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25 terms

SAT words 151-175

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machinations
crafty schemes
quandary
a dilemma; predicament
pernicious
very injurious; destructive; deadly
prevaricate
to lie
quagmire
a difficult, precarious position
synergy
the positive energy that results when two different elements are combined
eschew
to abstain from; avoid; engage in abstinence
scintillating
sparkling; dazzling; brillant
pejorative
belittling; disparaging; putting someone down
maxim
a short, concise, wise saying
consensus
a general agreement
contrite
expressing remorse, regret, sorrow for misdeeds
heinous
hatefully evil; abominable
excise
to remove; delete; censure
futile
doomed to failure and therefore pointless
aplomb
poise; confidence; self-assurance
paradigm
a model of thought
innate
inborn; present at birth
penchant
a preference or liking
inured
to become accustomed to accept something undesirable
venerate
to hold in high esteem; respect; honor
enthralled
fascinated; spellbound
subtle
slight; delicate; elusive
sumptuous
very splendid; luxurious; magnificent
cathartic
emotionally cleansing