50 terms

SAT Vocab 4

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acclaim
praise
acumen
mental keenness or sharpness
arid
having little rain; very dry; lacking imagination or feeling; uninteresting
besmirch
to make dirty; soil
bilious
in a bad mood; extremely unpleasant; ill-tempered
bourgeois
upper middle class; conventional or boring
buttress
support for a wall; encouragement or support for a person
castigate
to criticize harshly; to punish
collate
to assemble in proper order
conciliatory
making peace; soothing
conviction
1. a determined belief or fixed position
2. having been proven guilty of a crime
craven
cowardly
decry
to openly denounce
delineate
to describe exactly; sketch out; depict
deplore
to show or have regret or sorrow about; to condemn
doctrinaire
inflexible; dogmatic
dregs
1. the leftover particles
2. the least valuable part of
elucidate
to make clear and explain fully
fabrication
a lie; something made up
forswear
1. to reject; to abandon
2. to deny or lie under oath
glean
to gather information or material slowly
guffaw
a loud or boisterous burst of laughter
heed
pay careful attention, notice, observe
hoary
very old and white with age; grey-haired; of great age; ancient
homage
an expression of great respect and honor
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
ideology
a system of ideas
insufferable
extremely unpleasant and therefore unbearable; intolerable
liberal
1. favoring civil liberties and social programs
2 . generous; a lot of
malodorous
having a bad odor
mar
to make imperfect, less attractive; spoil; disfigure
merger
alliance, fusion, consolidation, unification
mountebank
charlatan, one who claims to be who he is not
offal
waste parts, especially of a butchered animal; rubbish
olfactory
pertaining to the sense of smell
opprobrious
expressing condemnation or scorn; disgraceful
perverse
1. willfully going against expectations
2. abnormal; wicked
precept
a command or rule
prudent
sensible, cautious, level-headed
pseudonym
an alias or false name; an assumed name
pummel
to hit or pound repeatedly with the fists
quixotic
idealistic and totally impractical
raiment
clothing
renowned
celebrated; famous; notable; eminent, distinguished
sequester
to isolate
somber
1. depressing
2. dark
svelte
slim; slender
symposium
a meeting or conference for discussion of a topic
vigil
a watch kept during sleeping hours
wayward
1. disobedient
2. on the wrong path
3. corrupt