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Vocabulary Power Plus for the New SAT Book II — Unit #9

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divulge
(v) to tell; to reveal (as a secret)
abet
(v) to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
dogmatic
(adj) arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs
insipid
(adj) lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating
extraneous
(adj) inessential; not constituting a vital part
coerce
(v) to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats
jaundiced
(adj) prejudiced; hostile
meticulous
(adj) extremely careful about small details; precise
temerity
(n) recklessness; a foolish disregard of danger
gregarious
(adj) sociable; fond of the company of others
heresy
(n) the crime of holding a belief that goes against established doctrine
docile
(adj) easy to teach or manage
libation
(n) a drink, especially an alcoholic one
anathema
(n) a hated, repellant person or thing
banter
(n) teasing; playful conversation
castigate
(v) to criticize or punish for the purpose of correction
gauche
(adj) lacking social graces; tactless
ignominy
(n) public shame, disgrace, or dishonor
motley
(adj) made up of different, dissimilar parts; being of many colors
emaciated
(adj) extremely thin; wasted away
avarice
(n) greed; desire for wealth
furtive
(adj) stealthy; secretive
bacchanalian
(adj) wild and drunken
extradite
(v) to turn over or deliver to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority
copious
(adj) numerous; large in quantity
irascible
(adj) easily angered
mercenary
(n) a professional soldier hired by a foreign army
bastion
(n) a strong defense or fort (one likened to these)
jettison
(v) to cast overboard; to discard
ostracize
(v) to banish; to shut out from a group or society by common consent
bigot
(n) one who is intolerant of differences in people
expunge
(v) to erase or eliminate
candid
(adj) outspoken; blunt
argot
(n) special words or phrases used by a specific group of people
negligence
(n) careless neglect, often resulting in injury
appease
(v) to calm ; to make satisfied (often only temporarily)
strident
(ad) harsh sounding; grating
chaos
(n) completely disorder
augment
(v) to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
jingoism
(n) extreme, chauvinistic patriotism, often favoring an aggressive, warlike foreign policy
rancor
(n) extreme hatred or ill will
inexorable
(adj) unrelenting; unavoidable
extol
(v) to praise highly
clement
(adj) merciful; lenient
cliché
(n) a worn-out idea or overused expression
adamant
(adj) unyielding; firm in opinion
diffident
(adj) lacking in self-confidence; shy
opus
(n) a creative work, especially a numbered composition
ostensible
(adj) professed but not necessarily true
disparity
(n) inequality; difference
condone
(v) to forgive or overlook an offense
nuance
(n) a slight or subtle degree of difference
connoisseur
(n) an expert in matters of culture, food, or wine
enigma
(n) a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
apathy
(n) lack of interest; state of not caring
officious
(adj) excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help
credence
(n) belief or trust
jaunty
(adj) having a buoyant, self-confident air; brisk and crisp
dilettante
(n) one who merely dabbles in an art or science
cult
(n) an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion to a person or set of principles
cynical
(adj) doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motive
ambivalent
(adj) uncertain; unable to decide between two opposing points of view
demagogue
(n) a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
demure
(adj) quiet and modest; reserved
intrepid
(adj) without fear; brave
destitute
(adj) extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
erudite
(adj) scholarly; learned
dilemma
(n) a difficult choice; a seemingly unsolvable problem
culmination
(n) the highest point of attainment; the end or climax
concur
(v) to be of the same opinion; to agree with
abate
(v) to lessen in violence or intensity
decorum
(n) conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior
abhor
(v) to detest; to hate strongly
dole
(v) to distribute; to give out sparingly
gamut
(n) the whole range or extent
extrovert
(n) one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others
droll
(adj) amusing in an odd or whimsical way
duplicity
(n) intentional deceit in speech or conduct
effigy
(n) a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group
austere
(adj) stern; severe; plain
emulate
(v) to strive to be like; to imitate
sere
(adj) dry and withered
enhance
(v) to increase the value or beauty of something
contrite
(adj) feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing
magnanimous
(adj) noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feeling or acts
enunciate
(v) to pronounce clearly and distinctly
collaborate
(v) to work with another toward a goal
impound
(v) to confine; to retain in legal custody
impeccable
(adj) faultless; without sin or blemish
evoke
(v) to summon forth
inane
(adj) without sense or meaning; silly
unctuous
(adj) exaggeratedly or insincerely polite
expatriate
(n) one who chooses to live outside of or renounce his or her native country
frowzy
(adj) unkempt
heinous
(adj) hatefully or shockingly evil