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SAT High Frequency 1

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 1

abridge v. condense or shorten Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to abridge the novel.
abstemious adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
abstract adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
abstruse adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand Baffled by the abstruse philosophical texts assigned in class, Dave asked Lexy to explain Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
accessible adj. easy to approach; obtainable We asked our guide whether the ruins were accessible on foot.
acclaim v. applaud; anounce with great approval. (Also a noun.) The NBC sportscasters acclaimed every American victory in the Olympics and decried every American defeat.
accolade n. award of merit In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest accolade.
acknowledge v. recognize, admit Although Iris acknowledged that the Beatles' tunes sounded pretty dated nowadays, she still preferred them to the hip-hop songs her brothers played.
acquiesce v. assent, agree without protesting Although she appeared to acquiesce to her employer's suggestions, I could tell she had reservations about the changes he wanted made.
acrid adj. sharp, bitterly pungent The acrid odor of burnt gunpowder filled the room after the pistol had been fired.
acrimonious adj. bitter in words or manner The candidate attacked his opponent in highly acrimonious terms.
adulation n. flattery; admiration The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes men.
adversary n. opponent The young wrestler struggled to defeat his adversary.
adversity n. unfavorable fortune; hardship; a calamitous event According to the humorist, Mark Twain, anyone can easily learn to endure adversity, as long as it is another man's.
advocate v. urge, plead for (also a noun) The abolitionists advocated freedom for the slaves.
aesthetic adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Esther's aesthetic sense.
affable adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly Nicholas was amazed at how affable his new employer was.
affirmation n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take oath Despite Tom's affirmations of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
aggregate v. gather, accumulate Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers in so-called junk bonds managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time.
alleviate v. relieve This should alleviate the pain; if it does not we shall have to use stronger drugs.
aloof adj. apart; reserved Shy by nature, she remained aloof while all the rest conversed.
altruistic adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others In providing tutorial assistance and college scholarships for hundreds of economically disadvantaged youths, Eugene Lang performed a truly altruistic deed.
ambiguous adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take
ambivalence n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating themn the next, she was confused by the ambivalene of her feelings.
abate v. subside; decrease, lessen Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
Created by: Karina Geneva