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SAT Vocabulay List 29

SAT Vocab by Mr. Sanford
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Adjunct
n. Something or someone attached to another in a dependent or subordinate position; a person associated with lesser status, rank, or authority, in some duty or service; an assistant.
Adulation
n. Servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise; to show excessive admiration or devotion; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited.
Consecrate
v. To declare or set apart as sacred or holy; to sanctify; to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; to dedicate solemnly to a service or goal (sanctify, hallow, venerate); (adj.) solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high or lofty purpose.
Consummate
v. To realize or achieve; to fulfill; to complete (the union of a marriage) with the first act of sexual intercourse after the wedding ceremony; (adj.) complete or perfect in every respect; supremely skilled and accomplished; superb; complete; utter.
Convoke
v. To call together; to summon; to meet or assemble; to convene.
Coterie
n. An exclusive circle of people with a common interest or purpose.
Coup d'état
n. The sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in (or previously in) positions of authority; a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force; rebellion; revolution; uprising; insurrection (Junta).
Derivative
adj. Not original; copied or adapted from other sources (archetypal).
Dupe
n. An easily deceived person; a person who functions as the means of another person's (or group's) ambition or power; (v) to deceive (an unwary person).
Esprit de corps
n. A common spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group.
Evoke
v. To elicit or draw forth; to call to mind; to stimulate; to arouse (evince, educe).
Incarnate
adj. Embodied in human form; personified (anthropomorphic).
Industrious
adj. Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; working energetically and devotedly; hard working; diligent.
Infinitesimal
adj. Immeasurably or incalculably small or minute; miniscule.
Interpose
v. To insert or introduce between parts (interpolate); to introduce or interject (a comment, for example) during discourse or a conversation.
Interregnum
n. The interval of time between the end of a sovereign's reign and the accession of a successor; a gap in continuity.
Invidious
adj. Causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy; likely to provoke envy; envious; offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious; calculated to create ill will or resentment; intended to insult or give offense; hateful.
Invoke
v. To call for in earnest desire; to call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration; to summon; to appeal; to cite in support of something or justification of something; to call upon with earnest desire; to make supplication or pray for to summon with incantations; to conjure.
Irascible
adj. Easily prone to outbursts of anger or temper; easily angered or provoked to anger (peevish, surly, fractious, churlish, acerbic).
Irrevocable
adj. Impossible to retract or revoke; unalterable; unable to be repealed or annulled.
Macrocosm
n. A system reflecting on a large scale one of its component systems or parts; the total or entire complex structure of something; a representation of a smaller unit or entity by a larger one, presumably of a similar structure.
Mirth
n. Great merriment, amusement, celebration, and laughter; happiness; revelry; jocundity.
Parry
v. To cleverly deflect, evade, elude, or avoid; a defensive movement in fencing.
Pathogenic
adj. Capable of causing disease; producing a disease; a descriptive term for a stimulus or condition that can cause disease.
Patriarchy
n. A social system in which the father is the head of the family and men have authority over women and children; a family, community, or society based on this system and governed and influenced by men.
Phlegmatic
adj. Self-possessed, calm, or composed; poised; not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish; unemotional; detached.
Pique
v. To affect with sharp irritation and resentment; to wound; to excite; to arouse an emotion or provoke to action; (n.) a state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride; a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
Placate
v. To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; to appease; to pacify; to conciliate; to mollify; to assuage.
Platitude
n. A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original, profound, or significant; a lack of originality or imagination; cliché; prosaic, banal. and unoriginal.
Pragmatic
adj. Concerned with practical matters; dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences rather than conjecture or speculation; utilitarian
Précis
n. A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract.
Precocious
adj. Unusually advanced or mature in development, esp. mental development; manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude; prodigiously gifted or advanced in intellect or artistic pursuit.
Predilection
n. A predisposition or partiality in favor of something; an affinity; a strong preference or liking.
Salacious
adj. Lustful or lecherous; obscene; perverse; grossly indecent (lascivious, licentious, lubricous, prurient).
Unequivocal
adj. Clear; limpid; having only one possible meaning or interpretation; absolute; definitive; unmistakable