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VOCABULARY LISTS

LSAT Words
August 26, 2007 By Tami L.

perspicacious
mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

sapient
acutely insightful and wise

zeal
a feeling of strong eagerness

chicanery
the use of tricks to deceive someone

wretched
deserving or inciting pity

volatile
liable to lead to sudden change or violence
viscous
having a relatively high resistance to ow

vex
disturb, especially by minor irritations

verbose
using or containing too many words

venerate
regard with feelings of respect and reverence

vacuous
devoid of matter

tyro
someone new to a eld or activity

turpitude
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

tractable
easily managed
tortuous
marked by repeated turns and bends

tirade
a speech of violent denunciation

diatribe
thunderous verbal attack

taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative

tacit
implied by or inferred from actions or statements

specious
plausible but false

sedulous
marked by care and persistent e ort

savant
a learned person
saturnine
bitter or scornful

sate
ll to contentment

sanguine
con dently optimistic and cheerful

sagacious
acutely insightful and wise

rarefy
lessen the density or solidity of

quiescence
a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction

pusillanimous
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution

propitiate
make peace with
prodigal
recklessly wasteful

prevaricate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

pragmatic
concerned with practical matters

ponderous
having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

plethora
extreme excess

placate
cause to be more favorably inclined

phlegmatic
showing little emotion

petulant
easily irritated or annoyed
per dious
tending to betray

pedantic
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

peccadillo
a petty misdeed

panegyric
formally expressing praise

ossi ed
set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior or beliefs

occlude
block passage through

obviate
do away with

obdurate
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
noisome
causing or able to cause nausea

nefarious
extremely wicked

mitigate
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

misnomer
an incorrect or unsuitable name

malevolent
wishing or appearing to wish evil to others

magnanimity
liberality in bestowing gifts

lugubrious
excessively mournful

lucid
transparently clear; easily understandable
loquacious
full of trivial conversation

leviathan
the largest or most massive thing of its kind

laudable
worthy of high praise

latent
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

laconic
brief and to the point

irascible
quickly aroused to anger

intransigent
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

insular
relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
insipid
lacking interest or signi cance or impact

insensible
barely able to be perceived

innocuous
not injurious to physical or mental health

ingenuous
lacking in sophistication or worldliness

ingenious
showing inventiveness and skill

infer
conclude by reasoning

ine able
defying expression or description

indelible
cannot be removed or erased
incorrigible
impervious to correction by punishment

inchoate
only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

improvidence
a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources

imperious
having or showing arrogant superiority

impecunious
not having enough money to pay for necessities

iconoclast
someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

headlong
with the upper or anterior part of the body foremost

hapless
unfortunate and deserving pity
guileless
free of deceit

guile
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

gossamer
a gauze fabric with an extremely ne texture

garrulous
full of trivial conversation

orid
elaborately or excessively ornamented

fervid
characterized by intense emotion

feign
make believe with the intent to deceive

extant
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
exorbitant
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

exculpate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

exacerbate
make worse

eulogy
a formal expression of praise for someone who has died

esoteric
understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

erudite
having or showing profound knowledge

equivocal
open to two or more interpretations

ephemeral
anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
enigma
something that ba es understanding and cannot be explained

engender
make children

enervate
weaken mentally or morally

endemic
native to or con ned to a certain region

encomium
a formal expression of praise

emulate
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

emollient
a substance with a soothing e ect when applied to the skin

e uent
water mixed with waste matter
e cacy
capacity or power to produce a desired e ect

eclectic
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

dogmatic
pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

dogged
stubbornly unyielding

dissemble
behave unnaturally or a ectedly

dispassionate
una ected by strong emotion or prejudice

disparaging
expressive of low opinion

disabuse
free somebody from an erroneous belief
di dent
showing modest reserve

desiccate
lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

descry
catch sight of

depredation
an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

deprecation
a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster

deference
courteous regard for people's feelings

culpable
deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious

craven
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
corporal
a ecting the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

corporeal
having material or physical form or substance

con agration
a very intense and uncontrolled re

complaisant
showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

chicanery
the use of tricks to deceive someone

caustic
capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

catalyst
substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

castigate
in ict severe punishment on
caprice
a sudden desire

cadge
obtain or seek to obtain by wheedling

buttress
a support usually of stone or brick

burgeon
grow and ourish

breach
an opening, especially a gap in a dike or forti cation

bombast
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

blandishment
attery intended to persuade

barefaced
with no e ort to conceal
banal
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

aver
declare or a rm solemnly and formally as true

audacious
disposed to venture or take risks

attenuate
become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

assuage
provide physical relief, as from pain

antipathy
a feeling of intense dislike

antediluvian
of or relating to the period before the biblical ood

anomalous
deviating from the general or common order or type
anachronism
something located at a time when it could not have existed

ambrosial
worthy of the gods

ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning

aggrandize
add details to

abscond
run away, often taking something or somebody along

aberrant
markedly di erent from an accepted norm

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