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The Hit Parade

SAT, Princeton Review, 2014 Edition

TermDefinition
Depict Verb Depiction To represent by drawing,portray; characterize in words, describe
Controversy Noun Controversial A usually prolonged public dispute; an argument
Undermine Verb To weaken, sabotage, subvert, debilitate, destabilize
Advocate Verb Advocacy To support or urge by argument, especially publicly
Arrogant Adjective Arrogance Having exaggerated self-opinion; egotistical or overproud
Cynic Noun Cynical, Cynicism One who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions
Dispute Verb Disputation To engage in argument or debate; to argue vehemently; quarrel
Provoke Verb Provocative, Provocation To anger or vex; to stir up or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity)
Empathy Noun Empathetic Identification with ad understanding of another's situation,feelings and motives
Perceive Verb Perception, Perceptiveness, Perceptual To become aware of by means of the senses; to recognize or understand
Phenomenon Noun Phenomena A fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable; something remarkable or extraordinary
Contempt Noun Contemptible, Contemptuous, Contemptuously A feeling of disdain for anything considered mean or worthless
Resolve Verb Resolution To come to a firm decision about, determine; to settle or solve (e.g., a question or a controversy)
Speculate Verb Speculation, Speculative To engage in thought, especially conjectural thought
Intricate Adjective Intricacy, Inticately Having many interrelated parts of facets; hard to understand, work, or make
Skepticism Noun Skeptical, Skeptic A questioning or doubting attitude; doubt regarding religion
Assert Verb Assertion To state positively; declare
Distinct Adjective Distinction, Distinctive, Distinctively, Distinctly Not identical, separate; different in nature or quality, dissimilar
Divisive Adjective Divisiveness Dissenting, at odds with, alienating; creating dissension or discord
Consume Verb Consumer, Consumption To expend by use; to use up
Digress Verb Digression To wander away from the main topic or argument in speaking or writing
Innovate Verb Innovative, Innovator, Innovation To introduce (something new)
Diminish Verb Diminution, Diminutive To make or become less, or less important
Nostalgia Noun Nostalgic, Nostalgically A sentimental longing for something in the past
Practical Adjective Practicality Of, involving, or resulting from practice or action; adapted or suited for actual use
Versatile Adjective Versatility Capable of turning easily from one thing to another; having many uses or applications
Profound Adjective Profoundly Showing deep insight or understanding; originating in the depths of one's being
Tenacity Noun Tenacious Persistence, strong character, perseverance
Insight Noun Insightful, Insightfulness Intuitiveness, awareness, observation, understanding, wisdom
Endure Verb Endurance To tolerate, withstand, sustain, undergo, bear hardship
Perplex Verb Perplexity To cause to be puzzled or bewildered; to confuse
Denounce Verb Denunciation To condemn openly; to attack, accuse, or criticize
Plausibility Noun Plausible Credibility, believability
Vulnerable Adjective Vulnerability Capable of a susceptible to being wounded; open to or defenseless against criticism or attack
Pragmatic Adjective Pragmatism, Pragmatist Practical, sensible, logical
Rigor Noun Rigorous The quality of being strict or inflexible; harshness, as of attitude, severity; hardship
Adept Adjective Adeptness Very skilled; expert
Disparage Verb Disparagement, Disparager To speak of negatively; to belittle
Aesthetic Noun, Adjective Aesthete, aesthetically, aesthetician Having to do with the appreciation of beauty
Superficial Adjective Superficiality Being at, on, or near the surface; apparent rather than real
Foster Verb Fosterling To promote the growth or development of; to bring up
Ambivalent Adjective Ambivalent Simultaneously experiencing opposing feelings; uncertain
Elaborate Adjective Elaboratly Worked out in great detail, painstaking; ornate, showy,or gaudy
Beneficial Adjective Beneficiary, beneficent Producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful
Embellish Verb Embellishment To ornament or decorate; to exaggerate
Imply Verb Implicit, Implication To indicate, suggest, refer, hint
Esoteric Adjective Intended for or understood by only a small group
Inevitable Adjective Inevitably Unable to be avoided or escaped
Resent Verb Resentful, Resentment To feel or show displeasure or indignation at
Scarce Adjective Scarcely, Scarcer Insufficient to satisfy a need or demand; rarely encountered
Ingenuity Noun Ingenious The quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful
Substantiate Verb Substantial, Substantive To support with proof or evidence; to verify
Isolated Adjective Isolating, Isolation Detached or separated, alone
Subtle Adjective Subtler, Subtleties Difficult to perceive; fine or delicate; characterized by or requiring mental acuteness
Presume Verb Presumption, Presumptive, Presumptuous To take for granted, assume, or suppose; to undertake (do something) without right or permission
Sentiment Noun Sentimental, Sentimentality An attitude feeling or opinion; refined or tender emotion
