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35 terms

SAT Vocab 25

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Antemeridian
Occurring before noon
Antepenultimate
The third from last in a series
Antiquated
Too old to fashionable, suitable, or useful;
Outdated
Aplomb
Absolute self-possession, poise, or self-assurance;
Composure;
Confidence;
Equanimity
Biped
A mammal with two feet
Catholic
Including or concerning all humankind;
Universal;
Broad or wide-ranging in tastes or interests;
Having sympathies with all;
Broad-minded;
Liberal;
Champion
To fight for;
To defend or support with conviction
Diatribe
A thunderous verbal attack
Dither
A state of indecisive agitation;
To be nervously irresolute in acting or doing;
To vacillate
Dulcet
Pleasing to the ear;
Melodious;
Euphonious
Facetious
Cleverly amusing in tone;
Humorous;
Lacking serious intent;
Concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous
Fait Accompli
An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact;
Something already done and beyond alteration
Forlorn
Appearing sad or lonely because of desertion or abandonment;
Forsaken or deprived;
Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition;
Nearly hopeless;
Desperate
Holistic
Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of tis parts;
Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into parts
Frenetic
Wildly excited or active;
Frantic;
Frenzied;
Excessively agitated
Hypochondria
The persistent conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving symptoms when illness is neither present nor likely, and persisting despite reassurance and medical evidence to contrary
Illusory
Likely to mislead or deceive;
Deceptive
Inquest
An investigation or examination;
A legal judicial inquiry into a matter usually held before a jury, especially an inquiry into the cause of death
Intransigent
Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position;
Stubbornly refusing to compromise;
Uncompromising;
Unyielding
Luminary
A person who has achieved eminence in a specific field;
A dignitary;
One who is an inspiration to others
Macabre
Gruesome and horrifying;
Ghastly;
Horrible;
Of, pertaining to dealing with, or representing death, esp. its grimmer or uglier aspect
Moot
A hypothetical case argued by law students as an exercise;
Of no practical importance;
Inconsequential;
Irrelevant
Moribund
Not growing or changing;
Without force or vitality;
Stagnant;
At the point of death;
Approaching death;
On the verge of becoming obsolete
Oscillate
To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm;
To waver, as between conflicting opinions or courses of action
Partisan
A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person or idea;
A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory;
A guerrilla;
A weapon having a blade with lateral projections mounted on the end of a long shaft, used chiefly in the sixteenth and seventeen centuries
Precipitate
To cause something to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely;
Acting with or marked by excessive haste and lack of due deliberation
Quietus
Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate;
Release from life;
Death;
A final discharge, as of a duty or debt
Recapitulate
To repeat in concise form;
To make a summary
Remuneration
Something, such as a payment or compensation, for a product, a service or one's time
Riposte
A quick, sharp return in speech or action;
Counter-stroke;
A quick reply to a question or remark;
A rejoinder
Salient
Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention;
Prominent
Sanctimonious
Making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, or righteousness;
Feigning piety or righteousness
Sangfroid
Coolness and composure, especially in or under difficult or trying circumstances;
Self-Possessed
Scalawag
A reprobate;
A rascal;
A scoundrel;
A white southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War
Scrupulous
Conscientious and exact;
Painstaking;
Fastidious;
Meticulous;
Characterized by extreme care and great effort;
Arising from a sense of right and wrong;
Principled