Cultural Sphere and Arts

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Cultural Sphere and Arts

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
aestheticadjective

concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

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archaicadjective

little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

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cosmopolitanadjective

having a worldwide scope rather than a local or limited one

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elegiacadjective

expressing sorrow often for something past

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fecundadjective

intellectually productive

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grandiloquentadjective

lofty in style

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jejuneadjective

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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lugubriousadjective

excessively mournful

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pedestrianadjective

lacking wit or imagination

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philistineadjective

smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values

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ponderousadjective

labored and dull

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triteadjective

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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cacophonynoun

a mixture of loud and harsh noises

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crescendonoun

a slow and constant increase in the volume of a musical piece

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ersatznoun

an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

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hyperbolenoun

a way of exaggerating and emphasizing on something as a figure of speech

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lamentnoun

a song, poem, musical piece, etc. that expresses the feeling of sadness and morose about a loss or death

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lampoonnoun

a written satire that harshly criticizes or jokes about someone or something

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malapropismnoun

the mistaken use of a word or phrase instead of one that roughly sounds similar but is irrelevant to the context and causes amusement

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monotonynoun

the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety

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palimpsestnoun

a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible

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preamblenoun

an introductory or preliminary part of a book, statute, document, etc., explaining its purpose

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prologuenoun

an introductory part at the beginning of a play, movie, TV show, etc.

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recapitulationnoun

a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

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screednoun

a long monotonous harangue

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to bowdlerizeverb

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

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to conflateverb

mix together different elements

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