SAT Vocab April2013

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Dubious

doubtful; uncertain

Preempt

to supersede; appropriate for oneself

Frenetic

excessively agitated

Immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature

Exigent

urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

Fauna

all the animal life in a particular region

Coalesce

mix together different elements

Mundane

concerned with the world or worldly matters

Harbinger

an indication of the approach of something or someone

Approbation

official recognition or approval

Hermetic

completely sealed

Edify

improve someone morally

Fetter

to restrict by shackling or chaining

Despot

a ruler with absolute power or tyrannical control over a group of people

Erudite

(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

Deprecate

To express mild disapproval; to belittle

Vocation

(n.) any trade, profession, or occupation

Auspicious

favorable

Languish

to become weak or feeble; to lose strength

Decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

Consummate

perfect and complete in every respect

Categorical

absolute; without exception

Malaise

a vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness

Awry

in a turned or twisted position or direction; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course

Extrovert

(psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings

Ephemeral

lasting a very short time

Callow

(adj.) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers

Monolithic

massive and uniform

Abject

lowly, miserable and wretched

Vitriolic

(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)

Beset

to attack from all sides

Matriculate

to register as a student at a college or university

Convivial

festive, sociable, having fun together, genial

venerate

to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect

Contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

Pristine

completely free from dirt or contamination

Farcical

Absurd; ludicrous

Nepotism

favoritism shown to family or friends by those in power, especially in business or hiring practices

Cogent

powerfully persuasive

Onerous

troubling; burdensome

Doctrinaire

inflexibly committed to a doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality; dogmatic

Vitiate

to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of

Covert

a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

Adulation

praise or flattery that is excessive

Discern

to distinguish one thing from another

Genteel

well-mannered; refined; polite

Integral

Necessary to complete something; essential

Provincial

lacking sophistication, narrow-minded

Desiccate

to dry out completely; dehydrate

Anguish

agonizing physical or mental pain

Exhort

urge on or encourage especially by shouts

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