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SAT Prep 1&2&3

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Ample
affording an abundant supply
Aristocracy
the most powerful members of a society
Circumspect
careful, cautious
Cliche`
obvious remark
Condome
to overlook and forgive
Consolidation
the act of combining into an integral whole
Convention
(diplomacy) an international agreement
Curtail
place restrictions on
Cynical
believing the worst of human nature and motives
Dawdle
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
Demean
To cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character
Denounce
speak out against
detached
showing lack of emotional involvement
Didactic
instructive
Discernible
perceptible by the senses or intellect
Disinterested
not interested
Disparage
express a negative opinion of
Disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
Dispel
force to go away
Divulge
to tell, reveal; to make public
Doctrine
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
Eclipse
one celestial body obscures another
Enigma
a difficult problem
Enumerate
specify individually
Erratic
liable to sudden unpredictable change
Acumen
shrewdness shown by keen insight
Adamant
not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course
Agape
open-mouthed; surprised; agog
Ambiguity
unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
Ameliorate
to make better
Anemic
lacking vigor or energy
Anomalous
deviating from the general or common order or type
Arid
lacking vitality or spirit
Assuage
provide physical relief, as from pain
Asylum
a shelter from danger or hardship
Audacious
disposed to venture or take risks
Augment
enlarge or increase
Ballast
any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
Bicameral
composed of two legislative bodies
Bucolic
a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life
Cadence
a recurrent rhythmical series
Canny
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
Conjecture
reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
Consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
Digression
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
Docile
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
Empathy
understanding and entering into another's feelings
Exemplary
serving to warn
Florid
elaborately or excessively ornamented
Hegemony
the domination of one state over its allies
Hypothesis
a tentative theory about the natural world
Ignominy
a state of dishonor
Inevitable
an unavoidable event
Interloper
someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
Jubilation
a feeling of extreme joy
Juxtaposition
the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
Lobbyist
someone who tries to persuade legislators to vote for bills that the lobbyists favor
Meretricious
tastelessly showy
Naysayer
someone with an aggressively negative attitude
Noxious
injurious to physical or mental health
Nuance
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
Orator
a person who delivers a speech or oration
Paltry
contemptibly small in amount
Paradox
(logic) a self-contradiction
Parched
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
Parley
a negotiation between enemies
Parrellel Structure
meaning using the same patterm of workids to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance
Putsch
a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
Quaffable
drinkable; easy to drink, especially in quantity
Quaint
strange in an interesting or pleasing way
Ravenous
devouring or craving food in great quantities
Reconciliation
getting two things to correspond
Renovation
the act of improving by renewing and restoring
Reprieve
the act of reprieving
Salubrious
promoting health
Sanguine
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
Solace
the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment
Spontaneous
produced without being planted or without human labor
Viceral
Structures found inside
Zealous
marked by active interest and enthusiasm