English S.A.T. Vocab. 1-5

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English S.A.T. Vocab. 1-5
2013-10-15 22:28:26
English Vocabulary

Vocab words
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  1. antiquated
    old fashioned; obsolete
  2. exalt
    to raise in rank; elevate; to praise
  3. avarice
    insatiable greed for riches
  4. mitigate
    to lessen in force or intensity; to moderate or to appease
  5. incongruous
    out of keeping or place; inappropriate
  6. truncate
    to shorten by cutting off a part
  7. stagnant
    not flowing or running; stale from standing
  8. confound
    to perplex or amaze; bewilder; confuse
  9. placate
    to appease or pacify
  10. quagmire
    an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; complex or dangerous situation
  11. pretentious
    characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved
  12. gregarious
    fond of the company of others, sociable
  13. colloquial
    characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech
  14. anomaly
    a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form
  15. pacifist
    a person who is opposed to war or to violence of any kind
  16. braggart
    a person who does a lot of bragging
  17. altruistic
    unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others
  18. ornate
    elaborately or sumptuously adored, often excessively or showily so
  19. advocate
    to speak or write in favor of
  20. lavish
    expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion
  21. cryptic
    mysterious in meaning
  22. bombastic
    high-sounding; high-flown; inflated
  23. complacency
    a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger
  24. cordial
    courteous and gracious; friendly
  25. divergent
    deviating; branching off
  26. embellish
    to beautify by or as if by ornamentation
  27. culpable
    deserving blame or censure; blameworthy
  28. aloof
    at a distance, especially in feeling or interest; apart
  29. austere
    severe in manner or appearance; strict
  30. deride
    to laugh at in scorn or contempt; mock
  31. digression
    wandering away from the subject
  32. emulate
  33. notoriety
    disrepute; ill fame
  34. nefarious
    very wicked
  35. impeccable
    faultless, having no flaws
  36. adversity
    poverty; misfortune
  37. zealot
    fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
  38. equivocal
    ambiguous, intentionally misleading
  39. garrulous
    talkative; wordy
  40. aversion
    firm dislike
  41. hedonist
    one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
  42. mundane
    worldly; everyday; concerned with common place
  43. phenomena
    observable facts subject to scientific investigation
  44. tenacity
    firmness, persistence
  45. redundant
    unnecessary or repetitious
  46. hamper
    to obstruct or make more difficult
  47. obstinate
    stubborn or hard to control
  48. meticulous
    painstaking; excessively careful
  49. incite
    to arouse to action
  50. satirical
    mocking; characterized by ironic sarcastic, or coptic wit