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55 terms

2012 PSAT Vocabulary

These are only the ones that I don't know!
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adulatory
to praise or admire excessively; fawn on
altruism
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
antithetical
being in diametrical opposition
(diametrical: opposite sides of a diameter)
blithe
carefree and lighthearted
buffeting
a blow or cuff with or as if with the hand
capitulate
to surrender under specified conditions
classicist
one versed in the study of ancient Greek and Latin
complicity
involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or crime
constituents
one that authorizes another to act as a representative
covenant
a binding agreement; a compact
decried
condemned openly
demarcation
the setting or marking of boundaries or limits
dismissive
showing indifference or disregard
effusiveness
marked by unrestrained or excessive emotional expression
embezzlement
to take (money) for one's own use in violation of trust
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time
exasperated
to make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly
fanciful
showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; careless and irresponsible (this sounds like someone we know!)
fecundity
the quality or powering of producing abundantly; fertility
hidebound
stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing (think the spell IMPERIO)
impetus
an impelling force; an impulse; something that incites
indiscernment
the act or process of exhibiting poor insight and judgment
indoctrinate
to imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view
(imbue: Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality)
ingratiating
to bring oneself into the good graces of another especially by deliberate effort
intransigent
refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising
inveigle
to win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk (totally like TOTLS)
maverick
one that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter
mellow
suggesting softness or sweetness; relaxed an unhurried
moribund
approaching death; about to die
obstinancy
the state or quality of being stubborn
parable
a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson
platitude
a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant
precipitous
extremely steep
prescient
of or relating to knowledge of actions or events
punctiliousness
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct; precise
rebuke
to criticize or reprove sharply; reprimanded
sagacity
the quality of being discerning, sound in judgment and farsighted; wisdom
sectarian
adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; narrow-minded
seditiousness
of or relative to having conduct or language inciting rebellion against authority
seminal
of or relating to or having the power to originate; highly influential in an original way
slights
deliberate discourtesies; snubs
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; felse
stalwarts
ones who steadfastly support an organization or cause
stridency
the quality or condition of being loud, harsh, grating, or discordant
subsidence
the act of sinking or lowering to a normal level; the act of becoming less agitated or active
tabernacle
a place of worship; a niche for a statue or relic
taciturn
habitually untalkative
tenuous
having little substance; flimsy
uncorroborated
not strengthened or supported with other evidence
unequivocal
admittance of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous
unscrupulous
oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
vitalized
endowed with life; animated
vitriolic
bitterly scathing