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Testmasters SAT and PSAT vocabulary list 2012

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abrasive
harsh and rough in manner
accusatory
containing a charge of wrongdoing against a person or other party
acerbic
sour or bitter
acolyte
a devoted follower or attendant
adept
very skilled
adroit
dexterous or deft; skillful under pressing conditions
adulatory
to praise or admire excessively; fawn on
aeon
an indefinitely long period of time; an age
aesthetically
to praise or admire excessively; fawn on
affectation
behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality
agent
the means by which an effect or result is produced
agitate
to upset, disturb
altruism
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
ambivalent
having coexisting or opposing attitudes
ameliorate
to improve
anecdote
a short account especially of an interesting or humorous incident
animus
disposition; feeling of ill will
anomalous
deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule
antediluvian
really old, prehistoric
antidisestablishmentarianism
opposition to the withdrawal of state support from an established organization or church
antithetical
being in diametrical opposition
apathy
lack of interest or concern, impassiveness
apoplectic
enraged
appalled
dismayed
appetite
a strong urge or instinctive physical desire
archaic
of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period.
articulate
characterized by the use of clear, expressive language
assuage
to satisfy or appease; relieve
atavism
the reoccurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence
attentiveness
giving care or attention; watchful
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
authoritarian
characterized by or favoring obedience to authority
avant-garde
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts
bane
fatal injury or ruin
beguiled
to be deceived by skillful deceit
belligerent
inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
bemoaning
to lament, expressing grief or disappointment about something
beneficial
producing or promoting a favorable result; advantageous
bipartisan
supported by two political parties
blithe
carefree and lighthearted
bog
a wetland
bombastic
pompous speech or writing
bolster
to support
boon
a benefit bestowed
bowdlerize
to remove offensive portions from a book
breezy
lively and cheerful and relaxed
brevity
terseness, brief in duration
brusque
abrupt or curt in manner
buffeting
a blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
bureaucratic
of or relating to arbitrary and rigid devotion to the routine of administrative procedure.

His coworkers were getting tired of his constant bureaucratic behavior.
burgeon
to grow and flourish

I added another piece of music to my ever burgeoning stack of sheet music.
candor
frankness or sincerity of expression.

His candor makes him a good friend but a harsh critic.
capitulate
to surrender under specified conditions.

He immediately capitulated when I threw in the abundant amount of money.
caustic
corrosive, sarcastic

My dad's caustic words caused my sister to cry her eyes out.
chagrin
feeling of mental unease caused by failure, disappointment, or disconcerting event.

Much to his chagrin, the audience hated his play.
characterization
a description of qualities or peculiarities

The characterization the author put in the protagonist made all the girls fall head over heels for him.
characterless
bland, uninteresting

He was so characterless that his date ran out on him halfway through.
charismatic
having personal magnetism or charm

He is full of charisma when he dances.
chicanery
trickery; subterfuge

Her constant chicanery caused her several detentions.
chronic
lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence.

The chronic illness made her bed-ridden.
circumstantial
of, relating to, or dependent on incidence.

"It was a very circumstantial improvement that you made" said the teacher.
circumvent
to surround or enclose; to go around or bypass

The police signaled the oncoming traffic to circumvent the area.
classicist
one versed in the study of ancient greek and latin.

The classicist traveled all over Europe trying to uncover more information on the Greeks and Romans.
coagulate
to clot or thicken

The white blood cells were slowly coagulating the patient's wounds.
commemorate
to honor the memory of with a ceremony

The family held a funeral to commemorate the loss of their soldier.
committed
to be pledged or obligated in doing something

He committed myself to stay away from social networks until he finished his homework.
commoners
a person without noble rank or title.

The commoners in the Old World were often very poor.
commonplace
ordinary

The library is a commonplace.
compilation
something, such as a set of data, which is composed from several sources or materials.

My friend made a compilation of her favorite songs.
complaisant
exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.

