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Words from Official SAT Study Guide Test 6

Adroitskilful / skillful (Maladroit = clumsy)
Agnosticunsure of the existence of god
Amelioratingmaking better
Arborealliving in trees
Ascertainfind out; make sure
Barragebombardment; stream (of abuse etc.)
Belaborover-emphasizing
Brevitybriefness
Cacophonynoise; din
Censuredblamed
Circumventavoid
Coercedforced
Condoningtolerating
Congenialfriendly; sociable; suitable
Demagoguesmob leaders; agitators
Disparagedcriticized
Dociletame; subservient
Eclectictaking things from different sources
Elitistfavoring top group; snob
Elusivedifficult to pin down
Empiricfound by experiment/practice
Endorsedsupported
Envisioningimagining, predicting
Extolledpraised
Fostersupport; encourage
Furtivenesssecretiveness
Gluttonousgreedy
Indictmentcharge; legal accusation
Indigenousnative to a locality
Irreproachablecannot be criticized. (Reproach = criticize)
Knacktrick; skill
Libelousopen to prosecution for libel (Libel = written slander)
Naivetéinnocence; lack of worldliness
Nihilismbelief in nothing; anarchy
Paucityshortage
Penchanttendency; leaning toward
Perquisites‘perks’
Phobicfearful
Pilfersteal
Pliantflexible
Predilectionliking for; penchant
Presumptionassuming too much
Profunditydepth (of ideas)
Quixoticidealistic; impractical
Reclusiveavoiding other people; solitary
Rehashrevamp hurriedly/carelessly
Repertoirerange; set of skills
Repertorystory; stock; repertoire
Reprehensiblevery bad
Sarcasmsneering, bitter remarks; ironic or taunting
Suppleflexible; pliant; lithe
Temperamentalvolatile; changeable
Transitoryshot-lived
Tribulationstroubles
Unwittingnot deliberate
Venalitycorruption
Vulnerableopen to attack; susceptible

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