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More obscure vocabulary that the SAT tests.

aspersion

a disparaging remark

assiduous

hard-working

capricious

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

clairvoyant

foreseeing the future

cursory

hasty, not thorough

deleterious

causing harm or damage

eclectic

selecting from or made up from a variety of sources

empiric

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

enervate

weaken

evanescent

soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence

extemporize

improvise

extenuate

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

florid

flushed, ornate

furtiveness

secretiveness

galvanize

shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action

hackneyed

overused, cliched

impetuous

rash, impulsive

impute

attribute or credit to

inconsequential

trivial

indictment

a formal accusation

penchant

a strong liking

perfidious

deceitful and untrustworthy

perquisite

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

petulant

childishly sulky or bad-tempered

pliant

able to adjust readily to different conditions

presumptuous

too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds

prosaic

commonplace, unromantic; lacking poetic beauty

querulous

complaining in a whining manner

quixotic

idealistic but impractical

rancorous

showing deep-seated resentment or bitterness

sagacity

shrewdness, soundness of perspective, wisdom

spurious

false

staunch

firm and dependable especially in loyalty

stolid

unemotional; lacking sensitivity

temporize

draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time

transient

ephemeral

transitory

temporary

unequivocal

leaving no doubt; unambiguous

venality

susceptibility to bribery or corruption

vindicate

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

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