80 terms

SAT Vocab 9

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abstruse
hard to understand
accost
to approach and speak to aggressively
adage
old saying; proverb
albeit
althought
allege
to state without proof; to accuse
allegation
unproven accusation
analogue
something comparable
analogous
similar; parallel
anecdote
a short and amusing story
anecdotal
story-like; based on limited experience
aphorism
a short, wise saying
appellation
a name or title
attest
to state as true
avos
to declare openly; to admit
disavow
to deny responsibility for
banter
to talk jokingly
bard
a poet
bombast
pompous speech
bombastic
speaking pompously
broach
to begin to talk about; to open
burlesque
play or literary work that uses mocking imitation; to ridicule by mocking
byline
writer's name at beginning of article
cajole
to persuade through flattery
cajolery
persuasive flattery
reclaim
to rescue, bring back
reclamation
restoration to usefulness or productivity
declaim
to make a formal or passionate speech
cogent
persuasive, convincing
cohere
to come together; to make sense
coherent
logical; clear
cohesive
holding together; logical
colloquial
using common, informal speech
construe
to interpret, understand meaning
misconstrue
to misinterpret
counsel
to guide; to advise
dialect
regional version of a language
denote
to indicate; to mean literally
denotation
indication; literal meaning
dictum
a formal statement of opinion
didactic
intending to teach; preachy
digress
to go off topic; to ramble
discursive
wandering from one topic to another
doggerel
a comic poem
elliptical
oval; using very few words; vague
elocution
art of speaking well, especially in public
elocutionist
a strong public speaker
circumlocution
roundabout way of speaking
grandiloquence
arrogant speech; speech full of big words
interlocution
conversation
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a conversation
loquacious
talkative
loquacity
talkativeness
elucidate
to make clear
pellucid
transparent; clear
emend
to correct a text
emphatic
expressed with stress; forceful
epigram
a short, witty saying
epistle
a letter
epistolary
related to letter
equivocate
to be intentionally unclear
equivocal
doubtful; uncertain
equivocation
deliberate vagueness
unequivocal
definite, leaving no doubt
erudition
knowledge acquired through study
erudite
scholarly; learned
euphemism
word used to replace an offensive term
exhort
to urge strongly
exhortation
a strong urging
expository
giving information; explaining meaning
expound
to explain in detail
garble
to mix up; to make hard to understand
garrulous
overly talkative
gibber
to talk nonsense
glib
slick (as in speech); superficial
hackneyed
cliched; overused
idiomatic
particular to a certain language
ineffable
unable to be expressed in words
inflection
change in vocal pitch or tone
inquiry/enquiry
investigation
inquire/enquire
to investigate; to question