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Glossary of SAT Vocab 3rd six weeks

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zealot
someone with an extreme enthusiasm for a particular belief or activity; a fanatic
usurp
to seize or take over by force, refers to power/ governing body
undermine
to weaken by wearing away the foundation; to sabotage
recant
to take something back you have said; withdraw a statement or belief
paucity
too few; scarcity
serpentine
coiled; twisted; winding
magnanimous
bigh-hearted; generous; forgiving; noble
disapprobation
the state of disapproving; the state of being disapproved
expurgate
to remove offensive words, ideas, or symbols; censor
enmity
mutual hatred
sycophant
someone who flatters in order to gain favor; wimpy follower
pecuniary
having to do with money; finacial
brevity
brriefness, conciseness
malefactor
person who tries to hurt others; criminal
ascendance
domination, controlling power
torpid
sluggish; dull; lacking enthusiasm
recondite
hidden; difficult to understand; profound
flippancy
treating a serious situation with arrogant humor or disrespect
impasse
a situation from which you cannot escape; stalemate
jocular
joking; playful; witty
quell
to calm; pacify
perplexed
confused; bewildered
inchoate
not yet fully developed
incongruous
out of place
flagrant
openly and obviously evil; glaring; conspicuous
harangue
a long, lecturing speech, diatribe
baleful
harmful, menacing
Altruistic
unselfish, caring
mendacity
a lie; a false statement
laud
to praise; worship; extol
cryptic
hidden, secret, mysterious
vapid
dull; boring; lacking flavor or spark
decadence
moral decay or decline
celerity
speed
pious
exhibiting religious devotion
opulence
luxury; wealth; riches
Alienate
to push someone awy or cause him/her to separate from people
trite
overused; common; stale; banal
candor
honesty, frankness
resolve
determination; stong will

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