75 terms

SAT 75 Words - Context Clues III

Define the word in ALL CAPS using hints from the sentence.
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I FEIGNED illness to watch the world cup instead of going to school.
false or hypocritical; fictitiously; put on an appearance of
There is no pool on the complex due to close PROXIMITY of beach.
the region close around a person or thing, nearness; closeness
Faced with the damning evidence, the assailant maintained a PRUDENT silence
wise, careful, showing good sense
By 1650 the castle was rendered UNTENABLE, so the huge defensive lake was drained and the surrounding land was sold.
not able to be defended or held
It is common to hear orators condemned for being too excessive and REDUNDANT in usage of verbiage.
needlessly repetitive, repetition of same meaning in different words
The results of the experiment supports the hypothesis and does not REFUTE it.
prove to be false or incorrect, to prove wrong, disprove
reprimand
an act or expression of criticism and censure, to scold
rhetorical
insincere in language, relating to speech that is used to persuade
satirical
exposing human folly to ridicule, mocking
scrupulous
characterized by extreme care and great effort, exact, careful
scrutiny
examination; inspection; review
untoward
contrary to your interests or welfare, not favorable; unlucky
succinct
brief, concise
superficial
shallow, lacking in depth, concerned only with what is on the surface or obvious; shallow
turbulent
characterized by unrest, disorder, insubordination; unruly; unstable
usury
the act of lending money at an extremely high rate of interest
undermine
to weaken by wearing away the foundation; to sabotage
usurp
to take over; to seize power
vacillate
to be indecisive; to waver back and forth
surpass
to do better than; go beyond in achievement or quality; exceed
whimsical
subject to odd ideas, notions, or fancies; playful; unpredictable
volatile
liable to lead to sudden change or violence
scanty
meager; barely enough; lacking in quantity
sporadic
occurring irregularly; intermittent
warranted
justified; authorized
laconic
brief and to the point; concise
bombastic
pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
daunt
cause to lose courage; to overcome with fear; intimidate; discourage
prattle
to talk in an aimless, foolish, or simple way; to babble; baby talk; babble
braggart
a very boastful and talkative person
narcissistic
conceited; having excessive self-love or self-admiration
swagger
a proud stiff pompous gait, to walk around in a proud, showy manner
platitude
a common response; obvious remark; cliche
welter
toss, roll, or rise and fall in an uncontrolled way
lavish
very generous; abundant
mercenary
motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain; acting or working for self-gain only
whimsy
the trait of acting unpredictably from whim or spontaneous judgment
nefarious
extremely wicked; evil
wistful
full of sad wishing or longing; yearning
deprecate
disapprove; belittle or depreciate
listless
lacking zest or vivacity; lacking energy
phlegmatic
showing little emotion; slow-moving, sluggish
remote
inaccessible and sparsely populated; very unlikely
fawning
attempting to win favor by flattery or obsequious behavior
undulate
increase and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves
uncanny
strange, mysterious, weird, beyond explanation
dogmatic
arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs
clamor
a loud harsh or strident noise
defamation
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name; slander; libel
deference
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others; respect; courtesy
demur
a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings; to question or oppose
embellish
make more attractive or interesting by adding ornament, colour, etc.
facetious
Humorous, not meant seriously
fathom
to understand, recognize; a measure of depth in water
fortuitious
accidental, happening by chance; unexpected
foster
help develop, help grow
hamper
prevent the progress or free movement of
glib
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand; casual
homogeneous
of the same kind; similar; uniform
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
banal
obvious; dull; common
filibuster
obstruct change deliberately with delay tactics
flaunt
the act of displaying something ostentatiously, display proudly
fickle
liable to sudden unpredictable change, unpredictable; easily swayed
forsake
to give up, renounce; to leave, abandon
extol
praise, glorify, or honor
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
deterrent
something that discourages; hindrance; prevention
ingenuous
inability to mask your feelings; lacking in sophistication or manners
insinuate
introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; to suggest or hint slyly
levy
impose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax)
latent
not visible; dormant; used to describe something (such as a disease) that exists but is not active or cannot be seen; inactive
alienate
to turn away feelings or affections; to be unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate
artisan
a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
artifact
any object made by people in the past; an antique
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