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Glossary of Barron's SAT word list

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Abridge
v. condense or shorten
Abstract
adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
Acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval. also n.
Adulation
n. flattery; admiration
Adversary
n. opponent
Adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
Advocate
v. urge; plead for
Aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful. aesthete, n.
Affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
Alleviate
v. relieve
Altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
Ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
Ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
Anarchist
n. person who seeks to overturn the established government; advocate of abolishing authority
Apathy
n. lack of caring; indifference
Arbitrary
adj. capricious; randomly chosen; tyrannical
Articulate
adj. effective; distinct
Ascendancy
n. controlling influence; domination
Ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial; austere.
also n.
Astute
adj. wise; shrewd; keen
Austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severly simple
Autonomous
adj. self-governing. autonomy, n.
Belie
v. contradict; give a false impression
Benevolent
adj. generous; charitable
Brevity
n. conciseness
Cajole
v. coax; wheedle
Capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle
Censorious
adj. critical
Censure
v. blame; criticize
Coercion
n. use of force to get someone to obey
Commemorate
v. honor the memory of
Compliance
n. readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements

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