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SAT Vocab April2013

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Dubious
doubtful; uncertain
Preempt
to supersede; appropriate for oneself
Frenetic
excessively agitated
Immutable
not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature
Exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
Fauna
all the animal life in a particular region
Coalesce
mix together different elements
Mundane
concerned with the world or worldly matters
Harbinger
an indication of the approach of something or someone
Approbation
official recognition or approval
Hermetic
completely sealed
Edify
improve someone morally
Fetter
to restrict by shackling or chaining
Despot
a ruler with absolute power or tyrannical control over a group of people
Erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Deprecate
To express mild disapproval; to belittle
Vocation
(n.) any trade, profession, or occupation
Auspicious
favorable
Languish
to become weak or feeble; to lose strength
Decorous
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
Consummate
perfect and complete in every respect
Categorical
absolute; without exception
Malaise
a vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness
Awry
in a turned or twisted position or direction; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course
Extrovert
(psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
Ephemeral
lasting a very short time
Callow
(adj.) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
Monolithic
massive and uniform
Abject
lowly, miserable and wretched
Vitriolic
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
Beset
to attack from all sides
Matriculate
to register as a student at a college or university
Convivial
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
venerate
to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect
Contiguous
having a common boundary or edge
Pristine
completely free from dirt or contamination
Farcical
Absurd; ludicrous
Nepotism
favoritism shown to family or friends by those in power, especially in business or hiring practices
Cogent
powerfully persuasive
Onerous
troubling; burdensome
Doctrinaire
inflexibly committed to a doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality; dogmatic
Vitiate
to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
Covert
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
Adulation
praise or flattery that is excessive
Discern
to distinguish one thing from another
Genteel
well-mannered; refined; polite
Integral
Necessary to complete something; essential
Provincial
lacking sophistication, narrow-minded
Desiccate
to dry out completely; dehydrate
Anguish
agonizing physical or mental pain
Exhort
urge on or encourage especially by shouts