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SAT Word List 34: Percussion-Plagiarize
Terms in this set (65)
striking one object against another sharply
The drum is a percussion instrument.
damnation; complete ruin
Praying for salvation, young Steven Daedalus feared he was damned to eternal perdition.
Auntie Mame was a world traveler whose peregrinations took her from Tijuana to Timbuktu.
demanding and leaving no choice
From Jack's peremptory knock on the door, Jill could tell he would not give up until she let him in.
something that is continuing or recurrent
These plants are hardy perennials and will bloom for many years.
When Caesar realized that Brutus had betrayed him, he reproached his perfidious friend.
pierce; put a hole through
You must first perforate the plastic safety seal that covers the cap.
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
The auditor's perfunctory inspection of the books overlooked many errors.
To find the perimeter of any quadrilateral, we add the lengths of the four sides.
We lived in one of those peripheral suburbs that spring up on the outskirts of a great city.
edge, especially of a round surface
He sensed that there was something just beyond the periphery of his vision.
false testimony while under oath
Rather than lie under oath and perhaps be indicted for perjury, the witness chose to take the Fifth Amendment.
penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
If your jogging clothes weren't made out of permeable fabric, you'd drown in your own perspiration (figuratively speaking).
pass through; spread
The odor of frying onions permeated the air.
Crack cocaine has had a pernicious effect on urban society.
commit an offense
Only an insane person could perpetrate such a horrible crime.
Ponce de Leon hoped to find the legendary fountain of perpetual youth.
make something last; preserve from extinction
Some critics attack The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because they believe Twain's book perpetuates a false image of Blacks in this country.
any gain above stipulated salary
The perquisites attached to this job make it even more attractive than the salary indicates.
public personality or façade
Offstage the comedian was a sullen, irritable grumbler, a far cry from his ever-cheerful adopted stage persona.
The man I'm seeking to fill this position must be personable since he'll be representing us before the public.
having insight; penetrating; astute
The brilliant lawyer was known for his perspicacious deductions.
I think your pert and impudent remarks call for an apology.
He's bound to succeed because his pertinacious nature will not permit him to quit.
to the point; relevant
Virginia Woolf's words on women's rights are as pertinent today as they were when she wrote them nearly a century ago.
The thought that electricity might be leaking out of the empty light bulb sockets perturbed my aunt.
read with care
Joan closely perused her home insurance policy to discover exactly what benefits her coverage provided her.
pervading; spread throughout every part
Martha couldn't rid her clothes of the pervasive odor of mothballs that clung to them.
stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and perverted
When Jack was in a perverse mood, he would do the opposite of whatever Jill asked him.
belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
You have no real reason for such pessimism about your final grade.
turn to stone
His sudden and unexpected appearance seemed to petrify her.
trivial; unimportant; very small
She had no major complaints to make about his work, only a few petty quibbles that were almost too minor to state.
If you'd had hardly any sleep for three nights and people kept phoning and waking you up, you'd sound pretty petulant, too.
observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
We kept careful records of the phenomena we noted in the course of these experiments.
faithless lover; flirt
Ralph assured Alice he was no philanderer.
lover of mankind; doer of good
In his role as philanthropist and public benefactor, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., donated millions to charity.
narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
We need more men of culture and enlightenment; we have too many philistines among us.
study of language
The professor of philology advocated the use of Esperanto as an international language.
calm; not easily disturbed
The nurse was a cheerful but phlegmatic person, unexcited in the face of sudden emergencies.
Her fear of flying was a real phobia.
symbol of immortality or rebirth
Like the legendary phoenix rising from its ashes, the city of San Francisco rose again after its destruction during the 1906 earthquake.
major class of plants; primary branch of animal kingdom; division
In sorting out her hundreds of packets of seeds, Katya decided to file them by phylum.
pertaining to the science of the function of living organisms
To understand this disease fully, we must examine not only its physiological aspects but also its psychological elements.
pertaining to rogues in literature
Tom Jones has been hailed as one of the best picaresque novels in the English language.
You should be able to identify Polka Dot in this race; it's the only piebald horse running.
one piece at a time; gradually
Tolstoy's War and Peace is too huge to finish in one sitting; I'll have to read it piecemeal.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin got his name from the multicolored clothing he wore.
religious devotion; godliness
The nuns in the convent were noted for their piety; they spent their days in worship and prayer.
Van Gogh mixed various pigments with linseed oil to create his paints.
The enemy pillaged the quiet village and left it in ruins.
languish, decline; long for, yearn
Heidi pined for the mountains and for her gruff but loving grandfather.
We could see the morning sunlight illuminate the pinnacle while the rest of the mountain lay in shadow.
The challenge for church people today is how to be pious in the best sense.
pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating
The piquant sauce added to our enjoyment of the meal.
She showed her pique at her loss by refusing to appear with the other contestants at the end of the competition.
provoke or arouse; annoy
"I know something you don't know," said Lucy, trying to pique Ethel's interest.
hidden danger; concealed trap
Her parents warned young Sophie against the many pitfalls that lay in wait for her in the dangerous big city.
concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
While other girls might have gone on and on about how uncool Elton was, Liz summed it up in one pithy remark: "He's bogus!"
a small allowance or wage
He couldn't live on the pittance he received as a pension and had to look for an additional source of revenue.
crucial; key; vital
The new "smart weapons" technology played a pivotal role in the quick resolution of the war with Iraq.
The store manager tried to placate the angry customer.
harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
In a controlled experiment, fifty volunteers were given aspirin tablets; the control group received only placebos.
After his vacation in this placid section, he felt soothed and rested.
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
The editor recognized the plagiarism and rebuked the culprit who had presented the manuscript as original.
steal another's ideas and pass them off as one's own
The teacher could tell that the student had plagiarized parts of his essay.