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SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: Lesson 2

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abdicate
(V) to decline or reject a powerful position, such as a kingship
affectation
(N) an exaggerated or deliberate mannerism
arbitrary
(ADJ) done or chosen without reason; random
beseech
(V) to beg or plead
censorious
(ADJ) finding fault; judging harshly
consensus
(N) an opinion that is agreed upon by all members of a group of people
cudgel
(N) a short, thick blunt weapon; a club
despite
(PREP) in spite of
effrontery
(N) boldness; audacity
fealty
(N) loyalty; fidelity
hesitant
(ADJ) lacking decesiveness; uncertain or unwilling to make a decision
inaudible
(ADJ) unable to be heard
lithe
(ADJ) moving or bending easily; graceful and fluid in motion
metamorphosis
(N) a change in form or shape, often from one stage of development to another, as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly
nocturnal
(ADJ) belonging to, occurring in, or related to the nightime
opulence
(N) riches or affluence, especially as shown by expensive or ostentatious possessions or lifestyle
partition
(N) something which separates two parts or areas
phonetic
(ADJ) of, relating to, or representing the sounds of speech
prolong
(V) to make something last longer; to extend a period of time
reckless
(ADJ) careless or unwise; unheeding of danger
rigor
(N) a harsh or stern rigidity; unyielding
somnolent
(ADJ) drowsy or inclined to sleep
tenacious
(ADJ) stubborn; holding fast to a belief or goal
umbrage
(N) resentment based on a feeling of having been injured
veto
(N) the action of the president of the United States, according to the provision in the constitution, to reject a law passed by congress