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08/14/2015

Words to Help You Ace SAT Vocabulary

Put these SAT words on one side of a flash card with the definition and a mnemonic device to help you remember them. The devices are merely suggestions, use whatever works best for you.

Acerbic

adj., harsh in tone or taste- Acerbic is like acidic, it hurts.

Approbation

n., praise- Approbation is similar to approval, strong approval.

Adumbrate

v., to sketch vaguely, summarize- A dumb rat will not give the cops all the details, just a vague outline.

Calumny

n., false accusation to try to hurt someone's reputation- Similar to libel, spreading lies about someone.

Conflagration

n., a great fire- Imagine a lot of flags burning. How terrible!

Diaphanous

adj., so thin that light gets through- Cellophane is diaphanous, because they come from the same root!

Feral

adj., wild, savage- You should fear all wild animals.

Inure

v., to cause to become accustomed to something, habituate- It's in your habit, so you are used to it.

Laconic

adj., terse, not talkative- Someone laconic shows a lack of words.

Magnanimous

adj., noble, generous- Magnificent people are very noble and generous.

Maudlin

adj., excessively sentimental or romantic- Think of effusive, another SAT with a similar meaning. Models in beauty pageants cry for no reason.

Officious

adj., offering unwanted help- Joe is always coming into the office and trying to help with our work, but ends up messing it up.

Replete

adj., full, abundant- Think of complete.

Reprobate

adj., evil, without principle- If you are reprobate, you get put on probation.

Sacrosanct

adj., holy, something that should not be criticized- Saints live in sanctity.

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