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SAT Prep Vocabulary Volume A

Level 6 vocabulary.
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Abjure
to solemnly take back; renounce under oath
Assimilate
to digest; to absorb; to incorporate; to make similar
Demeanor
the outward manner in which a person behaves
Eccentric
deviating from a circular path; unconventional or strange; a person who behaves in an odd or peculiar manner
Exhort
to urge by strong argument, advice, or appeal
Gregarious
sociable; fond of company; tending to group with others of the same kind
Impede
to hinder or obstruct the progress of
Inordinate
lacking restraint or moderation; excessive or extreme
Omnipotent
almighty; possessing unlimited power
Preclude
to make impossible by previous action; to prevent
Abeyance
a state of temporary inactivity or suspension
Bacchanal
a riotous celebration; a noisy festivity
Canopy
a covering suspended above a bed or a throne; a similar hanging or suspended covering; to cover with or as if with a hanging.
Chauvinism
aggressive devotion to one's own country or kind; fanatical patriotism
Epicure
a person of refinement who takes great pleasure in fine food and wine; a gourmet
Halcyon
calm, peaceful, or tranquil; idyllic or golden
Importune
to beset with insistent or repeated requests; to burden with demands
Labyrinth
an intricate structure of interconnected passages; something highly complicated in design
Maudlin
excessively sentimental; apparently grief-stricken
Olympian
majestic in appearance or manner, superior to the norm; one who surpasses all others
Adjoin
to be next to; to border upon
Capacious
roomy, spacious; capable of holding a large quantity
Commandeer
to seize for military purposes; to confiscate or take by force
Culpable
deserving blame or censure for being wrong, injurious, evil, or improper
Disinterested
free from selfish motive; without personal bias; impartial
Eminent
outstanding in a profession or field; prominent
Evolution
a gradual process of change from simple to more complex
Implicit
understood but not directly expressed
Legendary
related to or based on the nature of a legend; celebrated, famous, or renowned
Potable
safe to drink; a beverage, especially an alcoholic one
Antipodes
points or regions geographically opposite on the globe; something that has contrary personal characteristics to another
Brio
vigor; vivacity
Cameo
a brief sketch, often a profile, that encapsulates and brings into focus a figure; a brief but memorable appearance by an actor
Crescendo
a gradual increase, especially in the volume or intensity of sound
Emulate
to strive to equal or excel; to rival through imitation
Ingénue
an unsophisticated girl or young woman; an artless, naive person
Minion
an obsequious follower or dependent; a subordinate official
Nuance
a subtle degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation
Pariah
a social outcast
Qualm
a sudden feeling of sickness or disturbance; reservation or a feeling of uneasiness about a course of action
Aberration
a departure form the normal or typical; a deviation
Bombast
grandiloquent or pompous speech or writing; inflated style
Chary
very cautious; wary
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another; random; disconnected
Enigmatic
Puzzling; obscure in speech or writing
Exacerbate
to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of a situation or condition; to aggravate
Flagrant
extremely conspicuous; openly scandalous; notorious
Imbue
to permeate or inspire profoundly; to saturate deeply with moisture or color
Meticulous
taking extreme care about details; fastidious; extraordinarily precise or thorough
Paroxysm
a sudden, explosive burst of emotion or physical action; periodic intensification of an illness