SAT/COLLEGE VOCABULARY


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List #1

1.) Abase v. To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade; "Since she was always coming in late, Jessie was abased to work in the back instead of the front desk."
2.) Abdicate v. To give up (royal power or the like); "Prince William was ready to abdicate his role as prince because of too many responsibilities."
3.) Abduction n. A carrying away of a person against his will or illegally; "Henry was charged with the abduction of his neighbor, who was never found."
4.) Belittle v. To disparage; to put down; "Mark felt like he was being belittled because Byron was picking on him for playing the game poorly."
5.) Belligerent adj. Manifesting a warlike spirit; "The politician was belligerent against his opponent during the debate."
6.) Beneficial adj. Helpful; "Studying vocabulary words is beneficial because it will help students do better in the critical reading section of the SAT."
7.) Benevolent adj. Kind, generous, doing good for others; "Giving clothes and money to the homeless is benevolent."
8.) Benign adj. Good, unharmful; "Some foods are benign at a first look but harmful if eaten."
9.) Cajole v. To persuade; to impose on or dupe by flattering speech; "Jake didn't want to eat broccoli, so his mom cajoled him to eat it by offering a huge piece of chocolate cake afterward."
10.) Candid adj. Honest and straightforward; "The reality show was supposed to show a candid appearance of the couple's daily experiences, but it seemed fake and unrealistic."
11.) Capitulate v. To surrender or stipulate terms; "The robber capitulated to the police when he knew there was no way out."
12.) Captivate v. To fascinate, as by excellence, eloquence, or beauty; "Alex Rodriguez captivates millions of fans with his extraordinary baseball skills."
13.) Dearth n. Scarcity, as of something essential or desirable; "When I went to the supermarket, I saw there was a dearth of my favorite cereal and I was very upset."
14.) Debase v. To lower in character or virtue; "The actress would not do the love scenes since she thought they would debase her character."
15.) Decorum n. Propriety, properness; "My mother always tells us to show a sense of decorum when in a public place so as not to embarrass her."
16.) Ebullient adj. Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration; "The child was ebullient when she realized she won 1st place in the essay contest."
17.) Efface v. To obliterate or destroy; "By shredding the documents, he effaced all of the evidence against him."
18.) Effeminate adj. Having womanish traits or qualities; "The girl did not appear effeminate since she enjoyed playing football at recess everyday."
19.) Fabricate v. To invent falsely; lie; "The tabloid magazines are known to fabricate stories about celebrities and aliens in people's backyards."
20.) Facsimile n. An exact copy or reproduction; "Kinko's is known to make facsimiles quickly and efficiently."
21.) Gamut n. The whole range or sequence; "There's a wide gamut of styles among the student body at ITHS; many show off their unique fashions."
22.) Gluttonous adj. Greedy or given to excess in eating; "Being gluttonous is considered a sin by many people around the world."
23.) Habitual adj. According to usual practice; "The dentist recommends that brushing one's teeth twice a day should be a habitual activity."
24.) Ignominious adj. Shameful or contemptible; "Dog fighting is considered an ignominious activity in the U.S., although other countries don't consider it to be a big deal."
25.) Inherent adj. Within one's nature; firmly established; natural; "Her inherent beauty was evident when she took off her makeup."
26.) Jovial adj. Cheerful or merry; "Since he was such a jovial guy, he had tons of friends and admirers."
27.) Laudable adj. Praiseworthy; "Her graduation speech was so laudable that it received a standing ovation."
28.) Longevity n. Long life; prolonged existence; "Longevity can be achieved through a healthy diet and regular exercise."
29.) Magnanimous adj. Generous in treating or judging others; "The holiday spirit produces a great number of magnanimous people wanting to do good for those in need."
30.) Malevolent adj. Wishing evil to others; mean-spirited; "There are malevolent people in the world, but thankfully there are also benevolent people to counteract their evil."


