SAT vocab words 2012

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A list of the 2012 SAT vocabulary

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

Plunder

goods or money obtained by force or theft

lithe

bending easily and gracefully

dissemble

to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression

epithet

any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
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loquacious

very talkative

ravenous

Hunger for food or wealth

exacerbate

to make worse

stoic

showing no emotion

maudlin

self-pitying

denounce

to accuse or inform publicly

justify

show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for

accolade

..., award of merit; strong praise and approval

allusion

..., a reference to another work of literature, person, or event

ambivalence

..., mixed feelings or emotions

analogy

..., drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

anecdote

..., short story of an amusing or interesting event

anomalous

..., abnormal; irregular

apparition

..., the appearance of a ghostlike figure

aspersion

..., an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

belligerence

..., aggressiveness, combativeness

bombastic

..., pompous in speech and manner

candid

..., openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

capricious

...,, impulsive and unpredictable

cherished

..., beloved; valued

cliche

..., a worn-out idea or overused expression

conception

..., an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

convoluted

..., intricate; complex

credence

...,, belief, mental acceptance

epitomizes

..., acts as an example of

meager

..., lacking in quantity or quality

paradox

..., a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

resilient

..., quick to recover

contradict

deny the truth of

inevitable

an unavoidable event

reconciliation

a settlement of controversity or disagreement

flamboyant

richly and brilliantly colorful

scrutinizing

to examine closely or critically

undermining

to weaken or destroy secretly, weakening, injuring, or impairing

exhibit

to show, make visible or apparent

hoard

stockpile; accumulate for future use

tranquil

free from disturbance

elephantine

of great mass

diminutive

Very small

prosaic

not challenging

judicious

proceeding from good sense or judgment

gratuitous

unnecessary and unwarranted

unfettered

free, unrestrained

emphatic

spoken with emphasis

stimulus

something that causes a response

inquiry

a request for information

foster

help develop, help grow

obsequious

Overly submissive and eager to please

recalcitrant

marked by stubborn resistance to authority

misanthropic

characterized by hatred or scorn for people

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

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