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SAT Vocabulary WEEK 2/27/2012. Alacrity \ah LACK ri tee\  (n.) cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed  The eager dog obeyed with great alacrity, fetching.

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1 SAT Vocabulary WEEK 2/27/2012

2 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.

3 Benevolent \bu NEV uh lint\  (adj.) friendly and helpful  Erika and Jose volunteer at the shelter, which is typical of their benevolent natures.

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 Intrepid \in TREP id\  (adj.) brave, fearless  The intrepid explorer entered the ominous-looking cave without a moment’s hesitation.

9 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.

10 Larceny \LAR suh nee\  (n.) theft of property  The crime of stealing a wallet can be categorized as petty larceny.

11 Lithe /LIYTH/  (adj.) flexible, moving and bending with ease; graceful  The lithe movements of the dancers were the result of months of grueling practice.

12 Lummox \LUM iks\  (n.) Clumsy, oafish  Having already broken three crystal bowls, the lummox was forever banned from the antique store.

13 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.”

14 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.

15 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.

16 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.

17 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.

18 Quandary \KWAN du ree\  Indecisive – predicament, dilemma  The ruler realized he was in a quandary when the public demanded the insurgent’s release.

19 Raucous \RAW kus\  Harsh sounding, boisterous  The primary school cafeteria was a raucous place at lunchtime.

20 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.

21 Revelry \REV ul ree\  Happy – boisterous festivity  An atmosphere of revelry filled the school after its basketball team’s surprising victory.

22 Sagacious \su GAY shiss\  (adj.) Intelligent – wise, shrewd  Owls have a reputation for being sagacious, perhaps because their big eyes resemble glasses.

23 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.

24 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.

25 Thwart \THWART\  To stop, block or prevent from happening  Our efforts to build a skate park were thwarted by a lack of funds.

26 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.


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