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