List #2

1. Abhorrent adj. Very repugnant; hateful; "It is considered abhorrent to support animal cruelty, which is why many who are cruel to animals are punished by the law."
2. Affluence n. great wealth or an abundant supply of riches; "Paris Hilton's affluence is inherited, not earned."
3. Assess v. To evaluate or measure; "The federal government assessed the damages by Hurricane Katrina as over a billion dollars."
4. Brevity n. Shortness of duration; "The brevity of their date revealed their dislike for each other."
5.Commendable adj. Praiseworthy; admirable; "The standing ovation showed President Obama that his vote against the Iraqi war was commendable by a majority of Democrats."
6. Condemn v. To express disapproval of; to criticize or denounce; "The principal condemned the girls' inappropriate dress and made them wear the ITHS uniform."
7. Culpable adj. Blame-worthy or guilty; "The jury knew the man was culpable for the crime because his DNA evidence was found on the victim."
8. Decipher v. To find out the true words or meaning of, as something hardly legible; "The teacher had trouble deciphering her student's handwriting and required that he type instead."
9.Fiery adj. Burning or flaming hot; "The fiery stove burned my hand."
10.Fundamental adj. Basic or essential; "He couldn't join the varsity basketball team unless he first learned the fundamental techniques of the game."
11. Humane adj. Compassionate or charitable; "After tragedies like the earthquake in Haiti and the Darfur genocide, people all over the world showed their humane spirits through their volunteerism and monetary contributions."
12.Hypnotic adj. Mesmerizing or spellbinding; "The bride's beauty created a hypnotic gaze by all her onlookers."
13.Infuriate v. To enrage or madden; "The girl's temper tantrum infuriated her mother, which led to an incredibly long punishment."
14.Intermingle vs. To mix together or interact; "Why don't people of different races and ethnicities intermingle very much? This is an issue that has befuddled countless people.
15.Malicious adj. Malevolent or hateful; "His malicious words deeply hurt my feelings."
16.Manifest v. To reveal or exhibit; "When the couple moved in together, their strange habits manifested themselves."
17.Merciless adj. Cruel or unpitying; "The terrorists were merciless in their evil doings."
18.Poignant adj. Moving; affecting; "The graduation speech was so poignant that people were still talking about it months afterward."
19.Pretentious adj. Conceited or showy; "The celebrity was so pretentious that she demanded a five-carat diamond and would accept nothing less."
20.Realm n. Area or territory; "Theaters were considered so vulgar that they were not allowed within the realm of major cities like London."
21.Sentiment n. A response; feeling; "According to recent polls, the majority of Americans have anti-war sentiments."
22. Tangible adj. Perceptible by touch; "Tangible things include tables and chairs while intangible things are happiness and anger."
23.Transcendent adj. Uplifting; awe-inspiring; "Bill and Melinda Gates' generosity to hundreds of schools is considered transcendent to the American education system."
24.Vital adj. Necessary; essential; "It is vital to take 8 semesters of English in order to graduate from high school."
25.Yearning n. A desire or longing; "The girl's yearning for the boy was not reciprocated and it broke her heart. Though, soon after she found a new love."


List #3

1. Antiquated adj. old; outdated; "The antiquated furniture had sentimental value because it was passed down from Jenna's great, great grandmother."
2. Austere adj. severely simple; unadorned; "Most very religious people choose to wear austere clothing rather than ornate, showy styles."
3. Avaricious adj. greedy; "Our society has become so avaricious and the food industry has accomodated our gluttony with all you can eat buffets and extra-large servings."
4. Bestial adj. animal-like; "Cavemen look incredibly bestial as compared to human beings today; they appeared more animalistic than we do in modern times."
5. Bibliophile n. one who loves books; "English teachers aren't the only ones considered bibliophiles; there are so many others out there who have great passion for literature."
6. Clandestine adj. sneaky; surreptitious; "The clandestine meeting was only allowed for members with passwords."
7. Clemency n. leniency; mercy; "The criminal was given clemency when he revealed the lead burglar; only then was he able to have a reduced sentence."
8. Defame v. to slander, as in hurting one's reputation; "Tiger Woods' reputation was defamed ever since his affairs with a large number of women surfaced to the public."
9. Enfeeble v. to weaken; debilitate; "After running a marathon (that's 26.2 miles), most runners feel enfeebled by the exhaustion, and they often walk slowly and awkwardly."
10. Germane adj. relevant; "Studying hard in school is germane to a bright future."
11. Hinder v. to prevent; obstruct; "The fiery sun's extraordinary heat hindered the runners from achieving personal bests; obviously, they were disappointed with their finishing times."
12. Illicit adj. unlawful or illegal; "Trespassing is considered illicit and can result in jail time."
13. Implicate v. To show or prove to be involved in or concerned; "The missing girl's parents have been implicated in her disappearance and now everyone feels that they were involved in the crime."
14. Loathe v. to hate; to feel malice for; "Scrooge is the character who loathes the holiday season; he's the complete opposite of the jovial Santa Claus."
15. Misnomer n. A name wrongly or mistakenly used; "When someone says that they need a kleenex, they've used a misnomer. Kleenex is a brand name for a certain tissue and does not represent all tissues."
16. Neophyte n. a novice or a beginner; "A neophyte is someone who's just beginning to learn a skill or subject."
17. Noxious adj. harmful; toxic; "Artificial sweeteners and other artificial flavors have been found to be noxious--causing cancer in lab animals."
18. Omnipotent adj. having unlimited and universal power; "No one is omnipotent; everyone has limitations."
19. Omniscient adj. having unlimited or infinite knowledge; "Teachers do not claim to be omniscient; they do not have knowledge on every subject."
20. Pious adj. religious; "Studies have shown that Americans are less pious than they were in past years; people are much more secular today."
21. Requisite adj. Necessary; required; "In order to graduate from ITHS, students must fulfill the requisite credits."
22. Subservient adj. obedient; compliant, in a servile manner; "During Shakespeare's times, everyone was supposed to act subserviently to the Queen of England; whatever she desired would be fulfilled."
23. Theology n. The study of G-d and religious teachings; "Theology is a course of study offered at many colleges and universities, and it includes the study of a variety of religions, but usually focuses on Christianity, Islam and Judaism."
24. Valor n. courage; bravery; "A heroic man jumped in the railroad tracks to save the fallen boy and was later recognized in the newspapers for his valor."
25. Veracity n. truthfulness; "People who read newspapers and watch TV should always question the veracity of the information and do their own independent research to learn more from different sources."


