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SAT Vocab (22/25)

SAT Vocab (22/25)

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

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  • commensurate (adj.)

    corresponding in size or amount<p>"Ahab selected a very long roll and proceeded to prepare a tuna salad sandwich commensurate with his enormous appetite."</p>

  • potentate (n.)

    one who has great power, a ruler<p>"All the villagers stood along the town's main road to observe as the potentate's procession headed towards the capital."</p>

  • solicitous (adj.)

    concerned, attentive<p>"Jim, laid up in bed with a nasty virus, enjoyed the solicitous attentions of his mother, who brought him soup and extra blankets."</p>

  • polemic (n.)

    an aggressive argument against a specific opinion<p>"My brother launched into a polemic against my arguments that capitalism was an unjust economic system."</p>

  • utilitarian (adj.)

    relating to or aiming at usefulness<p>"Questioning the fortune cookie's prediction, Ray went in search of the old hermit who was rumored to be prescient."</p>

  • satiate (v.)

    to satisfy excessively<p>"Satiated after eating far too much turkey and stuffing, Liza lay on the couch watching football and suffering from stomach pains."</p>

  • tenable (adj.)

    able to be defended or maintained<p>"The department heads tore down the arguments in other people's theses, but Johari's work proved to be quite tenable."</p>

  • impudent (adj.)

    casually rude, insolent, impertinent<p>"The impudent young man looked the princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn't asked him."</p>

  • amalgamate (v.)

    to bring together, unite<p>"Because of his great charisma, the presidential candidate was able to amalgamate all democrats and republicans under his banner."</p>

  • dogmatic (adj.)

    aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles<p>"His dogmatic claim that men were better than women at fixing appliances angered everyone."</p>

  • emulate (v.)

    to imitate<p>"I idolize Britney Spears so much that I emulate everything she does: I wear her outfits, sing along to her songs, and date a boy named Justin."</p>

  • cherish (v.)

    to feel or show affection toward something<p>"She continued to cherish her red plaid trousers, even though they had gone out of style and no longer fit her."</p>

  • pernicious (adj.)

    extremely destructive or harmful<p>"The new government feared that the Communist sympathizers would have a pernicious influence on the nation's stability."</p>

  • portent (n.)

    an omen<p>"When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a portent that she would do badly on her spelling test."</p>

  • scurrilous (adj.)

    vulgar, coarse<p>"When Bruno heard the scurrilous accusation being made about him, he could not believe it because he always tried to be nice to everyone."</p>

  • stolid (adj.)

    expressing little sensibility, unemotional<p>"Charles's stolid reaction to his wife's funeral differed from the passion he showed at the time of her death."</p>

  • alacrity (n.)

    eagerness, speed<p>"For some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother whenever he could, so when his mother asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity."</p>

  • colloquial (adj.)

    characteristic of informal conversation<p>"Adam's essay on sexual response in primates was marked down because it contained too many colloquial expressions."</p>

  • vilify (v.)

    to lower in importance, defame<p>"After the Watergate scandal, almost any story written about President Nixon sought to vilify him and criticize his behavior."</p>

  • mundane (adj.)

    concerned with the world rather than with heaven, commonplace<p>"He is more concerned with the mundane issues of day-to-day life than with spiritual topics."</p>

  • malleable (adj.)

    capable of being shaped or transformed<p>"Maximillian's political opinions were so malleable that anyone he talked to was able to change his mind instantly."</p>

  • evanescent (adj.)

    fleeting, momentary<p>"My joy at getting promoted was evanescent because I discovered that I would have to work much longer hours in a less friendly office."</p>

  • extraneous (adj.)

    irrelevant, extra, not necessary<p>"Personal political ambitions should always remain extraneous to legislative policy, but, unfortunately, they rarely are."</p>

  • disrepute (n.)

    a state of being held in low regard<p>"The officer fell into disrepute after it was learned that he had disobeyed the orders he had given to his own soldiers."</p>

  • circumspect (adj.)

    cautious<p>"Though I promised Rachel's father I would bring her home promptly by midnight, it would have been more circumspect not to have specified a time."</p>

  • pellucid (adj.)

    easily intelligible, clear<p>"Wishing his book to be pellucid to the common man, Albert Camus avoided using complicated grammar when composing The Stranger."</p>

  • incorrigible (adj.)

    incapable of correction, delinquent<p>"You can buy Grandma nicotine gum all you want, but I think that after sixty-five years of smoking she's incorrigible."</p>

  • complacency (n.)

    self-satisfied ignorance of danger<p>"Colin tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them."</p>

  • anachronistic (adj.)

    being out of correct chronological order<p>"In this book you're writing, you say that the Pyramids were built after the Titanic sank, which is anachronistic."</p>

  • canny (adj.)

    shrewd, careful<p>"The canny runner hung at the back of the pack through much of the race to watch the other runners, and then sprinted past them at the end."</p>

  • juxtaposition (n.)

    the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison<p>"The interior designer admired my juxtaposition of the yellow couch and green table."</p>

  • nuance (n.)

    a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression<p>"The nuances of the poem were not obvious to the casual reader, but the professor was able to point them out."</p>

  • metamorphosis (n.)

    the change of form, shape, substance<p>"Winnifred went to the gym every day for a year and underwent a metamorphosis from a waiflike girl to an athletic woman."</p>

  • hardy (adj.)

    robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions<p>"I too would have expected the plants to be dead by mid-November, but apparently they're very hardy."</p>

  • furtive (adj.)

    secretive, sly<p>"Jane's placement of her drugs in her sock drawer was not as furtive as she thought, as the sock drawer is the first place most parents look."</p>

  • hypocrisy (n.)

    pretending to believe what one does not<p>"Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his hypocrisy became apparent."</p>

  • venerable (adj.)

    deserving of respect because of age or achievement<p>"The venerable Supreme Court justice had made several key rulings in landmark cases throughout the years."</p>