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Elite SAT Vocab 351-400 AB

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edict
an authoritative order issued publicly; a decree
ulterior
lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or claimed
diction
word choice in speech or writing; degree of clarity in speaking
vigorous
energetic
dappled
spotted
ersatz
inferior imitation or substitute
abundant
in great supply
jaundice
prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin
kindle
to set on fire; ignite
extradite
to deliver someone (e.g., a fugitive) to the authority of another government or jurisdiction
innovative
marked by a new or unusual way of doing things
acquiesce
to agree without protest
onerous
burdensome, hard to bear
persist
to continue despite difficulty
sweltering
oppressively hot and humid
ad hoc
for a specific purpose and no other; improvised
jurisdiction
the extent of authority or control; the right and power to interpret and apply the law
mettle
courage; strength of character
clique
exclusive group of people
abridge
to reduce in scope
carcass
the dead body of an animal, esp. one slaughtered for food (also used figuratively)
odyssey
a long, adventurous journey
serene
calm and peaceful
forage
to search for food or provisions
saga
a long prose narrative, oft. telling of adventure or heroism; a long, detailed report
proscribe
to prohibit or forbid; to denounce
abstract
without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical; v. to remove
remunerate
to pay or compensate
cardinal
of main importance; principal
genocide
killing of a whole national or ethnic group
embryonic
not yet developed; at an early stage
scribe
a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times
ensue
to happen subsequently
freelance
without long-term commitment to any employer
amplify
to make larger
cerebral
pertaining to the brain; intellectual
finesse
subtle skill in performance or in handling a situation
inhibit
to hold back
stanch
to stop the flow of something
dual
composed of two parts
ascribe
to attribute to a specific source
goad
a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on; v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick
complacent
too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
illuminate
to light up
cumbersome
clumsy or difficult to manage
foliage
leaves
effrontery
bold and insulting behavior
encroach
to infringe; to intrude; to trespass
cascade
a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units
mediocre
ordinary to inferior in quality; not standing out from the average
intricate
elaborately detailed
nonpareil
having no equal
parsimony
excessive care in spending; stinginess
prurient
tending to have or cause lustful thoughts
assert
to state confidently
solicit
to ask for; to seek
mandarin
a high government official; a member of an elite group, esp. having high status in intellectual or cultural circles
prevalent
dominant; widespread
kennel
a shelter or boarding house for dogs
subtle
not immediately obvious; hard to understand
humdrum
dull; routine; commonplace
obliging
ready to do favors; helpful; courteous
punitive
inflicting or intended to inflict punishment
tamper
ton interfere, esp. in order to damage or weaken
collaborate
to work together, esp. at an intellectual effort
subservient
subordinate in function; obsequious
nirvana
a place of ideal peace and harmony
self-abnegation
the putting aside of personal interest for the sake of others
prodigious
wonderful; amazing; very big
recreant
showing faithless disloyalty; n. a disloyal coward
sedulous
working hard and steadily; diligent
mesmerize
to hypnotize or spellbind
rhapsody
state of great happiness; such a state expressed in speech or writing
rapture
the experience of great joy; ecstasy
oscillate
to move back and forth regularly
immerse
to cover completely in a liquid; to engage wholly
disarming
reducing or preventing criticism with charm
vigilant
alert and watchful, esp. for what is dangerous
acerbic
sharp in smell and taste; harsh in tone
agitate
to move violently; to disturb
holistic
dealing with something as a whole rather than by its individual parts
embellish
to decorate; to add ornamental or fictitious details to
coven
a group of witches, usu. 13
corroborate
to strengthen; confirm; support
upshot
the decisive or final result
exculpate
to clear from blame or guilt
feud
a bitter, prolonged quarrel
futile
having no useful result
debunk
to expose the falsehood of
retrospect
the consideration of past events
truckle
to submit in a subservient manner to a superior; fawn
variegated
distinctly marked with different colors; diverse
arrogate
to claim for one's self unjustly
carouse
to participate in a loud, drunken party
trove
a collection of valuable items
epitome
a representative example of a type
bereaved
suffering the loss of a loved one
partisan
a strong, often militant, supporter
brevity
briefness
troupe
a group of touring actors, singers or performers