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Sat Word List - Part 4

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recuperate (v)
to recover or get back to health or strength; it can also mean to recover financial losses
recurrent (adj)
appearing or occurring again and again or periodically
redeem (v)
to buy back, to get back, or to recover
redoubtable (adj)
commanding respect or fearsome
redress (n)
compensation for a wrong-doing
referendum (n)
a vote or submitting to a vote
refractory (adj)
hard to manage, uncontrollable, or disobedient, usually said of a person or animal
refrain (v)
to hold back or keep oneself from something
refurbish (v)
to brighten, to renovate, or polish up
regale (v)
to entertain lavishly, especially with a pleasant feast
regeneration (n)
renewal, rebirth or reformation
regimen (n)
a regulated system of doing something, often of diet and exercise for maintaining or improving one's health
rehabilitate (v)
to restore or put back into good condition, often to a normal state of health or activity
reimburse (v)
to pay back money spent or to compensate a person for expenses, damages, or losses
relegate (trv)
to assign to a lower order of or to a lower position; demote
relic (n)
a keepsake from the past, something which has survived deterioration
relinquish (v)
to surrender something owned, or to give up or to abandon something, such as a plan
remediable (adj)
that which can be cured, healed, or set right
remission (n)
a lessening or disappearance of symptoms of a disease
remonstrance (n)
the act or instance of protest or complaint
remorse (n)
a deep sense of guilt or regret felt over doing wrong
renaissance (n)
a rebirth, revival or transformation
render (v)
to give, to hand over, or to deliver; it can also mean to depict, as in a drawing
renegade (n)
someone who abandons a movement, or a group which has specific principles, and become its opposer
renege (v)
to back out of an agreement or fail to keep a promise
renovate (v)
to make fresh, whole, or sound again
repeal (v)
to withdraw officially or formally, or to call back; it can also mean to abolish
reprisal (n)
inflicting injury on someone for a previous insult
reproach (trv)
to blame someone for a fault, to accuse or scold
requiem (n)
a mass for a deceased person or the musical setting for the mass; it can also mean a farewell to someone
rescind (v)
to revoke or cancel
reside (v)
to live somewhere
resilient (adj)
springing back into shape, or quickly recover one's strength or spirits
resolute (adj)
showing or having a fixed purpose
resound (v)
to make a loud noise
resplendent (adj)
shining brightly
resurrection (n)
the state of having risen from the dead or inactivity;
retard (v)
to slow something down, or to delay
reticent (adj)
silent, uncommunicative or quiet
retinue (n)
a group of assistants, followers or servants attending a person of importance
retiring (adj)
withdrawn, shy, reserved
rift (n)
an opening or break caused by a split
rind (n)
a hard outer layer on food
rout (v)
to defeat overwhelmingly; it also means to dig up or poke around
routine (n)
a regular pattern that is followed, or a habitual activity
rue (v)
to feel sorrow about or regret something
saccharine (adj)
containing or producing sugar, or being too sweet or sugary
saga (n)
a lengthy story or narrative
scabbard (n)
a case for a sword
scotch (trv)
to put an end to or to crush
scourge (n)
a whip, a method of inflicting harsh punishment, or a cause of widespread suffering
scrutinize (v)
to look at very closely or to inspect
selfdeprecating (adj)
apologetic, tending to undervalue oneself
serrated (adj)
having saw-like notches along the edge
shunt (v)
to shift something from one track or path to another
simper (v)
to smile in a silly way
skeptical (adj)
not easily persuaded or convinced
skiff (n)
a light, open boat usually propelled by oars or a sail
sneer (v)
to show dislike and be disrespectful of something
solicit (trv)
to ask for or to request, usually in earnest, to plead
somatic (adj)
relating to the body or physical
sonata (n)
a piece of classical music for one instrument
stationary (adj)
not moving or progressing, inactive
steadfast (adj)
being firm, constant or loyal
stickler (n)
someone who is insistent about something
stoke (v)
to add fuel to a fire
stolid (adj)
solemn, with little emotion
stratagem (n)
a clever plan
stratify (v)
to arrange in layers
striated (adj)
marked by grooves or stripes; it can also mean hollow or empty
stringent (adj)
rigid, controlled or strict
subdue (v)
to conquer and control
subliminal (adj)
below the threshold of consciousness
successive (adj)
following one after another in sequence
succumb (v)
to yield to something stronger
suffragist (n)
an activist for voting rights
sultry (adj)
very hot and humid
supercilious (adj)
full of pride or arrogance
supplant (v)
to replace or substitute, especially by force or treachery
supposition (n)
a guess, hypothesis or a theory
surrogate (n)
to be a substitute for something
surveillance (n)
a close watch over someone or something
svelte (adj)
elegantly slim or slender
sycophant (n)
a person who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth or power
systemic (adj)
relating to the body as a whole
tangible (adj)
that which can be touched or felt by touch
tantalize (v)
to tease with something out of reach
tarantula (n)
a large, hairy spider
tarry (v)
to be late in doing something
temporal (adj)
ordinary rather than spiritual
tendentious (adj)
biased in a certain way, partisan
tentative (adj)
hesitant or cautious; it can also mean something done as an experiment
tether (v)
to tie something or someone to something
timorous (adj)
timid and fearful
toady (n)
someone who flatters in the hopes of gaining something
tout (v)
