Elite SAT: 125-250 Cumulative

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facetious

playfully humorous

argot

specialized vocabulary usually associated with a profession

elude

to escape from as by daring or skill

desiccate

to dry

supersede

to replace

gauche

socially awkward

sublime

of high spiritual or moral worth

intrepid

bold or fearless

prerogative

an exclusive right or privilege, esp heredity

recumbent

lying down in position of comfort

windfall

unexpected good fortune

impervious

resistant to penetration

equanimity

evenness of temper

lurid

causing shock or horror

cabal

small group of secret plotters

abscond

to go away hastily

fete

lavish entertainment

exude

to give off to emit, to radiate

concerted

planned or accomplished together

flank

the side

expunge

to erase

recondite

not easily understood

preclude

to make impossible, to prevent the occurrence of

herald

to bear news, to announce

broach

to raise for discussion

vanguard

the leading position in an army

hermetic

completely sealed, esp from entry or escape of air

duplicity

deception; deceitfulness; double-dealing

adage

a familiar saying or proverb

aptitude

an inherent capacity for learning, understanding, or performing

procure

to obtain or acuire

rote

mechanical memorization, often without full understanding

itinerant

travelling from place to place, esp for work

incur

to acquire or sustain something undesirable

accede

to agree to something

caveat

a warning

behoove

to be necessary or proper for

enmity

the bitter attitude or feelings of an enemy and/or of mutual enemies

plight

sad situation

improvident

not preparing for the future; incautious

bathos

excessive or trivial sentimentality; an abrupt transition in style from the elevated to the commonplace, producing a laughable effect

venerable

worth of honor, dignity, and respect due to age, etc

shroud

to conceal; n. something that covers

abet

to encourage, assist, or support, usually in wrongdoing

aback

taken by surprise

adduce

to show as an example or means of providing something

fanfare

a showy public display

exiguous

scanty; meager; small; slender

confluence

joining together of different streams

tepid

moderately warm; lacking force or enthusiasm

atrophy

wasting away, esp. of body tissue or muscles

esteem

high regard; respect; to regard highly

efficacy

the power to make the desired effect (mnemonic: something that has EFFiciency)

capacious

able to contain much (mnemonic: capacious is like spacious)

hegemony

strong influence; dominance

approbation

official approval

bromide

commonplace remark intended to calm (mnemonic: bromide is not chemically reactive)

temerity

willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets people

forebear

ancestors; a person from whom one is descended

enormity

wickedness, an evil act

avocation

a hobby

symposium

a meeting to discuss a topic, esp where the participants form the audience and make the presentations

grisly

inspiring horror because of appalling crudity or inhumanity; gruesome

fatuous

smugly foolish; complacently stupid

construe

to interpret

skirt

to lie along the edge of; to pass nearby or around rather than through

timorous

full of fear

equivocal

capable of multiple interpretations. hint. think of its opposite and how obama uses it

heed

to pay attention to

ramification

a development or consequence resulting from a course of action

eclipse

to overshadow

rococo

elaborate or overdone

progenitor

a direct ancestor

vagary

an erratic notion or action

recount

to tell in detail; to remember

balk

to stop short

parochial

restricted; limited; narrow; local

relegate

to assign to an obscure place or condition

innate

possessed at birth; inborn

fulminate

to issue a strong verbal attack

replete

will filled; abundantly supplied

tenuous

weak or thin

promulgate

to make known by official endorsement

heterodox

not in agreement with accepted beliefs, esp. religious dogma

ilk

kind; sort; class

fortitude

strength of mind that allows one to endure adversity

connote

to imply something beyond a literal meaning

doctrinaire

inflexibility maintaining an idea

cede

to formally give or formally surrender

inexorable

not be able to be persuaded; unyielding; unalterable

expatriate

to send into exile

halcyon

calm or peaceful

nadir

the lowest point; the bottom

neophyte

a beginner; an immature person who is learning

curtail

to cut short; to abbreviate

exigent

requiring immediate action

periphery

a boundary line; a perimeter; an outside surface

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

congenital

present at birth; being an essential characteristic

précis

a concise summary of a text

commiserate

to express sympathy

pique

to arouse interest; to irritate

warrant

to justify or to desire

intrinsic

relating to the essential nature of something

erudite

well educated

insipid

uninteresting; having no flavor

emolument

payment for an office or employment

exult

to rejoice greatly

contumacious

stubbornly disobedient; rebellious; insubordinate

redress

to set right; to remedy

epithet

a descriptive term for a person or thing

canvass

to ask for votes, opinions, etc

licentious

not moral; lawless; lewd

gregarious

seeking and enjoying the company of others; tending to move in a group

adumbrate

to give a sketchy outline; to foreshadow

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