The Soul of a Soulless World

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - The Soul of a Soulless World

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
to alienateverb

arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

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to disperseverb

move away from each other

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to supplicateverb

ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer

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to venerateverb

regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

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apotheosisnoun

the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

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atavismnoun

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

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chauvinistnoun

a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind

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dogmanoun

a belief or set of beliefs laid down or held by an authority that people are expected to accept without any second thoughts

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epiphanynoun

the occasion of a sudden realization or understanding of something significant

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exegesisnoun

an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

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hedonistnoun

someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

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iconoclastnoun

someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions

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libertinenoun

a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained

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litanynoun

a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation

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moresnoun

(sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group

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occultnoun

supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

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prognosticationnoun

knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

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reclusenoun

one who lives in solitude

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solecismnoun

a socially awkward or tactless act

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turpitudenoun

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

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arcaneadjective

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

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benightedadjective

lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

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contriteadjective

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

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diabolicaladjective

extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

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disjointedadjective

lacking orderly continuity

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fanaticaladjective

marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea

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gregariousadjective

instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

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indifferentadjective

characterized by a lack of partiality

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orthodoxadjective

adhering to what is commonly accepted

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piousadjective

having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

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principledadjective

(of a person or their behavior) having strong beliefs about morality; based on morality

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polarizedadjective

divided into groups that strongly disagree

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sacrosanctadjective

must be kept sacred

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secularadjective

having no connection with religion

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unseemlyadjective

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

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