Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT Book III — Unit #2

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Impotent

powerless; lacking strength

Antithesis

an exact opposite

Maelstrom

whirlpool; turbulence

Emendation

a correction

Chagrin

embarrassment; a complete loss of courage

Bauble

a showy but useless thing

Diaphanous

very sheer and light

Labyrinth

a complicated network of winding passages

Gloat

to look or think with great satisfaction

Impediment

a barrier; obstruction

Bestial

savage; brutal

Effete

worn out; barren

Shard

a fragment

Bland

mild; tasteless; dull

Nihilism

a total rejection of establsihed laws

factious

causing disagreement

ignoble

dishonorable; shameful

boor

a rude or impolite person

aegis

a shield; protection

perspicacity

keenness of judgment

fervent

eager; earnest

rectify

to correct; make right

enervate

to weaken

besiege

to overwhelm; to surround and atack

ephemeral

lasting only a brief time; short-lived

altruism

a concern for others; generosity

carrion

decaying flesh

erotic

pertaining to sexual love

amorphous

shapeless, formless, vague

opulent

rich, luxurious; wealthy

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