Traits and Behavior

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Traits and Behavior

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
ambivalentadjective

having contradictory views or feelings about something or someone

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anomalousadjective

deviating from the general or common order or type

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archadjective

naughtily or annoyingly playful

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auspiciousadjective

indicating that something is very likely to succeed in the future

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churlishadjective

rude and boorish

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crestfallenadjective

sad and disappointed, particularly after experiencing a failure

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demonstrativeadjective

given to or marked by the open expression of emotion

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discriminatingadjective

showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste

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effervescentadjective

marked by high spirits or excitement

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elatedadjective

exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

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factitiousadjective

not produced by natural forces

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flippantadjective

showing inappropriate levity

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imperiousadjective

having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

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nonchalantadjective

marked by blithe unconcern

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obstinateadjective

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

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perfidiousadjective

tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans

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presumptuousadjective

a person who shows little respect for others by crossing the line

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pristineadjective

immaculately clean and unused

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quotidianadjective

found in the ordinary course of events

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reverentadjective

feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

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self-effacingadjective

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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sagaciousadjective

acutely insightful and wise

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sporadicadjective

recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

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succeedingadjective

coming after or following

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trenchantadjective

characterized by or full of force and vigor

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ubiquitousadjective

being present everywhere at once

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verboseadjective

using or containing too many words

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aberrationnoun

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

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hubrisnoun

overbearing pride or presumption

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inanitynoun

total lack of meaning or ideas

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invectivenoun

abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

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mavericknoun

an unorthodox individual who thinks and acts independently

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paragonnoun

model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

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probitynoun

complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles

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solicitudenoun

a feeling of excessive concern

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to betrayverb

reveal unintentionally

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to importuneverb

beg persistently and urgently

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to placateverb

cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

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prudentadjective

careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

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