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SAT Vocabulary 5

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absence
(n) the fact of being gone or not present
ambiguous
(adj) having two possible meanings; able to be understood in two different ways
askance
(adj) with a sideways glance, as with distrust
botany
(n) the scientific study of plants
clumsy
(adj) moving awkwardly, especially causing collisions, accidents, or mishaps
converge
(v) to come together; to meet
decrepit
(adj) lacking in strength, especially due to old age or illness
diffidence
(n) not trusting or believing in one's self; self-doubt
enthrall
(v) to hold in a rapt state; to have overpowering influence
foresight
(n) the ability to anticipate future happenings or to plan for the future
hypocrisy
(n) professing beliefs or acting in opposition to one's true beliefs or actions; insincerity
inhospitable
(adj) ill-disposed toward newcomers; unwelcoming
malign
(v) to talk harshly or critically of, particularly to speak false criticisms
mollify
(v) to calm or pacify
obsolete
(adj) no longer used or useful
penitence
(n) a desire to atone for wrongdoing
pommel
(v) to strike repeatedly; to beat, as with a club
pyromania
(n) an abnormal and unhealthy obsession with fire; often the obsessive desire to start fires
regress
(v) to move backwards, especially to retreat to a former state
sediment
(n) particles that fall to the bottom of a liquid
subsequent
(adj) occurring afterward
tortuous
(adj) having many twists and turns; intricate and difficult to follow
undermine
(v) to work against a project or purpose; to subvert or sabotage
vapid
(adj) lacking in liveliness and flavor; dull
waif
(n) a person, especially a child, with no home or prospects