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SAT Vocab (24/25)

SAT Vocab (24/25)

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

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  • accost (v.)

    to confront verbally<p>"Though Antoinette was normally quite calm, when the waiter spilled soup on her for the fourth time in 15 minutes she stood up and accosted the man."</p>

  • sensual (adj.)

    involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex<p>"With a coy smile, the guest on the blind-date show announced that he considered himself a very sensual person."</p>

  • officious (adj.)

    offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed<p>"Brenda resented Allan's officious behavior when he selected colors that might best improve her artwork."</p>

  • accede (v.)

    to agree<p>"When the class asked the teacher whether they could play baseball instead of learn grammar they expected him to refuse, but instead he acceded to their request."</p>

  • dialect (n.)

    a variation of a language<p>"In the country's remote, mountainous regions, the inhabitants spoke a dialect that the country's other inhabitants had difficulty understanding."</p>

  • veneer (n.)

    a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, façade<p>"Thanks to her Chanel makeup, Shannen was able to maintain a veneer of perfection that hid the flaws underneath."</p>

  • anthology (n.)

    a selected collection of writings, songs, etc.<p>"The new anthology of Bob Dylan songs contains all his greatest hits and a few songs that you might never have heard before."</p>

  • iconoclast (n.)

    one who attacks common beliefs or institutions<p>"Jane goes to one protest after another, but she seems to be an iconoclast rather than an activist with a progressive agenda."</p>

  • obsolete (adj.)

    no longer used, out of date<p>"With the inventions of tape decks and CDs, which both have better sound and are easier to use, eight-track players are now entirely obsolete."</p>

  • lurid (adj.)

    ghastly, sensational<p>"Gideon's story, in which he described a character torturing his sister's dolls, was judged too lurid to be printed in the school's literary magazine."</p>

  • ingenious (adj.)

    clever, resourceful<p>"Her ingenious use of walnuts instead of the peanuts called for by the recipe was lauded by the other garden club members who found her cake delicious."</p>

  • mores (n.)

    the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people.<p>"Mores change over time; many things that were tolerated in 1975 are no longer seen as being socially acceptable."</p>

  • archetypal (adj.)

    the most representative or typical example of something<p>"Some believe George Washington, with his flowing white hair and commanding stature, was the archetypal politician."</p>

  • ambiguous (adj.)

    uncertain, variably interpretable<p>"Some people think Caesar married Cleopatra for her power, others believe he was charmed by her beauty. His actual reasons are ambiguous."</p>

  • expurgate (v.)

    to remove offensive or incorrect parts, usually of a book<p>"The history editors expurgated from the text all disparaging and inflammatory comments about the Republican Party."</p>

  • pertinacious (adj.)

    stubbornly persistent<p>"Harry's parents were frustrated with his pertinacious insistence that a monster lived in his closet. Then they opened the closet door and were eaten."</p>

  • epistolary (adj.)

    relating to or contained in letters<p>"Some people call me "Auntie's boy," because my aunt and I have such a close epistolary relationship that we write each other every day."</p>

  • oration (n.)

    a speech delivered in a formal or ceremonious manner<p>"The prime minister was visibly shaken when the unruly parliament interrupted his oration about failed domestic policies."</p>

  • nominal (adj.)

    trifling, insignificant<p>"Because he was moving the following week and needed to get rid of his furniture more than he needed money, Jordan sold everything for a nominal fee."</p>

  • virtuoso (n.)

    one who excels in an art; a highly skilled musical performer<p>"Even though Lydia has studied piano for many years, she's only average at it. She's no virtuoso, that's for sure."</p>

  • discrepancy (n.)

    difference, failure of things to correspond<p>"He was troubled by the discrepancy between what he remembered paying for the appliance and what his receipt showed he paid for it."</p>

  • fastidious (adj.)

    meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards<p>"Mark is so fastidious that he is never able to finish a project because it always seems imperfect to him."</p>

  • vocation (n.)

    the work in which someone is employed, profession<p>"After growing tired of the superficial world of high-fashion, Edwina decided to devote herself to a new vocation: social work."</p>

  • ruse (n.)

    a trick<p>"Oliver concocted an elaborate ruse for sneaking out of the house to meet his girlfriend while simultaneously giving his mother the impression that he was asleep in bed."</p>

  • obtuse (adj.)

    lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect<p>"Political opponents warned that the prime minister's obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war."</p>

  • travesty (n.)

    a grossly inferior imitation<p>"According to the school newspaper's merciless theater critic, Pacific Coast High's rendition of the musical Oklahoma was a travesty of the original."</p>

  • hedonist (n.)

    one who believes pleasure should be the primary pursuit of humans<p>"Because he's such a hedonist, I knew Murray would appreciate the 11 cases of wine I bought him for his birthday."</p>

  • hypothetical (adj.)

    supposed or assumed true, but unproven<p>"Even though it has been celebrated by seven major newspapers, that the drug will be a success when tested in humans is still hypothetical."</p>

  • unctuous (adj.)

    smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner<p>"The unctuous receptionist seemed untrustworthy as if she was only being helpful because she thought we might give her a big tip."</p>

  • lenient (adj.)

    demonstrating tolerance or gentleness<p>"Because Professor Oglethorpe allowed his students to choose their final grades, the other teachers believed that he was excessively lenient."</p>

  • ineffable (adj.)

    unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words<p>"It is said that the experience of playing with a dolphin is ineffable and can only be understood through a direct encounter."</p>

  • maelstrom (n.)

    a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects<p>"Little did the explorers know that as they turned the next bend of the calm river a vicious maelstrom would catch their boat."</p>

  • hierarchy (n.)

    a system with ranked groups, usually according to social, economic, or professional class<p>"Women found it very difficult to break into the upper ranks of the department's hierarchy."</p>

  • uncanny (adj.)

    of supernatural character or origin<p>"Luka had an uncanny ability to know exactly what other people were thinking. She also had an uncanny ability to shoot fireballs from her hands."</p>

  • libertarian (adj.)

    advocating principles of liberty and free will<p>"The dissatisfied subjects overthrew the monarch and replaced him with a libertarian ruler who respected their democratic principles."</p>

  • dormant (adj.)

    sleeping, temporarily inactive<p>"Though she pretended everything was fine, her anger lay dormant throughout the dinner party and exploded in screams of rage after everyone had left."</p>

  • opulent (adj.)

    characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation<p>"The opulent furnishings of the dictator's private compound contrasted harshly with the meager accommodations of her subjects."</p>