GRE Word List


rubbing away; tending to grind down

The meaning of the word abrasive is rubbing away; tending to grind down.

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pedantscholar who overemphasizes book learning, trivial details of learning, or technicalities
pharisaicalpertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
flickerburn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement or light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement
concuragree; coincide; happen at the same time
condescend(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
abridgecondense or shorten
palliateease pain (without curing); make less severe or offensive (a crime or illness)
humilityhumbleness of spirit
motesmall speck (esp. of dust)
bearingdeportment; connection