GRE Unit 4

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GRE Unit 4
2012-03-18 09:31:07

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  1. ambivalence
    n. the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
  2. ambivalent
    adj. the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
  3. ambrosia
    n. something delicious; the food of the gods
  4. ambrosial
    adj. something delicious; the food of the gods
  5. ameliorate
    v. to improve
  6. amenable
    adj. agreeable; cooperative; suited
  7. amenity
    n. something that increases comfort
  8. amulet
    n. ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
  9. anachronism
    n. something out of the proper time
  10. analgestic
    n. medication that reduces or eliminates pain
  11. analogous
    adj. comparable
  12. analogy
    n. a similarity in some ways between things that are otherwise dissimilar
  13. analog
    n. something that is comparable to something else
  14. Social Darwinism
    n. a theory in sociology that individuals or groups achieve advantage over others as the result of genetic or biological superiority
  15. Protestant work ethic
    n. a view of life that encourages hard work and a rational view of the world as a way to achieve material success
  16. Confucian
    n. a system or ethics based on the teaching of the ancient Chinese sage Confucius. It places a high value on family relationships.
  17. anarchy
    n. absence of government; state of disorder
  18. anarchic
    adj. lacking order or control
  19. Dionysos
    • n. AKA Bacchus (Romans) son of Zeus and Selene
    • (Greek) god of agriculture, fertility, wine, and ecstasy, and later regarded as a patron of the arts

    Dionysos was worshipped by an emotional cult that held secret rites called Bacchanalia - wild orgies of frenzied revelry, drunkenness, and debauchery.
  20. anarchism
    n. the theory that all forms of government are oppressive and should be abolished. Advocacy of this theory or attempt to bring about it.