Rhetoric Noun Rhetorical The art of using language effectively and persuasively
Defiance Noun Defiant A bold resistance to authority or force; open disregard; contempt
Abstruse Adjective Difficult to understand
Deliberate Adjective Deliberated, Deliberately, Deliberation Studied or intentional; careful or slow in deciding
Bolster Verb To hearten, support, or prop up
Eradicate Verb Eradication To get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
Contend Verb Contention, Contentious To struggle; to compete
Indifferent Adjective Indifference Without interest or concern; having no bias or preference
Conventional Adjective Convention Conforming to accepted standards
Autonomy Noun Autonomous Independence; self-determination
Discern Verb Discernment To catch sight of; to recognize and understand
Futile Adjective Futility Incapable of producing a useful result; vain
Trivial Adjective Trivialize Of very little importance
Elitism Noun Elitist The practice of or belief in rule by an elite
Endorse Verb Endorsement To express approval or support of, especially publicly
Resign Verb Resignation To give up (an office or position), especially formally; to relinquish; to submit (oneself, one's mind) without resistance
Forbear Verb Forbearance To refrain from; to be patient or self-controlled
Frivolous Adjective Characterized by lack of seriousness or sense; not worthy of serious notice, trivial
Fundamental Adjective Fundamentally Of or being a foundation or basis, basic; of great importance, essential
Inadequate Adjective Inadequacy, Inadequately Insufficient, incompetent, incapable, weak
Erratic Adjective Erratically Inconsistent, unpredictable, wandering, irregular, unstable
Persuade Verb Persuasion, Persuasive To prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging; to induce to believe, convince
Exemplify Verb Exemplary, Exemplification To illustrate by example
Prevail Verb Prevalence, Prevalent To be widespread or current; to occur as the most important or frequent element
Exploit Verb Exploitation To utilize, especially for profit; to take advantage of
Hostility Noun Hostile Meanness, bitterness, animosity, resentment
Naive Adjective Naivete Having unaffected simplicity of nature; lacking in experience, judgement, or information
Negligent Adjective Negligence Guilty of or characterized by neglect
Vindictive Adjective Vindictiveness Disposed to seek revenge; revengeful, spiteful
Prestige Noun Prestigious A reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, and/or work
Reconcile Verb Reconciliation To cause to accept something not desired; to cause to become friendly again; to settle a dispute
Tolerate Verb Toleration, Tolerance To allow without hindrance, permit; to put up with, endure
Accumulate Verb Accumulation To gather or collect
Adapt Verb Adaptability, Adaptable, Adaptation, Adaptive To adjust or become adjusted to new requirements or conditions
Complacency Noun Complacent A feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of unpleasant possibilities
Anachronism Noun Anachronistic The representation of something as existing or happening in the wrong time period
Disdain Noun Disdained, Disdainful Hate, contempt, scorn, dislike, or ridicule
Antagonism Noun Antagonistic, Antagonist, Antagonize Active hostility or opposition
Connoisseur Noun An expert judge in an art or matters of taste
Assume Verb Assumption To take for granted without proof; to suppose; to take upon oneself
Baffle Verb Baffling, Bafflement To bewilder, perplex, astound, or confuse
Benign Adjective Kind and gentle
Brevity Noun The quality or state of being brief in duration
Callous Adjective Callousness Emotionally hardened; unfeeling
Candid Adjective Candor Completely honest; straightfoward
Collaborate Verb Collaborative, Collaboration To work with another
Integrate Verb Integration To bring together into a unified or interrelated whole; to combine to produce a whole or a larger unit
Commemorate Verb Commemoration, Commemorative To serve as a memorial of; to honor the memory of by some observance
Burden Noun Burdened, Burdensome That which is carried; a load; that which is borne with difficulty
Contrary Adjective Opposite in character or direction
Inconsistent Adjective Inconsistency Lacking in harmony between the different parts or elements; self-contradictory; lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance
Convey Verb Conveyance To take from one place to another; to communicate
Linguistics Noun The study of language
Drama Noun Dramatic, Dramatize The art of writing and producing plays; a series of vivid, exciting, or suspenseful events
Duplicitous Adjective Duplicitous, Duplicity Deceitful, dishonest, two-faced, deliberately deceptive
Inquiry Noun A seeking for information or knowledge; an investigation; a question, query
Erroneous Adjective Containing an error; incorrect
Gesture Noun Gestured A movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea or an emotion
Impression Noun Impressionable, Impressionistic, Impressive A strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, or senses; a somewhat vague awareness or notion
Interact Verb Interaction To act upon one another
Lament Verb Lamentable, Lamentation To express grief or regret (for or over); a vocal expression of grief
