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Glossary of SAT Vocab Lists 1-3

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Reprove
to scold, to find fault with
Cursory
hasty: not thorough
Pessimism
gloominess; a belief that the bad guys always win
Profligate
extremely wasteful; wildly extravagant
Jocular
joking
Daunt
to intimidate; to discourage
Fracas
uproar; brawl
Contentious
quarrelsome
Caricature
a satiric portrait or representation
Precarious
dangerously unstable
Miser
someone who hoards money
Expository
explanatory
Ostentatious
showing off
Bolster
to support; to prop up
Corroborate
to confirm
Embellish
to add details; to exaggerate
Fervent
passionate
Vagrant
a wandering homeless person; a tramp
Undermine
to weaken; to wear away the foundation of
Oblivious
unaware; unconscious
Indifferent
not caring one way or the other; lacking a preference; neutral
Apathy
lack of emotion or interest
Obscure
unclear, clouded; partially hidden, hard to understand
Ambiguous
having more than one meaning; vague
Impartial
unbiased; neutral
Objective
without bias(as opposed to subjective)
Revere
to worship; to honor
Discriminate
to differentiate; to make clear distinction; to see the difference
Denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
Innovate
to be creative; to introduce something new
Subtle
not obvious; hard to spot
Stagnant
not moving
Candid
honest; frank
Discern
to distinguish one thing from another
Hypocritical
insincere
Disdain
contempt; intense dislike
Abstract
theoretical; lacking substance (antonym concrete)
Valid
founded on fact or evidence
Enigma
mystery
Inevitable
unavoidable; bound to happen
Eccentric
odd; unusual; quirky
Provincial
narrow minded; unsophisticated
Inferred
derived by reasoning; implied, as a conclusion
Diverse
varied
Apprehensive
fearful; worried
Vulnerable
capable of being harmed
Benevolent
good; kind hearted; generous
Pious
deeply religious
Skeptical
doubting
Resignation
acceptance of a situation
Illuminate
to light up; make clear
Resolution
determination (also: solution to a problem)
Servile
overly submissive; cringing; like a servant
Refute
to disprove

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