SAT VOCAB midterm
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SAT VOCAB midterm
marked by grandeur and awe
The coronation of the queen was an august occasion that was full of pomp and circumstance.
subsidiary; providing assistance
The senior executive of the firm hired an ancillary worker to do his filing and typing
an outward likeness in form or appearance
The suspect's alibi was only a partial semblance of the truth.
a self-taught person
With accomplishments in law, politics, and literature, Abe Lincoln is perhaps the most famous autodidact in American history.
exhibiting poor judgment or intelligence
Jonah revealed his asinine tendencies when he rudely insulted the rabbi
although; even though
It was rainy and miserable all summer, albeit good for the crops.
a means by which something is transmitted
The telephone wire must be plugged into the conduit for the computer to connect to the Internet
one who collects stamps
As a prominent philatelist, Dr. James has over ten thousand stamps in his collection.
tireless; incapable of being fatigued
Dave was so passionate about his work that he seemed almost indefatigable to the rest of the group
(noun) one who suffers or sacrifices for a cause
Martin Luther King Jr. became a martyr for the civil rights movement when an assassin killed him.
a minor misdeed
If it is scandalous enough, a single indiscretion can cost a politician his or her career
a gradual, often unconscious, process of absorption
Living in a foreign country allowed Jerry to learn its language by osmosis
(adj) of very little value; trivial
Mike's picayune collection of toy trucks had more sentimental value than the few dollars it would get at auction
a file of detailed information on a person or subject
The police had a large dossier on the man accused of the theft
a command or urgent request
Tyler grudgingly obeyed his mother's behest to come home early after the school dance.
not concert; free from care
Jenna's insouciant attitude made her easy to befriend
without force or movement; stationary
The old truck remained static in the front yard because it was out of gasoline
to specify a required part of an agreement
The developer stipulated that before construction could begin, the homeowners must first provide a down payment.
(noun) the general spirit of the time
Some consider the zeitgeist of the 1960's to be one of moral decay, while others see it as a time of reform
(verb) to grow or reproduce rapidly
The plant food enabled Bob's irises to proliferate throughout the flower bed.
a belief or principle held to be true
Belief in the Holy Trinity is one of the main tenets of Christianity
to think deeply or repeatedly
The great philosopher could often be found ruminating over the questions of humanity
alert at all times; watchful
The family;s watchdog remained vigiland during the day, but fell into a deep sleep at night
someone who disagrees
The dissidents of the proposed welfare bill staged a protest
rude in speech or behavior; peevish
Mike's petulant remarks toward his boss earned him a demotion and a cut in pay
not the original; coming from another source
The modern English word 'engine'' is a derivative of the Latin word ''ingenium''
an award or honor
The reporter received accolade for her newest article that uncovered a serious money-laundering scandal.
to disapprove or to take exception
Martin demurred when Sandy suggested that they spend Friday evening at the ballet.
The warm, limpid waters of the Aegean Sea provide excellent snorkeling opportunities
(adj) tending to cause discontent, harm, or resentment; offensively unfiar
having a rich,smoothly flowing sound
The singer's mellifluous voice contributed to the relaxed atmosphere of the lounge
taking pleasure in food and drink
The epicurean chef taught his student not only how to cook food, but also how to enjoy it.
the complete work of an artist\
Shakespeare's oeuvre is one of the most repeated groups of literary works ever written
a person with the ability to resolve a disagreement; a judge
The principle ended the conflict by acting as an arbiter between the two angry students.
fresh and green, referring to plant life
The verdant landscape reminded the O'Connells of their native Ireland so much that they decided to build a home there.
unpredictable action or behavior
Kristin;s vagaries prevented her from holding a job as an air traffic controller
The student's vacuous expression revealed his failure to study for the test
a wearing down over time
The company faced a severe attrition of its stock price because of the bad publicity.
