Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT: book 3 chapter 20

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intractable

adj. difficult to manipulate or govern.

disseminate

v. to disperse or scatter.

sinecure

n. a job that provides income but requires little or no work.

tendentious

adj. biased in perspective; preferring one view over another.

politic

adj. prudent or shrewdly tactful.

extemporaneous

adj. done without planning; spur of the moment; unexpected; makeshift.

discursive

adj. jumping from one topic to another with out any order or reason.

diaspora

n. a dispersion of people from their homeland.

requiem

n. a religious service or song for the deceased

traduce

v. to slander someone's reputation.

acerbic

adj. sarcastic in mood, tone, or temper; harsh

beatitude

n. a state of happiness or joy.

maladroit

adj. not resourceful or cunning; inept

androgynous

adj. having features of both sexes; suitable for both male and female.

augur

n. someone who predicts future events according to omens.

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