Complete List of Terms and Definitions for Sparknotes's 250 Common SAT Vocabulary Words

Terms Definitions
ebullient (adj) extremely lively, enthusiastic
cajole Fred's buddies cajoled him into attending the bachelor party.
diffident (adj) shy, quiet, modest
replete (adj) full, abundant
abjure To prove his honesty, the president abjured the civil policies of his wicked predecssor.
trenchant (adj) effective, articulate, clear-cut
usurp (v) to seize by force, take possession of without right
modicum Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss's affiar in front of the entire office.
pallid Dr. van Helsing feared that Lucy's pallid complexion was due to an unexplained loss of blood.
concomitant His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds.
manifold (adj) diverse, varied
adjunct The librarian's adjunct was an apprentice, but she knew just as much about library science as her mentor.
servile The servile porter crept around the hotel lobby, bowing and quaking before the guests.
solipsistic Colette's solipsistic attitude completely irnored the plight of the homeless people on the street.
parsimony Many relatives believed that my aunt's wealth resulted from her parsimony.
expiate (v) to make amends for, atone
temerity (n) audacity, recklessness
obsequious Mark acted like Janet's servant, obeying her every request in an obsequious manner.
extol to praise, revere
abdicate to yeild, give up
salient (adj) significant, conspicuous
boon (n) a gift or blessing
surreptitious (adj) stealthy
sycophant Some see the people in the cabinet as the president's closest advisors, but others see them as sycophants.
clemency (n) mercy
inexorable (adj) incapable of being persuaded or placated
pellucid Wishing his book to be pellucid to the common man, Albert Camus avoided using complicated grammar when composing The Stranger.
tenuous Your argument is very tenuous, since it relies so much on speculation and hearsay.
somnolent (adj) sleepy, drowsy
garrulous (adj) talkative, wordy
spurious Using a spurious argument, John convinced the others that he had won the board game on a tecnicality.
quixotic (adj) idealistic, impractical
oblique Martin's oblique language confused those who listened to him.
perfunctory showing little interest or enthusiasm
opulent (adj) characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation
invective My boether irrational invective against the way I dress only made me decide to dye my hair green.
plethora (n) an abundance, excess
approbation (n) praise
ascetic The piest lives an ascetic life devoid of television, savory goods, and other pleasures.
intransigent (adj) refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion
deprecate Always over-modes, he deprecated his contribution to the local charity.
ribald While some giggled at the ribald jobke involving a parson's daughter, most sighed and rolled their eyes.
querulous If deprived of his pacifier, young Brendan becomes querulous.
impertinent Most of your comments are so impertinent that I don't wish to dignify them with an answer.
zenith (n) the highest peak, culminating point
cacophony (n) tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
accountrement A mountain climber tackling Everest must enlist the help of a reliable accountrement.
adduce She would adduce to win the debate--and her examples would be so well-thought of that she would actually win.
laconic The author's laconic style has won him many followers who dislike wordiness.
pellucid (adj) easily intelligible, clear
implacable (adj) incapable of being appeased or mitigated
fallacious (adj) incorrect, misleading
hackneyed A girl can hear "I love you" only so many times nrgotr iy nrhind yo dounf hackneyed and meaningless.
languid (adj) sluggish from fatique or weakness
protean (adj) able to change shape; displaying great variety
myriad It was difficult to decide what to do Friday night because the city presented as with a myriad possibilities for fun.
juxtaposition The interior designer admired my justaposition of the yellow couch and green table.
pallid (adj) lacking color
defile (v) to make unclean, impure
fractious (adj) troublesome or irritable
winsome (adj) charming, pleasing
cursory Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda.
rancor When Eileen challenged me to a fight, I could see the rancor in her eyes.
ineffable (adj) unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words
fastitious (adj) meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards
desiccated The skin of the desiccated mummy looked like old paper.
vicissitude The vicissitudes of daily life prevent me from predicting what might happen from one day to the next.
stupefy Veronica's audacity and ungratefulness studpefied her best friend, Heather.
impassive (adj) stoic, not susceptible to suffering
cajole (v) to urge, coax
pugnacious Aaron's pugnacious nature led him to start several barrom brawls each month.
impervious Beacuse of their thick layer of fur, many seals are almost impervious to the cold.
