SAT Vocab List 2

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consummate

extremely skillful, complete, perfect

categorical

unconditional, absolute, without exception

malaise

a sense of lethargy and unease, a feeling of being run down, a feeling of being depressed

awry

off course, not right

(a) platitude

a trite, overused saying, a cliche usually offered as advice or wisdom

destitute

extremely poor, impoverished, lacking in what is required for basic sustenance

(an) extrovert

an outgoing, gregarious person

ephemeral

short lived, fleeting

callow

immature, unsophisticated due to youthfulness, inexperienced

malleable

easy to shape or mold

legacy

something inherited or passed down

(to) discriminate

to make a distinction

monolithic

the idea of massiveness and the idea of being all of one piece

abject

hopeless, wretched, miserable

vitriolic

caustic, full of bitterness, extremely nasty

(to be) beset

to be besieged, surrounded on all sides; attacked by

(to) renounce (something)

to give it up, to deny or forsake it

(to) matriculate

to enroll, especially in a college or university

convivial

festive, friendly, good natured, jovial

(to) venerate

to honor, to deeply respect, to treat with reverence, as though sacred

contiguous

adjoining, touching

arbitrary

unfair, determined by impulse or individual will, having no particular rhyme or reason

pristine

pure, unspoiled, uncorrupted, immaculately clean

succinct

concise, short, and to the point, brief

farcical

absurd, ridiculous, having the characteristics of a farce

nepotism

the practice of showing favoritism to relatives or close friends in business or politics

cogent

persuasive, convincing, pertinent

rustic

rural, countrified, lacking the comforts or the sophistication of a city

(to be) doctrinaire

to be dogmatic, to espouse a theory, doctrine, or belief system whether or not it is practical to be inflexible

(to) vitiate

to pollute, to spoil, to impair, corrupt, or pervert

uniform

consistent, standard without variation

(to be) coherent

to be understandable, to make sense

(to) transgress

to violate a law, to offend, to sin

stagnation

to lack of movement that also implies staleness, a lack of progress or growth

onerous

burdensome, oppressive, distasteful

covert

secret, hidden, concealed, disguised

adulation

excessive praise, adoration, hero worship

(to) discern

to distinguish, to differentiate from something else, to perceive

genteel

refined, polite, aristocratic, well bred, cultivated

(a) demagogue

a rabble-rouser, a leader who tries to stir up others by playing on their emotions, rather than appealing to their reason, someone who uses people's prejudices and fears to move them to action

(to be) comprehensive

to be complete, to be inclusive, to cover a large scope, to leave nothing out

integral

essential, in the sense of being inseparable from

(to be) obtuse

to be dense, slow to catch on, unobservant, not tuned in

(to) decimate

to destroy most of, to annihilate

lethargy

sluggishness, laziness, drowsiness, indifference

provincial

simple and unsophisticated

(to) relinquish

to release, to let go of, to surrender, to stop doing

noxious

poisonous or very harmful

(to) desiccate

to dry out, to remove the moisture from

(a) peccadillo

a minor offense, a meaningless fault, a petty violation

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