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25 terms

Elite 2012 SAT Vocabulary Set B 276-300

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stratum
a level or layer
paradox
a statement or situation that appears contradictory
utilitarian
stressing practical use or other values
vestige
a trace of something that once existed but has disappeared
denizen
an inhabitant; one who is often found in a particular place
parlay
to use success in one thing to achieve greater success in further things; to transform a gain into something of greater value
dispatch
(v) to send off promptly; (n) efficent speed; a message, esp. offiical or from a journalist
malcontent
a dissatisfied person
usurp
to take over by force (e.g. property or rights) without legal authority
oblique
not straight to the point; indirect
insensible
not able to feel or perceive; unresponsive
uproarious
extremely funny
consign
to give to the care of another; to set apart
complicity
association or participation in a wrongful act
whimsical
not able to be predicted; constantly changing
caustic
capable of burning or corroding by chemical action; bitingly sarcastic
truncate
to cut short
inscribe
to write, carve or engrave words or letters on or in a surface
impertient
rude
municipal
relating to local government
margin
a border or edge; a limit in condition or ability; an amount or degree of difference
subsidize
to assist financially or pay for, esp. by the government
sporadic
occurring irregularly
dislodge
to force out of a concealed position
decisive
conclusive; beyond doubt; showing determination