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100 terms

SAT Vocab 1

Words from ABASE to ABSCOND and ZEPHYR to VIRTUE
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wry
twist; with a humorous twist
writhe
twist in coils; contort in pain
wrench
pull; strain; twist
xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners
zany
crazy; comic
zeal
eager enthusiasm
zealot
fanatic; person who shows extenssive zeal
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky; summit
yen
longing; urge
zephyr
gentle breeze; west wind
yield
amount produced; crop; income on investment
yield
give in; surrender
yoke
join together; unite
yore
time past
abdicate
renounce; give up
abate
subside; decrease; lessen
abbreviate
shorten
wrath
anger; fury
abjure
renounce upon oath
abject
wretched; lacking pride
abscond
depart secretly and hide
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abnegation
repudiation; self-sacrifice
abominable
detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
abduction
kidnapping
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abrade
wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abet
aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abhor
detest; hate
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in a regoin; primitive; native
abase
lower; humiliate
abash
embarrass
abridge
condense or shorten
abolish
cancel; put an end to
worldly
engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual
woe
deep, inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering
wizardry
sorcery; magic
witticism
witty saying; wisecrack
witless
foolish; idiotic
withstand
stand up against; successfully resist
withhold
refuse to give; hold back
wither
shrivel; decay
withdrawn
introverted; remote
wistful
vaguely longing; sadly thoughtful
wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
winsome
agreeable; gracious; engaging
winnow
sift; separate good parts from bad
windfall
unexpected lucky event
wince
shrink back; flinch
wily
cunning; artful
willful
intentional; headstrong
whimsical
capricious; fanciful
whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); hint
whet
sharpen; stimulate
wheedle
cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
weather
endure the effects of weather or other forces
wean
accustom a baby to not nurse; give up a cherished activity
waylay
ambush; lie in wait
wax
increase; grow
watershed
crucial dividing point
wastrel
profligate
wary
very cautious
warranty
guarantee; assurance by seller
warrant
justify; authorize
warble
sing; babble
wanton
unrestrained; willfully malicious; unchaste
wane
decrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end
wan
having a pale or sickly color; pallid
wallow
roll in; indulge in; become helpless
wake
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before
waive
give up a claim or right voluntarily; refrain from enforcing; postpone considering
waif
homeless child or animal
waggish
mischievous; humorous; tricky
waft
moved gently by wind or waves
waffle
speak equivocally about an issue
vulnerable
susceptible to wounds
voyeur
Peeping Tom
vouchsafe
grant; choose to give in reply; permit
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorable plunged
voracious
ravenous
voluptuous
suggesting sensual delights; sensuously pleasing
voluminous
bulky; large
voluble
fluent; glib; talkative
volition
act of making a conscious choice
volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
vogue
popular fashion
vociferous
clamorous; noisy
vivacious
animated; lively
vituperative
abusive; scolding
vitriolic
corrosive; sarcastic
vital
vibrant and lively; critical; living, breathing
visionary
produced by imagination; fanciful; mystical
viscous
sticky; gluey
visceral
felt in one's inner organs
virus
disease communicator
virulent
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
virtue
goodness, moral excellence; good quality