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Words from Official SAT Study Guide Test 5

Abstrusedifficult to comprehend
Acumensharpness of mind
Adroitskilful / skillful
Anachronisticout of normal time range
Arcaneobscure; known only to few people
Autonomyself-government
Belittlerspeople who criticize/disparage
Byzantineexcessive; decadent
Consecrationdedication
Corollaryconsequence; inference
Curtailcut short
Debunkerspeople who expose/throw out old ideas
Deviouscunning
Didacticintending to preach or teach
Effacementwiping out; (self-effacement = excessive modesty)
Egotisticalselfish
Embodimentliving example of
Epitomeessence; typical example or symbol of
Esotericobscure
Extrapolatedpredicted on the basis of existing data; extended
Fosterencourage
Inanesilly
Incoherencelack of clarity
Inconspicuousnot easily seen
Indiscriminatewithout thought; random; careless
Ingenuousna´ve
Insolencelack of respect; rudeness
Insurrectionistsrebels
Intemperancelack of moderation
Irreverencelack of respect
Jeopardizeput at risk
Lackadaisicallazy; careless; lax
Lucidclear
Magnanimitygenerosity (of spirit)
Multifarioushaving many aspects
Nefariousinfamous
Onerousburdensome
Opportunismgrabbing opportunities; seeking unprincipled advantage
Ornatehighly decorated
Precursorforerunner
Proponentssupporters
Resolutefirm of purpose
Sanctityholiness
Seditiouscausing division or rebellion
Slipshodcareless; untidy
Solicitousnessexpressing care/concern
Sophistrydevious logic
Substantiategive supporting evidence
Subversiveintending to overthrow
Sustainsupport
Tenaciousholding firmly to idea or purpose
Volatile1. evaporates easily, 2. easily angered; emotional

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