50 terms

SAT vocab 2

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abate
to reduce
abjure
to repudiate or renounce
alacrity
eagerness; cheerful expectancy
bamboozle
to cheat, dupe, trick, hoodwink
baroque
extravagantly decorated or ornate; flamboyant
bastion
stronghold; fortified place (not always literal)
benighted
being in a state of intellectual darkness
callow
immature or inexperienced
capacious
spacious; roomy; able to hold much
carapace
a protective covering; shell
deign
to condescend; to believe something is beneath one's dignity
deleterious
harmful or injurious to one's health or well being
diatribe
a bitter verbal attack
eclectic
drawn from many sources
efficacy
effectiveness; an ability to produce the intended result
empirical
relying on observation or experience
fallow
not in use; inactive
fecund
fertile; productive
fiat
an authoritative, often arbitrary decree or order
gambit
a risk taken for some advantage
gamut
the whole range of things that can be included in something
gist
essence; central and material part of something
gossamer
delicate floating cobwebs; a sheer gauzy fabric; something delicate and light
hapless
unlucky
harbinger
an omen; an indication; a sign; something that shows what will happen in the future
heinous
atrocious, extremely bad or evil
imbue
to fill with a certain quality or feeling; to inspire or permeate, as with an idea or emotion
impecunious
poor; having very little money
implacable
unable to be pleased; inflexible
jaded
wearied or worn out by overuse or work; slightly cynical because of overexposure
juggernaut
large, overpowering destructive force or object
lackluster
lacking brilliance; dull; lacking energy and effort
lassitude
listlessness; torpor; weariness
levity
lightness; frivolity
libertine
an immoral or licentious man
licentious
acting in a promiscuous or immoral manner; not within the bounds of moral decency
malinger
to pretend to be ill to avoid work
martinet
a very strict disciplinarian
mercurial
following no predictable pattern; subject to rapid changes
nadir
point of greatest adversity or despair; lowest point
nemesis
an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome
niggling
annoying; petty; trivial
obstreperous
boisterous; not submitting to discipline or control
opportune
occuring or coming at a good time
palliate
to make less serious or severe; to mitigate
quid pro quo
one thing in return for another
quixotic
idealistic and totally impractical
quotidian
commonplace; ordinary; everyday
recalcitrant
stubbrnly defiant; obstinate; unwilling
resplendent
brilliant; radiant; shining
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