SAT Vocab (Set 1)

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SAT Vocab (Set 1)
2010-09-27 22:53:22
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For SAT this upcoming weekend.
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  1. abase
    to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
  2. abstruse
    difficult to understand
  3. acumen
    quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
  4. adroit
    dexterous; deft
  5. aesthetic
    having to do with the appreciation of beauty
  6. affable
    easygoing; friendly
  7. alacrity
    cheerful willingness; eagerness
  8. alleviate
    to ease a pain or a burden
  9. altruism
    unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
  10. amalgam
    a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
  11. ambiguous
    open to more than one interpretation
  12. ambivalent
    simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain
  13. amiable
    friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable
  14. anachronistic
    the representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order
  15. apathetic
    feeling or showing little emotion
  16. arboreal
    relating to or resembling a tree
  17. arcane
    known or understood by only a few
  18. archaic
    characteristic of an earlier period; old-fashioned
  19. ascertain
    ro discover with certainty, as through examination or experimentation
  20. assimilate
    incorporated and absorbed into the mind; made similar; caused to resemble
  21. astute
    shrewd; clever
  22. augment
    to make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
  23. aural
    of, relating to, or perceived by the ear
  24. austere
    without decoration; strict
  25. autonomy
    independence; self-determination; self-government or the right of self-government
  26. averse
    strongly disinclined
  27. banal
    drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite
  28. belie
    to picture falsely; misinterpret
  29. belligerent
    inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
  30. beneficial
    producing or promoting a favorable result; advantageous
  31. benign
    kind and gentle
  32. bolster
    to buoy up or hearten; to support or prop up
  33. bombastic
    given to pompous speech or writing
  34. brevity
    the quality or state of being brief in duration
  35. burgeon
    to grow and flourish; to put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout
  36. cacophony
    jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
  37. cajole
    to urge with gentle ad repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery
  38. callous
    emotionally hardened; unfeeling
  39. candid
    characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward
  40. cantankerous
    ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
  41. capricious
    impulsive and unpredictable
  42. castigate
    to inflict severe punishment on
  43. cathartic
    causing relaxation after an emotional outburst
  44. censure
    to criticize severely; blame
  45. chicanery
    a trick; deception by trickery
  46. circumscribe
    to draw a circle around; to restrict
  47. circumspect
    heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent
  48. clandestine
    done secretively, especially to deceive; surreptitious
  49. complement
    something that completes, makes up a whole, or brings to perfection
  50. conciliatory
    appeasing; soothing; pleasant
  51. concord
  52. concur
    to agree; to be the same opinion
  53. conjecture
    inference or judgement based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork
  54. conspicuous
    easy to notice; obvious
  55. contentious
  56. contiguous
    sharing an edge or boundary; touching
  57. convoluted
    intricate; complex
  58. copious
    plentiful; having a large quantity
  59. cosmopolitan
    so sophisticated as to be at home in all parts of the world or conversant with many spheres of interest; pertinent or common to the whole world
  60. credible
    capable of being believed; plausible
  61. curative
    something that cures; a remedy
  62. dearth
    a scarce supply; a lack
  63. debacle
    a sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout
  64. debilitate
    to sap the strength or energy of; enervate
  65. debunk
    to expose or ridicule falseness, shames, or exaggerated claims
  66. defunct
    having ceased to exist or live
  67. deleterious
    having a harmful effect
  68. demure
    modest and reserved in manner or behavior
  69. denounce
    to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible
  70. derivative
    a by-product
  71. derogatory
    tending or intending to belittle
  72. didactic
    intended to instruct
  73. diffidence
    timidity or shyness
  74. dilatory
    habitually late
  75. diligent
    marked by painstaking effort; hard-working
  76. dirge
    a funeral hymn or lament
  77. disaffected
    having lost faith or loyalty; discontent
  78. disparage
    to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
  79. disseminate
    to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
  80. distend
    to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure
  81. docile
    ready and willing to be taught; teachable
  82. dogmatic
    stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proved beliefs
  83. dubious
    doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
  84. duplicitous
    given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech
  85. ebullience
    intense enthusiasm
  86. electric
    made up of a variety of sources or styles
  87. effrontery
    brazen boldness; presumptuousness
  88. effusive
    showing excessive emotion; overflowing
  89. embellish
    to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate
  90. eminent
    distinguished; prominent
  91. empathetic
    identification with and understand of another's situation, feelings, and motives
  92. enigma
    one that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable; a riddle
  93. ephemeral
    lasting for only a brief time
  94. epitome
    a representative or example of a class or type
  95. equivoal
    open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous
  96. eradicate
    to get ride of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
  97. erratic
    having no fixed or regular course; wandering
  98. erudition
    deep, extensive learning
  99. esoteric
    intended for or understood by only a particular group
  100. euphemism
    the act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive
  101. exacerbate
    to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
  102. exonerate
    to free from blame
  103. exorbitant
    exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
  104. expedient
    appropriate to a purpose; speedy
  105. extol
    to praise highly
  106. extraneous
  107. extrapolate
    to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
  108. exuberant
    full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy
  109. fabricate
    to make in order to deceive
  110. fallacy
    a false notion
  111. fastidious
    possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to please
  112. felicitous
    admirable suited; apt
  113. flag
    to decline in vigor or strength; to hang limply; droop
  114. flagrant
    extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
  115. flippant
    marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert
  116. gaffe
    a clumsy social error; a faux pas
  117. grandiose
    characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand
  118. gratuitous
    given freely; unearned; unwarranted
  119. hackneyed
    worn-out through overuse; trite
  120. idiosyncrasy
    a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
  121. ignominy
    great personal dishonor or humiliation
  122. impetuous
    characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate
  123. impetus
    an impelling force; an impulse
  124. impugn
    to attack as false or questionable
  125. incoherent
    lacking cohesion, connection or harmony
  126. incongruous
    lacking in harmony; incompatible
  127. incontrovertible
    indisputable; not open to question
  128. indict
    to accuse of wrongdoing; charge
  129. ingenuous
    lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; artless
  130. innocuous
    having no adverse effect; harmless
  131. inscrutable
    difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
  132. insinuate
    to introduce or otherwise convey gradually and insidiously
  133. insipid
    uninteresting; unchallenging
  134. insolent
    insulting in manner or speech
  135. insular
    suggestive of the isolated life of an island; narrow or provincial
  136. intransigence
    refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising
  137. inundate
    to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp
  138. invocation
    to call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration
  139. jaded
    worn out; wearied
  140. jocular
    characterized by or given to joking
  141. juxtapose
    to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
  142. laudatory
    giving praise