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ETS Verbal Reasoning 4


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hinge (on)
Depend entirely on
rigorous
careful to look at or consider every part of something to make certain it is correct or safe
antidote
a chemical, especially a drug, that limits the effects of a poison
rigor
Strictness;difficult situations that come from following rules strictly
boast
to have or own something to be proud of
veto
to refuse to allow something
disposition
the particular type of character that a person naturally has
blithe
happy and without worry
phlegmatic
(of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.
cunning
having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion.
aghast
suddenly filled with strong feelings of shock and worry
bemused
showing that u r confused and unable to think clearly ; bewildered
stoop (to sth)
Lower one's moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible.
inestimable
Too great to calculate
institutionalize
Establish (something, typically a practice or activity) as a convention or norm in an organization or culture.
accrete
Grow by accumulation or coalescence.
emergence
the fact of something becoming known or starting to exist
anachronism
A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
conceptual
Relating to or based on mental concepts.
pursuit
1.An activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or sporting one 2.the act of following someone
imposition
a situation in which someone expects another person to do something that they do not want to do or that is not convenient
antidote
a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.
callousness
the quality of being unkind, cruel, and without sympathy or feeling for other people
clear-headed
Alert and thinking logically and coherently.
vanity
Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.
flatter
to praise someone in order to make them feel attractive or important, sometimes in a way that is not sincere
allusive
Using or containing suggestion rather than explicit mention
archipelago
group of closely located islands
make out
recognize; discern; manage to see or hear or understand (with some difficulty)
avail
use, purpose, advantage, or profit
evoke
bring or recall to the conscious mind.
apostle
a vigorous and pioneering advocate or supporter of a particular policy, idea, or cause.
seize
take hold of suddenly and forcibly.
stigmatize
to treat someone or something unfairly by disapproving of him, her, or it
foreground
make (something) the most prominent or important feature.
forfeit
lose or be deprived of (property or a right or privilege) as a penalty for wrongdoing.
incur
to experience something, usually something unpleasant, as a result of actions you have taken
schism
a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.
modicum
a small amount of something good such as truth or honesty
dissent
disagreement, difference of opinion; the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held.
compliance
the act of obeying an order, rule, or request
understate
describe or represent (something) as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is.
gawky
(esp. of young tall person) awkward in the way they move or behave
deflect
to (cause to) change direction, or to prevent something from being directed at you
piously
pretending to have sincere feelings
self-righteous
having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior.
brandish
wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
flout
1.openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention). 2.mock; scoff.
posthumous
happening after a person's death
terse
using few words, sometimes in a way that seems rude or unfriendly