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58 terms

SAT Words

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philistine
one who is hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits etc.
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion; stubborn;
effusive
unduly demonstrative
quotidian
daily
obfuscate
to confuse
ingratiate
to establish oneself in the favor or good graces of others
execrate
to detest
byzantine
complex or intricate
quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic
unctuous
excessively suave; oily; greasy
sundry
various or diverse
insipid
without distinctive or interesting qualities
castigate
to criticize or reprimand severely.
ribaldry
vulgar speech or actions
acquiescence
agreement or consent by silence or without objection
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult or injury
paucity
scarcity
equivocator
a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
diffident
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness
derelict
left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned
assiduous
constant; unremitting
trenchant
incisive or keen
inauspicious
boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable
prodigious
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.
ingenuous
free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation
malinger
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work
proselytize
recruit
supposition
the act of supposing
banal
devoid of freshness or originality
histrionic
of or pertaining to actors or acting; overly dramatic
sardonic
characterized by bitter or scornful derision
vainglory
excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc
approbation
approval; commendation
esoteric
understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest
waif
a person, esp. a child, who has no home or friends.
prevaricate
to speak falsely or misleadingly
truculent
fierce;cruel
harangue
a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
intemperate
given to or characterized by excessive or immoderate indulgence in alcoholic beverages
convivial
friendly; agreeable
imperious
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial
inscrutable
incapable of being investigated
palliate
to relieve or lessen without curing;
compendious
containing the substance of a subject
insular
of or pertaining to an island or islands
acquisitive
tending or seeking to acquire and own
vicarious
performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another
temporize
to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting
vacuity
the state of being vacuous or without contents
dalliance
a trifling away of time
infelicity
the quality or state of being unhappy
fastidious
excessively particular
sedulous
diligent in application or attention
petulant
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation
consecrate
to make or declare sacred
treacly
contrived or unrestrained sentimentality
ineffable
incapable of being expressed or described in words
melancholy
a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression