English - SAT - vocab set

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Tangent

going off the main subject

Renown

famous

Plagiarism

a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work

Nuance

a subtle shade of meaning or color; a vibe or feeling

Knotty

complex; difficult to solve

Hangar

storage area of garage for aircraft

Covert

hidden; undercover

Bilk

to cheat or defraud

Abrasive

rough; harsh; coarse

Engender

to cause, to produce, tocreate

talisman

lucky charm

remuneration

payment for work done

placid

calm; peaceful

noxious

harmful; poisonous

kindle

cause to start burning; to start a fire

hamper

hinder; obstruct

enfranchise

to give voting rights

counterfeit

fake; false

bigot

narrow minded and prejudice person

abhor

hate

tardy

after the expected or usual time; slow; late; overdue

reprehensible

shameful; very bad

plaudit

statement of strong praise

nuzzle

rub noses; snuggle; cuddle

labyrinthine

confusing like a maze

enigma

puzzle; mystery

credible

believable

blasphemy

offensive speak disrespectful to God

harbinger

indicator

abrogate

revoke formally; cancel or deny

abrasiveness

harshness; coarseness; roughness

billowing

waving, fluttering in the wind

cower

crouch or curl up; recoil in fear

enhance

increase; improve; make better

harangue

noisy attacking speak

labyrinth

a maze

plaintiff

applicate; petitioner

replete

full and complete

tangible

can be touched

tedium

boredom

repudiate

shun

plethora

extra; excess

enshroud

cover up

credulous

gulible; believes everything

blight

damage; destroy

abstain

to withdraw or refrain form

tawdry

gaudy; not valuble

reprieve

respite; rest; postponed

plausible

reasonable; believable

obfuscate

deliberately making something complex or difficult

lachrymose

tearful and sad

haughtiness

irrogant; pride

obdurate

stubborn

laceration

a wound

hasten

hurry; rush

ensconce

firmly establish; set in its position

creditable

worthy of praise

blatant

obvious

absolution

forgiveness or pardon

hedonist

pleasure seeker or epicure

tenuous

flimsy; not solid

tentative

not certain

resonant

echoing; left over

resolution

determination; goal

podium

a raised platform, like a stage

plummet

fall suddenly and steeply

oblivious

totally unaware

obliterate

to destroy; demolish

lampoon

ridicule; make fun of

lamentation

sorrow; regret; mouring; grief

heed

listen to

epicure

a hedonist that appreciates good food and drink

ephemeral

short lived; not long lasting

curtail

cut short; ending quickly

cryptic

puzzling; enigmatic

bombast

irrogant; proud language; yelling at

bolster

to support or prop up

acquiesce

to agree or give into; consent

accolade

tribute; praise; award

abstruse

difficult to understand; obscure

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