165 terms

SAT Vocab Lists 1-11

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Distend
Expand; swell out
Elusive
Difficult to catch; hard to pin down
Antithesis
Contrast; direct opposite to
Taciturn
Quiet; saying little
Ameliorate
Make better; improve
Acquiesce
Give in; agree to another's terms
Conviction
Strongly held belief
Dubious
Doubtful; unclear
Flagrant
Shocking; outstandingly bad
Concise
Briefly stated
Immutable
Unchanging; permanent
Static
Stationary; not moving (not radio noise)
Credulity
Belief on slight evidence
Blasphemy
Heretical departure from accepted practice
Arbitrary
Based on personal preference rather than logic or need; capricious
Relegate
Dismiss to a lower position
Contend
Struggle; compete; assert earnestly
Scanty
Inadequate; minimal
Fallacious
False
Acclaim
Praise; applaud; admire
Uniformity
Constancy; without variety
Antagonistic
Hostile; opposed
Contentious
Quarrelsome
Articulate
Speak clearly and well; give clear and effective utterance to
Contract
Compress; shrink
Antiquated
Out-of-date; old-fashioned; obsolete
Converge
Come together
Indolent
Lazy
Preclude
Prevent; make impossible; shut out
Apprehension
Fearfulness
Disparage
Speak badly of
Ephemeral
Short-lived; fleeting; not lasting
Altruistic
Charitable; unselfishly generous
Profusion
Lavish expenditure; overabundant condition
Expedient
Practical; quick
Fastidious
Finicky; overly critical
Astute
Perceptive; intelligent
Languish
Lose strength; lose animation; to suffer neglect
Censure
Blame; criticize; judge
Stagnant
Not moving
Mitigate
Lessen the severity of something; alleviate; mollify
Reprehensible
Shameful; bad
Engender
Create; produce
Exemplary
Outstanding; setting a great example
Amorphous
Without form; shapeless
Dispassionate
Not effected by strong feeling or personal investment; objective; fair
Pragmatic
Practical
Affirmation
Positive assertion; confirmation
Solemnity
Seriousness; gravity
Concede
Yield; admit defeat; accept as true
Deprecate
Express disapproval of; belittle
Aloof
Apart; reserved; indifferent
Advocate
Speak in favor of; support
Profound
Deep; insightful (opposite of superficial)
Ironic
Unexpected; satiric
Dogmatic
Stubbornly opinionated
Condone
Overlook; permit; forgive
Dissent
To disagree; a disagreement
Didactic
Instructive; intended to instruct
Disparity
Inequality
Gravity
Seriousness
Banal
Common; dull; ordinary
Extol
Praise
Affable
Pleasant; friendly; courteous; gracious
Deride
Ridicule; make fun of
Insipid
Bland; boring; stupid
Austerity
Severity; a strict and serious manner; lack of luxury; sternness
Expedite
Make faster or easier
Heresy
An opinion violently opposed to establish beliefs
Novelty
Newness; unusualness
Philanthropist
Lover of mankind; doer of good deeds, often shown by donating goods or services
Tentative
Not final
Deference
A show of respect
Vacillation
Wavering between choices
Fervor
Passion
Aesthetic
Having to do with art or beauty
Prodigal
Extravagant; wasteful
Augment
To add to; to increase; to make bigger; to make greater
Concur
Agree
Complacent
Smug; self-satisfied
Eloquence
Expressiveness; gracefulness in speech
Guile
Deceitful cunning; duplicity
Trivial
Unimportant
Incessant
Never-ending; unceasing
Laud
Praise
Deterrent
Prevention; something that discourages
Redundant
Repetitive; extra; unnecessary
Infamous
having an extremely bad reputation
Provoke
Stir to anger; cause retaliation
Depravity
The state of being morally corrupt; a corrupt act or practice
Benevolent
Kind; good-hearted; generous
Piety
Devoutness; state of being deeply religious
Conciliatory
Soothing; ending a dispute
Resigned
Accepting of a situation; unresisting
Resolve
Determination
Servile
Overly submissive; cringing; like a servant
Comprehensive
Thorough; inclusive
Anarchist
Person who rebels against established government
Virulent
Very harmful; malignant
Scrutinize
To examine closely
Diligence
Hard work; persistence
Supercilious
Overly proud; haughty
Adversary
Foe; opponent
Lucid
Clear; easy to understand
Discordant
Disagreeing; lacking harmony
Innovation
Change; introduction of something new
Subtlety
The state of being or something that is not obvious or cunning
Relevance
Importance; pertinence
Candor
Honesty; frankness
Discerning
Able to distinguish one thing from another
Hypocritical
Insincere
Disdain
Contempt; intense dislike
Abstract
Theoretical; lacking substance (the opposite of concrete)
Temper
Moderate; soften
Enigma
Mystery
Admonish
Warn; reprove; express disapproval
Eccentric
Odd; unusual; quirky
Provincial
Narrow-minded; unsophisticated
Adroit
Agile; skillful
Composure
Mental calmness
Phenomena
Observable facts
Delineate
Portray
Accolade
Award of merit
Clemency
Mercy; leniency; mildness, as of the weather
Deplore
Regret; disapprove of
Dissonance
Discord
Indifferent
Not caring one way or the other; lacking a preference; neutral; unbiased
Apathy
Lack of emotion or interest
Obscure
Unclear; clouded; partially hidden; hard to understand
Ambiguous
Unclear in meaning
Coercion
Use of force to get someone's compliance
Objective
Without bias
Reverent
Worshipful; respectful
Discriminating
Able to see differences; able to make a distinction
Denounce
Speak out against; condemn
Abstruse
Obscure; difficult to understand
Belie
Contradict; give a false impression
Cajole
Coax; wheedle
Endorse
Support; approve of
Bequeath
Leave someone something through a will; hand down
Erratic
Wandering; irregular; unstable
Capricious
Fickle; incalculable
Blighted
Destroyed; suffering from a disease
Daunt
Intimidate
Debilitate
Weaken; enfeeble
Infer
Conclude or deduce; read between the lines
Bolster
Prop up; support
Miserly
Stingy; mean
Censorious
Critical
Defame
Harm someone's reputation; malign
Cordial
Gracious; heartfelt
Cryptic
Mysterious; puzzling; enigmatic
Levity
Flippancy; humor
Ambivalence
State of being undecided or of having difficulty in making a decision
Innate
Inborn; inherited
Sycophant
One who flatters to gain favor; an apple polisher
Archaic
Antiquated
Esoteric
Understood by only a select few
Extraneous
Irrelevant; extra; unnecessary; unimportant
Tedious
Boring
Ascendancy
Domination; controlling influence
Inadvertantly
Carelessly; without intention
Exhaustive
Thorough; complete
Incongruous
Not fitting in; out of place
Ascetic
Practicing self denial; austere; without luxury