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SAT words #1-70

substantiate --

(v) to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence

procrastinate --

(v) to unnecessarily delay, postpone, put off

abbreviate --

(v) to shorten, abridge

compromise --

(v) to settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides

disdain --

(v) to regard with scorn or contempt

scrutinize --

(v) to observe carefully

enhance --

(v) to improve, bring to a greater level of intensity

emulate --

(v) to imitate, follow an example

discredit --

v) to harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace

suppress --

(v) to end an activity, e.g., to prevent the dissemination of information

censure --

(v) to criticize harshly

collaborate --

(v) to cooperate, work together

vindicate --

(v) to clear from blame or suspicion

impute --

(v) to attribute an action to particular person or group

reverence --

(n) worship, profound respect

sagacity --

(n) wisdom

prosperity --

(n) wealth or success

camaraderie --

(n) trust, sociability amongst friends

convergence --

(n) the state of separate elements joining or coming together

digression --

(n) the act of turning aside, straying from the main point, esp. in a speech or argument

abstinence --

(n) the act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking

reconciliation --

(n) the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute

compassion --

(n) sympathy, helpfulness or mercy

anecdote --

(n) short, usually funny account of an event

asylum --

(n) sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge

renovation --

(n) repair, making something new again

lobbyist --

(n) person who seeks to influence political events

hedonist --

(n) person who pursues pleasure as a goal

conformist --

(n) person who complies with accepted rules and customs

adversity --

(n) misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events

longevity --

(n) long life

orator --

(n) lecturer, speaker

demagogue --

(n) leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice

jubilation --

(n) joy, celebration, exultation

exasperation --

(n) irritation, frustration

spontaneity --

(n) impulsive action, unplanned events

empathy --

(n) identification with the feelings of others

adulation --

(n) high praise

antagonist --

(n) foe, opponent, adversary

integrity --

(n) decency, honesty, wholeness

hypothesis --

(n) assumption, theory requiring proof

novice --

(n) apprentice, beginner

congregation --

(n) a crowd of people, an assembly

opulent --

(adj) wealthy

enervating --

(adj) weakening, tiring

precocious --

(adj) unusually advanced or talented at an early age

inconsequential --

(adj) unimportant, trivial

frugal --

(adj) thrifty, cheap

provocative --

(adj) tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement

submissive --

(adj) tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others

transient --

(adj) temporary, short-lived, fleeting

ostentatious --

(adj) showy, displaying wealth

superficial --

(adj) shallow, lacking in depth

divergent --

(adj) separating, moving in different directions from a particular point

surreptitious --

(adj) secret, stealthy

venerable --

(adj) respected because of age

prosaic --

(adj) relating to prose; dull, commonplace

florid --

(adj) red-colored, flushed; gaudy, ornate

impetuous --

(adj) rash, impulsive, acting without thinking

evanescent --

(adj) quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image

resilient --

(adj) quick to recover, bounce back

pretentious --

(adj) pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured

reclusive --

(adj) preferring to live in isolation

condescending --

(adj) possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing

aesthetic --

(adj) pertaining to beauty or the arts

assiduous --

(adj) persistent, hard-working

exemplary --

(adj) outstanding, an example to others

mundane --

(adj) ordinary, commonplace

incompatible --

(adj) opposed in nature, not able to live or work together

anonymous --

(adj) nameless, without a disclosed identity

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