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Glossary of English SAT Vocabulary

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mundane (adj)
typical of this world, ordinary or commonplace
paltry (adj)
trivial, wretched or contemptible
prodigious (adj)
impressively great in size, force, or extent, enormous, extraordinary, marvelous
pugnacious (adj)
Combative in nature; belligerent (aggressive)
rectify (v)
to correct or set right
archaic (adj)
of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period, especially one that develops into a classical stage of civilization (ancient)
benign (adj)
kind and gentle; mild and harmless
embellish (v)
to make beautiful, decorate
euphemism (n)
the act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive
fidelity (n)
faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances
placate (v)
to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease or pacify.
aesthetic (adj)
of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste
brusque (adj)
abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt or gruff
defunct (adj)
having ceased to exist or live
diminutive (adj)
extremely small in size; tiny or small; of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet

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