75 terms

SAT Vocab List 3

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acquire
to get something
adversary
an enemy or opponent
aesthetic
relating to beauty or to the study of the principles of beauty, especially in art
amiable
friendly and pleasant
autonomy
the power to make your own decisions
aversion
a strong feeling that you dislike someone or something
baffle
to confuse or confound someone, often in an absurd way
camaraderie
friendship and trust between people in a group
candid
honest and direct, even when the truth is not pleasant (2) a candid photograph of someone is natural and informal and is taken without them knowing that they are being photographed
circumscribe
to limit something such as power, rights, or opportunities (2) to draw a line around something
clarity
the ability to be easily understood (2) the ability to think clearly or understand things clearly (3) the ability to be easily seen or heard (4) the transparent quality of a substance, especially water
coherent
a coherent statement is reasonable and sensible (2) in which all the different parts fit together in a sensible or pleasing way
collaborate
to work with someone in order to produce something (2) to work secretly to help an enemy or opponent
consensus
agreement among all the people involved
constrain
to limit someone's freedom to do what they want (2) to force someone to do something that they do not want to do
conventional
of the usual, traditional, or accepted type, instead of being new and different
cure
a medicine or treatment that makes someone who is ill become healthy (2) a solution to a problem
defer
to arrange for something to happen at a later time than you had planned
deliberate
intended, not done by chance or by accident (2) slow and careful
depict
to describe someone or something using words or pictures
deride
to criticize someone or something by suggesting that they are stupid, unimportant, or useless
digress
to speak or write about something that is different from the main subject being discussed
diplomatic
relating to the profession or skill of preserving or creating friendly relationships between countries (2) able to deal with people in a sensitive way that does not upset or offend them
discern
to notice something, especially after thinking about it carefully or studying it (2) to see or hear something, especially something that is far away or not very clear
disclose
to give information to people, especially information that was secret (2) to allow someone to see something by moving the thing that covers or hides it
discreet
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
disdain
the feeling that someone or something is not important and does not deserve any respect
dogmatic
expressing opinions or beliefs as if they are certainly correct and cannot be doubted
dubious
not completely good, safe, or honest (2) not sure about the truth or quality of something, or whether you should do something (3) used for saying that something is the opposite of the good thing you are describing it as
elicit
to make someone react in the way that you want (2) to manage to get information from someone
encompass
to include a lot of people or things
endure
to suffer something difficult or unpleasant in a patient way over a long period
equivocal
having two or more possible meanings; not easily understood or explained
exasperate
to make someone feel extremely annoyed and impatient
exemplary
excellent or done in a way that other people should try to copy
extravagant
spending or costing a lot of money, especially more than is reasonable
fabricate
to make up a story or piece of information in order to make someone believe something that is not true (2) to make something such as a machine from different parts
feasible
possible or likely to succeed
frugal
spending very little money and only on things that are really necessary (2) using money or supplies in a very careful way
fundamental
relating to the basic nature or character of something (2) essential to the existence, development, or success of something
humble
from a low social class (2) not proud and not thinking that you are better than other people (3) simple and with only basic equipment or features (4) very common or old-fashioned but still useful or important
idealism
a very strong belief in something which is good but probably impossible to achieve (2) a style of art that shows things in a perfect state
idiosyncratic
idiosyncratic tendencies are unusual or strange, and not shared by other people
indignant
angry because of an unfair situation or someone's unfair behavior
ingenious
very smart or clever; having or showing ingenuity
innovative
new, original, and advanced
interrogate
to ask someone, for example a prisoner or criminal, a lot of questions in an angry or threatening way, in order to get information
invigorate
to give someone more energy (2) to make something stronger and more effective
irrelevant
not important or not relevant to what you are discussing or doing
legitimate
fair and reasonable (2) allowed by the law, or correct according to the law (3) born to parents who are legally married
mandate
the authority of an elected government or official to do the things that they promised to do before an election (2) an official order to do something (3) the authority given to a country to rule another country or region
monarch
a king, or a queen
mundane
ordinary and not interesting or exciting, especially because of happening too regularly (2) relating to the world and practical matters instead of religious or spiritual ones
naïve
a naive person lacks experience of life and tends to trust other people and believe things too easily
objective
something that you plan to achieve, especially in business or work
obsolete
no longer used because of being replaced by something newer and more effective
orthodox
accepted by most people as the correct or usual idea or practice (2) accepting and obeying traditional religious beliefs and practices
overwhelming
much larger, stronger, more important etc. than anything else in a situation
periphery
the outer part of an area, very far from the center
phenomenon
an event or situation that can be seen to happen or exist (2) someone or something that is very impressive or surprising
precedent
an action or event in the past that is used as an example or reason for a present action or event (2) a decision by a court on which future decisions are based
presume
to think that something is true because it is likely, although you cannot be certain (2) to act as though you have the right to behave in a particular way when you do not
prolong
to make something last longer
prominent
important and well known (2) easy to see or notice (3) sticking out
provincial
of or relating to the parts of a country outside the capital or the large cities (2) old-fashioned and conservative, especially because of not living in the capital city or a large city
redundant
not needed
reiterate
to repeat something in order to emphasize it or make it very clear to people
reprehensible
very bad and deserving to be criticized
subjective
based on your own feelings and ideas and not on facts
subsequent
happening or coming after something else
susceptible
easily influenced or affected by something (2) used for describing someone whose emotions are easy to influence (3) able to experience something, or able to be treated in a particular way
tranquil
calm, still, and quiet
vigilant
watching a person or situation very carefully so that you will notice any problems or signs of danger immediately
wary
careful or nervous about someone or something
weary
very tired, especially because of hard work or activity (2) tired and impatient about something