51 terms

sat test 4 and 5

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temporize
to draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time (v)
vacuity
total lack of meaning or ideas (n)
dalliance
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest; , the deliberate act of wasting time instead of working (n)
infelicity
inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression) (n)
rhetoric
high flown speaking style, excessive use of verbal ornamentation (n)
pragmatic
concerned with practical matters (adj)
boorish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance (adj)
fastidious
giving and careful attention to detail (adj)
sedulous
marked by care and persistent effort (adj)
vindictive
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt, disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge (adj)
petulant
easily irritated or annoyed (adj)
mercenary
motivated by profits rather than morality (adj)
treacly
overly sweet or sentimental (adj)
cursory
hasty and without attention to detail (adj)
prosaic
lacking wit or imagination, dull (adj)
meticulous
marked by extreme care in treatment of details (adj)
remiss
failing in what duty requires (adj)
conflagration
a very intense and uncontrolled fire (n)
presumptive
affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance (adj)
deleterious
harmful to living things (adj)
waver
to pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness, , the act of moving back and forth (v)
steadfast
firm and dependable especially in loyalty (adj)
indictment
an accusation of wrongdoing (n)
vindicate
to clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof (n)
discernment
the trait of judging wisely and objectively (n)
holistic
concerning the whole rather than the parts (adj)
censure
harsh criticism or disapproval (n) (v)
animosity
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility (n)
equitable
implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all (adj)
eulogy
a formal expression of praise (n)
propensity
a disposition to behave in a certain way (n)
intermittent
stopping and starting at irregular intervals (adj)
multifarious
having many aspects (adj)
byzantine
highly involved or intricate (adj)
adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought (adj)
onerous
not easily borne, burdensome (adj)
slipshod
marked by great carelessness (adj)
lackadaisical
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way, lazy (adj)
reproach
a mild rebuke or criticism (n) (v)
whimsical
playfully imaginative, determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason (adj)
sophistry
a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone (n)
curtail
to place restrictions on, to terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent (v)
acumen
shrewdness shown by keen insight (n)
magnanimous
generous and understanding and tolerant (adj)
solicitousness
a feeling of excessive concern (n)
erratic
likely to perform unpredictably (adj)
tenacious
stubbornly unyielding (adj)
effacement
a withdrawal into the background (n)
corollary
a practical consequence that follows naturally, an inference that follows directly from the proof of another proposition (n)
conformity
acting according to certain accepted standards (n)
foreboding
a feeling of evil to come (n)