Vocab 1 SAT

abase (v)
degrade, humiliate; make (oneself) lose self-respect
banal (adj)
common; ordinary, lacking freshness
cacophony (n)
discordant, unpleasant noise
daunting (adj)
tending to overwhelm or intimidate
earnest (adj)
showing deep sincerity; serious
fabricate (v)
make up something artificial or untrue
gaffe (n)
a socially awkward or tactless act
habitable (adj)
capable of being lived in
iconoclastic (adj)
characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
jocular (adj)
characterized by jokes and good humor
lackluster (adj)
dull, monotonous, bland
malevolent (adj)
evil, wishing harm to others
naive (adj)
innocent, lacking sophistication or experience
obfuscate (v)
to confuse, make difficult to understand
palliative (n)
remedy that alleviates pain without curing
querulous (adj)
complaining, grumbling
rebut (v)
prove to be false or incorrect
sagacious (adj)
wise, shrewd, very discerning
tacit (adj)
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
unassailable (adj)
not open to attack; impregnable; not subject to question
venerable (adj)
respectable due to age
wistful (adj)
sad, wishful, longing