SAT vocab 550 cards

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ambivalence (n)

coexistence of conflicting attitudes; mixed feelings. senator Todd changed his mind so often that he became notorious for his ambivalence.


ameliorate (v)

to make better or more tolerable; to improve. elsa's apology will almost certainly ameliorate the situation.


autonomy (n)

independence; self-government; self-determination.


circumspect (adj)

heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent; careful. normally circumspect, Ron let slip the damaging the information.


clairvoyant (adj)

having exceptional insight; able to perceive objects of phenomena outside the range of the sense. bea claimed to be clairvoyant, but she couldn't even predict the weather an hour in advance.


commiserate (v)

to sympathize with; to feel sorrow for another's suffering. while appearing to comminserate with antonio, perer was secretly happy about his neighbors trouble.


conspicuous (adj)

clearly visable; noticeable; obvious. due to her gree mohawk, tina was the most conspicuous guest at the otherwise-staid party.


cryptic (adj)

secret or occult; having a hidden meaning; encoded; unclear. polly's cryptic letter confused us as to her objectives.


deprecate (v)

to express strong disapproval of; to belittle or disparage. rather than deprecate my feeble attempts at writing poetry, mr.Rivera encouraged me.


despot (n)

ruler with absolute power; someone who wields power oppressively. the despot inaugurated a national curfew in order to control the dissidents.


diatribe (n)

a denuciation; bitter verbal attack, expecially of an exhaustive nature. in a lengthy diatribe against the tobacco companies, the activist focused on their invidious efforts to ensnare minors.


diminution (n)

a lessening ; the act or process of diminishing; a reduction. after we stomped on the floor angrily, there was a noticeable diminution in the noise from downstairs.


dormant (adj)

lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive; in a state of rest. dormant for five years, the soprano's voice had lost none of its tonal clarity.


esocteric (adj)

understood by only a select few or particular group; intelligible only to initiates or specialists. i avoid books with esocteric themes, but enjoy those which are realistic and easy to comprehend.


euphemism (n)

use of indirect expression in place of one that is harsh or otherwise inapproriate. referring to the elevator operator a "transportation controller" is a euphemism that i consider to be ridiculous.


homogeneous (adj)

of the same or similar nature or kind; uniform in structure or composition throughout. insofar as all the players come from within the same ten-block-radius, my little league team could be considered quite homogeneous.


incisive (adj)

keen; penetrating; sharp. cheryl's incisive analysis of the short-story utterly transformed my understanding of the story's meaning.


indigent (adj)

poverty-stricken; experiencing want or need. once a formidable boxer and wealthy entrepreneur, rocco is now quite indigent and forlorn.


intemperate (n)

lacking in self-control; indulging any appetite or passion to point of excess; immoderate, especially in use of alcohol. after his brother spilled coffee on the family computer, Glenn burst into an intemperate rage.


lassitude (n)

state or feeling of being tired and listelss; weariness; lack of energy or vitality. the long flight and jet lag provoked a three-day spell of lassitude.


pique (v)

to hurt the feelings of or make resentful; to arouse or excite. raising taxes to help balance the budget will only pique the national temper.


placid (adj)

outwardly calm or composed; undisturbed; satisfied. the medication was quite effective in transforming the hyperactive child


ponderous (adj)

very heavy; bulky; labored and dull or tiresome. the ponderous furiniture did not fit in at all with the elegance with the elegance and light decor of the room.


reticent (adj)

inclined to keep one's thoughts, personal feeliongs to oneself; resrved; retrained. though she was vert articulate and thoughtful in private, Robin was reticent about expressing her opinions in public.


scrutinize (v)

to look at very carefully; inspect minutely. the curator decided to scrutinize the painting after hearing rumors that it was a fake.


sequester (v)

to hide or keep away from others; to withdraw into seclusion; to confiscate; to segrate. the real estate agent pointed out that the huge leafy trees will sequester the house and thus lend in an air of privacy and intimacy.


solipistic (adj)

believing that oneself is all that exists. the wealthly and solipsistic business man felt little need to give any of his earnings to those less fortunate.


soporific (adj)

sleep-inducing; drowsy kenneth enjoyed the political science class. mainly because the soporifc voice of the lecturer helped him catch up on lost sleep.


spurious (adj)

lacking authenticity; counterfeit; false. it was rumored that the spurious copy of the final chemistry exam was being circulated by an elaborated underground network.


stolid (adj)

expressing little sensibility; unemotional. after learning that he had been fired, Gary remained stolid and, without even a sigh, began to pack up his possessions.


stultifying (adj)

rendering useless or ineffectual; causing to appear stupid or ridiculous. the overwhelming heat had a stultifying effect on the usually efficient house-painters.


supercilious (adj)

proud and scornful; haughty; looking down on others. Mr.Barker's supercilious manner succeeded only in estranging his friends and winning him the title of "most likely to be fired next"


surmise (v)

to infer with little evidence. though he had only entered the room two minutes before, the detective quickly surmised that the killer was the victim's cousin.


tantamount (adj)

equivalent in value or significance. for my philosophy professor, any level of confusion is tantamount to total ignorance of the matter at hand.


temerity (n)

rashness; foolish or reckless boldness. with no more than two years of law school to his credit, Richard had the temerity to criticize the chief justice's decision


terse (adj)

brief and to the point; effectively concise. the teacher was remarkably terse in his evaluation of the boy's essay, ussing but a few words to convey both the strengths and weakness of the student's work.


transient (adj)

passing though briefly; passing in and out of existence. to burt, socks and umbrellas were transient objects, passing in and out of his daily existence in an almost ghost-like manner.


trepidation (n)

state of alarm or dread; apprehension; n involuntary trembling or quivering. winona approached the high trapeze without trepidation, confident thathe net wouold save her if she happened to fall.


ubiquitous (adj)

existing everywhere; widespread. immediately after the devastation of the second world war, televisions became ubiquitous across both America and Japan, appearing in over 90% of each country's households.


unobtrusive (adj)

not readily noticible; inconspicuous; modest. contrary to Bill's expectations, his new back-brace proved to be unobtrusive, requiring only the slightest modification of his usual aartorial habits.


untenable (adj)

incapable of being defended or justified. the high-school student's proposal that he be paid to attend class was clearly untenable, particularly given the tiny operating budget of the school.


urbane (adj)

sophisticated; suave; cosmopolitan; refined. truly urbane, the host insisted on being known as the maitre d'


usurp (v)

to seize by force; to take possesssion of without right. the duke usurped his king's throne by murdering the king and quickly marrying his queen.


vacuous (adj)

lack of content or ideas; stupid. the vacuous lecturer rambled on, expressing nothing of substance. since each volume in the series was variegated by a different number, i was able to find the volume i sought.


variegated (adj)

diversified, distinctly marked. since each volume in the series was variegated by a different number, i was able to find the volume i sought.


vicarious (adj)

taking the place of another; experienced through sympathetic participation in the experience of another. jose took a vicarious pleasure in hearing of his sister's vacation to china.


vitriolic (adj)

extremely biting or caustic; sharp and bitter. the deposed chairman poured all his hatred of his former colleagues into a vitriolic speech.


o sharvolatile (adj)

evaporating readily at normal temperatures; changeable; explosive; livehearted; fleeting. mr.rivers reputation for being emotionally volatile led his friends and associates to act with extream caution when in his vicinity.


waive (v)

to depense with; to relinquish; to postpone.


whet (v)

to sharpen; to make stronger; to stimulate telling luke one secret may be whet his appetite, causing him to desire additional disclosures.