New SAT College Board Practice Test 1

deferential
respectful
engender
to produce, cause, or bring about
ambivalent
Uncertain; unable to decide, or wanting to do two contradictory things at once
anthropologists
People who study the artifacts and remains of humans in order to learn about the cultures of these people.
egocentrism
inability to see the world from others’ perspectives
Inability to perceive a situation or event except in relation to oneself; also know as self-centeredness
construe
to interpret
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calibrate
to determine, plan, or rectify
vantage ground
a position/place that gives you an advantage
barges
a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
pulpits
raised platforms from which the clergy preach in church
caravanserai
An inn with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans.
fresco
A technique of painting on walls covered with moist plaster. An important medium during the Italian Renaissance.
esthetic
adj. Pertaining to beauty, taste, or the fine arts.
trapesing
To walk reluctantly
scuttle
(v.) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; (n.) a pail
to sink
venerable
Worthy of respect
cloisters
A quiet place
pervasive
Spread throughout
spin-off
to prolong; to draw out
pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
glut
an oversupply; surplus
stewardship
Looking after something so it can be passed on to the next generation
consensus
General/majority agreement
implicit
(adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts of reservations, unquestioning
pragmatically
Dealing or concerned with actual occurrences; practical.
Using logic to deal with problems, not depending on theories