wistful Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and was wistful all day long.
accretion The accretion of a new building to the south side of the campus attracted many students.
scurrilous (adj) vulgar, coarse
aboveboard I went aboveboard when I confessed my sins to the priest because I trusted his vow of confidence.
stolid Charles's stolid reaction to his wife's funeral differed from the passion he showed at the time of her death.
jubilant (adj) extremely joyful, happy
abase to humiliate; to humble; to lower
abrade After exposed to years of thudding rainfall, rock tends to adrade; erosion is natural.
zephyr (n) a gentle breeze
sanctimonious The sanctimonious Bertrand delivered sterm lectures on the Ten Commandments to anyone who would listen, but thought nothing of stealing cars to make come cash on the side.
expunge (v) to obliterate, eradicate
iconoclast (n) one who attacks common beliefs or institutions
verdant (adj) green in tint or color
serendipity In an amazing bit of serendipity, penniless Paula found a $20 bill in the subway station.
surmise (v) to infer with little evidence
surfeit After partaking of the surfeit of tacos and tamales at the All-You-Can-EAt Taco Tamale Lunch Special, Beth felt rather sick.
sacrosanct In the Uunited States, the Constitution is often thought of as a sacrosanct document.
imperious (adj) commanding, domineering
vilify (v) to lowever in importance, defame
ingenuous (adj) not devious; innocent and candid
obstreperous Billy's obstreperous behavior prompted the librarian to ask him to leave the reading room.
execrable Her pudding is so execrable that it makes me sick.
impinge (v) to impact, affect, make an impression

(v) to encroach, infringe
licentious Marilee has always been fascinated by the licentious private lives of politicians.
temerity Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their own temerity.
panacea Doctors wish there was a single panacea for every disease, but sadly there is not.
effulgent (adj) radiant, splendorous
dececrate They feared the the consturction of a golf course would desecrate the preserved wilderness.
abase Susan abased the child, who ran out of the room, humiliated.
panacea (n) a remedy for all ills or difficulties
vacillate (v) to fluctuate, hesitate
perfidious disloyal, unfaithful
palliate The doctor trusted that the new medication would palliate her patient's discomfort.
turgid The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his turgid prose.
vicarious All of my lame friends learned to be social through vicarious involvement in my amazing experiences.
abjure (v) to reject, renounce
expiate To expiate my selfishness, I gave all my profits to charity.
acclivity upward slope
largess (n) the gnerous giving of lavish gifts
pathos (n) an emotion of sympathy
cacophony The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.
ad lib If a politician spoke ad lib, he would probably neither win a debate nor an election.
tansient Because virtually everyone in Parlm Beath is a tourist, the population of the town is quite transient.
accord According to our accord, you agreed to serve ten consecutive months, but you have served only five so far!
ruse Oliver concocted an elaborate ruse for sneaking out of the house to meet his girlfriend while simultaneously giving his mother the impression that he was asleep in bed.
proclivity In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood proclivity for toruring small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon.
execrable (adj) loathsome, detestable
zephyr If not for the zephyrs that were blowing and cooling us, our room would've been unbearably hot.
pugnacious (adj) quarrelsome, combative
invective (n) an angry verbal attack
acerbic Jill became extrememly acerbic and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends.
fallacious Emily offered me cigarettes on the fallacious assumption that I smoked.
abscond It is rarely that case that a high schooler, wishing to rebel against parental cerfew, does not abscond on a dark night.
hackneyed (adj) unoriginal, trite
acrophobia fear of heights
reprove (v) to scold, rebuke
somnolent The somnolent student kept falling asleep and waking up with a jerk.
maudlin Although many people enjoy romantic comedies, I usually find them maudlin and shallow.
contrite (adj) penitent, eager to be forgiven
abeyance a temporary postponement
prosaic (adj) plain, lacking liveliness
vitriolic When agnry, the woman would spew vitriolic insults.
wizened (adj) dry, shruken, wrinkled
rectitude The priest's rectitude gave him the moral authority to counsel his parishioners.
cupidity (n) greed, strong desire
alacrity (n) eagerness speed
abrade to wear away
acumen Because of his mathematical acumen, Larry was able to figure out in minutes the problems that took other students hours.
