Elite SAT Vocab AB 451-475

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ovation

enthusiastic and lengthy applause

demagogue

a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passions of the people

foment

to stir up negative feelings, especially those that lead to violent actions

goad

to prod or urge; as if with a pointed stick; n. a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on

tantalize

to torment or tease by showing something desirable while keeping it out of reach

cordial

warm and friendly; hearty

adorn

add beauty; to decorate

scribe

a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, especially in ancient times

fastidious

not easy to please; very critical or discriminating

purport

to claim, especially falsely

circumscribe

to define the limits of

foliage

leaves

complacent

too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied

etiquette

the forms of behavior of polite society

morbid

gruesome; awful

inhibit

to hold back

subjective

based on personal experience or feeling, not from external evidence

ensue

to happen subsequently

heinous

extremely wicked; abominable

urbane

sophisticated

induce

to influence, especially by persuasion; to bring about; to infer by inductive reasoning

debonair

easy and carefree in manner

etymology

the study of the origins of words

stoic

apparently indifferent to joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

plethora

an excessive amount

conceit

a fanciful idea or image, especially an exaggerated poetic comparison; an extravagant construction

catastrophe

disaster; sudden misfortune

variegated

distinctly marked with different colors; diverse

carouse

to participate in a loud, drunken party

vertiginous

causing dizziness, as from spinning or heights

encomium

high praise

expound

to explain in detail

dogma

a specific set of ideas or beliefs, especially religious or asserted to be absolutely true

bereaved

suffering the loss of a loved one

predilection

a preference

brevity

briefness

tumult

a great commotion or uproar

effervescent

giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement

outmoded

no longer in fashion

defunct

having ceased to exist or live

vindictive

seeking revenge; marked by a desire to hurt

calamity

an event causing extreme trouble or misery

contentious

always ready to argue; quarrelsome

rationalize

to come up with self-satisfying but incorrect excuses

underscore

to emphasize

vitiate

to make faulty or impure; to spoil

undermine

to weaken

wallow

to roll about lazily, in or as if in water, snow or mud; to revel

ostensible

outwardly appearing as such

perennial

lasting through the years

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