1.Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT: book 3 chapter 2

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impotent

adj. powerless; lacking strength

antithesis

n. an exact opposite; an opposite extreme

maelstrom

n. shirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind

emendation

n. a correction

chagrin

n. embarrassment; a complete loss of courage

bauble

n. a showy but useless thing

diaphanous

adj. very sheer and light

labyrinth

n. a complicated network of winding passages; a maze

gloat

v. to look at or thing about with great satisfaction

impediment

n. a barrier; obstruction

bestial

adj. savage; brutal

effete

adj. worn out; barren

shard

n. a fragment

bland

adj. mild; tasteless; dull

nihilism

n. a total rejection of established laws

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