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sat loya final exam 2011 english courses

abandon

to leave

abate

to decrease; to reduce

abet

to aid; to act as an accomplice

abjure

to abandon

abnegate

to give up; to deny to oneself

abortive

an ending

abrogate

to violate a rule or end intentionally

abscond

to leave quickly in secret

abstemious

done with little effort or input

accede

to agree to

acclivity

an incline or upward slope

accretion

a growth in size, an increase in amount

acme

the highest level or degree attainable

actuate

to activate

acuity

sharp vision or perception

acumen

sharpness of insight, mind, and understanding; shrewd judgment

adamant

very stubborn

adept

extremely skilled

adjudicate

to judge

adjure

to ask for

admonish

to caution or warn

adroit

skillful

adulation

excessive flattery or admiration

adumbrate

to foreshadow

aerie

a high up, secluded dwelling

affected

phony or artificial(can also mean changed but not here)

aggregate

a collective mass, the sum total

algorithm

an procedure for solving a problem or equation

alimentary

pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion

allay

to reduce

amity

friendship, goodwill

amorphous

having no definite form

animus

a feeling of animosity or anger

anodyne

a source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain

anomaly

an unusual event

anthropomorphic

seemingly human

antiquated

too old to be fashionable or useful

aphorism

a saying about wisdom

aplomb

self-confidence

apostate

one who hates a certain religion and says so publicly

apposite

well-suited

apprise

to inform

to appropriate

means to give

arable

able to grow (like in plants or soil)

arcane

rare or hidden

archipelago

a large group of islands

in arrears

overdue debts or bills

to arrogate

to claim for oneself without right

askance

to speak about with disapproval

assent

to agree

atavistic

characteristic of a former era, ancient

autocrat

a dictator

aver

to declare to be true; to affirm

avuncular

to act like a kind, loving uncle

awry

messed up

balk

to stop early

ballast

a structure on a boat that helps it float

beatific

related to extreme happiness

becalm

to stop the progress of OR to calm

becloud

to hide

bedraggled

soiled or screwed up

beget

to produce

behemoth

something of monstrous size or power; huge creature

beneficent

pertaining to an act of kindness

berate

to scold harshly

bilious

ill-tempered, sickly, ailing

blasphemous

cursing, profane; extremely irreverent

blatant

completely obvious

blithely

very happily

bombastic

harsh sounding

bovine

relating to cows

braggart

a person who brags

broach

to mention or suggest

bucolic

relating to shepherds or happiness

burnish

to polish

bursar

a treasurer of funds

cache

a hiding place; a stockpile

cacophony

a jarring, unpleasant noise

calumny

an insult or lie intended to harm someone

cantankerous

very stubborn and grumpy

captious

petty criticism

cataclysmic

severely destructive

catalyst

somethin that causes a powerful change

caucus

a meeting

caustic

biting, sarcastic

cede

to give up something

celerity

speed, haste

censorious

relating to blame and condemnation

certitude

being certain

cessation

a stoppage, a stop

chary

watchful, cautious or extremely shy

chimerical

imaginary and usually impossible

circuitous

a non-direct path

circumvent

to go around; avoid

cloying

too nice

coagulate

to clot or thicken

cogent

fitting logically together

colloquial

informal speech of a region

commute

to change a harsh penalty to a lighter one

complacent

self-satisfied (usually in a bad way)

compliant

submissive, yielding

concomitant

existing concurrently

concord

agreement

condole

to grieve; to express sympathy

conflagration

big, destructive fire

confluence

the act of two things flowing together; the junction or meeting place where two things meet

consanguineous

having the same lineage or ancestry; related by blood

consternation

an intense state of fear or dismay

constituent

component, part; citizen, voter

constraint

something that restricts or confines within prescribed bounds

contemptuous

quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent

contiguous

sharing a boundary; neighboring

continence

self-control, self-restraint

convalesce

to recover gradually from an illness

convergence

the state of separate elements joining or coming together

coquette

a flirtatious woman

coterie

an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

countervail

to act or react with equal force

covert

secretive, not openly shown

cull

to select, weed out

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