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Kaplan SAT Vocab #151-200

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interregnum
a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control, time between rulers
intimation
a subtle and indirect hint
intractable
not easily managed or manipulated, stubborn
intransigent
uncompromising, refusing to abandon an extreme position
intrepid
fearless, resolutely courageous
inveterate
firmly established, esp. wrt a habit or attitude
irascible
easily angered, hot-tempered
irreverent
disrespectful in a gentle or humorous way, lacking proper respect or seriousness, satirical
itinerant
wandering from place to place
jocular
playful, humorous
junta
a small governing body, esp after a revolutionary seizure of power
kismet
destiny, fate
lampoon
to ridicule with satire (irony, sarcasm)
largess
(n) generous giving (usually money) to others who may seem inferior
laudable
deserving of praise
lecherous
lustful
lexicon
a dictionary, stock of terms pertaining to a particular subject or vocabulary
libertine
an "overly-free" thinker (a term usually used disparagingly, bad connotation), one without moral restraint
licentious
immoral, unrestrained by society
lilliputian
very small
loquacious
talkative
macabre
having death as a subject, dwelling on the gruesome
macrocosm
the whole universe; a large system representative of (one of) its parts/components
malaise
a feeling of unease or depression
malapropism
the accidental, often comical, misuse of a word
malediction
a curse, a wish of evil upon another
malfeasance
wrongdoing or misconduct, especially by a public official
masochist
one who enjoys being subjected to pain or humiliation
maverick
an independent individual who does not go along with a group
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalomania
obsession with great or grandiose performance
mellifluous
having a smooth, rich flow
milieu
surroundings, environment
misnomer
an error in naming a person or a place, an unsuitable naming that implies a wrong meaning (e.g. Iceland and Greenland)
missive
a written note or letter
modicum
a small portion, a limited quantity
mordant
biting and caustic
mores
fixed customs or manners, moral attitudes
mote
a small particle, speck
myopic
near-sighted, lacking foresight, having a narrow view or long-range perspective
necromancy
the practice of communicating with the dead in order to predict the future
neonate
a newborn child
nihilism
the delusion that reality (or everything, including the self) does exist, total rejection of established laws and institutions, an extreme form of skepticism that advocates total destruction of self/everything b/c existence is useless
nomenclature
a system of scientific names
non sequitur
a statement that does not follow logically from anything previously said, a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it or does not logically follow
obdurate
stubbornly persistent, resistant to persuasion
obstinate
unreasonably persistent, uncompromising, stubborn
olfactory
(relating to/adjective for) the sense of smell
onus
a burden, an obligation
opine
to express an opinion