SAT Hot Prospect Vocabulary

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Lurid

wild, gruesome, sensational

Luxuriant

abundant; rich and splendid, fertile

Malicious

hateful; spiteful

Marred

Disfigured; damaged

Materialism

Preoccupation with physical comforts and things

Meander

Wind or turn in its course

Mercenary

Interested in money or gain

Mercurial

Capricious; changing; fickle

Methodical

Systematic

Meticulous

Excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous

Mirth

Merriment; laughter

Misanthrope

One who hates mankind

Miserly

Stingy; mean

Misnomer

Wrong name; incorrect designation

Mitigate

Appease; moderate

Mollify

Soothe

Morose

Ill-humored; sullen; melancholy

Mosaic

Picture made of colorful small inlaid tiles

Mundane

Worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday

Munificent

Very generous

Nefarious

Very wicked

Negate

Cancel out; nullify; deny

Nonchalance

Indifference; lack of concern; composure.

Notoriety

Disrepute; ill fame

Novelty

Something new; newness

Nuance

Shade of difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction

Nurture

Nourish; educate; foster

Obdurate

Stubborn

Obliterate

Destroy completely

Oblivion

Obscurity; forgetfulness

Obscure

Darken; make unclear

Obstinate

Stubborn; hard to control or treat

Odious

Hateful, vile

Ominous

Threatening

Opaque

Dark; not transparent

Opportunist

Individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances

Optimist

Person who looks on the good side

Opulence

Extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance

Orator

Public speaker

Ornate

Excessively or elaborately decorated

Ostentatious

Showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

Pacifist

One opposed to force; antimilitarist

Pariah

Social outcast

Parody

Humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty

Parsimony

Stinginess; excessive frugality

Partisan

One sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

Paucity

Scarcity

Penury

Severe poverty; stinginess

Perfunctory

Superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm

Peripheral

Marginal; outer

Pernicious

Very destructive

Perpetuate

Make something last; preserve from extinction

Pervasive

Pervading; spread throughout every part

Pessimism

Belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess

Phenomena

Observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation

Philanthropist

Lover of mankind; doer of good

Piety

Religious devotion; godliness

Pitfall

Hidden danger; concealed trap

Pithy

Concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty

Placate

Pacify; conciliate

Polemical

Aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious

Ponderous

Weighty; unwieldy

Pragmatic

Practical (opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something

Prattle

Babble

Precarious

Uncertain; risky

Preclude

Make impossible; eliminate

Precocious

Advanced in development

Predator

Creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others

Predecessor

Former occupant of a post

Presumptuous

Overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties

Prevalent

Widespread; generally accepted

Prodigal

Wasteful; reckless with money

Profane

Violate; desecrate; treat unworthily

Profligate

Dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral

Profound

Deep; not superficial; complete

Profusion

Overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess

Proliferation

Rapid growth; spread; multiplication

Prolific

Abundantly fruitful

Provincial

Pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated

Proximity

Nearness

Prudent

Cautious; careful

Quagmire

Soft, wet, boggy land, complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself

Qualified

Limited; restricted

Quandary

Dilemma

Quell

Extinguish; put down; quiet

Querulous

Fretful; whining

Quiescent

At rest; dormant; temporarily inactive

Ramble

Wander aimlessly (physically/mentally)

Rancor

Bitterness; hatred

Rant

Rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech

Ratify

Approve formally; confirm; verify

Raucous

Harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous

Ravenous

Extremely hungry

Raze

Destroy completely

Rebuttal

Refutation; response with contrary evidence

Recant

Disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error

Recluse

Hermit; loner

Recount

Narrate or tell; count over again

Rectify

Set right; correct

Redundant

Superfluous; repetitious; excessively wordy

Refute

Disprove

Relegate

Banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign

Remission

Temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellation of a debt; forgiveness or pardon

Remorse

Guilt; self reproach

Renounce

Abandon; disown; repudiate

Repel

Drive away; disgust

Replete

Filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied

Reprehensible

Deserving blame

Reprimand

Reprove severely; rebuke

Reprove

Censure; rebuke

Repudiate

Disown; disavow

Repugnant

Loathsome; hateful

Rescind

Cancel

Reserve

Self control, formal but distant manner

Resigned

Accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive

Resolution

Determination; resolve

Resolve

Determination; firmness of purpose

Respite

Interval of relief; time for rest; delay in punishment

Resplendent

Dazzling; glorious; brilliant

Restraint

Moderation or self control; controlling force; restriction

Reticence

Reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence

Retract

Withdraw; take back

Reverent

Respectful; worshipful

Rhetorical

Pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language

Rigor

Severity

Robust

Vigorous; strong

Sage

Person celebrated for wisdom

Sanction

Approve; ratify

Satirical

Mocking

Saturate

Soak thoroughly

Savory

Tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable

Scanty

Meager; insufficient

Scrupulous

Conscientious; extremely thorough

Scrutinize

Examine closely and critically

Seclusion

Isolation; solitude

Sedentary

Requiring sitting

Servile

Slavish ; cringing

Skeptic

Doubter; person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined

Sluggish

Slow; lazy; lethargic

Somber

Gloomy; depressing; dark; drab

Soporific

Sleep-causing, marked by sleepiness

Sporadic

Occurring irregularly

Spurious

False; counterfeit; forged; illogical

Spurn

Reject; scorn

Squander

Waste

Stagnant

Motionless; stale; dull

Static

Unchanging; lacking development

Steadfast

Loyal; unswerving

Stolid

Unruffled; impassive; dull

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