PSAT Vocab

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  1. ABSTRUSE
    difficult to understand
  2. ABYSMAL
    extremely hopeless or wretched; bottomless
  3. ACERBIC
    bitter, sour, severe
  4. ACUMEN
    keenness of judgment; mental sharpness
  5. AMELIORATE
    to make better or more tolerable
  6. ANATHEMA
    something or someone loathed or detested
  7. ANCILLARY
    subordinate; providing assistance
  8. ANOMALY
    an aberration, deviation, or irregularity
  9. AVUNCULAR
    kind, helpful, generous; like a nice uncle
  10. BELLICOSE
    warlike or belligerent
  11. CAPACITOR
    a device that stores energy
  12. CAPRICIOUS
    unpredictable, likely to change at any moment
  13. CHAGRIN
    humiliation, embarrassed disappointment
  14. CIRCUMVENT
    to go around
  15. CURMUDGEON
    a greedy, irascible, crotchety old person
  16. DELETERIOUS
    harmful
  17. DISCOMFIT
    to frustrate, to confuse
  18. DIVISIVE
    creating conflict and disagreement
  19. DRACONIAN
    severe, harsh or cruel
  20. EPHEMERAL
    lasting a very short time
  21. EXPEDITIOUS
    prompt, speedy
  22. FECUND
    fertile or productive
  23. FLORID
    very fancy, usually refers to intangible objects
  24. FORTUITOUS
    accidental, occurring by chance
  25. GRANDILOQUENT
    using a lot of big, fancy words to sound impressive
  26. HEGEMONY
    leadership, especially of one nation over another
  27. HUBRIS
    excessive pride
  28. IDIOSYNCRATIC
    quirky, peculiar, eccentric
  29. IGNOMINY
    shame, disrepute, disgrace
  30. INANE
    silly, senseless
  31. INSOUCIANT
    nonchalant, lighthearted, carefree
  32. LAMENT
    to mourn
  33. LEXICON
    a glossary or dictionary
  34. LUGUBRIOUS
    exaggeratedly mournful
  35. MELLIFLUOUS
    flowing sweetly, usually refers to sound or voices
  36. MISANTHROPE
    one who hates people
  37. NEBULOUS
    vague, hazy, indistinct
  38. OBFUSCATE
    to darken or confuse
  39. PANACHE
    flair, verve; dashing, elegance
  40. PERFUNCTORY
    unenthusiastic, careless
  41. PHILISTINE
    a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation for intellectual or artistic matters
  42. POIGNANT
    painfully emotional, extremely moving, sharp or astute
  43. POLEMIC
    a powerful arguement often made to attack or refute controversial issue
  44. PREDILECTION
    a natural preference for something
  45. PROFLIGATE
    extravagantly wasteful; wildly immoral
  46. PROSAIC
    dull, unimaginative
  47. PULCHRITUDE
    physical beauty
  48. QUIXOTIC
    idealistic to a foolish or impractical degree, like Don Quixote
  49. RECAPITULATE
    to review or summarize
  50. RECIDIVISM
    the act of repeating an offense
  51. SACROSANCT
    sacred, held to be inviolable
  52. SANGUINE
    cheerful, optimistic, hopeful
  53. SKINFLINT
    a mean, penny-pinching person
  54. SUBSIDY
    a gift of money
  55. SUPPLICATE
    to ask or beg humbly
  56. AFFABLE
    easy to talk to; friendly
  57. AGGREGATE
    collection of things mixed together
  58. APPROPRIATE
    to take without permission; to set aside for a particular use
  59. AUGURY
    an omen, especially a good omen
  60. BEGUILE
    to delude by guile or craft; to mislead
  61. BEQUEST
    something left to someone in a will
  62. BLITHE
    careful and cheerful
  63. BURGEON
    to expand, to flourish
  64. CABAL
    a group of conspirators
  65. CAPITULATE
    to surrender, to give up
  66. CHIMERICAL
    imaginary, given to fantasy
  67. EBULLIENT
    bubbling with excitement, exuberant
  68. EGREGIOUS
    extremely bad or flagrant
  69. FLOUT
    to disregard something or someone out of disrespect
  70. HACKNEYED
    overused, trite, stale

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