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GRE Vocabulary Practice: Lesson One

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From now until September 24th, I will be studying for the GRE everyday. I thought that it would be a good idea to take out a couple of GRE Vocab words (courtesy of Kaplan’s GRE Exam: Vocabulary in a Box) and construct some sentences and paragraphs out of them. I hope to do one of these a day. 

Abate- to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

Within a day, the sweltering heat abated and the citizens of Albany were able to enjoy a nice, warm breeze. 

Aggrandize- to increase in power, influence, and reputation

It can be assumed that Sarah Palin resigned from office to aggrandize herself. If she was still Alaska’s governor, it is likely that she wouldn’t have had time to write two best selling books, go on media tours across the country, and star in a reality TV show. 

Amulet- ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

I bought an evil eye bracelet because I liked the design, not because of the fact that it is an amulet

Coalesce- to grow together to form a single whole. 

Gay marriage wouldn’t of passed in New York if it weren’t for the support of same-sex rights interest groups. They may have differed in their individual philosophies but they coalesced into one formidable force to pressure the Senators to bring the vote to the floor. 

Coffer- strongbox, large chest for money

Scrooge McDuck is so rich that the biggest coffer in the world couldn’t hold his money. He had no choice but to put it all in a vault that is bigger than most people’s houses!

Condone- to overlook, pardon, or disregard

When I was conducting a college tour, a parent was mad about SUNY Oneonta’s alcohol policy. She couldn’t believe the college condemned the presence of alcohol on campus, especially after visiting many college campuses that condone alcohol, if the students are over 21. 

Contrite- deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong

The hairdresser was very contrite after she realized she accidentally cut part of my ear off. 

Xenophobia- a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers.

It is unfortunate that after September 11th, xenophobic feelings became prevalent across America, sometimes resulting in violence against innocent American citizens. 

Zeal- passion, excitement

My roommates used to make fun of me for watching CNN all the time but appreciated my zeal for following current events. 

Zealot- someone passionately devoted to a cause

Dude, that zealot has been on a hunger strike for four days now. He must really want Albany to get a Trader Joe’s!

Author: Alex

Hello! My name is Alex but you can call me Alexandra if you're feeling fancy. Here you'll find my adventures about exploring my new city of Hoboken, NJ, scurrying over the Hudson River to NYC, my bicycle excursions, and how I'm learning to embrace in medias res.

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