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SAT Vocabulary List 4

SAT Vocabulary List 4 --- Mr. Sanford
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Abstruse
adjective: Difficult to comprehend; concealed or hidden out of the way. (enigmatic).
Acrid
adjective: Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the senses.
Ameliorate
verb: To make better; to improve.
Amicable
adjective: Friendly; agreeable; civil; free from hostility or animus; exhibiting goodwill.
Amnesty
noun: A general pardon or clemency granted by a government, especially for political offenses, and often granted before a trial or conviction.
Animosity
noun: Bitter hostility, ill will, or open enmity; hatred.
Anomalous
adjective: Irregular; abnormal; unusual; deviating from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
Arbitrary
adjective: Depending solely on individual will or choice; inconsistent; random.
Attenuate
verb: To make thin or slender; to weaken; to reduce the strength of something (enervate).
Augment
verb: To increase or to enlarge; to make something greater as in size, extent, or quantity.
Baleful
adjective: Portending evil; ominous; harmful. (inimical).
Brusque
adjective: Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
Cacophonous
adjective: Jarring; having a harsh sound; inharmonious (discordant).
Censorious
adjective: Severely critical.
Cessation
noun: A temporary or complete halt; termination.
Chicanery
noun: Deception by trickery or fraud; (guile).
Circumspect
adjective: Cautious; wary; heedful of circumstances and potential consequences of actions; prudent.
Decorum
noun: Proper behavior or proper in manners; etiquette. (propriety).
Denigrate
verb: To attack or harm someone's reputation (traduce, disparage).
Dexterous
adjective: Demonstrating mental or physical skill or aptitude. (adroit).
Diffident
adjective: Shyness; lacking confidence; timid; reserved in manner.
Efface
verb: To erase or make illegible.
Eminent
adjective: Towering or standing out above others.
Enervate
verb: To weaken or to significantly diminish the strength or vitality of something (to attenuate).

adjective: Deprived of strength; debilitated.
Equanimity
noun: Calmness; a state of composure and clarity; tranquility.
Evanescent
adjective: Momentary or fleeting; transitory; temporal.
Exacerbate
verb: To aggravate; to intensify bad qualities; to make a condition or circumstance more severe; to worsen.
Exculpate
verb: To clear of blame or fault (to exonerate).
Fission
noun: The act or process of splitting into two parts.
Fractious
adjective: Unruly; rebellious; cranky; intractable. (churlish).
Fulsome
adjective: Excessive; overdone; abundant; gratuitous flattery.
Gadfly
noun: A persistent, irritating critic.
Glower
verb: To glare; to stare angrily and intensely.
Guile
noun: Trickery; deception; cunning; deceit. (chicanery).
Perseverance
noun: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, an objective, or an aim, especially in spite of (or despite) difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.