accrue The books would accrue dust until a thick gray blanket covered them.
reprobate The reprobate criminal sat sneering in the cell.
obfuscate The detective did not want to answer the newspaperman's questions, so he obfuscated the truth.
abrogate (v) to abolish, usually by authority
punctilious (adj) eager to follow rules or conventions
acerbic (adj) biting, bitter in tone or taste
accretion an increase; an addition
arrogate (v) to take without justification
ruse (n) a trick
ubiquitous It seems that everyone in the United States has a television; the technology is ubiquitous here.
neophyte (n) someone who is young or inexperienced
capricious (adj) subject to whim, fickle
vicissitude (n) event that occurs by chance
vapid The professor's comment about the poem were surprisingly vapid and dull.
usurp The rogue army general tried to usurp control of the government, but he failed cecause most of the army backed the legally elected president.
precocious (adj) advanced, developing ahead of time
garrulous Some talk0show hosts are so garrulous that their guests can't get a word in edgewise.
quagmire (n) a difficult situation
fatuous (adj) silly, foolish
pithy (adj) concisely meaningful
inure (v) to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation
limpid Mr. Johnson's limpid writing style greatly pleased readers who disliked complicated novels.
adumbrate To coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.
solicitous Jim, laid up in bed with a nasty virus, enjoyed the solicitous attentions of his mother, who bought him soup and extra blankets.
cursory (adj) brief to the point of being superficial
deride The bullies derided the foreign student's accent.
ephemeral (adj) short-lived, fleeting
pulchritude Several of Shakespearee's sonnets explore the pulchritude of a lovely young man.
quixotic Edward entertained a quixotic desire o fall in love at first sight in a laundromat.
pertinacious Harry's parents were frustrated with his pertinacious insistence that a monster lived in his closet; then they opened the closet door and were eaten.
paragon (n) a model of excellence or perfection
brusque (adj) short, abrupt, dismissive
dither (v) to be indecisive
pariah Following the discovery of his plagiarism, Professor Hurley was made a paraiah in all academic circles.
ostensible Jack's ostensible reason for driving was that airfare was too expensive, but in reality, he was afraid of flying.
blandish (v) to coax by using flattery
adduce to give an example in proving something
alacrity For some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother whenever he could; so when his mother asked him to set the table, he did so with alacrity.
effrontery (n) impudence, nerve, insolence
eschew George hates the color green so much that he eschews all green food.
magnanimous Although I had already broken most of her dishes, Jacqueline was magnanimous enough to continue letting me use them.
florid The writer's florid prose belongs on a sentimental Hallmark card.
hapless (adj) unlucky
pulchritude (adj) physical beauty
propitious (adj) favorable
impervious (adj) impenetrable, incapable of being affected
credulity His credulity made him an easy target for con men.
nefarious Althoug Dr. Meanman's nefarious plot to melt the polar icecaps was terrifying, it was so impractical that nobody really worried about it.
proscribe (v) to condemn, outlaw
prurient David's mother was shocked by the prurient reading material hidden beneath her son's mattress.
variegated (adj) diversified, distinctly marked
malediction (n) a curse
transmute (v) to change or alter in form
accord agreement
ennervate Writing these sentences ennervates me so much that I will have to take a nap after I finish.
venerate The tribute to John Lennon sought to venerate his music, his words, and his legend.
ubiquitous (adj) existing everywhere, widespread
plethora The wedding banquet included a plethora of oysters piled almost three feet high.
puerile The judge demanded order after the lawyer's puerile attempt to object by stomping his feet on the courtroom floor.
vicarious (adj) experiencing through another
sanguine Polly reacted to any bad news with a sanguine smile and the chirpy cry, "When life hand you lemons, make lemonade!"
promulgate to proclaim, make known
multifarious (adj) having great diversity or variety
upbraid The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to upbraid her again about missing the rent payment.
fetid (adj) having a foul odor
grandiloquence The student thought her grandiloquence would make her sound smart, but neither the class nor the teacher bought it.
fatuous He considers himself a serious poet, but in truth , he only writes fatuous limericks.
obsequious (adj) excessively compliant or submissive
taciturn Thought Jane never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite taciturn.
maelstrom (n) a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
propitious The dark storm cloud visible on the horizon suggested that the weather would not be propitious for sailing.
