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SAT Hot Prospect Vocabulary

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Lurid
wild, gruesome, sensational
Luxuriant
abundant; rich and splendid, fertile
Malicious
hateful; spiteful
Marred
Disfigured; damaged
Materialism
Preoccupation with physical comforts and things
Meander
Wind or turn in its course
Mercenary
Interested in money or gain
Mercurial
Capricious; changing; fickle
Methodical
Systematic
Meticulous
Excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
Mirth
Merriment; laughter
Misanthrope
One who hates mankind
Miserly
Stingy; mean
Misnomer
Wrong name; incorrect designation
Mitigate
Appease; moderate
Mollify
Soothe
Morose
Ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
Mosaic
Picture made of colorful small inlaid tiles
Mundane
Worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
Munificent
Very generous
Nefarious
Very wicked
Negate
Cancel out; nullify; deny
Nonchalance
Indifference; lack of concern; composure.
Notoriety
Disrepute; ill fame
Novelty
Something new; newness
Nuance
Shade of difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
Nurture
Nourish; educate; foster
Obdurate
Stubborn
Obliterate
Destroy completely
Oblivion
Obscurity; forgetfulness
Obscure
Darken; make unclear
Obstinate
Stubborn; hard to control or treat
Odious
Hateful, vile
Ominous
Threatening
Opaque
Dark; not transparent
Opportunist
Individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances
Optimist
Person who looks on the good side
Opulence
Extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
Orator
Public speaker
Ornate
Excessively or elaborately decorated
Ostentatious
Showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
Pacifist
One opposed to force; antimilitarist
Pariah
Social outcast
Parody
Humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty
Parsimony
Stinginess; excessive frugality
Partisan
One sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
Paucity
Scarcity
Penury
Severe poverty; stinginess
Perfunctory
Superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
Peripheral
Marginal; outer
Pernicious
Very destructive
Perpetuate
Make something last; preserve from extinction
Pervasive
Pervading; spread throughout every part
Pessimism
Belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
Phenomena
Observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
Philanthropist
Lover of mankind; doer of good
Piety
Religious devotion; godliness
Pitfall
Hidden danger; concealed trap
Pithy
Concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
Placate
Pacify; conciliate
Polemical
Aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
Ponderous
Weighty; unwieldy
Pragmatic
Practical (opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
Prattle
Babble
Precarious
Uncertain; risky
Preclude
Make impossible; eliminate
Precocious
Advanced in development
Predator
Creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others
Predecessor
Former occupant of a post
Presumptuous
Overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
Prevalent
Widespread; generally accepted
Prodigal
Wasteful; reckless with money
Profane
Violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
Profligate
Dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
Profound
Deep; not superficial; complete
Profusion
Overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess
Proliferation
Rapid growth; spread; multiplication
Prolific
Abundantly fruitful
Provincial
Pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
Proximity
Nearness
Prudent
Cautious; careful
Quagmire
Soft, wet, boggy land, complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
Qualified
Limited; restricted
Quandary
Dilemma
Quell
Extinguish; put down; quiet
Querulous
Fretful; whining
Quiescent
At rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Ramble
Wander aimlessly (physically/mentally)
Rancor
Bitterness; hatred
Rant
Rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech
Ratify
Approve formally; confirm; verify
Raucous
Harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous
Ravenous
Extremely hungry
Raze
Destroy completely
Rebuttal
Refutation; response with contrary evidence
Recant
Disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
Recluse
Hermit; loner
Recount
Narrate or tell; count over again
Rectify
Set right; correct
Redundant
Superfluous; repetitious; excessively wordy
Refute
Disprove
Relegate
Banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Remission
Temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellation of a debt; forgiveness or pardon
Remorse
Guilt; self reproach
Renounce
Abandon; disown; repudiate
Repel
Drive away; disgust
Replete
Filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied
Reprehensible
Deserving blame
Reprimand
Reprove severely; rebuke
Reprove
Censure; rebuke
Repudiate
Disown; disavow
Repugnant
Loathsome; hateful
Rescind
Cancel
Reserve
Self control, formal but distant manner
Resigned
Accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive
Resolution
Determination; resolve
Resolve
Determination; firmness of purpose
Respite
Interval of relief; time for rest; delay in punishment
Resplendent
Dazzling; glorious; brilliant
Restraint
Moderation or self control; controlling force; restriction
Reticence
Reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence
Retract
Withdraw; take back
Reverent
Respectful; worshipful
Rhetorical
Pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language
Rigor
Severity
Robust
Vigorous; strong
Sage
Person celebrated for wisdom
Sanction
Approve; ratify
Satirical
Mocking
Saturate
Soak thoroughly
Savory
Tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable
Scanty
Meager; insufficient
Scrupulous
Conscientious; extremely thorough
Scrutinize
Examine closely and critically
Seclusion
Isolation; solitude
Sedentary
Requiring sitting
Servile
Slavish ; cringing
Skeptic
Doubter; person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined
Sluggish
Slow; lazy; lethargic
Somber
Gloomy; depressing; dark; drab
Soporific
Sleep-causing, marked by sleepiness
Sporadic
Occurring irregularly
Spurious
False; counterfeit; forged; illogical
Spurn
Reject; scorn
Squander
Waste
Stagnant
Motionless; stale; dull
Static
Unchanging; lacking development
Steadfast
Loyal; unswerving
Stolid
Unruffled; impassive; dull
Strident
Loud and harsh; insistent
Stupefy
Make numb; stun; amaze
Submissive
Yielding; timid
Subordinate
Occupying a lower rank; inferior; submissive
Subside
Settle down; descend; grow quiet
Substantiate
Establish by evidence; verify; support
Succinct
Brief; terse; compact
Superficial
Trivial; shallow
Superfluous
Unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
Supplant
Replace; usurp
Surfeit
Satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
Surpass
Exceed
Surreptitious
Secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
Susceptible
Impressionable; easily influenced; having little resistance, as to disease; receptive to
Sustain
Experience; support; nourish
Sycophant
Servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
Taciturn
Habitually silent; taking little
Tantamount
Equivalent in effect or value
Temper
Moderate; tone down or restrain; toughen (steel)
Tenacity
Firmness; persistence
Tentative
Hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive
Terrestrial
Earthly (not celestial); pertaining to the land
Terse
Concise; abrupt; pithy
Threadbare
Worn through till the threads show; shabby and poor
Thrive
Prosper; flourish
Tirade
Extended scolding; denunciation; harangue
Torpor
Lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
Tranquility
Calmness; peace
Transient
Momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
Trepidation
Fear; nervous apprehension
Trifling
Trivial; unimportant
Trite
Hackneyed; commonplace
Truncate
Cut the top off
Turbulence
State of violent agitation
Turmoil
Great commotion and confusion
Undermine
Weaken; sap
Uniformity
Sameness; monotony
Unkempt
Disheveled; uncared for in appearance
Unprecedented
Novel; unparalleled
Unwarranted
Unjustified; groundless; undeserved
Usurp
Seize another's power or rank
Vacillate
Waver; fluctuate
Vaporize
Turn into vapor
Venerate
Revere
Verbose
Wordy
Viable
Practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
Vigor
Active strength
Vindicate
Clear from blame; exonerate; justify or support
Virtuoso
Highly skilled artist
Virulent
Extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
Volatile
Changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
Voluble
Fluent; glib; talkative
Whimsical
Capricious; fanciful
Witticism
Witty saying; wisecrack
Zealot
Fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal