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SAT Vocab List 3

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pertinent
relevant, to the point, appropriate or meaningful to the subject at hand
(to be) orthodox
to be conventional, to follow established ways, to be traditional
anguish
extreme pain, either physical or emotional
subordinate
less than, secondary to, not as important as
(to) exhort
to strongly urge, to seriously warn, to seriously advise
(to be) culpable
to be guilty, to be to blame for something, to have it be your fault
nihilism
the belief that morality is relative and there is no such thing as right and wrong
(a) synthesis
a blending, a combining of parts into a whole, an integration of two or more elements
(to be) abstinent
to refrain from indulging, to abstain
squalor
to filth, wretchedness, repulsive conditions
(to) delude
to deceive, to mislead, to cause to hold a false belief
(a) maverick
a nonconformist, a rebel, a freethinker, a groundbreaker
copious
plentiful, abundant
(to be) inept
to be clumsy, unskilled, ineffective
myopia
short-sightedness
(to) infer
to deduce, to find out by reasoning
ostentatious
showy, overblown, pretentious
cursory
superficial, hasty, brief and haphazard
(an) epigram
a witty statement, short, polished, pithy saying, usually in verse, and often having a satiric or a paradoxical twist at the end
ascetic
the relinquishment of normal comforts, self-denial, and renunciation of worldly pleasures
(a) cynic
one who mistrusts people's motives, thinks everything is motivated by selfishness, is suspicious of appearances, and tends to see the potential problems, rather than the potential joys in a situation
(a) genre
a category, a type
chicanery
trickery, deceitfulness, underhanded sneakiness, deception by clever means
(to) disseminate
to scatter, to spread around, to distribute
venal
corrupt, open to bribery
(to be) congenial
to be friendly, pleasant, agreeable
banal
ordinary, unoriginal, lacking freshness, trite
(your) countenance
your face, especially as regards its experssion
(to) distend
to swell, to bloat, to extend outward, to expand
(a) magnate
someone who is influential, who is rich, powerful and controls something
substantive
solid, real, having substance, substantial, meaty
(to) libel
to defame, to write or publish things about another that are both damaging and of questionable truth
bovine
ox-like or cowlike or related to cows in the same way that canine means dog-like or related to dogs and feline means cat-like or related to cats
disdain
contempt or scorn
expedient
practical or efficient, advantageous
(an) axiom
a statement that is widely accepted as true
nuance
subtleties, slight shade of variation, fine points, shadings
pedestrian
unimaginative, commonplace, dull
largess
generosity or philanthropy
(to) squander
to waste
theology
the study of religion, the study of the relationship between God and what exists as creation
chronicle
a history, a record of events in order of time
(to) covet (something)
to desire it intensely, to yearn for it
(an) epitome
a perfect example that embodies the very essence of something
veracity
the quality of truthfulness
(to be) contentious
to be argumentative, quarrelsome
staunch
firmly committed, dedicated, steadfast
(to) admonish
to scold, to warn, to caution, to remind of a duty
munificent
lavishly generous
(to be) stoic
to be unemotional, to appear indifferent to pleasure or pain, to maintain a "stiff upper lip"