List #4

1. Apprise v. to inform, explain or impart; "Our wonderful college advisor apprises junior and senior students about the college process."
2. Ardent adj. passionate, enthusiastic, or fervent; "Ms. Conn has ardent love for both her alma mater, University of Michigan, and ITHS, her favorite school to be a teacher."
3. Assiduous adj. working diligently at a task; persevering; "It's necessary to be assiduous in your high school courses in order to pursue a college education at the college of your choice."
4. Conform v. to do what's expected; to follow the rules and be conventional; "Most students in American schools conform to American culture and wear blue jeans on a regular basis."
5. Conscript v. To force into military service; "The draft of the 1970s conscripted young men to serve in Vietnam whether they preferred to or not."
6. Constitute v. to represent or comprise; "ITHS constitutes a mostly respectful and hard-working student body, which is why many teachers enjoy teaching here."
7. Contrive v. to arrange, plan or scheme; "The conspirators contrived to assassinate Julius Caesar, and they were successful."
8. Delineate v. to describe or portray; Claudius is delineated as an evil character in Hamlet.
9. Desultory adj. disconnected; random; "The desultory conversation was so confusing that I had no idea what he is really trying to say."
10. Diligence n. constant and earnest effort; hard work; "Being a member of an athletic team requires diligence, dedication and skill to be successful."
11. Embalm v. to preserve; mummify; "Mummies are best known for the embalming procedure that was enacted in order to maintain them for the after-life."
12. Eminent adj. well-known, famous, reputable; "William Shakespeare is considered an eminent poet--in fact, he is known as the Bard."
13. Employ v. to use or provide work for; "It is vital that you employ sophisticated language and proper grammar in the writing portion of the SAT in order to earn a high score."
14. Exhort v. to urge on strongly; "I exhort all of you to send out your college applications before Thanksgiving if you want to increase your chances of getting accepted to multiple colleges."
15. Extrinsic adj. not essential or inherent; outward or external; "Extrinsic beauty is not as important as intrinsic beauty because outer beauty has very little value when considering the entire individual."
16. Facility n. capability or competence; "Colleges expect that entering students have good facility with analyzing difficult texts and writing complex essays, which they hopefully learned high school."
17. Felicity n. a state of happiness or well-being; "Christmas time seems to bring out more felicity in everyone; there seems to be a jovial feeling in the air."
18. Furnish v. to supply or provide; "Most NYC public school teachers are not furnished with many school supplies, which is why they spend much of their own money on necessary supplies."
19. Haste n. swiftness of motion; speed; thoughtless quick action; "It's not a wise decision to use haste in putting together your college applications; you should take great care in this very important process."
20. Innate adj. natural, instinctive, or inherent; "Her innate qualities included generosity and compassion; she inherited those traits from her mother."
21. Precept n. teaching, guideline, or principle; "Many young people attend religious schools to learn biblical precepts that they can apply to their daily living."
22. Profound adj. having deep insight or understanding; reflective; "His speech was so profound that it received a standing ovation."
23. Vigor n. energy, drive or vitality; "The vigor with which the kids employed in their sports should also be applied to their studies."
24. Virtue n. a good, admirable quality; asset; "It's important to show off your virtues rather than your flaws."
25. Vivacity n. liveliness; cheerful energy; "Oprah Winfrey's vivacity is one of her best qualities; her audience viewers are always eager to watch her energetic personality come to life on the screen."


List #5

1. Affirmative adj. in support of, affirming or giving assent; "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"; "an affirmative nod"
2. Alleviate v. provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; "This pill will alleviate your headaches"
3. Augment v. to add to, enlarge; "the close-up picture augmented his already large nose"
4. Corpulent adj. excessively fat; "corpulent man weighs 300 lbs"
5. Correlate v. bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation; "I cannot correlate these two pieces of information"
6. Docile adj. willing to be taught, led, supervised or directed; "the docile masses of an enslaved nation"
7. Emanate v. proceed or issue forth, as from a source; "Water emanates from this hole in the ground"
8. Embark v. set out on (an enterprise, subject of study, etc.), to go on board, or to proceed despite danger risk; "she embarked upon a new career; "embarked into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
9. Epitome adj. a standard or ideal example; "he is the epitome of good breeding"; "he provided America with an epitome of the good father"
10. Exorbitant adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "exorbitant prices"; "spends an exorbitant amount on entertainment"
11. Fallible adj. likely to fail or be inaccurate; "everyone is fallible to some degree"
12. Imperative adj. essential and urgent; requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
13. Indigence n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of indigence exists among the homeless"
14. Inevitable adj. predictable, unavoidable, expected; "the hurricane was inevitable"
15. Irate adj. feeling or showing extreme anger; "irate protesters"; "irate words"
16. Mediate v. to act between parties with a view to reconcile differences; "He mediated the family dispute"; "He mediated a settlement"
17. Nonchalant adj. casual, causing no concern; "his nonchalant attitude revealed a carefree outlook on life"
18. Ostracize v. avoid speaking to or dealing with; to make an outcast; "Ever since I spoke up, my colleagues ostracized me"
19. Preclude v. to keep from happening or arising; to prevent; "His dishonesty precludes anyone from trusting him"
20. Proclamation n. a formal public statement; "the government made a proclamation about changes in the drug war"; "a declaration of independence is a proclamation"
21. Punitive adj. inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
22. Querulous adj. habitually complaining; "a whining child is querulous"
23. Revert v. go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
24. Spurious adj. false or fake; "her spurious words caused her not to be trusted"
25. Vicarious adj. experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"


