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32 terms

Vocabulary 1

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egoist
one whose greatest concern is oneself; person who feels self-important
egotist
one whose greatest thought and talk topic is oneself (Note: I is the greatest concern in the egoist's mind, the most overused word in the egotist's vocabulary. Keep the words differentiated in your mind by thinking of the t in talk, and the additional t in egotist)
egocentric
(n., adj.) - n. one who considers oneself as center of the universe
adj. an extreme form of egoism
egomaniac
one whose egoism is so extreme that one's needs, desires, and interests have become a morbid obsession, a mania
alter
to make one into another, without changing into something else
altruist
one who holds unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others; one who cares more about others than oneself
altruism
philosophy practiced by altruists
alternate
(v., n.) v. to occur or succeed by turns (every other)
n. one that substitutes for or alternates with another
alternative
offering or expressing other choices
alteration
a change by making one thing into something other
altercation
a violent verbal dispute (having other ideas, plans, or opinions than the person on the other side of the argument)
alter ego
the other I (alter= other, ego= I)
introvert
one whose thoughts are constantly turned inward
extrovert
one whose thoughts are constantly turned outward
ambivert
one whose thoughts are turned in both directions
dexterous
skillful
ambidextrous
able to use both hands with equal skill (both hands are right hands)
gauche
(n., adj.) n. someone who is clumsy, generally socially rather than physically
adj. tactless, bumbling
gaucherie
an awkward, clumsy, tactless, embarrassing way of saying or doing things
adroit
dexterous; skillful; quick-witted
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
misogynist
one who hates women
misogamist
one who hates marriage
anthropology
the study of the development of the human race
philanthropist
one who loves mankind and shows such love by donating money, time, or energy to helping those in need
gynecologist
a medical specialist who treats female disorders
monogamy
one marriage (custom of only on marriage at a time)
bigamy
two marriages (unlawful act of contracting another marriage without divorcing the first)
polygamy
many marriages (etymologically denoting plural marriages for either males or females, but generally refers to the custom practiced in earlier times by the Mormons, and financially and/or emotionally)
polygyny
many women
polyandry
many men (in which a woman has 2+ husbands, a form of marriage practiced in the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet)
ascetic
monk or hermit; one who lives a lonely life in self-denial, without pleasures but with contemplation, that leads to a purification of the soul