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Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT: Book 4 Chapter 8

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pander
v. to exploit weaknesses of others; to cater to the vices of others.
otiose
adj. useless; futile.
puerile
adj. childish; juvenile.
aleatory
adj. dependent on luck or chance.
asperity
n. roughness or harshness; severity.
renunciation
n. rejection; refusal to acknowledge.
unimpeachable
adj. unquestionable; beyond doubt.
inveigh
v. to disapprove angrily; to protest.
lionize
v. to assign great social importance to; to treat as a celebrity.
allay
v. to relieve; to alleviate.
vitiate
v. to corrupt morally; to contaminate.
recalcitrant
adj. stubbornly resistant; showing opposition.
exegesis
n. an explanation of a text; a critical interpretation.
ameliorate
v. to make better; to improve
profligate
adj. wasteful and immoral.