25 terms

SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: Lesson 3

Mr. Del Rossi
aberration (noun)
a variation or change from what is normal or right; something unnatural
aghast (adjective)
shocked; terrified or amazed
appellation (noun)
a name or title; a word used to identify a person or thing
bewilder (verb)
to perplex or confuse; to disorder a person's thinking
chattel (noun)
a thing that is owned; a possession
contemptuous (adjective)
thinking poorly of; scornful or disdainful
debonair (adjective)
charming; having a sophisticated and attractive manner
detest (verb)
to have a profound dislike or abhorrence for; to hate
elasticity (noun)
the physical property of matter wherein matter returns to its original form after being reshaped, as an elastic band returns to its original shape after being stretched
fickle (adjective)
capriciously changeable in affection or belief; not remaining faithful to one idea or feeling
hindrance (noun)
an obstruction or impediment; something that blocks progress
inconceivable (adjective)
unimaginable or unthinkable
litigious (adjective)
willing and likely to pursue a lawsuit
minimize (verb)
to make as small as possible
notorious (adjective)
widely known but viewed negatively or critically
ordeal (noun)
an experience that is extremely difficult or trying
ostracize (verb)
to banish from or force out of a group or situation
peccadillo (noun)
a minor sin or fault; a trifling wrongdoing
placid (adjective)
tranquil and calm; at rest
prosaic (adjective)
matter-of-fact; without spirit, style, or imagination
rectitude (noun)
correctness or uprightness; unerring in following principles
salient (adjective)
noticeable or important; standing out
spurious (adjective)
inauthentic; not bona fide
tincture (noun)
a typically alcoholic mixture containing a medicine or remedy
vigilance (noun)
alertness; unbreaking attention to a duty