SAT Prep: #1-50 Vocabulary

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advocate

to support a cause (or, as a noun, a supporter of a cause)

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underscore

to emphasize

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undermine

to weaken

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anecdote

a short story (often an interesting or amusing one)

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corroborate

to support with evidence

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substantiate

to support with evidence

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concede

to admit, especially to acknowledge an opponent’s point

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skeptical

doubtful

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reconcile

to make things compatible

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infer

to draw a conclusion

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innovative

creative, new

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diverge

to go off in a different direction

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contend

to claim, to make an argument

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refute

to dispute, to prove false

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inevitable

unavoidable, certain to happen

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shortcoming

a flaw or weak point

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counterargument

an argument against a prior one

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foreshadow

to suggest what will happen in the future

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phenomenon

any observable occurrence (not just extraordinary ones)

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obsolete

outdated, no longer in use

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indifferent

having no opinion or interest

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ambivalent

torn between conflicting feelings

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apprehensive

nervous, doubtful

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dismay

disappointment, distress (or, as a verb, to disappoint, to distress)

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evoke

to bring to mind, to draw forth

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conventional

typical, traditional

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undertake

to take on a task

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cultivate

to nurture, to promote growth

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ironic

directly opposing what was expected

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hypothetical

made-up, not yet proven

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speculate

to guess, to think about

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conjecture

a guess (or, as a verb, to guess)

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superficial

lacking depth or substance

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allude

to refer to

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implication

meaning, significance, consequence

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condemn

to criticize harshly

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denounce

to criticize harshly

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rebuke

to criticize harshly (or, as a noun, harsh criticism)

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reproach

to criticize harshly (or, as a noun, harsh criticism)

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empathy

compassion and understanding

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extol

to praise highly

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revere

to respect greatly

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impede

to obstruct progress

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inhibit

to obstruct progress

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hinder

to obstruct progress

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hamper

to obstruct progress

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thwart

to prevent, to stop

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deter

to prevent, to discourage

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forestall

to prevent, to block

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