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Vocabulary Power Plus for the new SAT: Lessons 15-20

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noxious
harmful to the health
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
hypercritical
overly critical; too severe in judgment
chutzpah
nerve; audacity
parsimonious
excessively thrifty; stingy
verbose
using more words than are needed; wordy
fallacy
a mistaken notion; a misconception
laudable
worthy of praise; commendable
indiscreet
not wise or judicious; imprudent, as in speech or action
liege
a lord, master, or sovereign
befuddle
to confuse or perplex
connive
to cooperate secretly in wrongdoing
crass
coarse; tasteless
plebian
a commoner; one from the lower class
prowess
superior skill or ability
pugnacious
eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome
rabble
a disorderly crowd or mob
vindictive
seeking revenge; bearing a grudge
linguistics
the study of language
purloin
to steal
raconteur
a person skilled a telling stories
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
quixotic
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
pique
to cause resentment; to provoke
predatory
inclined to prey on others
caustic
biting; stingingly sharp or sarcastic
renegade
one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor
vindicate
to clear of suspicions or accusations
circumspect
careful; heedful; attentive to all points
uncanny
weird, strange, so keen or acute as to seem bizarre
scourge
a person or thing which causes great trouble or misfortune
hurtle
to move or fling swiftly and with great force
retribution
something justly deserved
raillery
good-humored ridicule or teasing
agnostic
one who believes that the existence of God can neither be proven nor disproven
filibuster
an attempt to block a bill from becoming a law
pithy
full of meaning; concise
inherent
an essential part of something
impregnable
not able to be conquered; impenetrable
expedite
to increase the rate of progress
torpid
losing motion, feeling, or power
irreverent
disrespectful
pliable
easily bent; flexible
prodigal
reckless, wasteful, and extravagant
tenuous
thin; not dense or thick
attrition
a wearing down over time by the use of friction; weakening
mellifluous
having a rich, smoothly flowing sound
vagary
unpredictable action or behavior
burgeon
to grow, expand, or bloom
archetype
a prototype or original model
oeuvre
the complete work of an artist, composer, or writer
confluence
a meeting or gathering place
epicurean
taking pleasure in food or drink
approbation
a surprising, brilliant and usually successful act
vacuous
lacking intelligence
invidious
tending to cause discontent, harm, or resentment
insouciant
not concerned; free from care
derivative
not the original, coming from something else
demur
to disprove or to take exception
petulant
rude in speech or behavior
static
without force or movement, stationary
zetgeist
the general spirit of time
accolade
an award or honor
stipulate
to specify a required part of an arguement
limpid
transparent; clear