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.
, to reject or renounce a belief, usually under pressure- Think of injure. When you are injured, you give up.
, to formally revoke, deny, or abolish- We like to abolish rogues.
, harsh in tone or taste- Acerbic is like acidic, it hurts.
, friendly- as in Italian for friend, amico.
, false accusation to try to hurt someone’s reputation- Similar to libel, spreading lies about someone.
, harmful- because it deletes your health.
, to cause, bring forth- When two genders couple, they bring forth offspring.
, domineering- The ruler of the empire is always telling people what to do.
, 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.
, disloyal- fidelity is loyalty, and perfidious is the opposite.
, pompous, self-important- because pretentious people pretend to be special when they really are not.
, holy, something that should not be criticized- Saints live in sanctity.
, boredom- Think of humdrum, or twiddling your fingers, saying “dium dium dium,” because you are bored.
, respectable due to age or experience- similar to honorable veterans.
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