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SAT Words(Part 2)

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Arcane
Known or understood by only a few.
Ascertain
To find out, as through investigation or experimentation.
Autonomy
Independence; self-determination.
Astute
Shrewd; clever.
Assert
To declare or defend as in the truth.
Repudiate
To cast away or to refuse to pay something.
Partisan
A strong supporter of something or a guerrilla fighter.
Perspicacious
Clear-sighted.
Shrewd
Showing clever judgement and practical understanding.
Erudition
Deep, extensive learning.
Reverent
Expressing deep respect, worshipful
Revert
To return to a former practice or belief.
Hyperbole
Exaggeration for effect.
Disparage
To belittle.
Plausible
Appearing to be trustworthy or believable; credible.
Metaphor
A word for one thing used to replace another; usually dissimilar. Ex: " Love is a battlefield."
Elicit
To draw forth, such as an emotional response.
Underscore
To underline something to emphasize it.
Equivocate
Be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Rhetoric
Effective use of expression or persuasion in writing or speech; showy language.
Acumen
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight; mental sharpness.
Adroit
Skillful.
Disseminate
To scatter widely, as in sowing seed or information.
Pedantic
Excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules.
Precocious
Exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity.
Prolific
Very productive; producing great quantities.
Prospectus
A formal proposal. Ex: College course offerings brochure or bonds and share statements.
Rudimentary
Basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development.
Simile
A comparison of two unlike things using like or as. Ex: " Your eyes are like the stars."
Belied
To contradict or misrepresent; proved false.
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes.
Satire
The use of mockery, sarcasm, or humor in literary work to insult peoples' foolishness or practices and beliefs.
Nostalgia
A longing for something past. Ex: Homesickness
Subjective
Based on personal feelings or opinion, not external evidence.
Refute
To prove something to be false or wrong.
Pragmatic
Practical; moved by facts rather than theories or idealism.
Assimilate
To make or become similar.
Derivative
Something that comes from another source.
Callous
Emotionally hardened; unfeeling.
Convoluted
Intricate; complex.
Reticent
Inclined to keep silent; reserved or discreet.
Enigma
A puzzle, mystery, or riddle.
Cosmopolitan
Worldly; widely sophisticated.
Orthodox
Adhering to what is commonly accepted, traditional and established, especially in religion.
Staid
Unemotional, serious, and calm.
Abstruse
Difficult to understand or penetrate.
Insular
Narrow or isolated in outlook; characteristic of an isolated island.
Gaffe
A clumsy social error; a faux pas.
Idiosyncrasy
A characteristic that is distinctive and belonging to an individual or group.
Esoteric
Intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret.
Inscrutable
Difficult to fathom or understand; impossible to see through physically, impenetrable.
Disaffected
Dissatisfied with the people in authority and no longer willing to support them.
Potentate
Noun: One who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch.
Circumspect
Careful; prudent; discreet.
Disparity
Difference, inequality and unlikeness.
Discern
To see clearly, recognize or perceive.