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Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT: Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Exercises for High Scores Lessons 1-7 of Book One

Terms

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inexorable
unrelenting; unavoidable
docile
easy to teach or manage
insipid
lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating
cynical
doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives
rancor
extreme hatred or ill will
nuance
a slight or sublte degree of difference
bigot
one who is intolerant of differences in others
culmination
the highest poing of attainment; the end or climax
jaundiced
prejudice; hostile
gauche
lacking social graces; tactless
candid
outspoken; blunt
bastion
a strong defense or fort (or one likened to it)
connoisseur
an expert in matter of culture, food, or wine
temerity
recklessness; a foolish disregard of danger
negligence
careless neglect, often resulting in injury
ostensible
professed but not necessarily true
intrepid
without fear; brave
mercenary
a professional soldier hired by a foreign army
chaos
complete disorder
disparity
inequality; difference
concur
to be of the same opinion; to agree with
furtive
stealthy; secretive
demagogue
a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
opus
a creative work, especially a numbered composition
extradite
to turn over or deliver to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority
motley
made up of dissimilar parts; being of many colors
irascible
easily angered
credence
belief or trust
jettison
to cast overboard; to discard
expunge
to erase or eliminate
emanciated
extremely thin; wasted away
demure
quiet and modest; reserved
ignominy
public shame, disgrace, or dishonor
castigate
to criticize or punish severely
libation
a drink, especially an alcoholic one
abet
to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense
erudite
scholary; learned
meticulous
extremely, sometimes excessively, careful about small details; precise
ostracize
to banish; to shut our from a group or society by common consent
apathy
lack of interest; state of not caring
dilemma
a choice between to unpleasant or difficult options
jingoism
extreme, chauvinistic patriotism, often favoring an agressive, warlike foreign policy
strident
harsh sounding; grating
augment
to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
ambivalent
having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide
cult
an organized group of people with an obessive devotion to a person or a set of principles
extraneous
inessential; not constituting a vital part
bacchanalian
wild and drunken
destitute
extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
gregarious
sociable; fond of the company of others
dilettante
one who merely dabbles in an art or a science
clement
merciful; lenient
dogmatic
arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs
officious
excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help
diffident
lacking in self-confidence; shy
adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
divulge
to tell, to reveal (as a secret)
heresy
the crime of holding a belief that goes against established doctrine
banter
teasing; playful conversation
appease
to calm; to make satisfied (often only temporarily)
copious
numerous; large in quantity
extol
to praise highly
enigma
a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
avarice
greed; desire for wealth
argot
special words or phrases used by a specific group of people
cliche
a worn-out ides or overused expression
jaunty
having a buoyant, self-confident air; brisk and crisp
coerce
to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats
anathema
a hated, repellant person or thing; a formal curse

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