Week 3 Vocab

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Week 3 Vocab
2010-07-11 13:13:58
SAT Vocab vocabulary week

SAT vocab week 3
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  1. Bombastic
    bom BAS tik
    Given to pompous speed or writing

    The principal's bombastic speech bombed in the eyes of the students; it only furthered their impression of him as a pompous jerk.
  2. Ebullience
    eh BOO li ents
    Intense enthusiasm

    A sense of ebullience swept over the lacrosse fans crowd when their team won the game.
  3. Exorbitant
    eg ZOR bit int
    Exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness

    I wanted to buy a Porsche, but the price was exorbitant, so instead I purchased a used mail truck.
  4. Exuberant
    eg ZOO bur ent
    Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy

    William was exuberant when he found out that he'd gotten into the college of his choice.
  5. Embellish
    em BELL ish
    To ornament or decorate; to exaggerate

    One can never trust that Anwar's stories are realistic; his details are almost always embellished so that his experiences sound more interesting than they really are.
  6. Flagrant
    FLAY grent
    Extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable

    Too many flagrant fouls can get you kicked out of a basketball game.
  7. Gratuitous
    gruh TOO uh tus
    Given freely; unearned; unnecessary

    The film was full of gratuitous sex and violence inessential to the story.
  8. Lavish (adj.)
    LAV ish

    Lavanya's wedding was a lavish affair.
  9. Lugubrious
    luh GOO bree yus
    Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

    Lucas's lugubrious eulogy for his pet lobster quickly became ridiculous.
  10. Opulent
    OP yoo lent
    Displaying great wealth

    The ophthalmologist's opulent home was the envy of his friends; the crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and teak furniture must have cost a fortune.
  11. Ornate
    or NAYT
    Elaborately decorated

    The wood carvings were so ornate that you could examine them many times and still notice things you had not seen before.
  12. Penchant
    PEN chent
    A strong inclination or liking

    Penny's penchant for chocolate-covered ants led her to munch on them all day.
  13. Redundant
    ree DUN dint
    Needlessly repetitive

    The author's speech was terribly redundant, repeating the same phrases, saying the same thing over and over, and constantly reiterating the same point.
  14. Ubiquitous
    yoo BIK wit us
    Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

    Kenny had a ubiquitous little sister; wherever he turned, there she was.
  15. Vicarious
    vie KA ree us
    Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or felling of another

    Stan, who was never athletic but loved sports, lived vicariously through his bother, a professional basketball player.
  16. Vignette
    vin YET
    A short scene or story

    The poodle vignette in my new film expresses the true meaning of Valentine's Day.
  17. Amalgam
    uh MAL gum
    A combination of diverse elements; a mixture

    The song was an amalgam of many different styles, from blues to hip hop to folk.
  18. Inundate
    IN un dayt
    To overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp

    The day after the ad ran, Martha was inundated with phone calls.
  19. Multifarious
    mul ti FAYR ee us
    Diverse; various

    The multifarious achievements of Leonardo da Vinci, ranging from architecture and painting to philosophy and science, are unparalleled in our century.
  20. Multiplicity
    mul tuh PLI sit ee
    State of being various or manifold; a great number

    A multiplicity of views is essential to a healthy multicultural democracy.
  21. Alleviate
    uh LEE vee ayt
    To ease a pain or burden

    Alvin meditated to alleviate the pain from the headache he got after taking the SAT
  22. Ameliorate
    uh MEEL yor ayt
    To make something better; improve

    Winning a silver medal quickly meliorated Amelia's angst at losing the gold.
  23. Beneficial
    ben uh FISH ul
    Producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful

    • According to my doctor, tea's beneficial effects may include reducing anxiety.
  24. Curative
    KYUR uh tiv
    Able to heal or cure

    The aloe had a curative effect on my sunburn; within hours, the flaking had stopped.
  25. Palliative
    PAL lee uh tiv
    Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure

