Full Kaplan SSAT Review Words 2012

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abdicate

to give up a position, right, or power

abduct

to carry, take, or lead away forcefully and wrongfully

abhor

to hate, to view with repugnance, to detest

absurd

ridiculously unreasonable, lacking logic

abyss

deep hole; deep immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity

accelerate

to increase in speed, cause to move faster

acclaim

(n) praise, enthusiastic approval
(v) to approve, to welcome with applause and praise

acute

sharp in some way or sharp in intellect; crucial

adage

old saying proverb

adhere

to stick fast; to hold to

adjourn

to postpone; to suspend for a period of time

adjunct

something or someone associated with another but in a defendant or secondary position

admonish

to scold; to urge to duty, remind; to advise against something

adorn

to decorate or add beauty to, for instance with ornaments; to make pleasing more attractive

adversary

opponent or enemy

aeronautic

relating to aircraft

affable

pleasantly easy to get along with; friendly and warm

affectation

attempt to appear to be what one is not for the purpose of impressing others

aghast

overcome by surprise, disgust or amazement; seized with terror; shocked

agility

condition of being able to move quickly and easily or being mentally alert

agitate

to shake or grow excited; to move around a lot, to disturb or excite emotionally

aimless

lacking purpose or goals

alleviate

to make easier to bear, lessen

allure

fascination, appeal

aloof

distant in relations with other people

altruistic

concerned for the welfare of others

amateur

(n) some one not paid to engage in a hobby, spoor, art, etc.
(adj) like an amateur

amend

to improve; to alter; to add to, or subtract from by formal procedure

amorous

having to do with love

amorphous

lacking a specific shape

amphibian

animal at home both on land and in the water

angular

having clear angles or thin and bony facial features

animosity

feeling of ill will, intense dislike for someone or something

annihilate

to destroy completely

antidote

remedy to relieve the effects of poison

aperture

opening

aqueous

similar to, or composed of water

ardent

characterized by passion or desire

arid

very dry, lacking moisture; unproductive, unimaginative

aroma

pleasing fragrance; any odor or smell

articulate

(adj) well - spoken, lucidly presented
(v) to pronounce clearly

artifice

(1) trickery, clever use
(2) ability to create or imagine

ascertain

to find out or discover by examination

assailable

able to be attacked or assaulted by blows or words

astound

to overwhelm with amazement

astute

shrewd and perceptive; able to understand clearly and quickly

atrocity

horrible act

audacity

boldness or daring, especially with disregard for personal safety

authoritative

having great authority

banal

boringly predictable

banish

to send away, condemn to exile; drive or put away

barrier

anything that makes progress harder or impossible; a limit or boundary

beguile

to delude, deceive by trickery

belligerence

aggressive hostility

benefactor

someone giving financial or general assistance

beneficial

advantageous, helpful, conferring benefit

benevolence

inclination to do good deeds

bewildered

completely confused or puzzled, perplexed

bias

(n) prejudice, particular tendency
(v) to cause prejudice in; to influence unfairly

bile

ill temper, irritability

bliss

supreme happiness, utter joy or contentment; heaven, paradise

boisterous

loud and unrestrained

botanist

scientist specializing in study of plants

bounty

generosity in giving; reward

bravado

show and pretentious display of courage

brevity

state of being brief, of not lasting a long time

brig

ship's prison

burnish

(1) to make shiny by rubbing, as with a cloth
(2) shininess produced by burnishing

cache

hiding place for treasures, etc.; anything in such a hiding place

cajole

to wheedle, persuade with promises or flattery, coax

camouflage

(n) disguise worn in order to deceive an enemy; for instance, uniforms the color of trees and dirt
(v) to deceive by means of camouflage

candor

frankness and sincerity; fairness

canine

relating to dogs

cantankerous

quarrelsome and grouchy

caprice

sudden, unpredictable change

cascade

(n) waterfall, as in type of fireworks resembling a waterfall
(v) to fall like cascade

catastrophe

disastrous event

celestial

relating to the heavens

censor

to remove material from books, plays, magazines, etc. for moral, political, or religious reasons

chasm

gorge or deep canyon

choleric

bad-tempered

choreographer

person creating and arranging dances for stage performances

chorus

group acting together

chronic

continuing over a long period of time, long-standing

circumscribe

to encircle with a line; to limit in any way

collision

crash, clash, or conflict

communicative

talkative and likely to communicate

compassion

deep feeling of pity or sympathy for others

compel

to force someone or something to act

competent

having enough skill for some purpose; adequate but not exceptional

concise

brief and compact

condone

to pardon, to forgive, overlook

confidential

done secretly or in confidence

constrict

to squeeze, make tighter

contemplation

thoughtful observation

contend

to fight or struggle against; to debate

contentious

eager to quarrel

convene

to assemble or meet

conventional

established or approved by general usage

copious

abundant, large in number or quantity, plentiful

countenance

(n) face or facial expression, or the general appearance or behavior of something or someone
(v) to approve or support

couplet

unit of poetry with two rhyming lines

courier

person who carries messages, news, or information

cue

hint or guiding suggestion

curvature

state of being curved

dawdle

to waste time with idle lingering

deadlock

standoff caused by opposition of two conflicting forces

dearth

scarcity, lack

debris

charred or spoiled remains of something that has been destroyed

decade

period of ten years

deceit

deception or tricky falseness

deceive

to delude or mislead

declamation

exercise in speech giving; attack or protest

deficient

defective, insufficient, or inadequate

dehydrate

to remove water from

dejected

depress, sad

delude

to deceive, to mislead

deluge

(n) flood, large overflowing of water; too much of anything
(v) to overflow, to inundate, to flood

demote

to reduce to a lower grade or class

desolation

condition of being deserted and destroyed

despicable

deserving contempt

despondent

in a state of depression

destitute

bereft, without or left without; poor

devastate

to lay waste, make desolate; to overwhelm

devotee

someone passionately devoted

devout

deeply religious

dexterity

skill in using the hands or body, agility; cleverness

diminish

to become or to make smaller in size, number, or degree

din

loud, confused noise

dingy

dark or drab in colour; dirty, shabby, squalid

diplomatic

tactful; skilled in the art of conducting negotiations and other relations between nations

disclaim

to deny ownership of or association with

discursive

covering a wide area or digressing from a topic

dismal

causing gloom; cheerless

dispute

(n) argument or quarrel
(v) to argue or quarrel

disseminate

to scatter or spread widely

divert

(1) to change the course of
(2) to draw someone's attention by amusing them

doff

to remove or take off, as clothing

dogged

persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious

dogmatic

asserting without proof; stating opinion as if it are in fact a definite and forceful manner

doze

to nap or sleep lightly

dungeon

underground room

ebullient

overflowing with fervour, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited

eccentric

(n) person who differs from the accepted norms in an odd way
(adj.) deviating from accepted conduct

ecstatic

deliriously overjoyed

eddy

small whirlpool or any similar current

effect

(n) result, impression
(v) to produce, make or bring about

elusive

hard to find or express

embellish

to add detail, make more complicated

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