GRE Unit 4
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the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
John felt some ambivalence about getting married before college.
something delicious; the food of gods
The combination of flavors in the Moroccan baked eggplant was pure ambrosia.
Knowing the could not stop the spread of a contamination in a few days, health authorities worked to inhibit its spread and to ameliorate its effects by issuing warnings to the public and initiating immunization responses.
agreeable, cooperating, suited
The young writer is amenable to suggestions for improving her prose style to make it more interesting.
something that increases comfort
Many amenities considered normal and necessary by people in developed countries, such as indoor plumbing, were luxuries only a few generations ago.
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
The early christian church forbade the use of amulets , which had become common in the Roman Empire at the time the christian church began to develop.
something out of the proper time
Some experts regard the retirement age of 65 as an anachronism at a time when people in the developed world have a much longer life expectancy.
medication that reduces or eliminates pain
Aspirin is a powerful analgesic that was introduced in 1899 and is still one of the most effective medicine available to alleviate pain, fever, and inflammation.
The psychology researcher's experiment postulates that the brain is analogous to a digital computer.
absence of government; state of disorder
The American philosopher Robert Nozick does not advocate anarchy; rather, he argues for the merits of a minimal state that would not violate the natural rights of individuals.
a theory in sociology that individuals or groups achieve advantage over others as a result of genetic or biological superiority.
Protestant work ethic
A view of life that encourages hard work and a rational view of the world as a way to achieve material success.
A system or ethics based on the teachings of the ancient Chinese sage Confucius. It places a high value on family relationships.
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