January 2012 SAT Vocabulary: The humbuggery of rapacious sophistry


As part of our continuing vocabulary series we present to you the most interesting and challenging words from the January 2012 SAT. The Jan SAT featured some of the old standby SAT words that have appeared on many SATs in the past (including fastidious, pessimism, and tenacious) but it also featured some that haven’t been seen as often such as rapacious, humbuggery, and quackery. As always the SAT attempts to test your grasp of a college-level vocabulary.

So here’s the list:

  • artistry
  • persistence
  • pessimism
  • foresight
  • perceptible
  • voluptuous
  • luxuriant
  • diction
  • sensuous
  • sheepish
  • pedantic
  • imperious
  • prolonged
  • histrionic
  • judicious
  • ingenuous
  • torpid
  • rapacious
  • obdurate
  • loquacious
  • wit
  • disavowed
  • retracted
  • subliminal
  • stupefying
  • cathartic
  • corrosive
  • meticulous
  • aberrant
  • embryonic
  • deferential
  • quotidian
  • myopic
  • unequivocal
  • forthright
  • libelous
  • drudgery
  • tenacious
  • prescient
  • consternation
  • wariness
  • ambivalence
  • unsung
  • fastidious
  • docile
  • surreptitious
  • diminutive
  • humbuggery
  • quackery
  • forestall
  • sophistry
  • balderdash
  • thwart
  • expound
  • nostrums
  • ruminated
  • daunting
  • adroit
  • erudition
  • animosity
  • juggernaut
  • miasma
  • tinkering

How many do you know?

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    Knowing what ‘qualify’ meant was also crucial in determining the answer of a passage-based question. I was able to do so through the process of elimination but I was itching to pick one of the two other distracters. 

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