Elite SAT Vocab 351-400 AB

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edict

an authoritative order issued publicly; a decree

ulterior

lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or claimed

diction

word choice in speech or writing; degree of clarity in speaking

vigorous

energetic

dappled

spotted

ersatz

inferior imitation or substitute

abundant

in great supply

jaundice

prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin

kindle

to set on fire; ignite

extradite

to deliver someone (e.g., a fugitive) to the authority of another government or jurisdiction

innovative

marked by a new or unusual way of doing things

acquiesce

to agree without protest

onerous

burdensome, hard to bear

persist

to continue despite difficulty

sweltering

oppressively hot and humid

ad hoc

for a specific purpose and no other; improvised

jurisdiction

the extent of authority or control; the right and power to interpret and apply the law

mettle

courage; strength of character

clique

exclusive group of people

abridge

to reduce in scope

carcass

the dead body of an animal, esp. one slaughtered for food (also used figuratively)

odyssey

a long, adventurous journey

serene

calm and peaceful

forage

to search for food or provisions

saga

a long prose narrative, oft. telling of adventure or heroism; a long, detailed report

proscribe

to prohibit or forbid; to denounce

abstract

without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical; v. to remove

remunerate

to pay or compensate

cardinal

of main importance; principal

genocide

killing of a whole national or ethnic group

embryonic

not yet developed; at an early stage

scribe

a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times

ensue

to happen subsequently

freelance

without long-term commitment to any employer

amplify

to make larger

cerebral

pertaining to the brain; intellectual

finesse

subtle skill in performance or in handling a situation

inhibit

to hold back

stanch

to stop the flow of something

dual

composed of two parts

ascribe

to attribute to a specific source

goad

a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on; v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick

complacent

too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied

illuminate

to light up

cumbersome

clumsy or difficult to manage

foliage

leaves

effrontery

bold and insulting behavior

encroach

to infringe; to intrude; to trespass

cascade

a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units

mediocre

ordinary to inferior in quality; not standing out from the average

intricate

elaborately detailed

nonpareil

having no equal

parsimony

excessive care in spending; stinginess

prurient

tending to have or cause lustful thoughts

assert

to state confidently

solicit

to ask for; to seek

mandarin

a high government official; a member of an elite group, esp. having high status in intellectual or cultural circles

prevalent

dominant; widespread

kennel

a shelter or boarding house for dogs

subtle

not immediately obvious; hard to understand

humdrum

dull; routine; commonplace

obliging

ready to do favors; helpful; courteous

punitive

inflicting or intended to inflict punishment

tamper

ton interfere, esp. in order to damage or weaken

collaborate

to work together, esp. at an intellectual effort

subservient

subordinate in function; obsequious

nirvana

a place of ideal peace and harmony

self-abnegation

the putting aside of personal interest for the sake of others

prodigious

wonderful; amazing; very big

recreant

showing faithless disloyalty; n. a disloyal coward

sedulous

working hard and steadily; diligent

mesmerize

to hypnotize or spellbind

rhapsody

state of great happiness; such a state expressed in speech or writing

rapture

the experience of great joy; ecstasy

oscillate

to move back and forth regularly

immerse

to cover completely in a liquid; to engage wholly

disarming

reducing or preventing criticism with charm

vigilant

alert and watchful, esp. for what is dangerous

acerbic

sharp in smell and taste; harsh in tone

agitate

to move violently; to disturb

holistic

dealing with something as a whole rather than by its individual parts

embellish

to decorate; to add ornamental or fictitious details to

coven

a group of witches, usu. 13

corroborate

to strengthen; confirm; support

upshot

the decisive or final result

exculpate

to clear from blame or guilt

feud

a bitter, prolonged quarrel

futile

having no useful result

debunk

to expose the falsehood of

retrospect

the consideration of past events

truckle

to submit in a subservient manner to a superior; fawn

variegated

distinctly marked with different colors; diverse

arrogate

to claim for one's self unjustly

carouse

to participate in a loud, drunken party

trove

a collection of valuable items

epitome

a representative example of a type

bereaved

suffering the loss of a loved one

partisan

a strong, often militant, supporter

brevity

briefness

troupe

a group of touring actors, singers or performers

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