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Words from Official SAT Study Guide Test 7

Aberrationdeviation; abnormality
Abstrusedifficult to comprehend
Affabilityfriendliness; cordiality
Affluencewealth and status
Alleviationmaking less severe
Amalgamationmixture or joining of different components
Amassedaccumulated
Arcaneesoteric
Augmentingincreasing in size or number
Beliedcontradicted
Benevolentkindly
Callouscruel and unfeeling
Candidtruthful; honest
Coalitiona union of two parts
Concordanceagreement
Conflagrationbig fire
Copiousin large amounts
Dearthshortage
Debacledisaster
Disarmingcharming; unthreatening
Disillusionedfreed from wrong ideas
Disparagingcriticizing
Embellisheddecorated
Empatheticunderstanding in an insightful way
Encompassedincluded; surrounded
Endorsementsupport; approval
Entouragegroup of followers; retinue
Equanimitypeace of mind; balance; calm
Eradicatingwiping out; destroying
Esotericobscure
Exacerbatedmade worse
Excisedcut out
Exoticstrange; foreign
Factionsection; group with common interests
Finaglewheedle; wangle; trick
Gratingharsh; rasping
Gratuitousfree; unwarranted
Hackneyedcommonplace; over-used
Insightfulperceptive
Insolencerudeness
Intriguedinterested and curious
Intuitionsixth sense; ‘gut feeling’
Languidlacking energy; weak
Lobby1. to try to persuade, 2. entrance hall
Lucidclear
Marredspoiled; ruined
Meagersmall; scanty
Monotonousdull; repetitive
Motleyvaried; miscellaneous
Optingchoosing
Overhaulrenovate
Precludeprevent
Precursorsforerunners
Purportedlyapparently claiming
Ratifygive official approval to
Resiliencestrength; ability to withstand
Retractionremoval; ‘taking back’
Sporadicintermittent; on and off
Spurnedshunned; rejected
Substantiatedbacked up; given supporting evidence
Supplantreplace
Truculencestubbornness
Unequivocalcertain; cannot be disputed
Voluminouslarge; bulky; extensive
Winnowsift; separate good from bad

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