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70 terms

SAT Group 3

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excoriate
berate; criticize; upbraid; take to task; rebuke; "chew out"
filial
of, relation to or befitting children
piety
devoutness; religiousness; faithfulness
rapt
deeply engrossed or absorbed; deeply moved or delighted
pathological
altered or caused by disease; abnormal
hedonist
one who lives for pleasure
sanctimonious
self-righteous; "holier than thou"; smug; pious
facetious
joking; not serious; teasing; tongue-in-cheek
ministration
support; care; attention; aid; assistance; comfort
self-deprecating
undervaluing of oneself or one's ability
provocateur
agitator; one who stirs up trouble; troublemaker
binary
numeric system with one two symbols, 1 and 0, used mostly in computers
allegory
parable; metaphor; story; moral tale
quintessential
classic; standard; archetypal; model; ideal; typical
niggly
finding fault; complaining
revile
insult; abuse; scorn; berate; disparage
ostensible
supposed; purported; putative; presumed
narcissist
someone preoccupied with his own beauty or too in love with himself
comeuppance
punishment; what you deserve; retribution; what's coming to you
ambivalent
having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
intrinsic
inherent, part of the essential nature of something
debauchery
wild living; excessive intemperance
illicit
illegal; not permitted
pragmatic
practical, down-to-earth, realistic
agnostic
one who believes that the existence of a god can be neither proven nor disproven, disbeliever
plodding
hard monotonous routine work
mirthful
arousing or provoking laughter
exigency
a pressing or urgent situation
conundrum
a difficult problem
abrogate
revoke formally
abstruse
difficult to penetrate
ambivalent
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
fascist
belief in dictatorship
hegemony
the domination of one state over its allies
peremptory
not allowing contradiction or refusal
peevish
easily irritated or annoyed
mercurial
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
propensity
a natural inclination
discreet
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
enervate
weaken mentally or morally
foment
try to stir up public opinion
perambulate
walk with no particular goal
perfidious
tending to betray, disloyal
discrete
constituting a separate entity or part
epitomize
embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of
usurp
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
elocution
an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
rectilinear
characterized by a straight line or lines
lugubrious
excessively mournful
voracious
excessively greedy and grasping
covetous
immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
pragmatic
concerned with practical matters
ideological
concerned with or suggestive of ideas
manifestation
a clear appearance
ephemeral
enduring a very short time
vestige
an indication that something has been present
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way, glaring
quixotic
not sensible about practical matters
extrapolate
estimate the value of
nonperpetuity
endless or indefinitely long duration or existence
interminable
tiresomely long, endless
churlish
rude and boorish
altruism
the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
byzantine
highly involved or intricate; complex
dogma
belief (of the church, etc.); teachings; doctrine; creed; tenets
provisional
temporary; interim; short-term; makeshift
morose
glum; miserable; down; depressed; gloomy
cacophony
dissonance; harsh sounds; disharmony
concord
harmony; agreement; unity
amenable
agreeable; open to; willing