30 SAT Prep Words – 30 Words

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

presumptuous

going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

exhortation

an earnest attempt at persuasion

ambivalence

mixed feelings or emotions

evocation

stimulation that calls up a particular class of behaviors

pathos

a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow

plaudits

enthusiastic approval

empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

husbandry

the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

extirpation

the act of pulling up or out

exemplar

something to be imitated

amalgam

a combination or blend of diverse things

imprudent

not sensible, responsible, or wise

concession

the act of yielding

assertion

a declaration that is made emphatically

circumscribed

subject to limits or subjected to limits

hubris

overbearing pride or presumption

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

incongruity

the quality of disagreeing

lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name

ineffable

defying expression or description

edifying

enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage improvement

retrenchment

the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
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