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SAT Vocab (12/25)

SAT Vocab (12/25)

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

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  • despot (n.)

    one who has total power and rules brutally<p>"The despot issued a death sentence for anyone who disobeyed his laws."</p>

  • sophomoric (adj.)

    immature, uninformed<p>"The mature senior rolled her eyes at the sophomoric gross-out humor of the underclassman."</p>

  • stagnate (v.)

    to become or remain inactive, not develop, not flow<p>"With no room for advancement, the waiter's career stagnated."</p>

  • abase (v.)

    to humiliate, degrade<p>"After being overthrown and abased, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror."</p>

  • abject (adj.)

    wretched, pitiful<p>"After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and breaking her ankle, Eloise was abject."</p>

  • complicit (adj.)

    being an accomplice in a wrongful act<p>"By keeping her daughter's affair a secret, Maddie became complicit in it."</p>

  • pariah (n.)

    an outcast<p>"Following the discovery of his plagiarism, Professor Hurley was made a pariah in all academic circles."</p>

  • cogent (adj.)

    intellectually convincing<p>"Irene's arguments in favor of abstinence were so cogent that I could not resist them."</p>

  • acerbic (adj.)

    biting, bitter in tone or taste<p>"Jill became extremely acerbic and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends."</p>

  • poignant (adj.)

    deeply affecting, moving<p>"My teacher actually cried after reading to us the poignant final chapter of the novel."</p>

  • dubious (adj.)

    doubtful, of uncertain quality<p>"Suspicious that he was only trying to get a raise, she found his praise dubious."</p>

  • dirge (n.)

    a mournful song, especially for a funeral<p>"The bagpipers played a dirge as the casket was carried to the cemetery."</p>

  • pacific (adj.)

    soothing<p>"The chemistry professor's pacific demeanor helped the class remain calm after the experiment exploded."</p>

  • adumbrate (v.)

    to sketch out in a vague way<p>"The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do."</p>

  • meticulous (adj.)

    extremely careful with details<p>"The ornate needlework in the bride's gown was a product of meticulous handiwork."</p>

  • implacable (adj.)

    incapable of being appeased or mitigated<p>"Watch out: once you shun Grandma's cooking, she is totally implacable."</p>

  • anecdote (n.)

    a short, humorous account<p>"After dinner, Marlon told an anecdote about the time he got his nose stuck in a toaster."</p>

  • bashful (adj.)

    shy, excessively timid<p>"Frankie's mother told him not to be bashful when he refused to attend the birthday party."</p>

  • contentious (adj.)

    having a tendency to quarrel or dispute<p>"George's contentious personality made him unpopular with his classmates."</p>

  • paucity (adj.)

    small in quantity<p>"Gilbert lamented the paucity of twentieth-century literature courses available at the college."</p>

  • innate (adj.)

    inborn, native, inherent<p>"His incredible athletic talent is innate, he never trains, lifts weights, or practices."</p>

  • cobbler (n.)

    a person who makes or repairs shoes<p>"I had my neighborhood cobbler replace my worn-out leather soles with new ones."</p>

  • cerebral (adj.)

    related to the intellect<p>"The books we read in this class are too cerebral— they don't engage my emotions at all."</p>

  • jubilant (adj.)

    extremely joyful, happy<p>"The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building."</p>

  • culmination (n.)

    the climax toward which something progresses<p>"The culmination of the couple's argument was the decision to divorce."</p>

  • convivial (adj.)

    characterized by feasting, drinking, merriment<p>"The restaurant's convivial atmosphere put me immediately at ease."</p>

  • retract (v.)

    withdraw<p>"As the media worked itself into a frenzy, the publicist hurriedly retracted his client's sexist statement."</p>

  • punitive (adj.)

    involving punishment<p>"If caught smoking in the boys' room, the punitive result is immediate expulsion from school."</p>

  • frenetic (adj.)

    frenzied, hectic, frantic<p>"In the hours between night and morning, the frenetic pace of city life slows to a lull."</p>

  • vituperate (v.)

    to berate<p>"Jack ran away as soon as his father found out, knowing he would be vituperated for his unseemly behavior."</p>

  • salient (adj.)

    significant, conspicuous<p>"One of the salient differences between Alison and Nancy is that Alison is a foot taller."</p>

  • alleviate (v.)

    to relieve, make more bearable<p>"This drug will alleviate the symptoms of the terrible disease, but only for a while."</p>

  • condolence (n.)

    an expression of sympathy in sorrow<p>"Brian lamely offered his condolences on the loss of his sister's roommate's cat."</p>

  • innuendo (n.)

    an insinuation<p>"During the debate, the politician made several innuendos about the sexual activities of his opponent."</p>

  • colossus (n.)

    a gigantic statue or thing<p>"For 56 years, the ancient city of Rhodes featured a colossus standing astride its harbor."</p>

  • admonish (v.)

    to caution, criticize, reprove<p>"Joe's mother admonished him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner."</p>

  • amenable (adj.)

    willing, compliant<p>"Our father was amenable when we asked him to drive us to the farm so we could go apple picking."</p>