surreptitious The surreptitious CIA agents were able to get in and out of the house without anyone noticing.
prescient (adj) to have foreknowledge of events
portent When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a portent that she would do badly on her spelling test.
abstruse hard to understand
vex (v) to confuse or annoy
ephemeral She promised she'd love me forever, but her "forever" was only ephemeral: she left me after one week.
imperious The imperious nature of your manner led me to dislike you at once.
platitude an uninspired remark, cliche
ad lib to act or speak without preparation
abet Mrs. Lowe would abet the striving psychologist to become a school junior counselor.
upbraid (v) to criticize or scold severly
rescind (v) to take back, repeal
inveterate I'm the first to admit that I'm an inveterate coffee drinker--I drink four cups a day.
implacable Watch out: Once you shun Grandma's cooking, she is totally implacable.
expunge Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to expunge all incriminating evidence from his tax files.
nadir (n) the lowest point of something
extol Violet extolled the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat-loving brother.
accrue to gather; to accumulate
pertinacious (adj)stubbornly persistent
variegated Each wire in the engineering exam was variegated by color so that the students could figure out which one was which.
palliate (v) to reduce the severity of
petulance The nanny resigned after she could no longer tolerate the child's petulance.
buttress (v) The column butresses the roof above the statue.

(n) The buttress supports the roof above the statues.
obtuse (adj) lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect
propensity (n) an inclination, preference
perspicacity (adj) shrewdness, perceptiveness
jubilant The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woma from the flaming building.
ostensible (adj) appearing as supalliatech, seemingly
paucity (adj) small in quantity
impertinent (adj) rude, insolent
diaphanous (adj) light, airy, transparant
impudent The impudent young man looked the princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn't asked him.
unctuous The unctuous receptionist seemed untrustworty, as if she was only being helpful because she thought we might give her a big tip.
evince Christopher's hand-wringing and nail-biting evince how nervous he is about the upcoming English test.
opulent The opulent furnishings of the dictator's private compound contrasted harshly with the measger accommodations of her subjects.
abjure to give up (rights)
credulity (n) readiness to believe
ablution I attempted to eradicate the blue dye from my fingers in an ablution--but it just would not wash off!
tacit (adj) expressed without words
acrophobia After falling from the staircase and onto the pavement as a child, I developed acrophobia and insisted on keeping my feet on the ground if at all possible.
diffident While eatcing dinner with the adults, the diffident youth did not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous.
turgid (adj) swollen, excessively embellished in a style or language
approbation The crould welcomed the heros with approbation.
quagmire We'd all like to avoid the kind of military quagmire characterized by the Vietnam War.
vilify After the Watergate scandal, almost any story written about President Nix sought to vilify him and criticize his behavior.
laconic (adj) terse in speech or writing
veracity With several agencies regulating the reports, it was difficult for Latifah to argue against its veracity.
ablution a washing, cleansing
inimical I don't see how I could ever work for a company that was so cold and inimical to me during my interviews.
accolade honor; award; approval.
pejorative The evening's headline news covered an international scandal caused by a pejorative senator had made in reference to a foreign leader.
incontrovertible Only stubborn Tina would attempt to disprove the incontrovertible laws of physics.
staid (adj) sedate, serious, self-restrained
assiduous (adj) hard-working, diligent
tacit I interpreted my parents' refusal to talk as a tacit acceptance of my request.
perspicacity The detective was too humble to acknowledge that his perspicacity was the reason for his professional success.
nefarious (adj) heinously villainous
acumen (n) keen insight
adipose fatty
demure Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.
exigent (adj) urgent, critical
vacuous (adj) lack of content or ideas, stupid
fetid I can tell from the fetid smell in your refrigerator that your milk as spoiled.
demure )edj) quiet, modest, reserved
indefatigable (adj) incapable of defeat, failure, decay
rectitude (n) uprightness, extreme morality
deprecate (v) to belittle, depreciate
timorous (adj) timid, fearful
surmise After speaking to only one of the students, the teacher was able to surmise what had caused the fight.
boon The good wather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach.
wanton Vicky's wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.
tenuous (adj) having little substance or strength
puerile (adj) juvenile, immature
wistful (adj) full of yearning; musginly sad
magnanimous (adj) nobel, generous
gregarious (adj) drawn to the company of others, sociable
salient One of the salient differences between Alison and Nancy is that Alison is a foot taller.
