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Vocabulary for the ACT.
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Abjure
to renounce oath, to abandon forever; to abstain from
Illusory
producing illusion, deceptive
Imbibe
to receive into the mind and take in, absorb
Quandary
predictment, dilemma
Quell
to pacify, to suppress
Impassive
absent of any external sign of emotion, expressionless
Imperious
commanding, domineering; urgent
Imperturbable
unshakably calm and steady
Inter
to bury
Inefficacious
ineffective, incompetent
Impugn
to call into question, attack verbally
Ineffable
indescribable, inexpressible
Impute
to attribute; to credit
Interlocutor
one who takes part in conversation
Internecine
mutually destructive; equally devastating to both sides
Interregnum
a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control
Kin
family, relatives
Kismet
destiny, fate
Mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
Meager
minimal; scanty, deficient
Measured
calculated, deliberate
Megalomania
obsession with great or grandiose performance
Mellifluous
having a smooth, rich flow
Misnomer
an error in naming a person or place
Missive
a written note or letter
Morass
marsh, an area of soggy ground
Morose
gloomy, sullen, or surly
Mutability
the quality of being capable of change, in form or character; susceptibility of change
Myopic
lacking foresight, having a narrow view or long-range perspective
Obfuscate
to confuse, make obscure
Obsolete
no longer in use; outdated
Obstinate
unreasonably persistent
Obstreperous
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
Olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
Opprobrious
expressing contempt, reporach; deserving of disgrace
Ornery
having an irritable disposition, cantankerous
Ostentatious
showy
Ostracism
exclusion, banishment
Abnegate
to give up; to deny to oneself
Abortive
ending without reults
Abridge
to condense shorten
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
Atavistic
characteristic of a former era, ancient
Atypical
unusual; irregular
Audacious
bold, daring, fearless
Autocrat
a dictator
Cadence
rhythmic flow; marching beat
Cajole
flatt, coax, persuade
Concomitant
existing concurrently
Concord
agreement
Condole
to grieve; to express sympathy
conflagration
big, destructive fire
estatic
joyful
Efficacious
effective, efficient
encumber
to weigh down, to burden
epochal
momentous, highly significant
Eponymous
giving one's name to a place, book.
evenhanded
fair, impartial
exacerbate
to aggravate, intensify, the bad qualities
glossy
shiny, showy,sleek
glutton
person who eats and drinks excessively
Goad
to prod or urge
Gourmand
glutto; lover of fine food
Gregarious
outgoing, sociable
Grotto
a small cave
Oust
to remove from position by force; eject
Query
question
Quip
clever, witty joke
Salient
prominent, of notable significance
Sanctimonious
hypocritically devout; acting morally superior to another
Satiate
to satisfy (as a need or desire) fullly or to excess
Secrete
release fluids
Sedative
something that calms or soothes
Sedition
behavior that promoted rebellion or civil disorder against the state
Seminal
influential in an original way, providing a basis for further development
Sequester
to set apart, seclude
Sojourn
a temporary stay, visit
Solicitous
anxious, concerned; full of desire, eager
Stratify
to arrange or divide into layers
Strident
loud, harsh, unpleasently noisy
Stringent
imposing severe, rigourous standards
Subvert
to undermine or corrupt
Succumb
to give in to stronger power; yield
Sybarite
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
Unconscionable
unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust
Unfetter
to free from restrictions
Unfrock
to remove from power, especially from priestly power
Untenable
indefensible, uninhabitable
Usurp
to take over without right
Usury
the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates
Utilitarian
efficient, functional, useful
Utopia
perfect place
Wanton
undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless
Wax
to increase gradually; to begin to be
Wield
to excercise authority or influence effectively
Wily
clever, deceptive
Wrath
forceful anger
Yen
a strong desire, craving
Yield
surrender, concede, be productive
Zephyr
a gentle breeze, something airy or insubstantial