SAT 1, set 4

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procrastinator

one who delays or puts off

prodigal

wasteful; recklessly extravagent

prodigious

enormous; amazing; extraordinary

capricious

characterized by impulsive or whimsical change; unpredictable; erratic

captious

fault finding; disposed to criticize; argumentative

cincture

anything that encircles; a belt or sash; to encircle with such an object

circumlocution

evasion of the main point by indirect or roundabout speaking or writing; any such expression

bathos

excessive or trivial sentimentality; that which arouses insincere sorrow or pity; an unimportant climax

cardinal

principal; most important; chief; an ecclesiastical official in the Roman Catholic Churc; a red bird; scarlet

cascaded

fell as from a waterfall; poured over; rushed down or out

castigated

criticized severely; punished verbally; chastised or rebuked strongly

implement

to do or provide what is needed for completion or activation; to effect; to accomplish; something used for a specific purpose; a tool or instrument

machination

a plot or scheme to do harm; such thinking or doing

magisterial

pertaining to a master; pompously assured and commanding; authoritative; dictatorial

clandestine

secret; hidden; undercover; surreptitious; furtive

clemency

mercy; leniency

clement

lenient; compassionate; merciful; mild

immaculate

spotlessly clean; without stain or blemish

ghoul

one who takes pleasure in terrible things; one who is repugnant in character or appearance; a grave robber; a legendary creautre that feeds on corpses

prodigy

one who accomplishes extraordinary things at an early age; something extremely admirable or awe inspiring

category

a class; a classification; a division

caterer

one who provides food and services for parties, receptions, etc.

cauterized

seared with a hot iron or acid

pertinacious

stubbornly persistent; tenacious of goals or pupose; not easily gotten rid of

perverse

obstinately contrary; deviating from convention; willfully nonconforming

badinage

playful talk or joking back and forth; good natured arguing and jesting; raillery; teasing

charlatan

one who pretends to have knowledge that he does not have; an imposter; a quack

blazon

to richly adorn; to depict symbolically (such a depiction or its description)

cataclysmic

sudden and violent on a large scale; disastrous or violently changing in effect

profligate

recklessly extravagant or wasteful; not virtuous or decent; such a person

adduced

brought out or offered for consideration or proof; alleged

imbroglio

a complicated disagreement; a misunderstanding with serious consequences

piquant

stimulating to the mind; interesting; provocative; charmingly lively; spicy; tart

vicissitude

natural but unanticipated change; variation of fortune; element of change in daily life

propitiated

appeased; satisfied; gained favor; favorably disposed

millenium

a period of 1000 years; any long period of well-being; the thousand-year period after the second coming of Christ

circuitous

roundabout; indirect

abscond

to leave secretly and in haste, usually to escape the law

cliche

an overused expressing; a trite or hackneyed saying; anything overused or overly familiar

melancholic

excessively and unreasonably brooding; chronically depressed; despondent; causing or suggesting such feeling(melancholy is used interchangeably)

addicted

physiologically or psychologically dependent upon; completely self subjected to some habit, practice, etc.

cloister

a secluded or isolated place; a monastery or convent; a roofed walkway within a courtyard; to shut off from the world; to seclude or sequester

coagulate

to thicken; to clot; to gather together in a mass

banal

lacking freshness or vigor, commonplace; trite

bard

a poet

barrister

loosely-an attorney or lawyer (In England, a lawyer pleads cases in courts while solicitors advise and prepare cases.)

prone

naturally inclined or disposed; having a tendancy; predisposed; lying face down

emulate

to strive to equal or surpass; to successfully rival

impending

about to happen; threatening to occur; impending

circumspect

cautiously attentive to everything; watchful against error or impropriety; wary (literally looking around)

empathy

understanding and identification with the mental state and emotions of another person

petulant

pettily or childlishly peevish; irritable; fretful; obstinate; impatient

philatelist

stamp collector

cogent

convincing to the mind; compelling

cognizant

having knowledge; perceptive; aware; comprehending

baffled

confused; perplexed; foiled; frustrated; impeded; fixed to control the flow of air, sound, etc.

prolific

producing a great deal; reproducing wildly

mettle

strength of spirit; stamina; dependability; ardor

pertinent

related to the matter at hand; relevant

perturbation

the act or cause of disturbance in a usual condition; such a disturbance; agitation

pervade

to spread throughout; to permeate

garish

extreme bright; overly ornate; tastelessly overdone; showy; gaudy

garrulous

talkative; chattering; loquacious

germane

pertinent or fitting to the issue; relevant

illiterate

unable to read or write

articulation

clear and precise pronunciation; enunciation; a joining together of parts

avocation

an interest or casual occupation in addition to one's vocation; a hobby; a diversion

badger

to annoy persistently; to bother or tease; a small burrowing animal

coalesce

to combine or come together in one body, purpose, etc.; to unite; to fuse; to blend

coercion

a compelling or forcing; forced restraint or constraint; control or government by force

absolution

the forgiving of sin; a freeing from guilt and penalty; forgiveness

ajudicated

determined in court; judged

malediction

an evil and damaging statement; a curse; calumny; slander; such speaking or writing (opposite of benediction)

celibacy

the state of refraining from marriage and sexual relations

chaotic

in a state of chaos; extremely mixed up; very confused or disorderly

chauvinistic

unreasonably devoted or loyal to one's own group, race, sex, or status; implying unreasoned superiority to such

propensity

a natural tendancy, disposition, or inclination

pinnacle

peak; summit; zenith; highest point of achievement

clamber

to crawl or climb in a clumsy matter

magnanimous

noble in spirit; without resentment or envy; generous in forgiving

caustic

corrosive; destructive; sarcastic; biting

balmy

warm; refreshing; mild

prolix

wordy; long-winded; verbose

promulgated

put into effect officially and publicly; openly declared; proclaimed

bellicose

hostile; warlike; aggressive

beneficence

the quality of display of goodness and kindness; a good deed or kindness; such actions collectively

aberration

a change or departure from the usual, normal, prescribed, etc.; a disorder of the mind

brandish

to shake, wave or flourish threateningly, defiantly, or triumphantly

propagate

to spread information, etc. from one person to another; to disseminate; to reproduce or multiply; to cause such

acquiesced

yielded; gave in; assented

virago

a loud-mouthed, bad-tempered, over-bearing woman

coalition

a union or joining together; a temporary alliance

abstemious

sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate

chary

hesitant; cautious; wary; particular; fastidious; frugal; sparing

empirical

based on observation or direct experience only and not on theory, speculation; hearsay, etc.

virulent

extremely harmful, malignant or noxious; malicious; rancorous; acrimonious

propinquity

nearness or closeness; kinship; affinity; proximity

macabre

gruesome; horrible; ghastly

mince

to express with primness or with little force; to cut into little pieces

minion

a submissive dependent or favorite; an official subordinate to another

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