Artsy Endeavors

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Artsy Endeavors

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
apothegmnoun

a short pithy instructive saying

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anachronismnoun

something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

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artifactnoun

an object such as a weapon, tool, etc. that was made by a person in the past, particularly one that is of historical significance

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buttressnoun

a structure made of bricks or stones that sticks out of a building wall and supports the weight of it

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connoisseurnoun

an expert who can judge the quality of a work of art, a food, a drink, etc.

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counterpointnoun

the combination of two separate melodies into a single harmony, according to certain rules

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denouementnoun

the final part of a literary or dramatic piece where the plot is concluded and the matters are all explained

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epigramnoun

a witty saying

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eulogynoun

a formal expression of praise

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prolixitynoun

the fact of being bombarded with words, therefore creating a tedious effect

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raconteurnoun

a person skilled in telling anecdotes

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rhetoricnoun

study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

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to informverb

give character or essence to

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canonicaladjective

conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

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fancifuladjective

not based on fact; existing only in the imagination

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figurativeadjective

(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

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hackneyedadjective

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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kafkaesqueadjective

characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger

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limpidadjective

(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable

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macabreadjective

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

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mellifluousadjective

pleasing to the ear

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objectiveadjective

existing in the outside world and not in the mind

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phantasmagoricaladjective

characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

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phonyadjective

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

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posthumousadjective

occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

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subjectiveadjective

happening in or dependent on someone's mind rather than the outside world

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