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SAT High Frequency 8

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 8

WordDefinitionSentence
eclectic adj. composed of elements drawn from disparate sources His style of interior decoration was eclectic; bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods, strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor.
edify v. instruct; correct morally Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused rather than enlightened.
efface v. rub out The coin had been handled so many times that its date had been effaced.
effervescence n. inner excitgement or exuberance; bubbling from fermentation or carbonation Nothing depressed Sue for long; her natural effervescence soon reasserted itself. Soda that loses its effervescence goes flat.
egotistical adj. excessively self-centered; self-important; conceited Typical egotistical remark: "But enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk about what's really important -- me!"
elated adj. overjoyed; in high spirits Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her fifth Olympic gold medal.
elegy n. poem or song expressing lamentation On the death of Edward King, Milton composed the elegy "Lycidas."
elicit v. draw out by discussion The detectives tried to elicit where he had hidden his loot.
eloquence n. expressiveness; persuasive speech The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.
elucidate v. explain; enlighted He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.
elusive adj. evasive; baffling; hard to grasp Trying to pin down exactly when the contractors would be finished remodeling the house, Nancy was frustrated by their elusive replies.
emaciated adj. thin and wasted Many severe illnesses leave their victims so emaciated that they must gain back their lost weight before they can fully recover.
embellish v. adorn; ornament The costume designer embellished the leading lady's ball gownj with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.
emend v. correct; correct by a critic The critic emended the book by selecting the passages which he thought most appropriate to the text.
emulate v. imitate; rival In a brief essay, describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.
endorse v. approve; support Everyone waited to see which one of the rival candidates for the city council the mayor would endorse.
enhance v. increase; improve You can enhance your chances of being admitted to the colege of your choice by learning to write well; an excellent essay can enhance any application.
enigma n. puzzle; mystery "What do women want?" asked Dr. Sigmund Freud. Their behavior was an enigma to him.
enmity n. ill will; hatred At Camp David, President Carter labored to bring an end to the enmity that prevented the peaceful coexistence of Egypt and Israel.
ephemeral adj. short-lived; fleeting The mayfly is an ephemeral creature; its adult life lasts little more than a day.
equanimity n. calmness of temperament; composure Even the inevitable strains of caring for an ailing mother did not disturb Bea's equanimity.
equitable adj. fair, impartial I am seeking an equitable solution to this dispute, one that will be fair and acceptable to both sides.
equivocal adj. ambiguous; intentionally misleading Rejecting the candidate's equivocal comments on tax reform, the reporters pressed him to state cearl where he stood on the issue.
erroneous adj. mistaken; wrong I thought my answer was correct, but it was erroneous.
erudite adj. learned; scholarly Huizinga's prose was entertaining as well as erudite, lively as well as learned.
esoteric adj. hard to understand; known only to the chosen few The New Yorker short stories often include esoteric allusions to obscure people and events; the implication is, if you are in the in-crowd, you'll get the reference, if you come from Cleveland, you won't.
ebullient adj. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm Amy's ebullient nature could not be repressed; she was always bubbling over with excitement
Created by: Karina Geneva on 2012-01-30



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