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PSAT Vocabulary

534 Kaplan PSAT Vocabulary Terms: Re-Used Vocabulary Set from Quizlet.
MaestroSersea's AVID 1 Group is invited to work on these terms as part of their weekly homework assignment.

Terms

undefined, object
copy deck
extol
to praise
exude
to give off, ooze
exponent
one who champions or advocates
agenda
plan, schedule
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
audacious
bold daring, fearless
enunciate
to pronounce clearly
execrable
utterly detestable, abhorrent
discrepancy
difference between
capricious
impulsive, whimisical, without much thought
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
farcical
absurd, ludicrous
grimace
facial expression showing pain or disgust
asperson
false rumor, damaging report, slander
diffidence
shyness, lack of confidence
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distastful one
ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
covert
hidden; secret
fallow
uncultivated, unused
arsenal
ammunition storehouse
embellish
to ornament; make attractive with decoration or details; add details to a statement
evade
to avoid, dodge
amoral
unprinciple, unethical
chromatic
relating to color
bequeth
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
derivative
copied or adapted; not original
gargantuan
giant, tremendous
emulate
to copy, imitate
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
curmudgeon
cranky person
condone
to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify or excuse a fault
allegory
symbolic representation
ensconce
to settle comfortable into a place
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin
animosity
hatred, hostility
circumference
boundary or distance around a circle or sphere
cnyic
person who distrusts the motives of others
digress
to turn aside; to stray from the main point
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
behemoth
huge creature
furtive
secret, stealthy
avert
to turn (something) away; prevent, hinder
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
expurgate
to censor
haughty
arrogant and condescending
boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
defunct
no longer existing, extinct
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
forethought
anticipation, foresight
endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
egregious
conspicuously bad
abolitionist
one who opposes the practice of slavery
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
benighted
unenlightened
compliant
submissive and yielding
diffuse
widely spread out
bestial
beastly, animal-like
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
articulate (adj.)
well spoken, expressing oneself clearly
aberration
something different from the usual
fastidious
careful with details
convene
to meet, come together, assemble
debase
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
denigrate
to slur someone's reputation
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
discredit
to dishonor or disgrace
fatuous
stupid, foolishly self-satisfied
convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
exonerate
to clear or blame, absolve
grovel
to humble oneself in a demeaning way
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness, strength, or effect of
delegate (v.)
to give powers to another
contentious
quarrrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
deviate
to stray, wander
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
conjecture
speculation, prediction
flounder
to falter, waver; to muddle, struggle
diatribe
bitter verbal attack
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
deciduous
falling off or shed seasonally; short-lived, temporary
adulation
high praise
faze
to bother, upset or disconcert
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
amend
to imrove or correct flaws in
agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
ample
abundant, plentiful
atone
to make amends for a wrong
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
conduit
tube, pipe, or similar passage
clandestine
secretive
cloister (v.)
to confine, seclude
embezzle
to steal money in violation of a trust
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
audible
capable of being heard
demographics
data relating to study of human population
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
espouse
to support or advocate; to marry
dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
fawn (v.)
to flatter excessively, seek the favor of
circumspect
cautious, wary
arable
suitable for cultivation
culmination
climax, final stage
epilogue
concluding section of a literay work
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
forte
strong point, something a person does well
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severly
eradicate
to erase or wipe out
fiasco
disaster, utter failure
demur
to express doubts or objections
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
concave
curving inward
constrained
forced, compelled; confined, restrained
docile
tame, willing to be taught
adage
old saying or proverb
dialect
regional style of speaking
assail
to atack, assault
daunt
to discourage, intimidate
aversion
intense dislike
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
banter
playful conversation
estatic
joyful
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
ebb
to fade away, recede
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
demean
to degrade, humiliate, humble
blanch
to pale; take the color out of
confound
to baffle, perplex
circuitous
roundabout
abhor
to loathe, detest
complement
to complete, perfect
cosmetic (adj.)
