SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: Lesson 2

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abdicate

(V) to decline or reject a powerful position, such as a kingship

affectation

(N) an exaggerated or deliberate mannerism

arbitrary

(ADJ) done or chosen without reason; random

beseech

(V) to beg or plead

censorious

(ADJ) finding fault; judging harshly

consensus

(N) an opinion that is agreed upon by all members of a group of people

cudgel

(N) a short, thick blunt weapon; a club

despite

(PREP) in spite of

effrontery

(N) boldness; audacity

fealty

(N) loyalty; fidelity

hesitant

(ADJ) lacking decesiveness; uncertain or unwilling to make a decision

inaudible

(ADJ) unable to be heard

lithe

(ADJ) moving or bending easily; graceful and fluid in motion

metamorphosis

(N) a change in form or shape, often from one stage of development to another, as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly

nocturnal

(ADJ) belonging to, occurring in, or related to the nightime

opulence

(N) riches or affluence, especially as shown by expensive or ostentatious possessions or lifestyle

partition

(N) something which separates two parts or areas

phonetic

(ADJ) of, relating to, or representing the sounds of speech

prolong

(V) to make something last longer; to extend a period of time

reckless

(ADJ) careless or unwise; unheeding of danger

rigor

(N) a harsh or stern rigidity; unyielding

somnolent

(ADJ) drowsy or inclined to sleep

tenacious

(ADJ) stubborn; holding fast to a belief or goal

umbrage

(N) resentment based on a feeling of having been injured

veto

(N) the action of the president of the United States, according to the provision in the constitution, to reject a law passed by congress

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