SAT Vocab List 3

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pertinent

relevant, to the point, appropriate or meaningful to the subject at hand

(to be) orthodox

to be conventional, to follow established ways, to be traditional

anguish

extreme pain, either physical or emotional

subordinate

less than, secondary to, not as important as

(to) exhort

to strongly urge, to seriously warn, to seriously advise

(to be) culpable

to be guilty, to be to blame for something, to have it be your fault

nihilism

the belief that morality is relative and there is no such thing as right and wrong

(a) synthesis

a blending, a combining of parts into a whole, an integration of two or more elements

(to be) abstinent

to refrain from indulging, to abstain

squalor

to filth, wretchedness, repulsive conditions

(to) delude

to deceive, to mislead, to cause to hold a false belief

(a) maverick

a nonconformist, a rebel, a freethinker, a groundbreaker

copious

plentiful, abundant

(to be) inept

to be clumsy, unskilled, ineffective

myopia

short-sightedness

(to) infer

to deduce, to find out by reasoning

ostentatious

showy, overblown, pretentious

cursory

superficial, hasty, brief and haphazard

(an) epigram

a witty statement, short, polished, pithy saying, usually in verse, and often having a satiric or a paradoxical twist at the end

ascetic

the relinquishment of normal comforts, self-denial, and renunciation of worldly pleasures

(a) cynic

one who mistrusts people's motives, thinks everything is motivated by selfishness, is suspicious of appearances, and tends to see the potential problems, rather than the potential joys in a situation

(a) genre

a category, a type

chicanery

trickery, deceitfulness, underhanded sneakiness, deception by clever means

(to) disseminate

to scatter, to spread around, to distribute

venal

corrupt, open to bribery

(to be) congenial

to be friendly, pleasant, agreeable

banal

ordinary, unoriginal, lacking freshness, trite

(your) countenance

your face, especially as regards its experssion

(to) distend

to swell, to bloat, to extend outward, to expand

(a) magnate

someone who is influential, who is rich, powerful and controls something

substantive

solid, real, having substance, substantial, meaty

(to) libel

to defame, to write or publish things about another that are both damaging and of questionable truth

bovine

ox-like or cowlike or related to cows in the same way that canine means dog-like or related to dogs and feline means cat-like or related to cats

disdain

contempt or scorn

expedient

practical or efficient, advantageous

(an) axiom

a statement that is widely accepted as true

nuance

subtleties, slight shade of variation, fine points, shadings

pedestrian

unimaginative, commonplace, dull

largess

generosity or philanthropy

(to) squander

to waste

theology

the study of religion, the study of the relationship between God and what exists as creation

chronicle

a history, a record of events in order of time

(to) covet (something)

to desire it intensely, to yearn for it

(an) epitome

a perfect example that embodies the very essence of something

veracity

the quality of truthfulness

(to be) contentious

to be argumentative, quarrelsome

staunch

firmly committed, dedicated, steadfast

(to) admonish

to scold, to warn, to caution, to remind of a duty

munificent

lavishly generous

(to be) stoic

to be unemotional, to appear indifferent to pleasure or pain, to maintain a "stiff upper lip"

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