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Test Masters Complete SAT Vocab List

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adorn
to lend beauty to; decorate
aeon
an indefinitely long period of time; an age
affectation
behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality
aloof
distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
ambivalent
having opposing altitude or feelings about something
anguish
agonizing physical or mental pain; torment
antecedent
one that precedes another
apathy
indifference
aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
appall
to fill with consternation or dismay
apropos
to the point
archaic
of, relating to, or characteristic of words and language that were once coon but are now used chiefly to suggest an earlier style or period
arduous
testing severely the powers of endurance; strenuous
assertive
inclined to bold or confident assertion; aggressively self-assured
auspicious
favorable
automaton
something that behaves like a robot
avant-garde
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts
avarice
greed
banality
something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace
bane
fatal injury or ruin
beleaguered
to harass; beset
belie
to picture falsely; misrepresent
belligerent
inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
bipartisan
supported by two political parties
blight
any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues
bog
a wetland
bolster
to support
boon
a benefit bestowed
bowdlerize
to remove offensive portions from a book
burgeon
to grow and flourish
celerity
swiftness of action or motion; speed
chronological
arranged in order of time occurrence
circumscribe
to limit narrowly; restrict
circumvent
to avoid or get around by artful maneuvering
clamor
a loud outcry; a hubbub
colloquial
informal speech or writing
condemn
to express strong disapproval of
complaisant
exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging
conjecture
a guess based on incomplete evidence
cordial
friendly
cosmopolitan
having constituent elements from many different parts of the world.
covet
to desire
cynical
scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
daunting
discouraging
dearth
a scarce supply; a lack
deficient
lacking an essential quality or element
deft
skillful
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
demur
to voice opposition; object
denounce
Publicly declare to be wrong or evil
deter
to prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt
devour
to eat or ingest
diffident
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
dilettante
a dabbler in an art or field of knowledge
diminution
a lessening or reduction
diminutive
extremely small in size; tiny
dirge
a funeral song
dissolute
lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
divisive
creating dissension or discord
dogmatic
characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principkes
don
to put on (clothing)
dour
unyielding; stubborn
droll
amusingly odd or whimsically comical.
dynamic
marked by energy
economical
affordable
effusive
profuse; overflowing; unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression
elaborate
to express at greater length or in greater detail
elan
enthusiastic vigor or liveliness
elitist
the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue or their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources `
elusive
hard to track
emote
to express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical matter
empathy
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
empirical
relying on or derived from observation or experiment
enrapture
to fill with delight
enumerate
to count off or name one by one; list
envelop
to enclose or encase completely with or as if with a covering
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time
epitomize
to be a typical example of
euphoric
a feeling of great happiness
evocation
creation anew through the power of the memory or imagination
exhort
to urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appal
exonerate
to clear from blame
extinction
state of being removed from existence
fabrication
a lie
fanfare
a spectacular public display
fart
an usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room.
fastidious
displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail
fawn
to seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior
fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful
fickle
characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, specially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious
fleeting
passing quickly
fortitude
strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage
foster
to promote the growth and development of, cultivate
galvanize
to arouse to awareness or action; spur
guileless
not deceitful or crafty
halcyon
peaceful
hamper
to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of
harbinger
one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner
histrionic
excessively dramatic or emotional; dramatic
hyperbole
a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect
idiosyncratic
describing an eccentric characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
illustrious
well-known and very distinguished, eminent
impasse
a situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made, a deadlock or stalemate
impeccable
having no flaws, perfect
imperceptible
hard to detect
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
implausible
difficult to believe
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
inane
stupid
indomitability
incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished, unconquerable
inflame
to arouse to passionate feeling or action
ingratiation
to bring into the favor or good graces of another, especially a deliberate effort
iniquity
gross immorality or injustice, wickedness, sin
innocuous
harmless, not likely to offend or provoke to stong emotion, insipid
insurmountable
difficult to overcome
intractable
difficult to manage or govern, stubborn
inundate
to flood
invoke
to call upon (a god, deity) for inspiration or hope
jocular
characterized by jokes and good humor
lambaste
to denounce
lassitude
a state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness, lethargy
lethargic
sluggish, preferring inactivity, lacking energy
libelous
