89 terms

SAT List 21

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abdictate
to give up power
abrogate
revoke formally
affiliation
the act of becoming formally connected or joined
anarchy
a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
apostate
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
apotheosis
model of excellence or perfection of a kind
atonement
the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
autocratic
offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
banish
expel from a community or group
blasphemous
characterized by profanity or cursing
bureaucracy
nonelective government officials
cabal
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
cant
two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
commandeer
consecrate
consecrate
render holy by means of religious rites
coronation
the ceremony of installing a new monarch
debacle
a sudden and violent collapse
decree
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
depose
topple from power
despotic
characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule
devote
dedicate
devout
devoutly religious
doctrine
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
ecclesiastic
a clergyman or other person in religious orders
edict
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
embargo
a government order imposing a trade barrier
emissary
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
enfranchise
grant freedom to
ethos
(anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era
exile
the act of expelling a person from their native land
expatriate
expel from a country
expurgate
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
figurehead
figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
formality
compliance with formal rules
hallow
render holy by means of religious rites
heresy
belief contrary to what is generally accepted
homilectics
act of preaching
icon
religious image or idol
ideology
system of ideas
impeach
to charge with crime in office
imperial
relating to an emperor or empire
imperious
assuming power or authority without justification
impiety
lack of reverence or dutifulness
impious
showing little respect or reverence
implement
to put into effect
incantation
a singing or chanting of magic
incumbent
one who holds public office
infidel
a nonbeliever
inquisitor
someone who asks questions
knell
the sound of a bell
levy
to impose a fine or to collect a payment
martyr
someone who dies in the name of a cause
monastic
related to monasteries or monks
monolithic
uniform and unyielding
muffler
a silencer
nepotism
favoritism to a relative
nihilist
someone who believes taht existence is meaningless
nirvana
ideal state of enlightenment
omnipotent
all-powerful
omnipresent
everywhere at once
omniscient
all-knowing
ordinance
decree
orthodox
traditional in belief
pact
an agreement
perdition
damnation
philistine
a smug ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge
piety
spiritual devotion
pious
dutiful to parents; devoted to religion
platitude
overused moral statement
preponderance
the majority
profane
inappropriate and anti-religion
proselytize
to convert to a religion
prostrate
to stretch out
ratify
to formally approve
regal
royal
regime
method or system of government
sacrilegious
violation of something sacred
sanction
a threatened penalty
sanctuary
a safe heaven
satellite
a smaller body associated with or controlled by a larger body
seculoar
material (not spiritual) living outside monasteries
sermon
reproving a person for his faults
sovereign
supreme and self-governing
totalitarian
government with centralized and absolute power
tribute
tax collected by a ruler
unorthodox
not like the usual
utopia
a perfect world
xenophobia
fear of foreigners
zealot
uncompromising fanatic of an ideal