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SAT vocab words 2012

A list of the 2012 SAT vocabulary
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ambivalent
uncertain or unable to decide
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
Plunder
goods or money obtained by force or theft
lithe
bending easily and gracefully
dissemble
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
epithet
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
loquacious
very talkative
ravenous
Hunger for food or wealth
exacerbate
to make worse
stoic
showing no emotion
maudlin
self-pitying
denounce
to accuse or inform publicly
justify
show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
accolade
..., award of merit; strong praise and approval
allusion
..., a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
ambivalence
..., mixed feelings or emotions
analogy
..., drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
anecdote
..., short story of an amusing or interesting event
anomalous
..., abnormal; irregular
apparition
..., the appearance of a ghostlike figure
aspersion
..., an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
belligerence
..., aggressiveness, combativeness
bombastic
..., pompous in speech and manner
candid
..., openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
capricious
...,, impulsive and unpredictable
cherished
..., beloved; valued
cliche
..., a worn-out idea or overused expression
conception
..., an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
convoluted
..., intricate; complex
credence
...,, belief, mental acceptance
epitomizes
..., acts as an example of
meager
..., lacking in quantity or quality
paradox
..., a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
resilient
..., quick to recover
contradict
deny the truth of
inevitable
an unavoidable event
reconciliation
a settlement of controversity or disagreement
flamboyant
richly and brilliantly colorful
scrutinizing
to examine closely or critically
undermining
to weaken or destroy secretly, weakening, injuring, or impairing
exhibit
to show, make visible or apparent
hoard
stockpile; accumulate for future use
tranquil
free from disturbance
elephantine
of great mass
diminutive
Very small
prosaic
not challenging
judicious
proceeding from good sense or judgment
gratuitous
unnecessary and unwarranted
unfettered
free, unrestrained
emphatic
spoken with emphasis
stimulus
something that causes a response
inquiry
a request for information
foster
help develop, help grow
obsequious
Overly submissive and eager to please
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to authority
misanthropic
characterized by hatred or scorn for people
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful