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SAT High Frequency 6

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 6

WordDefinitionSentence
deference n. courteous regard for another's wish In deference to the minister's request, please do not take photgraphs during the wedding service.
degradation n. humiliation; debasement; degeneration Some secretaries object to fetching the boss a cup of coffee because they resent the degradation of being made to do such lowly tasks.
dehydrate v. remove water from; dry out Running under a hot sun quickly dehydrates the body; joggers soon learn to carry water bottles and to drink from them frequently.
deleterious adj. harmful If you believe that smoking is deleterious to your health (and the Surgeon General certainly does), then quit!
delineate v. portray; depict; sketch Using only a few descriptive phrases, Austen delineates the character of Mr. Collins so well that we can predict his every move.
denounce v. condemn; criticize The reform candidate denounced the corrupt city officers for having betrayed the public's trust.
deplore v. regret; disapprove of Although I deplore the vulgarity of your language, I defend your right to express yourself freely.
depose v. dethrone; remove from office The army attempted to depose the king and set up a military government.
depravity n. extreme corruption; wickedness The depravity of Caligula's behaviour came to sicken even those who had willingly participated in his earlier, comparatively innocent orgies.
deprecate v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post deprecated the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
deride v. ridicule; make fun of The critics derided his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously.
derivative adj. unoriginal; derived from another source Although her early poetry was clearly derivative in nature, the critics thought she had promise and eventually would find her own voice.
desiccate v. dry up A tour of this smokehouse will give you an idea of how the pioneers used to desiccate food in order to preserve it.
despondent adj. depressed; gloomy To thje dismay of his parents, William became seriously despondent after he broke up with Jan; they despaired of finding a cure for his gloom.
detached. adj. emotionally removed; calm and objective; physically unconnected. A psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his or her patients' personal lives. To a child growing up in an apartment or row house, to live in a detached house was an unattainable dream.
deterrent n. something that discourages; hindrance Does the threat of capital punishment serve as a deterrent to potential killers?
detrimental adj. harmful; damaging The candidate's acceptance of major financial contributions from a well-known racist ultimately proved detrimental to his campaign, for he lost the backing of many of his early grassroots supporters.
devious adj. roundabout; erratic; not straightforward (usually in a sneaky or dastardly way) The Joker's plan was so devious that it was only with great difficult we could follow its shifts and dodges.
devise v. think up; invent; plan How clever he must be to have devised such a devious plan! What ingenious inventions might he have devised if he had turned his mind to science and not to crime.
diffidence n. shyness You must overcome your diffidence if you intend to become a salesperson.
diffuse adj. wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas) If you pay authors by the word, you tempt them to produce diffuse manuscripts ranther than brief ones.
digression n. wandering away from the subject Nobody minded when Professor Renoir's lectures wandered away from their official theme; his digressions were almost always more fascinating than the topic of the day.
dilatory adj. delaying If you are dilatory in paying bills, your credit rating may suffer.
diligence n. steadiness of effort; persistent hard work Her employers were greatly impressed by her diligence and offered her a partnership in the firm.
decorum n. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners Even the best-mannered students have trouble behaving with decorum on the last day of school.
Created by: Karina Geneva on 2012-01-30



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