SAT Word List 25: Pore-Propagate
Terms in this set (100)
study industriously; ponder; scrutinize
Beth spent hours poring over her anatomy text.
full of pores; like a sieve
Dancers like to wear porous clothing because it allows the ready passage of water and air.
The king didn't know what these omens might portend.
sign; omen; forewarning
He regarded the black cloud as a portent of evil.
The overweight gentleman was referred to as portly by the polite salesclerk.
person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impress others
Some thought Salvador Dali was a brilliant painter; others dismissed him as a poseur.
descendants; future generations
We hope to leave a better world to posterity.
after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death)
It was only after the posthumous publication of his last novel that the critics recognized his great talent.
essential premise; underlying assumption
The basic postulate of democracy is that all men are created equal.
suitable for drinking
The recent drought in the Middle Atlantic states has emphasized the need for extensive research in ways of making sea water potable.
powerful; persuasive; greatly influential
We wondered whether the medication would still be potent.
The potentate spent more time at Monte Carlo than he did at home on his throne.
expressing possibility; latent
This juvenile delinquent is a potential murderer.
dose (of liquid)
Tristan and Isolde drink a love potion in the first act.
The board of directors decided that the plan was practicable and agreed to undertake the project.
based on experience; useful
He was a practical man.
someone engaged in a profession (law, medicine)
Carl sought a practitioner with considerable experience performing this particular surgery.
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
This coming trip to France should provide me with a pragmatic test of the value of my conversational French class.
No pragmatist enjoys becoming involved in a game he can never win.
Is tipping over garbage cans on Halloween merely a childish prank?
speak foolishly; boast idly
Let us not prate about our good qualities.
Baby John prattled on and on about the cats and his ball and the Cookie Monster.
In the Preamble to the Constitution, the purpose of the document is set forth.
Saying the stock would be a precarious investment, the broker advised her client against purchasing it.
something preceding in time that may be used as an authority or guide for future action
The law professor asked Jill to state which famous case served as a precedent for the court's decision in Brown ll.
practical rule guiding conduct
"Love thy neighbor as thyself" is a worthwhile precept.
district or division of a city
Ed McBain's detective novels set in the 87th precinct provide an exciting picture of police work.
cliff; dangerous position
Suddenly Indiana Jones found himself dangling from the edge of a precipice.
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
I had enough sense to keep myself from quitting a job in such a precipitate fashion.
throw headlong; hasten
The removal of American political support appears to have precipitated the downfall of the Marcos regime.
This hill is difficult to climb because it's so precipitous.
concise summing up of main points
Ellen wrote up a neat précis of the major elements she would cover.
If you don't give me precise directions and a map, I'll never find your place.
make impossible; eliminate
The fact that the band was already booked to play in Hollywood on New Year's Eve precluded their accepting the New Year's Eve gig in London they were offered.
advanced in development
We couldn't help remarking how precocious she was.
Most critics consider Gray and Burns precursors of the Romantic Movement.
creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others
Not just cats, but a wide variety of predators-owls, hawks, weasels, foxes catch mice for dinner.
former occupant of a post
I hope I can live up to the fine example set by my late predecessor in this office.
predestine; settle or decide beforehand; influence markedly
Romeo and Juliet believed that Fate had predetermined their meeting.
tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
How would she escape from this terrible predicament?
Although I've written all sorts of poetry over the years, I have a definite predilection for occasional verse.
give an inclination toward; make susceptible to
Genetic influences apparently predispose people to certain forms of cancer.
The king traveled to Boston because he wanted the preeminent surgeon in the field to perform the operation.
head off; forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant
Hoping to preempt any attempts by the opposition to make educational reform a hot political issue, the candidate set out her own plan to revitalize the public schools.
make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction
Kitty couldn't help preening over how pretty she looked.
capable of grasping or holding
Monkeys use not only their arms and legs but also their prehensile tails in traveling through the trees.
The archbishop of Moscow and other high-ranking prelates visited the Russian Orthodox seminary.
I'm afraid that this border raid is the prelude to more serious attacks.
plan in advance
She had premeditated the murder for months.
Based on the premise that there's no fool like an old fool, P. T. Barnum hired a ninety-year-old clown for his circus.
We ignored these premonitions of disaster because they appeared to be based on childish fears.
We all thought, "What a preposterous excuse!"
privilege; unquestionable right
The president cannot levy taxes; that is the prerogative of the legislative branch of government.
