284 terms

Sat Word List - Part 3

indomitable (adj)
not easily defeated or discouraged, or invincible
ineluctable (adj)
inescapable, something that can't be avoided
inevitable (adj)
that which cannot be avoided, certain to happen
iniquitous (adj)
grossly improper, unjust or wicked
innate (adj)
existing naturally, often from birth
inscrutable (adj)
difficult to understand, unreadable
insular (adj)
standing alone or isolated; it also means provincial and narrow-minded
interregnum (n)
a period of time or break between two successive governments
intimate (n)
someone who is a close friend
intractable (adj)
hard to manage or stubborn
inured (adj)
being used to something difficult or painful
invective (n)
an insult or sharp and nasty criticism
inveigle (v)
to persuade someone with kind words, to flatter to get something you want
invidious (adj)
extremely unpleasant or offensive
invigorate (v)
to fill with energy or to enliven
inviolable (adj)
secure from harm, safe from danger, or something that can't be crossed
invocation (n)
request to god or spirit for help or protection
invulnerable (adj)
very secure, something that can't be hurt
iota (n)
a very small amount, extremely small quantity
irascible (adj)
easily angered or quick-tempered
irate (adj)
angry or extremely upset
irreverence (n)
itinerant (adj)
traveling around or migrant
jaded (adj)
worn out; made insensitive by excess
jargon (n)
refers to words or terms used by people in specific fields or occupations
jaundiced (adj)
affected by negative feelings or being prejudiced or biased
jaunt (n)
a short trip for pleasure
jaunty (adj)
buoyantly self-confident or dapper
jettison (v)
to throw overboard or to get rid of things so as to achieve stability in a vessel or aircraft
jingoist (n)
someone who shows extreme nationalism
jocose (adj)
playful or humorous
jollity (n)
great happiness, merriness, and joy
jubilant (adj)
triumphant or thrilled
judicious (adj)
having good judgment or being balanced and wise
juggernaut (n)
something with great power and force that destroys everything in its path
junta (n)
a small group that rules a country after a revolution
jurisprudence (n)
the philosophy of law or the collected system of legal rulings
jut (v)
to protrude or to stick out past the ordinary limit
juxtapose (v)
to put things side by side to compare them
kernel (n)
inner part of a seed or, more generally, the central part of something
killjoy (n)
someone who ruins the fun
kindle (v)
to build or light a fire, to inspire, or to become bright
kindred (adj)
very much alike, having much in common or being related in some way
kleptomaniac (n)
someone who has the uncontrollable impulse to steal
knave (n)
a villain, someone without decency or honesty
knell (n)
the ominous sound of a bell or a signal of disaster
knoll (n)
a small slope or incline, small hill
labyrinth (n)
a maze or a confusing network of passages
laceration (n)
a deep cut or wound
lachrymose (adj)
causing or inclined to shed tears
lackluster (adj)
lacking in brightness, energy or vitality
laconic (adj)
brief with words, concise or something said with few words
laggard (n)
one who is slow and falls behind or a slowpoke
lampoon (v)
to make fun of or to mock
languish (v)
to lose vigor and vitality, to become weak
languor (n)
a lack of energy, lack of interest or spirit
lap (v)
to drink liquid, usually by dipping it up with one's tongue
larceny (n)
theft, robbery
larder (n)
a place where food is stored, pantry
lassitude (n)
feeling of being tired, or weariness of mind or body; it also means a condition of indifference
laudable (adj)
worthy of being praised or honored
lavish (adj)
occurring in great amounts; it also means generous in giving or spending
leaven (v)
to lighten and/or cause to rise
leery (adj)
cautious, skeptical or attentive
legerdemain (n)
sleight of hand, trickery, or manipulation
lethargy (n)
a great lack of energy, sluggishness or dullness
leverage (n)
an increased means of accomplishing a purpose with increased influence
levitate (v)
to hover or cause to rise and float in the air
levy (v)
to issue a tax or fine, to demand payment for something
lexicographer (n)
one who writes or compiles a dictionary
liability (n)
a disadvantage, drawback or unnecessary burden
libel (n)
a false statement written out of a desire to damage someone's reputation
libretto (n)
the words of an opera or similar musical composition
licentious (adj)
