Aspects and Manners

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Aspects and Manners

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
aplombnoun

great coolness and composure under strain

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boornoun

a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

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chagrinnoun

strong feelings of embarrassment

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curmudgeonnoun

a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

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effronterynoun

audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to

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hauteurnoun

overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

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insouciancenoun

the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you

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to badgerverb

annoy persistently

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to browbeatverb

be bossy towards

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to deignverb

do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

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to lacerateverb

deeply hurt the feelings of; distress

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amenableadjective

responsive to suggestions and influences

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approbatoryadjective

expressing or manifesting praise or approval

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arduousadjective

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

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avidadjective

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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complacentadjective

contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions

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conversantadjective

(usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly

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cravenadjective

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

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debonair
debonairadjective

(of a man) handsome, stylish and full of confidence

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derelictadjective

failing in what duty requires

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disquietingadjective

causing mental discomfort

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dolorousadjective

showing sorrow

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fractiousadjective

easily irritated or annoyed

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imperviousadjective

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

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mendaciousadjective

given to lying

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obtuse
obtuseadjective

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

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overweeningadjective

presumptuously arrogant

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peremptoryadjective

putting an end to all debate or action

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perspicaciousadjective

acutely insightful and wise

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picayuneadjective

(informal) small and of little importance

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prosaicadjective

not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

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punctiliousadjective

marked by precise accordance with details

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redoubtableadjective

inspiring fear

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ribaldadjective

humorously vulgar

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spleneticadjective

very irritable

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stolidadjective

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited

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superciliousadjective

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

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