Testmasters SAT and PSAT vocabulary list 2012

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abrasive

harsh and rough in manner

accusatory

containing a charge of wrongdoing against a person or other party

acerbic

sour or bitter

acolyte

a devoted follower or attendant

adept

very skilled

adroit

dexterous or deft; skillful under pressing conditions

adulatory

to praise or admire excessively; fawn on

aeon

an indefinitely long period of time; an age

aesthetically

to praise or admire excessively; fawn on

affectation

behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality

agent

the means by which an effect or result is produced

agitate

to upset, disturb

altruism

unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

ambivalent

having coexisting or opposing attitudes

ameliorate

to improve

anecdote

a short account especially of an interesting or humorous incident

animus

disposition; feeling of ill will

anomalous

deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule

antediluvian

really old, prehistoric

antidisestablishmentarianism

opposition to the withdrawal of state support from an established organization or church

antithetical

being in diametrical opposition

apathy

lack of interest or concern, impassiveness

apoplectic

enraged

appalled

dismayed

appetite

a strong urge or instinctive physical desire

archaic

of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period.

articulate

characterized by the use of clear, expressive language

assuage

to satisfy or appease; relieve

atavism

the reoccurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence

attentiveness

giving care or attention; watchful

auspicious

attended by favorable circumstances

authoritarian

characterized by or favoring obedience to authority

avant-garde

a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts

bane

fatal injury or ruin

beguiled

to be deceived by skillful deceit

belligerent

inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive

bemoaning

to lament, expressing grief or disappointment about something

beneficial

producing or promoting a favorable result; advantageous

bipartisan

supported by two political parties

blithe

carefree and lighthearted

bog

a wetland

bombastic

pompous speech or writing

bolster

to support

boon

a benefit bestowed

bowdlerize

to remove offensive portions from a book

breezy

lively and cheerful and relaxed

brevity

terseness, brief in duration

brusque

abrupt or curt in manner

buffeting

a blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.

bureaucratic

of or relating to arbitrary and rigid devotion to the routine of administrative procedure.

His coworkers were getting tired of his constant bureaucratic behavior.

burgeon

to grow and flourish

I added another piece of music to my ever burgeoning stack of sheet music.

candor

frankness or sincerity of expression.

His candor makes him a good friend but a harsh critic.

capitulate

to surrender under specified conditions.

He immediately capitulated when I threw in the abundant amount of money.

caustic

corrosive, sarcastic

My dad's caustic words caused my sister to cry her eyes out.

chagrin

feeling of mental unease caused by failure, disappointment, or disconcerting event.

Much to his chagrin, the audience hated his play.

characterization

a description of qualities or peculiarities

The characterization the author put in the protagonist made all the girls fall head over heels for him.

characterless

bland, uninteresting

He was so characterless that his date ran out on him halfway through.

charismatic

having personal magnetism or charm

He is full of charisma when he dances.

chicanery

trickery; subterfuge

Her constant chicanery caused her several detentions.

chronic

lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence.

The chronic illness made her bed-ridden.

circumstantial

of, relating to, or dependent on incidence.

"It was a very circumstantial improvement that you made" said the teacher.

circumvent

to surround or enclose; to go around or bypass

The police signaled the oncoming traffic to circumvent the area.

classicist

one versed in the study of ancient greek and latin.

The classicist traveled all over Europe trying to uncover more information on the Greeks and Romans.

coagulate

to clot or thicken

The white blood cells were slowly coagulating the patient's wounds.

commemorate

to honor the memory of with a ceremony

The family held a funeral to commemorate the loss of their soldier.

committed

to be pledged or obligated in doing something

He committed myself to stay away from social networks until he finished his homework.

commoners

a person without noble rank or title.

The commoners in the Old World were often very poor.

commonplace

ordinary

The library is a commonplace.

compilation

something, such as a set of data, which is composed from several sources or materials.

My friend made a compilation of her favorite songs.

complaisant

exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.

She was complaisant when asked to do the chores.

complicity

involvement as an accomplice in a crime

His complicity in the crime earned him a year in jail.

concession

an acknowledgement or admission

The bank was forced to make concession to avoid bankruptcy.

condemn

to express strong disapproval of

She was condemned guilty of theft.

conjecture

inference or judgment; guesswork

Her conjectures were proven right when the evidence was found.

constituents

one that authorizes another to act as a representative

All of the constituents from each state voted whether or not to pass the bill.

controversy

a dispute, especially a public one, between two sides with opposing views

The controversy between the two friends grew worse and worse.

conundrum

a dilemma or difficult problem

The student was stuck in a conundrum. She couldn't decide whether to stay home and continue studying or to take a break and go to the party.

copious

plentiful or abundant; wordy

There was a copious amount of food at the potluck.

cordial

friendly

The stranger was very cordial when I was introduced to him.

covenant

a binding agreement; a compact.

The pilgrims all signed the covenant stating they wouldn't cause any trouble.

covet

to desire

We are not to covet the things, or material possessions, of our neighbor.

culled

to be removed or rejected from a group

She prepared the pasta and culled the shrimp.

curmudgeon

an ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions

He was known to be cordial in public but was notable in the family for being a curmudgeon.

cursory

hasty, superficial

The airport security did a cursory inspection for each person.

cynical

scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others.

