Test Masters Complete SAT Vocab List

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adorn

to lend beauty to; decorate

aeon

an indefinitely long period of time; an age

affectation

behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality

aloof

distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote

amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

ambivalent

having opposing altitude or feelings about something

anguish

agonizing physical or mental pain; torment

antecedent

one that precedes another

apathy

indifference

aplomb

self-confident assurance; poise

appall

to fill with consternation or dismay

apropos

to the point

archaic

of, relating to, or characteristic of words and language that were once coon but are now used chiefly to suggest an earlier style or period

arduous

testing severely the powers of endurance; strenuous

assertive

inclined to bold or confident assertion; aggressively self-assured

auspicious

favorable

automaton

something that behaves like a robot

avant-garde

a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts

avarice

greed

banality

something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace

bane

fatal injury or ruin

beleaguered

to harass; beset

belie

to picture falsely; misrepresent

belligerent

inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive

bipartisan

supported by two political parties

blight

any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues

bog

a wetland

bolster

to support

boon

a benefit bestowed

bowdlerize

to remove offensive portions from a book

burgeon

to grow and flourish

celerity

swiftness of action or motion; speed

chronological

arranged in order of time occurrence

circumscribe

to limit narrowly; restrict

circumvent

to avoid or get around by artful maneuvering

clamor

a loud outcry; a hubbub

colloquial

informal speech or writing

condemn

to express strong disapproval of

complaisant

exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging

conjecture

a guess based on incomplete evidence

cordial

friendly

cosmopolitan

having constituent elements from many different parts of the world.

covet

to desire

cynical

scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.

daunting

discouraging

dearth

a scarce supply; a lack

deficient

lacking an essential quality or element

deft

skillful

deleterious

having a harmful effect; injurious

demur

to voice opposition; object

denounce

Publicly declare to be wrong or evil

deter

to prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt

devour

to eat or ingest

diffident

lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

dilettante

a dabbler in an art or field of knowledge

diminution

a lessening or reduction

diminutive

extremely small in size; tiny

dirge

a funeral song

dissolute

lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices

divisive

creating dissension or discord

dogmatic

characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principkes

don

to put on (clothing)

dour

unyielding; stubborn

droll

amusingly odd or whimsically comical.

dynamic

marked by energy

economical

affordable

effusive

profuse; overflowing; unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression

elaborate

to express at greater length or in greater detail

elan

enthusiastic vigor or liveliness

elitist

the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue or their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources `

elusive

hard to track

emote

to express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical matter

empathy

identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives

empirical

relying on or derived from observation or experiment

enrapture

to fill with delight

enumerate

to count off or name one by one; list

envelop

to enclose or encase completely with or as if with a covering

ephemeral

lasting for a markedly brief time

epitomize

to be a typical example of

euphoric

a feeling of great happiness

evocation

creation anew through the power of the memory or imagination

exhort

to urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appal

exonerate

to clear from blame

extinction

state of being removed from existence

fabrication

a lie

fanfare

a spectacular public display

fart

an usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room.

fastidious

displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail

fawn

to seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior

fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful

fickle

characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, specially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious

fleeting

passing quickly

fortitude

strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage

foster

to promote the growth and development of, cultivate

galvanize

to arouse to awareness or action; spur

guileless

not deceitful or crafty

halcyon

peaceful

hamper

to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of

harbinger

one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner

histrionic

excessively dramatic or emotional; dramatic

hyperbole

a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect

idiosyncratic

describing an eccentric characteristic peculiar to an individual or group

illustrious

well-known and very distinguished, eminent

impasse

a situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made, a deadlock or stalemate

impeccable

having no flaws, perfect

imperceptible

hard to detect

imperious

arrogantly domineering or overbearing

implausible

difficult to believe

impugn

to attack as false or questionable

inane

stupid

indomitability

incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished, unconquerable

inflame

to arouse to passionate feeling or action

ingratiation

to bring into the favor or good graces of another, especially a deliberate effort

iniquity

gross immorality or injustice, wickedness, sin

innocuous

harmless, not likely to offend or provoke to stong emotion, insipid

insurmountable

difficult to overcome

intractable

difficult to manage or govern, stubborn

inundate

to flood

invoke

to call upon (a god, deity) for inspiration or hope

jocular

characterized by jokes and good humor

lambaste

to denounce

lassitude

a state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness, lethargy

lethargic

sluggish, preferring inactivity, lacking energy

libelous

describing something written that is false

licentious

lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint, especially in sexual conduct

lionize

to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity

longevity

living to an old age

lurid

causing shock or horror; gruesome

lugubrious

mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree

malaise

a general sense of depression or unease

malleable

easily changed and controlled by other forces,(able to be influenced)

marginalize

to send to an inferior position, (relegate), make seem unimportant

mediate

to resolve or settle (dispute or between parties) by bringing about agreement

meticulous

extremely careful and precise; excessively concerned with details

minimize

to rank or treat as having the least degree of importance, value, or size, belittle

mitigate

to lessen

mollify

to calm in temper or feeling; to soothe

momentous

of utmost importance, of outstanding significance or consequence

monotony

tedious sameness or repetitiousness

monumental

impressively large

moratorium

a suspension of an ongoing or planned activity

mosaic

a picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces of glass into a surface

muddle

to confuse

myriad

constituting a very large, indefinite number, innumerable

naivete

the state or quality of being artless, credulous, or uncritical, gullible

notorious

known widely and usually unfavorably, infamous

noxious

harmful to the mind or morals, corrupting

nuance

a subtle or slight degree of difference

obdurate

stubborn

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