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09/14/2015

SAT Help: Vocabulary Words You Will Want to Know

SAT Vocabulary You Need to Know for the Test

While there are some tricks that can help you on the SAT, much of the vocabulary comes down to whether or not you know the word. If you don’t know it and you cannot figure it out, you are stuck. Try to learn as many words as you can using flash cards. Put the word on one side and the definition with a mnemonic device for helping you remember it on the other. Here are a few examples to get you started. Our mnemonic devices are merely suggestions. Use whatever works for you.

Abjure

v., to reject or renounce a belief, usually under pressure- Think of injure. When you are injured, you give up.

Abrogate

v., to formally revoke, deny, or abolish- We like to abolish rogues.

Acerbic

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

Amicable

adj., friendly- as in Italian for friend, amico.

Calumny

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

Deleterious

adj., harmful- because it deletes your health.

Engender

v., to cause, bring forth- When two genders couple, they bring forth offspring.

Imperious

adj., domineering- The ruler of the empire is always telling people what to do.

Inchoate

adj., still developing, not properly formed- Think of incipient, another SAT word with similar meaning. The baby is inchoate and still cannot articulate a complete sentence.

Perfidious

adj., disloyal- fidelity is loyalty, and perfidious is the opposite.

Pretentious

adj., pompous, self-important- because pretentious people pretend to be special when they really are not.

Sacrosanct

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

Tedium

n., boredom- Think of humdrum, or twiddling your fingers, saying “dium dium dium,” because you are bored.

Venerable

adj., respectable due to age or experience- similar to honorable veterans.

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