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SAT Vocab (20/25)

SAT Vocab (20/25)

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

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  • compensate (v.)

    to make an appropriate payment for something<p>"Reginald bought Sharona a new dress to compensate her for the one he'd spilled his ice cream on."</p>

  • frivolous (adj.)

    of little importance, trifling<p>"Someday, all that anxiety about whether your zit will disappear before the prom will seem totally frivolous."</p>

  • compliant (adj.)

    ready to adapt oneself to another's wishes<p>"Sue had very strong opinions about what to do on a first date, and Ted was absolutely compliant."</p>

  • demagogue (n.)

    a leader who appeals to a people's prejudices<p>"The demagogue strengthened his hold over his people by blaming immigrants for the lack of jobs."</p>

  • emote (v.)

    to express emotion<p>"The director told the actor he had to emote, or else the audience would have no idea what his character was going through."</p>

  • ominous (adj.)

    foreboding or foreshadowing evil<p>"The fortuneteller's ominous words flashed through my mind as the hooded figure approached me in the alley."</p>

  • spurious (adj.)

    false but designed to seem plausible<p>"Using a spurious argument, John convinced the others that he had won the board game on a technicality."</p>

  • truncate (v.)

    to shorten by cutting off<p>"After winning the derby, the jockey truncated the long speech he had planned and thanked only his mom and his horse."</p>

  • solipsistic (adj.)

    believing that oneself is all that exists<p>"Colette's solipsistic attitude completely ignored the plight of the homeless people on the street."</p>

  • penultimate (adj.)

    next to last<p>"Having smoked the penultimate cigarette remaining in the pack, Cybil discarded the last cigarette and resolved to quit smoking."</p>

  • debunk (v.)

    to expose the falseness of something<p>"He debunked her claim to be the world's greatest chess player by defeating her in 18 consecutive matches."</p>

  • pittance (n.)

    a very small amount, especially relating to money<p>"Josh complained that he was paid a pittance for the great amount of work he did at the firm."</p>

  • disavow (v.)

    to deny knowledge of or responsibility for<p>"Not wanting others to criticize her, she disavowed any involvement in the company's hiring scandal."</p>

  • precipice (n.)

    the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place<p>"The mountain climber hung from a precipice before finding a handhold and pulling himself up."</p>

  • analogous (adj.)

    similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn<p>"Though they are unrelated genetically, the bone structure of whales and fish is quite analogous."</p>

  • chastise (v.)

    to criticize severely<p>"After being chastised by her peers for mimicking Britney Spears, Miranda dyed her hair black and affected a Gothic style."</p>

  • immerse (v.)

    to absorb, deeply involve, engross<p>"After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nancy decided to immerse herself in her work in order to avoid crying."</p>

  • utopia (n.)

    an imaginary and remote place of perfection<p>"Everyone in the world wants to live in a utopia, but no one can agree how to go about building one."</p>

  • restitution (n.)

    restoration to the rightful owner<p>"Many people feel that descendants of slaves should receive restitution for the sufferings of their ancestors."</p>

  • onerous (adj.)

    burdensome<p>"My parents lamented that the pleasures of living in a beautiful country estate no longer outweighed the onerous mortgage payments."</p>

  • derivative (adj.)

    taken directly from a source, unoriginal<p>"She was bored by his music because she felt that it was derivative and that she had heard it before."</p>

  • inchoate (adj.)

    unformed or formless, in a beginning stage<p>"The country's government is still inchoate and, because it has no great tradition, quite unstable."</p>

  • anguish (n.)

    extreme sadness, torment<p>"Angelos suffered terrible anguish when he learned that Buffy had died while combating a strange mystical force of evil."</p>

  • vacuous (adj.)

    lack of content or ideas, stupid<p>"Beyonce realized that the lyrics she had just penned were completely vacuous and tried to add more substance."</p>

  • archaic (adj.)

    of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated<p>"In a few select regions of Western Mongolia, an archaic Chinese dialect is still spoken."</p>

  • ostensible (adj.)

    appearing as such, seemingly<p>"Jack's ostensible reason for driving was that airfare was too expensive, but in reality, he was afraid of flying."</p>

  • chronological (adj.)

    arranged in order of time<p>"Lionel carefully arranged the snapshots of his former girlfriends in chronological order, and then set fire to them."</p>

  • defamatory (adj.)

    harmful toward another's reputation<p>"The defamatory gossip spreading about the actor made the public less willing to see the actor's new movie."</p>

  • arbitration (n.)

    the process or act of resolving a dispute<p>"The employee sought official arbitration when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor."</p>

  • gourmand (n.)

    someone fond of eating and drinking<p>"My parents, who used to eat little more than crackers and salad, have become real gourmands in their old age."</p>

  • ostentatious (adj.)

    excessively showy, glitzy<p>"On the palace tour, the guide focused on the ostentatious decorations and spoke little of the royal family's history."</p>

  • presumptuous (adj.)

    disrespectfully bold<p>"The princess grew angry after the presumptuous noble tried to kiss her, even though he was far below her in social status."</p>

  • precocious (adj.)

    advanced, developing ahead of time<p>"Derek was so academically precocious that by the time he was 10 years old, he was already in the ninth grade."</p>

  • validate (v.)

    to confirm, support, corroborate<p>"Yoko's chemistry lab partner was asleep during the experiment and could not validate the accuracy of her methods."</p>

  • inexorable (adj.)

    incapable of being persuaded or placated<p>"Although I begged for hours, Mom was inexorable and refused to let me stay out all night after the prom."</p>

  • elaborate (adj.)

    complex, detailed, intricate<p>"Dan always beats me at chess because he develops such an elaborate game plan that I can never predict his next move."</p>

  • zenith (n.)

    the highest point, culminating point<p>"I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one hit of hers."</p>