immoral and improper, especially in regards to sexual activity
lilliputian (adj)
tiny, extremely small
limber (adj)
flexible or being able to bend one's body easily
limerick (n)
a short humorous five-line poem
limpid (adj)
perfectly clear, transparent, or unclouded
linchpin (n)
a pin that attaches the wheel to the axle; it also means a vital element
lineage (n)
a line of descendants or members of the same group or family
liniment (n)
a soothing liquid or gel that's rubbed on injured skin
lionize (v)
to treat a person as a celebrity
lissome (adj)
having a flexible body, athletic
lithe (adj)
being easily bendable or flexible
litigant (n)
someone involved in a lawsuit
loll (v)
to lean or lounge in a relaxed manner
lugubrious (adj)
deeply sad and gloomy in an exaggerated way
lumen (n)
a unit of measure for the flow of light
mace (n)
an ancient weapon with a spiked ball on one end, also a ceremonial staff
macerate (v)
to soften or break down into parts, usually by soaking in a liquid
machinations (n)
secret plots or schemes, usually with evil intent
madrigal (n)
a short, poetic song for 2-3 voices, with no music
maelstrom (n)
a large whirlpool or a confused or disorderly state of things
magnanimous (adj)
very generous and kind
malapropism (n)
a comical or embarrassing misuse of words
malcontent (adj)
someone who is discontented or rebellious
malediction (n)
a curse, cruel words
malefactor (n)
someone who does harm, a bad person, like a criminal
malevolent (adj)
wishing harm to someone, showing ill will or mean-spirited
malfeasance (n)
wrongdoing or misconduct, specially by a public figure
malicious (adj)
having or showing ill will, wicked
malleable (adj)
able to be hammered, pounded, or pressed into shapes without breaking
mandate (n)
an authoritative command or order
manifest (v)
to make clear or evident, to reveal, or to appear
manifesto (n)
a public declaration of motives and intentions by a government, person, or group
manumit (v)
to set free, as from slavery
marginal (adj)
being on the outer or lower limits, borderline
marquee (n)
refers to the area that hangs over the entrance of a theater
martial (adj)
warlike or military
martinet (n)
someone who is strict or who sticks to the rules
masochist (adj)
one who receives pleasure from being dominated, mistreated, or hurt physically
matriarch (n)
a woman who rules her family or tribe; it can also mean a highly respected elderly woman
maudlin (adj)
overly emotional, sappy
maul (v)
to injure by beating or tearing
maverick (n)
someone who takes an independent stand; it can also mean a wild, unbranded animal that has strayed
mawkish (adj)
emotional to the point of being unpleasant
meander (v)
to take a winding or aimless course
meddlesome (adj)
being inclined to interfere or tamper with something or someone
medley (n)
a diverse mix, a jumble of things
meek (adj)
submissive, lacking initiatives; mild in nature
melee (n)
a fight involving several people, a chaotic battle or brawl
mellifluous (adj)
like honey, sweet and smooth
menagerie (n)
a collection of wild or exotic animals kept for exhibition; or an unusual and varied group
mendicant (n)
a person who lives by begging
menial (adj)
fit for servants, basic, or low
mercenary (adj)
working for payment only or motivated by a desire for money, especially a soldier paid to serve in a foreign military
mesmerize (v)
to hypnotize, captivate, or spellbind
metaphor (n)
a word or phrase that draws a comparison between two unlike things
metaphysical (adj)
abstract or related to philosophical discussions around reality, truth and being etc
metaphysics (n)
the branch of philosophy that seeks to explain the nature of being or reality
meticulous (adj)
extremely or excessively careful about details
mettle (n)
an inherent quality of character or courage
miasma (n)
a poisonous atmosphere, sickening air or something like it
microcosm (n)
a little world, miniature
migratory (adj)
relates to animals or other creatures that move from place to place
milieu (n)
cultural and social surroundings, environment
mimic (trv)
to imitate or copy something else
minion (n)
an employee, hireling, or subordinate
minutiae (n)
small or relatively unimportant details
mirth (n)
joyfulness or merriment, especially when characterized by laughter
misanthrope (n)
someone who hates other people
miscellany (n)
a miscellaneous collection or assortment
misdemeanor (n)
any minor offense for which the punishment is typically a fine or short imprisonment
