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SAT Vocab (10/25)

SAT Vocab (10/25)

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

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  • repose (v.)

    to rest, lie down<p>"The cat, after eating an entire can of tuna fish, reposed in the sun and took a long nap."</p>

  • bilk (v.)

    cheat, defraud<p>"The lawyer discovered that this firm had bilked several clients out of thousands of dollars."</p>

  • mendacious (adj.)

    having a lying, false character<p>"The mendacious content of the tabloid magazines is at least entertaining."</p>

  • eloquent (adj.)

    expressive, articulate, moving<p>"The priest gave such an eloquent sermon that most churchgoers were crying."</p>

  • aspersion (n.)

    a curse, expression of ill-will<p>"The rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each others' integrity."</p>

  • disperse (v.)

    to scatter, cause to scatter<p>"When the rain began to pour, the crowd at the baseball game quickly dispersed."</p>

  • pathology (n.)

    a deviation from the normal<p>"Dr. Hastings had difficulty identifying the precise nature of Brian's pathology."</p>

  • interject (v.)

    to insert between other things<p>"During our conversation, the cab driver occasionally interjected his opinion."</p>

  • culpable (adj.)

    deserving blame<p>"He was culpable of the crime and was sentenced to perform community service for 75 years."</p>

  • sobriety (n.)

    sedate, calm<p>"Jason believed that maintaining his sobriety in times of crisis was the key to success in life."</p>

  • meritorious (adj.)

    worthy of esteem or reward<p>"Manfred was given the congressional medal of honor for his meritorious actions."</p>

  • pathos (n.)

    an emotion of sympathy<p>"Martha filled with pathos upon discovering the scrawny, shivering kitten at her door."</p>

  • epitome (n.)

    a perfect example, embodiment<p>"My mother, the epitome of good taste, always dresses more elegantly than I do."</p>

  • accentuate (v.)

    to stress, highlight<p>"Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest accentuate the positive in life."</p>

  • embezzle (v.)

    to steal money by falsifying records<p>"The accountant was fired for embezzling $10,000 of the company's funds."</p>

  • antiseptic (adj.)

    clean, sterile<p>"The antiseptic hospital was very bare, but its cleanliness helped to keep patients healthy."</p>

  • arbitrary (adj.)

    based on factors that appear random<p>"The boy's decision to choose one college over another seems arbitrary."</p>

  • boisterous (adj.)

    loud and full of energy<p>"The candidate won the vote after giving several boisterous speeches on television."</p>

  • disclose (v.)

    to reveal, make public<p>"The CEO disclosed to the press that the company would have to fire several employees."</p>

  • plaudits (n.)

    enthusiastic approval, applause<p>"The controversial new film received plaudits from even the harshest critics."</p>

  • captivate (v.)

    to get the attention of, hold<p>"The fireworks captivated the young boy, who had never seen such things before."</p>

  • irreverence (n.)

    disrespect<p>"The irreverence displayed by the band that marched through the chapel disturbed many churchgoers."</p>

  • disheartened (adj.)

    feeling a loss of spirit or morale<p>"The team was disheartened after losing in the finals of the tournament."</p>

  • vivacious (adj.)

    lively, sprightly<p>"The vivacious clown makes all of the children laugh and giggle with his friendly antics."</p>

  • adulation (n.)

    extreme praise<p>"Though the book was pretty good, Marcy did not believe it deserved the adulation it received."</p>

  • abjure (v.)

    to reject, renounce<p>"To prove his honesty, the President abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor."</p>

  • quagmire (n.)

    a difficult situation<p>"We'd all like to avoid the kind of military quagmire characterized by the Vietnam War."</p>

  • effrontery (n.)

    impudence, nerve, insolence<p>"When I told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery."</p>

  • pallid (adj.)

    lacking color<p>"Dr. Van Helsing feared that Lucy's pallid complexion was due to an unexplained loss of blood."</p>

  • indefatigable (adj.)

    incapable of defeat, failure, decay<p>"Even after traveling 62 miles, the indefatigable runner kept on moving."</p>

  • coalesce (v.)

    to fuse into a whole<p>"Gordon's ensemble of thrift-shop garments coalesced into a surprisingly handsome outfit."</p>

  • concomitant (adj.)

    accompanying in a subordinate fashion<p>"His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds."</p>

  • innocuous (adj.)

    harmless, inoffensive<p>"In spite of their innocuous appearance, these mushrooms are actually quite poisonous."</p>

  • assiduous (adj.)

    hard-working, diligent<p>"The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of assiduous labor."</p>

  • ecstatic (adj.)

    intensely and overpoweringly happy<p>"The couple was ecstatic when they learned that they had won the lottery."</p>

  • palliate (v.)

    to reduce the severity of<p>"The doctor trusted that the new medication would palliate her patient's discomfort."</p>

  • exacerbate (v.)

    to make more violent, intense<p>"The gruesome and scary movie I saw last night exacerbated my fears of the dark."</p>