If You Know 28/35 of These SAT Words, We Think You Deserve a College Degree!

By: Kennita Leon
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If You Know 28/35 of These SAT Words, We Think You Deserve a College Degree!
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About This Quiz

For most of us, the SATs can be quite daunting. Just the idea of taking an exam that'll basically determine how the rest of your life will go is scary as hell. So, we're going to take away a lot of that pressure, or at least, try to and get you prepared, the best way we know how. People often forget that one of the easiest ways to prepare for something is not only to get familiar with the content but also to learn the meanings of the words that may show up in an exam. There's nothing that can throw you off more than a confusing word thrown into a difficult question. So, we want to take that burden away.

What we're going to do is to quiz you on words that are known to show up on the exams. It'll be your duty not only to tell us what these words mean but also point out some of their synonyms. If you pass this test with flying colors, you've basically got your college degree already. So prove to us that you can earn it by letting us know that you know these difficult SAT words. Ready to get started?

What does "veracity" mean?
Attractively old-fashioned
To give a lower position, to demote
The act of being honest in what you say
Veracity is defined as the habitual observance of being honest in speech and statement; to conform or be devoted to the truth or facts; faithfulness, fidelity, accuracy, correctness.
An apparatus that helps with sight

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What does "pugnacious" mean?
Excessively abundant
A hostile or abrasive attitude
Pugnacious refers to a hostile or combative attitude; to be quick or eager to start a fight or argument; belligerent, quarrelsome, truculent, antagonistic, warlike, hot-tempered or militant.
Not sensible or practical
Having little to no emotion

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Which of these words is synonymous with "jaded"?
Adamant
Weary
Jaded is defined as a lack of enthusiasm or interest due to overexposure of something; tiredness due to overworking; boredom, indifferent, dulled, fatigued, exhausted, weary, satiated, worn out.
Quixotic
Obfuscate

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Can you tell us what "sanguine" means?
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Anger caused by insult
To express criticism
Optimistic or cheerful
Sanguine means to be optimistic or cheerful, especially about a difficult situation; positive, hopeful, cheery, buoyant, upbeat; relating to or consisting of blood; reddish, flushed, bloody.

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What's the definition of "dispel"?
To remove doubt or disbelief
The definition of dispel is to remove or eliminate feelings of doubt or disbelief by proving them wrong; drive away, get rid of, banish, disperse, chase away, dissipate, dismiss, scatter.
To gossip about
To dissect or examine
Filled with concern or anxiety

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What does "recant" mean?
Not sensible or practical
To take back or renounce
Recant is defined as to withdraw or renounce one's statement or belief publicly; to take back something which was said; to openly confess to one's mistake(s); revoke, recall, retract.
Excessively abundant
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Can you tell us what "bereft" means?
A bitter tone
An object formed by trees
Attractively old-fashioned
To be robbed of something
Bereft means to be robbed or stripped of the use or possession of something; lacking or missing something that is wanted, needed or expected; to suffer from the death of a loved one.

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What does "quixotic" mean?
Having little to no emotion
To give a lower position, to demote
Being very unrealistic
Quixotic is defined as being extremely unrealistic and impractical about an ideal; starry-eyed, dreamy, foolish, extravagant, romantic, impulsive, chivalrous, capricious, unpredictable.
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Which of these words is synonymous with "relinquish"?
Surrender
Relinquish means to voluntarily give up or hand over possession or control of something; renounce, surrender, to let go of, release, withdraw, abandon, yield, vacate, quit.
Neophyte
Knell
Penchant

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What does "abnegation" mean?
The opposite of
The act of renouncing or giving something up
Abnegation refers to the act of denying or renouncing something; refusal, abdication, surrender, renunciation, rejection, relinquishment; self-denial, self-sacrifice, abstinence, austerity.
Excessively abundant
Anger caused by insult

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What does "jovial" mean?
Filled with concern or anxiety
Not sensible or practical
A friendly or happy mood
Jovial means to be in a markedly cheerful and friendly mood; happy, jolly, cheery, amiable; good-natured, light-hearted, pleasant, sociable, buoyant; related to the god Jove or Jupiter.
To express criticism

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Can you tell us what "noxious" means?
To dissect or examine
To gossip about
A scholarly book
Something harmful
Noxious refers to that which is harmful, poisonous or fatal to living organisms; to have a negative influence on the mind or behavior; obnoxious, disagreeable, corrupting, unethical.

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Which of these words is synonymous with "virtuoso"?
Adamant
Genius
Virtuoso is defined as someone who displays exceptional knowledge, technique and ability in something, specifically music or any art-related field; maestro, genius, master, expert.
Debauch
Gourmand

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Which of these words is synonymous with "philanthropic"?
Inexorable
Charitable
Philanthropic is defined as a person or organization who promotes the welfare of others through charity or other benevolent acts; humanitarian, charitable, altruistic, kind-hearted, and unselfish.
Fetter
Callous

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What does "gourmand" mean?
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Attractively old-fashioned
Someone who enjoys food but too much
Gourmand refers to someone who takes great pleasure in good foods but eats too much; a connoisseur of good foods and drinks; glutton, gourmet, bon vivant, epicure, epicurean.
Filled with concern or anxiety

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Can you tell us what "callous" means?
Displaying heartlessness
Callous is defined as having or displaying a cruel and heartless disregard for others; to feel or show no sympathy for others; apathetic, insensitive, cold-hearted, unsympathetic, indifferent.
Excessively abundant
Having little to no emotion
To give a lower position, to demote

