Must Know SAT Vocab 3

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acumen

insightfulness

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aspire

strive for

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assail

belittle

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assiduous

diligent

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assuage

relieve, appease

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atrophy

waste away

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attenuate

weaken, reduce

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august

dignified

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aura

air, feeling

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auspicious

favorable

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autocrat, autocratic

dictator, dictatorial

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automaton

a person who acts like a robot

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byzantine

convoluted, complex

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consternation

dismay

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despot

dictator

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doctrine

religious, political, or philosophical principles or teachings

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epiphany

sudden realization

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gait

manner of walking

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hubris

arrogance

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jaded

tired, bored

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laud, laudatory

praise

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obstinate (obstinacy)

stubborn(ness)

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oracle

prophet

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placate

calm someone down

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pliable, pliant

easily shaped or influenced

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prolific

fertile, fruitful

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rampant

unrestrained, growing

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rouse, rousing

provoke, excite

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sanguine

cheerfully confident, optimistic

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scathing

harshly critical

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shroud

hide, obscure

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subversive

one who intends to overthrow the government

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surfeit

surplus

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sycophant

suck up, flatterer

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venerable

commanding respect because of age, dignity

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vindictive

seeking revenge

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abate

lessen

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aberration

deviation, not normal

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abhor, abhorrence

hatred

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abstruse

difficult to understand

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accost

confront

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acrimony

bitter animosity

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adamant

not yielding

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adept

skillful

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adroit

skillful

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affected

haughty

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alacrity

eagerness

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allocate

assign, portion

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altruistic, altruism

generous

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amenable

yielding

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amiable

friendly

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amicable

friendly

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antediluvian

very old

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anthropology

study of human beings

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antipathy

dislike

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apathetic, apathy

lacking interest

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apt

appropriate, inclined

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arcane

mysterious, known only by a few

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ascendancy

influence, domination

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ascetic, asceticism

one who practices self-denial as a spiritual disciplin

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avarice

greed

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banal

common

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barrage

bombardment, torrent

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belie

give a false impression

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belligerent

aggressive, warlike

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benevolent

generous

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bequeath

hand down (through a will)

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berate

scold harshly

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bipartisanship

supported by two opposing groups (political parties)

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blighted

destroyed

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bog

marsh, swamp

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bolster

support

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bombastic

pompous

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boorish, boorishness

crude

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buoyant

cheerful, floating

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burgeon

grow, flourish

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buttress

support

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cacophonous, cacophony

discordant sound

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cajole

coax

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callous

insensitive

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cantankerous(ness)

irritable

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capricious

fickle

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castigate

belittle

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caustic

bitter

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censorious

harshly critical

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censure

scold

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cerebral

intellectual

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chagrin

mortification

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charlatan

swindler

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chastise

belittle

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chide

belittle

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churlish

vulgar, boorish

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circuitous

indirect

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circumscribe

restrict

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circumvent

escape, avoid

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clandestine

secretive

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coalesce

blend, fuse

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compendious

succinct

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complacency, complacent

self-satisfaction, smugness

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compliant, compliance

yielding

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