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PSAT Vocab Sec. 1

vocab for the PSAT from the Princeton Review

TermDefinition
candid completely honest, straightforward
conjecture inference; guesswork
didactic instructive
euphemism a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term
extrapolate to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
incoherent lacking cohesion or connection
insinuate to introduce or communicate stealthily
lucid easily understood; clear
rhetoric the art of using language effectively and persuasively
acumen quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight
adroit dexterous; deft
ascertain to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
astute shrewd; clever
circumspect careful; prudent; discreet
disseminate to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
erudition deep, extensive learning
husbandry the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
pedantic excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
perspicacious shrewd; clear-sighted
pragmatic practical
precocious exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
prospectus formal proposal
rudimentary basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development
abstruse difficult to understand
callous emotionally hardened; unfeeling
convoluted intricate; complex
enigma a puzzle, mystery, or riddle
inscrutable difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
reticent inclined to keep silent; reserved
staid unemotional; serious
arcane known or understood by only a few
assimilate to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar
autonomy independence; self-determination
cosmopolitan worldly; widely sophisticated
derivative something that comes from another source
entourage a group of attendants or associates; a retinue
esoteric intended for or understood by only a small group
gaffe a clumsy social error; a faux pas
idiosyncrasy characteristic peculiar to an individual group
insular isolated; narrow or provincial
orthodox adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
potentate one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
castigate to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
censure to issue official blame
denounce to condemn openly
reclusive seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
relinquish to retire from; give up or abandon
renounce to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
vituperative marked by harshly abusive condemnation
circumscribe to draw a circle around; to restrict
contiguous sharing an edge or boundary; touching
Created by: em.