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SAT

raze

to demolish; to flatten to ground level

therapeutic

having healing powers

superfluous

unnecessary; extra

figurehead

a person with apparent but no real authority

undulate

to move in a wave-like motion

quibble

to criticize or evade the truth by raising trivial or irrelevant objections

esteem

high regard; respect; to regard highly

stentorian

extremely loud

revere

to honor

trying

resulting from great difficulties; irritating

forlorn

appearing sad because abandoned; in pitiful condition; almost without hope

sonorous

having full, deep sound; impressive in style of speech

clamber

to crawl or climb with difficulty, esp. on all fours

beneficent

performing deeds of kindness or charity; producing a good result

digress

to turn aside from the main subject

impending

about to happen

repress

to hold back; to put down by force

divisive

creating conflict

maudlin

excessively sentimental

spendthrift

one who spends money wastefully

obsequious

showing too great a willingness to serve or obey

perennial

lasting through the years

punitive

inflicting or intended to inflict punishment

euphoria

a feeling of great happiness

flux

flow; continuous change or movement

misanthrope

one who hates or mistrusts mankind

antipathy

a feeling of strong repulsion or aversion

malefactor

one who does wrong; a villain

tractable

easily managed or controlled

fawn

to exhibit affection like a dog; to flatter excessively

quandary

a state of uncertainty, esp. about what course of action to take

dote

to show excessive love or fondness

aggrandize

to enlarge; increase or size, power or rank

wax

to become larger

retribution

punishment for a wrong committed

abound

to be plentiful

wary

cautious; on guard

wince

to flinch in pain or fear

fortitude

strength of mind that allows one to endure adversity

reminisce

to recall the past, esp. fondly

sanctuary

a holy place; a place of refuge

civil

observing accepted social customs; not rude

viable

able to live; capable of success

myopic

near-sighted

mogul

a rich or powerful person

delve

to look for; to search; to investigate

cavil

to argue in a petty fashion; make trifling objections

notorious

having a bad reputation

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid; crafty

litigant

one who is engaged in a lawsuit

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