69 terms

PSAT Fall 2012 Vocab--Wed AND Sat Forms

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financier
a person skilled in large scale financial transactions
gratified
pleased or satisfied
heed
to pay attention to (e.g., heed his advice)
unscrupulous
lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable
despondent
sad, without hope, discouraged
trivialize
to make seem unimportant, to present as trivial
hub
a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; the center of a wheel
subsidence
a gradual sinking to a lower level
resurgence
a rising again to life, use, acceptance, or prominence; a revival
periphery
the outside boundary or surface of something
duplicity
treachery, deceitfulness;, intentional deceit in speech or conduct
altruism
unselfish regard for the welfare of others
effusive
showing excessive emotion; overflowing
circumstantial
accidental; indirect (as in circumstantial evidence)
corroborate
support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
uncorroborated
unsupported by other evidence; unsubstantiated
anecdotal
based on personal accounts rather than facts or research
ephemeral
momentary, fleeting
intrinsic
belonging to a thing by its very nature
precipitous
extremely steep; rapid, uncontrolled
spurious
intended to deceive; , not genuine, not true, not valid
specious
deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
vitriolic
harsh or corrosive in tone
prescient
having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
presumptuous
too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds; arrogant
dissidents
people who speak out against the government
adversary
an enemy, opponent
stalwart
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt); dependable
tentative
uncertain; not final
facilitate
to make easier; to assist
stratify
form, arrange, or deposit in layers
accentuate
to stress, single out as important, emphasize
extrovert
one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others
introvert
a person whose thoughts and interests are directed inward
flaunt
to show off
maverick
someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
decry
express strong disapproval of
emulate
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
reticence
restraint in speech, reluctance to speak
diffidence
shyness, lack of self-confidence
aloof
cold, distant
vindicate
to clear from blame or suspicion; exonerate; exculpate
catalyst
something that causes an important event to happen; , (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
impetus
a moving force, impulse, stimulus
piety
religious devotion
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption
misanthropy
a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people
seminal
original, important, creating a field
insoluble
(of a substance) not easily dissolved;, without hope of solution
noncommittal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
remedial
tending or intended to rectify or improve
remediable
capable of being corrected
submissive
willing to submit without resistance to authority
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled; stubbornly sticking to one's views
nonchalant
cool and confident, unconcerned
sophistry
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy;, a deliberately deceptive or misleading argument
platitude
cliche; a hackneyed saying
banal
obvious and dull, common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackneyed
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
rancor
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
dignity
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
altruism
the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain; impassive, unemotional; a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno
inept
generally incompetent and ineffectual
tangible
having substance or material existence, perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
rash
marked by unthinking boldness
exuberant
full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy
wistful
yearning; sadly longing