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SAT/ACT Vocabulary

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SAT/ACT Vocabulary

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  1. SAT/ACT Vocabulary Overview and Unit 1

  2. Vocabulary Overview • Every week, you will receive 20 vocabulary words that are often found on the SAT and ACT. • You will create vocabulary flashcards for all 20 words; these cards are due on Wednesdays • Quizzes are CUMULATIVE, and there will be a test (in place of the quiz) every five units.

  3. Overview, Pt. II • 13 of the 20 words will be required for everyone to know • 7 of the 20 words will be “Challenge Words” – you still make flashcards for these words, but they will only be included as Extra Credit on vocabulary quizzes • Challenge Words will be marked with an asterisk (*) on vocabulary lists – you should also mark them on your flashcards

  4. Vocabulary Flashcards • Flashcards should be 4x6 or 5x8 • Divide your cards on both sides like this:

  5. Side 1 • Upper-Left Corner: Vocabulary Word in large letters, part of speech in parentheses next to the word (an abbreviation is fine) • Upper-Right Corner: Word Forms, or variations the word has depending on context and usage (shifts in part of speech, verb tense, etc.) *At Least TWO word forms per card

  6. Side 1, Part II • Bottom of Side 1: • Meaningful Sentence using the word with context clues • Picture / visual image illustrating the vocab. word Vocabulary Word with part of speech Two alternate Word Forms Meaningful sentence using vocabulary word and context clues and a visual image representing the vocabulary word.

  7. Side 2 • Upper-Left Corner: Synonyms • Upper-Right Corner: Antonyms • I will give you some synonyms and antonyms each week. You are responsible for generating ONE additional synonym AND antonym for each word. • Bottom of Side 2: Full definition Synonyms Antonyms Full Definition

  8. Approbation • (noun) the expression of approval or favorable opinion; praise; official approval Synonyms: commendation, sanction Antonyms: disapproval; censure; condemnation

  9. Assuage • (verb) to make easier, milder; to relieve; to quiet or calm; to put an end to Synonyms: calm, alleviate, relax Antonyms: intensify, aggravate, exacerbate

  10. *Coalition • (n) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose Synonyms: alliance, league, federation Antonyms: splinter group, faction

  11. *Decadence • (n) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of excessive self-indulgence Synonyms: degeneration; corruption Antonyms: rise, growth, development, maturation

  12. Elicit • (verb) to draw forth; to bring out from a source Synonyms: extract, pull out, evoke Antonyms: repress, quash, squelch, stifle

  13. *Expostulate • (v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of action or decision by earnest reasoning Synonyms: protest, remonstrate, complain

  14. Hackneyed • LOL      • (adjective) used so often that it lacks freshness or originality Synonyms: trite, corny, overdone Antonyms: fresh, original, new, novel

  15. Hiatus • (noun) a gap, an opening, or a break; a pause Synonyms: vacation, time off Antonyms: continuity, continuation

  16. Innuendo • (noun) a hint or indirect suggestion, often in a negative sense Synonyms: insinuation, intimation Antonym: direct statement

  17. Intercede • (v) to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement Synonyms: intervene, mediate

  18. Jaded • (adjective) wearied, worn-out, dulled Synonyms: spoiled, overindulged; sated, cloyed Antonyms: unspoiled, uncloyed

  19. Lurid • (adjective) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale in color Synonyms: gruesome, gory, grisly, horrible Antonyms: pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome

  20. Meritorious • (adjective) worthy; deserving fame, praise, or recognition Synonyms: praiseworthy, commendable, valuable Antonyms: blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable

  21. Petulant • (adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset Synonyms: irritable, testy, waspish Antonyms: even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable

  22. *Prerogative • (n) special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence Synonyms: perk, perquisite

  23. *Provincial • (adjective) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind and outlook; countrified in the sense of being limited and backward Synonyms: old-fashioned, naïve, narrow-minded Antonyms: cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded

  24. Simulate • (v) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of Synonyms: feign, pretend, affect

  25. Transcend • (verb) to rise above or beyond; to exceed Synonyms: surpass, outstrip

  26. *Umbrage • (n) an overshadowing influence of power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion Synonyms: irritation, pique, annoyance Antonyms: pleasure, delight, satisfaction

  27. *Unctuous • (adj) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of sincerity Synonyms: servile, fawning, greasy Antonyms: blunt, gruff