Presentation on theme: "SAT Vocabulary WEEK 2/27/2012. Alacrity \ah LACK ri tee\ (n.) cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed The eager dog obeyed with great alacrity, fetching."— Presentation transcript:
SAT Vocabulary WEEK 2/27/2012
Alacrity \ah LACK ri tee\ (n.) cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed The eager dog obeyed with great alacrity, fetching the stick that had been tossed for him.
Benevolent \bu NEV uh lint\ (adj.) friendly and helpful Erika and Jose volunteer at the shelter, which is typical of their benevolent natures.
Calamity \ka LAM uh tee\ (n.) Harmful – disaster, catastrophe Last year’s formal dance was a calamity ; the band was an hour late, and the food was spoiled.
Enervate \EN er vayt\ (v.) Weak, to weaken, to sap strength from The guerillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would enervate the regular army.
Enfranchise \en FRAN chiyz\ (v.) ADD – to give the right to vote American women were not enfranchised until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.
Flourish \FLUR ish\ (v.) PRODUCTIVE – prosper, thrive While one immigrant family had a hard time and was unable to survive in their new country, the second family flourished in their new home.
Intrepid \in TREP id\ (adj.) brave, fearless The intrepid explorer entered the ominous-looking cave without a moment’s hesitation.
Jubilation \JOO bi LAY shin\ (n.) happy, joy, celebration, exultation Tales of the teams jubilation became legendary when the celebration of their victory lasted an entire month.
Larceny \LAR suh nee\ (n.) theft of property The crime of stealing a wallet can be categorized as petty larceny.
Lithe /LIYTH/ (adj.) flexible, moving and bending with ease; graceful The lithe movements of the dancers were the result of months of grueling practice.
Lummox \LUM iks\ (n.) Clumsy, oafish Having already broken three crystal bowls, the lummox was forever banned from the antique store.
Maxim \MAK sim\ (n.) Belief, fundamental principle Abby tried her best to live her life according to the maxim “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Mitigate \MIT ih gayt\ (v.) Soothe – To soften or make milder A judge may mitigate a sentence if she decides that a person committed a crime out of need.
Modicum \MOH di kum\ (n.) small or token amount When teachers walk into their classrooms, they expect at least a modicum of respect from their students.
Paradox \PAR uh doks\ (n.) Contradiction, dilemma, puzzle It is a paradox that those most in need of medical attention are often those least able to obtain it.
Proliferate \pro LIF uh rayt\ (v.) Increase – propagate, reproduce, enlarge, expand He only had two guinea pigs initially, but they proliferated to such an extent that he soon had dozens.
Quandary \KWAN du ree\ Indecisive – predicament, dilemma The ruler realized he was in a quandary when the public demanded the insurgent’s release.
Raucous \RAW kus\ Harsh sounding, boisterous The primary school cafeteria was a raucous place at lunchtime.
Repudiate \re PYOO dee ayt\ Disapprove – to reject as having no authority The old woman’s claim that she was Russian royalty was repudiated when DNA tests showed that she was unrelated to the royal family.
Revelry \REV ul ree\ Happy – boisterous festivity An atmosphere of revelry filled the school after its basketball team’s surprising victory.
Sagacious \su GAY shiss\ (adj.) Intelligent – wise, shrewd Owls have a reputation for being sagacious, perhaps because their big eyes resemble glasses.
Stealth \STELTH\ (n.) Hidden – the act of moving in a covert way The special units traveled by stealth so the enemy scouts would not detect their position.
Synergy \SIN er jee\ Cooperative interaction producing greater results Improved synergy among team members helped to produce a better product than had been developed a year earlier.
Thwart \THWART\ To stop, block or prevent from happening Our efforts to build a skate park were thwarted by a lack of funds.
Vicarious \viy KAYR ee us\ Inactive, second hand experience, endured on behalf of another Although Yuri had never travelled outside his hometown, he felt vicarious thrills of adventure through the many novels he read.