SAT Vocab

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capricious

impulsive and unpredictable

reticent

reluctant to draw attention

partisan

devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause

bombast

pompous or pretentious talk or writing

debilitated

weak and feeble

discerning

having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

disparage

to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner

eliminate

to get rid of; do away with

indulged

pampered, spoiled

innovative

original, new

promote

contribute to the progress or growth of

revolution

a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving

speculative

not based on fact or investigation

spontaneous

said or done without having been planned or written in advance

autonomy

independence; self-determination

candid

openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

diplomacy

subtly skillful handling of a situation

eclectic

random variety

erroneous

incorrect

erudition

profound scholarly knowledge

legislation

the act of making or enacting laws

mitigated

to relieve, alleviate

nonchalant

not showing any concern or worry

opponent

a contestant that you are matched against

proximity

nearness

remorse

regret

reputation

how the public views or regards an individual

restricted

curbed or regulated

scrutiny

the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

anomaly

an aberration; an irregularity; a deviation

articulate

express or state clearly

characterization

portrayal; description

collaboration

the act of working together

conjecture

inference; guesswork

controversial

arousing argument, dispute, or disagreement

curative

healing

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

defense

protection from harm

denounce

speak out against

digress

to stray from the main subject

dispassionate

impartial; calm, free from emotion

docile

easily managed, obedient, passive

dominate

to rule over by strength or power

dubious

open to doubt or suspicion

edifying

enlightening

enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

enlighten

to inform or give new insight

eradicate

to wipe out; to destroy

fabricate

to make, build; to lie

foresee

to know in advance

foster

help develop, help grow

intentions

plans to act in a certain way

intuitive

knowing something by instinct

loquacious

extremely talkative

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

mundane

ordinary, common

ostentatious

displaying wealth

paradox

a contradiction or dilemma

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

presumption

assumed knowledge in advance of proof

prolific

producing many things

reconcile

to reestablish friendship, to resolve a dispute

rousing

exciting, stirring

secluded

hidden from general view or use

simplistic

oversimplified

skeptic

someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

steadfast

firm and dependable especially in loyalty

suppresses

to hold back or keep secret

versatility

ability to do many things

acknowledge

accept as true or valid

aggressive

assertive, vigorously active, quick to attack

allege

to assert without proof or confirmation

altruism

unselfish regard for the welfare of others

ambivalence

conflicting feelings

amiable

agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly

anachronism

something out of place in time

asserts

to declare;state clearly

augment

enlarge or increase

averse

opposed; unwilling

belligerence

hostile or warlike attitude or nature

benevolent

generous in providing aid to others

bolster

support and strengthen

bungler

a clumsy or inept person

buoyed

supported and encouraged

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

callous

emotionally hardened

cantankerous

bad-tempered; quarrelsome

cathartic

emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

chicanery

trickery or subterfuge

complacent

satisfied with a situation that should be changed or improved

comprehensive

thorough

conciliatory

making or willing to make concessions

conditional

qualified by reservations

confirm

state or prove the truth of; substantiate; verify

constitute

form or compose

contempt

open disrespect for a person or thing

convince

to be persuaded

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

delude

to mislead or deceive

deplete

use up (resources or materials)

derived

formed or developed from something else

despair

the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

dilettante

an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

discriminating

1. able to make fine distinctions between; having good taste, 2. favoring one side/group and acting against another

disdain

reject with contempt

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

dispel

scatter; drive away; cause to vanish

disposition

usual outlook or mood; getting rid of something

disregard

willful lack of care and attention

disseminate

to scatter or spread widely

domestic

native to a country, not foreign; relating to the life or affairs of a household; a household servant

election

a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

elites

a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

empathetic

feeling another's pain as one's own

environment

surroundings

esoteric

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

exacerbate

make worse

expansion

the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

experiment

to conduct a test or investigation

harmony

agreement of opinions; pleasant-sounding music

harsh

sharply disagreeable

haughty

arrogant, condescending

improvise

to do without preparation

inaccessible

not easily reached or approached; out of the way

incompetence

lack of ability

ineffable

defying expression or description

inscrutable

incapable of being understood

insightful

perceptive

instructive

serving to inform or provide knowledge

irrelevant

having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

irritable

easily annoyed

judicious

proceeding from good sense or judgment

meticulous

marked by extreme care in treatment of details

munificent

very generous with money

neglects

leave undone or leave out

obtrusive

pushing, demanding attention, showy

offend

cause to feel resentment or indignation

ornate

elaborately decorated

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

penchant

a strong attraction or inclination

placid

calm, peaceful

plague

an annoyance; a pestilence; to annoy

precursor

forerunner; predecessor

preserved

kept intact or in a particular condition

prestige

a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc.

profound

very deep; deeply felt; intellectually deep

prominence

importance

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