SAT Vocabulary List 5

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SAT Vocabulary List 5 --- Mr. Sanford

Aberration

noun: A state or condition markedly different form the norm. (anomaly).

Abject

adjective: Most unfortunate or miserable; pitiful.

Ablution

noun: Act of cleansing; washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious ceremony. (sanctify).

Abnegate

verb: To deny (something) to oneself; restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure. (ascetic).

Alacrity

noun: Cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness. (celerity).

Allay

verb: To lessen the intensity of severity of, to ease or sooth; to calm or pacify. (assuage, abate, alleviate, mitigate, mollify, pacify).

Allegory

noun: Symbolic representation; an extended metaphor in narrative form.

Au courant

adjective: Fully aware or familiar; cognizant; up-to-date.

Austere

adjective: Stern in manner or appearance.

Aversion

noun: Strong or fixed dislike; a feeling of repugnance.

Bourgeois

noun: A member of the middle class.

adjective: Dominated or characterized by materialistic and often frivolous pursuits or concerns.

Cloister

verb: To confine or seclude; to shut away from the world.

noun: A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.

Cogent

adjective: Having the power to compel conviction or move the will. (sagacious).

Commensurate

adjective: Proportional; corresponding in size or degree; proportionate.

Conciliate

verb: To overcome the distrust or animosity of someone. (mitigate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiate, quell).

Deciduous

adjective: Losing leaves in the fall; short-lived; temporary. (evanescent).

Derogate

verb: To belittle; to deviate from a standard or expectation; to go astray or stray. (disparage).

Dilatory

adjective: Slow; tending to or inclined to delay or postpone; procrastinating.

Ethos

noun: The disposition, character, or fundamental values and beliefs peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement.

Euphemism

noun: An act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.

Euphony

noun: Pleasant, agreeable, harmonious sound.

Extemporaneous

adjective: Unrehearsed; done on the spur of the moment; impromptu.

Extraneous

adjective: Irrelevant; unrelated; unnecessary; inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand.

Felicitous

adjective: Suitable; appropriate; well spoken; marked by happiness or good fortune. (germane).

Founder

verb: To fall helplessly; to sink; to cave in; to fail utterly.

Furtive

adjective: Secret; characterized by stealth; expressive of hidden motives or purposes. (surreptitious).

Heterogeneous

adjective: Composed of unlike parts.

Homage

noun: Public honor, recognition, or respect. (encomium).

Imprecation

noun: A curse.

Impregnable

adjective: Totally safe from attack; invulnerable; impervious to outside influence.

Impudent

adjective: Arrogant; audacious; characterized by an offensive boldness. (insolent, impertinent).

Impugn

verb: To call into question; to challenge an argument; to attack verbally; to attack as false.

Indefatigable

adjective: Tireless; incapable or seemingly incapable of being fatigued.

Ingratiate

verb: To bring oneself purposely into another's good grades especially by deliberate effort.

Iniquity

noun: Sin; an evil act; gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.

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