She was complaisant when asked to do the chores.
complicity
involvement as an accomplice in a crime

His complicity in the crime earned him a year in jail.
concession
an acknowledgement or admission

The bank was forced to make concession to avoid bankruptcy.
condemn
to express strong disapproval of

She was condemned guilty of theft.
conjecture
inference or judgment; guesswork

Her conjectures were proven right when the evidence was found.
constituents
one that authorizes another to act as a representative

All of the constituents from each state voted whether or not to pass the bill.
controversy
a dispute, especially a public one, between two sides with opposing views

The controversy between the two friends grew worse and worse.
conundrum
a dilemma or difficult problem

The student was stuck in a conundrum. She couldn't decide whether to stay home and continue studying or to take a break and go to the party.
copious
plentiful or abundant; wordy

There was a copious amount of food at the potluck.
cordial
friendly

The stranger was very cordial when I was introduced to him.
covenant
a binding agreement; a compact.

The pilgrims all signed the covenant stating they wouldn't cause any trouble.
covet
to desire

We are not to covet the things, or material possessions, of our neighbor.
culled
to be removed or rejected from a group

She prepared the pasta and culled the shrimp.
curmudgeon
an ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions

He was known to be cordial in public but was notable in the family for being a curmudgeon.
cursory
hasty, superficial

The airport security did a cursory inspection for each person.
cynical
scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others.

His cynical actions were finally put to a stop when the police arrived.
daunting
discouraging

The thought of having to move to a new home was no longer daunting to him after having moved several times already.
decried
condemned openly

He was decried in front of millions on national tv.
defiant
marked by bold resistance

His defiant words against racism spread across the country.
definitive
precisely defined or explicit; authoritative and complete.
deft
skillful
deliberate
done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional
delineate
to mark

On maps, different colors are used to delineate the territories of countries and states
delinquent
overdue in payment or duty
deluding
to deceive the mind or judegment of

There are many commercials which are deluding.
denounce
to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible
derisive
mocking; jeering
despondent
feeling or expressing dejection
diffidence
timidity or shyness
dilettante
a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge

I thought he was an expert when it came to art. Unfortunately he turned out to just be a dilettante when we went to the art gallery.
diminished
smaller; less in amount

The portions of food at the restaurant were slowly diminishing to save money.
diminutive
extremely small in size;tiny

You will find thought that these huge looking pools on their racks in the garden centers look quite diminutive once installed in the ground.
diplomatic
using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others

Your answers are always very diplomatic.
dirge
funeral song

As the coffin was being transported from the carriage to the burial ground, a dirge began to play.
discern
to perceive or comprehend

The purpose of the study is to discern patterns of criminal behavior.
discernment
keenness of insight and judgment

His lack of discernment led to his unwise choice of partners for a major project.
discredit
damage in reputation; to cause to be doubted or distrusted

He was discredited in the eyes of historians because his book contained many inaccurate facts about history.
discriminate
to see the subtle nuances between things

The scholar spoke out against discrimination.
disdain
to treat with contempt

The customer glared at the cashier with a look of disdain.
disingenuous
not straight-forward; crafty

He claims disingenuously to have supported the plan from the beginning.
dismissive
showing indifference or disregard

He was dismissive when asked to pick a side.
disparities
unlikeness; incongruity

There is not much of a height disparity among the members.
dissidents
ones who disagree

Many political dissidents were arrested.
dissuade
to deter from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation

My friend was dissuaded from buying the product after hearing a customer's complaint about it.
diversion
something that distracts the mind; something that relaxes or entertains

The unfavorable weather diverted us from going outside that day.
divisive
creating disagreements or discord

There are many divisive issues these days such as abortion.
doctors
to repair; to falsify in such a way as to make favorable to oneself; to adulterate

I went to the doctor's office for a yearly checkup.
dolce
gently and sweetly, especially music

The song is to be played dolce.
dour
unyielding; stubborn

The little girl at a glance appeared to be sweet and kind, but once you get to know her, she is a dour and rude child.
drab
faded and dull in appearance

Her clothes were drab and wrinkly.
duplicity
deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech

The media is often full of duplicity.
effusive
unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy

The teacher showered the student with effusive praise.
egalitarian
affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, an civil rights for all people.