List #6

1. Affiliate v. to join, as in an organization; to keep company with or hang out; "he affiliates with a good group of kids"
2. Astute adj. clever; intelligent in a shrewd manner; "an astute businessperson"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a leaseˇ¦
3. Chagrin n. strong feelings of embarrassment or shame; "His chagrin was evident by his red face and bowed head"
4. Countenance n. facial expression; "his countenance revealed his inner conflicts"
5. Demeanor n. behavioral attributes; the way a person behaves toward other people; "her benevolent demeanor caused many people to be drawn to her"
6. Evade v. to avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He evaded the issue"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"
7. Expeditious adj. Speedy; quickly and effectively; "he completed his work in an expeditious manner"
8. Extol v. praise; pay tribute to; "she was extolled for her philanthropy"
9. Fortify v. to make strong or stronger; "This exercise will fortify your upper body"; "fortify the relations between the two countries"
10. Fraternal adj. like or characteristic of a brother; "fraternal feelings"; "close fraternal ties"
11. Futile adj. Unproductive; producing no result or effect; "a futile search"; "the futile effort"
12. Immutable adj. unchangeable in form, quality or nature; "creationism is the view that all species were immutable, created by G-d"
13. Impulsive adj. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "an impulsive decision"
14. Incessant adj. occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted; "a child's incessant questions"; "incessant complaints"
15. Incoherent adj. unable to express clearly or fluently; "incoherent with grief"; "the alcoholic was incoherent; no one understood him"
16. Indict v. to accuse formally of a crime; "the accused was indicted for the crime and sent to jail"
17. Inexplicable adj. incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "she left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
18. Juxtapose v. to place side by side; "The painter juxtaposed a dark color with a light color for balance"
19. Listless adj. lacking vivacity; having low spirits; "he was listless and bored"
20. Premonition n. an early warning about a future event; a feeling of evil to come; omen; "the lawyer had a premonition that the judge would dismiss the case"
21. Rectify v. to make right or correct; "rectify the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"
22. Reiterate v. to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
23. Stagnate v. to be idle; exist in a changeless situation; to stand without moving; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He stagnated in bed all morning," "stagnating waters"
24. Vex v. annoy or irritate; "the high-pitched ring tone vexed many listeners"
25. Voracious adj. Ravenous or excessively greedy; "voracious appetite"; "paying taxes to voracious governments"


List #7

1. Abject adj. most unfortunate or miserable; "the most abject people joined in the revolt"; "abject poverty"
2. Acquiesce v. to agree or express agreement; "The performer acquiesced to the audience's request for an encore"
3. Agile adj. moving quickly and lightly; "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "her agile mind was able to calculate the most difficult problems with ease"
4. Allot v. to give out; to administer or bestow, as in small portions; "We were allotted new uniforms"; "allot pocket money for the children"
5. Commemorate v. to call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony; "We commemorated the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz"
6. Comprehensive adj. including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
7. Conducive adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for; "working conditions are not conducive to productivity"; "the seaport was conducive to the growth of the city"
8. Deference n. respect, reverence; a yielding to the will of others by word or deed; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "the children showed deference to their parents' wishes"
9. Degrade v. to reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to degrade younger women colleagues"; "His critics degraded him after the lecture"
10. Disseminate v. to become widely known; to give out (as in information); "he disseminated the news"; "they disseminated the rumor to the public"
11. Divulge v. to make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not divulge the price at which the Van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't divulge how old she is"
12. Dwindle v. to become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled due to her outrageous spending"
13. Eloquent adj. expressing oneself readily, clearly, effectively; "he was able to dazzle with his eloquent words"
14. Enmity n. the feeling of hatred or deep-seated ill-will; "Cassius could not contain his enmity toward Caesar"
15. Incongruous adj. lacking in harmony, compatibility or appropriateness; "her incongruous dress for a fancy restaurant made her look foolish"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"
16. Lucrative adj. producing a good profit; "a lucrative business is a business worth investing in"
17. Penchant n. a strong liking; "the bibliophile's penchant is for good literature"
18. Pervasive adj. spreading throughout; "the pervasive odor of garlic"; "a pervasive anxiety overshadows the triumphs of individuals"
19. Plausible adj. believable, possible, or accepting; "a plausible witness"; "a plausible story"
20. Prolific adj. abundant, productive; "a prolific writer is Stephen King or John Grisham"
21. Relinquish v. to yield to the control of another; to release, as from one's grip; "Relinquish the door handle, please!"; "Relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"
22. Respite n. a pause from doing something (as work); an interruption; a temporary relief "we took a 10-minute respite"; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short respites"
23. Subsequent adj. following in time or order; "subsequent developments in the murder story"
24. Sycophant n. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage; "the sycophant would offer to wash the teacher's chalkboards every day"
25. Tremulous adj. quivering as from weakness or fear; "the old lady's tremulous voice"; "during his presentation, his tremulous hands revealed his nervousness"


