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Glossary of SAT Vocab A

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abdicate
to give up (formally)
abhor
hate, loathe, detest
abstruse
profound, difficult to understand
absolve
pardon, free from responsibility, or consequences of guilt
acrimony
bitterness, characterized by feelings of ill-will
adept
skillful
adroit
adept, skillful, clever, dexterouos with one's hands
adulate
to admire excessively, to flatter and praise excessively
adverse
hostile, opposed, unfavorable
adversary
opponent, rival
adversity
hardship, unfavorable conditions
advocate
urge, recommend
aesthetic
beautiful, artistic
affable, amiable, amicable
friendly, sociable
affinity
attraction
affront
to insult, an insult
agile
ability to move quickly and easily
alacrity
cheerful promptness
alleviate
to make more bearable, to soothe
altercation
a noisy or angry dispute, fight
altruism
unselfish interest in the welfare of others
amalgam
mixture
ambiguous
unclear, capable of supporting different interpretations
ambivalent
having mixed feelings
ameliorate
to improve a bad situation
amenable
easily managed, obedient
amenity
a comfort or convenience
amorphous
shapeless
anachronistic
out of place, existing in the wrong time period
anomaly
something abnormal, an irregularity
antipathy
hatred, aversion
apathetic
indifferent, showing lack of interest
archetypal
representing a recurring pattern or type
arable
able to be cultivated
arboreal
of or relating to trees; living in trees
arcane
mysterious, understood only by a few
archaic
outdated, ancient
archipelago
group of islands
ardor
passion, heat, zeal
arrest
stop, halt
ascetic
practicing a lifestyle of simplicity or self-denial
askew
crooked, off to one side
assiduous
hardworking, diligent
astute
shrewd, wise, observant
asylum
a place offering protection and safety, haven
atypical
not typical, unusual
audacious
bold, gutsy
augment
increase, supplement
auspicious
beginning in a favorable way, promising
austere
severe, strict, self-depriving
autonomous
independent, self-sufficient
avarice
greed
avert
to turn aside or away, to ward off
avian
of or relating to birds
awry
twisted, crooked, askew, wrong

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