to talk about and promote something
tractable (adj)
easily managed, taught, or controlled
trajectory (n)
the curved path of something moving through air
transcendent (adj)
far beyond normal limits
transcribe (v)
to write out or type out in full; it can also mean to translate
transgression (n)
the act of breaking the law, a command, etc. or going beyond limits and boundaries
transitional (adj)
characteristic of change; in the process of change or modulation
trappings (n)
items worn for decoration, particularly on a horse's gear, or outward indications of something
travail (n)
hard physical exertion or agony
trepidation (n)
fearful uncertainty or anxiety
trinket (n)
something small with little value
triumvirate (n)
a ruling body of three
trough (n)
a long, narrow, open container, often for holding water or food or for washing something
truism (n)
a statement, the truth of which is well-known or obvious
tryst (n)
a secret meeting between lovers
turpitude (n)
an instance of moral corruption or wickedness
tutelage (n)
guardianship or sponsorship
tycoon (n)
a very wealthy businessman
tyranny (n)
an oppressive or unjust rule or government
ubiquitous (adj)
appearing to be everywhere simultaneously
ulterior (adj)
beyond what is openly said or indicated
unanimity (n)
a complete agreement or united opinion
unassailable (adj)
something which cannot be attacked or assaulted successfully; it also means unquestionable or certain
unbridled (adj)
unrestrained or uncontrolled, wild
uncanny (adj)
supernatural, unusual or exciting wonder
undermine (v)
to injure, weaken, or impair, especially by subtle means
underwrite (v)
to agree to or show support for by signing one's name
unfrock (v)
to remove or to deprive the rank, function, or authority of a priest or minister
unilateral (adj)
involving or affecting one side or only one of several persons or parties
unimpeachable (adj)
that which cannot be questioned, doubted, or discredited
uninhibited (adj)
behavior that is free from social or moral restraints
unkempt (adj)
tangled, uncombed, or messy
unlettered (adj)
not having a good education
unmitigated (adj)
absolute, definite
unobtrusive (adj)
inconspicuous, not readily noticeable
unpalatable (adj)
unpleasant to the taste, or disagreeable
unprecedented (adj)
having no precedent or parallel, being unheard of, unique
unravel (v)
to untangle or separate; it can also mean to solve
unremitting (adj)
constant, never stopping
unrequited (adj)
not returned in the same way or to the same degree
unscathed (adj)
unharmed or safe from being injured
unseemly (adj)
offensive, not in good taste
unwieldy (adj)
difficult to hold or move because of shape, weight, or bulk
upright (adj)
standing erect; it can also mean honest and just
upstart (n)
someone of humble background who has risen suddenly to power or importance
usury (n)
the act of lending money at an high, illegal interest rate
uxorious (adj)
excessively devoted or submissive to one's wife
vagary (n)
an odd or unexpected idea or a flight of fancy
vagrant (n)
a person who wanders from place to place, or a homeless person
valedictory (adj)
expressing a farewell
vanguard (n)
people leading a movement
vantage (n)
an advantage in a conflict or competition, or a position which provides an advantage
vehement (adj)
acting or moving with great force or strong passion
venturesome (adj)
inclined to take risks or involving risks
verisimilitude (n)
a realistic appearance
versatile (adj)
able to do different things
vertigo (n)
dizziness
vespertine (adj)
relating to or happening in the evening
vestige (n)
an almost invisible trace of something
vexation (n)
something that causes annoyance or distress
vexatious (adj)
annoying or troublesome
viable (adj)
capable of living or likely to succeed
vicissitude (n)
the quality of being changeable; a variation in the course of things
vie (v)
to strive for victory or compete
vilify (v)
to criticize harshly or to defame
vindicate (v)
to clear from criticism, blame, guilt, or suspicion
viper (n)
a venomous snake; it can also describe a malicious or treacherous person
virile (adj)
strong, muscular, or being like an adult male
virtual (adj)
seeming real in effect or essence
virulent (adj)
full of hate, or extremely poisonous or deadly
voluptuous (adj)
amply sensual and beautiful
vulnerable (adj)
unprotected, easily injured
waggish (adj)
funny or humorous
waive (v)
to give up, reject or dismiss
wallow (v)
to move around in a lazy way
wanton (adj)
to be out of control
wary (adj)
to be cautious and watchful
wastrel (n)
someone who wastes money, like a spendthrift
waver (v)
to vacillate or show indecision; to go back and forth
wax (v)
to grow larger or more numerous in a gradual way; it can also mean to speak or express oneself
whet (v)
to sharpen by rubbing or friction
whim (n)
a sudden notion, idea, or desire; an impulse
wily (adj)
clever or crafty
windfall (n)
an unexpected fortune, unearned gain
winnow (v)
to get rid of something unwanted
winsome (adj)
pleasing and engaging, childishly charming
wistful (adj)
expressing vague longings or having desires tinged with sadness
withdrawn (adj)
detached and unresponsive
withhold (v)
to keep something back
wizardry (n)
the art or practice of magic
worldly (adj)
of this world, not spiritual
writhe (v)
to twist or bend and roll around, usually in pain
wry (adj)
twisted or distorted; it can also mean dry and ironic
yoke (v)
to harness an animal; it also means to join together
zany (adj)
comical, funny, and crazy
zealot (n)
a person who is a fanatic, or who is extreme or in his/her enthusiasm
zealous (adj)
showing extreme enthusiasm or devotion
zeitgeist (n)
the outlook, trends and characteristics of a specific period
zodiacal (adj)
relating to the zodiac, astrological
zoophagous (adj)
meat-eating or carnivorous