SAT Vocabulary 5

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absence

(n) the fact of being gone or not present

ambiguous

(adj) having two possible meanings; able to be understood in two different ways

askance

(adj) with a sideways glance, as with distrust

botany

(n) the scientific study of plants

clumsy

(adj) moving awkwardly, especially causing collisions, accidents, or mishaps

converge

(v) to come together; to meet

decrepit

(adj) lacking in strength, especially due to old age or illness

diffidence

(n) not trusting or believing in one's self; self-doubt

enthrall

(v) to hold in a rapt state; to have overpowering influence

foresight

(n) the ability to anticipate future happenings or to plan for the future

hypocrisy

(n) professing beliefs or acting in opposition to one's true beliefs or actions; insincerity

inhospitable

(adj) ill-disposed toward newcomers; unwelcoming

malign

(v) to talk harshly or critically of, particularly to speak false criticisms

mollify

(v) to calm or pacify

obsolete

(adj) no longer used or useful

penitence

(n) a desire to atone for wrongdoing

pommel

(v) to strike repeatedly; to beat, as with a club

pyromania

(n) an abnormal and unhealthy obsession with fire; often the obsessive desire to start fires

regress

(v) to move backwards, especially to retreat to a former state

sediment

(n) particles that fall to the bottom of a liquid

subsequent

(adj) occurring afterward

tortuous

(adj) having many twists and turns; intricate and difficult to follow

undermine

(v) to work against a project or purpose; to subvert or sabotage

vapid

(adj) lacking in liveliness and flavor; dull

waif

(n) a person, especially a child, with no home or prospects

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