describing something written that is false
licentious
lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint, especially in sexual conduct
lionize
to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity
longevity
living to an old age
lurid
causing shock or horror; gruesome
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
malaise
a general sense of depression or unease
malleable
easily changed and controlled by other forces,(able to be influenced)
marginalize
to send to an inferior position, (relegate), make seem unimportant
mediate
to resolve or settle (dispute or between parties) by bringing about agreement
meticulous
extremely careful and precise; excessively concerned with details
minimize
to rank or treat as having the least degree of importance, value, or size, belittle
mitigate
to lessen
mollify
to calm in temper or feeling; to soothe
momentous
of utmost importance, of outstanding significance or consequence
monotony
tedious sameness or repetitiousness
monumental
impressively large
moratorium
a suspension of an ongoing or planned activity
mosaic
a picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces of glass into a surface
muddle
to confuse
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number, innumerable
naivete
the state or quality of being artless, credulous, or uncritical, gullible
notorious
known widely and usually unfavorably, infamous
noxious
harmful to the mind or morals, corrupting
nuance
a subtle or slight degree of difference
obdurate
stubborn
oblique
devious, misleading, or dishonest
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance, fawning, kissing up
orthodox
adhering to what is traditional
opacity
obscurity, impenetrability
oracular
resembling or characteristic of an oracle, solemnly prophetic
palpitation
beating or pulsation
pandemic
widespread
partisan
biased in support of a party, group, or cause
pathos
a quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow
paucity
smallness of number, fewness
pedantic
concern for book learning and formal rules
pensive
deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful
perfunctory
acting with indifference, showing little interest or care
pernicious
destructive
pertinent
having logical, precise relevance to the matter at hand
petulant
irritable
placate
to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions, appease
planetarium
a theater that projects images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto the inner surface of a hemispherical dome
plethora
a superabundance, an excess
polemic
a controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine
populist
a supporter of the rights and power of the people
prattle
to talk or chatter foolishly, idly, or meaninglessly, bable or prate
predation
the capturing of prey as a means of maintaining life
predilection
a partiality or disposition in favor of something, a preference
prescience
knowledge of actions or events before they occur, foresight
presumptuous
going beyond what is right or proper, excessively forward
pristine
remaining in a pure state, uncorrupted by civilization
proclivity
a natural propensity or inclination, predisposition
procure
to bring about, effect
profligacy
reckless wastefulness
propitiate
to conciliate (an offended power), appease
provocative
tending to provoke a reaction
prudent
wise in handling practical matters, excercising good judgement and common sense
psychosomatic
describing a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from psychological causes
quibble
to find fault or criticize for petty reasons, cavil
quiescent
being quiet, still, or at rest, inactive
ravenous
extremely hungry, voracious
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
redress
to set right, remedy or rectify
relief
in geology, the variations in elevation of an area of the earth's surface
renaissance
a rebirth or revival
reprehensible
blameworthy
repudiate
to reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue or unjust
resolute
firm or determined, unwavering
reticence
a tendency to be quiet
retiring
shy and reserved, modest
retort
to reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner
rigidity
stiffness
ruffian
a bully
sanctuary
a place of refuge or asylum
satirical
relating to a literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
slighting
desparaging, belittling
sparing
given to or marked by prudence and restraint in the use of material resources
spate
a sudden flood, rush, or outpouring
spontaneity
self-generated, creative
spur
to incite or stimulate
stimulation
creating sensation
strident
loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant
substantiate
to support with proof or evidence, verify
subtle
not immediately obvious, abstruse
supine
lying on the back or having the face upward
surly
arrogant
synergy
the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects
synthetic
not natural
taciturn
untalkative, silent
tactile
perceptible to the sense of touch, tangible
tedium
boredom
temper
to moderate
temperate
behavior exercising moderation and self-restraint especially with respect to eating or drinking
timidity
the act of being fearful and hesitant
topography
graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map, indiating their relative positions and elevations
tractable
easily handled or controlled
trepidation
fear
triumvirate
an association or a group of three
trove
a collection of valuable items
truculence
bitter hostility; cruel behavior
tutelage
the state of being under the direction of a guardian or tutor
uncannily
so keen and perceptive as to seem preternatural
uncompromising
unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible
ungainly
lacking grace
unsavory
distasteful or disagreeable
unscrupulous
oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
vacuous
lacking intelligence; stupid
venture
to express at the risk of criticism, or censure
venturesome
daring
verbosity
wordy
vernal
pertaining to the spring season
vertiginous
affected by vertigo; dizzy
verve
energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition
vignettes
brief descriptive sketches
virulent
extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous
vivid
evoking lifelike images within the mind; heard, seen, or felt as if real
whimsical
erratic in behavior or degree of unpredictability