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The following vocabulary decks can be used effectively in two ways.

1) As a diagnostic test.
2) As a pretest memory booster.

 

Accordingly, you should use them to gauge how many of the 1,000 words provided you know.  As you approach 70%, it become less likely you will miss questions due to lack of knowledge.

Two weeks before your test date, you should use these cards most, because short-term memory repetition will boost your recognition.

Remember, this kind of knowledge is only useful to help with elimination. Use the Context Sentence Skill Builder and the Rooting Skill Builder and get your ready list together for the essay.

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abase

(v.) to humiliate, degrade

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abate

(v.) to reduce, lessen

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abdicate

(v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership

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abduct

(v.) to kidnap, take by force

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aberration

(n.) something that differs from the norm

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abet

(v.) to aid, help, encourage

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abhor

(v.) to hate completely, to detest

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abide

1.  (v.) to follow (as law)

2. (v.)  to wait, remain

3. (v.) to put up with; tolerate

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abject

(adj.) wretched, pitiful

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abjure

(v.) to reject, renounce

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abnegation

(n.) denial of comfort to oneself

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abort

(v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort

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abridge

1.(v.) to cut down, shorten 2. (adj.) shortened

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abrogate

(v.) to abolish, usually by authority

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balk

(v.) to stop, block abruptly

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ballad

(n.) a love song

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banal

(adj.) dull, commonplace

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cacophony

(n.) tremendous noise, disharmonious loud sound

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cadence

(n.) a rhythm, progression of sound

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cajole

(v.) to urge, coax

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calamity

(n.) an event with disastrous consequences

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calibrate

(v.) to set, standardize

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callous

(adj.) harsh, cold, unfeeling

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calumny

(n.) an attempt to spoil a reputation by spreading lies

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camaraderie

(n.) brotherhood, jovial unity

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candor

(n.) honesty, frankness

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canny

(adj.) shrewd, careful

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canvas

1. (n.) a piece of cloth on which an artist paints 2. (v.) to cover, inspect

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capacious

(adj.) very spacious

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capitulate

(v.) to surrender

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daunting

(adj.) intimidating, causing one to lose courage

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dearth

(n.) a lack, scarcity

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debacle

(n.) a disastrous failure, disruption

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debase

(v.) to lower the quality or esteem of something

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debauch

(v.) to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures

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debunk

(v.) to expose the falseness of something

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decorous

(adj.) socially proper, appropriate

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decry

(v.) to criticize openly

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deface

(v.) to ruin or injure to the appearance of something

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defamatory

(adj.) harmful toward the reputation of another

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ebullient

(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic

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eclectic

(adj.) consisting of a diverse variety of elements

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ecstatic

(adj.) intensely and overpoweringly happy

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edict

(n.) an order, decree

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efface

(v.) to wipe out, obliterate, rub away

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effervescent

(adj.) bubbly, lively

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efficacious

(adj.) effective

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fabricate

(v.) to make up, invent

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facade

1. (n.) the wall of a building 2. (n.) a deceptive appearance or attitude

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facile

1. (adj.) easy, requiring little effort

2. (adj.) superficial, achieved with minimal thought or care, insincere

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garish

(adj.) gaudy, in bad taste

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hackneyed

(adj.) unoriginal, trite

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iconoclast

(n.) one who attacks common beliefs or institutions

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idiosyncratic

(adj.) peculiar to one person; highly individualized

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idolatrous

(adj.) excessively worshipping one object or person

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ignominious

(adj.) humiliating, disgracing

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illicit

(adj.) forbidden, not permitted

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immerse

(v.) to absorb, deeply involve, engross

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immutable

(adj.) not changeable

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impassive

(adj.) stoic, not susceptible to suffering

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laceration

(n.) a cut, tear

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laconic

(adj.) terse in speech or writing

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maelstrom

(n.) a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects

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magnanimous

(adj.) noble, generous

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malediction

(n.) a curse

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nadir

(n.) the lowest point of something

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nascent

(adj.) in the process of being born or coming into existence

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obdurate

(adj.) unyielding to persuasion or moral influences

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obfuscate

(v.) to render incomprehensible

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pacific

(adj.) soothing

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palatable

(adj.) agreeable to the taste or sensibilities

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palette

(adj.) a range of colors or qualities

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palliate

(v.) to reduce the severity of

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pallid

(adj.) lacking color

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panacea

(n.) a remedy for all ills or difficulties

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paradigm

(n.) an example that is a perfect pattern or model

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paradox

(n.) an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true

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paragon

(n.) a model of excellence or perfection

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paramount

(adj.) greatest in importance, rank, character

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quagmire

(n.) a difficult situation

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rail

(v.) to scold, protest

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rancid

(adj.) having a terrible taste or smell

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rancor

(n.) deep, bitter resentment

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rapport

(n.) mutual understanding and harmony

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rash

(adj.) hasty, incautious

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saccharine

(adj.) sickeningly sweet

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sacrosanct

(adj.) holy, something that should not be criticized

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sagacity

(n.) soundness of perspective

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salient

(adj.) significant, conspicuous

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salutation

(n.) a greeting

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tacit

(adj.) expressed without words

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taciturn

(adj.) not inclined to talk

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tangential

adj.) incidental, peripheral, divergent

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tantamount

adj.) equivalent in value or significance

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ubiquitous

adj.) existing everywhere, widespread

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vacillate

(v.) to fluctuate, hesitate

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vacuous

(adj.) lack of content or ideas, stupid

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wallow

(v.) to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless

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yoke

(v.) to join, link

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zealous

(adj.) fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something