and CAT – 154 Words

abase

cause to feel shame

abash

cause to be embarrassed

abate

become less in amount or intensity

abdicate

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

abduct

take away to an undisclosed location against their will

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

abettor

one who helps or encourages or incites another

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

abhor

find repugnant

abject

of the most contemptible kind

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

ablution

the act of washing oneself, as for ritual purposes

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

abominable

unequivocally detestable

abominate

find repugnant

aborigine

an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

abortive

failing to accomplish an intended result

abrade

rub hard or scrub

abridge

lessen, diminish, or curtail

abrogate

revoke formally

abscess

a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscond

run away, often taking something or somebody along

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

abstain

refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

abstinence

the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

abut

lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

abysmal

so deep as to be immeasurable

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

acclimate

get used to a certain environment

acclivity

an upward slope or grade, as in a road

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

accost

approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

accrue

grow by addition

acerbity

a sharp bitterness

acme

the highest point of something

acquiescence

agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

acquit

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

acrid

strong and sharp, as a taste or smell

acrimonious

marked by strong resentment or cynicism

actuate

put in motion

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

adage

a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact

addle

mix up or confuse

adduce

advance evidence for

adjudicate

hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

adjunct

something added to another thing but not essential to it

adjure

command solemnly

adobe

sun-dried brick used in hot dry climates

adroit

quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

adventitious

associated by chance and not an integral part

advert

a public promotion of some product or service

aegis

armor plate that protects the chest

aeon

the longest division of geological time

aestivate

sleep during summer

aficionado

a serious devotee of some activity, genre, or performer

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

affluence

abundant wealth

affray

a noisy fight

agape

with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

aggrandize

embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of

aghast

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

agnostic

a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable

alimentary

of or providing nourishment

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

allegory

a short moral story

allegory

a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

amazon

a large, strong, and aggressive woman

ambidextrous

equally skillful with each hand

ameliorate

make better

amenable

disposed or willing to comply

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

amiss

in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

amorality

the quality of being amoral

amuck

wildly; without self-control

anachronism

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

anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

ancillary

furnishing added support

animadvert

express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark

annals

a chronological account of events in successive years

annul

cancel officially

anodyne

capable of relieving pain

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

antecedent

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

antagonism

an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility

antediluvian

of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

anthropoid

resembling human beings

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

antithesis

exact opposite

apex

the highest point of something

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

apogee

the farthest point in an orbit around the Earth

apoplexy

a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

apostle

an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

apothecary

a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs

apotheosis

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

appall

strike with disgust or revulsion

apparition

a ghostly appearing figure

appellation

identifying words by which someone or something is called

append

fix to; attach

apposite

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

appraise

consider in a comprehensive way

apprise

inform somebody of something

appurtenance

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

apropos

of a suitable, fitting, or pertinent nature

aquiline

curved down like an eagle’s beak

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

arbitration

giving authoritative judgment

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

armada

a large fleet

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

arraign

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy

arrant

without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

arrogate

seize and take control without authority

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

ascribe

attribute or credit to

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

askew

turned or twisted to one side

asperity

harshness of manner

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

astigmatism

impaired eyesight common in nearsighted people

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

asunder

into parts or pieces

atavism

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

athwart

across the course, direction, or center line of a ship

atone

turn away from sin or do penitence

atrophy

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

attrition

the act of rubbing together

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

augment

enlarge or increase

august

profoundly honored

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

avid

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

averse

strongly opposed

avow

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

awry

turned or twisted to one side

axiom

a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof

azure

of a deep somewhat purplish blue color
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