SAT Vocabulary List 17

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SAT Vocabulary List 17 --- Mr. Sanford

Abase

verb: To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem; to cause to feel shame, to humiliate, or mortify.

Ad hoc

adv: Formed or contrived for a specific purpose, case, or situation at hand, and for no other.

Bequeath

verb: To leave or give by will.

Berate

verb: To rebuke or scold angrily and at length. (castigate, reproach, vituperate).

Bombastic

adjective: Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.

Bonhomie

noun: A pleasant, friendly, and affable disposition. (alacrity, congeniality).

Broach

verb: To mention or suggest something, such as a topic or idea, for the first time.

Callow

adjective: Lacking adult perspective, maturity, or experience.

Causality

noun: The principle of, or relationship between, cause and effect.

Charlatan

noun: A person who makes elaborate claims to skill or knowledge.

Copacetic

adjective: Completely satisfactory.

Cryptic

adjective: Mysterious in meaning; puzzling. (ambiguous, enigmatic).

Dearth

noun: A scarce supply.

Debunk

verb: To expose or excoriate as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated.

Deft

adjective: Quick and skillful. (adroit, dexterous).

Draconian

adjective: Exceedingly harsh; very severe.

Edict

noun: A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law. (fiat, injunction).

Enjoin

verb: To direct or impose with authority and emphasis. (exhort)

Epigraph

noun: A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.

Fervid

adjective: Marked by great passion or zeal. (vehement).

Ford

noun: A shallow place in a body of water, such as a river, where one can cross.

verb: To cross a body of water by wading.

Gamely

adjective: Having, showing, or characterized by a resolute, highly determined, and unyielding spirit. (redoubtable, formidable).

Germinate

verb: To being to develop or grow; to come into existence.

Hermetic

adjective: Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air.

Iconoclast

noun: One who attacks and seeks to subvert or overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.

Illustrious

adjective: Well known and very distinguished. (eminent, august, venerable).

Immaculate

adjective: Impeccably clean; pristine; spotless.

Inane

adjective: Characterized by a lack sense of substance. (insipid).

Laggard

noun: One who wastes time.

Libertarian

noun: One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state, including government.

Malevolent

adjective: Wishing, or appearing to wish, evil unto others. (inimical).

Regale

verb: To provide with great enjoyment; to entertain with food and drink.

Staid

adjective: Of reliable, fixed, or consistent character; very consistent.

Tyro

noun: A beginner in learning or undertaking something; a novice.

Vanguard

noun: The forefront in any movement, field, or activity; to leaders of any intellectual or political movement.

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