Contemporary Adjective Contemptporaries Existing, occurring, or living at the same time
Legitimate Adjective According to law; in accordance with established rules and standards; valid, logical; justified
Manipulate Verb Manipulation, Manipulative, Manipulator To manage or influence skillfully and often unfairly
Egotism Noun Egotist, Egotistical Excessive reference to oneself; self-centeredness
Mitigate Verb Mitigator, Mitigation To make or become less severe, intense, or painful
Objective Noun Objectivity A purpose, goal; not influenced by personal feelings, unbiased
Proximity Noun Nearness in place, time, or relation
Obscure Adjective Obscured, Obsurity Not clear to the understanding; ambiguous or vague; not easily noticed; inconspicuous
Optimism Noun Optimistic A tendency to look on the favorable side f events or conditions; the belief that good will ultimately triumphs over evil
Vigor Noun Vigorous Active strength or force, intensity; healthy physical or mental energy, vitality
Paradox Noun Paradoxically A contradiction, a puzzle, an inconsistency
Reticence Noun Reticent The quality or state of keeping silent; reserve
Penchant Noun A strong inclination or liking
Predict Verb Predictable, Prediction, Predictive To tell (what will happen) in advance; foretell
Refute Verb Refutation To prove to be false or erroneous
Rouse Verb Rousing To bring or come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, or inactivity
Somber Adjective Gloomily dark; downcast, glum; extremely serious, grave
Sustain Verb Sustainable, Sustenance To bear the weight of, support; to undergo (e.g., injury, loss) without giving away; to endure
Obligation Noun Obligate, Oblige A moral or legal duty; a binding promise, contract
Theorem Noun An explanation based on hypotheses and experiments
Debilitate Verb Debilitating, Debilitation To impair the strength of; to weaken
Steadfast Adjective Steadfastness Fixed in place, position, or direction; firm in purpose, resolution, or direction; unwavering
Admonish Verb Admonition To caution or advise against something
Alleviate Verb Alleviating, Alleviation To ease a pain or burden
Compromise Noun An agreement, a give-and-take; a bargain or settlement
Anomaly Noun Anomalous An odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, or quality; something abnormal
Reverence Noun Reverent, Reverential A high opinion of something; admiration
Contrast Verb To compare in order to show differences
Enigma Noun Enigmatic A puzzle, mystery, or riddle
Apathetic Adjective Apathy Feeling or showing little emotion
Exaggerate Verb Exaggeration To magnify beyond the limits of truth; to overstate or overemphasize
Disregard Verb To pay no attention to, ignore; to treat without due respect or attentiveness
Arouse Verb Arousing, Arousal To stir up; to excite
Determine Verb Determination, Deterministic To settle or resolve (e.g., a dispute or a question) conclusively
Articulate Adjective Articulation Uttered clearly; capable of, expressed with, or marked by clarity and effectiveness of language
Atypical Adjective Not typical; irregular
Capricious Adjective Capriciousness Impulsive and unpredictable
Dispense Verb Dispensable, Dispensation To deal out, distribute; to do without, do away with
Commend Verb Commendable, Commendation To mention as worthy of confidence or attention
Ascertain Verb To find out, as through investigation or experimentation
Commonplace Adjective Ordinary; dull or platitudious
Magnanimous Adjective Courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
Vivid Adjective Vividly Strikingly bright or intense; brilliant; presenting the appearance, freshness, and spirit of life
Conform Verb Conformist, Conformity To act in accordance; comply
Ornate Adjective Fancily decorated; beautiful, brilliant, flashy, showy
Anecdote Noun Anecdotal A short account of an interesting, often biographical incident
Indulge Verb Indulgent To treat oneself or another to; to entertain, delight, please
Spare Verb To refrain from harming, punishing, or killing; to save, as from discomfort; kept in reserve
Devoid Adjective Totally lacking; destitute
Mock Verb Mockery To ridicule, mimic; imitate
Neutral Adjective Neutrality, neutralize Not taking the part of either side in a dispute or war; of no particular kind or characteristic
Distinguish Verb Distinguishable To mark off as different; to recognize as distinct; to make prominent or eminent
Incredulous Adjective Incredulity Disinclined or indisposed to believe; indicating disbelief
Diverse Adjective Diversity Of a different kind, unlike; of various kinds, varied
Prolong Verb To draw out, extend, stall, stretch
Belligerent Adjective Belligerence Eager to fight; hostile or aggresive
Edify Verb Edification To instruct and improve, especially morally; to enlighten
Negate Verb Negation To deny the existence or truth of (something); to nullify or invalidate (something)
Ensure Verb To secure or guarantee; to make sure or certain
Voracious Adjective Craving or consuming large quantities of food; exceedingly eager
Envy Noun Envied, Envious Resentment of a more fortunate person; jealousy , spite, hatred
Dominate Verb Dominant, Domination To rule over, control; to occupy a commanding position
Hail Verb To salute or greet; to acclaim