The vultures flying overhead presaged the discovery of the corpse in the desert.
ability to foretell the future
It doesn't take prescience for me to foresee problems in our future trade relations with Japan.
feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear; premonition
Jack had a sudden presentiment that this was the last time he would see Jill.
impression produced by achievements or reputation
Many students want to go to Harvard College not for the education offered but for the prestige of Harvard's name.
overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
Matilda thought it was somewhat presumptuous of the young man to have addressed her without first having been introduced.
ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
None of the other prize winners are wearing their medals; isn't it a bit pretentious of you to wear yours?
beyond what is normal in nature
Malcolm's mother's total ability to tell when he was lying struck him as almost preternatural.
He looked for a good pretext to get out of paying a visit to his aunt.
induce; triumph over
He tried to prevail on her to type his essay for him.
widespread; generally accepted
A radical committed to social change, Reed had no patience with the conservative views prevalent in the America of his day.
Some people believe that to prevaricate in a good cause is justifiable and regard such a statement as a "white lie."
target of a hunt; victim
In Stalking the Wild Asparagus, Euell Gibbons has as his prey not wild beasts but wild plants.
very precise and formal; exceedingly proper
Many people commented on the contrast between the prim attire of the young lady and the inappropriate clothing worn by her escort.
existing at the beginning (of time); rudimentary
The Neanderthal Man is one of our primordial ancestors.
groom oneself with care; adorn oneself
The groom stood by idly while his nervous bride-to-be primped one last time before the mirror.
characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
This area has been preserved in all its pristine wildness.
In his youth, he knew hunger and privation.
explore with tools
The surgeon probed the wound for foreign matter before suturing it.
doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing
Given the way building costs have exceeded estimates for the job, whether the arena will ever be completed is problematic.
inclination; natural tendency
Watching the two-year-old voluntarily put away his toys, I was amazed by his proclivity for neatness.
postpone; delay or put off
Bob was truly sorry he had procrastinated for so long and not finished filing his taxes long ago.
poke; stir up; urge
If you prod him hard enough, he'll eventually clean his room.
wasteful; reckless with money
Don't be so prodigal spending my money.
We marveled at his prodigious strength.
marvel; highly gifted child
Menuhin was a prodigy, performing wonders on his violin when he was barely eight years old.
violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
The members of the mysterious Far Eastern cult sought to kill the British explorer because he had profaned the sanctity of their holy goblet by using it as an ashtray.
dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
Although surrounded by wild and profligate companions, she nevertheless managed to retain some sense of decency.
deep; not superficial; complete
Freud's remarkable insights into human behavior caused his fellow scientists to honor him as a profound thinker.
overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess
Freddy was so overwhelmed by the profusion of choices on the menu.
The Roth family's progenitors emigrated from Germany early in the nineteenth century.
He was proud of his progeny in general, but regarded George as the most promising of all his children.
forecasted course of a disease; prediction
If the doctor's prognosis is correct, the patient will be in a coma for at least twenty-four hours.
Man has always hurled projectiles at his enemy.
member of the working class; blue collar person
"Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains" is addressed to proletarians.
rapid growth; spread; multiplication
Times of economic hardship inevitably encourage the proliferation of countless get-rich-quick schemes.
My editors must assume I'm a prolific writer.
tedious wordiness; verbosity
A writer who suffers from prolixity tells his readers everything they never wanted to know about his subject (or were too bored to ask).
introduction (to a poem or play)
In the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare introduces the audience to the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.
make longer; draw out; lengthen
In their determination to discover ways to prolong human life, doctors fail to take into account that longer lives are not always happier ones.
conspicuous; notable; sticking out
Have you ever noticed that Prince Charles's prominent ears make him look like the big-eared character in Mad comics?
mixed indiscriminately; haphazard; irregular, particularly sexually
In the opera La Boheme, we get a picture of the promiscuous life led by the young artists of Paris.
They erected a lighthouse on the promontory to warn approaching ships of their nearness to the shore.
help to flourish; advance in rank; publicize
Founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman ceaselessly promotes the welfare of young people everywhere.
cause; provoke; provide a cue for an actor
Whatever prompted you to ask for such a big piece of cake when you're on a diet?
proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
Moses came down from the mountain top all set to promulgate God's commandments.
inclined to; prostrate
She was prone to sudden fits of anger.
Bacteria propagate more quickly in unsanitary environments.