Kaplan SAT Vocab #151-200

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interregnum

a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control, time between rulers

intimation

a subtle and indirect hint

intractable

not easily managed or manipulated, stubborn

intransigent

uncompromising, refusing to abandon an extreme position

intrepid

fearless, resolutely courageous

inveterate

firmly established, esp. wrt a habit or attitude

irascible

easily angered, hot-tempered

irreverent

disrespectful in a gentle or humorous way, lacking proper respect or seriousness, satirical

itinerant

wandering from place to place

jocular

playful, humorous

junta

a small governing body, esp after a revolutionary seizure of power

kismet

destiny, fate

lampoon

to ridicule with satire (irony, sarcasm)

largess

(n) generous giving (usually money) to others who may seem inferior

laudable

deserving of praise

lecherous

lustful

lexicon

a dictionary, stock of terms pertaining to a particular subject or vocabulary

libertine

an "overly-free" thinker (a term usually used disparagingly, bad connotation), one without moral restraint

licentious

immoral, unrestrained by society

lilliputian

very small

loquacious

talkative

macabre

having death as a subject, dwelling on the gruesome

macrocosm

the whole universe; a large system representative of (one of) its parts/components

malaise

a feeling of unease or depression

malapropism

the accidental, often comical, misuse of a word

malediction

a curse, a wish of evil upon another

malfeasance

wrongdoing or misconduct, especially by a public official

masochist

one who enjoys being subjected to pain or humiliation

maverick

an independent individual who does not go along with a group

mawkish

sickeningly sentimental

megalomania

obsession with great or grandiose performance

mellifluous

having a smooth, rich flow

milieu

surroundings, environment

misnomer

an error in naming a person or a place, an unsuitable naming that implies a wrong meaning (e.g. Iceland and Greenland)

missive

a written note or letter

modicum

a small portion, a limited quantity

mordant

biting and caustic

mores

fixed customs or manners, moral attitudes

mote

a small particle, speck

myopic

near-sighted, lacking foresight, having a narrow view or long-range perspective

necromancy

the practice of communicating with the dead in order to predict the future

neonate

a newborn child

nihilism

the delusion that reality (or everything, including the self) does exist, total rejection of established laws and institutions, an extreme form of skepticism that advocates total destruction of self/everything b/c existence is useless

nomenclature

a system of scientific names

non sequitur

a statement that does not follow logically from anything previously said, a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it or does not logically follow

obdurate

stubbornly persistent, resistant to persuasion

obstinate

unreasonably persistent, uncompromising, stubborn

olfactory

(relating to/adjective for) the sense of smell

onus

a burden, an obligation

opine

to express an opinion

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