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Fifty words to help on the SAT test

Ambivalence

lack of clarity

Cantankerous

bad-tempered

Derogatory

uncomplimentary

Exemplify

to serve as a good example

Impecunious

having no money

Lucid

clear

Ornate

highly decorated

Precipice

steep slope

Salubrious

health-giving

Truant

someone absent without permission

Ambulatory

able to walk around

Capacious

spacious

Desecrate

to damage a holy place

Exhaustive

complete and thorough

Impious

profane

Ludicrous

silly

Orthodox

convetional

Precipitous

done in a hurry

Salutary

something which teaches you a lesson

Truncate

cut short

Ameliorate

make better

Capitulate

surrender

Desecration

spoiling something holy

Exonerates

removes blame

Impoverished

poor

Lukewarm

neithor hot or cold

Ossify

turn to bone

Preclude

prevent or make possible

Sanctimonious

hypocritically holy

Tumult

noise

Amelioration

improvement

Carping

constant criticism

Desist

stop

Exorcism

eliminating

Impromptu

spontaneous

Lummox

clumsy person

Ostentatious

showy

Precocious

developing early

Sanction

give approval to

Tupitude

depravity

Amiable

friendly

Cartographer

person who makes maps

Despondent

miserable

Expatriate

refugee

Inadvertent

not intentional

Luscious

juicy

Oust

push out of position

Predecessor

one who came before

Sanguinay

bloody

Tyro

beginner

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