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ETS Verbal Reasoning 2


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influx
an arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things
idle
without purpose or effect; pointless.
pastime
hobby;an activity that is done for enjoyment
pluralism
the co-existence of different types of people, who have different beliefs and opinions, within the same society
Romanticism
A movement in the arts and literature emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual;contrasted with classicism
humanism
system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.
idealism
the belief that your ideals can be achieved, often when this does not seem likely to others
capitalism
an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
confer
1.to give an official title, honor, or advantage to someone 2.have discussions; exchange opinions
concomitant
something that happens with something else and is connected with it
predisposition
the state of being likely to behave in a particular way
defer
postpone;to delay something until a later time
connote
(of a word) imply or suggest (an idea or feeling) in addition to the literal or primary meaning
kindred
similar or related
rally
to come together or bring people together in order to help or support somebody/something
mortify
to make someone very embarrassed
heterodox
not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.
invaluable
extremely useful; indispensable.
ubiquitous
seeming to be everywhere
omnipresent
present or having an effect everywhere at the same time
meagre
(of amounts or numbers) very small or not enough
herald
a sign that something will happen, change, etc
staple
a main product or part of something
panacea
something that will cure all illnesses or problems
supplement
something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.
cursory
quick and probably not detailed
degenerative
characterized by progressive, often irreversible deterioration, and loss of function in the organs or tissues.
onset
the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant.
canny
thinking quickly and cleverly, especially in business or financial matters
shrewd
having or showing sharp powers of judgment; astute.
run-of-the-mill
ordinary and not special or exciting in any way
high-end
Denoting the most expensive of a range of products
enigmatic
mysterious and impossible to understand completely
oratory
skilful and effective public speaking
imperialism
a system in which a country rules other countries, sometimes having used force to get power over them
impetus
Something that makes a process or activity happen or happen more quickly.
murky
Opaque; Obscure or morally questionable.
feeble
lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness
concoct
to invent an excuse, explanation, or story in order to deceive someone
debacle
a sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco.
omission
A failure to fulfil a moral or legal obligation.
cloy
disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment.
hidebound
Unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention
liberated
not following traditional ways of behaving or old ideas
consensus
general agreement; opinion reached by a group
congregate
to come together in a large group of people or animals
refuse
matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; trash.
compensate
offset; Reduce or counteract (something unwelcome or unpleasant) by exerting an opposite force or effect
dwelling
a house or place to live in
mainstay
the most important part of something, providing support for everything else