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SAT Vocab

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to humiliate or degrade
abate
to become less severe, to diminish
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abet
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
abjure
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
abridge
to shorten
abscond
run away
absolve
to pardon or forgive
abstain
to choose not to do something
abstruse
difficult to understand, obscure
accede
1. to agree (to do something)
2. to rise to a position of power
accost
to approach
accretion
an accumulation or increase
acerbic
sour, bitter, acidic
acquiensce
to consent or agree
acrimony
strong resentment
acumen
insightfulness, quickness or thought
admonish
to scold or reprimand strongly
adroit
quick and skillful
adulation
exaggerated flattery or adoring praise
affable
friendly and likable
aggrandize
to make larger or grander
aggregate
to collect or accumulate
aggrieved
angry or unhappy
alacrity
enthusiasm or speed
allege
to claim something is true
altercation
noisy quarrel
amalgamation
mixture
ameliorate
to make better, improve
amenable
willing to do something
amenity
a convenience
amorphorus
without shape or form
analogous
similar to
anathema
something one very strongly dislikes
annul
to cancel or declare invalid
antecedent
something coming before
antediluvian
old or old-fashioned
anthology
a collection
antipathy
strong dislike
antithesis
the exact opposite of something
apocryphal
probably untrue
approbation
praise
arable
suitable for growing crops
arcane
obscure
archetypal
having all the qualities needed to be a perfect example of something
ardor
strong feelings of enthusiasm or love
ascribe
to attribute
aspersion
an attack on someone's reputation
asphyxiation
suffocation
assuage
to make something less severe
avarice
greed
balk
to refuse or pull back suddenly
banal
boring or commonplace
beguile
to deceive or cheat using charm
bequeath
to leave to another after one's death
bereft
lacking completely, devoid of
beseech
to beg or plead
bilk
to cheat or swindle
blandish
to flatter
bombastic
arrogant, snobby or pompous
bourgeois
conventionally middle class
brazen
shameless
burnish
to polish or shine
cajole
to coax or persuade
canny
careful, clever and crafty
capacious
spacious, roomy
capitulate
to give in or surrender
capricious
changing one's mind on a whim, fickle
carouse
to celebrate loudly and drunkenly
caucus
a political meeting of people with similar beliefs
caustic
bitter, biting acidic
cavort
to frolic
circuitous
roundabout, long and complicated
circumlocution
speaking in a wordy and roundabout way
circumspect
cautious and thoughtful
clairvoyant
a seer or physic
clamor
to make loud demands
clandestine
secret, undercover
clemency
mercy
cloying
sickeningly sappy or sweet
coagulate
to clot or congeal
coalesce
to come together, to fuse
cobbler
a person who repairs shoes
coerce
to force
cogent
convincing
cognizant
aware of
collusion
a secret agreement
commensurate
proportional, in equal measure
commodious
spacious, roomy
compunction
remorse or regret
concomitant
accompanying
concord
agreement
consign
to give to someone else
constituent
a part of something larger
construe
to interpret
consummate
1. perfect, polished
2. to finish or complete
contemporaneous
happening at the same tim
contentious
controversial
contravene
to violate or contradict
contrite
truly and deeply sorry
contusion
a bruise
cordial
friendly, affectionate
coronation
the act of crowning a king
covert
secret, disguised
curt
short and rude
dearth
scarcity or lack (of)
decry
to denounce
deferential
respectful submissive
depravity
wickedness, sinfulness
derelict
an abandoned wreck
diaphanous
delicate and transparent
didactic
instructive, intended to teach
dilatory
intentionally slow
disseminate
to spread or scatter
distent
to swell or expand
dour
stern and joyless
ebullient
cheerful and energetic, bubbly
efface
to wipe out
effulgent
shining, brilliant
elegy
a poem for a dead person
elicit
to draw out, to evoke
elucidate
to clarify, to shed light on
emend
to correct
enervating
weakening, draining
enfranchise
to grant the right
epistolary
relating to letters
equanimity
calmness, especially in a bad situation
eschew
to avoid
esoteric
private and obscure, understood by only a few people
expunge
to get rid of completely
extant
existing
fatuous
obnoxiously stupid, ridiculous
fecund
fertile
felicity
happiness
feral
wild, savage
fickle
quick to change opinion or to change sides
fidelity
faithfulness or loyalty
forbearance
patience in the face of adversity
fortitude
strength
fortuitous
fortunate, happening by happy chance
furtive
secretive
hapless
unlucky
ignominious
undignified, humiliating
immutable
unchangeable
impeccable
perfect, flawless
impinge
to interfere
impudent
badly-behaved, rude
inchoate
1. incomplete, immature
2. chaotic
incisive
sharp, quick and insightful
ineffable
indescribable
ingenuous
naive, simple
inimical
harmful , hostile
injunction
an official order, usually prohibiting something
insipid
1. boring
2. sappy
insurgent
a rebel
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a conversation
interminable
unending
intransigent
unwilling to compromise, stubborn
inure
to make someone become used to something
iridescent
displaying a brilliant rainbow of colors
laudatory
praising, complimentary
legerdemain
slight of hand
linchpin
the most important part of something
lithe
flexible and graceful
lucid
clear or bright
luminous
shining or glowing
manifest
to become obvious or clear
mores
customs, moral norms
negligent
neglectful or careless
noisome
unpleasant, offensive
nominal
in name only
obdurate
stubborn
officious
aggressively offering advice that is neither wanted nor needed
oration
a formal speech
pallid
pale
pathology
sickness, study of sickness
pejorative
insulting or belittling
penchant
preference or liking for
perspicacity
the ability to quickly and accurately understand things
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
pittance
a ridiculously small amount
plenitude
an abundance
potable
safe to drink
preponderance
an excess of, outweighing
profligate
extravagant and wasteful
reclusive
intentionally avoiding others
sanguine
optimistic, cheerful
scintillate
to sparkle
semaphore
a visual signal
subjugate
to bring under one's complete control
tenacious
unwilling to give up, persistent
transmute
to turn one thing into another
verisimilitude
the appearance of truth