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177 terms

Barron's SAT Vocab

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aesthete
one who appreciates and seeks beauty or pleasure
alacrity
liveliness and eagerness
aphorism
a maxim
appropriate
to take another's property as one's own
arable
farmable
arboreal
relating to trees
asylum
a safe place to practice one's religion or follow one's convictions
auspicious
foretelling well for the future
avant-garde
new
behemoth
something of great size or power
bequest
a gift upon one's death
breadth
a range or scope
brook
to endure
bungle
to mess up
byzantine
ornate
celerity
cheerful speed
cerebral
intellectual
chagrin
embarrassment
circumscribed
defined of limited
cloying
over sweet
confound
to perplex
conjecture
an inference
constituents
voters
consummate
perfect
convoluted
complex
crude
rude
curtail
abridge
debased
morally low
decorous
having propriety
denuded
made ineffective or infertile
desultory
aimless
didactic
lecturing
dilatory
aimless
din
noise
dirge
a funeral song
discomfited
embarrassed
discretionary
showing prudence
disingenuous
crafty
disposed
inclined
divine
godly
edifice
building
effigy
crude likeness of a loathed person
egregious
blatantly wrong
elusive
evasive
emollient
soothing lotion
empirical
based on data or evidence
enervate
drain of energy, weaken
enfranchise
free from slavery
epitaph
words inscribed on a tomb
espouse
support
expurgate
censor texts
extant
existing
fabrication
lie
facile
easy
felicitous
suitable, pleasant
feral
wild, savage
galvanize
spur to action
gaunt
thin, haggard
gingerly
carefully
grovel
beg or plead
hapless
unlucky, unfortunate
harbinger
messenger
hermetic
sealed in an airtight manner
histrionic
melodramatic
hubris
excessive pride
inanimate
not living
incantation
calling out for guidance
inchoate
not fully formed
incisive
harsh, sharp, cutting
incumbent
one who holds political office
indelible
permanent
ineffable
incapable of expression in words
inexorable
relentless
inflammatory
likely to incite rage
insular
narrow-minded
intemperate
excessive
interlocutor
one who participates in conversation
intractable
stubborn
jaded
bored from too much pleasure or overindulgence
jingoism
aggressive bragging of one's patriotism
juggernaut
unstoppable force
juxtapose
place side by side
kinetic
relating to motion and energy
legion
large number
leviathan
huge monster
licentious
lacking moral discipline
melee
battle
milieu
environment
myopic
short-sighted
naivete
innocence
nihilism
philosophical believe involving rejection of established values and morality
nondescript
normal, featureless
nonplussed
stunned, confused
obfuscate
obscure
obliged
forced
oblique
indirect, slanted
olfactory
relating to sense of smell
onerous
burdensome
opprobrium
disgrace
ostensible
apparent
panacea
cure for everything
partisan
biased
pathos
empathy
pedagogic
instructive
perfidious
disloyal
petulant
irritable
plaudits
praise
pontificate
speak in arrogant manner
pragmatist
practical person
precept
rule of personal conduct
precipitate
make happen before planned
prescience
foresight
probity
honesty
profligate
wasteful
proliferate
multiply quickly
promulgate
make formally known a law
prose
ordinary language, not poetry
prototype
first model
prowess
skill
pundits
scholarly people
qualm
doubt, hesitation
quibble
find a fault with
quixotic
idealistic
refractory
stubborn
relegate
demote to inferior position
reprehensible
blameworthy
rescind
cancel, take back
retrograde
going backward, not progressing
sanctimonious
pretending to be religious
sanction
approve
scrupulous
extremely careful
serendipity
random luck
sinecure
office or position largely without responsibility, an office that involves minimal duties
sophistry
deceptive arguments
spate
outpouring
specious
false
steadfastness
loyalty
stupefy
stun
subterfuge
deception
supplant
replace
surfeit
oversupply, abundance
sybarite
pleasure-loving person
synergistic
good at working with with others
table
set aside an issue for later discussion
tawdry
cheap-looking
temerity
reckless boldness, rashness
temper
less severity of
threadbare
shabby
treachery
treason
truculent
argumentative
turgid
swollen
unctuous
inky, oily
unheralded
unannounced
untenable
unable to be defended
upstart
rebel
utopian
idealistic perfect society
vaunt
brag
venial
forgivable
verdant
lush
verisimilitude
appearance of being true
vestigial
extremely small
victuals
food
vignette
brief description
virile
manly, strong
visceral
instinctive, relating to the abdomen
vitiate
impair
vitriolic
harsh, biting
vocation
the particular occupation for which you are trained
watershed
turning point, defining moment
waylay
ambush
wheedle
coax
wily
sly
windfall
unexpected gain
winsome
attractive
witticism
clever remark
xenophobic
fear of foreigners
zephyr
light breeze