SAT Vocabs set A

felicitous
1. aptly expressed; appropriate
2. marked by good fortune
pedantic
showy learning
veritable
actual or true
strident
harsh sounding
sedulous
hard working; diligent
rescind
take back, remove; void
renounce
repudiate an earlier statement
rebuke
to reprimand
quixotic
impractical; idealistic
quintessential
most typical example0; archetype; purest example of something
quintessential
purest example of something; archetype
prevarication
a lie; mendacity
expedient
convenient or advantageous rather than right or just; worthwhile
gratuitous
free of charge; uncalled for or unwarranted
delineate
to explain or describe in detail
didactic
intended to teach; instructional
engender
to bring about, produce
vagary
an unexpected result or action

caprice
Synonyms: impulse, inconsistency, inconstancy, notion, quirk, whim, whimsy

ingenious
very clever
ingenuous
innocent and candid
prodigal
wasteful
fastidious
hard to please
diatribe
a bitterly critical speech
sanguine
cheerful and optimistic
sectarian
limited to the beliefs of a small group, such as a religious sec; narrow in scope
succor
help; assistance; aid
sycophant
a suck up; servile flatterer
tenuous
weak
delicate, doubtful, dubious, ethereal, fine, flimsy, gossamer, insignificant, insubstantial, light,
upbraid
criticize severely; scold
vapid
dull; boring
veracity
truth
xenophobia
fear of anything foreign
antithesis
opposite
arcane
secret; mysterious

cabalistic, esoteric, hidden, impenetrable, mysterious, mystic, occult, recondite, unaccountable, unknowable

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baleful
harmful, menacing

calamitous, deadly, dire, evil, foreboding, harmful, hurtful, injurious, malevolent, malignant, noxious, ominous, pernicious, ruinous, sinister, threatening, venomous, vindictive, woeful

benediction
good wishes
circumspect
careful

canny, careful, chary, considerate, deliberate, discreet, discriminating, gingerly, guarded, heedful, judicious, meticulous, observant, play safe, politic, prudent, punctilious, safe,

punctilious
marked by precise accordance with conventions

scrupulous

censure
to criticize
corroborate
to support with evidence
cupidity
greed; especially for money

acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, craving, eagerness, graspingness, greed, greediness, hunger, infatuation,

deplore
to be regretful of
complain, criticize

abhor, be against, bemoan, bewail, carry on, censure, complain, condemn, cry, denounce, deprecate, disapprove of, grieve for, hate, hurting, lament, moan, mourn, object to, regret, repent, rue, sorrow over, take on, weep

dogmatic
close minded

opinionated
Synonyms: arbitrary, arrogant, assertive, bigoted, bullheaded*, categorical, cocksure*, confident, definite, despotic, determined, dictative, doctrinaire, domineering, downright, egotistical, emphatic, fanatical,

efface
erase

erase
Synonyms: blot out, blue-pencil, cancel, cross out, delete, destroy, edit, eliminate, expunge, fade, obliterate, rub out, scratch out, white out, wipe out

ethereal
1 : celestial
2 : exceptionally delicate

delicate
Synonyms: aerial, airy, celestial, dainty, divine, empyreal, empyrean, exquisite, fairy, filmy, fine, gaseous, ghostly, gossamer, heavenly, impalpable, insubstantial, intangible, light, rarefied, refined, spiritual, sublime, subtle, supernal, tenuous, unearthly, unsubstantial, unworldly, vaporous, vapory

exacerbate
increase something’s bitterness or harshness

infuriate
Synonyms: aggravate, annoy, egg on*, embitter, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, heat up*, heighten, hit on*, hot up, increase, inflame, intensify, irritate, madden, provoke, vex, worsen

expunge
erase
extemporaneous
done without planning; improvised
inane
silly insignificant

stupid
Synonyms: Mickey Mouse, absurd, asinine, birdbrained, daft, ditzy, driveling, empty, fatuous, flat, foolish, frivolous, futile, harebrained*, idiotic, illogical, imbecilic, innocuous, insipid, jejune, jerky, lamebrained, laughable, meaningless, mindless, nerdy, pointless, puerile, ridiculous, sappy*, senseless, silly, trifling, unintelligent, vacant, vacuous, vain, vapid, weak, wishy-washy*, worthless

inchoate
not yet fully developed

undeveloped
Synonyms: amorphous, beginning, elementary, embryonic, formless, immature, imperfect, inceptive, incipient, just begun, nascent, preliminary, rudimentary, shapeless, unfinished, unformed, unshaped

intractable
means stubborn or obstinate

difficult
Synonyms: awkward, bull-headed, cantankerous, contrary, fractious, hang tough, hard-line, headstrong, immovable, incompliant, incurable, indocile, indomitable, insoluble, intransigent, locked, locked in, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, pat, pertinacious, perverse, pig-headed, recalcitrant, refractory, resolute, self-willed, stubborn, tenacious, tough, tough nut, unbending, uncompromising, uncooperative, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unpliable, unruly, unyielding, wayward, wild, willful

intransigent
1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
–noun
2. a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.
irresolute
indecisive
levity
unseemly frivolity

funniness
Synonyms: absurdity, amusement, buoyancy, facetiousness, festivity, fickleness, flightiness, flippancy, folly, foolishness, frivolity, giddiness, grins, happiness, high spirits, hilarity, hoopla, jocularity, laughs, light-heartedness, mirth, picnic*, pleasantry, repartee, silliness, trifling, triviality, volatility, whoopee, wit

facetious
1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
2. amusing; humorous.
3. lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.
loath
reluctant, unwilling

against
Synonyms: afraid, averse, backward, counter, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, opposed, reluctant, remiss, resisting, uneager, unwilling

lugubrious
mournful to an exagerated degree

bad, bleeding*, blue*, blue funk, bummed out*, cast down, crestfallen, crummy*, dejected, despondent, destroyed, disconsolate, dispirited, down, downcast, downhearted, dragged*, fed up*, glum, grim, hurting, in pain*, let down, low, low down, low-spirited, lugubrious, melancholy, moody, morose, pessimistic, ripped, sad, sob story*, spiritless, taken down*, torn up*, unhappy, weeper, woebegone

monologue
a long uninterrupted speech by one person
neophyte
beginner
noob
objurgate
criticize

berate
Synonyms: bawl out, castigate, censure, chastise, chew out*, chide, give one hell*, jump all over*, rake over the coals*, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, scold, upbraid

obsequious
behaving like a meek, spineless servant; subservient; sycophantic
obviate
to make unneccessary

block
Synonyms: anticipate, avert, block, counter, counteract, deter, forestall, forfend, hinder, interfere, interpose, intervene, preclude, prevent, remove, restrain, rule out, stave off, ward

parity
equality

balance
Synonyms: adequation, affinity, agreement, analogy, approximation, closeness, coequality, conformity, congruity, consistency, correspondence, equal terms, equality, equivalence, equivalency, likeness, nearness, par, parallelism, resemblance, sameness, similarity, similitude, uniformity, unity

paragon
model of excellence; the best
parsimony
extreme frugality
penury
extreme poverty
paucity
scarcity
penchant
a strong liking attraction to
pernicious
destructive, very harmful
peruse
read carefuly study in detail
petulant
irritable
phlegmatic
calm; unemotional
preclude
to make impossible
portent
warning sign; indication
primordial
founded long time ago; primitive
prodigious
enormous
puerile
childish
rebuff
to reject strongly
recondite
1 : hard to understand
2 : little known

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