    Watching professional polo on TV became a palliative fore the screaming child; it was the only thing that would quiet him.
  26. Therapeutic
    thair uh PYOO tik
    Having or exhibiting healing powers

    The therapeutic air of the Mediterranean cured Thomas of his asthma.
  27. Complement (n)
    KOM plem ent
    Something the completes, goes with, or brings to perfection

    The lovely computer is the perfect complement to the modern furnishings in Abby's apartment.
  28. Epitome
    ep IT o mee
    A representative or example of a type

    She is the epitome of selflessness; no matter how much or little she has, she always gives to others.
  29. Felicitous
    fuh LIH sih tus
    Admirably suited; apt

    Jamie Foxx made a felicitous speech when he won his Oscar.
  30. Belie
    bee LIE
    To misrepresent or disguise

    He smiled in order to belie his hostility.
  31. Debunk
    duh BUNK
    To expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims

    The university administration debunked the myth that bunk beds are only for children by installing them in every dorm on campus.
  32. Dubious
    DOO bee us
    Doubtful; of unlikely authenticity

    Jerry's dubious claim that he could fly like Superman didn't win him any summer job offers.
  33. Duplicitous
    doo PLIS uh tus
    Deliberately deceptive

    The duplicitous man duplicated dollars and gave the counterfeits to unsuspecting vendors.
  34. Fabricate
    FAB ruh kayt
    To make up in order to deceive

    Fabio fabricated the story that he used to play drums for Metallica; he has never actually held a drumstick in his life.
  35. Fallacy
    FAL uh see
    A false notion

    The idea that there is only one college for you is a fallacy.
  36. Mendacious
    men DAY shus
    Lying; untruthful

    John's mendacious statements on the stand scaled his fate; he was found guilty of lying to the court about his role in the crime.
  37. Specious
    SPEE shus
    Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false

    Susie's specious argument seemed to make sense; but when I looked more closely, it was clearly illogical.
  38. Ambiguous
    am BIG yoo us
    Open to more than one interpretation

    Big's eyes were an ambiguous color: in some lights, brown, and in others, green.
  39. Ambivalent
    am BIV uh lint
    Simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain

    Amy felt ambivalent about her dance class: on one hand, she enjoyed the exercises, but on the other, the choice of dances bored her.
  40. Apathetic
    ap uh THET ik
    Feeling or showing little emotion

    The apathetic students didn't even bother to vote for class president.
  41. Capricious
    kuh PREE shus
    Impulsive and unpredictable

    The referee's capricious behavior angered the players; he would call a foul for minor contact, but ignore the elbowing and kicking.
  42. Equivocal
    e KWIV uh kul
    Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous (antonym: unequivocal)

    The politician made so many equivocal statements during the scandal that no one could be sure what, if anything, he had admitted to.
  43. Erratic
    e RAT ik
    Markedly inconsistent

    Erroll's erratic behavior made it difficult for his friends to predict what he would do in a given moment.
  44. Impetuous
    im PET choo us
    Suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate

    Mr. Limpet was so impetuous that we never knew what he would do next.
  45. Sporadic
    spo RAD ik
    Occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time.

    Storms in Florida are sporadic; it's hard to predict when they're going to occur.
  46. Impetus
    IM pit us
    An impelling force or stimulus

    A looming deadline provided Imelda with the impetus she needed to finish her research paper.
  47. Vacillate
    VA sil ayt
    To sway from one side to the other; oscillate

    The cook vacillated between favoring chicken and preferring fish; he just couldn't decide which to prepare.
  48. Whimsical
    WIM zi kul
    Characterized by whim; unpredictable

    Egbert rarely behaved as expected; indeed, he was a whimsical soul whose every decision was anybody's guess.
  49. Flag (v.)
    To decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to droop

    After several few days climbing mountains in pouring rain, our enthusiasm for the hiking trip began to flag.
  50. Jaded
    JAY did
    Worn out; wearied

    Jade's experience had jaded her; she no longer believed that the junk stacked in her garage was going to make her rich.