SAT Vocab Set 2

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Chapters 10-14

auspicious

favorable and promising; accompanied by good omens

evocative

characterized by using the power of imagination to call forth a memory

enigma

a riddle shrouded in mystery and thus something that is puzzling and inscrutable

superficial

shallow; lacking intellectual or emotional depth

precocious

characterized by the exceptionally early development or maturity of a talent

stigmatize

to brand or mark as inferior

infinitesimal

incalculably small; MINUSCULE

vitriolic

characterized by a harsh and nasty tone; scathing

proliferate

to grow rapidly; multiply quickly

resplendent

characterized by great beauty, splendor, and dazzling jewel-like colors; not DRAB

exhort

to spur on; to encourage

ameliorate

to improve; make better

compunction

a feeling of deep regret caused by a sense of guilt; great remorse

mendacity

the trait of being deliberately untruthful

fortuitous

an accidental but lucky chance; filled with good fortune

debacle

a complete disaster; a FIASCO

understatement

a figure of speech in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is

perfunctory

characterized by casual indifference; performing in a routine manner

austerity

great self-denial, especially when refraining from spending

indigenous

a plant, animal, or person that is native to an area

litany

a long and familiar list often recited by rote

estrange

to alienate; drive apart

gregarious

marked by a liking for companionship; sociable

impasse

a deadlock or stalemate

anomaly

a deviation from a common pattern; a departure from the norm; something that is atypical and thus ABERRANT

eschew

to deliberately avoid something

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand; to prevent or to FORESTALL something from happening

posthumous

occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

impetus

the moving force behind something; a stimulus that moves something along

pristine

immaculately clean; unspoiled; free from contamination

erroneous

incorrect; mistaken; wrong; filled with errors

admonish

to counsel against, to earnestly warn

demarcate

to clearly set or mark the boundaries of a group or geographic area

foster

to promote and encourage

florid

excessively ornamental; as in a very flowery style of writing; neither plain nor STARK

churlish

characterized by surly and rude behavior; sullen and devoid of CIVILITY

prolific

characterized by great productivity

provisional

temporary; not permanent

pastoral

an idealized portrayal of country life; rustic; bucolic

convivial

characterized by being full of life and good company; jovial and festive

burgeon

to rapidly grow and multiply; to FLOURISH

confound

to perplex and confuse; to leave baffled and BEWILDERED

bemoan

to moan and groan; to express great regret; to LAMENT

vignette

a brief literary sketch

quiescent

marked by inactivity and quiet; a state of tranquility

acrimonious

marked by bitter and strong resentment; rancorous in tone

rancid

having a rotten taste or smell; sour

largesse

generous giving; liberal bestowing of gifts

epiphany

an unexpected moment of sudden inspiration

vindicate

to justify or prove something's worth

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