List #8

1.) Anachronism n. something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, esp. a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time; “The sword is an anachronism in modern warfare”; “The cell phone is an anachronism on the 70’s Show
2.) Blatant adj. conspicuous; without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious; "smoking on an airplane is blatant disregard of the law"
3.) Capricious adj. changeable; whimsical; impulsive; "she had a capricious mood and no one knew whether she’d be angry or calm”
4.) Clairvoyant adj. foreseeing the future; perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses; “the soothsayer was clairvoyant and able to predict Caesar’s death”
5.) Concise adj. expressing much in few words; succinct; to the point; "a concise explanation is preferred, rather than a long, worn-out one"
6.) Connoisseur n. a person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts; “he was a connoisseur of fine wines—he knew the best wines from all over the world”
7.) Debilitate v. to make weak; "Life in the desert without the requisite supplies debilitated him"
8.) Deplore v. to express strong disapproval of; “Many people deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners"
9.) Digression n. wandering from the main path of a journey; a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a digression from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "digression from his goal left him upset"
10.) Diminutive adj. very small; “her diminutive appearance was counteracted by her boisterous personality”
11.) Endearing adj. Inspiring affection or warm sympathy; “lovable the endearing charm of a little child”; “Buzz Aldrin, the famous astronaut who walked on the moon, was very endearing to the TV audiences on “Dancing With the Stars” and that is why the viewers kept voting for him despite his inability to dance”
12.) Eradicate v. to kill or destroy in large numbers; "the plague eradicated an entire population"
13.) Erudite adj. characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly; “an erudite professor”; “erudite commentaries in the analysis paper earned her a high grade”
14.) Extricate v. to release from entanglement of difficulty; "I must extricate myself from this uncomfortable situation"
15.) Fidelity n. loyalty; faithfulness to promises, duties, etc.; “the man promised fidelity to his wife during their wedding ceremony”
16.) Foster v. to help develop or promote the growth of; "the teacher fostered his talents in writing"
17.) Inadvertently adv. without knowledge or intention; "he inadvertently deleted his paper and had to start from scratch"
18.) Pandemonium n. a state of extreme confusion and disorder; “the mob of brides created pandemonium when they were told that they could have free wedding dresses”
19.) Plethora n. overabundance; excess; “America is a country with a plethora of riches”
20.) Portend v. to foreshadow; indicate by signs; "These signs portend bad news"
21.) Precocious adj. characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); "a precocious child who read at age 3"; "a precocious achievement is playing in a band at a young age"
22.) Scrutinize v. to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail; "he scrutinized his blemish in the mirror"
23.) Sequester v. to keep away from others; take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"; “The FBI sequestered the drugs"
24.) Spurn v. to reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
25.) Unkempt adj. not properly cared for or maintained; "an unkempt garden"; "his unkempt appearance"


