Ford's SAT words 1-126

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chattel

an item of personal, movable property; slave

austere

stern, as in manner; without excess, unadorned, severely simple and plain

lament

to express sorrow or regret; to mourn

cerebral

of or relating to the brain; an intellectual person

aloof

distant, reserved in manner; uninvolved

incongruous

not appropriate, unsuited to the surrounding; not fitting in

bulwark

a defensive wall; something serving as a principle defense

connoisseur

an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste

cacophony

harsh sounds

expunge

to remove; to delete; to erase

trenchant

cutting, incisive, having a sharp point; caustic, sarcastic

procrastinate

to put off until a later time

roster

a list of names; especially of personnel available for duty

impede

to obstruct or interfere with; to delay

forbear

to refrain from; to abstain; to be patient or tolerant

migratory

roving, wandering, nomadic

evade

to elude or avoid by cunning; to flee from a pursuer

efface

to rub away

asunder

in separate parts; apart from each other in position

incite

to arouse to action

quixotic

idealistic and totally impractical

beleaguer

to besiege; beset, surround, harass

milieu

environment or surrounding

histrionic

overly dramatic, theatrical

bludgeon

a short heavy, thick club that has one end larger than the other

arduous

hard, difficult, tiresome

reminisce

the act or practice of recalling the past

opportune

occurring or coming at a good time

dulcet

melodious, soft, soothing

porcine

reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig

lassitude

listlessness; torpor, weariness

coterie

a circle of close associates or friends

ballistics

the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles

ambiance

mood, feeling; general atmosphere

girth

the distance around something; to encircle; to secure with a band that encircles the body of an animal

askew

to one side; crooked; awry; a sidelong look of contempt

cubism

a style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed by geometric forms, especially cubes

cranny

a small opening as in a wall or rock face

enrage

to put in a rage; infuriate, anger

propulsive

the act or process of propelling; a propelling force

laconic

brief, using few words

harrowing

extremely distressed; disturbing or frightening

aptitude

capacity for learning; natural ability

endure

to carry on through despite hardships; to put up with

chronic

continuing for a long time; continuous

giddy

a light-headed sensation; dizzy, frivolous

irascible

easily angered, irritable

cower

cringe from fear; to shrink away

gossamer

delicate floating cobwebs; a sheer gauzy fabric; something delicate, light, flimsy

queue

to form or to wait in line

myriad

an extremely large number

accolade

an honor, award, or praise

grandiloquent

attempting to impress by using big words

caucus

a meeting of members of a political party

atrophy

to wither away

proficient

skillful

harangue

lecture, berate; a long bombastic speech

demonic

an evil person; one who work devilishly, a persistent person

noxious

physically or mentally destructive, or harmful to human beings

dromedary

a one-humped camel

muster

to collect or gather; the act of inspection or critical examination

catapult

slingshot

glutton

one who eats a great deal

beget

to give birth to; to create

curtail

truncate, abridge; to lessen usually by cutting off

paranoia

a mental illness or unreasonable anxiety

facilitate

to make easier; to help bring about

craven

cowardly; lacking the least bit of courage

mode

a way or method of doing something; type, manner, fashion

alienate

to make hostile; to cause to feel unwelcome or estranged

obtuse

insensitive; block-headed, slow in comprehension

scrutinize

to look very carefully at; to examine

congenial

pleasant to be around; social, agreeable

fjord

a long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs or hills

aspire

to seek to achieve a goal

martyr

someone willing to sacrifice and even give his/her life for a cause

citadel

fortress overlooking a city; a stronghold

doldrums

period or condition or depression or inactivity

consensus

general agreement

blather

to talk nonsensically

defame

to libel or slander; take away a good name

curvilinear

formed, bound, or characterized by curved lines

elapse

to pass or go by (said of time)

veer

to change direction

karma

fate, destiny; to detect good or bad vibrations from something or someone

astute

quick in discernment; shrewd, clever, keen

misnomer

an incorrect or inappropriate name

resurgent

a rise after defeat

artisan

a worker skilled in a craft

draconian

hard, severe, cruel

amenable

agreeable, responsible to authority, pleasant, willing to give in to the wishes of another

precarious

unsafe, unsteady, unstable

criterion

a standard or rule by which something can be judged, a basis for judgment

guise

appearance, semblance

lesion

wound, injury; especially one created by a disease

gird

to encircle as with a belt; to prepare as for action

fetish

an object of unreasonable obsessive reverence or attention

disperse

to scatter in various directions; distribute widely

dissolution

the breaking up into parts; termination of a legal bond or contract

forage

to search or hunt for food and provision

denounce

to condemn; to expose critically

torque

a turning or twisting force

fathom

to understand fully; to penetrate the meaning of

docile

easily taught or controlled; obedient, easy to handle

hovel

a small, miserable dwelling; an open, low shed

balm

something that soothes, heals, or comforts; an oil or ointment

divine

to foretell a prophecy; to infer, to guess

alternative

the choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities

countenance

a person's face, especially the expression

badger

to tease, annoy, harass persistently

wane

to decrease gradually

fraught

teeming with; laden; full of

chasm

a deep opening in the earth's surface; a gorge

erudite

deeply learned, scholarly

also-ran

one who is defeated in a race, election, or other competition

elfin

small and sprightly; mischievous, fairy-like

aggrandize

to exaggerate; to cause to appear greater in power, influence

ensemble

a coordinated outfit or costume, a musical group

tether

a rope or chain that allows limited movement

claimant

one who makes a claim

entice

to lure, to attract, to tempt in a pleasing fashion

philanthropy

the love of mankind

misanthropy

the hatred of mankind

mirage

unreal reflection reflection; an optical illusion

noisome

stinking, offensive; disgusting

coup

the violent overthrow of a government

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