PSAT Vocab Group 1 (A-D)

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abrade

v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode

abrade

rub down; rub off; scour; chafe

aberration

n. deviation from the expected or the normal; mental irregularity or disorder

aberration

wandering; deviation; divergence; abnormality; eccentricity; illusion; delusion; hallucination

acquittal

n. declaration of innocence; deliverance from a charge

acquittal

vindication; absolution; liberation; discharge; exemption; reprieve; release

alacrity

n. cheerful promptness; liveliness; briskness

alacrity

eagerness; keenness; fervor; zeal

alloy

v. mix; make less pure; moderate

alloy

fusion; blend; composite

aplomb

n. poise; assurance; imperturbable; self-possession

aplomb

balance; confidence; coolness; equanimity; nerve; nonchalance; poise; self-possession; surety; tact

balk

v. foil or thwart; stop short; refuse to go on

balk

retard; obstruct; impede; prevent

bane

n. cause to ruin; curse; a person or thing that ruins or spoils

bane

downfall; curse; nemesis

bastion

n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection

bastion

fortress; fort; bulwark; stronghold; citadel

blare

n. loud; harsh roar; a screech; a loud, raucous noise; glaring intensity of light or color

blare

bellow; clamor; scream; shriek; blast; shout; bark

boon

n. blessing; benefit; something to be thankful for

boon

benevolence; compliment; blessing; donation; benefit; present

bungle

v. mismanage; blunder; to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch

bungle

spoil; mar; ruin

chagrin

n. a feeling of vexation; marked by disappointment or humiliation

chagrin

embarrassment; humiliation

charlatan

n. quack; pretender to knowledge

charlatan

cheat; fraud; phony; fake; sham; con

comely

adj. attractive; agreeable; pleasing in appearance

comely

pretty; handsome; beautiful; good-looking; personable

covetous

adj. avaricious; eagerly desirous of; inordinately wrong desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy

covetous

envious; gluttonous

conflagration

n. great fire

conflagration

fire; flame

convoluted

adj. twisted; coiled; intricate; complicated

convoluted

complex; tangled

crass

adj. very unrefined; grossly insensible

crass

coarse; insensitive

curtail

v. shorten; reduce

curtail

abbreviate; decrease

dawdle

v. loiter; waste time

dawdle

dilly-dally; lounge

dearth

n. scarcity

dearth

insufficiency; scarcity

defunct

adj. no longer in use or existence

defunct

archaic; extinct

degenerate

v. become worse

degenerate

deteriorate; corrupt

deplore

v. regret strongly; express grief over

deplore

abhor; complain

derelict

adj. abandoned; negligent

derelict

careless; disregardful

debilitate

v. weaken; enfeeble

debilitate

cripple; disable

decorous

adj. proper

decorous

appropriate; suitable

decry

v. express strong disapproval

decry

condemn; denounce

deference

n. courteous regard for another's wishes

deference

consideration; courtesy

derision

n. ridicule; mockery

derision

insult; disdain

derivative

adj. unoriginal

derivative

borrowed; copied

desultory

adj. aimless; haphazard; digressing at random

desultory

without purpose; chance; order less

deterrent

n. something that discourages; hindrance

deterrent

leash; obstacle; preventative

didactic

adj. teaching; instructional

didactic

informative; enlightening; tutorial

diffident

adj. lacking confidence; reserved

diffident

distrustful; self-conscience; unassertive

discernible

adj. distinguishable; perceivable

discernible

recognizable; distinct; noticeable

discord

n. lack of harmony; conflict

discord

dissonance; quarrelsome

discrepancy

n. lack of consistency; contradiction; difference

discrepancy

alterity; contrariety; unlikeness

disparage

v. to belittle

disparage

minimize; demoralize; discourage

disparate

adj. basically different

disparate

unalike; diverse; contrasting

dispel

v. to scatter; cause to vanish

dispel

disperse; banish; dissipate; and split up

dissident

adj. dissenting; rebellious

dissident

nonconformist; disagreement; unorthodox

dissent

v. to disagree

dissent

argue; contradict; object; oppose

dissipate

v. squander

dissipate

blow deplete; misuse; and waste

divulge

v. to reveal

divulge

uncover; expose; bring out; and publish

docile

adj. obedient; easily managed

docile

susceptible; agreeable; obliging; cooperative

dogmatic

adj. opinionated; arbitrary doctrinal

dogmatic

one-sided; prejudiced

draconian

adj. extremely severe

draconian

harsh; cruel; brittle; ruthless

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