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SAT Vocab (15/25)

SAT Vocab (15/25)

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

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  • revoke (v.)

    to take back<p>"After missing the curfew set by the court for eight nights in a row, Marcel's freedom of movement was revoked."</p>

  • elegy (n.)

    a speech given in honor of a dead person<p>"At the funeral, the widow gave a moving elegy describing her love for her husband."</p>

  • trepidation (n.)

    fear, apprehension<p>"Feeling great trepidation, Anya refused to jump into the pool because she thought she saw a shark in it."</p>

  • dither (v.)

    to be indecisive<p>"Not wanting to offend either friend, he dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend."</p>

  • latent (adj.)

    hidden, but capable of being exposed<p>"Sigmund's dream represented his latent paranoid obsession with other people's shoes."</p>

  • capricious (adj.)

    subject to whim, fickle<p>"The young girl's capricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals."</p>

  • inextricable (adj.)

    hopelessly tangled or entangled<p>"Unless I look at the solution manual, I have no way of solving this inextricable problem."</p>

  • exult (v.)

    to rejoice<p>"When she found out she won the literature prize, Mary exulted by dancing and singing through the school's halls."</p>

  • deter (v.)

    to discourage, prevent from doing<p>"Bob's description of scary snakes couldn't deter Marcia from traveling in the rainforests."</p>

  • flout (v.)

    to disregard or disobey openly<p>"I flouted the school's dress code by wearing a tie-dyed tank top and a pair of cut-off jeans."</p>

  • foil (v.)

    to thwart, frustrate, defeat<p>"Inspector Wilkens foiled the thieves by locking them in the bank along with their stolen money."</p>

  • ignominious (adj.)

    humiliating, disgracing<p>"It was really ignominious to be kicked out of the dorm for having an illegal gas stove in my room."</p>

  • phlegmatic (adj.)

    uninterested, unresponsive<p>"Monique feared her dog was ill after the animal's phlegmatic response to his favorite chew toy."</p>

  • illicit (adj.)

    forbidden, not permitted<p>"The fourth-grader learned many illicit words from a pamphlet that was being passed around school."</p>

  • intractable (adj.)

    difficult to manipulate, unmanageable<p>"There was no end in sight to the intractable conflict between the warring countries."</p>

  • amenity (n.)

    an item that increases comfort<p>"Bill Gates's house is stocked with so many amenities, he never has to do anything for himself."</p>

  • preponderance (adj.)

    superiority in importance or quantity<p>"Britain's preponderance of naval might secured the nation's role as a military power."</p>

  • plausible (adj.)

    believable, reasonable<p>"He studied all the data and then came up with a plausible theory that took all factors into account."</p>

  • vacillate (v.)

    to fluctuate, hesitate<p>"I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept vacillating between the distinct options available to us."</p>

  • oblique (adj.)

    diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward<p>"Martin's oblique language confused those who listened to him."</p>

  • ephemeral (adj.)

    short-lived, fleeting<p>"She promised she'd love me forever, but her "forever" was only ephemeral: she left me after one week."</p>

  • debase (v.)

    to lower the quality or esteem of something<p>"The large raise that he gave himself debased his motives for running the charity."</p>

  • enthrall (v.)

    to charm, hold spellbound<p>"The sailor's stories of fighting off sharks and finding ancient treasures enthralled his young son."</p>

  • diffident (adj.)

    shy, quiet, modest<p>"While eating dinner with the adults, the diffident youth did not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous."</p>

  • genial (adj.)

    friendly, affable<p>"Although he's been known to behave like a real jerk, I would say that my brother is an overall genial guy."</p>

  • tedious (adj.)

    dull, boring<p>"As time passed and the history professor continued to drone on and on, the lecture became increasingly tedious."</p>

  • lucid (adj.)

    clear, easily understandable<p>"Because Guenevere's essay was so lucid, I only had to read it once to understand her reasoning."</p>

  • impervious (adj.)

    impenetrable, incapable of being affected<p>"Because of their thick layer of fur, many seals are almost impervious to the cold."</p>

  • expunge (v.)

    to obliterate, eradicate<p>"Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to expunge all incriminating evidence from his tax files."</p>

  • inimical (adj.)

    hostile, enemylike<p>"I don't see how I could ever work for a company that was so cold and inimical to me during my interviews."</p>

  • antipathy (n.)

    a strong dislike, repugnance<p>"I know you love me, but because you are a liar and a thief, I feel nothing but antipathy for you."</p>

  • laudatory (adj.)

    expressing admiration or praise<p>"Such laudatory comments are unusual from someone who is usually so reserved in his opinions."</p>

  • allay (v.)

    to soothe, ease<p>"The chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech to try to allay investors' fears about an economic downturn."</p>

  • modulate (v.)

    to pass from one state to another, especially in music<p>"The composer wrote a piece that modulated between minor and major keys."</p>

  • upbraid (v.)

    to criticize or scold severely<p>"The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to upbraid her again about missing the rent payment."</p>

  • malevolent (adj.)

    wanting harm to befall others<p>"The malevolent old man sat in the park all day, tripping unsuspecting passersby with his cane."</p>

  • patent (adj.)

    readily seen or understood, clear<p>"The reason for Jim's abdominal pain was made patent after the doctor performed a sonogram."</p>