Some people say that there is still a difference between how much a woman gets paid and how much a man gets paid. Others say it is egalitarian.
elaborate
express at greater length or in greater detail

The employee elaborated on his proposal about ways to increase the company's profit.
elites
group or class of persons or members of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.

The high-class restaurants were full of rich elites.
elitist
the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.

Many of the commoners were against the elitist belief.
elusive
tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory; difficult to define or describe

His dream was elusive.
embezzlement
to take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.

The politician embezzled the people's tax money to buy his family luxury items.
empathy
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives

Her friend empathized with her.
empirical
relying on or derived from observation or experiment

The scientist collected empirical data.
emulated
to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation

The designer emulated her favorite designer's logo with her own twist.
enrapture
to fill with delight

She enraptured herself with a good book.
enterprising
showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects

As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories.
enumerate
to count off or name one by one; list

Let me enumerate the things I need to buy.
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time

The meeting was ephemeral.
euphoric
a feeling of great happiness

He was quite euphoric when we found out he got an A on his test.
exacerbate
to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; to aggravate

Don't exacerbate the problem by talking back to your parents.
exasperated
to make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly

He let out an exasperated sigh after waiting two hours to get his license.
exonerated
freed from blame; freed from a responsibility or task

He was exonerated after he'd been proven innocent.
fabrication
a lie

The sly child quickly conjured out a fabrication to get him and his friends out of trouble.
fanaticism
excessive, irrational zeal

I grew weary of the man's fanaticism and mystic pride.
fanciful
showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative

The characters in the fairy tale all had fanciful names.
fanfare
spectacular public display

The loud fanfare warned everyone that the queen was about to make her entrance.
fart
a usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room

His fart smelled so bad that everyone around him tried to subtly cover his/her nose.
fashion
the prevailing style or custom; manner or mode

The latest fashion trends can be seen on the runway.
fawn
to seek favor attention by flattery and obsequious behavior

The girls fawned over the idols as they walked past them.
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; careless and irresponsible

"The fecklessness runs through the family," I thought after spending an entire day at their house. I had witnessed each person making careless mistakes throughout day.
fecundity
the quality or power of producing abundantly; fertility

Zebrafish are highly fecund.
feigned
pretended; deceived

He feigned illness to get out of class.
figurative language
language that uses figures of speech; metaphorical

The students were to analyze the different types of figurative language.
finite
having bounds; limited

Everyone has a finite lifespan.
flaunted
to exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly

She walked around flaunting her new outfit.
flippant
marked by disrespectful levity or casualness

The teacher was offended by his flippant remarks.
foreshortened
to reduce the length of; curtail or abridge

The meeting was foreshortened since the host had a tight schedule and didn't plan well.
fortuitous
happening by accident or chance; lucky or fortunate

When they were walking to school in the rain, it was fortuitous that they came across a store that sold umbrellas on sale.
fruitless
unsuccessful; futile

After hours of experimenting, his results were fruitless.
geographical
concerning the topography of a specific region

Geographical boundaries include mountains and lakes.
gratified
to please or satisfy
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable

He is very gregarious around his friends
guileless
not deceitful or crafty
hamper
to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of.

Our plans were hampered due to the rain.
havoc
widespread destruction; disorder or chaos

The earthquake wreaked havoc on the city.
heeded
paid attention to; listen to and considered