relating to beauty; affecting the surface of something
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
abet
to aid; act as accomplice
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
burgeon
to sprout or flourish
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
collusion
collaboration, complicity, conspiracy
altruism
unselfish concern for other's welfare
efface
to erase or make illegible
ephemeral
momentary, transient, fleeting
equanimity
calmness, composure
fell (v.)
to chop, cut down
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
fulsome
sickeningly excessive; repulsive
gibe
to make heckling, taunting remarks
exult
to rejoice
conscientious
governed by conscience; careful and thorough
beneficient
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good effects
evict
to put out or force out
evanescent
momentary, transitory, short-lived
dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
bisect
to cut into two (usually equal) parts
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
erudite
learned, scholarly
equivocal
ambiguous, open to more than one interpretation
covet
to desire strongly something possessed by another
dilapidated
in disrepair, rundown, neglected
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
dilatory
slow, tending to delay
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
cartography
science or art of making maps
flout
to treat contemptuously; scorn
glib
fluent in an insincer manner; offhand, casual
doting
excessively fond, loving to excess
authoritarian
extemely strict, bossy
alienated
distance, estranged
allure (v.)
to entice by charm; attract
abase
to humble; disgrace
accolade
parise, distinction
garrulous
very talkative
deface
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
credulous
gullible,trusting
belie
to mispresent; expose as false
askew
crooked, tilted
admonish
to caution or reprimand
culpable
guilty, greed
fractious
unruly, rebellious
feign
to pretend, give a false impression; to invent falsely
acumen
sharpness of insight
elicit
to draw out, provoke
despondent
feeling discouraged and dejected
gluttony
eating and drinking to excess
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
amphibian
creature equally at home on land or in water
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
deaphanous
allowing light to show through, delicate
clamor
to make a noisy outcry; a noisy outcry
extrinsic
not inherent or essential, coming from without
gestation
growth process from conception to birth
funereal
mournful, appropriate to a funeral
flamboyant
flashy, garish; exciting, dazzling
dormant
at rest, inactive, in suspended animation
cessation
temporary or complete halt
commensurate
proportional
continence
self-control, self-restraint
abridge
to condense, shorten
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
edict
law, command, official public order
effervescent
bubbly, lively
discern
to perceive something obscure
dogmatic
rigidly fixed in opinion, opinionated
fluctuate
to alternate, waver
charlatan
quack, fake
bibliography
list of books
flagrant
outrageous, shameless
facade
face, front; mask, superficial appearance
hardy
robust, vigorous
conflagration
big, destructive fire
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
cede
to surrender possession of something
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty, conflicting emotions
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
exhilaration
state of being energetic or filled with happiness
approbation
praise, official approval
dupe
to deceive, trick; a fool or pawn
affluent
rich, abundant
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
contravene
to contradict, deny, act contrary to
agile
well coordinated, nimble
citadel
fortress or stronghold
enthrall
to captivate, enchant, enslave
equivocate
to use vague or ambiguous language intentionally
forgo
to go without, refrain from
foment
to arouse or incite
exacerbate
to aggravate, intensify the bad qualities of
expiate
to atone for, make amends for
dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives
emaciated
skinny, scrawny, gaunt, especially from hunger
dessicate
to dry completely, dehydrate
augment
to expand, extend
deploy
to spread out strategically over an area
arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
fraudulent
deceitful, dishonest, unethical
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement
ethereal
not earthly, spiritual, delicate
fortuitous
happening by luck, fortunate
forestall
to prevent, delay; anticipate
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
dispel
to drive out or scatter
edifice
building
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
flaunt
to show off
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
desist
to stop doing something
fanaticism
extreme devotion to a cause
eminent
celebrated, distinguished; outstanding, towering
adjacent
next to
gullible
easily deceived
disseminate
to spread far and wide
eclectic
selecting from various sources
botanist
scientist who studies plants
deplore
to express or feel disapproval of; regret strongly
consensus
unanimity, agreement of opinion or attitude
abandon
total lack of inhibition
deride
to mock, ridicule, make fun of
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
effulgent
brilliantly shining
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
delectable
appetizing, delicious
drivel
stupid talk; slobber
fraught
full of, accompanied by
dilate
to enlarge, swell, extend
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
annul
to cancel, nullify, declare void, or make legally invalid
exuberant
lively, happy, and full of good spirits
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
grandiloquence
pompous talk, fancy but meaningless language
balm
soothing, healing influence
communicable
transmittable
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
cursory
hastily done, superficial
conglomerate
collected group of varied things
bias
prejudice, slant
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
anonymity
condition of having no name or an unknown name
disparate
dissimilar, different in kind
affected (adj.)
