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Glossary of 518 SAT VOCAB

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opulent
characterized by wealth. Adj.
sanction
official permission. a reward or punishment for action. N.
reprobate
a bad, dishonest, immoral person. N.
divulge
to reveal openly. V.
cantankerous
bad-tempered and grumpy. Adj.
alleviate
to soothe or make less harsh. V.
reticent
not forthright. Keeping one's personal thoughts and feelings inside. Adj.
meritorious
deserving of what one gets. Adj.
paragon
a person or thing that has a quality so superior that it has no equal. N.
embellish
to decorate or add fictitious detail to an otherwise true story. V.
expedient
based on self interest and promotion. Adj.
indefatigable
untireable. full of boundless energy. Adj.
inception
the beginning of something. N.
culpable
deserving of blame. Adj.
gullible
easily fooled. Adj.
charlatan
a person who fakes knowledge or skills. N.
trite
played out, old. Adj.
profane
not sacred or respectful. Adj.
stratagem
a plan to outwit an opponent. N.
complement
something that goes with something else, or puts on the finishing touch. N.
archaic
related to a previous, much earlier or primitive time. Adj.
penitent
remorseful, seeking forgiveness. Adj.
exacerbate
to increase the intensity or sharpness of something. To aggravate. V.
menace
a threat. N.
prudent
cautious and well-thought out. Adj.
connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge; esp. with regard to food. N.
conflagration
large, disastrous fire. N.
asylum
a place of safety. N.
carp
to nag or find fault with. V.
ornate
elaborately decorated and adorned. Adj.
discern
to recognize as distinct. to detect something. V.
assiduous
unwaveringly focused on a task or job. Adj.
despondent
dejected from loss, hopeless. Adj.
compliant
submissive. flexible. Adj.
superfluous
unnecessary. exceeding what is sufficient. Adj.
spurious
representing something, but not entirely true to its nature. Adj.
taciturn
saying very little. Adj.
inclination
a preference for certain things. N.
extricate
to unravel. to get out of a dangerous or complicated situation. V.
deviate
to stray from course. V.
enervate
to weaken. V.
substantiate
to verify or prove real. V.
serene
peaceful. Adj.
precocious
early in development of skill and quality. Adj.
terse
very concise and exact. using few words. Adj.
pervasive
widespread. Adj.
derivative
something that is not original but comes from something else. N.
consternation
a state of confusion and fear. N.
exalt
to praise, hold something proudly in the air. V.
loquacious
very talkative. Adj.

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