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Vocabulary Plus for the New SAT: Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Exercises for High Scores (2nd Semester)

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emulate
to strive to be equal to; to imitate
sere
dry and withered
enhance
to increase the value or beauty of something
contrite
feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing
magnanimous
noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts
enunciate
to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce
collaborate
to work with another toward a goal
impound
to confine; to retain in legal custody
impeccable
faultless; without sin or blemish
evoke
to summon forth
inane
without sense or meaning; silly
unctuous
exaggeratedly or insincerely polite
expatriate
someone who chooses to live outside of, or renounce, his or her native country
frowzy
unkempt
heinous
hatefully or shockingly evil
expound
to explain in detail; to clarify
cajole
to persuade with false promises and flattery
inscrutable
not easily understood; hard to fathom
balk
to refuse stubbornly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on
acrimony
ill-natured, bitter hostility
dour
stern and ill-humored
exult
to rejoice; to feel triumphant
omniscient
having unlimited knowledge; all-knowing
feasible
reasonable; capable of being carried out
fiasco
a complete, ridiculous failure
metier
the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
harry
to annoy or harass
incognito
disguised; pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
lack of energy; sluggishness
epistle
a letter or literary composition in letter form
avid
enthusastic; extremely interested
gadfly
an irritating and persistent person
humility
absence of vanity; humbleness
dolorous
exhibiting sorrow or pain
gargantuan
of huge or extraordinary size or power
arduous
difficult; requiring much effort
affable
friendly; agreeable' easy to talk to
grandiloquent
pompous or high-flown in speech
agrarian
concerning farms, farmers, or the use of land
grimace
a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain
harangue
a long, strongly expressed speech or letter
formidable
arousing fear or awe
sycophant
a flatterer; one who fawns on others in order to gain favor
explicit
clearly and openly stated; leaving nothing to the imagination
altercation
a heated argument
lexicon
a dictionary; a specialized vocabulary
hue
a particular shade of a given color
galvanize
to startle into sudden activity
sanction
permission; support
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration for effect or not meant to be taken literary
ominous
threatening; foreboding evil
audacity
rude boldness; nerve
evince
to demonstrate clearly; to prove
implacable
unable to appeased or pacified
exhort
to urge on with stirring words
incarcerate
to put into prison; to confine
incisive
sharp; keen; cutting straight into the heart of the matter
expedient
practical; providing an immediate
pertinent
having to do with the subject at hand
inert
unable to act or move; inactive; sluggish
circumvent
to get around; to bypass
clandestine
secret
acquit
to find not guilty of a fault or crime
deprecate
to express strong disapproval of
barrister
lawyer
adulation
excessive praise or admiration
culinary
having to do with the kitchen or cooking
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
chastise
to punish severely
jocose
joking; humorous
myriad
a very large number
myriad
too numerous to be counted
latent
present, but not active; hidden
pernicious
destructive; deadly
frugal
thrifty; economical in money matters
levity
lightness of disposition; lack of seriousness
hoax
a practical joke; a trick
amicable
friendly; peaceable
obstreperous
aggressively boisterous; stubborn and defiant
enraptured
delighted beyond measure
marital
having to do with marriage
bask
to expose oneself to pleasant warmth
genial
friendly; amiable
charlatan
one who pretends to have knowledge in order to swindle others
mundane
commonplace; earthly and not spiritual
fickle
likely to change on a whim or without apparent reason
juggernaut
a terrible destructive or irresistible force
naive
simple in outlook; not affected or worldly; especially innocent
nocturnal
having to do with the night; occurring at night
novice
a beginner; one who is inexperienced
noxious
harmful to the health
connive
to cooperate secretly in wrongdoing
chutzpah
nerve; audacity
liege
a lord, master, or sovereign
odium
hatred
crass
coarse; tasteless
hypercritical
overcritical; too severe in judgement
fallacy
a mistaken notion; a misconception
complacent
self-satisfied; smug
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
pandemonium
a wild disorder, noise, or confusion
parsimonious
excessively thritfy; stingy
verbose
using more words than are needed; wordy
laudable
worthy of praise; commendable
indiscreet
not wise or judicious; imprudent, as in speech or action
pique
to cause resentment; to provoke
linguistics
the scientific study of the structure, sounds, and meaning of language
plebeian
a commoner; one from the lower class
plebeian
common or vulgar
precocious
showing early development; especially mental
predatory
inclined to prey on others
prowess
superior skill or ability
pugnacious
eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome
purloin
to steal
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
quell
to put an end to; to allay or quiet
quixotic
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
rabble
a disorderly crowd, a mob
rabid
raging; fanatical
raconteur
a person skilled at telling stories
vindictive
seeking revenge; bearing a grudge