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SAT Vocab (17/25)

SAT Vocab (17/25)

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

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  • discordant (adj.)

    not agreeing, not in harmony with<p>"The girls' sobs were a discordant sound amid the general laughter that filled the restaurant."</p>

  • exonerate (v.)

    to free from guilt or blame, exculpate<p>"The true thief's confession exonerated the man who had been held in custody for the crime."</p>

  • vicissitude (n.)

    event that occurs by chance<p>"The vicissitudes of daily life prevent me from predicting what might happen from one day to the next."</p>

  • clandestine (adj.)

    secret<p>"Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the gym, Sophie actually went to meet Joseph for a clandestine liaison."</p>

  • abstain (v.)

    to freely choose not to commit an action<p>"Everyone demanded that Angus put on the kilt, but he did not want to do it and abstained."</p>

  • ubiquitous (adj.)

    existing everywhere, widespread<p>"It seems that everyone in the United States has a television. The technology is ubiquitous here."</p>

  • nocturnal (adj.)

    relating to or occurring during the night<p>"Jackie was a nocturnal person; she would study until dawn and sleep until the evening."</p>

  • medley (n.)

    a mixture of differing things<p>"Susannah's wardrobe contained an astonishing medley of colors, from olive green to fluorescent pink."</p>

  • instigate (v.)

    to urge, goad<p>"The demagogue instigated the crowd into a fury by telling them that they had been cheated by the federal government."</p>

  • discursive (adj.)

    rambling, lacking order<p>"The professor's discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described."</p>

  • fabricate (v.)

    to make up, invent<p>"When I arrived an hour late to class, I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to school."</p>

  • flabbergasted (adj.)

    astounded<p>"Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, I am always flabbergasted when I learn the identity of the murderer."</p>

  • vicarious (adj.)

    experiencing through another<p>"All of my lame friends learned to be social through vicarious involvement in my amazing experiences."</p>

  • wane (v.)

    to decrease in size, dwindle<p>"Don't be so afraid of his wrath because his influence with the president is already beginning to wane."</p>

  • licentious (adj.)

    displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints<p>"Marilee has always been fascinated by the licentious private lives of politicians."</p>

  • strenuous (adj.)

    requiring tremendous energy or stamina<p>"Running a marathon is quite a strenuous task. So is watching an entire Star Trek marathon."</p>

  • hiatus (n.)

    a break or gap in duration or continuity<p>"The hiatus in service should last two or three months—until the cable lines are repaired."</p>

  • avenge (v.)

    to seek revenge<p>"The victims will take justice into their own hands and strive to avenge themselves against the men who robbed them."</p>

  • vindictive (adj.)

    vengeful<p>"The vindictive madman seeks to exact vengeance for any insult that he perceives is directed at him, no matter how small."</p>

  • surmise (v.)

    to infer with little evidence<p>"After speaking to only one of the students, the teacher was able to surmise what had caused the fight."</p>

  • recalcitrant (adj.)

    defiant, unapologetic<p>"Even when scolded, the recalcitrant young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans."</p>

  • commodious (adj.)

    roomy<p>"Holden invited the three women to join him in the back seat of the taxicab, assuring them that the car was quite commodious."</p>

  • impeccable (adj.)

    exemplary, flawless<p>"If your grades were as impeccable as your sister's, then you too would receive a car for a graduation present."</p>

  • sacrosanct (adj.)

    holy, something that should not be criticized<p>"In the United States, the Constitution is often thought of as a sacrosanct document."</p>

  • insidious (adj.)

    appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive<p>"Lisa's insidious chocolate cake tastes so good but makes you feel so sick later on!"</p>

  • erudite (adj.)

    learned<p>"My Latin teacher is such an erudite scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult and abstruse ancient poetry."</p>

  • penitent (adj.)

    remorseful, regretful<p>"The jury's verdict may have been more lenient if the criminal had appeared penitent for his gruesome crimes."</p>

  • behemoth (n.)

    something of tremendous power or size<p>"The new aircraft carrier is among several behemoths that the Air Force has added to its fleet."</p>

  • gregarious (adj.)

    drawn to the company of others, sociable<p>"Well, if you're not gregarious, I don't know why you would want to go to a singles party!"</p>

  • ribald (adj.)

    coarsely, crudely humorous<p>"While some giggled at the ribald joke involving a parson's daughter, most sighed and rolled their eyes."</p>

  • intrepid (adj.)

    brave in the face of danger<p>"After scaling a live volcano prior to its eruption, the explorer was praised for his intrepid attitude."</p>

  • neophyte (n.)

    someone who is young or inexperienced<p>"As a neophyte in the literary world, Malik had trouble finding a publisher for his first novel."</p>

  • abhor (v.)

    to hate, detest<p>"Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head when he tried to play soccer, Oswald began to abhor the sport."</p>

  • derelict (adj.)

    abandoned, run-down<p>"Even though it was dangerous, the children enjoyed going to the deserted lot and playing in the derelict house."</p>

  • cosmopolitan (adj.)

    sophisticated, worldly<p>"Lloyd's education and upbringing were cosmopolitan, so he felt right at home among the powerful and learned."</p>

  • astute (adj.)

    very clever, crafty<p>"Much of Roger's success in politics results from his ability to provide astute answers to reporters' questions."</p>