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250 SAT words Test set 16-20

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precocious
They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and _________ even than chickens.
solipsistic
He was, I think, even more _________ than I was: self-centered as only a man constrained within his own view of what constituted his masculinity could be.
sacrosanct
A slavish nature would find consolation in the fact that the principal robber was an exalted and almost a _________ person--a Grand Duke, in fact.
rescind
Once creditors have approved the debtor entering into a voluntary arrangement the court may stay the bankruptcy proceedings and _________ the bankruptcy order.
quixotic
For more than a year, the Poles have been engaged in a brave, almost _________ attempt to transform a moribund command economy into a lively free market, and they are now suffering the growing pains of a capitalism devoid of capital.
penurious
One farming grandfather is remembered as "open hearted, hospitable, a good sport", in contrast to his "stingy and _________" second wife.
prosaic
Whilst religious traditions may prefer the theme of light as more poetic, their theologians find more _________ ways to represent the divine presence.
primeval
His most notable purchase was the five-canvas series by Cole of "The course of Empire", large landscapes depicting the rise of ancient society from _________ times, to the development of agricultural and artistic skills, to blissful arcadia, to over-prosperous decadence, to final ruins and desolation.
pugnacious
Chernobyl is a big reason why the Ukraine and Belorussia, in 1986 docile republics dominated by Brezhnevite Communists, now have mass strikes and increasingly _________ independence movements.
perspicacity
The surgeon spoke with the fluency due to long practice and with the admirable _________ which distinguished him.
pertinacious
Still more irritating was the fact that whilst Vaughan laboured slowly, working up his ideas through a series of studies, Minton dashed out striking designs with astonishing facility, working with fierce concentration and a _________ resistance to interruptions.
querulous
They go in for _________ and disputatious argument.
portent
When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a _________ that she would do badly on her spelling test.
prescient
To be advocating area-wide traffic restraint before the evaluation of the federal research areas was complete was either _________ or presumptuous, depending upon your view point.
propitious
The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favorable weather and _________ winds, and they soon came in sight of the great Andaman, the principal of the islands in the Bay of Bengal, with its picturesque Saddle Peak, two thousand four hundred feet high, looming above the waters.
promulgate
At the closure of the session he suggested a number of measures to be undertaken to "_________ and propagate the essence of the new laws", including the nationwide education of party cadres and the people through study classes, and increased media coverage.
probity
Whereas once the working class might have looked to the middle classes for an example of _________ and upright behavior, now the middle classes looked to the working class as the custodians of vanishing tradition and folk culture.
rectitude
He then rose from his knee, folded his arm on his bosom, and in a manner rather respectful than submissive, awaited the answer of the King,---like one who is conscious he may have given offence, yet is confident in the _________ of his motive.
servile
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the _________ Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
sagacity
Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive _________.
protean
When products and processes are so _________, companies grow or decline not with the market for some specific good, but with the creative and adaptive capacity of their workers.
reprobate
If you should marry the handsomest, and most accomplished and superficially agreeable man in the world, you little know the misery that would overwhelm you if, after all, you should find him to be a worthless _________, or even an impracticable fool.
salient
Lessons have been analyzed according to descriptive schemes of different sorts based on the abstraction of what the researchers have considered to be the most _________ or significant features of classroom behavior.
pulchritude
Several of Shakespeare's sonnets explore the _________ of a lovely young man.
repudiate
Under proposals outlined in a Green Paper yesterday, unions will have to _________ unequivocally any wildcat stoppages organised by any of their officials --; or risk sequestration.
restive
She became _________, insisted upon her rights, and finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain ball.
scurrilous
Interviewed last year, Gagosian responded to the accusation that he had made transparencies of paintings reproduced in art magazines and offered them for sale as "a _________ charge" -- but he went on to admit "Well, I may have done it once."
solicitous
She paid close attention to the teaching of her assistants, and was always _________ about the welfare of her students, among whom she was affectionately known as "The Raisin."
rife
Surprisingly, the famous novelist's writing was _________ with spelling errors.
prurient
Arnold, sacrificed--by express stipulation on the part of Lady Lundie--to the _________ delicacy which forbids the bridegroom, before marriage, to sleep in the same house with the bride, found himself ruthlessly shut out from Sir Patrick's hospitality, and exiled every night to a bedroom at the inn.
rebuke
However much, privately, she may have hated seeing her husband drink, or hearing him swear, she would never _________ him in front of others.
pithy
We must have _________, punchy posters which make their point in one, and no more daft adverts like that diet of Brussels rubbish.
propensity
Rural areas were now allowed more freedom of choice as to farming methods, and the peasants' _________ to more individualistic action was encouraged.
reprove
"If I tread too presumptuously into sacred places, _________ me," entreated the earl, with the submissive sweetness of a brand-new novice.
ribald
There has to be a new definition of sexuality: nurtured by everyday physical experience rather than separate from it, revered for its danger yet _________ and jolly, both everyday and sacramental.
platitudes
I love them for their witless _________, for their supernatural ability to bore, for their delightful asinine vanity, for their luxuriant fertility of imagination, for their startling, their brilliant, their overwhelming mendacity!
ruse
Often in bygone wars had the Moors tempted the hot-blooded Spaniards from their places of strength by such pretended flights, but there were men upon the hill to whom every _________ an trick of war were as their daily trade and practice.
petulance
It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the _________ and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.
quagmires
Sometimes they are little lakes, again but tiny pools, and often mere _________ of mud, as was this one overgrown with lush grasses which effectually hid its treacherous identity.
proscribe
Human cultures prescribe and _________ the sexual actions of their members; both the action and the object are socio-culturally controlled.
punctilious
His letters to Helen, in particular, uncover the head for business, the _________ sense of irritable rightness, and the concomitant sudden bouts of self-distrust that marched alongside his desire for an extended life of idealized perfection.
polemic
My brother launched into a _________ against my arguments that capitalism was an unjust economic system.
puerile
In an instant Raffles had seized the clubs, and was whirling them about his gray head in a mixture of childish pique and _________ bravado which I should have thought him altogether above.
serendipity
Discovery, as a result of _________, or as the culmination of a goal-directed activity, may lead to insight, as opposed to the solution of a particular problem.
recalcitrant
Even when scolded, the _________ young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans.
replete
Feeling complete, _________, like a cat sleeping in the sun has all four paws buried under its furred belly, sun too hot to move, tail wrapped over its sleeping nose, I went back to our bed to curl up.
sanguine
Telegraph and telephone worked his will, he saw all callers, a cigar in his mouth and flower in his buttonhole, perfectly at his ease, _________ and confident.
plethora
The "worrier" is so concerned he might forget something that he struggles through airports with three huge suitcases and a _________ of hand baggage.
rancor
The consciousness that the insult was not yet avenged, that his _________ was still unspent, weighed on his heart and poisoned the artificial tranquillity which he managed to obtain in Turkey by means of restless, plodding, and rather vainglorious and ambitious activity.
proclivity
In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood _________ for torturing small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon.

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