List #9

1.) Accentuate v. to stress or highlight; “Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest accentuate the positive in life.”
2.) Animosity n. hatred, hostility or enmity; “The country’s animosity toward its neighbor was evident in their constant wars."
3.) Appraise v. To estimate the monetary value of; “The antique watch was appraised at $500”
4.) Cacophony n. harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices or sounds; “The roar of engines, horns, and sirens arising from a busy city street make up cacophony
5.) Cognizant adj. aware; knowledgeable; “Alan was cognizant of the dangers of playing with matches, but he tried it anyway”
6.) Copious adj. abundant; plentiful; “We ate copiously at the banquet and went home feeling sick”
7.) Dubious adj. doubtful; uncertain; “We were dubious about the football team’s chance of success; it turned out we were right—they lost every game."
8.) Enigma n. mystery; “He is an enigma; he never does any homework but he always gets good grades”
9.) Instigate v. to serve as the inciting cause of; to provoke or stir up "She instigated me to call my relatives"; the mob instigated a riot”
10.) Impeccable adj. flawless; entirely without sin or fault; “Hal’s clothes were impeccable; not one wrinkle existed."
11.) Loquacious adj. talking a lot or too much; “Maria is so loquacious that Stephanie can sometimes put down the telephone and watch a TV show while Maria is talking."
12.) Ostentatious adj. showing off; pretentious; “Her home was very ostentatious; every piece of furniture was covered with silk or velvet, and every piece of hardware was made of silver or gold”
13.) Perturb v. to disturb or annoy greatly; “Randolph’s mother was perturbed by his disruptive behavior at the dinner table”
14.) Precedent n. an earlier example or model of something; “Information Technology High School’s first graduation class had set a precedent for many events at the school, including prom, yearbook and graduation”
15.) Rigorous adj. strict, harsh or severe; “The exercise program was rigorous but effective; after just a few months, the two hours of daily exercise showed significant weight loss”
16.) Tantamount adj. equal or equivalent to; “Waving a banner against Big Brother would be tantamount to committing suicide.”
17.) Tentative adj. temporary; uncertain; “Our plans for the party are tentative at this point, which is why we have not responded”
18.) Ubiquitous adj. being everywhere at the same time; “Personal computers, once a rarity, have become ubiquitous
19.) Unwitting adj. unintentional; unaware; “When Leo agreed to hold open the door of the bank, he became an unwitting accomplice to the bank robbery”
20.) Vacillate v. to be undecided; to waver; “Tyler vacillated about whether to buy a new car; he couldn’t decide whether to get one or not”
21.) Vindictive adj. seeking revenge; spiteful; malicious; “Samantha’s vindictive ex-boyfriend drove all the way across the state just to punch her in the nose”
22.) Vociferous adj. vocal; expressive in a loud manner; “Gary often becomes vociferous during arguments; he states his opinion very loudly”
23.) Volition n. will; conscious choice; “The jury had to decide if the killing was an accident or an act of volition
24.) Whet v. to stimulate; arouse; entice; “The smell of fudge whets the taste buds of all passerbys”
25.) Zealous adj. enthusiastically devoted to something; fervent; “The dictator’s followers were so zealous that if he had asked them all the jump off a cliff, most of them would have done so”


List #10

1.) Affinity n. a liking, fondness, or similarity; "Ducks have an affinity for water; that is, they like to be in it."
2.) Amenity n. a luxury; an attractive or comfortable feature; "The amenities at the hotel include a swimming pool, spa and golf course."
3.) Antithesis n. the direct opposite; "Though they are twins, Erin and Erika are the antithesis of each other. Erin is outgoing and vocal, while Erika is introverted and reserved."
4.) Covert adj. secret; hidden; "A covert military operation is one the public knows nothing about."
5.) Domestic adj. having to do with the household or family; not foreign; "Domestic affairs refer to situations occuring in the home country. A woman who works in the home, whether a housewife or maid, is often referred to as a domestic engineer."
6.) Emulate v. to imitate or follow a model; to strive to equal or excel in; "Little Joey followed in his older brother's athletic affiliations in the hopes that he would emulate his success."
7.) Inept adj. clumsy; awkard; incompetent; "Jerry Springer was considered an inept dancer; he often stomped on his partner's feet. Though, Jerry was still adored by his fans."
8.) Integral adj. essential; necessary and important; "Dave was integral to the organization; it could never have gotten along without him."
9.) Inundate v. to overwhelm; to flood; "At the end of the semester, the students were inundated with extraordinary amounts of work, and many required a lot of caffeine to stay awake and maintain focus.
10.) Nepotism n. showing favoritism to friends or family in business or politics; "Clarence had no business skills, so he was counting on nepotism when he married the boss's daughter."
11.) Notorious adj. famous for something bad; infamous; "Jimmy Hoffa, Scott Peterson, and Jack the Ripper are all notorious for their malevolent acts.
12.) Pacify v. to calm someone down; to placate; "A parent gives a pacifier to pacify him or her."
13.) Philanthropy n. love of mankind, especially by doing good deeds; "People who participate in community service are engaging in philanthropy, so they should feel good about their efforts."
14.) Propriety n. proper behavior; good manners; "It is considered propriety to see a man open a door for a woman; if he doesn't, then he is deemed discourteous."
15.) Reciprocal adj. mutual, shared, interchangeable; "If your love is not reciprocal, then it is not a two-way street. You deserve someone who loves you the same way you love him/her."
16.) Succinct adj. brief and to the point; concise; "We were given so little room to write our essays on the exam that we were forced to keep our writing succinct."
17.) Transient adj. not staying for a long time; temporary; "We knew the warm weather in December was transient, so we enjoyed it as much as possible before the cold, frigid air sets in."
18.) Trepidation n. fear; apprehension; nervous trembling; "The new nursery school students were filled with trepidation on their first day; they were not ready to leave the safe comfort of home."
19.) Usurp v. to seize wrongfully; "The children believed that their mother's new boyfriend had usurped their real father's place in their family."
20.) Versatile adj. adaptable; flexible; resourceful; "The woman's simple black dress was so versatile--it could be worn to an elegant restaurant or to a trendy nightclub."
21.) Viable adj. capable of working, functioning, or developing adequately; "Hillary Clinton seems to be a viable candidate for president in 2008 because she has been a very successful senator and former first lady." "He put together a viable company; his marketing strategies have allowed for a lucrative business.
22.) Voluminous adj. large in number, quantity or bulk; "She took voluminous notes." "There was voluminous press coverage on the unarmed man who was shot 50 times."
23.) Waive v. to give up a claim to; to forgo; "The application fee can be waived if you provide proper documentation revealing your family's income is below standards."
24.) Wont adj. accustomed or apt; used to (as in habit); "He got up at 6am in the summers because he was wont to that routine during the school year."
25.) Zenith n. the highest point; the culminating point; "I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one hit of hers."


