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70 terms

SAT #1-70

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