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SAT Vocab (25/25)

SAT Vocab (25/25)

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

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  • multifarious (adj.)

    having great diversity or variety<p>"This Swiss Army knife has multifarious functions and capabilities. Among other things, it can act as a knife, a saw, a toothpick, and a slingshot."</p>

  • agriculture (n.)

    farming<p>"It was a huge step in the progress of civilization when tribes left hunting and gathering and began to develop more sustainable methods of obtaining food, such as agriculture."</p>

  • paradox (n.)

    an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true<p>"The diplomat refused to acknowledge the paradox that negotiating a peace treaty would demand more resources than waging war."</p>

  • pragmatic (adj.)

    practical<p>"The politician argued that while increased security measures might not fit with the lofty ideals of the nation, they were a pragmatic necessity to ensure everyone's safety."</p>

  • accessible (adj.)

    obtainable, reachable<p>"After studying with SparkNotes and getting a great score on the SAT, Marlena happily realized that her goal of getting into an Ivy-League college was accessible."</p>

  • mawkish (adj.)

    characterized by sick sentimentality<p>"Although some nineteenth- century critics viewed Dickens's writing as mawkish, contemporary readers have found great emotional depth in his works."</p>

  • aberration (n.)

    something that differs from the norm<p>"In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but the success turned out to be an aberration, and the Red Sox have not won a World Series since."</p>

  • pejorative (adj.)

    derogatory, uncomplimentary<p>"The evening's headline news covered an international scandal caused by a pejorative statement the famous senator had made in reference to a foreign leader."</p>

  • acquiesce (v.)

    to agree without protesting<p>"Though Mr. Correlli wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, he acquiesced to her demands."</p>

  • resolute (adj.)

    firm, determined<p>"With a resolute glint in her eye, Catherine announced that she was set on going to college in New York City even though she was a little frightened of tall buildings."</p>

  • negligent (adj.)

    habitually careless, neglectful<p>"Jessie's grandfather called me a negligent fool after I left the door to his apartment unlocked, even though there had been a recent string of robberies."</p>

  • interlocutor (n.)

    someone who participates in a dialogue or conversation<p>"When the officials could not come to an agreement over the correct cover of the flags, the prime minister acted as an interlocutor."</p>

  • infusion (n.)

    an injection of one substance into another; the permeation of one substance by another<p>"The infusion of Eastern religion into Western philosophy created interesting new schools of thought."</p>

  • inarticulate (adj.)

    incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech<p>"Though he spoke for over an hour, the lecturer was completely inarticulate and the students had no idea what he was talking about."</p>

  • privation (n.)

    lacking basic necessities<p>"After decades of rule by an oppressive government that saw nothing wrong with stealing from its citizens, the recent drought only increased the people's privation."</p>

  • insinuate (v.)

    to suggest indirectly or subtly<p>"I wish Luke and Spencer would stop insinuating that my perfect report card is the result of anything other than my superior intelligence and good work habits."</p>

  • orthodox (adj.)

    conventional, conforming to established protocol<p>"The company's profits dwindled because the management pursued orthodox business policies that were incompatible with new industrial trends."</p>

  • circumvent (v.)

    to get around<p>"The school's dress code forbidding navel-baring jeans was circumvented by the determined students, who were careful to cover up with long coats when administrators were nearby."</p>

  • nonchalant (adj.)

    having a lack of concern, indifference<p>"Although deep down she was very angry, Marsha acted in a nonchalant manner when she found out that her best friend had used her clothing without asking."</p>

  • oblivious (adj.)

    lacking consciousness or awareness of something<p>"Oblivious to the burning smell emanating from the kitchen, my father did not notice that the rolls in the oven were burned until much too late."</p>

  • usurp (v.)

    to seize by force, take possession of without right<p>"The rogue army general tried to usurp control of the government, but he failed because most of the army backed the legally elected president."</p>

  • insular (adj.)

    separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off<p>"Because of the sensitive nature of their jobs, those who work for the CIA must remain insular and generally only spend time with each other."</p>

  • trite (adj.)

    not original, overused<p>"Keith thought of himself as being very learned, but everyone else thought he was trite because his observations about the world were always the same as David Letterman's."</p>

  • efface (v.)

    to wipe out, obliterate, rub away<p>"The husband was so angry at his wife for leaving him that he effaced all evidence of her presence; he threw out pictures of her and gave away all her belongings."</p>

  • etymology (n.)

    the history of words, their origin and development<p>"From the study of etymology, I know that the word "quixotic" derives from Don Quixote and the word "gaudy" refers to the Spanish architect Gaudí."</p>

  • pretense (n.)

    an appearance or action intended to deceive<p>"Though he actually wanted to use his parents' car to go on a date, Nick borrowed his parents' car under the pretense of attending a group study session."</p>

  • implicate (v.)

    to involve in an incriminating way, incriminate<p>"Even though Tom wasn't present at the time of the shooting, he was implicated by the evidence suggesting that he had supplied the shooters with guns."</p>

  • intransigent (adj.)

    refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion<p>"The intransigent child said he would have 12 scoops of ice cream, or he would bang his head against the wall until his mother fainted from fear."</p>

  • discretion (n.)

    the quality of being reserved in speech or action; good judgment<p>"Not wanting her patient to get overly anxious, the doctor used discretion in deciding how much to tell the patient about his condition."</p>

  • idolatrous (adj.)

    excessively worshipping one object or person<p>"Xena's idolatrous fawning over the band—following them on tour, starting their fan club, filming their documentary—is really beginning to get on my nerves."</p>

  • clergy (n.)

    members of Christian holy orders<p>"Though the villagers viewed the church rectory as quaint and charming, the clergy who lived there regarded it as a mildewy and dusty place that aggravated their allergies."</p>

  • duplicity (n.)

    crafty dishonesty<p>"His duplicity involved convincing his employees to let him lower their salaries and increase their stock options, and then to steal the money he saved and run the company into the ground."</p>

  • acrimony (n.)

    bitterness, discord<p>"Though they vowed that no girl would ever come between them, Biff and Trevor could not keep acrimony from overwhelming their friendship after they both fell in love with the lovely Teresa."</p>

  • idiosyncratic (adj.)

    peculiar to one person; highly individualized<p>"I know you had trouble with the last test, but because your mistakes were highly idiosyncratic, I'm going to deny your request that the class be given a new test."</p>

  • implicit (adj.)

    understood but not outwardly obvious, implied<p>"I know Professor Smith didn't actually say not to write from personal experience, but I think such a message was implicit in her instruction to use scholarly sources."</p>

  • encore (n.)

    the audience's demand for a repeat performance; also the artist's performance in response to that demand<p>"At the end of the concert, all the fans yelled, "Encore! Encore!" but the band did not come out to play again."</p>

  • sanctimonious (adj.)

    giving a hypocritical appearance of piety<p>"The sanctimonious Bertrand delivered stern lectures on the Ten Commandments to anyone who would listen but thought nothing of stealing cars to make some cash on the side."</p>