Civil Society and Religiosity

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Civil Society and Religiosity

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
affluent
affluentadjective

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

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asceticadjective

pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline

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baseadjective

without honor or moral principles

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disinterestedadjective

unaffected by self-interest

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dispassionateadjective

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

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egalitarianadjective

favoring social equality

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equitableadjective

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

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expansiveadjective

friendly and open and willing to talk

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impartialadjective

showing lack of favoritism

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mundaneadjective

found in the ordinary course of events

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profligateadjective

unrestrained by convention or morality

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rusticadjective

characteristic of rural life

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sanctimoniousadjective

excessively or hypocritically pious

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spartanadjective

unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

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unforthcomingadjective

*** not wanting to help or give information about something

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apostasynoun

the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

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arrivistenoun

a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

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chauvinismnoun

fanatical patriotism

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gaffenoun

a socially awkward or tactless act

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hierarchynoun

the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body

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inequitynoun

injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards

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mendicantnoun

a pauper who lives by begging

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notorietynoun

the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality

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pariahnoun

a person who is not accepted, liked, or respected by the society or by a group of people

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parvenunoun

a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

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powwownoun

a council of or with Native Americans

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ranknoun

(always plural) a number of individuals who collectively form a particular group or organization

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reprobatenoun

a person without moral scruples

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standingnoun

social or financial or professional status or reputation

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viragonoun

a noisy or scolding or domineering woman

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to coalesceverb

fuse or cause to grow together

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to defaceverb

mar or spoil the appearance of

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to desecrateverb

violate the sacred character of a place or language

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to disseminateverb

cause to become widely known

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to proselytizeverb

convert to another faith or religion

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