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SAT Vocabulary

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exorbitant
Going beyond normal limits; extravagant
fealty
Loyalty
lexicon
A dictionary
facetious
Amusing
cursory
Rapid and superficial
pauper
One without means of support
hybrid
Cross-bred
facile
Easy and not difficult to do
exuberance
Rich supply
plausible
Seeming likely to be true, but open to doubt
catharsis
A cleansing or purging that releases emotions
terse
Stripped of all but the essentials; concise or succinct, sometimes to the point of rudeness
culpable
Guilty
animadversion
The utterance of criticism or censure
antilogy
Inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas
misnomer
A name wrongly or mistakenly applied
educe
To draw out
rudimentary
Being from an early, underdeveloped stage
rue
To regret extremely
pretentious
Showy, self-important, pompous; insisting on recognition, often unjustifiably
languid
Relaxed
augur
To predict
adumbrate
To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem
mien
The external appearance or manner of a person
sibilance
A hissing sound
retrospect
A view or contemplation of something past
absolution
Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses
utopia
A place where everything about life is perfect
vacillate
To waver
actuate
To move or incite to action
ascendant
Dominant
candid
Straightforward
fallacious
Illogical
racy
Exciting or exhilarating to the mind
lacerate
To tear rudely or raggedly
sanguinary
Bloody
profuse
In great abundance; bountiful; lavish; lush
fervid
Intense
nefarious
Wicked in the extreme
pacify
To bring to a peaceful state
becalm
To make quiet
dutiful
Obedient
reprehensible
Deserving blame or criticism
surreptitious
Secretive, deceptive
gesticulate
To make gestures or motions in place of speech
inundate
To fill with an overflowing abundance
torrid
Excessively hot
reform
To change for the better
defalcate
To cut off or take away a part of something
extensible
Capable of being thrust out
perturb
To disturb greatly
allegory
The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness
liquefy
To convert into liquid form
fabricate
To invent falsely
skeptic
One who doubts or waits to pass judgment
hydrous
Watery
acreage
Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land
conduce
To bring about
grotto
A small cavern
diffidence
Self-distrust
aphorism
Proverb
effervesce
To bubble up
despot
A ruler with total control; a tyrant, autocrat
lascivious
Lustful
espy
To keep close watch
sumptuous
Rich and costly
raconteur
A gifted talker or storyteller
tipsy
Befuddled with drinks
precarious
Perilous
brusque
Curt, abrupt, blunt
infringe
To trespass upon
canon
Any rule or law
antemundane
Pertaining to time before the world's creation
omniscience
Unlimited and infinite knowledge
whet
To excite or stimulate the mind or appetite; to hone or sharpen a knife or mind
sirocco
Hot winds from Africa
nonchalant
Casual, carefree, cool, unconcerned
rectify
To correct
pseudonym
A fictitious name
carrion
Dead and putrefying flesh
illusive
Deceptive
enkindle
To set on fire
mellifluous
Sweetly or smoothly flowing
succulent
Juicy
neophyte
Having the character of a beginner
prudence
Caution
apostate
False
syneresis
The coalescence of two vowels or syllables, as e'er for ever
quixotic
Extravagantly idealistic; unpredictable, unrealistic or imaginary
miscreant
A villain
allay
To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate
germane
Relevant
eschew
To keep clear of
datum
A premise, starting-point, or given fact
punctilious
Strictly observant of the rules or forms set by law or custom
gratuitous
Voluntarily
acrimony
Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper
jeopardy
An exposure to or possibility of danger
bellicose
Warlike
knavery
Deceitfulness in dealing
inebriate
To intoxicate
contrite
Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin
aver
To assert as a fact
misogamy
Hatred of marriage
tacit
Understood
circumlocution
Indirect or roundabout way of expression
abidance
An abiding
amorphous
Without determinable shape
supersede
To displace
platitude
A tired, trite old saying
imbrue
To wet or moisten
fiasco
A complete or humiliating failure
clairvoyance
Intuitive perception
tantalize
To tease
incandescent
White or glowing with heat
gibe
To utter taunts or reproaches
evanescent
Fleeting
epoch
An interval of time, memorable for extraordinary events
advert
To refer incidentally
aggregate
The entire number, sum, mass, or quantity of something
