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98 terms

PSAT Vocab Group 1 (A-D)

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abrade
v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abrade
rub down; rub off; scour; chafe
aberration
n. deviation from the expected or the normal; mental irregularity or disorder
aberration
wandering; deviation; divergence; abnormality; eccentricity; illusion; delusion; hallucination
acquittal
n. declaration of innocence; deliverance from a charge
acquittal
vindication; absolution; liberation; discharge; exemption; reprieve; release
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; liveliness; briskness
alacrity
eagerness; keenness; fervor; zeal
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; moderate
alloy
fusion; blend; composite
aplomb
n. poise; assurance; imperturbable; self-possession
aplomb
balance; confidence; coolness; equanimity; nerve; nonchalance; poise; self-possession; surety; tact
balk
v. foil or thwart; stop short; refuse to go on
balk
retard; obstruct; impede; prevent
bane
n. cause to ruin; curse; a person or thing that ruins or spoils
bane
downfall; curse; nemesis
bastion
n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bastion
fortress; fort; bulwark; stronghold; citadel
blare
n. loud; harsh roar; a screech; a loud, raucous noise; glaring intensity of light or color
blare
bellow; clamor; scream; shriek; blast; shout; bark
boon
n. blessing; benefit; something to be thankful for
boon
benevolence; compliment; blessing; donation; benefit; present
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder; to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch
bungle
spoil; mar; ruin
chagrin
n. a feeling of vexation; marked by disappointment or humiliation
chagrin
embarrassment; humiliation
charlatan
n. quack; pretender to knowledge
charlatan
cheat; fraud; phony; fake; sham; con
comely
adj. attractive; agreeable; pleasing in appearance
comely
pretty; handsome; beautiful; good-looking; personable
covetous
adj. avaricious; eagerly desirous of; inordinately wrong desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy
covetous
envious; gluttonous
conflagration
n. great fire
conflagration
fire; flame
convoluted
adj. twisted; coiled; intricate; complicated
convoluted
complex; tangled
crass
adj. very unrefined; grossly insensible
crass
coarse; insensitive
curtail
v. shorten; reduce
curtail
abbreviate; decrease
dawdle
v. loiter; waste time
dawdle
dilly-dally; lounge
dearth
n. scarcity
dearth
insufficiency; scarcity
defunct
adj. no longer in use or existence
defunct
archaic; extinct
degenerate
v. become worse
degenerate
deteriorate; corrupt
deplore
v. regret strongly; express grief over
deplore
abhor; complain
derelict
adj. abandoned; negligent
derelict
careless; disregardful
debilitate
v. weaken; enfeeble
debilitate
cripple; disable
decorous
adj. proper
decorous
appropriate; suitable
decry
v. express strong disapproval
decry
condemn; denounce
deference
n. courteous regard for another's wishes
deference
consideration; courtesy
derision
n. ridicule; mockery
derision
insult; disdain
derivative
adj. unoriginal
derivative
borrowed; copied
desultory
adj. aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
desultory
without purpose; chance; order less
deterrent
n. something that discourages; hindrance
deterrent
leash; obstacle; preventative
didactic
adj. teaching; instructional
didactic
informative; enlightening; tutorial
diffident
adj. lacking confidence; reserved
diffident
distrustful; self-conscience; unassertive
discernible
adj. distinguishable; perceivable
discernible
recognizable; distinct; noticeable
discord
n. lack of harmony; conflict
discord
dissonance; quarrelsome
discrepancy
n. lack of consistency; contradiction; difference
discrepancy
alterity; contrariety; unlikeness
disparage
v. to belittle
disparage
minimize; demoralize; discourage
disparate
adj. basically different
disparate
unalike; diverse; contrasting
dispel
v. to scatter; cause to vanish
dispel
disperse; banish; dissipate; and split up
dissident
adj. dissenting; rebellious
dissident
nonconformist; disagreement; unorthodox
dissent
v. to disagree
dissent
argue; contradict; object; oppose
dissipate
v. squander
dissipate
blow deplete; misuse; and waste
divulge
v. to reveal
divulge
uncover; expose; bring out; and publish
docile
adj. obedient; easily managed
docile
susceptible; agreeable; obliging; cooperative
dogmatic
adj. opinionated; arbitrary doctrinal
dogmatic
one-sided; prejudiced
draconian
adj. extremely severe
draconian
harsh; cruel; brittle; ruthless