munificence (n) generosity in giving
hegemony Britain's hegemony over its colonies was threatened once nationalist sentiment began to spread around the world.
dissemble Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she dissembled and hid her intention to sell her ailing father's stamp collection.
polemic My brother launched into a polemic against my argument that capitalism was an unjust economic system.
sacrosanct (adj) holy, something that should not be criticized
abeyance Sorry for the abeyance; this postponement shall not last long.
nascent (adj) in the process of being born or coming into existence
multifarious The Swiss Army knife has multifarious functions and capabilities; among other things, it can act as a knife, a saw, a toothpick, and a slingshot.
clemency After he forgot their anniversary, Martin could only beg Maria for clemency.
primeval original, ancient
acrimony Though they vowed that no girl would ever come between them, Biff and Trevor could not keep acrimony from overwhelming their friendship after they both fell in love with the lovely Teresa.
rebuke (v) to scold, criticize
buffet (v) The strong winds buffeted the ships, threatening to capsize them.

(n) Rather than sitting around a table, the guests took food fro mour buffet and ate standing up.
obdurate The obdurate old man refused to take pity on the kittens.
discursive The prefessor's discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described.
inexorable Although I begged for hours, Mom was inexorable and refused to let me stay out all night after the prom.
deride )v_ to laugh at mockingly, scorn
punctilious Punctilious bobby, hall monitor extraordinaire, insisted that his peers follow the rules.
impertinent Most of your comments are so impertinent that I don't wish to dignify them with an answer.
discursive (adj) rambling, lacking order
viscous (adj) not free flowing, syrupy
iniquity "Your iniquity," said the priest to the practical joker, "will be forgiven."
tantamount (adj) equivalent in value or significance
morass When Theresa lost her job, she could not get out of her financial morass.
vitriolic (adj) having caustic quality
intransigent the intransigent child said he would have 12 scoops of ice cream or he would bang his head against the wall until his mother fainted from fear.
undulate (v) to move in waves
adumbrate (v) to sketch out in a vague way
replete The unedited version was replete with naughty words.
wanton (adj) undisciplined, lewd, lustful
fecund The fecund tree bore enough apples to last us through the entire season.
vituperate (v) to berate
sycophant (n) one who flatters for self-gain
impinge (v) The hail impinged the roof, leaving large dents.

(v) I aplogize for impinging upon you like this, but I really need to use your bathroom. Now.
acclivity The acclivity of the mountain reminded me of linear equations we had learned in algebra; it was difficult to keep my mind off thoughts on slope.
iconoclast Jane goes to one protest after another, but she seems to be an iconoclast rather than an activist with a progressive agenda.
ignominious It was really ignominious to be kicked out of the dorm for having an illegal gas stove in my room.
stupefy (v) to astonish, make insensible
malevolent The malevolent old man sat in the park all day, tripping unsuspecting passersby with his cane.
proscribe The town council voted to proscribe the sale of alcohol on weekends.
exculpate My discovery of the ring behind the dresser exculpated me from the charge of having stolen it.
torpid (adj) lethargic, dormant, lacking motion
licentious (adj) displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints
reprobate (adj) evil, unprincipled
accost to appraoche and speak to
serendipity (n) luck, finding good things without looking for them
defile She defiled the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.
prosaic Heather's prosaic recital of the poem bored the audience.
rebuke When the cops showed up at Sarah's arty, they rebuked her for disturbing the peace.
contrite Blake's contrite behavior made it impossible to stay angry at him.
abut to touch; to rest on or against
abnegate Yes, Anthony, I abnegate your request to go to that party; you are NOT ALLOWED!
repudiate Kwame made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother repudiated it with a few biting words.
accede to agree to
rancor (n) deep, bitter resentment
impudent (adj) Casually rude, insolent, impertinent
effulgent The golden palace was effulgent.
probity (n) virtue, integrity
dececrate (v) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
winsome After such a long, frustrating day, I was grateful for Chris's winsome attitude and childish naivete.
transmute Ancient alchemists believed that it was possible to transmute lead into gold.
umbrage He called me a lily0livered coward, and I took umbrage at the insult.
scurrilous When Bruno heard the scurrilous accusation being made about him, he could not believe it because he always tried to be nice to everyone.
antipathy I know you love me, but because you are a liar and a thief, I feel nothing but antipathy for you.
accountrement equipment, outfit
limpid (n) clear, transparent
harangeue (n) Everyone had heard the teacher's harangue about gum chewing in class before.

