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SAT Words First 50

First 50 SAT words off of Sparknotes.
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indigence
a great level of poverty
purveyor
a person who provides or supplies (sometimes a quality)
dowager
a dignified elderly woman
perfidy
the state of being disloyal
pugnacious
inclined to fight, quarrelsome
luddite
someone opposed to technological change
supercilious
disdainfully proud, snobbish
abjure
to reject, renounce
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
acerbic
biting, bitter in tone or taste
acrimony
bitterness, discord
acumen
keen insight
adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
alacrity
eagerness, quickness
anathema
a cursed, detested person
antipathy
a strong dislike, repugnance
approbation
praise
arrogate
to take without justification
ascetic
practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually in a religious sense
aspersion
a curse, an expression of ill--will
assidious
hard-working, diligent
blandish
to coax by using flattery
boon
a gift or blessing
brusque
short, abrupt, dismissive
buffet
to strike with force
burnish
to polish, shine
buttress
to support, hold up; something that offers support
cacophony
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
cajole
to urge, coax
calumny
an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies
capricious
subject to whim, fickle
clemency
mercy
cogent
intellectually convincing
concomitant
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
conflagration
great fire
contrite
penitent, eager to be forgiven
conundrum
puzzle, problem
credulity
readiness to believe
cupidity
greed, strong desire
cursory
brief to the point of being superficial
decry
to criticize openly
defile
to make unclean, impure
deleterious
harmful
demure
quiet, modest, reserved
deprecate
to belittle, depreciate
deride
to laugh at openly, scorn
desecrate
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
desiccated
dried up, dehydrated
diaphanous
light, airy, transparent