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Comp Vocab

Vocabulary that appears in ACT and SAT

QuestionAnswer
abbreviate shorten
abstinence the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol
adulation servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
adversity a state of misfortune or affliction
aesthetic characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
amicable characterized by friendship and good will
anachronistic chronologically misplaced
anecdote short account of an incident
anonymous having no known name or identity or known source
antagonist someone who offers opposition
arid lacking sufficient water or rainfall
assiduous marked by care and persistent effort
asylum a shelter from danger or hardship
benevolent showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
camaraderie the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
censure harsh criticism or disapproval
circuitous deviating from a straight course
clairvoyant someone who can perceive things not present to the senses
collaborate work together on a common enterprise of project
compassion a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
compromise an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
condescending characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
conditional imposing or depending on or containing an assumption
conformist someone who follows established standards of conduct
congregation the act of assembling
convergence the act of coming closer
deleterious harmful to living things
demagogue a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
digression a turning aside
diligent quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness
discredit the state of being held in low esteem
disdain lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
divergent tending to move apart in different directions
empathy understanding and entering into another's feelings
emulate strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
enervating causing weakness or debilitation
enhance increase
ephemeral anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
evanescent tending to vanish like vapor
exasperation actions that cause great irritation
exemplary worthy of imitation
extenuating partially excusing or justifying
florid elaborately or excessively ornamented
fortuitous occurring by happy chance
frugal avoiding waste
hackneyed repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
haughty having or showing arrogant superiority to
hedonist someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
hypothesis a tentative insight into the natural world
impetuous characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
impute attribute or credit to
incompatible not in harmonious or agreeable combination
inconsequential lacking worth or importance
inevitable incapable of being avoided or prevented
integrity an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting
intrepid invulnerable to fear or intimidation
intuitive spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency
jubilation a feeling of extreme joy
lobbyist someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote
longevity the property of being long-lived
mundane found in the ordinary course of events
nonchalant marked by a casual and cheerful indifference and unconcern
novice someone new to a field or activity
opulent rich and superior in quality
orator a person who delivers a speech
ostentatious intended to attract notice and impress others
parched dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
perfidious tending to betray
precocious characterized by exceptionally early development
pretentious creating an appearance of importance or distinction
procrastinate postpone doing what one should be doing
prosaic lacking wit or imagination
prosperity the condition of having good fortune
provocative serving or tending to excite or stimulate
prudent marked by sound judgment
querulous habitually complaining
rancorous showing deep-seated resentment
reclusive withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
reconciliation the reestablishing of cordial relations
renovation the act of improving by renewing and restoring
resilient recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
restrained under control
reverence a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
sagacity the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
scrutinize examine carefully for accuracy
spontaneity the quality of coming from feelings without constraint
submissive inclined or willing to give in to orders or wishes of others
substantiate establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
subtle difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
superficial of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
superfluous more than is needed, desired, or required
suppress to put down by force or authority
surreptitious marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
tactful having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others
tenacious stubbornly unyielding
spurious plausible but false
transient lasting a very short time
venerable profoundly honored
vindicate show to be right by providing justification or proof
wary marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
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