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SAT Vocab List 2

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consummate
extremely skillful, complete, perfect
categorical
unconditional, absolute, without exception
malaise
a sense of lethargy and unease, a feeling of being run down, a feeling of being depressed
awry
off course, not right
(a) platitude
a trite, overused saying, a cliche usually offered as advice or wisdom
destitute
extremely poor, impoverished, lacking in what is required for basic sustenance
(an) extrovert
an outgoing, gregarious person
ephemeral
short lived, fleeting
callow
immature, unsophisticated due to youthfulness, inexperienced
malleable
easy to shape or mold
legacy
something inherited or passed down
(to) discriminate
to make a distinction
monolithic
the idea of massiveness and the idea of being all of one piece
abject
hopeless, wretched, miserable
vitriolic
caustic, full of bitterness, extremely nasty
(to be) beset
to be besieged, surrounded on all sides; attacked by
(to) renounce (something)
to give it up, to deny or forsake it
(to) matriculate
to enroll, especially in a college or university
convivial
festive, friendly, good natured, jovial
(to) venerate
to honor, to deeply respect, to treat with reverence, as though sacred
contiguous
adjoining, touching
arbitrary
unfair, determined by impulse or individual will, having no particular rhyme or reason
pristine
pure, unspoiled, uncorrupted, immaculately clean
succinct
concise, short, and to the point, brief
farcical
absurd, ridiculous, having the characteristics of a farce
nepotism
the practice of showing favoritism to relatives or close friends in business or politics
cogent
persuasive, convincing, pertinent
rustic
rural, countrified, lacking the comforts or the sophistication of a city
(to be) doctrinaire
to be dogmatic, to espouse a theory, doctrine, or belief system whether or not it is practical to be inflexible
(to) vitiate
to pollute, to spoil, to impair, corrupt, or pervert
uniform
consistent, standard without variation
(to be) coherent
to be understandable, to make sense
(to) transgress
to violate a law, to offend, to sin
stagnation
to lack of movement that also implies staleness, a lack of progress or growth
onerous
burdensome, oppressive, distasteful
covert
secret, hidden, concealed, disguised
adulation
excessive praise, adoration, hero worship
(to) discern
to distinguish, to differentiate from something else, to perceive
genteel
refined, polite, aristocratic, well bred, cultivated
(a) demagogue
a rabble-rouser, a leader who tries to stir up others by playing on their emotions, rather than appealing to their reason, someone who uses people's prejudices and fears to move them to action
(to be) comprehensive
to be complete, to be inclusive, to cover a large scope, to leave nothing out
integral
essential, in the sense of being inseparable from
(to be) obtuse
to be dense, slow to catch on, unobservant, not tuned in
(to) decimate
to destroy most of, to annihilate
lethargy
sluggishness, laziness, drowsiness, indifference
provincial
simple and unsophisticated
(to) relinquish
to release, to let go of, to surrender, to stop doing
noxious
poisonous or very harmful
(to) desiccate
to dry out, to remove the moisture from
(a) peccadillo
a minor offense, a meaningless fault, a petty violation