modicum (n)
a small amount, a bit
modulate (v)
to change or to tone down
mollycoddle (n)
an excessively pampered boy
molt (v)
to shed an outer covering, such as skin, feathers, etc
monastic (adj)
secluded and simple, often monk-like
monolithic (adj)
massive, solid and uniform in appearance
montage (n)
combining several elements (especially images) into one composition
moratorium (n)
an authorized suspension or stopping of some specific activity
morbid (adj)
gruesome or preoccupied with death. it can also mean extremely unhealthy
mores (n)
actions, behaviors, or manners that are socially accepted without question
moribund (adj)
dying or coming to an end
morose (adj)
miserable, sad or gloomy
mortician (n)
someone who works with dead bodies and prepares them for burial or cremation
mortify (v)
to degrade or to cause to feel shame or humiliation
mosaic (n)
art made with small bits of material like stone or glass to form a larger image
mote (n)
a small speck, usually of dirt or dust, a fragment
motif (n)
a theme or subject that appears in an artistic work
motley (adj)
containing a great variety such as being multi-colored
mottled (adj)
multiform (adj)
having different shapes or different kinds, diverse
munificent (adj)
willing to give, feeling selfless and generous
musty (adj)
a stale smell or being outdated
myriad (n)
variety, a great number of things
natty (adj)
excessively neat and fashionable
neologism (n)
a new word or a new way of speaking
neonate (n)
a newborn child
neutral (adj)
not taking part in either side of a dispute or quarrel, or a war
niggling (adj)
being overly concerned with or requiring great attention to small details
nirvana (n)
a state of bliss, state of perfect calm or peace
noisome (adj)
disgusting, offensive, gross, or harmful
nonplus (v)
to confuse or to puzzle
nostrum (n)
a medicine of questionable value
novel (adj)
new and unusual, especially being the first of its kind, unique
noxious (adj)
harmful, upsetting or causing damage
nullity (n)
a state of nothingness or something that is not valid
nuptial (adj)
related to a marriage ceremony
obeisance (n)
a gesture showing honor or respect
obfuscation (n)
something that causes confusion, unclear
oblique (adj)
indirect or not straightforward
obstreperous (adj)
noisy, unruly, or hard to control
obtuse (adj)
lacking in insight or intellect, or slow to comprehend; it also means not sharp or pointed
obviate (v)
to make unnecessary
officious (adj)
overly eager to serve or to advise, usually in a bossy way
ogle (v)
to look at with great attention, often in an sexual way
ominous (adj)
threatening or suggesting something bad is on the way
operetta (n)
a light, amusing opera with spoken dialogue
opus (n)
a musical composition or literary work
oracular (adj)
being like an oracle, offering wisdom that seems to come from god
oratory (n)
ability to speak well in public
ordinate (adj)
the arrangement of things in regular rows
ornithologist (n)
a scientist who studies birds
ovation (n)
a long round of applause, lengthy cheers
overt (adj)
clearly evident or obvious
overwrought (adj)
overworked or fatigued; it can also mean very nervous or excited
paean (n)
a song or a few words of praise or tribute
palatable (adj)
agreeable to the taste
palliate (v)
to bring some relief or comfort
pallid (adj)
unusually pale, weak, or lacking intensity or spirit
palpitate (v)
to beat rapidly, especially one's heart
paltry (adj)
extremely small and worthless
pan (v)
to criticize severely
panache (n)
having a lot of style and flair
pander (v)
to give satisfaction to someone, often in order to gain something yourself
panegyric (n)
statements of great appreciation, usually very formal
pantomime (n)
a performance that contains no words, only actions and gestures
paradigm (n)
a model or a set of beliefs
paragon (n)
an example of excellence, a positive model
paraphernalia (n)
equipment or apparatus
pariah (n)
someone who is cast out of a group or someone who is hated and avoided
parochial (adj)
related to a local church; it also means narrow or limited in scope
peccadillo (n)
a minor or petty offense, or a slight fault
peerless (adj)
without equals, superior to everything, champion
penury (n)
severe poverty
perennial (n)
a plant that lives all seasons or for several years
perfunctory (adj)
mechanical, unthinking, having little interest
perplex (trv)
to confuse or puzzle
perquisite (n)
a special privilege, or perk
pious (adj)
