Barron's Picture These SAT Words (AAA)

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abstemious

eating and drinking in moderation; restricted to bare necessities

abstract

not concrete; theoretical

abstruse

difficult to understand

acclaim

applaud; announce with great approval

accolade

award of merit

acknowledge

to recognize; admit

acquiesce

agree without protesting

adulation

excessive flattery or admiration

adversary

opponent

adversity

hardship; misfortune

advocate

to argue in favor of

aesthetic

pertaining to art or beauty

affable

easily approachable; warm and friendly

affirmation

declaring something to be a true, positive statement

aggregate

total

alleviate

relieve

aloof

apart; reserved

altruistic

unselfishly generous; concerned for others

ambiguous

unclear or doubtful in meaning

ambivalence

having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes

amorphous

formless; lacking in shape or definition

analogous

comparable

anarchist

a person who seeks to overturn the established government; a person who favors abolishing authority

animosity

bitter hostility; active hatred

anomaly

irregularity

antagonism

actively expressed hostility

antediluvian

extremely old

antidote

medicine to counteract a poison or disease; something that relieves a harmful effect

antiquated

old-fashioned; obsolete

apathy

indifferent

appease

soothe; relieve

apprehension

fear

arbitrary

randomly chosen

archaic

ancient, out-of-date

ardent

very enthusiastic; passionate

arrogance

overbearing pride

articulate

able to express oneself clearly and effectively

artifact

object made by human beings

artisan

manually skilled worker; craftsman as opposed to artist

ascendancy

controlling influence; domination

ascetic

person who leads a life of self-denial

aspire

seek to attain; long for

assiduous

earnest and persistent in undertaking a task

assuage

ease or lessen; satisfy; soothe; alleviate

astute

wise; shrewd

attribute

explain; relate to a cause

audacious

daring; bold

austere

severe or stern; simple and unornamented

authoritarian

subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will

autonomous

self-governing

avarice

greediness for wealth

aversion

firm dislike

beguile

charm; deceive by trickery

belie

contradict; give a false impression

benevolent

generous; charitable

benign

showing gentleness; exerting a beneficial influence; harmless

bolster

support; reinforce

bombastic

using inflated language

braggart

boaster

cajole

coax

calculated

deliberately planned

candor

frankness; open honesty

capricious

unpredictable; fickle

censure

blame, criticize

charlatan

a quack; pretender to knowledge

coalesce

combine; fuse

colloquial

pertaining to conversational or common speech

compile

assemble; gather; accumulate

complacency

self-satisfaction; smugness

compliance

readiness to yield; conformity

composure

mental calmness

comprehensive

thorough; inclusive

concede

admit; yield

conciliatory

overcoming hostility or distrust

concise

brief and compact

conflagration

great fire

confound

confuse; puzzle

contend

assert earnestly

contentious

quarrelsome; causing quarrels

conviction

strongly held belief; judgement that someone is guilty of a crime

cordial

gracious; heartfelt

corrode

destroy by chemical action; deteriorate

criterion

standard used in judging

cryptic

mysterious; hidden; secret

culpable

deserving blame

cursory

done with haste and little attention to detail

debilitate

weaken; enfeeble

decorum

orderliness and good taste in manners

degradation

humiliation; degeneration

deplore

regret; disapprove of

depravity

extreme corruption; wickedness

deprecate

express disapproval of; belittle

deride

ridicule; make fun of

derivative

unoriginal; derived from another source

deterrent

something that discourages

digression

wandering away from the subject

diligence

steadiness of effort; persistent hard work

disclose

reveal

discount

disregard; dismiss

discriminating

able to see differences

disdain

scorn

disinclination

a lack of inclination; reluctance

dismiss

put away from consideration, reject, discount

disperse

scatter

disputatious

argumentative; fond of arguing

dissent

disagree

divergent

varying; going in different directions from the same point

document

provide written evidence

dogmatic

arrogantly stating opinions without proof

duplicity

deliberate deceptiveness

eclectic

composed of elements drawn from diverse sources

egotism

excessive self-importance; conceit

elated

overjoyed; in high spirits

elegy

poem or song expressing grief

elusive

hard to grasp

embellish

adorn; ornament; add fictitious detail

emulate

imitate

endorse

approve; support

enmity

ill will; hatred

ephemeral

short-lived; fleeting

equivocal

unclear in meaning; intentionally misleading

erroneous

mistaken

eulogy

expression of praise, usually for funerals

evanescent

fleeting; vanishing (like ephemeral)

exalt

raise in rank or dignity; praise

execute

put into effect, carry out

exemplary

serving as a model; outstanding

exemplify

serve as an example of

exhaustive

thorough; comprehensive

explicit

totally clear; definite

extol

praise; glorify

extricate

free; disentangle

exuberance

joyful enthusiasm; overflowing abundance

facilitate

to help bring about; make less difficult

fallow

plowed but not sowed; uncultivated

falter

hesitate

fanaticism

extreme devotion to a belief or cause

fastidious

difficult to please; very careful

feasible

practical

flagrant

conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous

furtive

sneaky; secretive

garrulous

talkative; wordy

glacial

very slowly; like a glacier; extremely cold

glutton

someone who eats and drinks excessively

gregarious

sociable

guile

deceit; wiliness; cunning

gullible

easily deceived

hamper

obstruct; make more difficult

hardy

strong

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