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SAT/ACT Vocabulary List

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Accolade
praise
Allusion
indirect reference
Ambivalence
uncertainty; having 'mixed' feelings
Ambivalent
unable to decide
Anecdote
short account of something interesting; story
Anomalous
odd; not fitting the pattern
Apparition
ghost; something that 'appears'
Aspersion
negative feeling; damaging remark
Belligerence
aggression
Candid
truthful
Capricious
changeable; fickle
Cliche
over-used expression
Conception
1. idea; view.
2. beginning of pregnancy
Convoluted
complicated or long-winded
Credence
belief
Cryptic
hidden
Decorous
good and correct (used of behavior)
Denunciation
act of speaking out against
Derailed
thrown off course
Derivative
unoriginal
Despotic
acting like a tyrant
Detritus
rubbish
Diaphanous
very thin and transparent
Dictum
often-used saying
Dilettante
person who dabbles in the arts
Disdained
showed contempt for
Dispassionate
unbiased; fair
Dowager
an elderly woman of elevate social status
Dubious
doubtful
Egalitarian
equal; believer in equality
Epitomizes
acts as a typical example of
Evasiveness
trying to avoid something
Explicitly
very clear; nothing hidden
Foraging
searching for food
Iconoclast
person who goes against accepted authority
Idiosyncratic
quirky; unique to an individual
Imponderable
cannot be understood
Indecorous
not well-behaved; lacking in dignity
Indigence
extreme poverty
Inept
clumsy
Intricate
complicated
Irrefutable
cannot be proved wrong
Abhor
to hate a lot
Enfranchise
to give someone ability or right to vote
Noxious
poisonous
Animosity
anger or tension towards something
Aquit
make someone free of their charges
Bigot
narrow minded
Precocious
someone acting beyong their age
Jingoism
using words to stir up exaggerated patriotism