having or showing religious devotion
pluck (v)
to pick or pull on something
preclude (trv)
to make something impossible, usually in advance, shut out
precursor (n)
something that comes before
predilection (n)
having a preference or liking for someone or something
preen (v)
to groom oneself excessively
prelude (n)
the introduction to a main event, performance, or action
prodigal (n)
a person who wastes his money and means
profuse (adj)
plentiful or generous
prompt (trv)
to cause something to happen, provoke or trigger
propensity (n)
a natural tendency to something, inclination or bias
propriety (n)
the quality of being proper, acceptable, or decent
provocative (adj)
stimulating, as in provoking an action, thought, or feeling
purist (n)
one who follows strict, often formal, rules and observances
putrefy (v)
to spoil, to become rotten
quack (n)
someone who pretends to have knowledge or skill that he or she does not really have
quagmire (n)
a difficult position; it can also mean wet, boggy ground
quaint (adj)
charmingly old-fashioned or unusual in character
quandary (n)
an uncertain and confusing situation or position
quarantine (n)
an isolation or restriction placed upon individuals or things so to stop a disease from spreading
quasi (adj)
having some similarities; it is often hyphenated as a prefix to a noun, adjective, or adverb
queasy (adj)
causing or being affected by nausea or feeling discomfort
quell (v)
to put an end to or to quiet something
quiescent (adj)
to become quiet or still
quintessence (n)
the pure, concentrated essence of anything or the most perfect quality of a thing
quirk (n)
a peculiar trait or mannerism; it can also mean a sudden twist or turn
quixotic (adj)
extravagantly romantic, or foolishly idealistic or unrealistic
quizzical (adj)
odd, comical, or puzzling
quorum (n)
the minimum number of members required to be present at a meeting before it can validly conduct business
rabid (adj)
fanatical, violent, or extremely expressive
raconteur (n)
a person skilled at telling stories and anecdotes
ramification (n)
the result, effect, or consequence derived from an action, statement, decision, etc
ramify (v)
to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike divisions
rampant (adj)
spreading or growing uncontrollably; it also means being violent in action, speech, or manner
rampart (n)
an elevated fortification and protection
rapacious (adj)
taking by force or living on captured prey
rapport (n)
a close relationship or agreement; a friendship
rapt (adj)
carried away by or completely absorbed
raspy (adj)
harsh, irritable or rough
ratify (v)
to approve or confirm in an official manner
rationale (n)
the basis for something; such as a statement or explanation of reasons
rationalize (v)
to try to explain something that does not really have a sensible explanation
ravel (v)
to separate or untwist, or to tangle; it can also mean to make clear, or to confuse
ravenous (adj)
greedily or wildly hungry; it can also mean very eager
raze (v)
to tear down completely or to level to the ground
reactionary (adj)
marked by or pertaining to an extreme reaction, usually one that is conservative or right-wing
realm (n)
a kingdom, area, or region; it can also mean a sphere involving particular beliefs, entities, etc
reaper (n)
a machine or person who cuts with a scythe or sickle or who gathers by cutting
rebuff (v)
to refuse bluntly, to reject, or to repulse
recalcitrant (adj)
refusing to obey authority, customs or regulations; stubborn
recant (v)
to take back something one has said
receptive (adj)
open to new ideas or things, favorable, or welcoming
recession (n)
the act of going back or withdrawing; it can also refer to a temporary downturn in the economy
recidivism (n)
a relapse, often into crime or antisocial behavior
reciprocate (v)
to give or feel in return for a favor or a feeling
reclaim (v)
to regain possession of something
recluse (n)
someone who lives a secluded life, apart from society
reconcile (v)
to make friendly again or to settle a dispute or disagreement
recondite (adj)
beyond the grasp of the ordinary mind or understanding
recourse (n)
assistance or a method of obtaining assistance
recrimination (n)
a countercharge or the act of making a similar accusation toward another
rectify (v)
to put or set right or to correct
rectitude (n)
conduct according to moral character and uprightness of character
recumbent (adj)
leaning, lying down or reclining