List #11

1.) Abstain v. to go without; withdraw; “During the vote, a few people abstained from voting because they did not have an opinion on the issue.”
2.) Adamant adj. hard and inflexible; unyielding; "He is adamant in his refusal to change his mind; he just won't do it."
3.) Anomaly n. something that does not fit into the normal order; "Everyone on the team wore the uniform except Alex, who was an obvious anomaly."
4.) Apropos n. appropriate to the situation; apt; "Her response was apropos; it fit the question accurately."
5.) Arduous adj. steep, laborious; causing difficulty (as in work); "Climbing up Mt. Everest is an arduous task, even for the most experienced athlete."
6.) Concede v. to give in; accept; "When John McCain lost the election for president, he conceded and allowed Barack Obama to accept the presidency."
7.) Cryptic adj. puzzling; enigmatic; "There were cryptic words in the ancient artifact; no one understood their meaning."
8.) Decorum n. propriety; properness; "When you attend your graduation ceremony, there is an unspoken decorum expected by everyone attending; everyone knows there's an expectation to act appropriately."
9.) Empathetic adj. feeling another’s pain as one’s own; "Though we couldn't understand her grief, we were empathetic when she lost her boyfriend in the accident."
10.) Erroneous adj. mistaken, incorrect; "Though he gave an erroneous answer, Ms. Conn replied 'good try.'"
11.) Haughtiness n. arrogance; pride; "The girl's haughtiness made her disliked by everyone at school; no one likes someone so conceited."
12.) Maxim n. a common saying of advice or virtue; proverb; "A common maxim is the following: keep your friends close but your enemies closer."
13.) Mellifluous adj. sweetly flowing; usually used to describe use of words; "When Mariah Carey sings, her mellifluous voice mesmerizes her listeners."
14.) Misanthrope n. one who hates mankind; "If you are a misanthrope, chances are that people won't like you either."
15.) Misogynist n. one who hates women/females; "Some people have determined that Shakespeare was a misogynist because he created male characters who disparaged their female counterparts."
16.) Nadir n. bottom, the lowest point; "Do you know if anyone has ever reached the nadir of the Atlantic Ocean? It does seem hard to believe."
17.) Obfuscate v. to confuse; to deliberately make something difficult to understand; Some people believe that English teachers teach literature that intentionally obfuscates their students, but that isn't true."
18.) Oblivious adj. totally unaware; "If you walk across the street in an oblivious state, then you will likely get into an accident--either with a car or another pedestrian."
19.) Pariah n. an outcast, a rejected and despised person; "Since Britney Spears broke up with her husband Kevin Federline years ago, he has become a pariah among the celebrity world."
20.) Partisan adj. one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced; "George Bush's partisans are right-wing; he would never have someone like Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi on his side."
21.) Plummet v. to fall suddenly and steeply; "There was an extraordinary plummet in the second marking period grades; as a result, students are making extra effort to improve their marks for the final marking period."
22.) Reprehensible adj. shameful, very bad; "His behavior was so reprehensible that he was sent to a juvenile detention center."
23.) Surmise v. to guess; infer; "I will surmise that Info Tech's graduates have been accepted to many top colleges and universities because so many work diligently to succeed in school."
24.) Synopsis n. a summary; "The internet provides a synopsis of each scene in Hamlet; therefore, student journals should not include any kind of summary analysis."
25.) Tedium n. boredom; "Ms. Conn hopes her class is not full of tedium; therefore, she tries to add variety to each class."