pretentious, phony
coherent
intelligible, lucid, understandable
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
bastion
fortification, stronghold
ambiguous
uncertain; subject to multiple interpretations
ascetic
self denying, abstinent, austere
extricate
to free from, disentangle
flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
deplete
to use up, exhaust
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
chide
to scold, express disapproval
clairvoyant (adj.)
having ESP, psychic
disconcerting
bewildering, perplexing, slightly disturbing
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
elation
exhilaration, joy
enormity
state of being gigantic or terrible
genre
type, class, category
expound
to elaborate; to expand or increase
dissuade
to persuade someone to alter original intentions
dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
egocentric
acting as if things are centered around oneself
engender
to produce, cause, bring about
gaunt
thin and bony
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
emollient
having soothing qualitites, especially for skin
flora
plants
alias
assumed name
garner
to gather and store
debunk
to discredit, disprove
estrange
to alienate, keep at a distance
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
duplicity
deception, dishonesty, double-dealing
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
fabricate
to make or devise; constuct
attain
to accomplish, gain
esoteric
understood by only a learned few
bay (v.)
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way
archipelago
large group of islands
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
amiable
friendly, pleasant, likable
depravity
sinfulness, moral corruption
cryptic
puzzling
antecedent (adj.)
coming before in place or time
enmity
hostility, antagonism, ill-will
fracas
noisy dispute
diplomacy
discretion, tact
ameliorate
to make better, improve
foster
to nourish, cultivate, promote
appropriate (v.)
to take possession of
astrigent
harsh, severe, stern
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like barss
caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
euphoria
feeling of well-being or happiness
epitome
representative of an entire group; summary
benign
kindly, gentle, or harmless
banal
trite, overly common
champion (v.)
to defend or support
copious
abundant, plentiful
corroborate
to confirm, verify
disheveled
untidy, disarranged, unkempt
hackneyed
worn out by overuse
commodious
roomy, spacious
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
antagonist
foe, opponent, adversary
candor
honesty of expression
entreat
to plead, beg
cuisine
characteristic style of cooking
clemency
merciful leniency
dour
sullen and gloomy; stern and severe
distraught
very worried and distressed
doleful
sad, mournful
disarray
clutter, disorder
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser, usually using appeals to emotion or prejudice
anomaly
irregularity or deviation from the norm
euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
cosmopolitan
sophisticated, free from local prejudices
hapless
unfortunate, having bad luck
germinate
to begin to grow (as with a seed or idea)
habitat
dwelling place
congeal
to become thick or solid, as a liquid freezing
civil
polite; relating to citizens
effrontery
impudent boldness; audacity
convoluted
twisted, complicated, involved
girth
distance around something
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
consolation
something providing comfort or solace for a loss or hardship
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
forlorn
dreary, deserted; unhappy; hopeless, despairing
frenetic
wildly frantic, frenzied, hectic
emancipate
to set free, liberate
expedient (adj.)
convenient, efficient, practical
catalyst
something causing change without being changed
goad
to prod or urge
anarchy
absence of government or law; chaos
ballad
folk song, narrative poem
exasperation
irritation
anachronistic
outdated
despot
tyrannical ruler
demote
to reduce to a lower grade or rank
abject
miserable, pitiful
concur
to agree
elegy
mournful person
fathom (v.)
