The Scarlet Letter SAT Vocab

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abase

to degrade, to humiliate

abate

to reduce in intensity or amount

abstruse

difficult to understand, recondite, concealed

abyss

bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth

acuity

sharpness of perception

affinity

A likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship

alacrity

prompt and cheerful response

alchemist

One who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold.

alloy

a substance that is a mixture of metals

amenable

open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion, tractable, malleable

antipathy

a dislike, distaste, or enmity

append

to add in a supplementary manner

arduous

very difficult to accomplish or to achieve, very demanding (task)

ascend

to move upward, to rise from a lower station

ascetic

one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury

audacity

excessive boldness, rashness, daring

augury

An omen or prophecy

auspicious

favorable

austere

strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic

balm

A soothing substance or one that gives relief

benevolence

kindness, generosity, charity

benign

not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial

betoken

to give a sign of

blighted

destroyed or caused by decline or decay

buoyant

capable of floating; cheerful

burnish

to make shiny or to polish by rubbing

calamity

a serious event causing distress or misfortune

capricious

changing suddenly, fickle

consecrate

to dedicate or to declare sacred

credible

reliable and believable

dearth

a lack, a scarcity

decorousness

proper behavior

decorum

appropriate conduct, correct and proper behavior

deleterious

harmful; dangerous; injurious

depravity

moral corruption, a wicked or perverse act

derision

scoffing at, mockery, ridicule

despondency

depression, dejection

despotic

ruling oppressively and absolutely; tyrannical

discern

to differentiate between two or more things

duplicity

double-dealing, hypocrisy

edifice

a very large building

effervescent

showing high spirits

endow

to provide with income or property, to supply with a talent or quality

enmity

absolute hatred

entreaty

a plea, an earnest request

enumerate

to count one by one

erudite

scholarly

esoteric

understood only by a small group or a select few

estrange

to alienate, to separate

ethereal

heavenly, unusually delicate, light, lacking material substance, intangible

eulogy

praise or tribute

evanescent

fleeting; impermanent

exigent

urgent; requiring immediate attention

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