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SAT Vocabulary List 5

SAT Vocabulary List 5 --- Mr. Sanford
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Aberration
noun: A state or condition markedly different form the norm. (anomaly).
Abject
adjective: Most unfortunate or miserable; pitiful.
Ablution
noun: Act of cleansing; washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious ceremony. (sanctify).
Abnegate
verb: To deny (something) to oneself; restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure. (ascetic).
Alacrity
noun: Cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness. (celerity).
Allay
verb: To lessen the intensity of severity of, to ease or sooth; to calm or pacify. (assuage, abate, alleviate, mitigate, mollify, pacify).
Allegory
noun: Symbolic representation; an extended metaphor in narrative form.
Au courant
adjective: Fully aware or familiar; cognizant; up-to-date.
Austere
adjective: Stern in manner or appearance.
Aversion
noun: Strong or fixed dislike; a feeling of repugnance.
Bourgeois
noun: A member of the middle class.

adjective: Dominated or characterized by materialistic and often frivolous pursuits or concerns.
Cloister
verb: To confine or seclude; to shut away from the world.

noun: A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
Cogent
adjective: Having the power to compel conviction or move the will. (sagacious).
Commensurate
adjective: Proportional; corresponding in size or degree; proportionate.
Conciliate
verb: To overcome the distrust or animosity of someone. (mitigate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiate, quell).
Deciduous
adjective: Losing leaves in the fall; short-lived; temporary. (evanescent).
Derogate
verb: To belittle; to deviate from a standard or expectation; to go astray or stray. (disparage).
Dilatory
adjective: Slow; tending to or inclined to delay or postpone; procrastinating.
Ethos
noun: The disposition, character, or fundamental values and beliefs peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement.
Euphemism
noun: An act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.
Euphony
noun: Pleasant, agreeable, harmonious sound.
Extemporaneous
adjective: Unrehearsed; done on the spur of the moment; impromptu.
Extraneous
adjective: Irrelevant; unrelated; unnecessary; inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand.
Felicitous
adjective: Suitable; appropriate; well spoken; marked by happiness or good fortune. (germane).
Founder
verb: To fall helplessly; to sink; to cave in; to fail utterly.
Furtive
adjective: Secret; characterized by stealth; expressive of hidden motives or purposes. (surreptitious).
Heterogeneous
adjective: Composed of unlike parts.
Homage
noun: Public honor, recognition, or respect. (encomium).
Imprecation
noun: A curse.
Impregnable
adjective: Totally safe from attack; invulnerable; impervious to outside influence.
Impudent
adjective: Arrogant; audacious; characterized by an offensive boldness. (insolent, impertinent).
Impugn
verb: To call into question; to challenge an argument; to attack verbally; to attack as false.
Indefatigable
adjective: Tireless; incapable or seemingly incapable of being fatigued.
Ingratiate
verb: To bring oneself purposely into another's good grades especially by deliberate effort.
Iniquity
noun: Sin; an evil act; gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.