GRE Unit 2

  1. Abysmal
    very bad

    The abysmal failure of the free market system in Russia has led some people to argue that the planned economy of the Soviet Union, while not perfect, was better suited to Russia's history and culture then Western-style capitalism.
  2. Free market
    an economic market in which the demand and supply of goods and services is either not regulated or slightly regulated
  3. Planned economy
    an economic system in which the production allocation, and consumption of goods and services is planned in advance
  4. Capitalism
    an economic and political system in which a country's industry and trade are controlled by private owners rather than the government
  5. Accetion
    Growth in size or increase in amount

    In the 1960's, the American geophysicist Harry Hess conceived the idea of sea-floor spreading, a process in which the new crust in the ocean is continually generated by igneous process at the crests of the mid-oceanic ridges, causing a steady accretion of the crust.
  6. Igneous
    in geology, relating to the formation of rocks by solidification from a molten state.
  7. Accrue
    to accumulate, grow by additions

    Regulating the growth of large companies when they begin to become monopolistic, is a difficult task for government in a capitalist county; if it limits monopolies too much, the nation's firms could become less competitive than foreign companies that enjoy the advantages accruing from greater monopolies.
  8. Adamant
    uncompromising, unyielding

    Despite widespread opposition to his plan, the party's leader is adamant that it must move the center to appeal to moderate voters.
  9. Adjunct
    something added, attached, or joined

    Speed walking, cross-country running, and marathons are normally regarded as adjuncts of track and field athletics since races in these sports are not normally held on a track.
  10. Admonish
    to caution or reprimand

    The judge admonished the jury to discount testimony that had been ruled inadmissible.
  11. Adulterate
    to corrupt or make impure

    The unscrupulous company sells an adulterated version of the drug, and doesn't inform the consumers that they are getting a less efficacious drug than they think they are getting.
  12. Aesthetic
    relating to beauty or art

    The gothic aesthetic dominated European art and architecture from approximately the twelfth to the fifteenth century.
  13. Affected
    pretentious, phony

    It has been argued that the emphasis on so-called "proper English" leads to unnatural and affected speech.
  14. Affinity
    fondness; liking; similarity

    The female students in the class felt an affinity for the ancient Greek playwright Euripides because he sympathized with women, slaves, and other despised members of his society.
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GRE Unit 2