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50 terms

SAT Vocab Set 3

Chapters 15-19
STUDY
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analogy
a comparison of an unfamiliar idea or object to a simple, familiar one
analogous
characterized by a parallel similarity that permits the drawing of an analogy
elusive
hard to pin down; skillful at eluding capture; EVASIVE
futile
ineffectual; producing no result; vain
chaotic
disorganized; lacking visible order or organization
obsolete
no longer produced or used; ANTIQUATED; out of date
disparity
the condition of being unequal; a noticeable difference in age, income, or rank
antecedent
an event or occurence that precedes something similar in time; a forerunner
somber
characterized by being dark, gloomy, and depressed
augment
to make something greater; to increase
stodgy
dull, boring, and unimaginative
abstemious
characterized by moderation in eating and drinking
digress
to stray from a topic in writing, speaking, or thinking; to go off on a TANGENT
misnomer
an incorrect or inappropriate name
anguish
characterized by great mental and emotional distress
solicitous
characterized by being overly attentive and caring; excessively concerned
intrepid
fearless and daring; bold
affable
friendly and pleasant; gracious
fundamental
a belief, skill or component that is essential and basic
scenario
a sequence of possible events that may occur
empathy
great understanding of another person's feelings; great sympathy
plausible
believable; a reasonable chance of something happening
heyday
the peak of popularity and success of a movement, organization or person
ingenious
a clever mix of creativity and inventiveness
conspicuous
attracting attention by being unusual or very noticeable
hierarchy
any system of persons, animals, or things that are ranked one above another
exasperate
to irritate; annoy; frustrate
prescient
perceiving the significance of events before they occur; showing foresight
mundane
ordinary and commonplace
slovenly
characterized by being untidy in dress or appearance; messy and sloppy
dispel
to drive away or scatter; to remove
adhere
to hold closely; to stick to a policy or plan of action
fortitude
strength in the face of adversity
negligent
characterized by neglect and a careless lack of concern
adept
demonstrating great skill in accomplishing a task or in achieving a goal
embellish
to enhance; to make more attractive ornamentation
instill
to gradually impart new values, attitudes, or skills
exacerbate
to make worse; to aggravate a situation
impassioned
filled with passion and zeal; fervent
rampant
unrestrained and out of control; marked by unchecked growth
adulation
characterized by great and even exaggerated flattery
credible
apparently reasonable; believable
divisive
creating disunity and dissension
herald
to praise or enthusiastically greet the arrival of someone or something
devour
to eat voraciously; consume greedily
shirk
to avoid or neglect one's assigned duties or responsibilities
tenacious
stubborn, unyielding
feasible
possible; capable of being achieved
appall
to shock and outrage
feign
to pretend with the intent to deceive