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Vocabulary Power Plus SAT Book 2 - Lessons 5+6+7

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rancor
n. extreme hatred or ill will
inexorable
adj. unrelenting; unavoidable
extol
v. to praise highly
clement
adj. merciful; lenient
cliché
n. a worn-out idea or overused expression
adamant
adj. unyielding; firm in opinion
diffident
adj. lacking in self-confidence; shy
opus
n. a creative work, especially a numbered composition
ostensible
adj. professed but not necessarily true
disparity
n. inequality; difference
condone
v. to forgive or overlook an offense
nuance
n. a slight or subtle degree of difference
connoisseur
n. an expert in matters of culture, food, or wine
enigma
n. a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
apathy
n. lack of interest; state of not caring
officious
adj. excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help
credence
n. belief or trust
jaunty
adj. having a buoyant, self-confident air; brisk and crisp
dilettante
n. one who merely dabbles in an art or science
cult
n. an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion
cynical
adj. doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motive
ambivalent
adj. uncertain, unable to decide between two opposing points of view
demagogue
n. a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
demure
adj. quiet and modest; reserved
intrepid
adj. without fear; brave
destitute
adj. extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
erudite
adj. scholarly; learned
dilemma
n. a difficult choice; a seemingly unsolvable problem
culmination
n. the highest point of attainment; the end or climax
concur
v. to be of the same opinion; to agree with