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49 terms

Last Minute SAT Vocab Effort

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esoteric
understood by only a small group
forbear
to refrain from
callous
emotionally hardened; hardening
reticence
reserved
penchant
strong inclination/liking
capricious
impulsive and unpredicatble
magnanimous
generously noble in mind or heart
belligerent
eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity, oddity
personage
a person of distinction/importance
demagogue
orator/politician who gains power with pathos
congenial
agreeable/suitable in nature
pretension
a claim to something; unwarranted/false claim
dilettante
a dabbler
predilection
preference
equanimity
composure especially under strain, evenness
pacifism
peace, opposition to war/violence as a method of settling disputes
prudent
wisely careful, showing good judgement
aplomb
self confident assurance; poise
demur
to voice oppositition; object
exhort
to urge by strong, often stirring argument, adomonition, advice, or appeal
exonerate
to clear from balme
guileless
not deceitful or crafty
halycon
peacceful
lambaste
to denounce
lassitude
a state or feeling of weariness
naivete
the state or quality of being artless, credulous, or uncritical; guilible
paucity
smallness; fewness
pedantic
concern for formality and learning
perfunctory
acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
placate
to appease
polemic
a controversial argument (usually about doctrines)
profligacy
reckless wastefulness
propitiate
to conciliate/appease
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
spate
a sudden flood, rush, or outpouring
supine
lying on the back or having the face upward
tedium
boredom.
trove
a collection of valuable items
truculence
bitter hostility; cruel behavior
vertiginous
affected by vertigo; dizzy
verve
energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performances or composition
vignettes
brief descriptive sketches
virulent
extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous
mores
attitudes and behaviors that are so firmly fixed that they are followed like laws
expiate
to make up for doing wrong
execrable
very bad; hateful
internecine
causing many deaths on all side of a conflict
conjugal
of or related to marriage