Barron's SAT Vocab

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aesthete

one who appreciates and seeks beauty or pleasure

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

aphorism

a maxim

appropriate

to take another's property as one's own

arable

farmable

arboreal

relating to trees

asylum

a safe place to practice one's religion or follow one's convictions

auspicious

foretelling well for the future

avant-garde

new

behemoth

something of great size or power

bequest

a gift upon one's death

breadth

a range or scope

brook

to endure

bungle

to mess up

byzantine

ornate

celerity

cheerful speed

cerebral

intellectual

chagrin

embarrassment

circumscribed

defined of limited

cloying

over sweet

confound

to perplex

conjecture

an inference

constituents

voters

consummate

perfect

convoluted

complex

crude

rude

curtail

abridge

debased

morally low

decorous

having propriety

denuded

made ineffective or infertile

desultory

aimless

didactic

lecturing

dilatory

aimless

dirge

a funeral song

discomfited

embarrassed

discretionary

showing prudence

disingenuous

crafty

disposed

inclined

divine

godly

edifice

building

effigy

crude likeness of a loathed person

egregious

blatantly wrong

elusive

evasive

emollient

soothing lotion

empirical

based on data or evidence

enervate

drain of energy, weaken

enfranchise

free from slavery

epitaph

words inscribed on a tomb

espouse

support

expurgate

censor texts

extant

existing

fabrication

lie

facile

easy

felicitous

suitable, pleasant

feral

wild, savage

galvanize

spur to action

gaunt

thin, haggard

gingerly

carefully

grovel

beg or plead

hapless

unlucky, unfortunate

harbinger

messenger

hermetic

sealed in an airtight manner

histrionic

melodramatic

hubris

excessive pride

inanimate

not living

incantation

calling out for guidance

inchoate

not fully formed

incisive

harsh, sharp, cutting

incumbent

one who holds political office

indelible

permanent

ineffable

incapable of expression in words

inexorable

relentless

inflammatory

likely to incite rage

insular

narrow-minded

intemperate

excessive

interlocutor

one who participates in conversation

intractable

stubborn

jaded

bored from too much pleasure or overindulgence

jingoism

aggressive bragging of one's patriotism

juggernaut

unstoppable force

juxtapose

place side by side

kinetic

relating to motion and energy

legion

large number

leviathan

huge monster

licentious

lacking moral discipline

melee

battle

milieu

environment

myopic

short-sighted

naivete

innocence

nihilism

philosophical believe involving rejection of established values and morality

nondescript

normal, featureless

nonplussed

stunned, confused

obfuscate

obscure

obliged

forced

oblique

indirect, slanted

olfactory

relating to sense of smell

onerous

burdensome

opprobrium

disgrace

ostensible

apparent

panacea

cure for everything

partisan

biased

pathos

empathy

pedagogic

instructive

perfidious

disloyal

petulant

irritable

plaudits

praise

pontificate

speak in arrogant manner

pragmatist

practical person

precept

rule of personal conduct

precipitate

make happen before planned

prescience

foresight

probity

honesty

profligate

wasteful

proliferate

multiply quickly

promulgate

make formally known a law

prose

ordinary language, not poetry

prototype

first model

prowess

skill

pundits

scholarly people

qualm

doubt, hesitation

quibble

find a fault with

quixotic

idealistic

refractory

stubborn

relegate

demote to inferior position

reprehensible

blameworthy

rescind

cancel, take back

retrograde

going backward, not progressing

sanctimonious

pretending to be religious

sanction

approve

scrupulous

extremely careful

serendipity

random luck

sinecure

office or position largely without responsibility, an office that involves minimal duties

sophistry

deceptive arguments

spate

outpouring

specious

false

steadfastness

loyalty

stupefy

stun

subterfuge

deception

supplant

replace

surfeit

oversupply, abundance

sybarite

pleasure-loving person

synergistic

good at working with with others

table

set aside an issue for later discussion

tawdry

cheap-looking

temerity

reckless boldness, rashness

temper

less severity of

threadbare

shabby

treachery

treason

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