English Vocabulary Flash Cards: SAT Vocabulary Power (8-75)

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abase
  • degrade
  • to lower in position, estimation, or the like
  • the lady superior of a nunnery
anthology
  • a collection of extracts from the writings of various authors
  • hard coal
autarchy
  • unrestricted power
  • of undisputed origin
owdlerize
  • to expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages
  • in cricket, the player who delivers the ball
chastity
  • sexual or moral purity
  • a castle or manor-house
confinement
  • restriction within limits or boundaries
  • to appropriate (private property) as forfeited to the public use or treasury
counterpart
  • something taken with another for the completion of either
  • to offset
demonstrate
  • to prove indubitably
  • inclined to strong exhibition or expression of feeling or thoughts
disengage
  • disregard
  • to become detached
effective
  • efficient
  • fit for a destined purpose
errant
  • irregular
  • roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds
famish
  • to suffer extremity of hunger or thirst
  • a religious zealot
frontier
  • the part of a nation's territory that abuts upon another country
  • slovenly in appearance
hawthorn
  • risk
  • a thorny shrub much used in England for hedges
impede
  • to be an obstacle or to place obstacles in the way of
  • to drive or urge forward
infernal
  • akin to or befitting hell or its occupants
  • to be present in such numbers as to be a source of annoyance, trouble, or danger
introspect
  • to look into
  • the act of observing and analyzing one's own thoughts and feelings
medieval
  • ordinary
  • belonging or relating to or descriptive of the middle ages
mentality
  • intellectuality
  • a wise and faithful teacher, guide, and friend
negation
  • the act of denying or of asserting the falsity of a proposition
  • exhibiting or indicating omission
operetta
  • a humorous play in dialogue and music, of more than one act
  • a conclusion or judgment held with confidence, but falling short of positive knowledge
portfolio
  • a portable case for holding writing-materials, drawings, etc
  • to present in an orderly manner
primitive
  • most important
  • pertaining to the beginning or early times
respite
  • interval of rest
  • very bright
rhetorician
  • a showy writer or speaker
  • indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity
rigorous
  • uncompromising
  • a small ripple, as of water
seethe
  • to be violently excited or agitated
  • a title of honor or respectful address, equivalent to sir
sustenance
  • food
  • having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion
unnecessary
  • not essential under the circumstances
  • to put into confusion
venison
  • the flesh of deer
  • the poisonous fluid that certain animals secrete
verify
  • to prove to be true, exact, or accurate
  • in truth