Jekyll and Hyde

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Jekyll and Hyde

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
zealousadjective

showing impressive commitment and enthusiasm for something

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withdrawn
withdrawnadjective

(of a person) unwilling to talk to other people or participate in social events

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wastrelnoun

someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

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vivacitynoun

characterized by high spirits and animation

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virtuous
virtuousadjective

having or showing high moral standards

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vigorousadjective

strong and active physically or mentally

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vanitynoun

taking excessive pride in one's own achievements or abilities

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valornoun

the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

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unflinchingadjective

not shrinking from danger

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timiditynoun

fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions

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temeritynoun

fearless daring

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to tauntverb

harass with persistent criticism or carping

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tactfuladjective

careful not to make anyone upset or annoyed

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suaveadjective

having a sophisticated charm

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sordidadjective

unethical or dishonest

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snideadjective

expressive of contempt

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assiduous
assiduousadjective

working very hard and with careful attention to detail so that everything is done as well as possible

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asinineadjective

extremely silly or stupid

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autocratnoun

a cruel and oppressive dictator

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belligerentadjective

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

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benevolent
benevolentadjective

generous and kind; displaying kindness

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benignadjective

kindness of disposition or manner

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bigotedadjective

blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion and intolerant toward others

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boisterousadjective

noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

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braggartnoun

a very boastful and talkative person

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briskadjective

quick and energetic

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chivalrousadjective

being attentive to women like an ideal knight

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connivingadjective

acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end

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conscientiousadjective

sensing an ethical obligation to do one's duty carefully and to behave justly toward others

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courteous
courteousadjective

behaving with politeness and respect

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debauchedadjective

unrestrained by convention or morality

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deviousadjective

characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive

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dim-wittedadjective

lacking mental capacity and subtlety

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domineeringadjective

showing a tendency to have control over others without taking their emotions into account

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egoismnoun

concern for your own interests and welfare

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fatuousadjective

extremely silly or stupid

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exuberantadjective

joyously unrestrained

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fortitudenoun

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

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genialadjective

diffusing warmth and friendliness

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nuisancenoun

a bothersome annoying person

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