Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT Book II — Unit #9

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divulge

(v) to tell; to reveal (as a secret)

abet

(v) to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing

dogmatic

(adj) arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs

insipid

(adj) lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating

extraneous

(adj) inessential; not constituting a vital part

coerce

(v) to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats

jaundiced

(adj) prejudiced; hostile

meticulous

(adj) extremely careful about small details; precise

temerity

(n) recklessness; a foolish disregard of danger

gregarious

(adj) sociable; fond of the company of others

heresy

(n) the crime of holding a belief that goes against established doctrine

docile

(adj) easy to teach or manage

libation

(n) a drink, especially an alcoholic one

anathema

(n) a hated, repellant person or thing

banter

(n) teasing; playful conversation

castigate

(v) to criticize or punish for the purpose of correction

gauche

(adj) lacking social graces; tactless

ignominy

(n) public shame, disgrace, or dishonor

motley

(adj) made up of different, dissimilar parts; being of many colors

emaciated

(adj) extremely thin; wasted away

avarice

(n) greed; desire for wealth

furtive

(adj) stealthy; secretive

bacchanalian

(adj) wild and drunken

extradite

(v) to turn over or deliver to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority

copious

(adj) numerous; large in quantity

irascible

(adj) easily angered

mercenary

(n) a professional soldier hired by a foreign army

bastion

(n) a strong defense or fort (one likened to these)

jettison

(v) to cast overboard; to discard

ostracize

(v) to banish; to shut out from a group or society by common consent

bigot

(n) one who is intolerant of differences in people

expunge

(v) to erase or eliminate

candid

(adj) outspoken; blunt

argot

(n) special words or phrases used by a specific group of people

negligence

(n) careless neglect, often resulting in injury

appease

(v) to calm ; to make satisfied (often only temporarily)

strident

(ad) harsh sounding; grating

chaos

(n) completely disorder

augment

(v) to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity

jingoism

(n) extreme, chauvinistic patriotism, often favoring an aggressive, warlike foreign policy

rancor

(n) extreme hatred or ill will

inexorable

(adj) unrelenting; unavoidable

extol

(v) to praise highly

clement

(adj) merciful; lenient

cliché

(n) a worn-out idea or overused expression

adamant

(adj) unyielding; firm in opinion

diffident

(adj) lacking in self-confidence; shy

opus

(n) a creative work, especially a numbered composition

ostensible

(adj) professed but not necessarily true

disparity

(n) inequality; difference

condone

(v) to forgive or overlook an offense

nuance

(n) a slight or subtle degree of difference

connoisseur

(n) an expert in matters of culture, food, or wine

enigma

(n) a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable

apathy

(n) lack of interest; state of not caring

officious

(adj) excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help

credence

(n) belief or trust

jaunty

(adj) having a buoyant, self-confident air; brisk and crisp

dilettante

(n) one who merely dabbles in an art or science

cult

(n) an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion to a person or set of principles

cynical

(adj) doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motive

ambivalent

(adj) uncertain; unable to decide between two opposing points of view

demagogue

(n) a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power

demure

(adj) quiet and modest; reserved

intrepid

(adj) without fear; brave

destitute

(adj) extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter

erudite

(adj) scholarly; learned

dilemma

(n) a difficult choice; a seemingly unsolvable problem

culmination

(n) the highest point of attainment; the end or climax

concur

(v) to be of the same opinion; to agree with

abate

(v) to lessen in violence or intensity

decorum

(n) conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior

abhor

(v) to detest; to hate strongly

dole

(v) to distribute; to give out sparingly

gamut

(n) the whole range or extent

extrovert

(n) one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others

droll

(adj) amusing in an odd or whimsical way

duplicity

(n) intentional deceit in speech or conduct

effigy

(n) a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group

austere

(adj) stern; severe; plain

emulate

(v) to strive to be like; to imitate

sere

(adj) dry and withered

enhance

(v) to increase the value or beauty of something

contrite

(adj) feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing

magnanimous

(adj) noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feeling or acts

enunciate

(v) to pronounce clearly and distinctly

collaborate

(v) to work with another toward a goal

impound

(v) to confine; to retain in legal custody

impeccable

(adj) faultless; without sin or blemish

evoke

(v) to summon forth

inane

(adj) without sense or meaning; silly

unctuous

(adj) exaggeratedly or insincerely polite

expatriate

(n) one who chooses to live outside of or renounce his or her native country

frowzy

(adj) unkempt

heinous

(adj) hatefully or shockingly evil

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