50 terms

SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: 1-2

Mr. Del Rossi Study
abdicate (verb)
to decline or reject a powerful position, such as a kingship
affectation (noun)
an exaggerated or deliberate mannerism
arbitrary (adjective)
done or chosen without a reason; random
beseech (verb)
to beg or plead
censorious (adjective)
finding fault; judging harshly
consensus (noun)
an opinion that is agreed upon by all members of a group of people
cudgel (noun)
a short, thick blunt weapon; a club
despite (preposition)
in spite of
effrontery (noun)
boldness; audacity
fealty (noun)
loyalty; fidelity
hesitant (adjective)
lacking decisiveness; uncertain or unwilling to make a decision
inaudible (adjective)
unable to be heard
lithe (adjective)
moving or bending easily; graceful and fluid in motion
metamorphosis (noun)
a change in form or shape, often from one stage of development to another, as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly
nocturnal (adjective)
belonging to, occurring in, or related to the nighttime
opulence (noun)
riches of affluence, especially as shown by expensive or ostentatious possessions or lifestyle
partition (noun)
something which separates two parts or areas
phonetic (adjective)
of relating to, or representing the sounds of speech
prolong (verb)
to make something last longer; to extend a period of time
reckless (adjective)
careless or unwise; unheeding of danger
rigor (noun)
a harsh or stern rigidity; unyielding
somnolent (adjective)
drowsy or inclined to sleep
tenacious (adjective)
stubborn; holding fast to a belief or goal
umbrage (noun)
resentment based on a feeling of having been injured
veto (noun)
the action of the president of the United States, according to the provision in the constitution, to reject a law passed by congress
aspire (verb)
to strive for goal; to want or desire something excellent or far beyond the current state
bilateral (adjective)
having two sides
candor (noun)
honesty or straightforwardness, especially being honest about something unpleasant
defraud (verb)
to cheat; to gain something dishonestly; as through a lie, deception, or confidence game
deity (noun)
a god or goddess
elude (verb)
to escape from someone or something giving chase or searching; especially to use clever tactics to escape from pursuers
fixture (noun)
a permanency; a person or thing remaining fixed, in the same position
handwriting (noun)
the character or style of a person's writing by hand; cursive writing
havoc (noun)
chaos or large-scale destruction
imbibe (verb)
to drink a liquid; to absorb or take in something
juncture (noun)
a joint or seam, where two parts meet
kernel (noun)
in a plant, a grain or seed; often edible and found inside the plant
lapse (noun)
the act of falling from a righteous or just position; a slight or temporary moral failure
malady (noun)
a disease, illness, or medical condition, especially a serious or chronic condition
myriad (noun)
many; a large number; countless
necessitate (verb)
to make something necessary
nestle (verb)
to lay or be enclosed comfortably; to snuggle
obliterate (verb)
to destroy; to break down into nothing; to eliminate
parse (verb)
to break something down into its parts in order to explain or understand it; especially to break apart a sentence into words and phrases, describing each part
queue (noun)
a line; a group of people waiting in order
ravenous (adjective)
extremely hungry; filled with hunger that cannot be satisfied
scuttle (verb)
to sink a ship by creating a hole or holes in the ship beneath the water line; also to destroy or wreck
thearchy (noun)
a government ruled by the leaders of a religion or by the power of a god or gods
underworld (noun)
a world beneath or below the normal world, especially a criminal world such as mafia society or a world of the dead such as Hades
writhe (verb)
to move uncomfortably; to twist around, especially to express pain