SAT 75 Words - Context Clues I
Use context clues to determine what the word in ALL CAPS means. Words derived from Barron's list.
Terms in this set (75)
Some colleges ABBREVIATE their names to make them shorter; like LSU and VT.
to shorten; abridge
Edward is vowing to do a candy ABSTINENCE for the holiday.
to refrain from; the giving up of certain pleasures
Everyone clapped in ADULATION when he finished singing.
excessive praise; flattery or admiration
The 14-year-old's courage to learn did not waiver despite the ADVERSITY in living under the Taliban.
The AESTHETIC painting was very famous.
artistic; pertaining to beauty
Everyone likes her because she is very AMICABLE.
The ANACHRONISTIC story of a woman's place in society was antiquated.
out of the context of time; out of date
My grandpa was telling me an ANECDOTE from when he was 15.
brief story; short narrative
I received an ANONYMOUS letter from a secret admirer.
being unknown; unrecognized; nameless
The ANTAGONIST party talked very badly about their opponents.
someone who offers opposition; foe; opponent
The concert was cancelled because of the ARID location.
extremely dry; uninteresting; dull
The ASSIDUOUS man received recognition for working so hard.
persistent; diligent; hard-working
Her mad brother stayed in an ASYLUM for a month.
sanctuary; shelter; place of refuge
The BENEVOLENT man helped the homeless family.
generous in providing aid to others; kindly; charitable
The CAMARADERIE of the turtle and the hare became worldwide news.
rapport; goodwill or trust with one or more living thing.
The news CENSURED the comments made by the mayor.
to blame; condemn; criticize; to keep quiet
We went to the wedding taking the CIRCUITOUS route; making us late
The CLAIRVOYANT sister didn't want her brother to leave because she had a bad feeling in her gut.
having foresight; fortuneteller
Everybody COLLABORATED well on the project so we got an A.
to work together; team up
With COMPASSION she stayed with her newly-found grandpa one more week.
They COMPROMISED to not fight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and every other Sunday.
an agreement where both sides make concessions; a negotiation
The CONDESCENDING woman yelled at everyone when she felt inadequate.
treating others as weak or inferior; patronizing; belittling
The CONDITIONAL pact included that one of them would take the trash out or walk the dog for a week.
provisional; contingent; dependent upon something
The CONFORMIST child didn't complain about anything.
someone who conforms to established standards of conduct; follower
A CONGREGATION of school's teachers met at the office.
a group of people who assemble for the same reason; a crowd
The CONVERGENCE of the three streets caused traffic congestion.
the occurrence of two or more things coming together; to join
A DELETERIOUS infection was found in the lake.
harmful to living things; destructive
The DEMAGOGUE ruler made everyone feel bad for his failures.
a leader who exploits fears and false claims with promises in order to gain power
The DIGRESSION from his topic caused him to lose ten points.
to turn or stray from the main point; lose focus in a statement
Jean is a DILIGENT man who worked every day.
perseverant; studious; hard working;
Jenna DISCREDITED Rose's statement by showing the YouTube video of her.
discounted; disgraced, dishonored
Some people DISDAIN dogs but I like them.
intense dislike; treat with scorn; contempt; reject as unworthy
The DIVERGENT cars were rerouted to go in the same directions.
variant; moving apart, going in different directions
The philanthropist showed EMPATHY by giving money.
understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
Most young children EMULATE what their parents do.
To try to equal; to imitate; copy
The ENERVATING horse was losing speed after the first half of the mile.
causing debilitation; tiring; weakening
They ENHANCED her eyes with the help of makeup
increased in value or beauty or quality; intensify; improved
The EPHEMERAL storm left the town with minimum damages.
lasting a very short time; short-lived; fleeting
The shirt had an EVANESCENT opaque color.
vanishing; fleeting; momentary
The EXASPERATION I felt after failing a test I studied for made me want to scream.
actions that cause great irritation; frustration
The EXEMPLARY student was really responsible and received good grades.
worthy of imitation, commendable; serving as a model
Everyone believed the EXTENUATING statement that the girl gave to the police.
partially excusing or justifying; mitigating
The FLORID skirt caught everyone's attention.
highly colored; excessively ornate, showy
When she won the lottery, it was a FORTUITOUS event.
occurring by happy chance; lucky
The FRUGAL vacation to Florida was over in two days.
avoiding waste; thrifty; cheap
The HACKNEYED shirt has stains all over it.
repeated too often; overused
No one liked the HAUGHTY girl because she was selfish.
arrogant, excessively proud and vain
His daredevil actions showed that he was HEDONISTIC.
Without performing the experiment, we disproved HYPOTHESIS with the theory.
assumption; an educated guess
The IMPETUOUS girl regretted what she had done the day before.
undue haste and lack of thought; rash; impulsive
The prince IMPUTED the stolen camel on the loyal subject.
credited; assigned, something that was done being blamed on someone
The different styles of the mass-produced left shoe with the custom-made right shoe were INCOMPATIBLE.
opposed in nature, not able to live or work together; inharmonious
No one cared about the INCONSEQUENTIAL event.
It was INEVITABLE that the cars crashed; both were going 70 miles per hour on the section called Spaghetti Junction.
an unavoidable event; certain
The INTEGRITY is an important quality that some lawyers don't have.
decency; honesty; moral
The INTREPID man walked on the tightrope at the circus.
invulnerable to fear or intimidation; fearless; adventurous
The wilderness story was INTUITIVE and used common sense tactics.
My grandparents enjoyed the JUBILATION of their anniversary.
a feeling of extreme joy; exultation; rejoicing
The LOBBYIST posted a complaint about our government in the newspaper.
persuader of legislators; advocate
Her LONGEVITY gave her a lot of life experience.
duration of service; long life; long length of service
The MUNDANE restaurant offered the same menu as the other restaurants.
belonging to this earth or world; ordinary; commonplace
The NONCHALANT winner received his trophy with no emotion.
indifferent; calm; casual; unconcerned
The NOVICE player made a lot of rookie mistakes.
someone new to a field or activity; a beginner
The OPULENT family held a charity event.
rich and superior in quality; rich; wealthy
The ORATOR introduced her to the audience with great emotion.
a person who delivers a speech or oration; speaker; lecturer
The OSTENTATIOUS guy showed his Aston Martin car to everyone.
intended to attract notice and impress others; showy; displaying wealth
The PARCHED man walked in the desert for a long time.
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; shriveled; dried up
The country he had once shamed did not permit the PERFIDIOUS man entrance.
tending to betray; disloyal; treacherous
The PRECOCIOUS baby could talk at a very young age.
appearing or developing early; intellectually advanced
The PRETENTIOUS kid continuously tried to correct the teacher.
intended to attract notice and impress others; pompous; self-important
We PROCRASTINATED in starting the party because it was raining.
to put off until later; to delay without a good reason; stall
The PROSAIC park was empty as people went to other parks.
lacking wit or imagination; dull; ordinary
He gained PROSPERITY by believing in his skills and working hard.
wealth; success; good fortune
The PROVOCATIVE student made the other students sigh maddenly.
attracting attention; stimulating excitement or annoyance
The PRUDENT kid walked in the testing classroom quietly and slowly.
wise; careful; cautious
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