SAT Vocab 1

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100 terms · Words from ABASE to ABSCOND and ZEPHYR to VIRTUE

wry

twist; with a humorous twist

writhe

twist in coils; contort in pain

wrench

pull; strain; twist

xenophobia

fear or hatred of foreigners

zany

crazy; comic

zeal

eager enthusiasm

zealot

fanatic; person who shows extenssive zeal

zenith

point directly overhead in the sky; summit

yen

longing; urge

zephyr

gentle breeze; west wind

yield

amount produced; crop; income on investment

yield

give in; surrender

yoke

join together; unite

yore

time past

abdicate

renounce; give up

abate

subside; decrease; lessen

abbreviate

shorten

wrath

anger; fury

abjure

renounce upon oath

abject

wretched; lacking pride

abscond

depart secretly and hide

abrasive

rubbing away; tending to grind down

abnegation

repudiation; self-sacrifice

abominable

detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad

abduction

kidnapping

abortive

unsuccessful; fruitless

aberrant

abnormal or deviant

abrade

wear away by friction; scrape; erode

abet

aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage

abhor

detest; hate

aboriginal

being the first of its kind in a regoin; primitive; native

abase

lower; humiliate

abash

embarrass

abridge

condense or shorten

abolish

cancel; put an end to

worldly

engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual

woe

deep, inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering

wizardry

sorcery; magic

witticism

witty saying; wisecrack

witless

foolish; idiotic

withstand

stand up against; successfully resist

withhold

refuse to give; hold back

wither

shrivel; decay

withdrawn

introverted; remote

wistful

vaguely longing; sadly thoughtful

wispy

thin; slight; barely discernible

winsome

agreeable; gracious; engaging

winnow

sift; separate good parts from bad

windfall

unexpected lucky event

wince

shrink back; flinch

wily

cunning; artful

willful

intentional; headstrong

whimsical

capricious; fanciful

whiff

puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint

whet

sharpen; stimulate

wheedle

cajole; coax; deceive by flattery

welter

turmoil; bewildering jumble

weather

endure the effects of weather or other forces

wean

accustom a baby to not nurse; give up a cherished activity

waylay

ambush; lie in wait

wax

increase; grow

watershed

crucial dividing point

wastrel

profligate

wary

very cautious

warranty

guarantee; assurance by seller

warrant

justify; authorize

warble

sing; babble

wanton

unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste

wane

decrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end

wan

having a pale or sickly color; pallid

wallow

roll in; indulge in; become helpless

wake

trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before

waive

give up a claim or right voluntarily; refrain from enforcing; postpone considering

waif

homeless child or animal

waggish

mischievous; humorous; tricky

waft

moved gently by wind or waves

waffle

speak equivocally about an issue

vulnerable

susceptible to wounds

voyeur

Peeping Tom

vouchsafe

grant; choose to give in reply; permit

vortex

whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorable plunged

voracious

ravenous

voluptuous

suggesting sensual delights; sensuously pleasing

voluminous

bulky; large

voluble

fluent; glib; talkative

volition

act of making a conscious choice

volatile

changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly

vogue

popular fashion

vociferous

clamorous; noisy

vivacious

animated; lively

vituperative

abusive; scolding

vitriolic

corrosive; sarcastic

vital

vibrant and lively; critical; living, breathing

visionary

produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical

viscous

sticky; gluey

visceral

felt in one's inner organs

virus

disease communicator

virulent

extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter

virtuoso

highly skilled artist

virtue

goodness, moral excellence; good quality

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