SAT Prep 1&2&3

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Ample

affording an abundant supply

Aristocracy

the most powerful members of a society

Circumspect

careful, cautious

Cliche`

obvious remark

Condome

to overlook and forgive

Consolidation

the act of combining into an integral whole

Convention

(diplomacy) an international agreement

Curtail

place restrictions on

Cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

Dawdle

hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

Demean

To cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character

Denounce

speak out against

detached

showing lack of emotional involvement

Didactic

instructive

Discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

Disinterested

not interested

Disparage

express a negative opinion of

Disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

Dispel

force to go away

Divulge

to tell, reveal; to make public

Doctrine

a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

Eclipse

one celestial body obscures another

Enigma

a difficult problem

Enumerate

specify individually

Erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

Acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

Adamant

not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course

Agape

open-mouthed; surprised; agog

Ambiguity

unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning

Ameliorate

to make better

Anemic

lacking vigor or energy

Anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

Arid

lacking vitality or spirit

Assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

Asylum

a shelter from danger or hardship

Audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

Augment

enlarge or increase

Ballast

any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship

Bicameral

composed of two legislative bodies

Bucolic

a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life

Cadence

a recurrent rhythmical series

Canny

showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

Conjecture

reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

Consternation

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

Digression

a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

Docile

willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed

Empathy

understanding and entering into another's feelings

Exemplary

serving to warn

Florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

Hegemony

the domination of one state over its allies

Hypothesis

a tentative theory about the natural world

Ignominy

a state of dishonor

Inevitable

an unavoidable event

Interloper

someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission

Jubilation

a feeling of extreme joy

Juxtaposition

the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

Lobbyist

someone who tries to persuade legislators to vote for bills that the lobbyists favor

Meretricious

tastelessly showy

Naysayer

someone with an aggressively negative attitude

Noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

Nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Orator

a person who delivers a speech or oration

Paltry

contemptibly small in amount

Paradox

(logic) a self-contradiction

Parched

dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

Parley

a negotiation between enemies

Parrellel Structure

meaning using the same patterm of workids to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance

Putsch

a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

Quaffable

drinkable; easy to drink, especially in quantity

Quaint

strange in an interesting or pleasing way

Ravenous

devouring or craving food in great quantities

Reconciliation

getting two things to correspond

Renovation

the act of improving by renewing and restoring

Reprieve

the act of reprieving

Salubrious

promoting health

Sanguine

inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

Solace

the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment

Spontaneous

produced without being planted or without human labor

Viceral

Structures found inside

Zealous

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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