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SAT Vocab (8/25)

SAT Vocab (8/25)

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This course contains the most important words needed for SAT excellence.

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  • salve (n.)

    a soothing balm<p>"After Tony applied a salve to his brilliant red sunburn, he soon felt a little better."</p>

  • mutable (adj.)

    able to change<p>"Because fashion is so mutable, what is trendy today will look outdated in five years."</p>

  • fathom (v.)

    to understand, comprehend<p>"I cannot fathom why you like that crabby and mean-spirited neighbor of ours."</p>

  • abscond (v.)

    to sneak away and hide<p>"In the confusion, the super-spy absconded into the night with the secret plans."</p>

  • extant (adj.)

    existing, not destroyed or lost<p>"My mother's extant love letters to my father are in the attic trunk."</p>

  • impassive (adj.)

    stoic, not susceptible to suffering<p>"Stop being so impassive; it's healthy to cry every now and then."</p>

  • arrogate (v.)

    to take without justification<p>"The king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively."</p>

  • allocate (v.)

    to distribute, set aside<p>"The Mayor allocated 30 percent of the funds for improving the town's schools."</p>

  • excavate (v.)

    to dig out of the ground and remove<p>"The pharaoh's treasures were excavated by archeologists in Egypt."</p>

  • cadence (n.)

    a rhythm, progression of sound<p>"The pianist used the foot pedal to emphasize the cadence of the sonata."</p>

  • caustic (adj.)

    bitter, biting, acidic<p>"The politicians exchanged caustic insults for over an hour during the debate."</p>

  • ameliorate (v.)

    to improve<p>"The tense situation was ameliorated when Sam proposed a solution everyone could agree upon."</p>

  • induce (v.)

    to bring about, stimulate<p>"Who knew that our decision to boycott school lunch would induce a huge riot?"</p>

  • sinuous (adj.)

    lithe, serpentine<p>"With the sinuous movements of her arms, the dancer mimicked the motion of a snake."</p>

  • pliable (adj.)

    flexible<p>"Aircraft wings are designed to be somewhat pliable so they do not break in heavy turbulence."</p>

  • corpulence (adj.)

    extreme fatness<p>"Henry's corpulence did not make him any less attractive to his charming, svelte wife."</p>

  • compliment (n.)

    an expression of esteem or approval<p>"I blushed crimson when Emma gave me a compliment on my new haircut."</p>

  • ennui (n.)

    boredom, weariness<p>"I feel such ennui that I don't look forward to anything, not even my birthday party."</p>

  • languid (adj.)

    sluggish from fatigue or weakness<p>"In the summer months, the great heat makes people languid and lazy."</p>

  • affluent (adj.)

    rich, wealthy<p>"Mrs. Grebelski was affluent, owning a huge house, three cars, and an island near Maine."</p>

  • appalling (adj.)

    inspiring shock, horror, disgust<p>"The judge found the murderer's crimes and lack of remorse appalling."</p>

  • discern (v.)

    to perceive, detect<p>"Though he hid his emotions, she discerned from his body language that he was angry."</p>

  • stupefy (v.)

    to astonish, make insensible<p>"Veronica's audacity and ungratefulness stupefied her best friend, Heather."</p>

  • wanton (adj.)

    undisciplined, lewd, lustful<p>"Vicky's wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited."</p>

  • deplore (v.)

    to feel or express sorrow, disapproval<p>"We all deplored the miserable working conditions in the factory."</p>

  • mitigate (v.)

    to make less violent, alleviate<p>"When I had an awful sore throat, only warm tea would mitigate the pain."</p>

  • transmute (v.)

    to change or alter in form<p>"Ancient alchemists believed that it was possible to transmute lead into gold."</p>

  • undulate (v.)

    to move in waves<p>"As the storm began to brew, the placid ocean began to undulate to an increasing degree."</p>

  • demarcation (n.)

    the marking of boundaries or categories<p>"Different cultures have different demarcations of good and evil."</p>

  • daunting (adj.)

    intimidating, causing one to lose courage<p>"He kept delaying the daunting act of asking for a promotion."</p>

  • tacit (adj.)

    expressed without words<p>"I interpreted my parents' refusal to talk as a tacit acceptance of my request."</p>

  • cursory (adj.)

    brief to the point of being superficial<p>"Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda."</p>

  • plenitude (n.)

    an abundance<p>"My grandmother was overwhelmed by the plenitude of tomatoes her garden yielded this season."</p>

  • emaciated (adj.)

    very thin, enfeebled looking<p>"My sister eats a lot of pastries and chocolate but still looks emaciated."</p>

  • aisle (n.)

    a passageway between rows of seats<p>"Once we got inside the stadium we walked down the aisle to our seats."</p>

  • propagate (v.)

    to multiply, spread out<p>"Rumors of Paul McCartney's demise propagated like wildfire throughout the world."</p>

  • garrulous (adj.)

    talkative, wordy<p>"Some talk show hosts are so garrulous that their guests can't get a word in edgewise."</p>