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SAT Vocabulary

SAT Vocabulary

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Just a bunch of SAT words from Princeton Review SAT Manual -- the Hit Parade Vocabulary List. Consists of about a couple hundred useful SAT words, if anyone needs to start cramming for the SAT like me =)
Just a bunch of SAT words from Princeton Review SAT Manual -- the Hit Parade Vocabulary List. Consists of about a couple hundred useful SAT words, if anyone needs to start cramming for the SAT like me =)

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Term Definitioncandid
completely honest, straightforward
conjecture
inference; guesswork 
didactic
instructive
euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensiveterm
extrapolate
to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
incoherent
lacking cohesion or connection
insinuate
to imply or communicate stealthily
lucid
easily understood; clear 
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
adroit
dexterous; deft
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
astute
shrewd; clever 
circumspect
careful; prudent; discreet
reticent
inclined to keep silent; reserved
staid
unemotional; serious
arcane
known or understood by only a few
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar 
autonomy
independence; self-determination
cosmopolitan
worldly; widely sophisticated
derivative (n)
something that comes from another source
entourage
a group of attendants or associates; a retinue
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group or people
gaffe
a clumsy social error; a faux pas
idiosyncrasy
characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
insular
isolated; narrow or provincial
orthodox
adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
potentate
one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
castigate
to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
censure
to issue official blame
denounce
to condemn openly
reclusive
seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
relinquish
to retire from; give up or abandon
renounce
to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
wituperative
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
circumscribe
to draw a circle around; to restrict
contiguous
sharing an edge or boundary; touching
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
credible
capable of being believed; plausible
exonerate
to free from blame
controvertible
indisputable; not open to question
indict
to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
litigious
 prone to engage in lawsuits
partisan (adj.)
devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or value (antonym: disparity)
 
rectitude
moral uprightness; righteous
remiss
lax in attending to duty; negligent
repudiate
to reject the validity or authority of sanctimonious
sanctimonious
feigning piety or righteousness
scrupulous
 principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious andexacting
solicitous
concerned
sophistry
 plausible but misleading or fallacious argument
substantiate
to support with proof or evidence; verify
veracity
adherence to the truth; truthfulness
vindicate
to free from blame
cajole
to urge with repeated appeals, teasing or flattery
chicanery
trickery
obsequious
fawning and servile
sycophant
insincere, obsequious flatterer 
altruism
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
eminent
distinguished; prominent
empathy
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, andmotives
extol
to praise highly
laudatory
full of praise
magnanimous
courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
philanthropic
humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity
reciprocate
to mutually take or give; to respond in kind
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
eradicate
to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
expurgate
to remove objectionable content before publication or release
extirpate
to destroy
quell
to put down forcibly; suppress
raze
to level to the ground; demolish
squelch
to crush as if by trampling; squash
supplant
to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhand tactics
stymie
to thwart or stump
abase
to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
deride
to mock contemptuously
derogatory
insulting or intended to insult
disparage
to speak of negatively; to belittle
effrontery
 brazen boldness; presumptuousness
ignominy
great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
mar
to damage, espeically in a disfiguring way
pejorative (adj)
disparaging, belittling, insulting
vex
to annoy or bother; to perplex
vindictive
disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful
bombastic
given to pompous speech or writing
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
exorbitant
exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
exuberant
full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy
 
embellish
to ornament or decorate; to exaggerate
flagrant
extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unnecessary
lavish (adj)
extravagant
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrousdegree
opulent
displaying great wealth
ornate
elaborately decorated
penchant
a strong inclination or liking
redundant
needlessly repetitive
ubiquitous
 being or seeing to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
vicarious
felt or undergone as if one was taking part in the experience or feelings oanother 
vignette
a short scene or story
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
inundate
to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp
multifarious
diverse; various
multiplicity
state of being various or manifold; a great number 
alleviate
to ease a pain or burden
ameliorate
to make something better; improve
beneficial
 producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful
curative
able to heal or cure
palliative
relieveing or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder withouteffecting a cure
therapeutic
having or exhibiting healing powers
complement (n)
something that completes, goes with, or brings to perfection
epitome
a representative or example of a type
felicitous
admirably suited; apt
belie
to misrepresent or disguise
debunk 
to expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims
dubious
doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
duplicitous
deliberately deceptive
fabricate
to make up the order; to deceive
fallacy
a false notion
mendacious
lying; untruthful
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
ambivalent
simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain
apathetic
feeling or showing little emotion
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
equivocal
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead;ambiguous (antonym: unequivocal)
erratic
markedly; inconsistent
impetuous
suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate
impetus
an impelling force or stimulus
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
vacillate
to sway from one side to the other; oscillate
whimsical
characterized by whim; unpredictable

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