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Most Difficult words from Word Smart - SAT Vocabulary

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Abortive
unsuccessful
Absolve
free from blame
Accost
to approach someone aggressively
Adulterate
to contaminate, to make impure
Averse
unwilling, opposed
Affable
easy to talk to, friendly
Alacrity
cheerful eagerness to respond
Ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
Amenable
agreeable, obedient
Amorous
feeling loving, especially in a sexual way
Apartheid
racial segregation
Approbation
approval, praise
Ascendancy
domination, supremacy
Attrition
gradual or natural weakening, loss or wearing away
Auspicious
favorable, promising
Benign
gentle, not harmful, kind, mild
Beset
to harass, to surround
Blight
anything that injures or destroys
Capitulate
to surrender, to give up or give in
Candor
truthfulness, sincere honesty
Chagrin
humiliation, embarrassed disappointment
Chimera
a foolish fancy
Chicanery
trickery, deceitfulness, artifice
Circumvent
find a way of avoiding
Collusion
conspiracy, secret cooperation
Cognizant
aware, conscious
Connoisseur
an expert, particularly in matters of arts or taste
Consummate
perfect, complete
Congenial
agreeably suitable, pleasant
Contrived
artificial, labored
Countenance
facial expression, especially in encouraging one
Covenant
a solemn agreement, a contract, a pledge
Debauchery
wild living
Debacle
violent breakdown
Deprecate
express disapproval of
Depravity
extreme wickedness - Turpitude
Deference
submission to another's will, respect, courtesy
Didactic
intended to teach, morally instructive
Edify
to enlighten, to instruct
Egregious
extremely bad
Empirical
relying on experience or observation
Endemic
indigenous - Denizen
Enormity
extreme evil, great bad
Equanimity
calm composure
Esoteric
hard to understand
Expedite
to speed up or to ease the progress of
Erudite
scholarly
Farcical
absurd, ludicrous
Fatuous
foolish, silly, idiotic
Fortuitous
accidental, occurring by chance
Gratuitous
given freely, unjustified, uncalled for
Hiatus
break or interruption, often from work
Histrionic
overly dramatic - Malinger
Ignominy
deep disgrace
Impetuous
impulsive, extremely impatient
Incipient
beginning, emerging
Injunction
command or order, especially a court order
Innocuous
harmless, banal
Intransigent
uncompromising, stubborn
Irascible
easily angered or provoked
Invective
insulting or abusive language
Lugubrious
exaggeratedly mournful
Nuance
subtle difference or distinction
Obsequious
fawning, subservient - Servile
Obdurate
stubborn, insensitive
Pedantic
boringly scholarly, academic
Pernicious
deadly, extremely evil
Plebian
common, vulgar, low class
Petulant
rude, cranky, ill tempered
Platitude
dull, trite remark, cliché
Prodigal
wastefully extravagant - Profligate
Profess
Promulgate - state or announce
Propensity
Predilection - a natural inclination or tendency
Proselytize
to convert from one religion or doctrine to the other
Propitious
marked by favorable signs
Purported
rumored
Quixotic
romantic or idealistic to a foolish or impractical degree
Recalcitrant
stubbornly defiant of authority or rule, disobedient
Recondite
hard to understand - Abstruse
Relegate
to banish, to send away
Reprove
to criticize mildly
Reprehensible
worthy of blame or censure
Rudimentary
basic, crude, undeveloped
Reticent
quite, reluctant to speak - Taciturn
Sagacious
keen in judgment
Sanguine
cheerful, optimistic, hopeful
Sedition
a treason or disorder
Serendipity
accidental good fortune
Solicitous
eager and excessively attentive
Squalor
wretched, degraded
Stoic
indifferent to pain, patient
Strife
a bitter conflict, discord
Supercilious
patronizing, haughty
Taunt
to praise highly, to brag publicly
Urbane
poised, sophisticated, refined
Vacillate
to be indecisive
Veracity
truthfulness
Vitiate
to make impure, to pollute
Wistful
yearning, sadly longing
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