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Barrons PSAT Vocab

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abase
to lower
abate
to lessen
abdicate
to give up
aberration
deviation from the norm
abet
to aid
abeyance
suspended action
abject
hopeless and crushed
abrade
erode
abscond
depart secretly to avoid capture
absolute
complete
absolve
to free from blame
abstain
to refrain
abstract
theoretical
abstruse
difficult to understand
accelerate
to move faster
accessible
obtainable
accessory
additional object
acclaim
applaud
accolade
award of merit
accommodate
to help someone or to provide lodging
accomplice
partner in crime
acknowledge
to recognize
acquittal
declaration of innocence
acrimony
bitterness of words
acumen
mental keenness
adamant
determined
adapt
alter
addiction
habitual need
adhere
to stick fast to
adjacent
adjoining
adjudicate
pass legal judgment on
admonish
to warn
adroit
skillful
adulation
flattery
adulterate
to make impure
adversary
opponent
adverse
unfavorable
adversity
misfortune
advocate
to plead for
aesthetic
artistic
affable
easily approachable
affected
artificial
affinity
attraction to
affirmation
confirmation
affix
to add on
affluence
wealth
affront
to insult
aggregate
gather
agility
nimbleness
agitate
to disturb
alacrity
cheerful promptness
alias
an assumed name
alienate
to separate
alleviate
to relieve
alloy
to mix
allude
to refer indirectly
allusion
indirect reference
allure
to entice
aloft
upward
aloof
standoffish
altercation
heated dispute
altruistic
unselfishly generous
amalgam
alloy
ambiguous
unclear
ambivalence
having conflicting emotional attitudes
ambulatory
able to walk
ameliorate
to improve
amenable
submissive
amiable
lovable
amorous
loving
amorphous
formless
ample
abundant
amplify
to intensify
anachronism
something regarded as outmoded
analogy
similarity
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established government
anarchy
absence of governing body
ancillary
serving as an aid
animated
spirited
animosity
active enmity
anomaly
irregularity
antagonism
hostility; active resistance
antecedents
things that influence what come later
anticlimax
letdown in thought or emotion
antipathy
dislike
antiquated
outdated
antiseptic
substance that prevents infection
antithesis
contrast
apathy
lack of caring
aplomb
poise
apocryphal
untrue
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
append
to attach
apprehension
fear
apprenticeship
time spent as a novice learning a trade from a skilled worker
appropriate
suitable
arable
fit for growing crops
arbiter
judge
arbitrary
unreasonable
archipelago
group of closely located islands
arduous
strenuous
aria
operatic solo
arid
dry; barren
aristocracy
privileged class
arrogance
pride
articulate
distinct
ascendancy
controlling influence
ascetic
practicing self denial
aspire
to long for
assail
assault
assert
to insist on
assiduous
diligent
assuage
to lessen
assumption
something taken for granted
assurance
promise or pledge
astute
wise
asylum
place of refuge or safety
atrophy
waste away
attain
to gain
attentive
considerate
attire
clothing
attribute
essential quality or to credit
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers
audacity
boldness
augment
increase
aura
luminous glow
auspicious
fortunate
austere
forbiddingly stern
authentic
genuine
authoritative
having the weight of authority
autonomous
self-governing
autopsy
examination of a dead body
avarice
greediness for wealth
Averse
reluctant
aversion
firm dislike
avert
prevent
avid
greedy
awe
solemn wonder
babble
chatter idly
badger
annoy
baffle
to frustrate
balk
to foil
banal
common
bane
cause of ruin
bastion
stronghold
begrudge
resent
beguile
mislead
belie
contradict
benefactor
gift
benign
kindly
bestial
brutal
bestow
confer
betray
to be unfaithful
biased
prejudiced
bizarre
crazy
bland
dull
blandishment
flattery
blare
harsh
blasphemy
cursing