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SAT Vocab Final 2018

for battaglini's class

TermDefinition
aversion strong disinclination, disliking I have an aversion to getting married.
subtle delicate, elusive, not obvious To avoid being obtrusive in the elegant restaurant, he used subtle gestures to call the waiter to his table.
disdain intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy Never having to do manual labor, he disdained the idea of becoming a cotton picker.
revere to honor, to regard with respect Nearly all Catholics revere the Pope.
reticence restraint in speech, reluctance to speak A lawyer must have great reticence in discussing matters that could violate his client's rights.
taciturn quiet, not verbose A shy person is usually taciturn.
ostentatious showy, pretentious The ostentatious socialite wore her mink fur coat even during the warmest days of August.
banal common, ordinary, lacking freshness, hackeyed Because of his use of overused trite remarks, his speeches are banal and put me to sleep.
austere strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic Pioneers usually led an austere existence.
innate existing from birth, inborn He has innate athletic talents that cannot be taught.
prolific abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity Stephen King is a prolific writer, since he has written a number of books in a short period of time.
recant to withdraw or to repudiate a statement or belief, revoke The prosecutor's case was greatly weakened when the witness recanted his testimony.
mitigate to cause to become less harsh or hostile; to make less severe He apologized in order to mitigate her dislike for him.
vilify to malign, to defame, to utter abusive statements againts It is not right to vilify someone just because they don't agree with you.
enigmatic mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is an enigma to this day.
nullify to cause not to be in effect, to negate I am seeking to nullify the contract because he has not complied with it.
prologue introductory remarks in a speech, play or literary work, introductory action The play had a prologue that set the scene for the opening act.
daunt to intimidate, to dismay I am not daunted by your threats.
dogmatic strongly opinionated in an unwarranted manner Religious fundamentalists can be dogmatic in their beliefs.
volatile quickly changeable, easily vaporized Because of his volatile temper, one must use caution in dealing with him.
euphemism substitution of an inoffensive term for one that is offensive People like using the euphemism "passed away" instead of the harsher term "died."
ominous threatening The ominous clouds were harbingers of the tornado.
amorphous shapeless, having no definite form In the science fiction movie, the amorphous mass terrorized the town.
perfunctory acting routinely with little interest or care Due to his perfunctory manner of inspecting the factory, he did not notice some serious problems in the machinery.
impervious incapable of being entered or penetrated, not capable of being damaged Because the watch is impervious to water, I can wear it when I swim.
efface to erase, to wear away The date on the coin has been effaced due to constant rubbing against other coins.
calamity a serious event causing distress or misfortune The earthquake in Mexico was a calamity.
cursory superficial, casual, hastily done He gave only cursory consideration to my suggestion.
impetuous violent, hasty, rash, impulsive His impetuous behavior caused him to make many mistakes.
levity excessive frivolity, flippancy It was inappropriate for him to insert some levity into the funeral service.
insolence insulting or contemptuous behavior His insolence and lack of respect for his mother are shocking.
infamous having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was an infamous act.
insularity qualities of an island; narrow-mindedness of opinion The insularity of the president made it difficult to get a motion passed.
provincial lacking sophistication, narrow-minded Her parents are so provincial that they believe they should arrange her marriage.
incongruity nonconformity, disagreement, incompatibility The incongruity between the two stories led me to doubt the accuracy of either report.
guile deceitfulness, duplicity The woman was the unfortunate victim of guile and deceit when she lost her money that swindler.
scrupulous very principled, very careful and conscientious The scrupulous police officer never took a bribe, and he ceaselessly tried to prevent crime.
sublime exalted, noble, uplifting The romantic dinner, which included delicious food, soft music, and a beautiful setting, was simply sublime.
circumspect careful to consider consequences, cautious, prudent Her circumspect behavior left no doubts as to her integrity.
zeal enthusiasm, fervor To the delight of the students, he brought great zeal to the teaching profession.
meticulous taking great care I am usually very meticulous in completing my assignments.
profuse extravagantly abundant, flowing freely Cutting that artery will cause profuse bleeding.
lucid easily understood, mentally sound His lucid remarks helped everyone understand the new tax code.
recluse a person who lives in solitude, a hermit Howard Hughes is the most famous recluse of the century.
humane kind, compassionate, sympathetic and considerate The United States was very humane in its treatment of prisoners of war.
decadent decaying Drugs, prostitution, and crime are signs of a decadent society.
predilection preference He has a predilection for fish when he goes out to eat.
stoic a stoical person; not showing passion or feeling The umpire remained quite stoic despite the manager's screaming and the intense booing of the crowd.
squalid filthy in appearance, sordid There are squalid and depressed areas in most of the world's major city.
vexation discomfort or distress The young children were a source of vexation to their nervous, neurotic mother.
indelible cannot be removed, washed away or erased Her comments made an indelible impression on his mind, and he was never able to forget.
eulogy praise or tribute The young woman presented a touching eulogy at her father's funeral.
preclude to make impossible A low SAT score may preclude your acceptance to that college.
eclectic coming from a variety of diverse sources His eclectic taste in music ranged from Bach to the Beatles.
augment to make greater or to supplement We must try to augment our savings this year.
vindictive revengeful, spiteful You should be more forgiving and less vindictive.
equivocal ambiguous (usually intended to mislead) His speech was difficult to understand because of all the equivocal statements.
penchant a strong inclination He has a penchant for chemistry, and he has won many science awards.
viable Capable of working, functioning, or developing adequately He is a viable candidate because he has experience and can attract votes.
auspicious favorable Earning an "A" on the first test was an auspicious way to begin the new year.
apathy a lack of concern or feeling, indifference The man looked upon the turn of events with apathy.
empathy understanding or identification with another's feeling or situation Having been discriminated against, I have a lot of empathy for those seeking equal pay for equal work.
precarious dangerous, risky, not a secure situation It seems that a tightrope walker is often in a precarious situation.
paltry trifling, petty, worthless He was building paltry houses unfit for occupancy.
disparate sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements
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