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50 terms

Kaplan SAT Vocab #1-50

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abjure
to renounce under oath, to abandon forever, to abstain from
abnegate
to give up, to deny to oneself
abortive
ending without results
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
abscond
to leave quickly in secret
abstemious
sparing or moderate, especially in eating and drinking
accede
to express approval, to agree to
acclivity
an incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill
accretion
a growth in size/amount
acme
the highest level attainable, peak
actuate
to put into motion, to activate
acumen
sharpness of mind/judgment
adjudicate
to act as a judge
adjure
to appeal to
adumbrate
to foreshadow, give hint about something to come; to overshadow/ conceal partially
aerie
a elevated nest/home
alimentary
pertaining to food, nutrition, digestion; supplying nourishment
allay
to lessen, ease
animus
a feeling of ill will
anodyne
a source of comfort, a medicine that relieves pain
anthropomorphic
personified, having human-like form/characteristics
aphorism
a short statement of a principle, a proverb
aplomb
self-confident assurance, poise
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apposite
appropriate; fitting
apprise
to give notice to, to inform
appropriate
to allocate
arcane
secret, obscure
arrears
unpaid, overdue debts or bills; neglected obligations
arrogate
to claim without justification/right
askance
(adv) with disapproval, with a skeptical sideways glance
atavistic
characteristic of a former era, ancient
aver
to declare to be true, to affirm
avuncular
like an uncle in behavior, esp wit kindness and warmth
ballast
supporting/steadying structure
beatific
displaying calmness and joy, blissful
becalm
to stop the progress of, to soothe
bedraggle
soiled, wet and limp
beget
to produce as an effect/outgrowth, to bring about
beneficent
performing acts of kindness or charity, doing good
berate
to scold harshly
bilious
bad-tempered, cross
blasphemous
cursing, profane, showing contempt for sacred things
blithely
merrily, lightheartedly cheerful, without appropriate thought, in a carefree manner
bombastic
high-sounding but meaningless
bovine
relating to cows, having characteristics like sluggishness or dullness
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
bucolic
pastoral, rural
burnish
to polish, to make smooth and bright
bursar
treasurer or keeper of funds