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SAT Vocab List 10

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accessory
additional objects, equipment, decorations etc that make something more useful or attractive (2) a small thing such as a piece of jewelry or a pair of shoes that you wear with clothes to give them more style
accomplice
someone who helps another person to do something illegal or wrong
amalgamate
to join two or more organizations, businesses etc and make a single large one (2) to combine with another thing, or to combine two or more things
amend
to make changes to a document, law, agreement etc, especially in order to improve it
amicable
friendly and without arguments
anticlimax
something that is not as exciting as you expected it to be such that you feel disappointed
antidote
a substance that prevents a poison from having bad effects (2) something that helps to improve the effects of something bad or negative
appreciate
to recognize the full worth of (2) to understand (a situation) fully; recognize the full implications of (3) to rise in value or price
array
(1) an impressive display or range of a particular type of thing (2) an ordered arrangement (3) (verb) to display or arrange (things) in a particular
barren
of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation. (2) (of a woman) unable to have children. (3) (of a place or building) bleak and lifeless (4) empty of meaning or value
betray
to expose (one's country, a group, or a person) to danger by treacherously giving information to an enemy (2) treacherously reveal (secrets or information) (3) unintentionally reveal; be evidence of
burden
a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with (2) a negative feeling that is difficult to deal with and that you cannot get rid of (3) something heavy that you have to carry
composure
the feeling of being calm, confident, relaxed, and in control
condense
to make a piece of writing shorter by removing some parts (2) to make (something) denser or more concentrated (3) to change or cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid
conjecture
the development of a theory or guess based on information that is not complete
contentious
causing disagreement between people or groups (2) enjoying arguing with other people
contingent
(1) subject to chance (2) (noun) a group of people united by some common feature, forming part of a larger group (3) (noun) a body of troops or police sent to join a larger force in an operation
deferential
showing that you respect someone and want to treat them politely
deplore
to dislike something very much, often because you think it is immoral
detached
not feeling involved with someone or something in a close or emotional way (2) separate or disconnected
dilemma
a situation in which you have to make a difficult decision
diverge
to separate from another route, esp. a main one, and go in a different direction. (2) to deviate from a set course or standard
doctrine
a set of principles or beliefs, especially religious or political ones
enhance
to improve something, or to make it more attractive or more valuable
entice
to attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage
expertise
special skill or knowledge that you get from experience, training, or study
furtive
attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble
gregarious
(of a person) fond of company; sociable (2) (of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities
immune
not influenced or affected by something
immutable
unchanging over time or unable to be changed
impoverished
to be very poor (2) to lack strength, vitality, or natural fertility
incidence
the occurrence, rate, or frequency of a disease, crime, or something else undesirable
increment
one in a series of increases in amount or value
inevitable
impossible to avoid or prevent
intrusive
causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited
jeopardize
to risk damaging or destroying something important
liaison
communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations
lucrative
producing a lot of profit
malignant
(of a disease) very virulent or infectious. (2) having or showing a wish to do evil to others
momentous
of great importance or significance, esp. in its bearing on the future
motif
a decorative design or pattern (2) a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition
notable
unusual or interesting enough to be mentioned or noticed
perceptive
able to notice or understand things quickly and easily (2) a comment or piece of writing is intelligent and shows good judgment
pessimism
the attitude of someone who thinks that the worst thing will happen in every situation
plagiarize
to take someone else's work, ideas, or words, and use them as if they were your own
precarious
not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse (2) not safe or likely to fall
pretentious
behaving in a way that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate
protocol
a set of rules for the correct way to behave in formal occasions
provoke
stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one) in someone (2) to cause a reaction, especially an angry one
proximity
how near something is to another thing, especially in distance or time
purported
said by some people to be real or true, but not proved to be real or true
ramble
to talk for a long time in a confusing way, especially about things irrelevant to the subject (2) to go for a long walk for enjoyment
retrograde
directed or moving backward (2) reverting to an earlier and inferior condition
scoff
to laugh or say things to show that you think someone or something is stupid or deserves no respect (2) to eat a lot of something very quickly
secession
formal withdrawal from an organization or a nation
stalwart
loyal, reliable, and hardworking
sympathy
feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune (2) understanding between people; common feeling
thematic
relating to subjects or a particular subject
transitory
temporary
traumatic
emotionally disturbing or distressing
unwarranted
not justified or authorized
verbalize
to express your feelings or ideas with words
vicarious
experienced in the imagination through the actions of other people
visionary
thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom