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108 terms

SAT Vocab Units 1-4 AP English

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Factious
causing disagreement
Ignoble
dishonorable; shameful
Boor
a rude or impolite person
Aegis
a shield; protection (has a silent A)
Perspicacity
keeness of judgement
Fervent
eager; earnest
Rectify
to make right; to correct
Enervate
to weaken
Besiege
to overwhelm; to surround and attack
Ephermeral
lasting only a brief time
Altuism
a concern for others; generosity
Carrion
decaying flesh
Amorphous
shapeless; formless; vague
Opulent
rich, luxurious, wealthy
Impotent
powerless, lacking strength
Antithesis
an exact opposite; an opposite extreme
Maelstrum
whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind
Emendation
a correction
Chagrin
embarrasment; a complete loss of courage
Bauble
a showy but useless thing
Diaphanous
very sheer and light
Labyrinth
a maize; a complicated network of winding passages
Gloat
to look at or think about with great satisfaction
Impediment
a barrier; abstruction
Bestial
savage; brutal
Effete
worn out; barren
Shard
a fragment
Bland
mild; tasteless; dull
Nihilism
a total rejection of established laws
Maxim
a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
Pedestrian
ordinary or dull
Bona fide
in good faith
Adventituous
accidental; nonessential
Fecund
fertile, productive
Deviate
to turn aside from a course; to stray
Obfuscate
to confuse; to bewilder
Impale
to pierce with a sharp stake through the body
Extenuate
to lesson seriousness by providing partial excuses
Parochial
local; narrow; limited
Glower
to stare angrily
Edify
to improve someone morrally
Ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
Cataclysm
a violent change
Optimum
best; most favorable; ideal
Importune
to ask persistently; to beg
Fortuitous
happening by chance or accident
Recapitulate
to summarice; to repeat briefly
Perfunctory
done without care in a routine fashion
Baroque
overly decorated
Hedonism
persuit of pleasure, especially of the senses.
Obloquy
strong disapproval; a bad reputatoin resulting from public criticism
Debade
a complete failure; a total collapse
Quasi
resembling; seeming; half
Besmirch
to make dirty; to stain
Imperative
extremely necessary, vitally important
Sacrosanct
extremely holy
Sadistic
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
Demeanor
behavior; manor of conducting oneself
Facetious
comical; juculor
Flippant
disrespectful; shallow; lacking in seriousness
Imprecation
a curse
Non sequitur
Something that does not follow logically
Sanguine
cheerful; optimistic
Bowdlerize
to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.
Impair
to weaken; to cause to become worse
Panegyric
an expression of praise
Quandary
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
Ebullient
enthusiastic
Deference
respect; consideration
Nebulous
hazy; vague; uncertiann
Rakish
dashingly stylish and confident
Elegy
a sad or mornful poem
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
Antipathy
an intense dislike
Elucidate
to make clear
Imminent
likely to happen; threatening
Banal
common, ordinary
Obdurate
stubborn; hardhearted
Peruse
to read carefully; to scrutinize
bedlam
a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion
Affluence
wealth; richness
Aariot
skilllful; clever
macroscopic
visible to the naked eye
Fatuous
foolish
Bovine
pertaining to cows or cattle
Ferret
to search or drive out
Affectation
a phony attitude
Knell
a sound made by a bell, often rung slowly for a death or funeral
Dichotomy
a division into two parts
Callow
young and inexperienced
Laconic
using few words; short; concise
Quiddity
an essential quality
Patent
eveident or obvious
Devide
to ridicule; to mock
Cencure
to criticize sharply
Gambol
to frolic
Immolate
to kill someone as a sacrifice victim, usually by fire
Recondile
difficult to understand; profoud
Martinet
a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster
Quagmire
a difficult or inextricable situation; a swamp
Gibe
to scoff; to ridicule
Agape
open-mouthed; surprised
Carcinogen
causing cancer
Oltactory
pertaining to smell
Imperious
domineering; naughty
Grotesque
absurd; disterted
Neologism
a new word or expression
Hackeyed
commonplace; overused