His cynical actions were finally put to a stop when the police arrived.

daunting

discouraging

The thought of having to move to a new home was no longer daunting to him after having moved several times already.

decried

condemned openly

He was decried in front of millions on national tv.

defiant

marked by bold resistance

His defiant words against racism spread across the country.

definitive

precisely defined or explicit; authoritative and complete.

deft

skillful

deliberate

done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional

delineate

to mark

On maps, different colors are used to delineate the territories of countries and states

delinquent

overdue in payment or duty

deluding

to deceive the mind or judegment of

There are many commercials which are deluding.

denounce

to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible

derisive

mocking; jeering

despondent

feeling or expressing dejection

diffidence

timidity or shyness

dilettante

a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge

I thought he was an expert when it came to art. Unfortunately he turned out to just be a dilettante when we went to the art gallery.

diminished

smaller; less in amount

The portions of food at the restaurant were slowly diminishing to save money.

diminutive

extremely small in size;tiny

You will find thought that these huge looking pools on their racks in the garden centers look quite diminutive once installed in the ground.

diplomatic

using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others

Your answers are always very diplomatic.

dirge

funeral song

As the coffin was being transported from the carriage to the burial ground, a dirge began to play.

discern

to perceive or comprehend

The purpose of the study is to discern patterns of criminal behavior.

discernment

keenness of insight and judgment

His lack of discernment led to his unwise choice of partners for a major project.

discredit

damage in reputation; to cause to be doubted or distrusted

He was discredited in the eyes of historians because his book contained many inaccurate facts about history.

discriminate

to see the subtle nuances between things

The scholar spoke out against discrimination.

disdain

to treat with contempt

The customer glared at the cashier with a look of disdain.

disingenuous

not straight-forward; crafty

He claims disingenuously to have supported the plan from the beginning.

dismissive

showing indifference or disregard

He was dismissive when asked to pick a side.

disparities

unlikeness; incongruity

There is not much of a height disparity among the members.

dissidents

ones who disagree

Many political dissidents were arrested.

dissuade

to deter from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation

My friend was dissuaded from buying the product after hearing a customer's complaint about it.

diversion

something that distracts the mind; something that relaxes or entertains

The unfavorable weather diverted us from going outside that day.

divisive

creating disagreements or discord

There are many divisive issues these days such as abortion.

doctors

to repair; to falsify in such a way as to make favorable to oneself; to adulterate

I went to the doctor's office for a yearly checkup.

dolce

gently and sweetly, especially music

The song is to be played dolce.

dour

unyielding; stubborn

The little girl at a glance appeared to be sweet and kind, but once you get to know her, she is a dour and rude child.

drab

faded and dull in appearance

Her clothes were drab and wrinkly.

duplicity

deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech

The media is often full of duplicity.

effusive

unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy

The teacher showered the student with effusive praise.

egalitarian

affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, an civil rights for all people.

Some people say that there is still a difference between how much a woman gets paid and how much a man gets paid. Others say it is egalitarian.

elaborate

express at greater length or in greater detail

The employee elaborated on his proposal about ways to increase the company's profit.

elites

group or class of persons or members of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.

The high-class restaurants were full of rich elites.

elitist

the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.

Many of the commoners were against the elitist belief.

elusive

tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory; difficult to define or describe

His dream was elusive.

embezzlement

to take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.

The politician embezzled the people's tax money to buy his family luxury items.

empathy

identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives

Her friend empathized with her.

empirical

relying on or derived from observation or experiment

The scientist collected empirical data.

emulated

to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation

The designer emulated her favorite designer's logo with her own twist.

enrapture

to fill with delight

She enraptured herself with a good book.

enterprising

showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects

As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories.

enumerate

to count off or name one by one; list

Let me enumerate the things I need to buy.

ephemeral

lasting for a markedly brief time

The meeting was ephemeral.

euphoric

a feeling of great happiness

He was quite euphoric when we found out he got an A on his test.

exacerbate

to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; to aggravate

Don't exacerbate the problem by talking back to your parents.

exasperated

to make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly

He let out an exasperated sigh after waiting two hours to get his license.

exonerated

freed from blame; freed from a responsibility or task

He was exonerated after he'd been proven innocent.

fabrication

a lie

The sly child quickly conjured out a fabrication to get him and his friends out of trouble.

fanaticism

excessive, irrational zeal

I grew weary of the man's fanaticism and mystic pride.

fanciful

showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative

The characters in the fairy tale all had fanciful names.

fanfare

spectacular public display

The loud fanfare warned everyone that the queen was about to make her entrance.

fart

a usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room

His fart smelled so bad that everyone around him tried to subtly cover his/her nose.

fashion

the prevailing style or custom; manner or mode

The latest fashion trends can be seen on the runway.

fawn

to seek favor attention by flattery and obsequious behavior

The girls fawned over the idols as they walked past them.

feckless

lacking purpose or vitality; careless and irresponsible

"The fecklessness runs through the family," I thought after spending an entire day at their house. I had witnessed each person making careless mistakes throughout day.

fecundity

the quality or power of producing abundantly; fertility

Zebrafish are highly fecund.

feigned

pretended; deceived

He feigned illness to get out of class.

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