SAT Master Word list #33-34 Reivew

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pretext

N. excuse.

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prevail

V. induce; triumph over.

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prevalent

ADJ. widespread; generally accepted.

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prevaricate

V. Iie.

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prey

N. target of a hunt; victim.

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privation

N. hardship; want.

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probe

V. explore with tools.

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problematic

ADJ. doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing.

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proclivity

N. inclination; natural tendency.

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procrastinate

V. postpone; delay or put off.

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prod

V. poke; stir up; urge.

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prodigal

ADJ. wasteful; reckless with money.

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prodigious

ADJ. marvelous; enormous.

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prodigy

N. marvel; highly gifted child.

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profane

V. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily.

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profound

ADJ. deep; not superficial.

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profusion

N. (1) abundant quantity; (2) lavish expenditure.

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prognosis

N. forecasted course of a disease; prediction.

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proletarian

N. member of the working class; blue collar person.

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proliferation

N. rapid growth; spread; multiplication.

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prolific

ADJ. abundantly fruitful.

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prologue

N. introduction (to a poem or play).

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prolong

V. make longer; draw out; lengthen.

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prominent

ADJ. conspicuous; notable; sticking out.

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promote

V. help to flourish; advance in rank; publicize.

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prompt

V. (1) bring about or cause an action or feeling; (2) cue someone to speak.

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prone

ADJ. (1) inclined to; (2) prostrate.

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propagate

V. multiply; spread.

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propensity

N. natural inclination.

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prophetic

ADJ. foretelling the future.

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propitiate

V. appease.

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propitious

ADJ. favorable; fortunate; advantageous.

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proponent

N. supporter; backer; opposite of opponent.

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propriety

N. fitness; correct conduct.

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prosaic

ADJ. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual.

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proselytize

V. convert to a religion or belief.

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prosperity

N. good fortune; financial success; physical well-being.

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protégé

N. person receiving protection and support from a patron.

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protocol

N. diplomatic etiquette.

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prototype

N. original work used as a model by others.

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protract

V. prolong.

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protrude

V. stick out.

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provident

ADJ. displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies.

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provincial

ADJ. (1) pertaining to a province; (2) limited in outlook; unsophisticated.

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provisional

ADJ. tentative.

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provocative

ADJ. arousing anger or interest; annoying.

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prowess

N. extraordinary ability; military bravery.

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proximity

N. nearness.

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proxy

N. authorized agent.

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prudent

ADJ. cautious; careful.

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prune

V. cut away; trim.

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pseudonym

N. pen name.

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psyche

N. soul; mind.

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puerile

ADJ. childish; immature.

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punitive

ADJ. punishing.

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puny

ADJ. insignificant; tiny; weak.

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purge

V. remove or get rid of something unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify.

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purported

ADJ. alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored.

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quadruped

N. four-footed animal.

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quagmire

N. soft, wet, boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself.

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quail

V. cower; lose heart.

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quaint

ADJ. odd; old-fashioned; picturesque.

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qualified

ADJ. (1) made fit (by training, experience) to do a specific job; (2) limited in some

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manner.

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qualms

N. misgivings; uneasy fears, especially about matters of conscience.

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quandary

N. dilemma.

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quarantine

N. isolation of person or place to prevent spread of infection.

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quarry

N. victim; object of a hunt.

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quarry

V. dig into.

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quell

V. extinguish; put down; quiet.

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quench

V. douse or extinguish; assuage or satisfy.

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query

N. inquiry; question.

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quibble

N. minor objection or complaint.

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quiescent

ADJ. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive.

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quintessence

N. purest and highest embodiment.

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quixotic

ADJ. idealistic but impractical.

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quizzical

ADJ. teasing; bantering; mocking; curious.

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quorum

N. number of members necessary to conduct a meeting.

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rabid

ADJ. like a fanatic; furious.

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rally

V. call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate.

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ramble

V. wander aimlessly (physically or mentally).

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ramification

N. branching out; subdivision.

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ramify

V. divide into branches or subdivisions.

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rampant

ADJ. growing in profusion; unrestrained.

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rancor

N. bitterness; hatred.

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random

ADJ. without definite purpose, plan, or aim; haphazard.

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rant

V. rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech.

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rapacious

ADJ. excessively greedy; predatory.

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rapport

N. emotional closeness; harmony.

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rapt

ADJ. absorbed; enchanted.

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ratify

V. approve formally; confirm; verify.

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ratiocination

N. reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises.

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rationale

N. fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action.

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rationalize

V. give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable one; offer an excuse.

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raucous

ADJ. harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous.

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rave

N. overwhelmingly favorable review.

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raze

V. destroy completely.

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reactionary

ADJ. recoiling from progress; politically ultraconservative.

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realm

N. kingdom; field or sphere.

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rebuff

V. snub; beat back.

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