(v) But this time the teacher harangued the classs about the imporance of brushing our teech after chewing gum.
dissemble (v) to conceal, fake
conflagration (n) great fire
adjudicate The judge will adjudicate on THAT, missy!
deleterious She experienced the deleterious effects of running a marathon without streatching her muscles enough beforehand.
congent Irene's argument in favor of abstinence were so cogent that i could not resist them.
spurious (adj) false but designed to seem plausible
truculent (adj) ready to firhgt, cruel
insiduous lisa's insiduous chocolate cake tastes so good,but makes you feel so sick later on!
calumny (n) an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies
neophyte As a neophyte in the literary world, Malik had trouble finding a publisher for his first novel.
effrontery When i told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery.
verdant The verdant leaves on the trees made the world look emerald.
perfunctory The radio broadcaster announced the news of the massacre in a surprisingly perfunctory manner.
indefatigable Even after traveling 62 miles, the indefatigable runner kept on moving.
restive The restive audience pelted the band with mud and yelled nasty comments.
primeval The first primates to walk on two legs, called Australopithecus, were the primeval descendants of modern man.
maudlin (adj) weakly sentimental
abut Leila was so exhausted at the end of the evening that she abutted against her boyfriend, Max, who guided her home.
solicitous (adj) concerned, attentive
impetuous (adj) rash; hastily done
arrogate The king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively.
pejorative (adj) derogatory, uncomplimentary
feral (adj) wild, savage
desiccated (adj) dried up, dehydrated
exculpate (v) to free from guilt or blame, exonerate
vapid (adj) lacking liveliness, dull
anathema I never want to see that murderer; he is an anathema to me.
abjure After the women's suffrage, it was hard to believe that women would ever agree to abjure their right to vote.
mercurial (adj) characterized by rapid change or temperamentality
odious Mark was assigned the odious task of cleaning the cat's litter box.
proclivity (n) a strong inclination toward something
legerdemain Smuggling the French plans through customs by claiming that they were fake was a remarkable bit of legerdemain.
propensity Dermit has a propensity for dangerous activities such a bungee jumping.
grandiloquence lofty, pompous language
acrimonious harsh in speech or behavior
addendum The addendum to the list of required reading for the AP English class was composed of light literature.
acrimonious Martha's parents were strict disciplinarians and often struck acrimonious to outsiders.
maelstrom Little did the explorers know that as they turned the next bend of the calm river, a vicious maelstrom would catch their boat.
odious (adj) instilling hatred or intense displeasure
burnish (v) to polish, shine
abrogate The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot abrogate our right to a gree press.
latent (adj) hidden, but capable of being exposed
mendacious The mendacious content of the tabloid magazines is at least entertaining.
recalcitrant (adj) defiant, unapologetic
decry The kind video rental clerk decried the policiy of charging customers late fees.
ascetic (adj) practicing restraing as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
inimical (adj) hostile
myriad (adj) consisting of a very great number
decry (v) to criticize openly
abstemious It would be an oxymoron to label abstinate Joey the alcoholic as abstemious Joe.
wizened Agatha's grandmother, Stephanie, had the most wizened counenance, full of leathery wrinkles.
prescient Questioning the fortune cookie's prediction, Ray went in search of the old hermit who was rumored to be prescient.
sanguine (adj) optimistic, cheery
sagacity With remarkable sagacity, the wise old man predicted and thwarted his children's plan to ship him off to a nursing home.
mendacious (adj) having a lying, false character
insiduous (adj) appealing bt imperceptibly harmful, seductive
restive (adj) resistant, stubborn, impatient
morass (n) a wet, swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses
deleterious (adj) harmful
vex My little brother vezes me by poking me in the ribs for hours on end.
surfeit (n) an overabundant supply or indulgence
evanescent (adj) fleeting, momentary
impertinent (adj) rude, insolent
fecund (adj) fruitful, fertile
ineffable It is said that the experience of playing with a dolphis is ineffacle and can only be understood through direct encounter.
