English Vocabulary Flash Cards: SAT Vocabulary Power (6-58)

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abscission
  • the act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation
  • to depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest
anew
  • once more
  • saintly
assimilate
  • to adapt
  • resemblance or correspondence in sound
biology
  • the science of life or living organisms
  • an animal having two feet
cataclysm
  • any overwhelming flood of water
  • opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness
compunction
  • remorseful feeling
  • to ascertain by mathematical calculation
cornucopia
  • the horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity
  • a proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration
deform
  • to disfigure
  • a disfigurement
disagree
  • to be opposite in opinion
  • to withhold permission or sanction
drought
  • dry weather, especially when so long continued as to cause vegetation to wither
  • heavy with sleepiness
entomology
  • the branch of zoology that treats of insects
  • pl. The internal parts of an animal
external
  • anything relating or belonging to the outside
  • being no longer in existence
formidable
  • difficult to accomplish
  • fixed rule or set form
grotto
  • a small cavern
  • a pavement or floor or any supporting surface on which one may walk
illusory
  • deceiving or tending to deceive, as by false appearance
  • that can be imagined or conceived in the mind
inquisition
  • a court or tribunal for examination and punishment of heretics
  • given to questioning, especially out of curiosity
insatiable
  • that desires or craves immoderately or unappeasably
  • to enter in a book, or on a list, roll, or document, by writing
inspector
  • an official appointed to examine or oversee any matter of public interest or importance
  • a single occurrence or happening of a given kind
intellectual
  • characterized by intelligence
  • capacity to know or understand
invective
  • an utterance intended to cast censure, or reproach
  • to utter vehement censure or invective
irreverence
  • the quality showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things
  • showing or expressing a deficiency of veneration, especially for sacred things
itinerary
  • a detailed account or diary of a journey
  • to wander from place to place
kilowatt
  • one thousand watts
  • a loose robe, fastening with a sash, the principal outer garment in Japan
lever
  • that which exerts, or through which one may exert great power
  • any large animal, as a whale
lithotype
  • in engraving, an etched stone surface for printing
  • a party to a lawsuit
mantle
  • a cloak
  • a person engaged in manufacturing as a business
materialize
  • to take perceptible or substantial form
  • pertaining or peculiar to a mother or to motherhood
moratorium
  • an emergency legislation authorizing a government suspend some action temporarily
  • caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind
nuance
  • a slight degree of difference in anything perceptible to the sense of the mind
  • a central point or part about which matter is aggregated
overeat
  • to eat to excess
  • a portion of a structure which projects or hangs over
plausible
  • frolicsome
  • seeming likely to be true, though open to doubt
plenipotentiary
  • abundance
  • a person fully empowered to transact any business
prefatory
  • pertaining to a brief explanation to the reader at the beginning of a book
  • to hold in higher estimation
presage
  • to foretell
  • knowledge of events before they take place
rearrange
  • to arrange again or in a different order
  • to give new confidence
rebuild
  • to build again or anew
  • to oppose by argument or a sufficient answer
suppression
  • supernatural
  • a forcible putting or keeping down
typify
  • to serve as a characteristic example of
  • pertaining to typography or printing
vestment
  • clothing or covering
  • the constitutional right in a chief executive of refusing to approve an enactment
wane
  • recklessness
  • to diminish in size and brilliancy