abed
Situated in or on a bed
augment
To make bigger
beatify
To make extremely happy
accouter
To dress
aggrandize
To cause to appear greatly
panorama
A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene
brae
Hillside
assuage
To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease
destitute
Poverty-stricken
candor
The quality of frankness or outspokenness
vilify
To slander or defame someone's name or standing in the community
acumen
Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination
epitome
A simplified representation
artifice
Trickery
Achillean
Invulnerable
enumerate
To name one by one
dastard
A base coward
malady
Any physical disease or disorder
bedlam
Madhouse
blazon
To make widely or generally known
pugnacious
Quarrelsome
heresy
An opinion subversive of accepted beliefs
pulmonary
Pertaining to the lungs
reticence
Quietness and restraint in personality
ire
Wrath
abbot
The superior of a community of monks
hedonist
Someone who lives for pleasure or happiness
cajole
To dupe by flattering speech
ignoble
Low in character or purpose
maidenhood
Virginity
prolific
Producing offspring or fruit
assiduous
Diligent
insidious
Working ill by slow and stealthy means
afresh
Once more, after rest or interval
ablution
A cleansing or washing of the body
concur
To agree, assent; to approve; to coincide
accession
Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government
autonomous
Self-governing
laud
To praise, commend, acclaim, extol
disparage
To regard or speak of slightingly
genesis
Creation
disseminate
To disperse or spread everywhere
diurnal
Daily
leviathan
Any large animal, as a whale
labyrinth
A maze
jovial
Merry
exigent
Urgent
meticulous
Over-cautious
affront
An open insult or indignity
mitigate
To make milder or more endurable
averse
Reluctant
sycophant
A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence
acrid
Harshly pungent or bitter
meander
To wind and turn while proceeding in a course
entrench
To fortify or protect
absolve
To free from sin or its penalties
gestation
Pregnancy
asperity
Harshness or roughness of temper
plebeian
Common
imminent
Dangerous and close at hand
propagate
To spread abroad or from person to person
aperture
Hole
sustenance
Food
adjuration
A vehement appeal
acetate
A salt of acetic acid
discountenance
To look upon with disfavor
erudite
Very well-educated
haggard
Worn and gaunt in appearance
extrude
To drive out or away
synopsis
A syllabus or summary
indolence
Laziness
consort
A partner or associate
fortuitous
Happening by chance; accidental
immaculate
Without spot or blemish
beseech
To implore
ameliorate
To relieve, as from pain or hardship
frigidarium
A room kept at a low temperature to store and preserve foods
verbatim
Word for word
astute
Wise, shrewd, perceptive
transitory
Existing for only a short time
invidious
Showing or feeling envy
arrogate
To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons
dilatory
Tending to cause delay
chastise
To scold severely or punish
indulgent
Generous to a fault
castigate
To punish
imbibe
To drink or take in
adulterant
An adulterating substance
resilience
The ability to "bounce back"
epitaph
An inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead
grueling
Demanding and exhausting
circumscribe
To confine within the boundaries
anecdote
A brief account of some interesting event or incident
itinerant
Wandering
prevaricate
To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention
vista
A view or prospect
quandary
A feeling of puzzlement or doubt
ocular
Pertaining to the eyes
acme
The highest point, or summit
repudiate
To refuse to have anything to do with
hydra
The many-headed water-serpent slain by Hercules
inapt
Slow or awkward
aerostat
A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air
scrutinize
To examine minutely, with close attention
tenacious
Unyielding
transgress
To break a law
abase
To lower in position; degrade
inkling
A hint
reiterate
To say or do over and over again
temerity
Recklessness
cadaverous
Resembling a corpse
befog
To confuse
taciturn
Naturally silent, untalkative
ascension
The act of rising
obligatory
Binding in law or conscience
nullify
To negate or invalidate
taut
Stretched tight
glutton
One who is overly, almost sinfully, hungry for something
amenable
Willing and ready to submit
evoke
To call or summon forth
abscond
To depart secretly and suddenly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest
thermal
Of or pertaining to heat
eclectic
Carefully selected from many good sources
fictitious
