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115 terms

Elite SAT: 125-250 Cumulative

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facetious
playfully humorous
argot
specialized vocabulary usually associated with a profession
elude
to escape from as by daring or skill
desiccate
to dry
supersede
to replace
gauche
socially awkward
sublime
of high spiritual or moral worth
intrepid
bold or fearless
prerogative
an exclusive right or privilege, esp heredity
recumbent
lying down in position of comfort
windfall
unexpected good fortune
impervious
resistant to penetration
equanimity
evenness of temper
lurid
causing shock or horror
cabal
small group of secret plotters
abscond
to go away hastily
fete
lavish entertainment
exude
to give off to emit, to radiate
concerted
planned or accomplished together
flank
the side
expunge
to erase
recondite
not easily understood
preclude
to make impossible, to prevent the occurrence of
herald
to bear news, to announce
broach
to raise for discussion
vanguard
the leading position in an army
hermetic
completely sealed, esp from entry or escape of air
duplicity
deception; deceitfulness; double-dealing
adage
a familiar saying or proverb
aptitude
an inherent capacity for learning, understanding, or performing
procure
to obtain or acuire
rote
mechanical memorization, often without full understanding
itinerant
travelling from place to place, esp for work
incur
to acquire or sustain something undesirable
accede
to agree to something
caveat
a warning
behoove
to be necessary or proper for
enmity
the bitter attitude or feelings of an enemy and/or of mutual enemies
plight
sad situation
improvident
not preparing for the future; incautious
bathos
excessive or trivial sentimentality; an abrupt transition in style from the elevated to the commonplace, producing a laughable effect
venerable
worth of honor, dignity, and respect due to age, etc
shroud
to conceal; n. something that covers
abet
to encourage, assist, or support, usually in wrongdoing
aback
taken by surprise
adduce
to show as an example or means of providing something
fanfare
a showy public display
exiguous
scanty; meager; small; slender
confluence
joining together of different streams
tepid
moderately warm; lacking force or enthusiasm
atrophy
wasting away, esp. of body tissue or muscles
esteem
high regard; respect; to regard highly
efficacy
the power to make the desired effect (mnemonic: something that has EFFiciency)
capacious
able to contain much (mnemonic: capacious is like spacious)
hegemony
strong influence; dominance
approbation
official approval
bromide
commonplace remark intended to calm (mnemonic: bromide is not chemically reactive)
temerity
willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets people
forebear
ancestors; a person from whom one is descended
enormity
wickedness, an evil act
avocation
a hobby
symposium
a meeting to discuss a topic, esp where the participants form the audience and make the presentations
grisly
inspiring horror because of appalling crudity or inhumanity; gruesome
fatuous
smugly foolish; complacently stupid
construe
to interpret
skirt
to lie along the edge of; to pass nearby or around rather than through
timorous
full of fear
equivocal
capable of multiple interpretations. hint. think of its opposite and how obama uses it
heed
to pay attention to
ramification
a development or consequence resulting from a course of action
eclipse
to overshadow
rococo
elaborate or overdone
progenitor
a direct ancestor
vagary
an erratic notion or action
recount
to tell in detail; to remember
balk
to stop short
parochial
restricted; limited; narrow; local
relegate
to assign to an obscure place or condition
innate
possessed at birth; inborn
fulminate
to issue a strong verbal attack
replete
will filled; abundantly supplied
tenuous
weak or thin
promulgate
to make known by official endorsement
heterodox
not in agreement with accepted beliefs, esp. religious dogma
ilk
kind; sort; class
fortitude
strength of mind that allows one to endure adversity
connote
to imply something beyond a literal meaning
doctrinaire
inflexibility maintaining an idea
cede
to formally give or formally surrender
inexorable
not be able to be persuaded; unyielding; unalterable
expatriate
to send into exile
halcyon
calm or peaceful
nadir
the lowest point; the bottom
neophyte
a beginner; an immature person who is learning
curtail
to cut short; to abbreviate
exigent
requiring immediate action
periphery
a boundary line; a perimeter; an outside surface
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances
congenital
present at birth; being an essential characteristic
précis
a concise summary of a text
commiserate
to express sympathy
pique
to arouse interest; to irritate
warrant
to justify or to desire
intrinsic
relating to the essential nature of something
erudite
well educated
insipid
uninteresting; having no flavor
emolument
payment for an office or employment
exult
to rejoice greatly
contumacious
stubbornly disobedient; rebellious; insubordinate
redress
to set right; to remedy
epithet
a descriptive term for a person or thing
canvass
to ask for votes, opinions, etc
licentious
not moral; lawless; lewd
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; tending to move in a group
adumbrate
to give a sketchy outline; to foreshadow