List #12

1.) Amity n. peaceful harmony and friendship; "It is difficult for people in close contact to live in perfect amity."
2.) Cardinal adj. most important; principal; "Respect of one's fellow man/woman is considered a cardinal virtue."
3.) Cataclysmic adj. sudden and violent on a large scale; disastrous; "The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina reached cataclysmic proportions."
4.) Charlatan n. One who pretends to have knowledge that he does not have; an imposter or quack; "The doctor who claimed that he could cure your cold was obviously a charlatan."
5.) Compatible adj. capable of existing together; easy to get along with; agreeable; "I hope you will get a compatible roommate when you go away to college."
6.) Condone v. to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless; "President Obama said he did not condone the anti-Muslim activities going on in the U.S."
7.) Contingent adj. dependent upon; "Your grade will be contingent upon exams, quizzes, papers, homework and participation."
8.) Distraught adj. mentally agitated; emotionally upset; "The mother was distraught by the absence of her daughter."
9.) Estranged adj. changed from a close and friendly relationship to a distant and hostile one; separated; alienated; "They were once an affectionate family, but she and her parents have now been estranged for many years."
10.) Etymology n. the study of word origins, development and changes in accepted meaning; a history of a word; "A course in etymology will help you to increase your vocabulary."
11.) Foment v. to incite; to cause or arouse; "The police were afraid that the protests would foment violence domestically and abroad."
12.) Fortuitous adj. happening by chance; accidental; "The facebook founders didn't plan on the international phenomenon that is facebook today; it was a fortuitous occurrence."
13.) Gregarious adj. sociable; outgoing; "Sheep are, in general, gregarious animals."
14.) Inextricably adv. so involved or entangled so as not to be removed or extricated; "He became inextricably involved in the crime plot, never to be cleared of blame."
15.) Innocuous adj. harmless; "Although the spider's bite was painful, it was innocuous."
16.) Mendacious adj. lying; dishonest; deceitful; "She is known to be so mendacious that I doubt that anyone will believe her."
17.) Nemesis n. anything or anyone that seems certain to defeat or frustrate; deserved punishment; "His failure to notice his opponent's strength proved to be his nemesis."
18.) Nomadic adj. wandering from place to place; having no fixed location; "It took a long time before the nomadic man settled on a place to live."
19.) Panoramic adj. seen or viewable from all directions; comprehensive in review or coverage; "You can get a panoramic view of Manhattan on the top of the Empire State Building."
20.) Paradox n. a a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth; "To be both rational and passionate would seem to be a paradox."
21.) Permeate v. to spread throughout; pervade; "The sweet-smelling odor of the flowers permeated the house."
22.) Prevaricator n. one who evades the truth; a liar; "Truth means nothing to a prevaricator as long as he gets what he wants."
23.) Prodigious adj. enormous; amazing; extraordinary; "The building of a World Trade Center memorial is such a prodigious act; maybe that's why it's still not done after nine years!
24.) Repercussion n. aftereffect; a severe indirect or delayed reaction; "The repercussion of stealing will be very serious indeed; you may even go to jail."
25.) Sedentary adj. inactive; characterized by sitting or lack of activity; "He walks to work for exercise because his job is so sedentary."


List #13

1.) Altercation n. an argument or angry dispute; "An altercation broke out in the parking lot over an insult."
2.) Antipathy n. strong dislike; a feeling of aversion; "His antipathy for the Republican and Democratic candidates causes him to abstain from voting."
3.) Commiserate v. to sympathize; to feel or show pity or sorrow for; "You commiserate with a friend who has suffered some loss."
4.) Decadence n. deterioration; decay; moral decline; "Many people believe that America is experiencing a period of decadence and needs strong leadership to make progress."
5.) Dissonance n. lack of harmony; disagreement; discord; "The dissonance between Susie and Angela, who were lifelong friends, was very disturbing."
6.) Ennui (pronounced an-we) n. oppressive boredom; listless dissatisfaction; "Many people, like poets and philosophers, have stated that physical suffering is preferable to ennui."
7.) Fallacious adj. false; misleading; "Although his conclusion was sound, his reasoning was fallacious."
8.) Harbinger n. an indicator of the future; a forewarning; "The groundhog seeing his shadow is a traditional harbinger of six more weeks of winter."
9.) Increment n. an increase or addition; "If I do not receive an increment to my salary, I shall have to find another job."
10.) Indefatigable adj. never tiring; unflagging; "He was an indefatigable worker for any charitable cause."
11.) Lascivious adj. arousing sensual desires; lustful; "Modest people in love avoid lascivious displays in public."
12.) Malfeasance n. misconduct or wrongdoing; "The tax collector couldn't explain the missing funds and was finally proven guilty of malfeasance."
13.) Nominal adj. in name only; relatively small and unimportant in value; "Queen Elizabeth is only a nominal queen; she does not have any real powers. Her fee is so nominal that she will never get rich from it."
14.) Propagate v. to spread information; to disseminate; "Be careful about saying anything that might propagate rumors."
15.) Propensity n. a tendency; inclination; "She has a propensity for solitary activities, like quiet study and reading, so she must force herself to be social."
16.) Ramification n. consequence; result; "He had not considered the ramifications of his simple refusal to abide by the rules."
17.) Rectitude n. moral and right behavior; integrity; "Her rectitude is such that no one can criticize her relationship with others."
18.) Relegate v. to make inferior; to banish; "Many Americans believe that the economic issues were relegated to the back burner, which is why we entered a recession."
19.) Retract v. to withdraw; to take back; "He was willing to retract his hurtful words to ease her pain."
20.) Tacit adj. implied; understood without being openly stated; "He did not actually say 'yes', but our teacher gave tacit permission for us to leave the classroom."
21.) Teem v. to be abundant or overflowing; to be full of; "The pages of the book seemed to teem with intriguing ideas."
22.) Umbrage n. offense; resentment; "Do not take umbrage at my criticism; it is intended to be helpful."
23.) Unbridled adj. unrestrained; uncontrolled; "John kept his temper for a long time, and then exploded in unbridled wrath."
24.) Unremitting adj. non-stop; incessant; "Their unremitting dedication to the cause helped bring about its success."
25.) Verbatim adj. word for word; in the exact words; "Repeat the instructions verbatim to assure me you know what to do."