SAT Words 71-140
Terms in this set (70)
great understanding of another person's feelings.
"Writing an SAT essay is not easy, so I empathize with students who feel a sense of nervous anticipation right before they begin writing it."
believable; a reasonable chance of something happening.
The election of a female president is not only plausible but likely, as 92% of American adults say they would vote for a qualified female candidate.
the peak of popularity and success of a movement, organization or person.
The late 1960s witnessed the heyday, or the peak, of the hippie-led counterculture.
a clever mix of creativity and inventiveness.
A NY company has used an ingenious mix of sophisticated technology to create a "magic" mirror that not only reflects images, but also displays a daily calendar, weather information, and news headlines.
attracting attention by being unusual or very noticeable.
Did you know that termites construct the largest and by far the most conspicuous nests of any animal?
any system of persons, animals, or things that are ranked one above another.
Termites are divided into a highly specialized hierarchy, with soldiers, workers, a queen, and a king.
to irritate; annoy; frustrate.
Lame excuses for not having the assigned homework will exasperate, or irritate, even the most patient teacher.
perceiving the significance of events before they occur; showing foresight.
The prescient investor who predicted the collapse of the real state market stopped flipping properties months before the bubble burst.
ordinary and commonplace.
Prisoners yearn for the mundane pleasures we take for granted, such as walking barefoot on green grass or listening to ocean waves crashing on shore.
characterized by being untidy in dress or appearance; messy and sloppy.
A slovenly appearance would include wearing an unlaundered shirt and neglecting to shave for three days.
to drive away or scatter; to remove.
The principal made an announcement to dispel any rumors about his retirement.
to hold closely; to stick to a policy or plan of action.
All students must adhere to the school policies published in the Student Code of Conduct.
strength in the face of adversity.
Gabrielle Giffords demonstrated great fortitude as she recovered from her injuries and slowly regained some ability to walk, speak, read, and write.
characterized by neglect and a careless lack of concern.
As senioritis hits, many seniors display negligent study habits that may threaten their chances of graduating.
demonstrating great skill in accomplishing a task or in achieving a goal.
Even though Johnny was not a good student, he was adept at charming his teachers. He especially enjoyed baking special treats to teachers whose classes he was failing.
to enhance; to make more attractive with ornamentation.
Bells and bows are often used to decorate or embellish Christmas trees.
to gradually impart new values, attitudes, or skills.
Coaches try to instill a positive attitude by preaching hard work, dedication and, above all, teamwork.
to make worse; to aggravate a situation.
The union leader's angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the salary negotiation process.
filled with passion and zeal; fervent.
Dr. King's speech supporting the Montgomery bus boycott was an impassioned plea for justice that galvanized the black community and marked his emergence as a national civil rights leader.
unrestrained and out of control; marked by unchecked growth.
Even though the College Board maintains that cheating on the SAT is extremely rare, many teenagers report rampant, or widespread, cheating at test centers.
characterized by great and even exaggerated flattery.
Adulation is derived from the Latin word adulatio meaning "flattery."
apparently reasonable; believable.
The most widely used and therefore most credible excuse for being late to work is saying that you were stuck in heavy traffic.
creating disunity and dissension.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) was one of the most divisive pieces of legislation in American history; the furor over it broke the uneasy truce between the North and the South.
to praise or enthusiastically greet the arrival of someone or something.
Although herald can refer to a person who announces important news, it typically appear on the SAT as a verb meaning "to praise" or to "greet enthusiastically."
to eat voraciously; to consume greedily.
In The Simpsons, Homer has a ravenous appetite and devours almost any food in sight.
to avoid or neglect one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
He's too conscientious to shirk, or evade, his duty.
Dara Torres, a tenacious trainer, adheres to her grueling swimming schedule no matter what.
possible; capable of being achieved.
According to Einstein, time travel is theoretically feasible, or possible, if an object can travel faster than the speed of light.
to shock and outrage.
Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, a verdict that appalled many people who were convinced of her guilt.
to pretend with the intent to deceive.
Some students feign or fake illness just to get out of a test.
many; a large number.
Both centipedes and millipedes are arthropods that have a large or myriad number of legs.
characterized by excessive self-absorption, especially about one's personal appearance.
In the hit song "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO's Redfoo makes a narcissistic claim when he boasts that "When I walk in the spot, this is what I see. Everybody stops and they staring at me."
approaching death; on the verge of becoming obsolete.
More and more people are choosing to watch streaming movies and television shows on the Internet; as a result, the DVD is fast becoming a moribund medium.
full of delight or pleasure; having a shapely and pleasing appearance.
Marilyn Monroe's voluptuous and sensual figure made her the most famous bombshell of the Hollywood golden era.
capable of assuming many different shapes and forms; extremely variable.
Tom Hanks is a protean and versatile actor who is equally comfortable with light comedy and serious drama.
the deliberate use of subtly deceptive and misleading arguments.
Be alert for lawyers, debaters, or any skilled sophists who, by juggling words, can make bad seem good, and good seem bad.
marked by few words; very brief and to the point; succinct.
