Kaplan SAT Vocab #1-50

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abjure

to renounce under oath, to abandon forever, to abstain from

abnegate

to give up, to deny to oneself

abortive

ending without results

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

abscond

to leave quickly in secret

abstemious

sparing or moderate, especially in eating and drinking

accede

to express approval, to agree to

acclivity

an incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill

accretion

a growth in size/amount

acme

the highest level attainable, peak

actuate

to put into motion, to activate

acumen

sharpness of mind/judgment

adjudicate

to act as a judge

adjure

to appeal to

adumbrate

to foreshadow, give hint about something to come; to overshadow/ conceal partially

aerie

a elevated nest/home

alimentary

pertaining to food, nutrition, digestion; supplying nourishment

allay

to lessen, ease

animus

a feeling of ill will

anodyne

a source of comfort, a medicine that relieves pain

anthropomorphic

personified, having human-like form/characteristics

aphorism

a short statement of a principle, a proverb

aplomb

self-confident assurance, poise

apostate

one who renounces a religious faith

apposite

appropriate; fitting

apprise

to give notice to, to inform

appropriate

to allocate

arcane

secret, obscure

arrears

unpaid, overdue debts or bills; neglected obligations

arrogate

to claim without justification/right

askance

(adv) with disapproval, with a skeptical sideways glance

atavistic

characteristic of a former era, ancient

aver

to declare to be true, to affirm

avuncular

like an uncle in behavior, esp wit kindness and warmth

ballast

supporting/steadying structure

beatific

displaying calmness and joy, blissful

becalm

to stop the progress of, to soothe

bedraggle

soiled, wet and limp

beget

to produce as an effect/outgrowth, to bring about

beneficent

performing acts of kindness or charity, doing good

berate

to scold harshly

bilious

bad-tempered, cross

blasphemous

cursing, profane, showing contempt for sacred things

blithely

merrily, lightheartedly cheerful, without appropriate thought, in a carefree manner

bombastic

high-sounding but meaningless

bovine

relating to cows, having characteristics like sluggishness or dullness

broach

to mention or suggest for the first time

bucolic

pastoral, rural

burnish

to polish, to make smooth and bright

bursar

treasurer or keeper of funds

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