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SAT Vocab (13/25)

SAT Vocab (13/25)

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

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  • congregation (n.)

    a gathering of people, especially for religious services<p>"The priest told the congregation that he would be retiring."</p>

  • superfluous (adj.)

    exceeding what is necessary<p>"Tracy had already won the campaign so her constant flattery of others was superfluous."</p>

  • litigant (n.)

    someone engaged in a lawsuit<p>"When the litigants began screaming at each other, Judge Koch ordered them to be silent."</p>

  • forage (v.)

    to graze, rummage for food<p>"When we got lost on our hiking trip, we foraged for berries and nuts in order to survive."</p>

  • reputable (adj.)

    of good reputation<p>"After the most reputable critic in the industry gave the novel a glowing review, sales took off."</p>

  • encumber (v.)

    to weigh down, burden<p>"At the airport, my friend was encumbered by her luggage, so I offered to carry two of her bags."</p>

  • evince (v.)

    to show, reveal<p>"Christopher's hand-wringing and nail-biting evince how nervous he is about the upcoming English test."</p>

  • noxious (adj.)

    harmful, unwholesome<p>"Environmentalists showed that the noxious weeds were destroying the insects' natural habitats."</p>

  • gratuitous (adj.)

    uncalled for, unwarranted<p>"Every morning the guy at the donut shop gives me a gratuitous helping of ketchup packets."</p>

  • exhort (v.)

    to urge, prod, spur<p>"Henry exhorted his colleagues to join him in protesting against the university's hiring policies."</p>

  • nondescript (adj.)

    lacking a distinctive character<p>"I was surprised when I saw the movie star in person because she looked nondescript."</p>

  • benevolent (adj.)

    marked by goodness or doing good<p>"Police officers should be commended for their benevolent service to the community."</p>

  • deface (v.)

    to ruin or injure something's appearance<p>"The brothers used eggs and shaving cream to deface their neighbor's mailbox."</p>

  • circumscribed (adj.)

    marked off, bounded<p>"The children were permitted to play tag only within a carefully circumscribed area of the lawn."</p>

  • obfuscate (v.)

    to render incomprehensible<p>"The detective did want to answer the newspaperman's questions, so he obfuscated the truth."</p>

  • augment (v.)

    to add to, expand<p>"The eager student seeks to augment his knowledge of French vocabulary by reading French literature."</p>

  • succinct (adj.)

    marked by compact precision<p>"The governor's succinct speech energized the crowd while the mayor's rambled on and on."</p>

  • toady (n.)

    one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors<p>"The other kids referred to the teacher's pet as the Tenth Grade Toady."</p>

  • saccharine (adj.)

    sickeningly sweet<p>"Tom's saccharine manner, although intended to make him popular, actually repelled his classmates."</p>

  • ascertain (v.)

    to perceive, learn<p>"With a bit of research, the student ascertained that some plants can live for weeks without water."</p>

  • gluttony (n.)

    overindulgence in food or drink<p>"Ada's fried chicken tastes so divine, I don't know how anyone can call gluttony a sin."</p>

  • criteria (n.)

    standards by which something is judged<p>"Among Mrs. Fields's criteria for good cookies are that they are moist and chewy."</p>

  • guile (n.)

    deceitful, cunning, sly behavior<p>"Because of his great guile, the politician was able to survive scandal after scandal."</p>

  • esoteric (adj.)

    understood by only a select few<p>"Even the most advanced students cannot understand the physicist's esoteric theories."</p>

  • indigent (adj.)

    very poor, impoverished<p>"I would rather donate money to help the indigent population than to the park sculpture fund."</p>

  • divulge (v.)

    to reveal something secret<p>"Pressured by the press, the government finally divulged the previously unknown information."</p>

  • enigmatic (adj.)

    mystifying, cryptic<p>"That man wearing the dark suit and dark glasses is so enigmatic that no one even knows his name."</p>

  • antecedent (n.)

    something that came before<p>"The great tradition of Western culture had its antecedent in the culture of Ancient Greece."</p>

  • vigilant (adj.)

    watchful, alert<p>"The guards remained vigilant throughout the night, but the enemy never launched the expected attack."</p>

  • venerate (v.)

    to regard with respect or to honor<p>"The tribute to John Lennon sought to venerate his music, his words, and his legend."</p>

  • wizened (adj.)

    dry, shrunken, wrinkled<p>"Agatha's grandmother, Stephanie, had the most wizened countenance, full of leathery wrinkles."</p>

  • forestall (v.)

    to prevent, thwart, delay<p>"I forestalled the cold I was getting by taking plenty of vitamin C pills and wearing a scarf."</p>

  • tangential (adj.)

    incidental, peripheral, divergent<p>"I tried to discuss my salary, but the boss kept veering off into tangential topics."</p>

  • inveterate (adj.)

    stubbornly established by habit<p>"I'm the first to admit that I'm an inveterate coffee drinker—I drink four cups a day."</p>

  • fickle (adj.)

    shifting in character, inconstant<p>"In Greek dramas, the fickle gods help Achilles one day and then harm him the next."</p>

  • hallowed (adj.)

    revered, consecrated<p>"In the hallowed corridors of the cathedral, the disturbed professor felt himself to be at peace."</p>

  • pillage (v.)

    to seize or plunder, especially in war<p>"Invading enemy soldiers pillaged the homes scattered along the country's border."</p>