top 66 SAT vocab

adept

very skilled

advocate

a person who supports or defends another person or cayse

aesthetic

beautiful

anachronism

out of chronological order

anecdote

a short account of a story

apprehensive

anxious, fearful about the future

arrogance

an offensive display of self importantce; pride

boorish

clumsy in behavior

brevity

brief in duration

cathartic

emotionaly purging

censure

to criticize, blame

cite

to mention in support

commendable

worthy of great praise, approval

conciliatory

accominating

consensus

majority

consummate

perfect

cursory

performed hastily and w/o attenction to detail

defiant

boldly resisting authority

depict

to represent

deride

to laugh at in scorn or treat with contempt

disparage

to speak w/ disrespect; belittle

diaparity

difference

eclectic

selecting indivdual elements from a wide range of sources

elaborate

planned or executed with great care

eloquent

clear, powerful and persuasive speaker

elucidate

to explain

embody

to represent in bodily

equitable

fairness

erratic

having no fixed course

ethical

following the rules

exemplary

praiseworthy

felicitous

appropriate for the occasion

florid

reddish; excesively flowery

foster

to promote growth

holistic

emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of parts, as opposed to separation into parts

idiosyncrasy

a habit; characteristic

ineffable

inexpressible

intemperate

exessive indulgence

irreverent

disrespectful

lament

to mourn for

laudatory

expressing praise

lucid

easily understood

magnanimous

generous and forgiving

mock

to mimic

mundane

common or ordinary; pertaining to the world

naive

unaffected, unsophisticated, unexperienced

nefarious

wicked

nostalgia

longing for a former place or time

novel

new, different

obstinate

subborn

partisan

devoted to or bias in support

pessimistic

gloomy

pragmatic

practical

prosaic

dull, lacking imagination

quell

to put to an end

refute

to prove false

rhetorical

used for or concerned with mere style

sanguine

optimistic

solicitous

anxious; careful

somber

dark; dimly lit

speculate

to reflect; to engage in risky business

superfluous

extra

tenacious

persistant or stubborn

venerate

to regard or treat with respect

vindicate

to defend; mantain

zealous

enthusiastic