antipathy (n) a strong dislike, repungnance
adipose Hey, adipose! This is the smart way of insulting an overweight person.
exigent The patient has an exigent need for medication, or else he will lose his sight.
abnegate to deny; to reject
paragon The mythical Helen of Troy was considered a paragon of female beauty
rescind The company rescinded its offer of employment after discovering that Jane's resume was full of lies.
timorous When dealing with the unknown, timorous Tallulah almost always broke into tears.
rife Surprisingly, the famous novelist's writing was rife with spelling errors.
adjunct a subordinate; an assistant
iniquity (n) wickedness or sin
aspersion (n) a curse, expression of ill-will
congent (adj) intellectualy convincing
manifold The popularity of Dante's Inferno is partly due to the fact that the work allows for manifold interpretations.
concomitant (adj) accompanying in a subordinate fasion
gregarious Well, if you're not gregarious, I don't know why you would want to go to a singles party!
extant My mother's extant love letters to my father are in the attic trunk.
pernicious (adj) extremely destructive or harmful
veracity (n) truthfulness, accuracy
obfuscate (v) to render incomprehensible
trenchant The directions that accompanied my new cell phone were trenchant and easy to follow.
aberration The nonfiction passage in the fictional book was an aberration of the weirdest sort.
adjudicate to judge
vacuous Beyonce realized that the lyrics she had just penned were completely vacuous and tried to add more substance.
officious Brenda resented Allan's officious behavior when he selected colors that might best improve his artwork.
tractable The horse was so tractable, Myra didn't even need a bridle.
obdurate (n) unyeilding to persuasion or moral influences
pathos Martha filled with pathos upon discovering the scrawny, shivering kitten at her door.
nascent Unfortunately, my brilliant paper was only in its nascent form on the morning that it was due.
abstruse You are abstruse, stupid SAT CR; you are hard to understand.
precocious Dereck was so academically precocious that by the time he was 10 years old, he was already in the ninth grade.
diaphanous Sunlight poured in through the diaphanous curtains, brightening the room.
acrimony (n) bitterness, discord
fastitious Mark is so fastidious that he is never able to finish a project because it always seems imperfect to him.
abet to aid, encourage
zenith I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one hit of hers.
tantamount When it comes to sports, fearing your opponent is tantamount to losing.
aberration abnormality; deviation
anathema (n) a cursed, detested person
largess My boss demonstrated great largess by giving me a new car.
ingenuous He must have writers, but his speeches seem to ingenuous that it's hard to believe he's not speaking from his own heart.
abscond to leave secretly; to flee
sanctimonious (adj) giving a hypocritical appearance of piety
brusque The captain's brusque manner offended the passengers.
harangeue (n) a ranting speech
(v) to give such a speech
accede I do not accede to this nonsence, and I shall never agree!
buttress (v) to support, hold up
(n) something that offers support
recalcitrant Even when scolded, the recalcitrant young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans.
turpitude Sir Marcus's chivalry often constrasted with the turpitude he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern.
pithy My father's long0winded explanation was a stark constrast to his unusually pithy statements.
conflagration The conflagrationi consumed the entire building.
unctuous (adj) smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner
mawkish Although some nineteenth-century critics viewed Dicken's writing as mawkish, contemporary readers have found great emotional depth in his works.
torpid The torpid whale floated, wallowing in the water for hours.
eschew (v) to shun , avoid
querulous (adj) whiny, complaining
parsimony (n) frugality, stinginess
impetuous Hilda's hasty slaying of the king was an impetuous, thoughtless action.
ribald (adj) coarsely, crudely humorous
dither Not wanting to offend either friend, he dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.
inchoate (adj) unformed or formless, in a beginning stage
portent (n) an omen
polemic (n) an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
languid In the summer months, the great heat makes people languid and lazy.
petulance (n) rudeness, irritability
truculent This club doesn't really attract the ganderout types, so why was that bouncer being so truculent?
obstreperous (adj) noisy, unruly
accost The flock of students accosted the exchange student to greet him.
pariah (n) an outcast
pernicious The new government feared that the Communist sympathizers would have a pernicious influence on the nation's stability.