The Spartans, who lived in a region of Greece called Laconia, valued deeds far more than words and were famous for their concise or laconic diplomatic messages.
of little worth or importance; trifling; insignificant.
The mayor asked not to be bothered with trivial or insignificant matters until the city budget was finalized.
characterized by an idealistic but impractical quest.
Many readers are attracted to quixotic love stories, rather than realistic romance.
overbearing pride and arrogance.
Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein focuses on the tragic consequences of Dr. Victor Frankenstein's hubris, or arrogance, in thinking he could control nature.
favorable and promising; accompanied by good omens.
In Chinese culture, the number 2 is often considered auspicious because "good things come in pairs."
characterized by using the power of imagination to call forth a memory.
In one recent SAT passage an archeologist's tone is evocative because he imagines hearing "the echoes of the ancient city" and the voices of its residents "over pots of steaming coffee."
a riddle shrouded in mystery and thus something that is puzzling and inscrutable.
Life would be mundane without enigmas to discuss and solve.
shallow; lacking intellectual or emotional depth.
In the movie Clueless, the main character is a teenager who is selfish, vain, and superficial; her only direction in life is "toward the mall."
characterized by the exceptionally early development or maturity of a talent.
When my niece was just five I told her that she was precocious because she had a big vocabulary.
to brand or mark as inferior.
In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separate schools were inherently unequal because they unjustly stigmatized all black children.
incalculably small; miniscule.
Some living organisms are so small or infinitesimal in size that thousands could fit on an exclamation point!
characterized by a harsh and nasty tone; scathing.
Some film critics are known for their vitriolic and sometimes outright cruel comments.
to grow rapidly; multiply quickly.
Because border patrol controls above ground have tightened, the number of underground tunnels has dramatically proliferated.
characterized by great beauty, splendor, and dazzling jewel-like colors, not drab.
Many Indian brides wear sarees that are renowned for their resplendent jewel-like colors, gorgeous lace, and intricate embroidery.
to spur on; to encourage.
Harry Potter exhorted his classmates at Hogwarts to join the Order of the Phoenix to fight the evil Lord Voldemort.
to improve; make better.
Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is working to ameliorate housing conditions in New Orleans' impoverished Ninth Ward by financing the construction of 150 affordable new homes.
a feeling of deep regret caused by a sense of guilt; great remorse.
Mobsters generally have little compunction about resorting to violence as a means to get what they want.
the trait of being deliberately untruthful.
In his book The Prince, Machiavelli argued that for the good of the state a prince should resort to mendacity to trick his enemies.
an accidental but lucky chance; filled with good fortune.
The delayed flight caused Mary's fortuitous encounter with a headhunter who helped advance her career.
a complete disaster; a fiasco.
The humiliating debacle over the failed mission to rescue 52 Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, played a key role in Carter's overwhelming defeat in the 1980 presidential election.
a figure of speech in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is.
The famous sentence, "Houston, we have a problem" is a famous understatement because the crew of the Apollo 13 was facing a severe crisis that include loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and a disruption of the carbon dioxide removal system.
characterized by casual indifference; performing in a routine manner.
Students who receive low SAT scores typically make a perfunctory effort: they postpone practice, make excuses, and conveniently forget to take practice tests.
great self-denial, especially when refraining from spending.
The economic crisis in Europe has forced governments in Greece and Italy to enact austerity programs designed to cut government spending.
a plant, animal, or person that is native to an area.
The American Beauty rose is renowned for its exceptional beauty and fragrance; however, in spite of its name, it is not indigenous to the United States. It is actually native to France.
a long and familiar list often recited by memory.
Traffic judges can often recite a litany of tired excuses drivers use to try to avoid paying speeding fines: a broken speedometer, rushing to a funeral, or claiming, "I had to go to the bathroom."
to alienate; drive apart.
While estrange is widely used to describe a personal relationship, it can also be used to describe a person's relationship to the environment: massive and impersonal apartment complexes can estrange people from their environment.
marked by a liking for companionship; sociable.
Killer whales are gregarious animals that live with their mothers in stable family groups called pods.
a deadlock or stalemate.
The U.S. Congress, in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt Obama-care, caused a government shut down; unfortunately, there is no solution in sight for the impasse.
a deviation from a common pattern; a departure from the norm.
The cheer leading squad at a high school in Michigan is an anomaly: it is comprised of 16 team moms who put on their sons' football jerseys and formed their own squad to support the team.
to deliberately avoid something.
The Amish are know for adhering to a traditional lifestyle that eschews many modern conveniences.
to make impossible, especially beforehand; to prevent or to forestall something from happening.
Vincent Van Gogh was not precluded from becoming famous by a lack of talent.
occurring or coming into existence after a person's death.
Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime; however, his works enjoyed enormous posthumous fame in the years after his death in 1890.
the moving force behind something; a stimulus that moves something along.
The grant for building the opera house gave impetus to the city's cultural life.
immaculately clean; unspoiled; free from contamination.
Scientists in Antarctica discovered a lake two miles below the surface and must now determine how to investigate the lake without contaminating its pristine ecosystem.