to measure the depth of, gauge
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
aloof
detached, indifferent
discordant
harsh-sounding, badly out of tune
debilitate
to weaken, enfeeble
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
fervid
passionate, intense, zealous
agitation
commotion, excitement, uneasiness
disdain
to regard with scorn and contempt
effigy
stuffed doll; likeness of a person
explicit
clearly defined, specific; forthright in expression
grandiose
magnificent and imposing; exaggerated and pretentious
expunge
to erase, eliminate completely
hedonism
pursuit of pleasure as a goal
finicky
fussy, difficult to please
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
allusion
indirect reference
acerbic
bitter,sharp in taste or temper
enigmatic
puzzling, inexplicable
blight (v.)
to afflict, destroy
curtail
to shorten
antiquity
ancient times, the quality of being old
ashen
resembling ashes; pale
decorum
proper behavior, etiquette
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
didactic
excessively instructive
ford (v.)
to cross a body of water at a shallow place
abscond
to depart secretly
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
facile
very easy
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
abstain
to choose not to do something
disparge
to belittle, speak disrespectfully about
curt
abrupt, blunt
deluge
flood
convex
curved outward
exculpate
to clear of blame or fault, vindicate
affront(n.)
peronal offense, insult
depreciate
to lose value gradually
conundrum
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
artisan
craftsperson; expert
dissipate
to scatter; to pursue pleasure to excess
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
autocrat
dictator
foible
minor weakness or character flaw
berate
to scold harshly
circumscribe
to encircle; set limits on, confine
crass
crude, unrefined
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
collateral
accompanying
gratis
free, costing nothing
founder (v.)
to fall helplessly; sink; fail
diurnal
daily
acme
highest point; summit
avarice
greed
blasphemous
cursing, profane, irreverent
affable
friendly, easy to approach
excerpt (n.)
selection from a book or play
equine
relating to horses
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
baleful
harmful
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
chaotic
extremely disorderly
conventional
typical, customary, commonplace
eloquence
fluent and effective speech
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
eulogy
high praise, often in a public speech
grievous
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
craven
cowardly
exorbitant
extravagant, greater than reasonable
adapt
to accommodate; adjust
concede
to yield, admit
apocryphal
not genuine; fictional
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
dispassionate
free from emotion; impartial, unbiased
fallacious
wrong, unsound, illogical
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
foil (v.)
to defeat, frustrate
acuity
sharpness
deter
to discourage; prevent from happening
enervate
to weaken, sap strength from
amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
excruciating
agonizing, intensely painful
canny
smart; founded on common sense
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad
dirge
funeral hymn
consecrate
to declare sacred; dedicate to a goal
guile
trickery, deception
buttress (v.)
to reinforce or support
disperse
to break up, scatter
alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
caustic
biting, sarcastic; able to burn
gratuitous
free, voluntary; unnecessary and unjustified
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
censorious
severly critical
dispense
to distribute, administer
compensate
to repay or reimburse
archaic
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
florid
gaudy, extremely ornate; ruddy, flushed
errant
straying, mistaken, roving
creed
statement of belief or principle
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well-spoken
harbinger
precursor, sign of something to come
amorphous
having no definite form
caricature
exagerrated portrait, cartoon
bovine
cowlike; relating to cows
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
alacrity
cheerrul willingness, eagerness; speed
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
decry
to belittle, openly condemn
divine(v.)
to foretell or know by inspiration
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
fidelity
loyalty
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
disburse
to pay out
empathy
identification with another's feelings
anthology
collection of literary works
ascend
to rise or climb
broach (v.)
to mention or suggest for the first time
deflation
decrease, depreciation
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
amicable
friendly, agreeable
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
acrid
harsh, bitter
extemporaneous
unrehearsed, on the spur of the moment
construe
to explain or interpret
dexterous
skilled physically or mentally
blandish
to coax with flattery
foreboding
dark sense of evil to come
ennui
boredom, lack of interest and energy
astute
having good judgement

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