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SAT Vocab

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gregarious
A gregarious person is fond of company, social
bombastic
pompous, overblown in language or speech
didactic
instructive, designed to teach
opulent
displays great wealth
servile
slavishly submissive (ready to submit, obedient)
whimsical
determined by chance/impulse/whim rather than necessity or reason
Jingoistic
fanatically patriotic/nationalistic
Phlegmatic
calm, showing little emotion
inadvertent
without intention - her inadvertent gesture swept the vase off the table
beguile
to attract
brazen
shameless, bold, immodest
adversaries
opponents, enemies (noun)
emphatic
to be uttered with emphasis, forceful, strongly marked/striking
-clearly or boldly outlined
ambivalent
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes
placate
cause to be more favorably inclined.
soothe, pacify
insipid
without significant, interesting or stimulating qualities. (adj): Flat, dull, uninteresting
pugnacious
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent
inconsequential
insignificant, trivial
to burgeon
to grow or flourish
euphemism
a vague or indirect term used to substitute for a harsher one
to impugn
to challenge as false or to cast doubt upon.
By impugning my veracity, he suggested that I was not honest.
perspicacious
a perspicacious investigator :
shrewd, clear-sighted
copious
abundant
precarious
dependent on circumstances beyond ones control; uncertain, unstable
equivocation
the deliberate use of ambiguous terms
concerned
solicitous
The professor's...
erudition : deep, extensive learning
pragmatic
practical
quixotic
idealistic, but impractical
(caught up in romantic notions).
hackneyed
worn out through overuse,
hackneyed phrases are never good advice.
jaded
worn out, wearied.
Buttress
to strengthen, support
Idiosyncrasy
a characteristic peculiar to a person or group
ominous
threatening, of bad omen
(foreshadowing evil)
chicanery
trickery (political, financial, legal purpose).
florid
elaborately/excessively ornamented
to impute
to attribute/ credit to
inevitable
incapable of being prevented, unavoidable
intrepid
bold and brave
mundane
ordinary
fortuitous
a fortunate accident
rudimentary
basic, elementary
hedonist
someone who is motivated by desires
-The person who just wants to chill is a hedonist.
impetuous
characterized by quick and thoughtless (negative) action.
querulous
habitually complaining, whiny
spurious
false, inauthentic
affable
easy to speak to, friendly, social