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53 terms

The Scarlet Letter SAT Vocab

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abase
to degrade, to humiliate
abate
to reduce in intensity or amount
abstruse
difficult to understand, recondite, concealed
abyss
bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
acuity
sharpness of perception
affinity
A likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship
alacrity
prompt and cheerful response
alchemist
One who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold.
alloy
a substance that is a mixture of metals
amenable
open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion, tractable, malleable
antipathy
a dislike, distaste, or enmity
append
to add in a supplementary manner
arduous
very difficult to accomplish or to achieve, very demanding (task)
ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury
audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
augury
An omen or prophecy
auspicious
favorable
austere
strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
balm
A soothing substance or one that gives relief
benevolence
kindness, generosity, charity
benign
not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
betoken
to give a sign of
blighted
destroyed or caused by decline or decay
buoyant
capable of floating; cheerful
burnish
to make shiny or to polish by rubbing
calamity
a serious event causing distress or misfortune
capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
consecrate
to dedicate or to declare sacred
credible
reliable and believable
dearth
a lack, a scarcity
decorousness
proper behavior
decorum
appropriate conduct, correct and proper behavior
deleterious
harmful; dangerous; injurious
depravity
moral corruption, a wicked or perverse act
derision
scoffing at, mockery, ridicule
despondency
depression, dejection
despotic
ruling oppressively and absolutely; tyrannical
discern
to differentiate between two or more things
duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrisy
edifice
a very large building
effervescent
showing high spirits
endow
to provide with income or property, to supply with a talent or quality
enmity
absolute hatred
entreaty
a plea, an earnest request
enumerate
to count one by one
erudite
scholarly
esoteric
understood only by a small group or a select few
estrange
to alienate, to separate
ethereal
heavenly, unusually delicate, light, lacking material substance, intangible
eulogy
praise or tribute
evanescent
fleeting; impermanent
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate attention