SAT vocab quizlet

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bastion(n.) a fortress
to honeto sharpen
abhorredHated

despoticActing like a tyrant
jocular(adj) Humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
to derideto mock, to ridicule, to make fun of
to laudPraise
nascentComing into existence
aberrantAbnormal
equivocalAmbiguous
abtrusedifficult to understand
spateA large number or amount
trenchantacute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective
exculpateto clear from blame; prove innocent
exhume(v.) to remove from a grave; to bring to light
elusiveHard to grasp
lackadaisicalshowing lack of interest
voracious(adj.) having a huge appetite, greedy, ravenous; excessively eager
prolificAbundantly productive
vindicateTo free from blame
venalCorrupt
chagrinedembarrassed
altruisticUnselfish
levityLack of seriousness
incendiarycombustible, flammable, burning easily
scrupulousCareful about moral standards; conscientious
boisterousLoud and unrestrained
audaciousfearless and daring
sumptuousCostly, rich, magnificent
propensitya natural inclination
supplantTo replace
contentious(adj.) quarrelsome, inclined to argue
loquacioustalkative
decorousProper
bombasticpompous in speech and manner
ossifyto become hard
respiteA period of relief or rest
pedestrianBoring
judicioussensible; showing good judgement
superciliousArrogant
pugnaciousEager to fight
indigencePoverty
perfidyFaithlessness, treachery
tenacityPersistence
aspersionslander
palpabletangible
diaphanousallowing light to show through; delicate
variegatedMulticolored
egalitarianA person who believes in the equality of all people
dowageran elderly woman of elevate social status
dilettanteAmateur
iconoclastA person who attacks and ridicules cherished figures, ideas, and institutions
dispassionateImpartial, calm
esotericDifficult to understand
mollifiedSoothed
impugnedchallenged; called into question
raimentclothing
cantankerousCranky
churlishRude
phlegmaticcalm and unemotional in temperament
mercurialFickle
implacableunable to be calmed down or made peaceful
dismayeddiscouraged
impetuousquick to act without thinking
callousEmotionally hardened
edifyingenlightening
preeminencedominance
corrigiblecapable of being corrected or reformed
tenuousHaving little substance or strength
ineffableInexpressible
dolta stupid person
lamentto express sorrow; to grieve
renunciationDeclaration of giving up
husbandrycareful management of resources
obsequiousexcessively complimentary
punctiliousPaying strict attention to detail; extremely careful
myopic(adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
beliedcontradicted
obstinacyStubbornness
innocuousHarmless
censureTo criticize harshly
alacrityspeed or quickness
jadedWearied, worn-out, dulled
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