SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: 1-2

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Mr. Del Rossi Study

abdicate (verb)

to decline or reject a powerful position, such as a kingship

affectation (noun)

an exaggerated or deliberate mannerism

arbitrary (adjective)

done or chosen without a reason; random

beseech (verb)

to beg or plead

censorious (adjective)

finding fault; judging harshly

consensus (noun)

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

cudgel (noun)

a short, thick blunt weapon; a club

despite (preposition)

in spite of

effrontery (noun)

boldness; audacity

fealty (noun)

loyalty; fidelity

hesitant (adjective)

lacking decisiveness; uncertain or unwilling to make a decision

inaudible (adjective)

unable to be heard

lithe (adjective)

moving or bending easily; graceful and fluid in motion

metamorphosis (noun)

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

nocturnal (adjective)

belonging to, occurring in, or related to the nighttime

opulence (noun)

riches of affluence, especially as shown by expensive or ostentatious possessions or lifestyle

partition (noun)

something which separates two parts or areas

phonetic (adjective)

of relating to, or representing the sounds of speech

prolong (verb)

to make something last longer; to extend a period of time

reckless (adjective)

careless or unwise; unheeding of danger

rigor (noun)

a harsh or stern rigidity; unyielding

somnolent (adjective)

drowsy or inclined to sleep

tenacious (adjective)

stubborn; holding fast to a belief or goal

umbrage (noun)

resentment based on a feeling of having been injured

veto (noun)

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

aspire (verb)

to strive for goal; to want or desire something excellent or far beyond the current state

bilateral (adjective)

having two sides

candor (noun)

honesty or straightforwardness, especially being honest about something unpleasant

defraud (verb)

to cheat; to gain something dishonestly; as through a lie, deception, or confidence game

deity (noun)

a god or goddess

elude (verb)

to escape from someone or something giving chase or searching; especially to use clever tactics to escape from pursuers

fixture (noun)

a permanency; a person or thing remaining fixed, in the same position

handwriting (noun)

the character or style of a person's writing by hand; cursive writing

havoc (noun)

chaos or large-scale destruction

imbibe (verb)

to drink a liquid; to absorb or take in something

juncture (noun)

a joint or seam, where two parts meet

kernel (noun)

in a plant, a grain or seed; often edible and found inside the plant

lapse (noun)

the act of falling from a righteous or just position; a slight or temporary moral failure

malady (noun)

a disease, illness, or medical condition, especially a serious or chronic condition

myriad (noun)

many; a large number; countless

necessitate (verb)

to make something necessary

nestle (verb)

to lay or be enclosed comfortably; to snuggle

obliterate (verb)

to destroy; to break down into nothing; to eliminate

parse (verb)

to break something down into its parts in order to explain or understand it; especially to break apart a sentence into words and phrases, describing each part

queue (noun)

a line; a group of people waiting in order

ravenous (adjective)

extremely hungry; filled with hunger that cannot be satisfied

scuttle (verb)

to sink a ship by creating a hole or holes in the ship beneath the water line; also to destroy or wreck

thearchy (noun)

a government ruled by the leaders of a religion or by the power of a god or gods

underworld (noun)

a world beneath or below the normal world, especially a criminal world such as mafia society or a world of the dead such as Hades

writhe (verb)

to move uncomfortably; to twist around, especially to express pain

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