SAT Vocabulary List 4

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SAT Vocabulary List 4 --- Mr. Sanford

Abstruse

adjective: Difficult to comprehend; concealed or hidden out of the way. (enigmatic).

Acrid

adjective: Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the senses.

Ameliorate

verb: To make better; to improve.

Amicable

adjective: Friendly; agreeable; civil; free from hostility or animus; exhibiting goodwill.

Amnesty

noun: A general pardon or clemency granted by a government, especially for political offenses, and often granted before a trial or conviction.

Animosity

noun: Bitter hostility, ill will, or open enmity; hatred.

Anomalous

adjective: Irregular; abnormal; unusual; deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule.

Arbitrary

adjective: Depending solely on individual will or choice; inconsistent; random.

Attenuate

verb: To make thin or slender; to weaken; to reduce the strength of something (enervate).

Augment

verb: To increase or to enlarge; to make something greater as in size, extent, or quantity.

Baleful

adjective: Portending evil; ominous; harmful. (inimical).

Brusque

adjective: Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.

Cacophonous

adjective: Jarring; having a harsh sound; inharmonious (discordant).

Censorious

adjective: Severely critical.

Cessation

noun: A temporary or complete halt; termination.

Chicanery

noun: Deception by trickery or fraud; (guile).

Circumspect

adjective: Cautious; wary; heedful of circumstances and potential consequences of actions; prudent.

Decorum

noun: Proper behavior or proper in manners; etiquette. (propriety).

Denigrate

verb: To attack or harm someone's reputation (traduce, disparage).

Dexterous

adjective: Demonstrating mental or physical skill or aptitude. (adroit).

Diffident

adjective: Shyness; lacking confidence; timid; reserved in manner.

Efface

verb: To erase or make illegible.

Eminent

adjective: Towering or standing out above others.

Enervate

verb: To weaken or to significantly diminish the strength or vitality of something (to attenuate).

adjective: Deprived of strength; debilitated.

Equanimity

noun: Calmness; a state of composure and clarity; tranquility.

Evanescent

adjective: Momentary or fleeting; transitory; temporal.

Exacerbate

verb: To aggravate; to intensify bad qualities; to make a condition or circumstance more severe; to worsen.

Exculpate

verb: To clear of blame or fault (to exonerate).

Fission

noun: The act or process of splitting into two parts.

Fractious

adjective: Unruly; rebellious; cranky; intractable. (churlish).

Fulsome

adjective: Excessive; overdone; abundant; gratuitous flattery.

Gadfly

noun: A persistent, irritating critic.

Glower

verb: To glare; to stare angrily and intensely.

Guile

noun: Trickery; deception; cunning; deceit. (chicanery).

Perseverance

noun: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, an objective, or an aim, especially in spite of (or despite) difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

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