Vocabulary for SAT

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484 terms · Vocab from "Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT"

licentious

morally unrestrained

numismatist

coin collector

paucity

a scarcity, lack

fatalistic

believing that all events in life are inevitable and determined by fate

obtrude

to force oneself into a situation uninvited

pensive

dreamily thoughtful

lackadaisical

uninterested, listless

alienate

to turn away feelings or affections

elated

in high spirits; exultantly proud and joyful

epigram

a witty saying expressing a single thought or observation

amalgamate

to combine

demented

mentally ill; insane

hone

to sharpen

beleaguer

to besiege by encircling (as with an army); to harass

gorge

to eat or swallow greedily

antiquated

no longer used or useful; very old

opiate

a narcotic used to cause sleep or bring relief from pain

caricature

an exaggerated portrayal of one's features

dally

to waste time; to dawdle

felonious

pertaining to or constituting a major crime

edifice

a large, elaborate structure; an imposing building

ambidextrous

equally skillful with either hand

belated

delayed

animate

to give life or motion to

knead

to work dough or clay into a uniform mixture

chauvinist

one having a fanatical devotion to a country, gender, or religion, with contempt for other countries, the opposite sex, or other beliefs

egalitarian

promoting equal rights for all people

berserk

in a state of violent or destructive rage

ostentatious

marked by a conspicuous, showy, or pretentious display

delude

to mislead; to fool

elude

to escape notice; to get away from

fallow

inactive; unproductive

blight

anything that destroys, prevents growth, or causes devaluation

obsequy

a funeral rite or ceremony

denizen

an occupant; inhabitant

fealty

obligated loyalty or faithfulness

entice

to attract by offering reward or pleasure

gratify

to please

laggard

a slow person, especially one who falls behind

gambit

maneuver or action used to gain an advantage

jaded

worn out; dulled, as from overindulgence

gist

the main point

advocate

to recommend; to speak in favor of

efface

to obliterate; to wipe out

charisma

personal appeal or attraction; magnetism

ogre

a brute; a large monster; a frightful giant

mesmerize

to hypnotize

entity

anything having existence, either physical or mystical

bandy

to exchange words; to discuss casually

dastardly

cowardly and treacherous

nepotism

favoritism shown to family by those in power, especially in business or hiring practices

begrudge

to resent another's success; to envy

mandarin

an influential person; a member of an elite group

glutinous

gluey; sticky

enmity

deep-seated hostility, often mutual

declaim

to speak in a dramatic, impassioned, or blustering manner

imbue

to inspire or influence; to saturate

gaff

a pole with a large hook on one end

quaff

to drink in large quantities; to gulp

bibliophile

a lover of books

gird

to prepare for an event or an action

daunt

to make afraid; to discourage

flux

a state of continual change or movement

hovel

a wretched living place; an open shed

cadaverous

of or like a corpse; pale, gaunt, thin

gothic

of the middle ages; of or relating to a mysterious, grotesque, and desolate style of fiction

penury

extreme poverty

egress

an exit; a means of going out

felicity

happiness; bliss

despot

a dictator with absolute power

beget

to produce; to make happen

educe

to draw or bring out

glean

to collect bit by bit; to gather with patient labor

chafe

to wear or irritate, often through rubbing or friction

effrontery

shameless boldness

imbibe

to drink (especially alcohol)

feign

to pretend

desist

to stop; discontinue

allude

to hint at, to refer to indirectly

elite

the choice members or best of a group

bilk

to cheat or swindle; to thwart

homily

a sermon

demise

death; a ceasing to exist

emit

to send out; to give forth, as in sound or light

decadence

moral deterioration

aghast

feeling great dismay or horror

granary

a storehouse for grain

choleric

easily angered

impede

to hinder, obstruct

qualm

a feeling of uneasiness

lampoon

a written satire used to ridicule or attack someone

narcissistic

conceited; having excessive self-love or admiration

eradicate

to wipe out; to destroy

fabricate

to concoct; to make up a story in order to deceive

ghastly

horrible; frightful

fallible

capable of error

blatant

obvious; too conspicuous

dawdle

to waste time

affiliate

an associate; partner

fawn

to act slavishly submissive

calumny

a false and malicious accusation

berate

to scold or rebuke severely and at length

minion

a fawning, servile follower

desolate

lonely; forlorn; uninhabited; barren

bane

the cause of ruin, harm, distress, or death

pacify

to calm down

garble

to mix up or distort

prevaricate

to lie

filch

to steal

neophyte

a beginner

flagrant

glaringly bad; outrageous

patrician

an aristocrat

emissary

one sent on a special mission to represent others

kindred

having similar origin, nature, or character

fracas

a loud quarrel or fight

lacerate

to tear (flesh) jaggedly

futile

useless; pointless

immaculate

spotless; perfect

gait

manner of walking

carp

to complain or to find fault in a petty or nagging way

query

to ask; to inquire

queue

a line of people or vehicles

nefarious

very wicked; notorious

genesis

beginning; origin

facade

a deceptive outward appearance; a misrepresentation

deluge

a flood; an overwhelming rush

catholic

universal; wide-ranging

eerie

weird; mysterious; strange and frightening

martial

warlike; relating to the military

anthropomorphic

attributing human characteristics or qualities to objects, animals, or gods

beneficiary

one who receives benefits

careen

to swerve or lurch from side to side while in motion

aplomb

self-confidence

guile

slyness or cunning in dealing with others

modicum

a small amount

fester

to grow embittered over time; to rot

languish

to become weak or feeble; to lose strength

pall

something that covers or conceals

havoc

great destruction; chaos

rancid

having a bad taste or smell; spoiled

holocaust

a great or complete destruction of life

embroil

to draw into a conflict or fight

anachronism

something or someone existing outside of its proper time

denigrate

to attack the reputation of; to speak ill of

humane

kind; compassionate

effusive

emotionally excessive; overly demonstrative

defunct

no longer in existence

lackey

a slavish follower

envisage

to form a mental picture

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