150 terms

Ford's SAT words 1-150

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chattel
an item of personal, movable property; slave
austere
stern, as in manner; without excess, unadorned, severely simple and plain
lament
to express sorrow or regret; to mourn
cerebral
of or relating to the brain; an intellectual person
aloof
distant, reserved in manner; uninvolved
incongruous
not appropriate, unsuited to the surrounding; not fitting in
bulwark
a defensive wall; something serving as a principle defense
connoisseur
an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste
cacophony
harsh sounds
expunge
to remove; to delete; to erase
trenchant
cutting, incisive, having a sharp point; caustic, sarcastic
procrastinate
to put off until a later time
roster
a list of names; especially of personnel available for duty
impede
to obstruct or interfere with; to delay
forbear
to refrain from; to abstain; to be patient or tolerant
migratory
roving, wandering, nomadic
evade
to elude or avoid by cunning; to flee from a pursuer
efface
to rub away
asunder
in separate parts; apart from each other in position
incite
to arouse to action
quixotic
idealistic and totally impractical
beleaguer
to besiege; beset, surround, harass
milieu
environment or surrounding
histrionic
overly dramatic, theatrical
bludgeon
a short heavy, thick club that has one end larger than the other
arduous
hard, difficult, tiresome
reminisce
the act or practice of recalling the past
opportune
occurring or coming at a good time
dulcet
melodious, soft, soothing
porcine
reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig
lassitude
listlessness; torpor, weariness
coterie
a circle of close associates or friends
ballistics
the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles
ambiance
mood, feeling; general atmosphere
girth
the distance around something; to encircle; to secure with a band that encircles the body of an animal
askew
to one side; crooked; awry; a sidelong look of contempt
cubism
a style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed by geometric forms, especially cubes
cranny
a small opening as in a wall or rock face
enrage
to put in a rage; infuriate, anger
propulsive
the act or process of propelling; a propelling force
laconic
brief, using few words
harrowing
extremely distressed; disturbing or frightening
aptitude
capacity for learning; natural ability
endure
to carry on through despite hardships; to put up with
chronic
continuing for a long time; continuous
giddy
a light-headed sensation; dizzy, frivolous
irascible
easily angered, irritable
cower
cringe from fear; to shrink away
gossamer
delicate floating cobwebs; a sheer gauzy fabric; something delicate, light, flimsy
queue
to form or to wait in line
myriad
an extremely large number
accolade
an honor, award, or praise
grandiloquent
attempting to impress by using big words
caucus
a meeting of members of a political party
atrophy
to wither away
proficient
skillful
harangue
lecture, berate; a long bombastic speech
demonic
an evil person; one who work devilishly, a persistent person
noxious
physically or mentally destructive, or harmful to human beings
dromedary
a one-humped camel
muster
to collect or gather; the act of inspection or critical examination
catapult
slingshot
glutton
one who eats a great deal
beget
to give birth to; to create
curtail
truncate, abridge; to lessen usually by cutting off
paranoia
a mental illness or unreasonable anxiety
facilitate
to make easier; to help bring about
craven
cowardly; lacking the least bit of courage
mode
a way or method of doing something; type, manner, fashion
alienate
to make hostile; to cause to feel unwelcome or estranged
obtuse
insensitive; block-headed, slow in comprehension
scrutinize
to look very carefully at; to examine
congenial
pleasant to be around; social, agreeable
fjord
a long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs or hills
aspire
to seek to achieve a goal
martyr
someone willing to sacrifice and even give his/her life for a cause
citadel
fortress overlooking a city; a stronghold
doldrums
period or condition or depression or inactivity
consensus
general agreement
blather
to talk nonsensically
defame
to libel or slander; take away a good name
curvilinear
formed, bound, or characterized by curved lines
elapse
to pass or go by (said of time)
veer
to change direction
karma
fate, destiny; to detect good or bad vibrations from something or someone
astute
quick in discernment; shrewd, clever, keen
misnomer
an incorrect or inappropriate name
resurgent
a rise after defeat
artisan
a worker skilled in a craft
draconian
hard, severe, cruel
amenable
agreeable, responsible to authority, pleasant, willing to give in to the wishes of another
precarious
unsafe, unsteady, unstable
criterion
a standard or rule by which something can be judged, a basis for judgment
guise
appearance, semblance
lesion
wound, injury; especially one created by a disease
gird
to encircle as with a belt; to prepare as for action
fetish
an object of unreasonable obsessive reverence or attention
disperse
to scatter in various directions; distribute widely
dissolution
the breaking up into parts; termination of a legal bond or contract
forage
to search or hunt for food and provision
denounce
to condemn; to expose critically
torque
a turning or twisting force
fathom
to understand fully; to penetrate the meaning of
docile
easily taught or controlled; obedient, easy to handle
hovel
a small, miserable dwelling; an open, low shed
balm
something that soothes, heals, or comforts; an oil or ointment
divine
to foretell a prophecy; to infer, to guess
alternative
the choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities
countenance
a person's face, especially the expression
badger
to tease, annoy, harass persistently
wane
to decrease gradually
fraught
teeming with; laden; full of
chasm
a deep opening in the earth's surface; a gorge
erudite
deeply learned, scholarly
also-ran
one who is defeated in a race, election, or other competition
elfin
small and sprightly; mischievous, fairy-like
aggrandize
to exaggerate; to cause to appear greater in power, influence
ensemble
a coordinated outfit or costume, a musical group
tether
a rope or chain that allows limited movement
claimant
one who makes a claim
entice
to lure, to attract, to tempt in a pleasing fashion
philanthropy
the love of mankind
misanthropy
the hatred of mankind
mirage
unreal reflection; an optical illusion
noisome
stinking, offensive; disgusting
coup
the violent overthrow of a government
hoard
to accumulate for future use; stockpile
languish
to become weak and feeble; sag with loss of strength
cloister
a tranquil, secluded place
oust
to eject; to force out; to banish
creditor
a person whom money is owed
pillage
to rob of goods by violent seizure, plunder
antecedent
going before; preceding
embody
to give bodily form to; to personify
verbatim
using exactly the same words
truncate
to shorten by cutting off
remorse
a strong feeling of sadness or guilt for having done something wrong
forsake
to abandon, to give up
deft
skillful, dexterous
ubiquitous
the quality of being everywhere at the same time
insouciant
calm and carefree
sundry
various, several miscellaneous
callous
unfeeling, insensitive
dearth
scarcity; lack of
revere
to regard with great devotion or respect, to honor
prowess
exceptional skill and bravery
generalize
to make general rather than specific
legacy
something handed down from one who has gone before
phobia
a persistent, illogical fear
somber
depressing, gloomy, dark