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Difficult SAT Words

More obscure vocabulary that the SAT tests.
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assiduous
hard-working
clairvoyant
foreseeing the future
deleterious
causing harm or damage
enervate
weaken
evanescent
soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence
extenuate
make (guilt or an offense) seem less serious or more forgivable
florid
flushed, ornate
hackneyed
overused, cliched
impetuous
rash, impulsive
impute
attribute or credit to
inconsequential
trivial
perfidious
deceitful and untrustworthy
prosaic
commonplace, unromantic; lacking poetic beauty
querulous
complaining in a whining manner
rancorous
showing deep-seated resentment or bitterness
sagacity
shrewdness, soundness of perspective, wisdom
spurious
false
transient
ephemeral
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
quixotic
idealistic but impractical
empiric
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
capricious
subject to whims or passing fancies; given to sudden unaccountable changes of mood and behavior
presumptuous
too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds
pliant
able to adjust readily to different conditions
transitory
temporary
furtiveness
secretiveness
venality
susceptibility to bribery or corruption
staunch
firm and dependable especially in loyalty
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
aspersion
a disparaging remark
indictment
a formal accusation
penchant
a strong liking
perquisite
a privilege that goes along with a job; a "perk"
petulant
childishly sulky or bad-tempered
cursory
hasty, not thorough
temporize
draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
extemporize
improvise
unequivocal
leaving no doubt; unambiguous
galvanize
shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action