SAT Vocabulary List 3

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35 terms · SAT Vocabulary List 3 --- Mr. Sanford

Absolve

verb: To forgive or free from blame. (exonerate, exculpate).

Abysmal

adjective: Extremely poor in condition, performance, or quality. (egregious).

Acquiesce

verb: To comply passively; to give in.

Adroit

adjective: Very skillful; highly accomplished. (dexterous, deft).

Advocate

verb: To support or be in favor of.

noun: One who argues for a cause.

Aesthetic

adjective: Concerned with or appreciative of beauty or the arts.

noun: A guiding principle or principles in matters of artistic beauty and taste.

Affinity

noun: Sympathy, attraction, kinship; a natural attraction.

Aggrandize

verb: To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation; to make appear greater; to exaggerate.

Allusion

noun: An indirect reference to some person, place, thing, or event, usually historically significant.

Altruistic

adjective: Characterized by an unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selfless.

Analogous

adjective: Comparable or parallel to something else; similar or correspondent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar.

Anathema

noun: Something shunned or highly disliked; a detested or reviled thing.

Antithetical

adjective: Of diametrical opposition or in direct contrast.

Banal

adjective: Commonplace; trite; unimaginative or unoriginal; uninspired; (pedestrian, prosaic)

Baroque

adjective: Extravagantly ornate; flamboyant; of, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth century.

Beleaguer

verb: To harass; to plague; to annoy persistently. (importune).

Bellicose

adjective: Warlike; aggressive; pugnacious; having or showing a ready disposition to fight or do battle.

Belligerent

adjective: Hostile; inclined or eager to fight; aggressive.

Capricious

adjective: Impulsive; whimsical; highly unpredictable. (mercurial).

Catharsis

noun: Purification or cleansing; a technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.

Circuitous

adjective: Roundabout or indirect; deviating from a straight course; purposefully evasive or indirect.

Deleterious

adjective: Harmful; destructive; detrimental; having a harmful effect.

Demagogue

noun: A political leader or speaker who gains power, influence, and popularity by arousing or fomenting the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.

Discordant

adjective: Harsh sounding; badly out of tune; disagreeable in sound or quality. (dissonant).

Dogmatic

adjective: Rigidly fixed in opinion; characterized by arrogance and by unproved or unproven principles, precepts, or tenets.

Eclectic

adjective: Made up of or combing elements from a variety of diverse sources; selecting what seems best from various styles, movements, or ideas.

Efficacious

adjective: Producing the desired result; efficient and effective.

Egregious

adjective: Conspicuously bad or offensive; flagrant or glaring. (abysmal).

Elucidate

verb: To explain or clarify; to make free from confusion or ambiguity.

Enigmatic

adjective: Puzzling or inexplicable; difficult to comprehend; elusive in meaning.

Fecund

adjective: Fertile; fruitful; productive; marked by intellectual productivity. (prolific).

Fidelity

noun: Loyalty; allegiance; faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances.

Garrulous

adjective: Very talkative; given to excessive and often trivial or rambling discourse. (loquacious).

Gnostic

adjective: Possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters.

Gratuitous

adjective: Unnecessary and unjustified; unwarranted; uncalled for; superfluous.

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