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SAT High Freq. 10

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 10

flagrant adj. conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a flagrant violation of the state laws against nepotism (favoritism based on kinship).
florid adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery If you go to Florida and get a sunburn, your complexion will look florid. If your postcards about the trip praise Florida in flowery words, your prose sounds florid.
foolhardy adj. rash Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people before undertaking this venture.
frivolous adj. lacking in seriousness; self-indlgently carefree; relatively unimportant Though Nancy enjoyed Bill's frivolous, lighthearted companionship, she sometimes wondered whether he could be serious.
frugality n. thrift; economy In economically hard times, anyone who doesn't learn to practice frugality risks bankruptcy.
furtive adj. stealthy; sneaky Noticing the furtive glance the customer gave the diamond bracelet on the counter, the jeweler wondered whether he had a potential shoplifter on his hands.
garrulous adj. loquacious; wordy; talkative My Uncle Henry is the most garrulous person in Cayuga County; he can outtalk anyone I know.
glacial adj. like a glacier; extremely cold Never a warm person, when offended John could seem positively glacial.
glutton n. someone who eats too much When Mother saw that Bobby had eaten all the cookies, she called him a little glutton.
gratify v. please Lori's parents were gratified by her successful performance on the SAT.
gratuitous adj. given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for Quit making gratuitous comments about my driving; no one asked you for your opinion.
gravity n. seriousness We could tell we were in serious trouble from the gravity of the principal's expression.
gregarious adj. sociable Typically, partygoers are gregarious; hermits are not.
guile n. deceit; duplicigty; wiliness; cunning Iago uses considerable guile to trick Othello into believing that Desdemons has been unfaithful.
gullible adj. easily deceived Overly gullible people have only themselves to blame if they fall for con artists repeatedly.
hackneyed adj. commonplace; trite When the reviewer criticized the movie for its hackneyed plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.
hamper v. obstruct The new mother didn't realize how much the effort of caring for an infant would hamper her ability to keep an immaculate house.
hardy adj. sturdy; robust; able to stand inclement weather We asked the gardening expert to recommend some particularly hardy plants that could withstand our harsh New England winters.
haughtiness n. pride; arrogance When she realized that Darcy believed himself too good to dance with his inferious, Elizabeth took great offense at his haughtiness.
hedonist n. one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life A thoroughgoing hedonist, he considered only his own pleasure and ignored any claims others had on his money or time.
heresy n. opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion Galileo's assertion that the earth moved around the sun directly contradicted the religious teachings of his day; as a result, he was tried for heresy.
hierarchy n. arrangement by rank or standiing; authoritarian body divided into ranks To be low man on the totem pole is to have an inferior place in the hierarchy.
homogeneous adj. of the same kind Because the student body at Elite Prep was so homogeneous, Sara and James decided to send their daughter to a school that offered greater cultural diversity.
hyupocritical adj. pretending to be virtuous; deceiving It was hypocritical of Martha to say nice things about my poetry to me and then make fun of my verses behind my back.
hypothetical adj. based on assumptions or hypotheses; supposed Suppose you are accepted by Harvard, Stamford and Brown. Which one would you choose to attend? Remember, this is only a hypothetical situation.
iconoclastic adj. attacking cherished traditions Deeply iconoclastic, Jean Genet deliberately set out to shock conventional theatergoers with his radical plays.
idiosyncrasy n. individual trait, usually odd in nature; eccentricity One of Richard Nixon's little idiosyncrasies was his liking for ketchup on cottage cheese.
ignominy n. deep disgrace, shame or dishonor To lose the Ping-Pong match to a trained chimpanzee!! How could Rollo stand the ignominy of his defeat?
illicit adj. illegal The defense attorney maintained that his client had never performed any illicit action.
fitful adj. spasmodic, intermittent After several fitful attempt, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.
Created by: Karina Geneva