Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT WORD POWER

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pg. 15- 233 of the Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT words Power

Abominate

to dislike strongly, to regard with intense aversion or loathing

Abridge

to shorten; to condense; to diminish; to curtail

Abyss

bottomless pit; a yawning gulf; a profound depth or void

Accolade

an award, an honor; approval, praise

Adjunct

something connected or added to another in a subordinate position; an assistant

Affidavit

a sworn written statement

Affinity

a natural attraction; kinship; similarity

Aftermath

events following some occurrence; a consequence of

Aggrandize

to increase in size; enlarge, to cause to appear greater in power, influence

Ajar

partially open

Alienate

to make hostile; to cause to feel unwelcome or estranged

Alleviate

to make less severe; to relieve, to lessen

Allure

to entice with something desirable; temp; power of attraction

Aloof

distant, reserved in manner; uninvolved

Also-Ran

one who is defeated in a race, election, or other competition; loser

Altercation

a heat quarrel

Alternative

the choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities, a situation presenting such a choice

Ambiance

mood, feeling; general atmosphere

Amenable

agreeable, responsible to authority, pleasant, willing to give in to the wishes of another

Amplify

to make larger, louder, or more powerful

Antecedent

going before; preceding; an occurrence or event preceding another

Anterior

situated in front

Appalling

filling with dismay; causing horror or consternation

Aptitude

capacity for learning; natural ability

Archaic

belonging to an earlier time, ancient; outdated

Arduous

hard, difficult, tiresome

Artisan

a worker skilled in a craft

Askew

to one side; crooked; awry; sidelong look of contempt

Aspire

to seek, attain, or achieve a goal

Assuage

to soothe; to make less severe; to satisfy, ease, lessen

Astute

quick in discernment; shrewd, clever, keen

Asunder

in separate parts; apart from each other in position

Atrophy

to wither away

Atypical

not typical, abnormal

Austere

stern, as in manner; without excess, unadorned, severely simple and plain

Badger

to tease, annoy, harass persistently

Ballistics

the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles

Balm

something that heals or comforts; soothing; an oil or ointment

Beget

to give birth to; to create

Beleaguer

to besiege; beset, surround, harass

Bereave

suffering the death of a loved one; left alone

Beset

to harass; to surround

Bizarre

extremely unconventional or far-fetched

Blather

to talk nonsensically

Bleak

depressing, discouraging, harsh, cold, barren, raw

Bludgeon

to hit or attack with heavy impact; a short, heavy think club that has one end larger than the other

Bucolic

rural or rustic in nature, country-like

Bulwark

a defensive wall; something serving as a principal defense

Cache

a hiding place, or the objects hidden in a hiding place

Cacophony

harsh sounds

Cajole

to wheedle, coax, or persuade someone to do something they didn't want to

Callous

unfeeling, insensitive

Callow

immature and inexperienced

Candor

truthfulness, sincere honesty

Capacious

roomy, able to hold much

Castigate

to criticize harshly, usually with the intention of correcting wrongdoing

Catapult

to launch; a device for hurling objects, a slingshot

Catharsis

an emotional or psychological cleansing that brings relief or renewal

Caucus

a meeting of the members of a political party to make decisions; to assemble in or hold a caucus

Cerebral

of or relating to the brain or the intellect

Certify

to confirm formally; verify

Chasm

a deep opening in the earth's surface; a gorge; differences of opinion, interests, loyalties

Chattel

an item of personal, movable property; slave

Chide

to scold; to voice disapproval

Chronic

continuing for a long time; continuous

Circa

at, in or of approximately; at an estimated historical time period

Citadel

a fortress overlooking a city; a stronghold

Claimant

a person making a claim

Cloister

a tranquil, secluded place

Commodious

spacious, roomy, capacious

Comprise

to consist of; to include, to contain, to be made up of

Congenial

pleasant to be around; social, agreeable

Connoisseur

an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste

Consensus

general agreement

Coterie

a circle of close associates or friends

Countenance

a person's face, especially the expression

Coup

the violent overthrow of a government by a small group; a victorious accomplishment

