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35 terms

GRE Vocab set 4

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refinement
fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners and language
evaluation
to judge the worth of, appraising, instance of evaluating
refutation
to prove to be false or in error, disapprove something
resisted
to withstand, strive against or oppose
acknowledged
widely recognized and generally accepted
misdirected
to address wrongly or incorrectly; give wrong directions too
volatility
fluctuate sharply, break out in open violence, changeable
flexibility
capable of being bent without breaking, modifying something
creativity
having the quality or power of creating originality of thought, traditional ideas, rules and patterns
discipline
training to act in accordance with rules; training the develops into a skill; punishment inflected to correct and train
impertinence
unmannerly intrusion or presumption, not pertinent or relevant to anything; irrelevant
mundane
unimaginative; everyday, ordinary, pertaining to world and earth; contrasted with heaven
enduring
lasting, permanent, patient
ephemeral
lasting a very short time, shortlived
derided
to laugh at in scorn or contempt, mock, scoff at
claimed
demand as a right or as due, assert recognition
emulated
imitate with effort to equal or surpass, rival with degree of success
virtuoso
person who has special knowledge or skill in a field; artistic excellence
bumpkin
an awkward, simple rustic (country person)
precursor
person or thing that precedes, goes before as in place, order, rank or importance
dissipated
spend/use wastefully; indulging in or characterized by excessive devotion to pleasure; scatter in various directions
enlightened
to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; factually well informed
placid
pleasantly calm or peaceful, tranquil, unruffled
revolutionary
a person who actively participates in a revolution, major sudden impact on society
iconoclastic
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas; destroys sacred religious images
doctrinaire
a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality; domineering (typically orthodox theories)
curtail
restrict; reduce in extent or quantity; deprive someone of something
encourage
give support, confidence or hope; give advice to do something
juxtapose
unexpected combinations of colors or shapes placed side by side to each other; opposites side by side
constraint
state of being checked, restricted, compelled to avoid; repression of ones feelings; to force by imposed structure and limitations
lyricism
the quality or state of being songfulness; artists expression of emotion in an imaginative and beautiful way
subterfuge
deceit used in order to achieve one's goal; deception in order to conceal, escape or evade
foster
to bring up; nurture; promote growth and development of
brandish
to wave or flourish menacingly or in a threatening way
eliminate
to put an end to; to get rid of; to remove