SAT Prep Vocabulary sets 39-50

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250 most commonly used words on the SAT

amiable

(adj.) friendly; agreeable

esoteric

(adj.) hard to understand; understood by only a select few

extraneous

(adj.) irrelevant; unnecessary; unimportant

sycophant

(n.) one who attempts to progress or win favor by flattering influential people; one who sucks up to others

tedious

(adj.) boring; tiring; irksome

ambivalent

(adj.) undecided; having conflicting feelings about someone or something

coalesce

(v.) to come together as one; to fuse

cryptic

(adj.) mysterious; mystifying

innate

(adj.) existing since birth; inborn; inherent

levity

(n.) lightness; frivolity; inclination to make a joke of a serious matter

blasphemy

(n.) irreverence; an insult to something held sacred

concise

(adj.) brief and to the point; succinct

credulous

(adj.) believing; gullible

flagrant

(adj.) shocking; conspicuously bad

immutable

(adj.) unchangeable; permanent

ameliorate

(v.) to make better or more tolerable

atrophy

(v.) to waste away from lack of use

dubious

(adj.) doubtful; uncertain

efface

(v.) to erase; to rub away the features of

taciturn

(adj.) untalkative by nature

apostasy

(n.) an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, etc.

constitute

(v.) to establish; to set up

stagnant

(adj.) not flowing or moving

status

(n.) position; rank

status quo

(n.) the existing state of affairs

destitute

(adj.) totally impoverished

obstinate

(adj.) determined to have one's own way; stubborn; willful

stalwart

(adj.) strong; sturdy

static

(adj.) stationary; not changing or moving

steadfast

(adj.) loyal; faithful

apprehensive

(adj.) worried; anxious

arrogant

(adj.) superior; snooty

elaborate

(adj.) detailed; careful

elaborate

(v.) to speak further

elusive

(adj.) hard to pin down; evasive

condescend

(v.) to stoop to someone else's level, usually in an offensive way; to patronize

congenial

(adj.) agreeably suitable; pleasant

indolence

(n.) laziness

orthodox

(adj.) adhering to established principles or doctrines, esp. in religion; by the book

preclude

(v.) to prevent; to make impossible

incoherent

(adj.) jumbled; chaotic; impossible to understand

repress

(v.) to hold down

articulate

(v.) speaking clearly and well

solicit

(v.) to ask for; to seek

reproach

(v.) to scold, usually in disappointment

anecdote

(n.) a brief, entertaining story

scanty

(adj.) inadequate; minimal

fallacious

(adj.) false; misleading or deceptive

acclaim

(n.) praise; applause; admiration

uniform

(adj.) consistent; unchanging; the same for everyone

mitigate

(v.) to lessen the severity of something

reprehensible

(adj.) worthy of blame, rebuke or censure

engender

(v.) to create; to produce

exemplary

(adj.) outstanding; setting a great example

relegate

(v.) to banish; to send away

belligerent

(adj.) combative; quarrelsome

astute

(adj.) perceptive; intelligent

languish

(v.) to become weak, listless or depressed

censure

(v.) to condemn severely

stagnation

(n.) motionlessness; inactivity

compliant

(adj.) yielding; submissive

prosaic

(adj.) dull; unimaginative

profuse

(adj.) flowing; extravagant

expedient

(adj.) providing an immediate advantage; serving one's immediate self-interest

fastidious

(adj.) meticulous; demanding

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