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Vocabulary that appears in ACT and SAT

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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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