BL English III SAT Vocab. Test 1

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50 terms

fortuitous

lucky; by chance

recapitulate

to summarize; to repeat briefly

perfunctory

done without care; in a routine fashion

baroque

overly decorated

hedonism

pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses

obloquy

strong disapproval; a bad reputation resulting from public criticism

quasi-

resembling; seeming; half

besmirch

to make dirty; to stain

sacrosanct

extremely holy

facetious

comical; jocular; flippant

pedestrian

ordinary or dull

bona fide

in good faith

fecund

fertile, productive

obfuscate

to confuse; to bewilder

extenuate

to lessen seriousness by providing partial excuses

parochial

local; narrow; limited

glower

to stare angrily

edify

to improve someone morally

cataclysm

a violent change

importune

to ask persistently; to beg

factious

causing disagreement

ignoble

dishonorable, shameful

boor

a rude or impolite person

perspicacity

keenness of judgment

fervent

eager, earnest

enervate

to weaken

ephemeral

lasting only a brief time; short-lived

altruism

a concern for others; generosity

carrion

decaying flesh

amorphous

shapeless, formless, vague

amalgamate

to combine

demented

mentally ill; insane

hone

to sharpen

beleaguer

to besiege by encircling (as with an army); to harass

gorge

to eat or swallow greedily

antiquated

no longer used or useful; very old

opiate

a narcotic use to cause sleep or bring relief from pain

caricature

an exaggerated portrayal of one's features

dally

to waste time; to dawdle

felonious

pertaining to or constituting a major crime

licentious

morally unrestrained

numismatist

a coin collector

paucity

a scarcity, lack

fatalistic

believing that all events in life are inevitable and determined by fate

obtrude

to force oneself into a situation uninvited

pensive

dreamily thoughtful

lackadaisical

uninterested; listless

alienate

to turn away feelings or affections

elated

in high spirits; exultantly proud and joyful

epigram

a witty saying expressing a single thought or observation

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