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What does "accost" mean?
To be aggressive with or mean to
Accost means to approach and speak to someone in an inappropriate and aggressive manner; address, confront, shout to, call to, hail, annoy, buttonhole, bother, challenge.
A bitter tone
An object formed by trees
Something that causes death

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Can you tell us what "munificent" means?
Generous with gifts or money
Munificent means to be lavish or generous with money and gifts; philanthropic, bountiful, charitable, big-hearted, beneficent, bounteous, open-handed, unsparing, benevolent, kind.
Not sensible or practical
To express criticism
The opposite of

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Which of these words is synonymous with "subjugate"?
Acumen
Zephyr
Trite
Enslave
Subjugate means to bring under control through conquest; dominate, conquer, subdue, enslave, defeat, vanquish, overthrow. To make someone or something submissive or a subordinate.

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What does "dour" mean?
Attractively old-fashioned
Gloomy or stern
Dour is defined as having a stern or harsh appearance or stony, attitude; unfriendly, severe, gloomy, grim, sullen, surly, austere, solemn, morose, dreary, bleak, unyielding, obstinate.
A scholarly book
Filled with concern or anxiety

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What does "remiss" mean?
Having little to no emotion
The negligence of or inattention to
Remiss refers to the negligence or inattention to the performance of work or duty; careless, neglectful, thoughtless, irresponsible, heedless, lax, slack, lackadaisical, inattentive, unmindful.
Excessively abundant
To give a lower position, to demote

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Can you tell us what "winsome" means?
Anger caused by insult
An apparatus that helps with sight
To gossip about
Having a pleasant attitude
Winsome is defined as having a pleasant and attractive demeanor, usually with childlike charm and innocence; appealing, dainty, delicate, captivating, cheerful, light-hearted, inviting, lovable.

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Which of these words is synonymous with "impetuous"?
Semaphore
Vestige
Impulsive
The definition of impetuous is to act or do something quickly without thinking; hasty, impulsive, rash, reckless and careless. Forceful or violent movements or action; powerful, raging, vigorous.
Pulchritude

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What does "lull" mean?
An object formed by trees
To soothe or pacify
The meaning of lull is to soothe or put to sleep using calming sounds or movements; hush, pacify, quell; a short break of quietness or lack of activity; interval, pause, hiatus, intermission.
Not sensible or practical
To dissect or examine

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What does "affluent" mean?
A wealthy person
Affluent refers to a wealthy person; to be well off or have a lot of money or possessions; prosperous, wealthy, opulent, upscale, rich, to flow freely or in abundance; a tributary stream.
Filled with concern or anxiety
Attractively old-fashioned
To express criticism

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Can you tell us what "ostracism" means?
Excessively abundant
Having little to no emotion
To exile, banish or leave out
Ostracism refers to the banishment, exclusion or exile of someone from a society or group. A type of temporary banishment practiced in Ancient Greece using popular vote or consent.
A scholarly book

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Which of these words is synonymous with "nuance"?
Adamant
Remiss
Distinction
Nuance is defined as the subtle or minor variation or distinction in color, feeling, appearance, sound or meaning; a slight degree of difference in something; a subtle quality.
Ostracism

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Can you tell us what "circumvent" means?
A bitter tone
To overcome a problem
Circumvent means to overcome a problem using illegal or clever means; to get past an obstacle by going around it; fool, mislead, dupe, evade, bypass, dodge, sidestep, thwart, entrap, ensnare.
To gossip about
Something that causes death

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Which of these words is synonymous with "plethora"?
Excess
Plethora refers to a large or overabundance of something; excess, profusion, deluge, surplus, superfluity, copious, outpouring. A bodily condition marked by an excessive amount of blood.
Pernicious
Mawkish
Hapless

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What does "travesty" mean?
The opposite of
To dissect or examine
Anger caused by insult
A mockery or joke of
A travesty is defined as a distorted or absurd representation of something or someone; mockery of, spoof, ridicule, perversion of, corruption of, a poor substitute for, a caricature of, mimicry, parody.

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Can you tell us what "egregious" means?
Not sensible or practical
To give a lower position, to demote
Attractively old-fashioned
Something that is very bad or shocking
Egregious is defined as outstandingly bad, outrageous, shocking, appalling, atrocious, horrendous, terrible, awful, frightful, deplorable, heinous, abhorrent, and intolerable.

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Can you tell us what "antiseptic" means?
To gossip about
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Filled with concern or anxiety
Preventing the growth of germs or bacteria
Antiseptic is defined as a substance which prevents the growth of microorganisms; disinfectant, antibacterial, germicidal; free from contamination, sterile, scrupulously clean or pure.

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What does "rescind" mean?
To express criticism
To revoke or take back
The definition of rescind is to revoke, repeal or cancel a law, agreement or order; to declare null and void; nullify, annul, overrule, overturn, invalidate, void, retract, quash, backpedal, recall.
Anger caused by insult
Having little to no emotion

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What does "penchant" mean?
A habit of doing something
Penchant is defined as a strong inclination or habitual liking for something; fondness, tendency, proclivity, preference, appetite, affection, predilection, proneness, predisposition, desire.
A scholarly book
Excessively abundant
Not sensible or practical

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Which of these words is synonymous with "maverick"?
Litigant
Defunct
Nonconformist
Maverick refers to an unorthodox or free-spirited person who does not go along with the group; nonconformist, eccentric, individualist, bohemian, rebel, and dissenter; a motherless calf.
Adamant

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