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102 terms

SAT Vocab Set A

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abase
lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect
abate
to lessen
abash
to embarrassed
abbreviate
shorten
abdicate
to give up power
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
aberration
something that differs from the norm
abet
to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
abeyance
suspended action
abhor
to hate
abject
wretched, pitiful
abjure
renounce
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation
abolish
cancel; put an end to
abominate
To have an intense dislike or hatred for
abominable
detestable; extremely unpleasant
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
abrogate
abolish
abscission
the act of cutting something off
abscond
to depart secretly
absolute
complete; totally unlimited; certain
absolve
pardon (an offense)
abstain
to choose not to do something; refrain
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstinence
Act of refraining from
abstract
theoretical; not concrete
representational
(of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
abusive
coarsely insulting; physically harmful
abut
border upon; adjoin
abysmal
bottomless
abyss
enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit
academic
related to a school; not practical or directly useful
accede
to agree
accelerate
to speed up
accessible
easy to approach; obtainable
accessory
additional object; useful but not essential thing
acclaim
applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval; Ex. The new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praise
acclimate
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
award of merit; strong praise and approval
merit
good quality deserving praise; merits: aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval; Ex. judge each plan on its own merits; V: deserve; earn
demerit
fault; bad quality
earn
gain for the performance of service or labor; gain (something that one deserves); deserve
accommodate
help out; oblige
accomplice
partner in crime
accord
agreement
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip; N. accoutrement
accretion
a growth in size; an increase in amount
accrue
to come as a gain; to increase
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
bitter
the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
acetic
vinegary
acidulous
slightly sour; sharp, caustic
acme
peak; pinnacle; highest point
actuate
motivate
adage
proverb
addendum
an addition
addle
to drive crazy/ confused
adjutant
assistant
admonish
to warn
adherent
supporter
advert
refer
aegis
shield; protection
aerie
nest of a large bird
advent
arrival
affable
warmly; friendly
affidavit
written statement made under oath
affront
insult
agape
open mouthed
agenda
items of business at a meeting
agglomeration
heap; collection
aggrandize
increase in power, wealth
aggregate
to gather into a mass
acquittal
deliverance from a charge
agog
highly excited
alacrity
cheerful willingness
alcove
nook; recess
alimony
n. payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allegory
a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
earmark
a distinctive characteristic or attribute
alloy
a mixture of two or more metals
allude
to refer to casually or indirectly
siren
a bewitching or irresistible woman; fascinating, captivating
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloof
reserved, distant
aloft
up in the air, especially in flight
amalgamate
to combine; to mix together
amalgam
mixture
amass
to accumulate
amazon
female warrior
ambience
the atmosphere of an environment
amble
walk leisurely
ambrosia
food of the gods
ambulatory
able to walk
amenable
willing to be lead