PSAT 2 Vocabulary Study Sheet


1. palliate(v) to ease pain; to make less guilty or offensive


2. ambivalence(n) the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotions


3. maxim(n) proverb


4. obstinate(adj) not yielding to reason; stubborn, dogged


5. condone(v) to forgive, pardon, or overlook


6. disdain(adj) to regard as unworthy; to refuse with scorn


7. repudiate(v) to refuse to accept or acknowledge


8. respite(n) interval of relief, rest


9. elegiac(adj) sad, mournful


10.idiosyncratic(adj) private; peculiar to an individual


11.prolific(adj) abundantly fruitful


12.plastic(adj) flexible, changing


13.immutable(adj) never changing


14.static(adj) not moving, stationary


15.interpid(adj) fearless


16.renegade(n) a person who abandons a religion, party, or movement


17.daunt(v) to intimidate


18.emulate(v) to imitate


19.mitigate(v) to appease


20.ubiquitous(adj) being everywhere, omnipresent


21.loquacious(adj) talkative


22.retucent(adj) silent, uncommunicative


23.taciturn(adj) talking little, habitually


24.mire(v) to entangle; to stick in swampy ground


25.unscrupulous(adj) unprincipled


26. prodigal(adj) wasteful, reckless with money


27.debunk(v) to expose false claims


28.sovereign(n) a person who possess authority; monarch or ruler


29.herald(v) to introduce, announce


30.didmiss(v) to send away


31.defiant(adj) openly resisting


32.audacity(n) boldness


33.articulation(n) utterance, way of speaking


34.exotic(adj) foreign


35.patronize(v) to be helpful but in a snobbish manner


36.sordid(adj) dirty, filthy


37.poignant(adj) keen, piercing, severe


38.nostalgia(n) homesickness, longing for the past


39.espouse(v) to support, advocate


40.subside(v) to settle, become less active


41.incite(v) to urge to action


42.scurry(v) to run hastily, to scamper


43.eulogy(n) high praise


44.laudatory(adj) expressing praise, commendation


45.epigram(n) a terse, witty statement


46.tirade(n) a long vehement speech, denunciation


47.obdurate(adj) stubborn


48.turbid(adj) a long vehement speech, denunciation


49.obduarte(adj) stubborn


50.zealot(n) fanatic


51.charlatan(n) quack, pretender of knowledge


52.flagrant(adj) notorious, outrageous


53.venerable(adj) deserving high respect


54.actrminy(n) bitterness of temper, manner, or speech


55.scuffle(v) to fight or struggle


56.sumptuous(adj) costly, lavish


57.eminent(adj) lofty, exalted, noteworthy


58.piert(n) devotion to religious duties


59.advocate(v) to support; to be in flavor


60.sectarian(adj) narrow-minded, limited


61.encroach(v) to trespass, intrude


62.endemic(adj) native to a region


63.perilous(adj) involving risk, dangerous


64.fallow(adj) left uncultivated; untrained, inactive(as said of the mind)


65.axiom(n) self-evident truth requiring no proof


66.abdicate(v) to renounce, give-up