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SAT Vocab

Lesson 6

Antiquated obsolete, out of fashion, no longer usable We can not afford to have antiquated military forces or technology.
Arable fit for plowing, tillable A farmer needs arable soil to produce healthy crops.
Ascendancy domination; growing power The United States would not patiently submit to the ascendancy of Hitler.
Atrophy to waste away, to wither His hunger strike caused his body to atrophy.
Clandestine secret The CIA is involved in many clandestine activities.
Conciliate to reconcile, to pacify, to renew a friendship My husband tried to conciliate me with a dozen roses and some chocolates after forgetting our anniversary.
Cursory superficial, casual, hastily done He gave only cursory consideration to my suggestion.
Derision scoffing at, mockery, ridicule The boy received much derision for his plaid gym shorts.
Enmity absolute hatred I have a lot of enmity for people who provide illegal drugs to children.
Extricate to free, to disentangle He could not extricate himself from the trap.
Forbearance patience, lenience Because he is young and foolish, we must have forbearance in dealing with him.
Frivolous lacking in seriousness or importance A teacher should limit frivolous behavior in the classroom.
Garrulous talkative, rambling He was so garrulous that he repeated himself many times.
Impetuous violent, hasty, rash, impulsive His impetuous behavior caused him to make many mistakes.
Industrious skillfully busy or occupied The industrious student uses his time wisely.
Infamous having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was an infamous act.
Insolence insulting or contemptuous behavior His insolence and lack of respect for his mother are shocking.
Levity excessive frivolity, flippancy It was inappropriate for him to insert some levity into the funeral service.
Oblivion state of being forgotten Until the singer's recent hit, his career had fallen into oblivion.
Paradoxical something that appears false or contradictory but is actually correct The term "walking dead" is paradoxical.
Perjury false testimony under oath He was charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury.
Rancor bitter deep-seated ill will, enmity I was full of rancor when I learned that the men had killed my parents.
Sycophant a self-serving flatterer, a brownnoser A wise ruler will ignore the many sycophants who will try to gain his attention.
Vacillating changing, fluctuating I have vacillating opinions concerning my future. One day I think I'll be a doctor; the next, a circus clown.
Vivid bright, distinct, and clear I have vivid memories of my trip to Europe.
Created by: Mr. Battaglini