MCAT VOCAB SET 1

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50 English Vocab Words

Untenable

Unable to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

Mitigate

To lessen; Mollify; Abate; Assuage

Derision

Contemptuous ridicule or mockery

Interpose

To place or insert between one thing and another; To say (words) as an interruption; Interpolate

Teleology

The assigning of purpose to otherwise purposeless things

Spurious

Not being what it claims to be: Fake or false

Abate

To reduce in degree, amount, or intensity

Axiom

A statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or a self-evident truth

Bilk

To cheat

Panoply

An impressive array

Levity

Overly casual

Castigate

To reprimand severely

Ebullient

Cheerful and full of energy

Inscrutable

Difficult or impossible to comprehend or interpret

Mendacious

Dishonest

Opaque

Unable to see through

Stochastic

Randomly determined

Disparate

Fundamentally different

Petulant

Bad tempered; Cantankerous: Querulous; Testy; Peevish; Irascible

Parochial

Narrow in scope; Myopic

Pretentious

To impress by exaggerating one's characteristics

Acidulous

Sour in taste or manner

Arrogate

To claim without justification

Collusion

Secret or illegal cooperation

Laudable

Praiseworthy

Fomenting

To instigate; To stir up

Inexorable

Impossible to stop or prevent

Invective

Insulting, harsh, or abusive language; Vituperation

Cavalier

Showing a lack of proper concern; Haughty; Arrogant

Sublimate

To modify an instinctual impulse into a culturally and sociably acceptable action/behavior

Prodigal

Lavish; Wastefully extravagant; Profligate

Repudiate

To deny/reject the validity of

Alacrity

Willingness; Eagerness

Gregarious

Sociable; Outgoing

Intrepid

Fearless

Zeitgeist

The defining mood or spirit in a particular part of history

Pusillanimous

Showing a lack of courage; Cowardly

Veracity

Filled with truth and accuracy

Apologist

Someone who creates an argument in the defense of something controversial

Eschew

To abstain from; To deliberately avoid using

Incredulity

A state of being unable or unwilling to believe something

Tirade

A long, harsh speech or verbal attack

Machination

Scheme; Plot

Mollify

To calm or make less severe

Pejorative

Disparaging; Derogatory

Polemic

Controversy; Argument

Dilettante

Someone who has amateurish and superficial interest in a topic

Mercurial

Unpredictable

Germane

Relevant to a subject

Aberrant

Deviating from what is normal or expected

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