33 terms

SAT Vocabulary Set #1

Set #1 for Heintz English
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adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
ameliorate
to make better, improve
amend
set straight or right
archaic
little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
beguile
to deceive, to mislead, to persuade with charm
buttress
a support usually of stone or brick; make stronger or defensible
capricious
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
cognitive
having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental processes; cognition: the mental process of knowing
deleterious
harmful to living things
disconcerting
upsetting, frustrating
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid; insincere
ephemeral
enduring a very short time
exemplary
being or serving as an illustration of a type; serving to warn
exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
extricate
release from entanglement of difficulty
exultant
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
fastidious
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
fractious
easily irritated or annoyed
indolent
disinclined to work or exertion; lazy
innate
inborn; present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
kinetic
characterized by motion
laud
praise, glorify, or honor
mercurial
liable to sudden unpredictable change
notorious
having an exceedingly bad reputation
perpetuate
cause to continue or prevail; to make permanent or long lasting
peripheral
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
pugnacious
ready and able to resort to force or violence; tough and callous by virtue of experience
reprehensible
deserving blame or punishment
repudiate
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
shroud
burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
supplant
take the place or move into the position of; supersede
ubiquitous
being present everywhere at once
virulent
extremely poisonous or injurious; harsh or corrosive in tone