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SAT Vocab (21/25)

SAT Vocab (21/25)

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

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  • modicum (n.)

    a small amount of something<p>"Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss's affair in front of the entire office."</p>

  • coherent (adj.)

    logically consistent, intelligible<p>"Renee could not figure out what Monroe had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a coherent statement."</p>

  • anomaly (n.)

    something that does not fit into the normal order<p>"That rip in the space- time continuum is certainly a spatial anomaly, said Spock to Captain Kirk."</p>

  • revere (v.)

    to esteem, show deference, venerate<p>"The doctor saved countless lives with his combination of expertise and kindness and became universally revered."</p>

  • heinous (adj.)

    shockingly wicked, repugnant<p>"The killings were made all the more heinous by the fact that the murderer first tortured his victims for three days."</p>

  • ornate (adj.)

    highly elaborate, excessively decorated<p>"The ornate styling of the new model of luxury car could not compensate for the poor quality of its motor."</p>

  • palette (adj.)

    a range of colors or qualities<p>"The palette of colors utilized in the painting was equaled only by the range of intense emotions the piece evoked."</p>

  • remedial (adj.)

    intended to repair gaps in students' basic knowledge<p>"After his teacher discovered he couldn't read, Alex was forced to enroll in remedial English."</p>

  • disparate (adj.)

    sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements<p>"Having widely varying interests, the students had disparate responses toward the novel."</p>

  • prescient (adj.)

    to have foreknowledge of events<p>"Questioning the fortune cookie's prediction, Ray went in search of the old hermit who was rumored to be prescient."</p>

  • variegated (adj.)

    diversified, distinctly marked<p>"Each wire in the engineering exam was variegated by color so that the students could figure out which one was which."</p>

  • prepossessing (adj.)

    occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings<p>"His prepossessing appearance made it impossible for me to think of anything else."</p>

  • conformist (n.)

    one who behaves the same as others<p>"Julian was such a conformist that he had to wait and see if his friends would do something before he would commit."</p>

  • philanthropic (adj.)

    charitable, giving<p>"Many people felt that the billionaire's decision to donate her fortune to house the homeless was the ultimate philanthropic act."</p>

  • wallow (v.)

    to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless<p>"My roommate can't get over her breakup with her boyfriend and now just wallows in self-pity."</p>

  • defer (v.)

    to postpone something; to yield to another's wisdom<p>"Ron deferred to Diane, the expert on musical instruments when he was asked about buying a piano."</p>

  • pungent (adj.)

    having a pointed, sharp quality—often used to describe smells<p>"The pungent odor in the classroom made Joseph lose his concentration during the test."</p>

  • artifact (n.)

    a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place<p>"The scientists spent all day searching the cave for artifacts from the ancient Mayan civilization."</p>

  • inure (v.)

    to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation<p>"Twenty years in the salt mines inured the man to the discomforts of dirt and grime."</p>

  • judicious (adj.)

    having or exercising sound judgment<p>"When the judicious king decided to compromise rather than send his army to its certain death, he was applauded."</p>

  • indolent (adj.)

    lazy<p>"Why should my indolent children, who can't even pick themselves up off the couch to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to the mall?"</p>

  • accord (n.)

    an agreement<p>"After much negotiating, England and Iceland finally came to a mutually beneficial accord about fishing rights off the coast of Greenland."</p>

  • propriety (n.)

    the quality or state of being proper, decent<p>"Erma's old-fashioned parents believed that her mini-skirt lacked the propriety expected of a "nice" girl."</p>

  • equanimity (n.)

    composure<p>"Even though he had just been fired, Mr. Simms showed great equanimity by neatly packing up his desk and wishing everyone in the office well."</p>

  • ingenuous (adj.)

    not devious; innocent and candid<p>"He must have writers, but his speeches seem so ingenuous it's hard to believe he's not speaking from his own heart."</p>

  • zealous (adj.)

    fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something<p>"If he were any more zealous about getting his promotion, he'd practically live at the office."</p>

  • debacle (n.)

    a disastrous failure, disruption<p>"The elaborately designed fireworks show turned into a debacle when the fireworks started firing in random directions."</p>

  • nascent (adj.)

    in the process of being born or coming into existence<p>"Unfortunately, my brilliant paper was only in its nascent form on the morning that it was due."</p>

  • platitude (n.)

    an uninspired remark, cliché<p>"After reading over her paper, Helene concluded that what she thought were profound insights were actually just platitudes."</p>

  • disaffected (adj.)

    rebellious, resentful of authority<p>"Dismayed by Bobby's poor behavior, the parents sent their disaffected son to a military academy to be disciplined."</p>

  • consummate (v.)

    to complete a deal; to complete a marriage ceremony through sexual intercourse<p>"Erica and Donald consummated their agreement in the executive boardroom."</p>

  • enamor (v.)

    to fill with love, fascinate, usually used in passive form followed by "of" or "with"<p>"I grew enamored of that boy when he quoted my favorite love poem."</p>

  • myriad (adj.)

    consisting of a very great number<p>"It was difficult to decide what to do Friday night because the city presented us with myriad possibilities for fun."</p>

  • enmity (n.)

    ill will, hatred, hostility<p>"Mark and Andy have clearly not forgiven each other because the enmity between them is obvious to anyone in their presence."</p>

  • indigenous (adj.)

    originating in a region<p>"Some fear that these plants, which are not indigenous to the region, may choke out the vegetation that is native to the area."</p>

  • caucus (n.)

    a meeting usually held by people working toward the same goal<p>"The ironworkers held a caucus to determine how much of a pay increase they would request."</p>

  • abort (v.)

    to give up on a half-finished project or effort<p>"After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to abort and go home."</p>