81 terms

SAT vocab Wk1 Full Set

spring semester
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abase
to lower or reduce in rank; degrade
abate
to decrease in intensity; to lessen
abdictate
to relinquish or surrender; to disown
abduct
to carry away a person by force; to kidnap
aberration
something outside of what is normal or expected
abet
to encourage or assist
abeyance
a temporary inactivity; suspension
abhor
to hate intensely; loathe
abide
to allow or tolerate
abject
in a low or poor condition; cast down
abjure
to formally renounce; to reject a position or belief
abridge
to condense or shorten, especially a literary work
abrogate
to annul or discontinue; abolish
abscond
to depart secretly; to hide
absolution
forgiveness; releasing from guilt or sin
absolve
to free from guilt or responsibility; to acquit
abstain
to refuse to participate; to refrain
abut
to border; to have at least one point of contact
accede
to express approval; to give consent
accentuate
to highlight, accent, or stress
accost
to approach aggressively and wthout invitation
accretion
the gathering of objects over time; collection
acumen
sharpness of mind; shrewdness
acute
sharp; intense; urgent
adhere
to follow or agree with; stick to
adherent
a believer, follower, or advocate of a particular idea or set of ideas
admonish
to express warning or disapproval, especially for the purpose of encouragement or instruction
adorn
to decorate
adulation
enthusiastic praise; excessive devotion
adverse
hostile; unfavorable; opposite in position
adversity
a condition of suffering or bad fortune
aesthetic
involving a sensuous appreciation of beauty
affinity
a special attraction or relationship; kinship
affluent
having an abundance; wealthy
affront
a deliberately offensive or insulting act or statement
aggrandize
to make greater, at least in appearance; exalt
aggravate
to make worse or more severe
aggregate
cluster; collection; sum
agile
able to move quickly and gracefully
alacrity
speed; eagerness; readiness
alcove
a small room leading to a larger one; niche
alias
an assumed name
allay
to reduce in intensity
allege
to state or accuse without complete proof
alleviate
to make easier; lighten; relieve
alloy
a mixture of two or more metals
amalgamate
to enter into a union; to combine
ambrosial
pleasing to the senses; divine
amenable
capable of submission; obedient; responsive
amenity
something that produces pleasure or convenience
amiable
good-natured; friendly
amicable
displaying friendship and good will
amorous
expressing or feeling love
anachronism
something chronologically out of place
analgesic
removing sense of pain without loss of consciousness
anecdote
an interesting or amusing incident, told as a story
anguish
extreme mental or emotional pain; torment
animosity
ill-will; resentment; hostile feelings
annex
to add or attach a new section
anomaly
something that deviates from what is expected
anonymous
nameless; unidentified
antecedent
a prior event, usually with subsequent effects
antediluvian
before the Biblical flood; very old
anthology
a collection of artistic pieces of the same form
antidote
something that counteracts negative effects
antiseptic
germ-free
aphorism
a truth stated in one sentence; maxim
aplomb
self-assurance; poise
apocryphal
of doubtful or unverifiable authorship
apostate
person who has abandoned his religion or beliefs
apotheosis
ultimate status; divine form
appraise
to judge the value of something; estimate
apprehend
to take hold of; to arrest
apprehensive
feeling great anxiety; worried
aprobation
approval
apropos
relevant; appropriate
arable
soil that is suitable for crop production
arbiter
person having thee authority to settle a dispute
arboreal
relating to or resembling a tree
ardor
heated emotion; passion
arduous
difficult; onerous