PSAT Vocab 5

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vacillate

(v) to waver in opinion or resolution

sanction

(v/n) to approve by tradition; penalty

extrapolate

(v) to estimate unknown values from known ones

pedestrian

(adj.) dull uninspired, ordinary

expunge

(v) to erase or remove from the record

dichotomy

(n) a split into 2 parts

daunt

(v) to intimidate or frighten

temerity

(n) audacity

abase

(v) to humiliate or degrade

surreptitious

(adj.) done by stealth

platitude

(n) trite saying; commonplace remark

absolve

(v) to pardon from blame

supercilious

(adj.) to assume an air of; condescending

partisan

(adj./n) (someone) loyal to a cause to the point of not reasoning

apotheosis

(n) the process of making someone/something divine

spurious

(adj.) not genuine, but trying to look real; illegitimate

parsimony

(n) extreme care with moeny to the point of stinginess

austere

(adj.) severely simple; harsh

specious

(adj.) seemingly right but actually wrong

imbue

(v) to saturate, to permeate (with feeling)

usurp

(v) to seize power wrongfully

undulating

(adj.) having a wavy motion or look

sagacious

(adj.) wise

vindicate

(v) to clear from blame or suspicion

retroactive

(adj.) taking effect prior to enactment

countenance

(n/v) face, facial expression; to approve

amorphous

(adj.) having no shape

erroneous

(adj.) wrong

enigma

(n) puzzling person or thing, riddle

soliloquy

(n) talking to self

ebb

(v/n) (to) decline

diminutive

(adj.) small in size

exonerate

(v) to free from blame

dexterous

(adj.) skillfull (with hands)

effervescent

(adj.) lively, bublly, the life of the party

prodigal

(adj./n) recklessly wasteful; returned wanderer

despondent

(adj.) depressed, gloomy

posterity

(n) future generations

whet

(v) to sharpen (a tool) by grinding

wantage

(n) place affording a good view

stupefy

(v) to shock or amaze

foliage

(n) leaves

provisional

(adj.) tentative or temporary

renown

(n) fame, high distinction

evocative

(adj.) inspiring an image or memory

tacit

(adj.) understood without being stated

spartan

(adj.) lacking comfort

provincial

(adj.) unsophisticated

venerate

(v) to have deep respect for someone, revere

embroil

(v) to bring someone into a situation that's hard to get out of

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