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65 terms

SAT Prep Vocabulary sets 39-50

250 most commonly used words on the SAT
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amiable
(adj.) friendly; agreeable
esoteric
(adj.) hard to understand; understood by only a select few
extraneous
(adj.) irrelevant; unnecessary; unimportant
sycophant
(n.) one who attempts to progress or win favor by flattering influential people; one who sucks up to others
tedious
(adj.) boring; tiring; irksome
ambivalent
(adj.) undecided; having conflicting feelings about someone or something
coalesce
(v.) to come together as one; to fuse
cryptic
(adj.) mysterious; mystifying
innate
(adj.) existing since birth; inborn; inherent
levity
(n.) lightness; frivolity; inclination to make a joke of a serious matter
blasphemy
(n.) irreverence; an insult to something held sacred
concise
(adj.) brief and to the point; succinct
credulous
(adj.) believing; gullible
flagrant
(adj.) shocking; conspicuously bad
immutable
(adj.) unchangeable; permanent
ameliorate
(v.) to make better or more tolerable
atrophy
(v.) to waste away from lack of use
dubious
(adj.) doubtful; uncertain
efface
(v.) to erase; to rub away the features of
taciturn
(adj.) untalkative by nature
apostasy
(n.) an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, etc.
constitute
(v.) to establish; to set up
stagnant
(adj.) not flowing or moving
status
(n.) position; rank
status quo
(n.) the existing state of affairs
destitute
(adj.) totally impoverished
obstinate
(adj.) determined to have one's own way; stubborn; willful
stalwart
(adj.) strong; sturdy
static
(adj.) stationary; not changing or moving
steadfast
(adj.) loyal; faithful
apprehensive
(adj.) worried; anxious
arrogant
(adj.) superior; snooty
elaborate
(adj.) detailed; careful
elaborate
(v.) to speak further
elusive
(adj.) hard to pin down; evasive
condescend
(v.) to stoop to someone else's level, usually in an offensive way; to patronize
congenial
(adj.) agreeably suitable; pleasant
indolence
(n.) laziness
orthodox
(adj.) adhering to established principles or doctrines, esp. in religion; by the book
preclude
(v.) to prevent; to make impossible
incoherent
(adj.) jumbled; chaotic; impossible to understand
repress
(v.) to hold down
articulate
(v.) speaking clearly and well
solicit
(v.) to ask for; to seek
reproach
(v.) to scold, usually in disappointment
anecdote
(n.) a brief, entertaining story
scanty
(adj.) inadequate; minimal
fallacious
(adj.) false; misleading or deceptive
acclaim
(n.) praise; applause; admiration
uniform
(adj.) consistent; unchanging; the same for everyone
mitigate
(v.) to lessen the severity of something
reprehensible
(adj.) worthy of blame, rebuke or censure
engender
(v.) to create; to produce
exemplary
(adj.) outstanding; setting a great example
relegate
(v.) to banish; to send away
belligerent
(adj.) combative; quarrelsome
astute
(adj.) perceptive; intelligent
languish
(v.) to become weak, listless or depressed
censure
(v.) to condemn severely
stagnation
(n.) motionlessness; inactivity
compliant
(adj.) yielding; submissive
prosaic
(adj.) dull; unimaginative
profuse
(adj.) flowing; extravagant
expedient
(adj.) providing an immediate advantage; serving one's immediate self-interest
fastidious
(adj.) meticulous; demanding