Take heed in my warning.
herald
a messenger; to proclaim or announce

The herald announced to the crowd that the queen was coming.
hidebound
stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible
histrionics
theatrical arts or performances; exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect
hodgepodge
a mixture of dissimilar ingredients; a jumble
hub
a center of activity or interest; a focal point
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
hypocrisy
professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one doesnt not hold or possess
iconoclast
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions; one who destroys scared religious images
idealistic
visionary, impractical
ignominy
great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgrace
immersed
covered completely; absorbed or engaged
immobility
the quality or condition of being immovable or motionless
impeccable
having no flaws; perfect
impreceptible
hard to detect
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
impetuous
characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate
impetus
an impelling force; an impulse; something that incites
implacable
impossible to appease or pacify
implausible
difficult to believe
implicit
implied or understood but not directly expressed
impromptu
spoken, performed, or done with little or no preparation
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
inconclusive
uncertain, questionable, not decisive
indigenous
native or intrinsic
indiscernment
the act or process of exhibiting poor insight and judgment
indoctrinate
to imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view.
inequity
injustice; unfairness
inert
sluggish in motion; inactive
ingrate
an ungrateful person
ingratiating
to bring oneself into the good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort
innovative
marked by or given to the act of introducing something new
intermediary
existing or occurring between; one that acts as mediator or agent between persons
intermittent
stopping and starting at intervals
intransigent
refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising
intrinsic
of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
intrusive
coming without invitation or welcome
intuitive
instinctive
inundate
to flood
inveigle
to win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk
irascible
prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
jocular
characterized by joking
jovial
marked by hearty and good cheer; jolly
juxtapose
to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
lambaste
to denounce
latitude
freedom from normal restraints, limitations, or regulations
lionize
to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity
longevity
living to an old age
loquacious
very talkative; garrulous
loquacity
very talkative
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
magnitude
size; greatness in significance or influence
malleable
easily changed and controlled by other forces
maverick
one that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter
measured
careful; restrained
mediate
to resolve or settle (differences) by working with all the conflicting parties
mellow
suggesting softness or sweetness; relaxed and unhurried
memento
a reminder of the past; a keepsake
mercurial
quick and changeable in temperament
metaphor
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
mimicry
the act or practice of copying or imitating closely
minutia
a small or trivial detail
misanthrope
one who hates or mistrusts humankind
mitigate
to moderate (a quality or condition) in force or intensity; alleviate; to lesson
modest
having a moderate estimation of one's own talents; moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme
momentous
of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence
moribund
approaching death; about to die
muddle
to confuse
murky
dark, dim or gloomy; heavy and thick with smoke, mist, or fog; cloudy or obscure
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable
nonchalant
seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent
nostalgic
to be characterized by a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past
oblique
devious, misleading, or dishonest

"Please answer this question directly, rather than obliquely," the teacher said.
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning; kissing up

One minute he is noisy and arrogant, the next he is obsequious and sly.
obstinacy
the state or quality of being stubborn
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant

The drunk was obstreperous when being arrested.
ominous
given the impression that something bad will happen
orthodox
adhering to what is traditional
ostracized
to be excluded from a group; to be an outcast
overstated
stated in exaggerated terms
overwrought
excessively nervous or excited; agitated
panache
dash; verve; flamboyant confidence
pantheon
a group of persons most highly regarded for contributions to a field or an endeavor
parable
a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson
paradoxical
to be seemingly contradictory but nonetheless true
patrician
a person of refined upbringing, manners, and tastes
penchant
a definite liking; a strong inclination
peregrination
journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot
peremptory
putting an end to all debate or action
periphery
the outermost part or region within a precise boundary
perseverance
steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties
personification
a person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification
pertinent
having logical, precise relevance to the matter at hand
perturbed
disturbed greatly; uneasy or anxious

She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.
petulant
irritable
pioneer
one who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development; leader in the field
placating
pacifying; appeasing

The airline gave out free drinks in an effort to placate angry travelers.
platitude
a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant; saying something without actually meaning it

A common platitude is the greeting "How are you?"
polar
occupying or characterized by opposite extremes
populist
a supporter of the rights and power of the people
portend
serving as an omen or a warning of something

The black clouds and sudden thunder portend the upcoming storm.
pragmatic
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical

Children often come up with pragmatic solutions to their problems like "kiss it and make it go away, Mommy" or "I will pick up my room for a quarter!"
precipitous
extremely steep; (of a change for the worse) Sudden and dramatic
preclude
to make impossible, as by action taken in advance; to exclude or prevent
prescience
knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight
presumptuous
going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward; arrogant
pristine
remaining in a pure state
proscribed
denounced or condemned
provisional
temporary
punctiliousness
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct; precise
punctual
acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt
quibble
to find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil
quixotic
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality
rambunctious
boisterous and disorderly
rampant
extending unchecked; unrestrained; widespread
rancidity
repugnant; nasty
rebound
to spring or bounce back after hitting or colliding with something; to recover
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
recluse
a person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude
reminiscent
tending to recall or suggest something in the past
renaissance
a rebirth or revival
repertory
a theatrical company or presentation that presents several works regularly; a store or stock of things available
reprehensible
blameworthy
repudiate
to reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust
reserved
shy; restrained
residual
extra
resolute
firm or determined; unwavering
resplendent
splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant
retarding
slowing, delaying or impeding
reticence
the state or quality of being inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself
retort
to reply, especially to answer in a caustic or witty manner
rigidity
stiffness
ruffian
a bully