undulate As the storm began to brew, the placid ocean began to undulate to an increasing degree.
incontrovertible (adj) indisputable
penurious Stella complained that her husband's penurious ways made it impossible to live the lifestyle she felt she deserved.
mawkish characterized by sick sentimentality
extant (adj) existing, not destroyed or lost
munificence The royal family's munificence made everyone else in their country rich.
malevolent (adj) wanting harm to befall others
accolade Marci won the accolade of her teachers when she received the prestigious scholarship.
obtuse Political opponents warned that the prime minister's obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.
vacillate I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept vacillating between the distinct options available to us.
probity Because he was never viewed as a man of great probity, no one was surprised by Mr. Samson's immoral behavior.
protean Among Nigel's protean talents was his ability to touch the tip of his nose with his tongue.
aspersion The rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each others' integrity.
addendum something added as a supplement
umbrage (n) resentment, offsense
legerdemain (n) deception, slight-of-hant
inchoate The country's government is still inchoate and, because it has no great tradition, quite unstable.
reprove Lara reproved her son for sticking each and every one of his fingers into the strawberry pie.
solipsistic (adj) believing that oneself is all that exists
taciturn (adj) not inclined to talk
florid (adj) flowery, ornate
abstemious moderate or sparing in eating or drinking
impassive Stop being so impassive; it's healthy to cry every now and then.
sagacity (n) shrewdness, souncess of perspective
blandish Rachel's assistant tried to blandish her into accepting the deal.
conundrum (n) puzzle, problem
fractious Although the child insisted he wasn't tired, his fractious behavior--especially his decision to crush his heese and crackers all over the floor--convinced everyone present that it was time to put him to bed.
stolid (adj) expressing little sensibility, unemotional
aboveboard honest; frank, open
perfidious After the official was caught selling government secrets to enemy agents, he was executed for his perfidious ways.
conundrum Interpreting Jane's behavior was a constant conundrum.
cupidity His cupidity made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers.
assiduous The construction workders erected the skyscraper during two years of assiduous labor.
latent Sigmund's dream represented his latent paranoid obsession with other people's shoes.
calumny The local officials calumny ended up ruining his opponent's prospect of winning the election.
ignominious (adj) humiliating, disgracing
prurient (adj) eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
ebullient She became ebullient upon receiving and accpetance letter from her first-choice college.
capricious The young girl's captricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.
viscous The viscous syrup took three minutes to pour out of the bottle.
hegemony (n) domination over others
juxtaposition (n) the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparision
feral That beast looks so feral that I would fear being alone with it.
vituperate Jack ran away as soon as his father found out, knowing he would be vituperated for his unseemly behavior.
tractable (adj) easily controlled
turpitude (n) depravity, moral corruption
platitude After reading over her paper, Helene concluded that what she had thought were profound insights were actually just platitudes.
nadir My day was boring, but the nadir came when I accidentally spilled a bowl of spaghetti on my head.
evince (v) to show, reveal
paucity Gilbert lamaented the paucity of twentieth-century literature courses available at the college.
repudiate (v) to reject, refuse to accept
staid The said butler never changed his expression no matter what happened.
mercurial Though he was widely respected for his mathematical proofs, the mercurial genius was impossible to live with.
rife (adj) abundant
ennervate (v) to weaken exhaust
promulgate The film professor promulgated that both in terms of sex appeal and political intrigue, Sean Connery's James Bond was superior to Roger Moore's.
burnish His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.
penurious (adj) miserly, stingy
oblique (adj) diverging from a straight line or course
tansient (adj) passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence
buffet (v) to strike with force
(n) an arrangment of food set out on a table
modicum (n) a small amount of something
malediction When I was arrested for speeding, I screamed maledictions against the policemen and the entire police department.
servile (adj) subservient
hapless My poor, hapless family never seems to pick a sunny week to go on vacation.
evanescent My joy at getting promoted was evanescent because I discovered that I would have to work much longer hours in a less friendly office.
inveterate (adj) subbornly established by habit
inure Twenty years in the salt mines inured the man to the discomforts of dirt and grime.
abdicate When Mary discovered that her arugment against Jake was futile, she abdicated.
officious (adj) offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed
venerate (v) to regard with respect or to honor