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100 terms

PSAT Vocab 2

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irascible
easily angered
precipitous
sudden; dangerously steep
avarice
greed
incessant
continuing without interruption
palatable
pleasant to taste; acceptable
placid
peaceful; calm
gingerly
cautious
banal
trite; devoid of originality
ruse
trick
hackneyed
banal; overly familiar through overuse
affinity
natural attraction to a person or thing
duplicity
double-dealing; deceitfulness
efface
to erase completely
auspicious
favorable; of good omen
ambiance
atmosphere of a place
cower
to shrink back in fear
encumber
to be a burden to
deleterious
harmful
pungent
having a sharp, strong smell or taste
charlatan
person who falsely claims to have a special skill
malleable
able to be reshaped without breaking
rancor
enduring bitterness; malignant hate
comely
beautiful to look at
accolade
praise; acknowledgement of merit
imminent
about to happen
affix
to attach; an addition
ruthless
without pity or compassion
inadvertent
unintentional; accidental
thwart
to prevent a plan from being accomplished
allusion
an indirect reference to something
saccharine
overly sweet or sentimental
incongruous
out of place; absurd
piety
religious devotion
raconteur
gifted storyteller
germane
relevant to the topic
anomaly
something different from the norm
emanate
to flow from a source
mortify
to cause someone to feel shame or embarrassment
travail
drudgery; painful mental or physical work
amenable
agreeable; tractable
divulge
to reveal a secret
altercation
a loud argument
juxtapose
to place things side by side
lampoon
satirical attack
complement
something that completes another thing
secular
not religious; related to worldly matters
ameliorate
to make or become better; to improve
levity
lack of serious thought; undignified behavior
antecedent
preceding thing, event, or circumstance
verdant
having green vegetation
antithesis
a direct opposite
copious
abundant; plentiful
apex
highest point
respite
break; time of rest or relief from an activity
virulent
strongly poisonous or disease-inducing
attrition
process of reduction in numbers or strength
dearth
a lack of; scarcity
apogee
highest or most distant point
zenith
highest point
innocuous
harmless
arable
describing land suitable for farming
retract
to with draw
crass
grossly stupid or insensitive
resilient
able to recover from abuse, shock, or depression
nocturnal
happening or active at night
revere
to have deep respect for; to venerate
volition
exercise of one's will
culinary
related to cooking
cosmopolitan
knowing many parts of the world
elicit
to draw out a response
emulate
to imitate, trying to equal or exceed
amass
to gather, accumulate, or heap together
sect
group of people subscribing to religious doctrines usually different from those of the established organization from which they have separated
passive
not active but acted upon; submissive
parody
humorous, exaggerated imitation of something
subsequent
following later as a consequence
reproachful
expressing disapproval to someone
urbane
suave, elegant, and refined in manner
sedate
calm and dignified; to induce rest with medication
seep
to ooze out
verbose
overly wordy
uniform
constant in time or conforming to the same pattern, opinion, etc.
rupture
burst or break; disagreement
abdicate
to give up or renounce a duty, esp. the throne
decoy
bait; enticement
bequeath
to leave something to someone via a will
inkling
slight suspicion
maxim
a general truth expressed in a sentence
scrutinize
to examine carefully
underscore
to underline
scrupulous
conscientious; careful to avoid mistakes
patronize
to treat with condescension; to be a customer of a business
oblivion
state of being forgotten
pummel
to hit repeatedly with a fist
sap
to weaken; vital juice circulating in plants
brevity
conciseness or shortness of time
incite
to stir up
defamation
the act of attacking the good reputation of a person or thing
translucent
semi-transparent
deface
to spoil the appearance of

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