SAT Words First 50

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First 50 SAT words off of Sparknotes.

indigence

a great level of poverty

purveyor

a person who provides or supplies (sometimes a quality)

dowager

a dignified elderly woman

perfidy

the state of being disloyal

pugnacious

inclined to fight, quarrelsome

luddite

someone opposed to technological change

supercilious

disdainfully proud, snobbish

abjure

to reject, renounce

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

acerbic

biting, bitter in tone or taste

acrimony

bitterness, discord

acumen

keen insight

adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

alacrity

eagerness, quickness

anathema

a cursed, detested person

antipathy

a strong dislike, repugnance

approbation

praise

arrogate

to take without justification

ascetic

practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually in a religious sense

aspersion

a curse, an expression of ill--will

assidious

hard-working, diligent

blandish

to coax by using flattery

boon

a gift or blessing

brusque

short, abrupt, dismissive

buffet

to strike with force

burnish

to polish, shine

buttress

to support, hold up; something that offers support

cacophony

tremendous noise, disharmonious sound

cajole

to urge, coax

calumny

an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies

capricious

subject to whim, fickle

clemency

mercy

cogent

intellectually convincing

concomitant

accompanying in a subordinate fashion

conflagration

great fire

contrite

penitent, eager to be forgiven

conundrum

puzzle, problem

credulity

readiness to believe

cupidity

greed, strong desire

cursory

brief to the point of being superficial

decry

to criticize openly

defile

to make unclean, impure

deleterious

harmful

demure

quiet, modest, reserved

deprecate

to belittle, depreciate

deride

to laugh at openly, scorn

desecrate

to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

desiccated

dried up, dehydrated

diaphanous

light, airy, transparent

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