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50 terms

PSAT Vocab 5

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vacillate
(v) to waver in opinion or resolution
sanction
(v/n) to approve by tradition; penalty
extrapolate
(v) to estimate unknown values from known ones
pedestrian
(adj.) dull uninspired, ordinary
expunge
(v) to erase or remove from the record
dichotomy
(n) a split into 2 parts
daunt
(v) to intimidate or frighten
temerity
(n) audacity
abase
(v) to humiliate or degrade
surreptitious
(adj.) done by stealth
platitude
(n) trite saying; commonplace remark
absolve
(v) to pardon from blame
supercilious
(adj.) to assume an air of; condescending
partisan
(adj./n) (someone) loyal to a cause to the point of not reasoning
apotheosis
(n) the process of making someone/something divine
spurious
(adj.) not genuine, but trying to look real; illegitimate
parsimony
(n) extreme care with moeny to the point of stinginess
austere
(adj.) severely simple; harsh
specious
(adj.) seemingly right but actually wrong
imbue
(v) to saturate, to permeate (with feeling)
usurp
(v) to seize power wrongfully
undulating
(adj.) having a wavy motion or look
sagacious
(adj.) wise
vindicate
(v) to clear from blame or suspicion
retroactive
(adj.) taking effect prior to enactment
countenance
(n/v) face, facial expression; to approve
amorphous
(adj.) having no shape
erroneous
(adj.) wrong
enigma
(n) puzzling person or thing, riddle
soliloquy
(n) talking to self
ebb
(v/n) (to) decline
diminutive
(adj.) small in size
exonerate
(v) to free from blame
dexterous
(adj.) skillfull (with hands)
effervescent
(adj.) lively, bublly, the life of the party
prodigal
(adj./n) recklessly wasteful; returned wanderer
despondent
(adj.) depressed, gloomy
posterity
(n) future generations
whet
(v) to sharpen (a tool) by grinding
wantage
(n) place affording a good view
stupefy
(v) to shock or amaze
foliage
(n) leaves
provisional
(adj.) tentative or temporary
renown
(n) fame, high distinction
evocative
(adj.) inspiring an image or memory
tacit
(adj.) understood without being stated
spartan
(adj.) lacking comfort
provincial
(adj.) unsophisticated
venerate
(v) to have deep respect for someone, revere
embroil
(v) to bring someone into a situation that's hard to get out of