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PSAT High-Frequency Word List

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ample
abundant
aristocracy
hereditary nobility; priveleged class
circumspect
prudent; cautious
cliché
phrase dulled in meaning by repetition
condone
overlook voluntarily; forgive
consolidation
unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger
convention
social or moral custom; established practice
curtail
shorten; reduce
cynical
skeptical or distrustful of human motives
dawdle
loiter; waste time
demean
degrade; humiliate
denounce
condemn; criticize
detached
emotionally removed; calm and objective; indifferent
didactic
teaching; instructional
discernible
distinguishable; perceivable
disinterested
unprejudiced
disparage
belittle
disparate
basically different; unrelated
dispel
scatter; cause to vanish
divulge
reveal
docile
obedient; easily managed
doctrine
teachings, in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught
eclipse
darken; extinguish; surpass
enigma
puzzle; mystery
enumerate
list; mention one by one
erratic
odd; unpredictable
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
espouse
adopt; support
esteem
respect; value
expedite
hasten
exploit
deed or action, particularly a brave deed
fallacious
efalse; misleading
farce
broad comedy; mockery
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish
flippant
lacking proper seriousness
forthright
outspoken; frank
futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
garrulous
loquacious; wordy; talkative
gluttonous
greedy for food
gratify
please
gregarious
sociable
hamper
obstruct
heed
pay attention to; consider
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
impede
hinder; block; delay
imperceptible
unnoticeable; undetectable
implacable
incapable of being pacified
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
indict
charge
industrious
diligent; hard-working
inept
lacking skill; unsuited; incompetent
ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
ingrate
ungrateful person
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
innate
inborn
innocuous
harmless
inscrutable
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
intricacy
complexity; knottiness
larceny
theft
meek
quiet and obedient; spiritless
misrepresent
give a false or incorrect impression, usually intentionally
outmoded
no longer stylish; old-fashioned
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
paradox
something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
patronize
support; act superior toward; be a customer of
pedantic
showing off learning; bookish
perjury
false testimony while under oath
perpetual
everlasting
pervasive
pervading; spread throughout every part
petulant
touchy; peevish
phenomena
observable facts or events
philanthropist
lover of mankind; doer of good
potency
power; effectiveness; influence
pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
premise
assumption; postulate
prevail
triumph; predominate; prove superior in strength, power, or influence; be current
proliferation
rapid growth; spread; multiplication
prolific
abundantly fruitful
provocative
arousing anger or interest; annoying
prudent
cautious; careful
recluse
hermit; loner
relinquish
give up something with reluctance; yield
repudiate
disown; disavow
resolution
determination
reticent
reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to be silent
reverent
respectful; worshipful
strategem
deceptive scheme
subdued
less intense; quieter
subversive
tending to overthrow or destroy
superfluous
excessive; unnecessary
synthesis
combining parts into a whole
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
temperament
characteristic frame of mind; disposition; emotional excess
thwart
baffle; frustrate
trepidation
fear; nervous apprehension
urbane
suave; refined; elegant
utopia
ideal place, state, or society
vacillate
waver; fluctuate
vigor
active strength
volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly