SAT 6 Vocab
Terms in this set (30)
verb - to make impure by adding an improper substance or quality (debase, defile, pollute, taint, corrupt) Try not to __________ the quality of your formal writing with cliches or slang words.
adj - two-handed; able to use both hands equally well (versatile, facile) Unless you're _______, you can't juggle oranges with one hand and type with the other.
adj - kindly; disposed to do good (philanthropic, beneficent, magnanimous) Carol is always doing good things for others; I wish all my friends were as _______ as she is.
noun - edge, border; threshold (verge, fringe, cusp) On the _______ of bankruptcy, Jerry's business was saved by a generous investment from Ben.
adj - sticking together; consistent; unified (cohesive, adhesive, congruent) In a __________ essay all the ideas fit together logically.
noun - belief; lack of skepticism (naivete, gullibility) Becky's wild tale about being trapped in a revolving door for two days strains my ___________.
adj - belittling; insulting; reduced in value or reputation (disparaging, deprecatory, degrading, disdainful) Lola's __________ comments about Bud hurt his feelings and damaged his reputation.
adj/noun - strongly disagreeing/ one whopotects or disagrees (unorthodox, heretic, dissenter) The police cracked down on the _______ demonstrating against the new citywide curfew.
verb - to weaken; to deprive of force or strength; to drain of energy (devitalize, debilitate) _________ by a head cold and a slight fever, Sue felt too weak to continue her work.
verb - to free from blame or guilt (absolve, exculpate) Accused of theft, Essie was _________ when the stolen were found in Al's locker.
adj - excessively showy and flashy (florid, ornate, ostentatious) Rita's _________ clothes may not be tasteful, but they attract everyone's attention.
adj - easily deceived, easily tricked (naive, susceptible) Is Hector so _________ that he believed my story about my finding a million dollars in a Kroger bag?
verb - to get in the way of; to obstruct; to slow the progress of; to interfere (encumber, hamper, mire, thwart) Construction of the new gym was _________ by the unusually heavy sprin rains.
adj - harsh, severely stormy; merciless (intemperate) The ________ weather forced us to hold graduation in the gym instead of on the football field.
adj - native; naturally occuring in a region or place (endemic, aboriginal, inherent, innate) Kangaroos and koala bears are _______ only to Australia and not to any other continent.
adj - brave; unafraid; courageous (dauntless, valiant, valorous, audacious) The _________ fireman risked life to save people trapped in fhe burning building.
adj - lacking energy; extremely drowsy or sleepy (sluggish, phlegmatic, listless) The heat and humidity made Dan so _________ that he couldn't get up to turn on the air conditioner.
noun/verb - an order or authoritative command/ to require (flat, decree/ dictate) The director's order gave us a clear _________ to reorganize the entire system.
noun - the lowest point; the very bottom; the depths (perigee) Losing the election was the _______ of his career, but Bill's comeback campaign put him on top again.
noun - cure-all; a cure for anything that causes illness or trouble; remedy (nostrum) The new road will divert some cars, but it's no _______ for all our traffic problems.
adj - moving to the emotions; touching (affective, emotive) We were close to tears over Mel's _________ story of the lost puppy and the blind kitten.
adj - wisely cautious; careful; using good judgement (circumspect, discreet) _________ people don't go skydiving or bungee jumping; they choose safer pastimes.
verb - to steal; to take wrongfully (filch, pilfer) When we weren't looking, Del _________ ten Fig Newtons out of the package.
adj - repetitious, needlessly repetitive (reiterating, superfluous, verbose) Jake's __________ phrases made his report twice as long as it needed to be.
noun/verb - a rebuke or accusation/ to flame for a fault; to scold (reproof, censure/ admonish, upbraid, chide) Mrs. Damon _______ Hank for wearing his baseball cap at the dinner table.
verb/ adj - to calm down/ calm; composed; dignified; serious (staid, decorous, demure) Abby remains _______ and even-tempered even when the rest of the class is going crazy.
verb - to mark as disgraceful, untrustworthy, or disreputable (brand, besmirch, taunt) Any member who disagreed with the chief was __________ as a traitor and expelled from the clan.
adj - able to be touched or felt; real; definite; objective (tactile, palpable) Ed doesn't care how we feel about the job; he just wants to see the _________ results of our work.
adj - first-time; original; unique; new; without previous example (unparalleled, singular) Shelley's achievement is __________; no one has ever won five trophies in a single year.
adj - loud; characterized by a forceful outcry or shouting (clamorous, strident, boisterous) The students' __________ response made it clear that they don't want summer vacation abolished.
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