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SAT Vocab (16/25)

SAT Vocab (16/25)

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

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  • inhibit (v.)

    to prevent, restrain, stop<p>"When I told you I needed the car last night, I certainly never meant to inhibit you from going out."</p>

  • probity (n.)

    virtue, integrity<p>"Because he was never viewed as a man of great probity, no one was surprised by Mr. Samson's immoral behavior."</p>

  • concise (adj.)

    brief and direct in expression<p>"Gordon did not like to waste time, and his instructions to Brenda were nothing if not concise."</p>

  • submissive (adj.)

    easily yielding to authority<p>"In some cultures, wives are supposed to be submissive and support their husbands in all matters."</p>

  • nadir (n.)

    the lowest point of something<p>"My day was boring, but the nadir came when I accidentally spilled a bowl of spaghetti on my head."</p>

  • stoic (adj.)

    unaffected by passion or feeling<p>"Penelope's faithfulness to Odysseus required that she be stoic and put off her many suitors."</p>

  • delegate (v.)

    to hand over responsibility for something<p>"The dean delegated the task of finding a new professor to a special hiring committee."</p>

  • clairvoyant (adj.)

    able to perceive things that normal people cannot<p>"Zelda's uncanny ability to detect my lies was nothing short of clairvoyant."</p>

  • equivocal (adj.)

    ambiguous, uncertain, undecided<p>"His intentions were so equivocal that I didn't know whether he was being chivalrous or sleazy."</p>

  • empathy (n.)

    sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own<p>"I feel such empathy for my sister when she's in pain that I cry too."</p>

  • indignation (n.)

    anger sparked by something unjust or unfair<p>"I resigned from the sorority because of my indignation at its hazing of new members."</p>

  • cognizant (adj.)

    aware, mindful<p>"Jake avoided speaking to women in bars because he was cognizant of the fact that drinking impairs his judgment."</p>

  • reprehensible (adj.)

    deserving rebuke<p>"Jean's cruel and reprehensible attempt to dump her boyfriend on his birthday led to tears and recriminations."</p>

  • affinity (n.)

    a spontaneous feeling of closeness<p>"Jerry didn't know why, but he felt an incredible affinity for Kramer the first time they met."</p>

  • grandiose (adj.)

    on a magnificent or exaggerated scale<p>"Margaret planned a grandiose party, replete with elephants, trapeze artists, and clowns."</p>

  • absolution (n.)

    freedom from blame, guilt, sin<p>"Once all the facts were known, the jury gave Angela absolution by giving a verdict of not guilty."</p>

  • punctilious (adj.)

    eager to follow rules or conventions<p>"Punctilious Bobby, hall monitor extraordinaire, insisted that his peers follow the rules."</p>

  • stingy (adj.)

    not generous, not inclined to spend or give<p>"Scrooge's stingy habits did not fit with the generous, giving spirit of Christmas."</p>

  • desolate (adj.)

    deserted, dreary, lifeless<p>"She found the desolate landscape quite a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded city."</p>

  • blemish (n.)

    an imperfection, flaw<p>"The dealer agreed to lower the price because of the many blemishes on the surface of the wooden furniture."</p>

  • manifold (adj.)

    diverse, varied<p>"The popularity of Dante's Inferno is partly due to the fact that the work allows for manifold interpretations."</p>

  • resilient (adj.)

    able to recover from misfortune; able to withstand adversity<p>"The resilient ballplayer quickly recovered from his wrist injury."</p>

  • deliberate (adj.)

    intentional, reflecting careful consideration<p>"Though Mary was quite upset, her actions to resolve the dispute were deliberate."</p>

  • cloying (adj.)

    sickeningly sweet<p>"Though Ronald was physically attractive, Maud found his constant compliments and solicitous remarks cloying."</p>

  • veracity (n.)

    truthfulness, accuracy<p>"With several agencies regulating the reports, it was difficult for Latifah to argue against its veracity."</p>

  • antithesis (n.)

    the absolute opposite<p>"Your values, which hold war and violence in the highest esteem, are the antithesis of my pacifist beliefs."</p>

  • aversion (n.)

    a particular dislike for something<p>"Because he's from Hawaii, Ben has an aversion to autumn, winter, and cold climates in general."</p>

  • adverse (adj.)

    antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous<p>"Because of adverse conditions, the hikers decided to give up trying to climb the mountain."</p>

  • acumen (n.)

    keen insight<p>"Because of his mathematical acumen, Larry was able to figure out in minutes problems that took other students hours."</p>

  • engender (v.)

    to bring about, create, generate<p>"During the Olympics, the victories of U.S. athletes engender a patriotic spirit among Americans."</p>

  • paramount (adj.)

    greatest in importance, rank, character<p>"It was paramount that the bomb squad disconnect the blue wire before removing the fuse."</p>

  • penchant (n.)

    a tendency, partiality, preference<p>"Jill's dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her penchant for Mexican dishes."</p>

  • turpitude (n.)

    depravity, moral corruption<p>"Sir Marcus's chivalry often contrasted with the turpitude he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern."</p>

  • antiquated (adj.)

    old, out of date<p>"That antiquated car has none of the features, like power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great."</p>

  • antediluvian (adj.)

    ancient<p>"The antediluvian man still believed that Eisenhower was president of the United States and that hot dogs cost a nickel."</p>

  • forbearance (n.)

    patience, restraint, toleration<p>"The doctor showed great forbearance in calming down the angry patient who shouted insults at him."</p>

  • primeval (adj.)

    original, ancient<p>"The first primates to walk on two legs, called Australopithecus, were the primeval descendants of modern man."</p>