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SAT vocab
2012-03-09 21:04:35
core vocabulary sat

sat core vocab from princeton review
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  1. candid
    completely honest, straightforward
  2. conjecture
  3. didactic
  4. effusive
    showing excessive emotion; overflowing
  5. euphemism
    a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term
  6. extrapolate
    to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
  7. incoherent
    lacking cohesion or connection
  8. insinuate
    to imply or communicate stealthily
  9. loquacious
    very talkative
  10. lucid
    easily understood; clear
  11. rhetoric
    the art of using language effectively and persuasively
  12. acumen
    quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight
  13. adroit
    dexterous; deft
  14. ascertain
    to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
  15. astute
    shrewd; clever
  16. circumspect
    careful; prudent; discreet
  17. disseminate
    to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
  18. erudition
    deep, extensive learning
  19. pedantic
    excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
  20. perspicacious
    shrewd, clear-sighted
  21. pragmatic
  22. precocious
    exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
  23. prolific
    very productive; producing great qualities
  24. prospectus
    formal proposal
  25. rudimentary
    basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development
  26. inscrutable
    difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
  27. reticent
    inclined to keep silent; reserved
  28. staid
    unemotional; serious
  29. arcane
    known or understood by only a few
  30. autonomy
    independence; self-determination
  31. gaffe
    a clumsy social error; a faux pas
  32. insular
    isolated; narrow or provincial
  33. potentate
    one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
  34. castigate
    to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
  35. reclusive
    seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
  36. renounce
    to give up
  37. vituperative
    marked by harshly abusive condemnation
  38. contiguous
    sharing an edge or boundary; touching
  39. conciliatory
    appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
  40. exonerate
    to free from blame
  41. indict
    to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
  42. litigious
    prone to engage in lawsuits
  43. parity
    equality; as in amount, status, or value
  44. rectitude
    moral uprightness; righteousness
  45. remiss
    lax in attending to duty; negligent
  46. sanctimonious
    feigning piety or righteousness
  47. scrupulous
    principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
  48. solicitous
  49. veracity
    adherence to the truth; truthfulness
  50. vindicate
    to free from blame
  51. chicanery
  52. obsequious
    fawning and servile
  53. sycophant
    insincere, obsequious flatter
  54. eminent
    distinguished; prominent
  55. laudatory
    full of praise
  56. reciprocate
    to mutually take or give; to respond in kind
  57. defunct
    no longer existing or functioning
  58. quell
    to put down forcibly; suppress
  59. supplant
    to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics
  60. stymie
    to thwart or stump
  61. abase
    to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
  62. derogatory
    insulting or intended to insult
  63. disparage
    to speak negatively; to belittle
  64. effrontery
    brazen boldness; presumptuousness
  65. ignominy
    great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct
  66. impugn
    to attack as false or questionable
  67. pejorative
    disparaging, belittling, insulting
  68. vex
    to annoy or bother, to perplex
  69. vindictive
    disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful
  70. bombastic
    give to pompous speech or writing
  71. ebullience
    intense enthusiasm
  72. exorbitant
    exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
  73. exuberant
    full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy
  74. gratuitous
    given freely; unearned; unnecessary
  75. lugubrious
    mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
  76. opulent
    displaying great wealth
  77. penchant
    a strong inclination or liking
  78. ubiquitous
    being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
  79. vicarious
    felt or undergone as if one were taking part int eh experience or feeling of anoter
  80. vignette
    a short scene or story
  81. amalgam
    a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
  82. inundate
    to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp
  83. multifarious
    diverse; various
  84. cathartic
    relaxing after an emotional outburst
  85. curative
    able to heal or cure
  86. palliative
    relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure
  87. epitome
    a representative or example of a type
  88. felicitous
    admirably suited; apt
  89. belie
    to misrepresent or disguise
  90. duplicitous
    deliberately deceptive
  91. deliberate
    done intentionally
  92. fallacy
    a false notion
  93. mendacious
    lying; untruthful
  94. specious
    having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false
  95. apathetic
    feeling or showing little emotion
  96. impetuous
    suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate
  97. impetus
    an impelling force or stimulus
  98. flag
    to decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to droop
  99. subterfuge
    a deceptive stratagem or device
  100. squander
    to spend wastefully
  101. temperate
    moderate; restrained
  102. tenuous
    having little substance or strength; shaky
  103. diligent
    marked by painstaking effort; hard working
  104. mercenary
    motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain
  105. obstinate
    stubbornly attached to an opinion or a course of action
  106. tenacity
  107. extraneous
    irrelevant; inessential
  108. synergy
    combined action or operation
  109. aural
    of or related to the ear or the sense of hearing
  110. dirge
    a funeral hymn or lament
  111. eclectic
    made up of a variety of sources or styles
  112. sonorous
    producing a deep of full sound
  113. strident
    loud, harsh, grating, or shrill
  114. debilitate
    impair the strength of; weaken
  115. tumultuous
    noisy and disorderly
  116. dilatory
    habitually late
  117. redolent
    fragrant; aromatic; suggestive
  118. temporal
    of, relating to, or limited by time
  119. onerous
    troublesome or oppressive; burdensome
  120. portent
    indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; omen
  121. prescience
    knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foreknowledge; foresight
  122. austere
    without decoration; strict
  123. banal
    drearily commonplace; predictable; trite
  124. soporific
    inducing or tending to induce sleep
  125. vapid
    lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull
  126. expedient
    appropriate to a purpose; convenient; speedy
  127. transient
    passing quickly in time or space
  128. burgeon
    to grow and flourish
  129. copious
    plentiful; having a large quantity
  130. distend
    to swell out or expand from internal pressure, as when overly full
  131. grandiose
    great in scope or intent; grand
  132. prodigious
  133. scintillating
  134. averse
    strongly disinclined
  135. conspicuous
    easy to notice; obvious
  136. demure
    modest and reserved
  137. diffidence
    timidity or shyness
  138. docile
    submissive to instruction; willing to be taught
  139. innocuous
    having no adverse effect; harmless
  140. quiescent
    quiet, still, or at rest; inactive
  141. dogmatic
    stubbornly attached to insufficiently proven beliefs
  142. intransigence
    refusal to moderate a position or to compromise
  143. affable
    easy-going; friendly
  144. alacrity
    promptness in response; cheerful readiness; eagerness
  145. sanguine
    cheerfully confident; optimistic
  146. cantankerous
    ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
  147. contentious
  148. flippant
    disrespectfully humorous or casual
  149. insolent
    insulting in manner or speech
  150. nefarious
    flagrantly wicked; vicious
  151. pernicious
    extremely or irrevocably harmful; deadly
  152. rancorous
    marked by bitter, deep-seated ill-will
  153. repugnant
    arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive
  154. supercilious
    disdainful; haughty; arrogant
  155. arboreal
    relating to or resembling a tree or trees
  156. invocation
    a call (usually upon a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration
  157. stratify
    to layer or separate into layer
  158. variegated
    having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored
  159. verdant
    green with vegetation