SAT Adjectives, A-Z Flashcards

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inadvertent
accidental
loquacious
talkative
unctuous
oily
ignominious
shameful; disgraceful
pristine
primitive, untouched
onerous
burdensome, oppressive
exhaustive
thorough, complete
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant
heinous
shocking, wicked, terrible
indefatigable
never tired, tireless
erroneous
incorrect, mistaken, inaccurate
ubiquitous
omnipresent; present everywhere
incessant
unceasing, without stopping
mendacious
false, lying, untrue
redoubtable
formidable, commanding respect
meticulous
excessively careful; overcautious
extant
still in existence
odious
hateful; unequivocally detestable
frugal
thrifty, cheap, economical
fallacious
illogical, wrong, unsound
impassive
unmoved; showing no emotions
impetuous
impulsive, acts without thinking
sinuous
curving in and out
salutary
beneficial; good for you
torpid
lazy, lethargic, moving slowly
trenchant
cutting deeply and quickly
truculent
defiantly aggressive; aggressively hostile
ribald
humorously vulgar; wanton, profane
indomitable
unconquerable, can't be dominated
irascible
prone to anger; irritable
lithe
supple, flexible; gracefully slender
indigenous
native to a place
cognizant
aware of, taking notice
conspicuous
clearly visible; standing out
agile
moving quickly and lightly
egregious
extreme; conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
impervious
impenetrable, nonporous, nothing gets through it
crass
coarse;(to describe people): so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
languid
lacking spirit or liveliness; relaxed
disconsolate
hopelessly sad; cheerless; causing dejection
taciturn
calm, quiet, disinclined to conversation
mordant
biting; harshly ironic or sinister
perfunctory
half-hearted; hasty and without attention to detail
pusillanimous
cowardly; lacking courage and resolution; without spirit or bravery
obstreperous
obnoxious; boisterously and noisily aggressive
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility; tending to reconcile
inscrutable
impenetrably mysterious or profound; difficult to fathom or understand
affable
easy-going; friendly; diffusing warmth and friendliness
expedient
contributing to personal advantage, serving to promote your interest
flamboyant
richly and brilliantly colorful; elaborately or excessively ornamented
exorbitant
extravagant, greater than reasonable; greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
aloof
reserved, indifferent; remote in manner
ignoble
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
hackneyed
cliched, warn out by overuse
indelible
cannot be erased or destroyed
hirsute
hairy; having a hairy covering
epicurean
devoted to pleasure; furnishing gratification of the senses
halcyon
calm, peaceful, tranquil; prosperous, golden
ambidextrous
equally skillful with each hand
vociferous
loud, making a loud outcry
garrulous
talkative; given to constant, trivial talking
gullible
credulous; naive and easily deceived or tricked
florid
gaudy, extremely ornate; flushed with red
flippant
having a light, pert, trifling disposition; lacking proper seriousness
callow
lacking experience of life; without experience of the world
punctilious
strictly observant of the rules; concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions
blithe
joyous; carefree and happy and lighthearted
auspicious
favorable; promising; tending to favor or bring good luck
foppish
affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner; exessively refined and fastidious
abstemious
sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
inchoate
not yet fully formed, rudimentary, elementary; only partially existing; incipient
assiduous
diligent; hard-working; marked by care and persistent effort
jocular
joking, characterized by jokes and good humor
didactic
having to do with teaching; instructive (especially excessively)
insolent
rude, impertinent; marked by casual disrespect; impudent
dubious
doubtful; open to doubt or suspicion
incipient
beginning to exist or appear; inchoate
facetious
cleverly amusing in tone; playfully humorous
lackadaisical
listless; , lacking spirit or liveliness
corporeal
physical; of a material nature; affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing; pleasing to the ear
imminent
close in time; impending, near at hand
salacious
lewd, lusty; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
audacious
bold; fearless; disposed to venture or take risks
extemporaneous
with little or no preparation or forethought; done without much preparation
impromptu
with little or no preparation or forethought; said or done on the impulse of the moment
extraneous
not essential; not pertinent to the matter under discussion
quixotic
chivalrous or romantic to a ridiculous or extravagant degree.
belligerent
quarrelsome; someone who fights (or is fighting)
boisterous
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
errant
straying from the right course or from accepted standards; roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds.
moribund
on the point of death; about to die
obsequious
servile; ready to fall in to the wishes or will of another
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