Difficult SAT Words

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40 terms · More obscure vocabulary that the SAT tests.

assiduous

hard-working

clairvoyant

foreseeing the future

deleterious

causing harm or damage

enervate

weaken

evanescent

soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence

extenuate

make (guilt or an offense) seem less serious or more forgivable

florid

flushed, ornate

hackneyed

overused, cliched

impetuous

rash, impulsive

impute

attribute or credit to

inconsequential

trivial

perfidious

deceitful and untrustworthy

prosaic

commonplace, unromantic; lacking poetic beauty

querulous

complaining in a whining manner

rancorous

showing deep-seated resentment or bitterness

sagacity

shrewdness, soundness of perspective, wisdom

spurious

false

transient

ephemeral

vindicate

clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

eclectic

selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

quixotic

idealistic but impractical

empiric

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

capricious

subject to whims or passing fancies; given to sudden unaccountable changes of mood and behavior

presumptuous

too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds

pliant

able to adjust readily to different conditions

transitory

temporary

furtiveness

secretiveness

venality

susceptibility to bribery or corruption

staunch

firm and dependable especially in loyalty

stolid

unemotional; lacking sensitivity

aspersion

a disparaging remark

indictment

a formal accusation

penchant

a strong liking

perquisite

a privilege that goes along with a job; a "perk"

petulant

childishly sulky or bad-tempered

cursory

hasty, not thorough

temporize

draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time

extemporize

improvise

unequivocal

leaving no doubt; unambiguous

galvanize

shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action

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