Idiosyncrasy Noun Idiosyncratic Peculiarity, oddity, quirk, characteristic, trait, singularity
Irony Noun Ironic The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; an outcome of events contrary to what was, or what might have been, expected
Lucid Adjective Easily understood; clear
Despair Noun Loss of hope; hopelessness
Modest Adjective Modesty Having or showing a moderate estimate of oneself
Preoccupy Verb Preoccupation To absorb, immerse, consume, engage
Redundant Ajective Repetitive, excessive, unnecessary
Reform Noun Reformer The improvement of what was wrong, corrupt, or unsatisfactory; improvement, as of conduct or belief
Reluctant Adjective Reluctance Not willing; disinclined
Supplement Noun Something added to complete a thing
Evoke Verb Evocative To call up (e.g., memories or feelings); to draw forth
Repute Verb Reputable, Reputed, Reputedly, Reputation To consider, believe
Spontaneous Adjective Spontaneously, Spontaneity Coming or Resulting from a natural impulse or tendency
Stringent Adjective Rigorously binding or exacting; strict
Temperament Noun Temperamental, Temperamentally The combination of mental and emotional traits of a person; nature
Tyrannical Adjective Tyranny, Tyrants Unjustly cruel or severe
Insolent Adjective Insolence Insulting in manner or speech
Tact Noun Tactful Skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations
Constituent Noun Constituency Serving to make a thing; component
Arbitrary Adjective Unreasonable or Unsupported
Unprecedented Adjective Without precedent; never before known or appreciated
Urgent Adjective Urgency Requiring immediate action or attention; insistent in urging; importunate
Rebellion Noun Rebellious Armed resistance to a government or ruler; defiance of any authority
Oblivious Adjective Oblivion Unmindful or unaware; forgetful
Volatile Adjective Evaporating rapidly; tending or threatening to erupt in violence, explosive
Acquire Verb Acquisition To get possession of
Charisma Noun Charismatic A personal magnetism that enables an individual to attract or influence people
Adverse Adjective Adversely, Adversity Unfavorable; opposing one's interests or desires
Disposition Noun Mental outlook; characteristic attitude
Afflict Verb Affliction To distress with mental or bodily pain
Allege Verb Allegation To assert without proof
Sufficient Adjective Sufficiently Adequate for the purpose; enough
Impractical Adjective Not practical or useful; incapable of dealing sensibly with practical matters
Consensus Noun Solidarity of opinion; general agreement or harmony
Personage Noun A person of distinction or importance
Anticipate Verb Anticipatory, Anticipation To realize beforehand; foresee
Precursor Noun A person or thing that precedes, as in a job or method; forerunner
Demagogue Noun Demagogic, Demagoguery An orator or political leader who gains power by arousing people's emotions and prejudices
Assess Verb Assessment To judge the value or character of
Authentic Adjective Authentically, Authenticated, Authentically Not false or copied; real
Benefactor Noun A kindly helper; a person who makes a bequest or endowment characterized by goodwill; desiring to help others
Bewilder Verb Bewilderment To confuse to puzzle completely
Captivate Verb Captivation To attract intensely; enchant
Congenial Adjective Agreeable or suitable in nature
Conviction Noun A firm belief; the act of convicting or state of being convicted
Deference Noun Deferential Respectful yielding of the opinion or will of another
Pretension Noun A claim to something; an unwarranted or false claim, as to merit, importance, or wealth
Detract Verb Detractor, Detraction To take away a part, as from value or reputation; to divert
Alter Verb Alteration To make different, as in size or style
Dilettante Noun A person who takes up an art, activity, or subject for amusement, especially in a superficial way; dabbler
Amass Verb Amassment To collect; to accumulate
Equanimity Noun Composure, especially under strain; evenness
Motive Noun Something that causes a person to act; incentive
Exotic Adjective Foreign, not native; strikingly unusual or strange, as in appearance
Benevolent Adjective Benevolence Marked by or disposed to doing good
Crude Adjective In a raw or unrefined state; lacking culture and refinement; vulgar
Forebode Verb Foreboding To predict, warn, forecast, foresee
Predilection Noun A partiality; preference
Indignation Noun Indignant Strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or biased
Intuition Noun Direct perception of truth and fact, independent of any reasoning process; a keen and quick insight
Knack Noun A special skill or talent; a clever way of doing something
Longevity Noun Long life; length of life
Context Noun The parts before and after a statement that can influence its meaning
Misconceive Noun Misconception To interpret wrongly; misunderstand
Moderate Adjective Not extreme, excessive, or intense; average in quantity extent, or amount
Pacifism Noun Pacifist Opposition to war or violence as a method of settling disputes
Faulty Adjective Having faults; imperfect
Ambition Noun An earnest desire for achievement, distinction, wealth, or power
Prudent Adjective Prudence Wisely careful, showing good judgement
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