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SAT Vocab (11/25)

SAT Vocab (11/25)

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

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  • mollify (v.)

    to soften in temper<p>"The police officer mollified the angry woman by giving her a warning instead of a ticket."</p>

  • demure (adj.)

    quiet, modest, reserved<p>"Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure."</p>

  • tantamount (adj.)

    equivalent in value or significance<p>"When it comes to sports, fearing your opponent is tantamount to losing."</p>

  • palatable (adj.)

    agreeable to the taste or sensibilities<p>"Despite the unpleasant smell, the exotic cheese was quite palatable."</p>

  • quixotic (adj.)

    idealistic, impractical<p>"Edward entertained a quixotic desire to fall in love at first sight in a laundromat."</p>

  • reprove (v.)

    to scold, rebuke<p>"Lara reproved her son for sticking each and every one of his fingers into the strawberry pie."</p>

  • odious (adj.)

    instilling hatred or intense displeasure<p>"Mark was assigned the odious task of cleaning the cat's litter box."</p>

  • garish (adj.)

    gaudy, in bad taste<p>"Mrs. Watson has poor taste and covers every object in her house with a garish gold lamé."</p>

  • demean (v.)

    to lower the status or stature of something<p>"She refused to demean her secretary by making him order her lunch."</p>

  • vehemently (adv.)

    marked by intense force or emotion<p>"The candidate vehemently opposed cutting back on Social Security funding."</p>

  • diligent (adj.)

    showing care in doing one's work<p>"The diligent researcher made sure to check her measurements multiple times."</p>

  • procure (v.)

    to obtain, acquire<p>"The FBI was unable to procure sufficient evidence to charge the gangster with racketeering."</p>

  • bias (n.)

    a tendency, inclination, prejudice<p>"The judge's hidden bias against smokers led him to make an unfair decision."</p>

  • rectitude (n.)

    uprightness, extreme morality<p>"The priest's rectitude gave him the moral authority to counsel his parishioners."</p>

  • candor (n.)

    honesty, frankness<p>"We were surprised by the candor of the mayor's speech because he is usually rather evasive."</p>

  • enervate (v.)

    to weaken, exhaust<p>"Writing these sentences enervates me so much that I will have to take a nap after I finish."</p>

  • annul (v.)

    to make void or invalid<p>"After seeing its unforeseen and catastrophic effects, Congress sought to annul the law."</p>

  • kudos (n.)

    praise for an achievement<p>"After the performance, the reviewers gave the opera singer kudos for a job well done."</p>

  • anarchist (n.)

    one who wants to eliminate all government<p>"An anarchist, Carmine wanted to dissolve every government everywhere."</p>

  • requisition (n.)

    a demand for goods, usually made by an authority<p>"During the war, the government made a requisition of supplies."</p>

  • compelling (adj.)

    forceful, demanding attention<p>"Eliot's speech was so compelling that Lenore accepted his proposal on the spot."</p>

  • torrid (adj.)

    giving off intense heat, passionate<p>"I didn't want to witness the neighbor's torrid affair through the window."</p>

  • zephyr (n.)

    a gentle breeze<p>"If not for the zephyrs that were blowing and cooling us, our room would've been unbearably hot."</p>

  • dispel (v.)

    to drive away, scatter<p>"She entered the office as usual on Monday, dispelling the rumor that she had been fired."</p>

  • interminable (adj.)

    without possibility of end<p>"The fact that biology lectures came just before lunch made them seem interminable."</p>

  • arable (adj.)

    suitable for growing crops<p>"The farmer purchased a plot of arable land on which he will grow corn and sprouts."</p>

  • egregious (adj.)

    extremely bad<p>"The student who threw sloppy joes across the cafeteria was punished for his egregious behavior."</p>

  • abstruse (adj.)

    hard to comprehend<p>"Everyone else in the class understood geometry easily, but John found the subject abstruse."</p>

  • ethereal (adj.)

    heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined<p>"In her flowing silk gown and lace veil, the bride looked ethereal."</p>

  • limpid (adj.)

    clear, transparent<p>"Mr. Johnson's limpid writing style greatly pleased readers who disliked complicated novels."</p>

  • pithy (adj.)

    concisely meaningful<p>"My father's long-winded explanation was a stark contrast to his usually pithy statements."</p>

  • devious (adj.)

    not straightforward, deceitful<p>"Not wanting to be punished, the devious girl blamed the broken vase on the cat."</p>

  • analgesic (n.)

    something that reduces pain<p>"Put this analgesic on the wound so that the poor man at least feels a little better."</p>

  • inane (adj.)

    silly and meaningless<p>"Some films are so inane that the psychology of the characters makes absolutely no sense."</p>

  • perusal (n.)

    a careful examination, review<p>"The actor agreed to accept the role after a two-month perusal of the movie script."</p>

  • banal (adj.)

    dull, commonplace<p>"The client rejected our proposal because they found our presentation banal and unimpressive."</p>

  • crescendo (n.)

    a steady increase in intensity or volume<p>"The crescendo of the brass instruments gave the piece a patriotic feel."</p>