SAT vocab part 16 of 104

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SAT vocab part 16

suspense

noun. excited anticipation of an approaching climax

obesity

noun. more than average fatness

pantheon

noun. all the gods of a religion

render

verb. give or supply

dismissal

noun. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

indulge

verb. enjoy to excess

pedestrian

adj. lacking wit or imagination

drastic

adj. forceful and extreme and rigorous

blaze

noun. a strong flame that burns brightly

eccentric

noun. a person with an unusual or odd personality

generosity

noun. the trait of being willing to give your money or time

pinch

noun. a squeeze with the fingers

pervasive

adj. spreading or spread throughout

dishonest

adj. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

finale

noun. the concluding part of any performance

forte

noun. an asset of special worth or utility

asylum

noun. a shelter from danger or hardship

energetic

adj. possessing or exerting or displaying energy

uncommon

adj. not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

demise

verb. transfer by a lease or by a will

disregard

noun. willful lack of care and attention

transplant

noun. the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location

psychic

adj. outside the sphere of physical science

homage

noun. respectful deference

sensibility

noun. refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions

cosmetic

adj. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

proxy

noun. a person authorized to act for another

ambivalent

adj. uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

banal

adj. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse

playful

adj. full of fun and high spirits

eclectic

adj. selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

contradictory

adj. unable for both to be true at the same time

savage

verb. criticize harshly or violently

contentious

adj. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits

minimize

verb. make small or insignificant

foil

noun. anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities

ominous

adj. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

defiance

noun. a hostile challenge

overhaul

verb. make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to

cosmopolitan

adj. of worldwide scope or applicability

constituency

noun. the body of voters who elect a representative for their area

wholly

adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent ('whole' is often used informally for 'wholly')

liable

adj. held legally responsible

recruit

verb. cause to assemble or enlist in the military

secrecy

noun. the trait of keeping things secret

ordeal

noun. a severe or trying experience

feudal

adj. of or relating to or characteristic of feudalism

mundane

adj. concerned with the world or worldly matters; ordinary

zeal

noun. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

venerable

adj. impressive by reason of age

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