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23 terms

Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT: Lesson 14

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bombast
n. impressive but meaningless language
orthography
n. correct spelling
paleontology
n. a science dealing with prehistoric life through the study of fossils
recoil
v. to retreat; to draw
panache
n. self-confidence; a showy manner
saturnine
adj. gloomy; sluggish
ant. of saturnine
genial
endemic
adj. confined to a particular country or area
ant. of endemic
alien; foreign
mendacious
adj. lying; false; deceitful
ant. of mendacious
truthful
obviate
v. to prevent; to get around
paroxysm
n. a sudden outburst; a fit
aggrandize
v. to increase the range of; to expand
aggrandize
v. to make appear larger
ant. of aggrandize
decrease; diminish
ant. of aggrandize
belittle; devalue
deign
v. to lower oneself before an inferior
flaunt
v. to show off
ant. of flaunt
conceal
shibboleth
n. a word or pronunciation that distinguishes someone as of a particular group
elicit
v. to draw forth; to call forth
ant. of elicit
cover; suppress