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SAT Vocabulary List 6

SAT Vocabulary List 6 --- Mr. Sanford
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Abrogate
verb: To abolish or invalidate a law or rule or policy by some means of authority.
Acrimony
noun: Bitterness; animosity; a sharp and bitter manner.
Arrogate
verb: To take or claim for oneself without right; to appropriate. (usurp).
August
adjective: Inspiring awe, great respect, or admiration.
Auspicious
adjective: Attended by favorable circumstances, outcomes, or performance, usually at the beginning of an endeavor.
Autocrat
noun: A ruler having unlimited power; a person with unlimited power and authority.
Bemuse
verb: To cause to be bewildered; to confuse.
Benchmark
noun: A standard, usually of excellence, by which something can be measured or judged. (touchstone, criterion).
Bowdlerize
verb: To expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages in a text considered vulgar, offensive, or objectionable.
Circumvent
verb: To go around or bypass; to outwit; to avoid or get around by artful maneuvering.
Colloquial
adjective: Characteristic or or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; informal.
Collusion
noun: A secret agreement between two or more parties for a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose.
Complicity
noun: Involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime.
Conflagration
noun: A large and very destructive fire.
Confluence
noun: A flowing together of two or more streams.
Debutante
noun: A young woman making a formal debut into society.
Deprecate
verb: To express disapproval of. (expostulate, depreciate, derogate).
Diaphanous
adjective: Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent.
Disparate
adjective: Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar. (antithetical).
Ensconce
verb: To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably.
Esoteric
adjective: Information or knowledge intended for or understood by only a particular group.
Evince
verb: To show, evidence, illustrate, or demonstrate clearly.
Execrable
adjective: Hateful; detestable; lamentable; inimical; extremely inferior; very bad. (abject, abysmal, inimical).
Fallacious
adjective: Containing or based on a fallacy; tending to mislead; deceptive; specious; spurious.
Fallow
adjective: Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season.
Feign
verb: To give a false appearance of; to represent falsely; to pretend to do something; to fabricate.
Flounder
verb: To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance; to move or act clumsily and in confusion; to struggle.
Grandiloquence
noun: Pompous or bombastic speech or expression; verbal ornamentation.
Hedonism
noun: Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
Hypothesis
noun: Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
Immutable
adjective: Not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality.
Prevaricate
verb: To stray from or evade the truth; to deceive. (equivocate).
Privation
noun: A state of extreme poverty; lacking the basic necessities of life; abject poverty.
Recrimination
noun: A countercharge against an accuser; mutual accusations.
Winnow
verb: To separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts); to fan.