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Flashcards in SAT Vocabs #851-900 Deck (50)
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admonish

to warm so a fault can be corrected or a danger avoided

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commute

to change a punishment to one less severe

3

meager

lacking in quantity or vigor; scanty

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disparage

to speak in a disapproving or slighting manner; to belittle

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neural

pertaining to a nerve, the nervous system, or the brain

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refuse

garbage

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prosperity

wealth; good fortune

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engulf

to swallow up; overwhelm

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saturate

to soak or fill to capacity

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invalidate

to cancel; deprive of legal importance; nullify

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wreak

to inflict; to cause (something bad)

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auditory

relating to the sense of hearing

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muse

to meditate; to consider thoughtfully

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disdain

a feeling of contempt

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grovel

to beg; to lower oneself to please another

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delegate

to entrust to another person

a person authorized to act as the representative of another

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retrospect

the consideration of past events

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utopia

an ideally perfect place

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ponder

to think over with great care

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intervene

to come between two things

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ineffable

incapable of being exposed

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imposing

impressive by virtue of size, power, or manner

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vanguard

the leading position in army or fleet; the leading position in a movement or trend

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calamity

an event causing extreme trouble and misery

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irony

a use of words in which the intended meaning is very different from the literal sense; an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs, esp. one that suggests a lesson about human folly

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ingenuous

innocent; naive

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meritorious

deserving reward or praise

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prodigy

one with exceptional talents

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fidelity

strict faithfulness to vows or promises; exact correspondence with fact

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primeval

relating to the beginning of the first world ages

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verisimilitude

resemblance to the truth

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rout

an overwhelming defeat; a disorderly retreat or flight following a defeat

to defeat overwhelmingly

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presumptuous

excessively forward or overconfident

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translucent

letting light through, but no visual details

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defunct

having ceased to exist or live

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jetsam

cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten a ship in distress; discarded material washed ashore

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embellish

to decorate; to add ornamental or fictitious details to

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malicious

spiteful

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acquiesce

to agree without protest

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gambit

a calculated, risky opening move

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pretext

an excuse; a strategy intended to conceal something

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endorse

to give approval or support to

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flotsam

wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the sea

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recalcitrant

marked by stubborn defiance of authority or guidance

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gingerly

very carefully; cautiously

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discrete

individually distinct or separate

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prevaricate

to speak or write evasively in order to avoid telling the truth

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prodigious

wonderful; amazing; very big

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impregnable

invincible; unconquerable

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modulate

to adjust or regulate