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Words from Official SAT Study Guide Test 2

Ambivalentundecided; having 'mixed' feelings
Apathylack of energy or interest
Autonomyself-government
Benevolentkindly
Blanchedturned pale
Bolstergive support to
Bucolicconcerned with the countryside and farming
Callouscruel and unfeeling
Cantankerousbad tempered
Capriciouschangeable; fickle
Chicanerytrickery; attempt to deceive
Churlishill-mannered
Cohesiveforming a whole; 'sticking' together
Concuragree
Cryptichidden; obscure
Decimationextensive destruction
Deftskilful
Delinquencywrong-doing
Depravitymoral corruption
Desolatelonely; devoid of life; feeling very sad and hopeless
Devoid ofempty of
Didacticintending to teach or give instructions
Disingenuouscrafty
Dispassionateunbiased
Dispositiontendency; personality
Dissentdisagreement
Effusiveoverly expressive of emotions; 'gushing'
Endorsesupport
Enigmapuzzle
Enumeratecount out; list
Ephemeralshort-lived
Erroneouswrong
Eruditiongreat knowledge or learning
Esotericobscure
Fabricationsomething made up; untrue
Facetiouscheeky; not to be taken seriously
Factionssides in a dispute; groups with common interests
Flotsamfloating rubbish
Fosteredencouraged
Hackneyedstale and over-used
Harboredheld [as in 'harbored and idea']
Hodgepodgestrange mixture
Hypotheticalnot proven; based on guesswork
Impetuousimpulsive
Implacablecannot be appeased; relentless
Impugnedchallenged; attacked in words
Incorrigiblecannot be corrected (of behavior)
Indigenousnative to a particular place
Ineffablecannot be expressed in words
Irascibleeasily angered
Ironicunexpected
Lamentexpress regret
Languidhaving no energy or interest
Lassitudelack of energy
Lugubriousmournful; very sad
Mercurialrapidly changing
Misnomerwrong name for something
Mollifiedcalmed; pacified
Multifacetedhaving many aspects
Mundanedull; ordinary
Nostalgiclonging for the past
Obtrusiveeasily seen; 'sticking out'
Omnipotentall powerful
Pedagogyscience of teaching
Phlegmaticcalm
Plausiblebelievable
Precursorfore-runner; earlier version
Preeminencefame; top position
Pretentiousputting on an act
Prognosisoutlook
Prolificproducing a lot
Provocativeprovoking
Raimentclothes; garments
Reciprocatepay back
Reconcilebring disputing side together again
Remisswrong
Remonstrancecriticism
Resilientable to spring back; strong
Retrenchmentreducing staff or forces; conserving resources
Robustfirm and strong
Skepticaldoubtful
Skeweddistorted; bent
Stringentstrict
Subtlenot obvious
Succinctclear, short and well-expressed
Sundrymiscellaneous
Sustenancesupport; food
Tenablecan be held (of an opinion, for example)
Tenuousshaky; not firm
Torridhot and steamy
Undermineattempt to overthrow; weaken
Underscoreemphasize
Unequivocalclear; cannot be misunderstood
Vectorcarrier (of disease, for example)
Verbosewordy
Whimsicalfickle; changeable
Wistfulfull of sadness and longing

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