(noun) a prototype or original model
The archetype for the first airplane was only a toy model, but it has led modern jets and supersonic planes
formal approval of an act
The president gave his approbation for the rescue of ten citizens who were being held hostage at a foreign embassy.
to grow, expand, or bloom
Increased colonization caused the island city to burgeon
an equal measure; corresponding in size and measurement
Thought Margie and Liz attended different universities, they received commensurate educations.
a surprising, brilliant, and usually successful act
The rebels planned a coup to overthrow the current Prime Minister and install a new leader
not spiritual or religious; worldly
Many religions warn of the dangers of the secular world because they believe it is full of sin
not able to be conquered; impenetrable
The Greek warriors were unable to conquer the impregnable Trojan fortress
an intense dislike or fear of strangers or foreigners
Tim's xenophobia gave him an unwarranted hatred for immigrants coming to America
Exhaust and air-pollution are inherent features and drawbacks of the automobile
John's irreverent attitude toward his pastor embarrassed and angered his mother
to dominate, conquer, or bring under control
Plantation owners subjugated their slaves and forced them to do manual labor
to increase the rate of progress
More construction workers were brought on to the project to help expedite the construction of the new bridge
to attempt to block a bill from becoming law by speaking at length against it
the Senator from Mississippi gave an eight-hour speech to filibuster the new tax bill
pure; completely clean and uncontaminated
The vast, pristine wilderness of northern Alaska is too cold and remote for most people to inhabit
full meaning; concise
The pithy statements in greeting cards are often short and sweet
an insult or abuse in speech
Scott's invective, aimed at his teacher, resulted in an immediate trip to the principal's office
reckless, wasteful, and extravagant
The prodigal actor was notorious for his lavish, excessive, and unruly lifestyle.
easily bent or flexible
NASA had to devise a new, more pliable spacesuit for astronauts working on the space station
losing motion, feeling or power; lacking in energy
The sleeping gas caused the hero's mind to become torpid
not dense or thick; having little substance
Even though it was published, the dissertation put forth a very tenuous theory on intelligence
being in disagreement
The angry and discordant voices echoed throughout the conference room
careful;heedful;attentive to all points
Although I tried to be circumspect when packing for camp, I never guessed that I should have packed an extra clock
a gentle breeze (sometimes specifically the West Wind)
A sweet-smelling zephyr ruffled the laundry on the line
one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor; outlaw
the members of the old party called him a renegade; the members of his new party called him a patriot
(noun) something justly deserved
, especially a punishment
The boys had to spend the weekend picking up litter in retribution for having spray-painted graffiti on the bus
to move or to fling swiftly and with great force
The big fullback hurtled his way through the defensive line and scored the winning touchdown
a person or thing that causes great trouble or misfortune
Cancer remains one of the worst scourges of mankind
biting; stingingly sharp or sarcastic
Because of his caustic comments, his wife finally left him.
not fond of talking; usually silent
We were amazed when the taciturn young man signed up for public speaking
one who believes that the existence of God can neither be proved nor disproved
Although he did not officially believe in god, the agnostic sometimes prayed ''just in case''
brief and to the point
Julia didn't give me any details about her break-up, just a terse, ''it's over.''
weird; strange; so keen or acute as to seem bizarre
Tess had an uncanny memory for details; she knew exactly what she had worn on any given day for the past eleven years
a mass departure or emigration
The many defeated tribes made a speedy exodus from the war-torn valley
remorseful; sorry for having done wrong
Seeing the boy's penitent expression, the judge was easier on him than he might otherwise have been.
to clear of suspicious or accusations.
Darren sued for libel in order to vindicate his reputation
good-humored ridicule or teasing
James much prefers Carson's raillery to the cynical slur of other comedians
to cause resentment; to provoke
The old gentleman was piqued because he was not given a seat at the head table
the scientific study of the structure sounds, and meaning of language
/the professor of linguistics explained how English evolved from a number of languages.
a commoner; one from the lower class
(adj) common or vulgar
: Seniors treated the freshman as though they were plebeians
: The baroness refused to do the plebeian chores of cooking and cleaning.
showing early development, especially mental
Anthony was such a precocious three-year-old that he could already play the violin well.
inclined to prey on others
The buzzard is scavenger, but the hawk is predatory animal
superior skill or ability
Ty's physical prowess was matched by his superior mental ability
eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome
Because he was so pugnacious, he had few friends.
They had not planned to purloin the jewels, but the temptation was too great.
The Wizard of Oz granted the pusillanimous lion his wish to have courage.
to put an end to; to allay or quiet
The police were called in to quell the riot
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
As a young man, he had the quixotic notion that he could single-handedly end poverty in the country.
a disorderly crowd, a mob
The guards had to protect the president from the rabble in the streets
After working out, Chrissy had a rabid thirst and drank two gallons of water.
a person skilled at telling stories
An exceptional raconteur, Lorna held the whole audience spellbound with her stories.
seeking revenge; bearing a grudge
Out of some vindictive urge, Steve slashed his ex-girlfriend's tires.