Vocabulary Power Plus for the new SAT: Lessons 15-20

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noxious

harmful to the health

complacent

self-satisfied, smug

hypercritical

overly critical; too severe in judgment

chutzpah

nerve; audacity

parsimonious

excessively thrifty; stingy

verbose

using more words than are needed; wordy

fallacy

a mistaken notion; a misconception

laudable

worthy of praise; commendable

indiscreet

not wise or judicious; imprudent, as in speech or action

liege

a lord, master, or sovereign

befuddle

to confuse or perplex

connive

to cooperate secretly in wrongdoing

crass

coarse; tasteless

plebian

a commoner; one from the lower class

prowess

superior skill or ability

pugnacious

eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome

rabble

a disorderly crowd or mob

vindictive

seeking revenge; bearing a grudge

linguistics

the study of language

purloin

to steal

raconteur

a person skilled a telling stories

pusillanimous

cowardly; fearful

quixotic

very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions

pique

to cause resentment; to provoke

predatory

inclined to prey on others

caustic

biting; stingingly sharp or sarcastic

renegade

one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor

vindicate

to clear of suspicions or accusations

circumspect

careful; heedful; attentive to all points

uncanny

weird, strange, so keen or acute as to seem bizarre

scourge

a person or thing which causes great trouble or misfortune

hurtle

to move or fling swiftly and with great force

retribution

something justly deserved

raillery

good-humored ridicule or teasing

agnostic

one who believes that the existence of God can neither be proven nor disproven

filibuster

an attempt to block a bill from becoming a law

pithy

full of meaning; concise

inherent

an essential part of something

impregnable

not able to be conquered; impenetrable

expedite

to increase the rate of progress

torpid

losing motion, feeling, or power

irreverent

disrespectful

pliable

easily bent; flexible

prodigal

reckless, wasteful, and extravagant

tenuous

thin; not dense or thick

attrition

a wearing down over time by the use of friction; weakening

mellifluous

having a rich, smoothly flowing sound

vagary

unpredictable action or behavior

burgeon

to grow, expand, or bloom

archetype

a prototype or original model

oeuvre

the complete work of an artist, composer, or writer

confluence

a meeting or gathering place

epicurean

taking pleasure in food or drink

approbation

a surprising, brilliant and usually successful act

vacuous

lacking intelligence

invidious

tending to cause discontent, harm, or resentment

insouciant

not concerned; free from care

derivative

not the original, coming from something else

demur

to disprove or to take exception

petulant

rude in speech or behavior

static

without force or movement, stationary

zetgeist

the general spirit of time

accolade

an award or honor

stipulate

to specify a required part of an arguement

limpid

transparent; clear

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