Created or formed by the imagination
enervate
To render ineffective or inoperative
pernicious
Tending to kill or hurt
exacerbate
To make more sharp or severe
trajectory
The path described by a projectile
petulant
Displaying impatience
evert
To turn inside out
tortious
Wrongful
embolden
To give courage to
satiate
To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of
innuendo
Insinuation
consummate
To bring to completion
deprecate
To express disapproval or regret for, with hope for the opposite
ambulate
To walk about
volant
Flying or able to fly
nostalgia
A sentimental longing for a past time or state
recur
To happen again
luxuriate
To live sumptuously
pluperfect
Expressing past time or action prior to some other past time or action
hernia
Protrusion of any internal organ from its normal position
ignominious
Shameful
prattle
To utter in simple or childish talk
acquiesce
To comply; submit
suffrage
The right or privilege of voting
diatribe
Bitter, critical speech or writing
equivocal
Open to two interpretations; evasive or unclear
cession
Surrender of possessions
convalesce
To recover after a sickness
deduce
To derive a conclusion by reasoning
solar
Pertaining to the sun
adjutant
Auxillary
hackneyed
Banal, overused, trite
timbre
The quality of a tone
aesthetic
Referring to a sense of beauty; artistic
coerce
To force
polytechnic
Pertaining to the practice of many arts
immiscible
Separating, as oil and water
prate
To talk about vainly or foolishly
exemplar
A model to be followed
anagram
The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase
modish
Fashionable
vertigo
Dizziness
Spartan
Exceptionally brave; rigorously severe
adroit
Having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers
acquiescence
Passive consent
emaciate
To waste away in flesh
borough
An incorporated town or village
bereave
To make desolate with loneliness and grief
caitiff
Cowardly
coalesce
To mix or come together from separate elements
nasal
Pertaining to the nose
askance
With a side or indirect glance or meaning
gentile
Belonging to a people not Jewish
fastidious
Hard to please
spurious
Not genuine
arrant
Notoriously bad
bask
To make warm by genial heat
apostasy
Total departure from one's faith or religion
progeny
Offspring
mulatto
The offspring of a white person and a black person
attest
To certify as accurate, genuine, or true
condone
To overlook or pardon an offense
garner
To gather or collect; accumulate; earn
suave
Smooth and pleasant in manner
enmity
Hatred
denouement
The part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up
vociferous
Loudly, persistently vocal
unyoke
To separate
succinct
Concise
euphemism
The use of a "nice" word or phrase instead of an offensive or terrible honest one
hyperbole
Wild exaggeration, often on purpose for effect
elegy
A lyric poem lamenting the dead
annunciation
Proclamation
haughty
Openly and disdainfully proud
acerbity
Sourness, with bitterness and astringency
adduce
To bring forward or name for consideration
accede
To agree
dwindle
To diminish or become less
benison
Blessing
antediluvian
Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah
academician
A member of an academy of literature, art, or science
amply
Sufficient
unctuous
Oily
circumspect
Showing caution and careful consideration
lampoon
Verbal ridicule of a person
dearth
Scarcity or lack; paucity
digress
To wander off course in speaking or writing
necrosis
The death of part of a body
brevity
Shortness in duration
incessant
Going on without interruption; unceasing
exasperate
To excite great anger in
myriad
A vast indefinite number
transcend
To surpass
resuscitate
To restore from apparent death
lustrous
Shining
lurid
Ghastly and sensational
beatitude
Any state of great happiness
natal
Pertaining to birth
corpulent
Obese
voluptuous
Having fullness of beautiful form
vacuous
Empty
diaphanous
Transparent
comport
To conduct or behave oneself
unanimity
The state or quality of being of one mind
addle
To make inefficient or worthless
anachronism
Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time
jubilation
Exultation
altruism
Benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest
respite
Time of relief from activity; rest, pause, lull
zenith
The highest point, or acme; point of culmination
misanthropy
Hatred of mankind
simultaneous
Done, occurring, or existing at the same time
cupidity
Avarice
amicable
Done in a friendly spirit
extenuate
To diminish the gravity or importance of
expedite
To hasten the movement or progress of
synchronism
Simultaneousness