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Vocabulary for SAT c-g jyao

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cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
cajole
coax; wheedle
candor
frankness
capricious
unpredictable; fickle
caricature
distortion; burlesque
The cartoonist's caricature of President Bush exaggerated the size of his ears.
censorious
critical
Censorious people delight in casting blame.
censure
blame; criticize
The senator was censured for behavior inappropriate to a member of Congress.
charlatan
pretender to knowledge
chronicle
report; record
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness
coercion
use of force to get someone to obey
composure
mental calmness
conciliatory
reconciling; appeasing; amiable
Hoping to end the coldness that had grown between them, he wrote a conciliatory note
concur
agree in opinion
condone
overlook voluntarily; forgive
conflagration
great fire
conscientious
scrupulous; careful
contemporary
person belonging to the same period.
contentious
quarrelsome
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
cordial
gracious; heatrfelt
corroborate
confirm; support
cursory
casual; hastily done
cynic
one who is skeptical or distrustful of human motives.
debilitate
weaken; enfeeble
debunk
expose something as nonsensical or false
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners.
defame
harm someone's reputation; malign
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
divergent
differing; deviating
divulge
reveal
dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
ebb
recede; lessen
eclectic
selective in choosing from a variety of sources
emulate
imitate; rival
enervate
weaken
engender
cause; produce
enhance
advance; improve
enigma
puzzle; mystery
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
epicure
connoisseur of food and drink
episodic
loosely connected, divided into incidents; occurring at intervals
equivocal
ambiguous
erudite
learned ; scholarly
esoteric
hard to understand
espouse
adopt; support
ethereal
light; heavenly
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemism
mild expression used in place of an unpleasant one.
exacerbate
worsen;
embitter;
aggravate
exalt
raise in rank or dignity; praise
exhaustive
thorough; comprehensive
expedient
suitable to achieve a particular end
expedite
hasten
expository
explanatory; intended to explain.
extol
praise; glorify
extricate
free; disentangle
facile
easily accomplished
fallacious
false; misleading
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish
flippant
lacking proper seriousness
florid
excessively ornate
foolhardy
rash; heedless
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
furtive
stealthy; sneaky
garrulous
loquacious; wordy
germane
pertinent
glib
fluent; facile
grandiose
pretentious