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SAT Vocab (19/25)

SAT Vocab (19/25)

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

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  • dynamic (adj.)

    actively changing<p>"The parents found it hard to keep up with the dynamic music scene with which their children had become very familiar."</p>

  • wily (adj.)

    crafty, sly<p>"Though they were not the strongest of the Thundercats, wily Kit and Kat were definitely the most clever and full of tricks."</p>

  • wrath (n.)

    vengeful anger, punishment<p>"Did you really want to incur her wrath when she is known for inflicting the worst punishments legally possible?"</p>

  • knell (n.)

    the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death<p>"Echoing throughout our village, the funeral knell made the stormy day even more grim."</p>

  • nomadic (adj.)

    wandering from place to place<p>"In the first six months after college, Jose led a nomadic life, living in New York, California, and Idaho."</p>

  • repudiate (v.)

    to reject, refuse to accept<p>"Kwame made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother repudiated it with a few biting words."</p>

  • legerdemain (n.)

    deception, slight-of-hand<p>"Smuggling the French plants through customs by claiming that they were fake was a remarkable bit of legerdemain."</p>

  • pervasive (adj.)

    having the tendency to spread throughout<p>"Stepping off the plane in Havana, I recognized the pervasive odor of sugar cane fields on fire."</p>

  • desecrate (v.)

    to violate the sacredness of a thing or place<p>"They feared that the construction of a golf course would desecrate the preserved wilderness."</p>

  • apocryphal (adj.)

    fictitious, false, wrong<p>"Because I am standing before you, it seems obvious that the stories circulating about my demise were apocryphal."</p>

  • vestige (n.)

    a mark or trace of something lost or vanished<p>"Do you know if the Mexican tortilla is a vestige of some form of Aztec corn-based flatbread?"</p>

  • heterogeneous (adj.)

    varied, diverse in character<p>"I hate having only one flavor so I always buy the swirled, or should I say heterogeneous, type of ice cream."</p>

  • verbose (adj.)

    wordy, impaired by wordiness<p>"It took the verbose teacher two hours to explain the topic while it should have taken only fifteen minutes."</p>

  • noisome (adj.)

    unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell<p>"Nobody would enter the stalls until the horse's noisome leavings were taken away."</p>

  • sensuous (adj.)

    involving sensory gratification<p>"Paul found drinking Coke, with all the little bubbles bursting on his tongue, a very sensuous experience."</p>

  • eclectic (adj.)

    consisting of a diverse variety of elements<p>"That bar attracts an eclectic crowd: lawyers, artists, circus clowns, and investment bankers."</p>

  • dour (adj.)

    stern, joyless<p>"The children feared their dour neighbor because the old man would take their toys if he believed they were being too loud."</p>

  • perspicacity (adj.)

    shrewdness, perceptiveness<p>"The detective was too humble to acknowledge that his perspicacity was the reason for his professional success."</p>

  • prescribe (v.)

    to lay down a rule<p>"The duke prescribed that from this point further all of the peasants living on his lands would have to pay higher taxes."</p>

  • abnegation (n.)

    denial of comfort to oneself<p>"The holy man slept on the floor, took only cold showers, and generally followed other practices of abnegation."</p>

  • grandiloquence (n.)

    lofty, pompous language<p>"The student thought her grandiloquence would make her sound smart, but neither the class nor the teacher bought it."</p>

  • combustion (n.)

    the act or process of burning<p>"The unexpected combustion of the prosecution's evidence forced the judge to dismiss the case against Ramirez."</p>

  • abdicate (v.)

    to give up a position, usually one of leadership<p>"When he realized that the revolutionaries would surely win, the king abdicated his throne."</p>

  • morass (n.)

    a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses<p>"When Theresa lost her job, she could not get out of her financial morass."</p>

  • protean (adj.)

    able to change shape; displaying great variety<p>"Among Nigel's protean talents was his ability to touch the tip of his nose with his tongue."</p>

  • paradigm (n.)

    an example that is a perfect pattern or model<p>"Because the new SUV was so popular, it became the paradigm upon which all others were modeled."</p>

  • grievous (adj.)

    injurious, hurtful; serious or grave in nature<p>"Electrocuting the inmate without being sure of his guilt would be a truly grievous mistake."</p>

  • renunciation (n.)

    to reject<p>"Fiona's renunciation of red meat resulted in weight loss but confused those people who thought she'd been a vegetarian for years."</p>

  • serendipity (n.)

    luck, finding good things without looking for them<p>"In an amazing instance of serendipity, penniless Paula found a $20 bill in the subway station."</p>

  • amorphous (adj.)

    without definite shape or type<p>"The effort was doomed from the start because the reasons behind it were so amorphous and hard to pin down."</p>

  • inquisitor (n.)

    one who inquires, especially in a hostile manner<p>"The inquisitor was instructed to knock on every door in town in order to find the fugitive."</p>

  • prowess (n.)

    extraordinary ability<p>"The musician had never taken a guitar lesson in his life, making his prowess with the instrument even more incredible."</p>

  • nurture (v.)

    to assist the development of<p>"Although Serena had never watered the plant, which was about to die, Javier was able to nurture it back to life."</p>

  • complement (v.)

    to complete, make perfect<p>"Ann's scarf complements her blouse beautifully, making her seem fully dressed even though she isn't wearing a coat."</p>

  • goad (v.)

    to urge, spur, incite to action<p>"Jim may think he's not going to fight Billy, but Billy will goad Jim on with insults until he throws a punch."</p>

  • aggrandize (v.)

    to increase or make greater<p>"Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to aggrandize his personal stature."</p>

  • dissemble (v.)

    to conceal, fake<p>"Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she dissembled and hid her intention to sell her ailing father's stamp collection."</p>