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SAT High Frequency 9

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 9

euphemism n. mild expression in place of an unpleasant one The expression "he passed away" is a euphemnism for "he died."
evanescent adj. fleeting; vanishing Brandon's satisfaction in his new job was evanescent, for he immediately began to notice its many drawbacks.
exacerbate v. worsen; embitter The latest bombing exacerbated England's already existing bitterness against the IRA, causing the prime minister to break off the peace talks abruptly.
exalt v. raise in rank or dignity; praise The actor Alec Guinness was exalted to the rank of knighthood by the queen.
excerpt n. selected passage (written or musical) The cinematic equivalent of an excerpt from a novel is a clip from a film.
execute v. put into effect; carry out The choreographer wanted to see how well she could execute a piroette.
exemplary adj. serving as a model; outstanding At commencement the dean praised Ellen for her exemplary behavior as class president.
exemplify v. serve as an example of; embody For a generation of balletgoers, Rudolf Nureyev exemplified the ideal of masculine grace.
exhaustive adj. thorough; comprehensive We have made an exhaustive study of all published SAT tests and are happy to share our research with you.
exhilarating adj. invigorating and refreshing; cheering Though some of the hikers found tramping through the snow tiring, Jeffrey found the walk on the cold, crisp day exhilarating.
exonerate v. acquit; exculpate The defense team feverishly soughtj fresh evidence that might exonerate their client.
expedient adj. suitable; practical; politic A pragmatic politician, he was guided by what was expedient rather than by what was ethical.
expedite v. hasten Because we are on a tight schedule, we hope you will be able to expedite the delivery of our order. The more expeditious your response is, the happier we'll be.
explicit adj. totally clear; definite; outspoken Don't just hint around that you're dissatisfied; be explicit about what's bugging you.
exploit v. make use of, sometimes unjustly Cesar Chavez fought attempts to exploit migrant farmworkers in California.
extol v. praise; glorify The president extolled the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Space Age.
extraneous adj. not essential; superfluous No wonder Ted can't think straight! His mind is so cluttered up with extraneous trivia, he can't concentrate on the essentials.
extricate v. free; disentangle Icebreakers were needed to extricate the trapped whales from the icy floes that closed them in.
exuberance n. overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness I was bowled over by the exuberance of Amy's welcome. What an enthusiastic welcome!
facilitate v. help bring about; make less difficult Rest and proper nourishment should facilitate the patient's recovery.
fallacious adj. false; misleading Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not aways yield erroneous results; even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct.
fallow adj. plowed by not sowed; uncultivated Farmers have learned that it is advisable to permit land to lie fallow every few years.
falter v. hesitate When told to dive off the high board, she did not falter, but proceeded at once.
fanaticism n. excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause When Islamic fundamentalists demanded the death of Salman Rushdie because his novel questioned their faith, world opinion condemned them for their fanaticism.
fastidious adj. difficult to please; squeamish Bobby was such a fastidious eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.
fathom v. comprehend; investigate I find his motives impossible to fathom; in fact, I'm totally clueless about what goes on in his mind.
feasible adj. practical Is it feasible to build a new stadium for the New York Yankees on New York's West Side? Without additional fundiing, the project is clearly unrealistic.
fell v. cut or knock down; bring down (with a missile) Crying "Timber!" Paul Bunyan felled the mighty redwood tree. Robin Hood loosed his arrow and felled the king's deer.
fervor n. glowing ardor; intensity of feeling At the protest rally, the students cheered the strikers and booed the dean with equal fervor.
eulogy n. expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death In stead of delivering a spoken eulogy at Genny's memorial service, Jeff sang a song he had written in her honor.
Created by: Karina Geneva