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SAT High Frequency 2

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 2

anachronistic adj. having an error involving time in a story The reference to clocks in "Julius Caesar" is anachronistic; clocks did not exist in Caesar's time.
analogous adj. comparable She called our attention to the things that had been done in an analogous situation and recommended that we do the same.
anarchist n. person who seeks to overtun the established government; advocate of abolishing authority Denying she was an anarchist, Katya maintained she wished only to make changes in our government, not to destroy it entirely.
anecdote n. short account of an amusing or interesting event Rather than make concrete proposals for welfare reform, President Reagan told anecdotes about poor people who became wealthy despite their impoverished backgrounds.
animosity n. active enmity He incurred the animosity of the ruling class because he advocated limitations of their power.
anomaly n. irregularity A bird that cannot fly is an abomaly.
antagonism n. hostility; active resistance Barry showed his antagonism toward his new stepmother by ignoring her whenever she tried talking to him.
antediluvian adj. antiquated, extremely ancient Looking at his great aunt's antique furniture, which must ha e been cluttering up her attic since the time of Noah's flood, the young heir exclaimed, "Heavens! How positively antediluvian!"
antidote n. medicine to counteract a poison or disease When Marge's child accidentally swallowed some cleaning fluid, the local poison control hotline instructed Marge how to administer the antidote.
antipathy n. adversion; dislike Tom' extreme antipathy for disputes keeps him from getting into arguments with his temperamental wife. Noise in any form is antipathetic to him. Among his other antipathies are honking cars, loud boom boxes and heavy metal rock.
antiquated adj. old-fashioned; obsolete Philip had grown so accustomed to editing his papers on word processors that he thought typewriters were too antiquated for him to use.
apathy n. lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote.
apocryphal adj. untrue; made up To impress his friends, Tom invented apocryphal tales of his adventures in the big city.
appease v. pacify or soothe; relieve Kevin and Karen tried to appease the crying baby by offering him one toy after another, but he would not calm down until they appeased his hunger by giving him a bottle.
apprehension n. fear His nervous glances at the passersby on the deserted street revealed his apprehension.
arable adj. fit for growing crops The first settlers wrote home glowiing reports of the New World, praising its vast acres of arable land ready for the plow.
arbitrary adj. caprecious; randomly chosen; tyrannical Tom's arbitrary dismissal angered him; his boss had no reason to fire him.
archaic adj. antiquted "Methinks," "thee," and "thou" are archaic words that are no longer part of our normal vocabulary.
ardent adj. intense; passionate; zedalous Katya's ardor was contagious; soon all her fellow demonstrators were busily making posters and handing out flyers, inspired by her ardent enthusiasm for the cause.
arrogance n. pride; haughtiness Convinced that Emma thought she was better than anyone else in the class, Ed rebuked her for her arrogance.
articulate adj. effective, distinct Her articulate presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.
artifact n. object made by human beings, either handmade or mas-produced. Archeologists debated the significance of the artifacts discovered in the ruins of Asia Minor but came to no conclusion about the culture they represented.
ascendancy n. controlling influence; domination Leaders of religious cults maintain ascendancy over their followers by methods that can verge on brainwashing.
ascetic adj. practicing self-denial; austere The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict ascetic life led by some members of monastic orders.
amorphous adj. formless; lacking shape or definition As soon as we have decided on our itinerary, we shall send you a copy; right now, our plans are still amorphous.
Created by: Karina Geneva