SAT Vocab 4

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SAT Vocab 4
2011-06-03 10:52:48
SAT Vocab

SAT Vocabulary
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  1. devious
    ADJ. roundabout; erratic; not straightforward. The Joker's plan was so devious that it was only with great difficulty we could follow its shifts and dodges.
  2. devise
    v. think up; invent; plan. How clever he must be to have devised such a devious plan! What ingenious inventions might he have devised if he had turned his mind to science and not to crime.
  3. disperse
    v. scatter. The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters. dispersion, N.
  4. disputatious
    ADJ. argumentative; fond of arguing. Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case. disputant, N.
  5. disseminate
    v. distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds). By their use of the Internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the glove.
  6. dissent
    v. disagree. In the recent Supreme Court decision, Justice O'Connor dissented from the majority opinion. also N.
  7. divergent
    ADJ. differing; deviating. Since graduating from medical school, the two doctors have taken divergent paths, one going on to become a nationally prominent surgeon, the other dedicating himself to a small family practice in his home town. divergence, N.
  8. doctrine
    N/ teachings, in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught. He was so committed to the doctrines of his faith that he was unable to evaluate them impartially.
  9. document
    v. provide written evidence. She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm. also N.
  10. dogmatic
    ADJ. opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal. We tried to discourage Dough from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong.
  11. dubious
    ADJ. questionable; filled with doubt. Many critics of the SAT contend the test is of dubious worth. Jay claimed he could get a perfect 2400 on the new SAT, but Ellen was dubious: she knew he hadn't cracked a book in three years.
  12. duplicity
    N. double-dealing; hypocrisy. When Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious at his duplicity.
  13. eclectic
    ADJ. composed of elements drawm from disparate sources. His style of interior decoration was eclectic. Strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor. eclecticism, N.
  14. elated
    ADJ. Overjoyed; in high spirits.Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her fifth Olympic gold medal. elation,N
  15. egotistical
    ADJ. excessively self-centered; self-important;conceited. Typical egotistical/remark: " But enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk about what's really important: Me!"
  16. eloquence
    N. expressiveness; persuasive speech. The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.eloquent,ADJ
  17. elusive
    ADJ. evasive; baffling; hard to grasp. Trying to pin down exactly when the contractors would be finished remodeling the house, Nancy was frustrated by their elusive replies. elude, V.
  18. embellish
    V. adorn; ornament. The costume designer embellished the leading lady's ball gown with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.
  19. emulate
    V. imitate;rival. In a brief essay,describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.
  20. endorse
    v> approve; support. Everyone waited to see which one of the rival candidates for the city council the mayor would endorse. (secondary meaning) endorsement, N.
  21. enhance
    V. increase; improve. You can enhance your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice by learning to write well; an excellent essay can enhance any application.
  22. enigma
    N. puzzle; mystery. "what do women want?" asked Dr. Sigmund Freud. Their behavior was an enigma to him. enigmatic,ADJ.
  23. enmity
    N. ill will; hatred. At Camp David, president Carter labored to bring an end to the enmity that prevented the peaceful coexistence of Egypt and Israel.
  24. ephemeral
    ADJ. short-lived; fleeting. The mayfly is an ephemeral creature: its adult life lasts little more than a day.
  25. equivocal
    ADJ.ambiguous;intentionally misleading. Rejecting the candidate's equivocal comments on tax reform, the reporters pressed him to state clearly where he stood on the issue. equivocate, V.
  26. erroneous
    ADJ. mistaken; wrong. I thought my answer was correct, but it was erroneous.
  27. erudite
    ADJ. Learned; scholary. Unlike much scholarly writing, Huizinga's prose was entertaining as well as erudite, lively as well as learned
  28. esoteric
    ADJ. hard to understand; known only to the chosen few. The New Yorker short stories often include esoteric allusions to obscure people and events: the implication is , if you are in the in-crowd, you'll get the reference; if you come from Cleveland, you won't.
  29. elugy
    N. expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death. Instead of delivering a spoken eulogy at Genny's memorial service, Jeff sang a song he had written in her honor.
  30. euphemism
    N. mild expression in place of an unpleassant one. The expression "he passed away" is a euphemism for "he died."