56 terms

SAT Vocabulary (1)

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Erudite
learned and scholarly
Maudlin
excessively sentimental, emotional, tearful
Nefarious
people or actions that are extremely wicked and evil
Draconian
describes laws/rules/punishments that are very harsh
Catharsis
an experience that cleanses the sprit and leaves a person feeling emotionally refreshed
Indomitable
cannot be tamed or subdued
Antediluvian
ridiculously old or out dated; antiquated
Cavalier
characterized by a haughty disregard for others; arrogant and overbearing
Quixotic
characterized by an idealistic but impractical quest
Laconic
succinct
Sophistry
deliberate use of subtle deceptive and misleading arguments
Protean
capable of assuming many different shapes and forms; extremely variable
Moribund
approaching death; verge of becoming obsolete
Unscrupulous
the quality of being unprincipled; lacking standards of what is right and honorable
Unfettered
free from restraint or restriction; free, open
Uncouth
displaying deplorable manners that are crude, rude and boorish
Exorbitant
unreasonably expensive; inordinately priced; literally out of orbit
Deleterious
harmful; dangerous; destructive
Zealot
a person who is full of zeal for a cause
Progenitor
a person who was an originator or major contributor to an artistic style or trend
Heretic
one who opposed accepted and established beliefs
Pundit
a knowledgeable commentator who offers informed opinions on a topic
Demagogue
a political leader who inflames popular emotions and passions
Dilettante
an amateur who "dilly-dallies" or engages in activity w/out serious intentions; a dabbler
Neophyte
a person who is new at an occupation or task; a beginner, a novice
Misanthrope
a person who distrusts and is contemptuous of other people
Sage
a person who is renowned for their wisdom and sagacity
Proponent
a person who fights for a cause, idea or movement
Iconoclast
a person who attacks cherished ideas, traditions and institutions
Acolyte
a person who is a devoted fan/follower of someone famous
Reprobate
a person who is depraved, unprincipled and wicked
Hedonist
a person who is devoted to seeking sensual pleasure
Caustic
characterized b critical tone and biting words that cause hurt feelings
Flippant
characterized by a casual disrespectful attitude, esp. in situations that call for serious response
Sardonic
very sarcastic; scornful, mocking and derisive
Indignant
characterized by outrage, caused by something perceived as unjust or wrong
Fervent
very enthusiastic; having or showing great intensity of sprit
Earnest
deep sincerity and serious intent
Emphatic
marked by great conviction; forceful and clear; unambiguous
Didactic
designed or intended to teach and instruct ; serving to enlighten and inform
Sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
Conjecture
a hypothesis formed from incomplete evidence; a deduction
Criterion
a standard of judging something
Rebut
to attemt to prove that an accusation or theory is false
Euphemism
a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept
Eulogize
to praise with eloquent words
Lampoon
to ridicule with satire
Satire
the use of with, irony and sarcasm to make fun of human follies
Allusion
a reference to a person, place of thing, historical or literary, that adds to the readers understanding of the subject
parallel structure
repetition or words/phrases/sentenced that are similar in meaning and structure
Paradox
seemingly contradictory statement that may nevertheless be true
Vignette
a brief literary sketch (several paragraphs)
Peremptory
an order or command that does not allow discussion or refusal; an arbitrary order
Anomaly
a deviation from a common pattern
Belie
give false impression, misrepresent
Beguile
to trick or captivate someone with deception or charm
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