SAT Vocabulary List 6

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SAT Vocabulary List 6 --- Mr. Sanford

Abrogate

verb: To abolish or invalidate a law or rule or policy by some means of authority.

Acrimony

noun: Bitterness; animosity; a sharp and bitter manner.

Arrogate

verb: To take or claim for oneself without right; to appropriate. (usurp).

August

adjective: Inspiring awe, great respect, or admiration.

Auspicious

adjective: Attended by favorable circumstances, outcomes, or performance, usually at the beginning of an endeavor.

Autocrat

noun: A ruler having unlimited power; a person with unlimited power and authority.

Bemuse

verb: To cause to be bewildered; to confuse.

Benchmark

noun: A standard, usually of excellence, by which something can be measured or judged. (touchstone, criterion).

Bowdlerize

verb: To expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages in a text considered vulgar, offensive, or objectionable.

Circumvent

verb: To go around or bypass; to outwit; to avoid or get around by artful maneuvering.

Colloquial

adjective: Characteristic or or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; informal.

Collusion

noun: A secret agreement between two or more parties for a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose.

Complicity

noun: Involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime.

Conflagration

noun: A large and very destructive fire.

Confluence

noun: A flowing together of two or more streams.

Debutante

noun: A young woman making a formal debut into society.

Deprecate

verb: To express disapproval of. (expostulate, depreciate, derogate).

Diaphanous

adjective: Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent.

Disparate

adjective: Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar. (antithetical).

Ensconce

verb: To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably.

Esoteric

adjective: Information or knowledge intended for or understood by only a particular group.

Evince

verb: To show, evidence, illustrate, or demonstrate clearly.

Execrable

adjective: Hateful; detestable; lamentable; inimical; extremely inferior; very bad. (abject, abysmal, inimical).

Fallacious

adjective: Containing or based on a fallacy; tending to mislead; deceptive; specious; spurious.

Fallow

adjective: Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season.

Feign

verb: To give a false appearance of; to represent falsely; to pretend to do something; to fabricate.

Flounder

verb: To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance; to move or act clumsily and in confusion; to struggle.

Grandiloquence

noun: Pompous or bombastic speech or expression; verbal ornamentation.

Hedonism

noun: Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.

Hypothesis

noun: Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.

Immutable

adjective: Not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality.

Prevaricate

verb: To stray from or evade the truth; to deceive. (equivocate).

Privation

noun: A state of extreme poverty; lacking the basic necessities of life; abject poverty.

Recrimination

noun: A countercharge against an accuser; mutual accusations.

Winnow

verb: To separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts); to fan.

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