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SAT Vocab (18/25)

SAT Vocab (18/25)

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

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  • pert (adj.)

    flippant, bold<p>"My parents forgave Sandra's pert humor at the dinner table because it had been so long since they had last seen her."</p>

  • penurious (adj.)

    miserly, stingy<p>"Stella complained that her husband's penurious ways made it impossible to live the lifestyle she felt she deserved."</p>

  • denigrate (v.)

    to belittle, diminish the opinion of<p>"The company decided that its advertisements would no longer denigrate the company's competitors."</p>

  • larceny (n.)

    obtaining another's property by theft or trickery<p>"When my car was not where I had left it, I realized that I was a victim of larceny."</p>

  • magnanimous (adj.)

    noble, generous<p>"Although I had already broken most of her dishes, Jacqueline was magnanimous enough to continue letting me use them."</p>

  • tirade (n.)

    a long speech marked by harsh or biting language<p>"Every time Jessica was late, her boyfriend went into a long tirade about punctuality."</p>

  • calamity (n.)

    an event with disastrous consequences<p>"The earthquake in San Francisco was a calamity worse than any other natural disaster in history."</p>

  • flagrant (adj.)

    offensive, egregious<p>"The judge's decision to set the man free simply because that man was his brother was a flagrant abuse of power."</p>

  • perfunctory (adj.)

    showing little interest or enthusiasm<p>"The radio broadcaster announced the news of the massacre in a surprisingly perfunctory manner."</p>

  • dissuade (v.)

    to persuade someone not to do something<p>"Worried that he would catch a cold, she tried to dissuade him from going out on winter nights."</p>

  • hegemony (n.)

    domination over others<p>"Britain's hegemony over its colonies was threatened once nationalist sentiment began to spread around the world."</p>

  • profane (adj.)

    lewd, indecent<p>"Jacob's profane act of dumping frogs in the holy water in the chapel at his boarding school resulted in his dismissal."</p>

  • inclination (n.)

    a tendency, propensity<p>"Sarah has an inclination to see every foreign film she hears about, even when she's sure that she won't like it."</p>

  • puerile (adj.)

    juvenile, immature<p>"The judge demanded order after the lawyer's puerile attempt to object by stomping his feet on the courtroom floor."</p>

  • disparage (v.)

    to criticize or speak ill of<p>"The saleswoman disparaged the competitor's products to persuade her customers to buy what she was selling."</p>

  • auspicious (adj.)

    favorable, indicative of good things<p>"The tennis player considered the sunny forecast an auspicious sign that she would win her match."</p>

  • scathing (adj.)

    sharp, critical, hurtful<p>"Two hours after breaking up with Russell, Suzanne thought of the perfect scathing retort to his accusations."</p>

  • apathetic (adj.)

    lacking concern, emotion<p>"Uninterested in politics, Bruno was apathetic about whether he lived under a capitalist or communist regime."</p>

  • aesthetic (adj.)

    artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty<p>"We hired Susan as our interior decorator because she has such a fine aesthetic sense."</p>

  • lithe (adj.)

    graceful, flexible, supple<p>"Although the dancers were all outstanding, Jae Sun's control of her lithe body was particularly impressive."</p>

  • reprieve (n.)

    a temporary delay of punishment<p>"Because the governor woke up in a particularly good mood, he granted hundreds of reprieves to prisoners."</p>

  • novice (n.)

    a beginner, someone without training or experience<p>"Because we were all novices at yoga, our instructor decided to begin with the basics."</p>

  • pinnacle (n.)

    the highest point<p>"Book reviewers declared that the author's new novel was extraordinary and probably the pinnacle of Western literature."</p>

  • deferential (adj.)

    showing respect for another's authority<p>"His deferential attitude toward her made her more confident in her ability to run the company."</p>

  • inept (adj.)

    not suitable or capable, unqualified<p>"She proved how inept she was when she forgot three orders and spilled a beer in a customer's lap."</p>

  • remiss (adj.)

    negligent, failing to take care<p>"The burglar gained entrance because the security guard, remiss in his duties, forgot to lock the door."</p>

  • arbiter (n.)

    one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision<p>"The divorce court judge will serve as the arbiter between the estranged husband and wife."</p>

  • sovereign (adj.)

    having absolute authority in a certain realm<p>"The sovereign queen, with steely resolve, ordered that the traitorous nobleman be killed."</p>

  • parody (n.)

    a satirical imitation<p>"A hush fell over the classroom when the teacher returned to find Deborah acting out a parody of his teaching style."</p>

  • prudence (n.)

    cautious, circumspect<p>"After losing a fortune in a stock market crash, my father vowed to practice greater prudence in future investments."</p>

  • perfidious (adj.)

    disloyal, unfaithful<p>"After the official was caught selling government secrets to enemy agents, he was executed for his perfidious ways."</p>

  • elicit (v.)

    to bring forth, draw out, evoke<p>"Although I asked several times where the exit was, I elicited no response from the stone-faced policeman."</p>

  • sanguine (adj.)

    optimistic, cheery<p>"Polly reacted to any bad news with a sanguine smile and the chirpy cry, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!"</p>

  • sycophant (n.)

    one who flatters for self-gain<p>"Some see the people in the cabinet as the president's closest advisors, but others see them as sycophants."</p>

  • incisive (adj.)

    clear, sharp, direct<p>"The discussion wasn't going anywhere until her incisive comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were."</p>

  • turgid (adj.)

    swollen, excessively embellished in style or language<p>"The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his turgid prose."</p>

  • insurgent (n.)

    one who rebels<p>"The insurgent snuck into and defaced a different classroom each night until the administration agreed to meet his demands."</p>