He was a ruffian from birth, it seem, picking fights with everyone in school.
ruthless
having no compassion or pity; merciless
sagacity
the quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom
salutary
effecting or designed to effect an improvement; remedial; healthy; beneficial
sanctuary
a scared place, such as a church, temple, or mosque; place of refuge or asylum
satire
literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit

The Simpsons is a satire of the typical American family.
scavenge
to search through for salvageable material

The survivors scavenged the island for food.
sectarian
adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; narrow-minded

He had a very sectarian view of life & religion.
seditiousness
of or relating to having conduct or language inciting rebellion against authority
seminal
of, relating to, or having the power to originate; highly influential in an original way.
severe
unsparing or harsh, as in treatment of others; strict
shirked
to avoid or neglect
skeptical
marked by or given to doubt; questioning
slighting
to treat as of small importance; disparaging; belittling
slights
deliberate discourtesies; snubs; rude
slovenly
untidy, as in dress or appearance
sneered
to make a contemptuous facial expression, sound , or statement
solicitous
anxious or concerned; full of desire, eager
somnolence
a state of drowsiness; sleepiness
sonorous
having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound
soporific
inducing or tending to induce sleep
spare
to refrain from treating harshly; treat mercifully or leniently
spirit
the essence of something; an inclination or a tendency of a specified kind
spontaneous
self-generated; not predictable
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false
stalwarts
ones who steadfastly support an organization or a cause
staple
a basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn
stigmatized
characterized or branded as disgraceful or ignominious
stimulation
creating sensation
strenuous
requiring great effort, energy, or exertion
strident
loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant
subjective
proceeding from or taking place within a person's mind such as to be unaffected by the external world.
subservience
subordinate in capacity or function; servility
subsidence
the act of sinking or lowering to a normal level; the act of becoming less agitated or active.
substantiate
to support with proof or evidence; verify
substantive
substantial or considerable; independent in existence or function; not subordinate
subtle
not immediately obvious; abstruse
succumb
to submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire
summation
a sum or an aggregate; addition
superficial
of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious
supine
lying on the back or having the face upward
synergy
the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
tabernacle
place of worship; a niche for a statue or relic
taciturn
untalkative; silent
tactile
perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible; to the sense of touch
temperate
behavior exercising moderation and self-restraint especially with respect to eating or drinking
tendentious
marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan
tenuous
having little substance; flimsy
tractable
easily handled or controlled
traverse
to travel or pass across, over, or through
trendsetter
one that initiates or popularizes a trend or style
trite
lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition
trivialized
reduced to the quality of something of little significance or value or something commonplace
trove
a collection of valuable items discovered or found; a treasure-trove
truncated
to be cut off at the end
tumult
disorderly commotion or disturbance

The tumult outside my house was a combination of the lawn mower, the kids outside, and my neighbor's dog barking.
ubiquitous
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
unanticipated
not expected
unconcerned
not interested; indifferent
unconventional
not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary
uncorroborated
not strengthened or supported with other evidence
underdog
one that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics; one that is at a disadvantage
understatement
a disclosure or statement that is incomplete
undistinguished
marked by no peculiar quality, ordinary
unequivocal
admittance of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous
unfailing
always able to supply more; inexhaustible
ungainly
lacking grace
unorthodox
breaking with convention or tradition; not orthodox
unpretentious
lacking pretension or affectation; modest
unrelenting
having or exhibiting uncompromising determination; unyielding
unsavory
distasteful or disagreeable
unscrupulous
oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
unwitting
not knowing; unaware
usurped
to take over or occupy without right