Couture

fashion designs; clothes created by fashion designers

Cower

to cringe in fear; to shrink away

Cranny

a small opening as in a wall or rock face

Craven

lacking the least bit of courage; cowardly

Creditor

a person or entity to whom money is owed

Criterion

a standard or rule by which something can be judged; a basis for judgment

Cubism

a style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed by geometric forms, especially cubes

Curtail

to truncate or abridge; to lessen, usually by cutting away from

Curvilinear

formed, bound, or characterized by curved lines

Damper

one that depresses or restrains; a dulling or deadening influence

Dauntless

fearless; unintimidated

Dearth

scarcity; lack

Debacle

a sudden calamitous downfall; collapse or failure

Debase

to lower in quality, character, or value

Decree

an order having the force of law

Deduce

to come to a conclusion by reasoning from the evidence

Defame

to libel or slander; take away a good name

Deft

skillful, dexterous

Demagogue

a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the people

Demonic

one who works devilishly (a demon for work), having a persistent force or drive; fiendish

Demur

to object; to make exception

Denounce

to condemn; to expose critically

Desiccate

to dry out completely; dehydrate

Dilemma

a difficult situation where one must choose between two or more choices that seem unfavorable; any problem or predicament

Disparage

to belittle, say uncomplimentary things; to put down

Dispel

to drive away; to dissipate

Disperse

to scatter in various directions; distribute widely

Dissolution

the breaking up into parts; termination of a legal bond or contract

Divine

to foretell a prophecy; to infer, to guess

Docile

easily taught or controlled; obedient, easy to handle

Doldrums

a period or condition of depression or inactivity; a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms and squalls

Domain

a territory over which one rules, has influence or powers

Dormant

asleep or inactive

Draconian

hard, severe, cruel

Dromedary

a one-humped domesticated camel

Dulcet

melodious, soft, soothing; pleasing to the ear

Duress

hardship, restraint, confinement

Edifice

a building, especially one of imposing appearance or size

Efface

to rub away

Egalitarian

advocating the doctrine of equal rights for all citizens; a person adheres egalitarian beliefs

Elapse

to pass or go by (said of time)

Elfin

small and sprightly; mischievous, fairylike

Embellish

to beautify by adding ornaments; to add fanciful or fictitious details to

Embody

to give bodily form to; to personify; to make part of a system

Emit

to send or give out; to express, utter

Emulate

to attempt to equal or surpass; especially through imitation

Endure

to carry on through despite hardships; to put up with

Engulf

to surround or enclose completely

Enrage

to put in a rage; infuriate, anger

Enrapture

to delight, to thrill or give pleasure

Ensemble

a coordinated outfit or costume; a musical group

Entice

to lure, to attract, to tempt in a pleasing fashion

Entomb

to place in or as if in a tomb, or a grave

Entomology

the scientific study of insects

Entreat

to ask earnestly; to implore, plead, beg

Erudite

deeply learned, scholarly

Euphonious

pleasing to the ear

Evade

to elude or avoid by cunning; to flee from a pursuer

Evoke

to summon froth, call to mind, awaken, produce, suggest

Exhume

to dig up from a grave; to bring to light, uncover

Expunge

to remove; to delete; to erase

Facilitate

to make easier, to help bring about

Fathom

to understand fully; to penetrate the meaning of

Fawn

to show affection

Feign

to give a false appearance; to pretend

Fester

to generate pus; to become a source of resentment or irritation

Fetish

any thing or activity to which one is irrationally devoted

Fickle

often changing for no reason; not loyal or consistent

Fjord

a long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs or hills

Fleece

to defraud, swindle; also the wool of a sheep or similar animal

Forage

to search or hunt for food and provisions

Forbear

to do without; to leave alone; to refrain from; to abstain

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