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SAT Vocab (23/25)

SAT Vocab (23/25)

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

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  • sagacity (n.)

    shrewdness, soundness of perspective<p>"With remarkable sagacity, the wise old man predicted and thwarted his children's plan to ship him off to a nursing home."</p>

  • forlorn (adj.)

    lonely, abandoned, hopeless<p>"Even though I had the flu, my family decided to go skiing for the weekend and leave me home alone, feeling feverish and forlorn."</p>

  • frugal (adj.)

    thrifty, economical<p>"Richard is so frugal that his diet consists almost exclusively of catfish and chicken liver—the two most inexpensive foods in the store."</p>

  • calumny (n.)

    an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies<p>"The local official's calumny ended up ruining his opponent's prospect of winning the election."</p>

  • lethargic (adj.)

    in a state of sluggishness or apathy<p>"When Jean-Claude explained to his boss that he was lethargic and didn't feel like working that day, the boss fired him."</p>

  • despondent (adj.)

    feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless<p>"Having failed the first math test, the despondent child saw no use in studying for the next and failed that one too."</p>

  • expedient (adj.)

    advisable, advantageous, serving one's self-interest<p>"In his bid for reelection, the governor made an expedient move by tabling all controversial legislation."</p>

  • extricate (v.)

    to disentangle<p>"Instead of trying to mediate between my brother and sister, I extricated myself from the family tension entirely and left the house for the day."</p>

  • ambivalent (adj.)

    having opposing feelings<p>"My feelings about Calvin are ambivalent because on one hand he is a loyal friend, but on the other, he is a cruel and vicious thief."</p>

  • vindicate (v.)

    to avenge; to free from allegation; to set free<p>"The attorney had no chance of vindicating the defendant with all of the strong evidence presented by the state."</p>

  • indomitable (adj.)

    not capable of being conquered<p>"To be honest, Jim, my indomitable nature means I could never take orders from anyone, and especially not from a jerk like you."</p>

  • potable (adj.)

    suitable for drinking<p>"During sea voyages, it is essential that ships carry a supply of potable water because salty ocean water makes anyone who drinks it sick."</p>

  • proclivity (n.)

    a strong inclination toward something<p>"In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood proclivity for torturing small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon."</p>

  • surfeit (n.)

    an overabundant supply or indulgence<p>"After partaking of the surfeit of tacos and tamales at the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Tamale Lunch Special, Beth felt rather sick."</p>

  • nefarious (adj.)

    heinously villainous<p>"Although Dr. Meanman's nefarious plot to melt the polar icecaps was terrifying, it was so impractical that nobody really worried about it."</p>

  • predilection (n.)

    a preference or inclination for something<p>"Francois has a predilection for eating scrambled eggs with ketchup though I prefer to eat eggs without any condiments."</p>

  • ascetic (adj.)

    practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious<p>"The priest lives an ascetic life devoid of television, savory foods, and other pleasures."</p>

  • mercurial (adj.)

    characterized by rapid change or temperamentality<p>"Though he was widely respected for his mathematical proofs, the mercurial genius was impossible to live with."</p>

  • transient (adj.)

    passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence<p>"Because virtually everyone in Palm Beach is a tourist, the population of the town is quite transient."</p>

  • coerce (v.)

    to make somebody do something by force or threat<p>"The court decided that Vanilla Ice did not have to honor the contract because he had been coerced into signing it."</p>

  • anxiety (n.)

    intense uneasiness<p>"When he heard about the car crash, he felt anxiety because he knew that his girlfriend had been driving on the road where the accident occurred."</p>

  • intimation (n.)

    an indirect suggestion<p>"Mr. Brinford's intimation that he would soon pass away occurred when he began to discuss how to distribute his belongings among his children."</p>

  • reclusive (adj.)

    solitary, shunning society<p>"Reclusive authors such as J.D. Salinger do not relish media attention and sometimes even enjoy holing up in remote cabins in the woods."</p>

  • harrowing (adj.)

    greatly distressing, vexing<p>"The car crash was a harrowing experience, but I have a feeling that the increase in my insurance premiums will be even more upsetting."</p>

  • impregnable (adj.)

    resistant to capture or penetration<p>"Though the invaders used battering rams, catapults, and rain dances, the fortress proved impregnable and resisted all attacks."</p>

  • fortuitous (adj.)

    happening by chance, often lucky or fortunate<p>"After looking for Manuel and not finding him at home, Harriet had a fortuitous encounter with him at the post office."</p>

  • innovate (v.)

    to do something in an unprecedented way<p>"Because of the stiff competition, the company knew it needed to pour a lot of energy into innovating new and better products."</p>

  • contemporaneous (adj.)

    existing during the same time<p>"Though her novels do not feature the themes of Romanticism, Jane Austen's work was contemporaneous with that of Wordsworth and Byron."</p>

  • injunction (n.)

    an order of official warning<p>"After his house was toilet-papered for the fifth time, the mayor issued an injunction against anyone younger than 21 buying toilet paper."</p>

  • prurient (adj.)

    eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex<p>"David's mother was shocked by the discovery of prurient reading material hidden beneath her son's mattress."</p>

  • linchpin (n.)

    something that holds separate parts together<p>"The linchpin in the prosecution's case was the hair from the defendant's head, which was found at the scene of the crime."</p>

  • accommodating (adj.)

    helpful, obliging, polite<p>"Though the apartment was not big enough for three people, Arnold, Mark, and Zebulon were all friends and were accommodating to each other."</p>

  • oscillate (v.)

    to sway from one side to the other<p>"My uncle oscillated between buying a station wagon to transport his family and buying a sports car to satisfy his boyhood fantasies."</p>

  • seminal (adj.)

    original, important, creating a field<p>"Stephen Greenblatt's essays on Shakespeare proved to be seminal because they initiated the critical school of New Historicism."</p>

  • allege (v.)

    to assert, usually without proof<p>"The policeman had alleged that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free."</p>

  • promulgate (v.)

    to proclaim, make known<p>"The film professor promulgated that both in terms of sex appeal and political intrigue, Sean Connery's James Bond was superior to Roger Moore's."</p>

  • aloof (adj.)

    reserved, distant<p>"The scientist could sometimes seem aloof as if he didn't care about his friends or family, but really he was just thinking about quantum mechanics."</p>