The 370 GRE Words You Must Know: Passage 13

The Enigma of Resilience

Amidst the trials and tribulations of life, there existed an individual of an irresolute (wishy-washy, hesitant) nature. Their thoughts and decisions were mired in doubt, and their path forward seemed obscured.

With a laconic (taciturn, reserved, succinct) demeanor, they observed the world with silent contemplation. Words were sparingly used, for they believed in the power of brevity.

However, beneath their quiet exterior, there lay a spirit that yearned for recognition and appreciation. They longed for someone to laud (praise) their efforts and acknowledge their laudable (praiseworthy) achievements.

Life's journey often led them through treacherous paths, fraught with legal litigation (legal proceedings) and complex disputes. Their loquacious counterparts reveled in verbosity, while they sought clarity in lucid (clear and coherent) expressions.

Yet, even in the darkest hours, their spirit remained luminous (full of light). Their magnanimity (generosity and nobility of spirit) shone through, radiating warmth and kindness.

Though occasionally maladroit (clumsy, awkward, inept) in their actions, they never intended harm. Their words, however, could malign the reputation of others, speaking ill of those they perceived as adversaries.

Like a malleable (pliant or pliable) clay, they could be shaped and influenced by their surroundings. Yet, deep within, a maverick (an unorthodox person or rebel) spirit stirred, yearning to break free from societal norms.

Their integrity remained unyielding, untouched by the mendacity (untruthfulness, dishonesty) that often plagued the world. They stood steadfast against the mercurial (easily changeable, fickle) tides of deceit and manipulation.

In their pursuit of excellence, they approached every task with meticulous (paying close attention to detail) care, leaving no stone unturned. Their commitment to perfection was unmatched.

Surrounded by the cacophony of humanity, they sometimes found solace in solitude, earning the title of a misanthrope (person who hates humanity). Their disillusionment with the world stemmed from an unwavering belief in the potential for greater goodness.

As the sun rises on a nascent (just beginning or in the early stages) day, they navigate through a sea of neglect (abandonment or leaving uncared-for), searching for meaning amidst the chaos. Their resolve, though tested, remains resolute.

In a world of endless puzzles and paradoxes, they stand nonplussed (confused and baffled), embracing the enigmatic nature of existence with open arms. For it is within the intricate dance of uncertainty that the true beauty of life unfolds.

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