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Glossary of Interesting People on the SAT

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curator
a person who is in charge of a museum
egoist
a person who is concerned with herself
zealot
a person who is filled with zeal and enthusiasm for a cause
malefactor
a person who does ill to others, an evil person
pacifist
a person who promotes peace
mentor
a person who provides guidance, a tutor
reveler
a person who engages in merrymaking
prodigy
a person with great talent, a genius
stalwart
a loyal supporter, an adherent, someone who stands by you
skinflint
someone who is overly thrifty with money, a miser
scoundrel
a disreputable person, a person lacking virtue
savant
a person with detailed knowledge in a specific field, a sage
jingoist
an extreme nationalist, a chauvinist
benefactor
a person who helps others, often by giving generous gifts
glutton
a person given to greedy and voracious eating and drinking
virtuoso
a person with great artistic talent
hypocrite
a person who puts on a false appearance, someone who says one thing and does another
boor
a person who is rude and insensitive, one who lacks refinement
recluse
a person who leads a secluded or solitary life, a hermit
upstart
a person who has risen suddenly from a low position to great success and thus lacks modesty
seer
a person who can predict future events
pragmatist
a person who is practical and thus not given to flights of fancy
nomad
a person who wanders and is thus itinerant
dilettante
a dabbler, a person having superficial interest in a variety of fields or endeavors
demagogue
a person who arouses popular passions and prejudices
(e.g. Hitler and Mussolini)
supplicant
a person who is overly humble, who begs for a favor
hedonist
a person who seeks pleasure or gratification

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