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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue May 21, 2013 12:52 AM

Post by Yolanda Britt on May 20, 2013

How would you recommend studying all these words?

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Post by Anil George on February 4, 2013

It says deliberate in the video log; however, you define the word, 'debilitate.'

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 7

  • anomaly
    • (n) an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, or quality; something abnormal
    • Connected to anomalous
    • This anomaly in our measurement of the star’s movements indicates that there might be a planet’s gravity pulling on it.
  • alleviate
    • (v) to ease a pain or burden
    • Connected to alleviating and alleviation
    • Aspirin is a good way to alleviate the pain of a headache.
  • admonish
    • (v) to caution or advise against something
    • Connected to admonition
    • The prophet Tiresias admonishes King Oedipus not to investigate the murder of the previous king, but Oedipus ignores him.
  • steadfast
    • (adj) fixed in place, position, or direction; firm in purpose, resolution, or direction; unwavering
    • Connected to steadfastness
    • The steadfast Sancho Panza stays by Don Quixote’s side no matter what happens.
  • debilitate
    • (v) to impair the strength of; to weaken
    • Connected to debilitating and debilitation
    • An injury can debilitate even the strongest athlete.
  • sustain
    • (v) to bear the weight of, support; to undergo (e.g. injury, loss) without giving away; to endure
    • Connected to sustenance and sustainable
    • The newly discovered planet has enough liquid water and fertile soil to sustain life.
  • somber
    • (adj) gloomily dark; downcast, glum; extremely serious, grave
    • The undertaker’s black clothes and somber attitude kept people from inviting him to parties.
  • refute
    • (v) to prove to be false or erroneous
    • Connected to refutation
    • I can refute your argument because I have new evidence that proves you’re wrong.
    • “Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased; thus do we refute entropy.” –Spider Robinson
  • penchant
    • (n) a strong inclination or liking
    • Dmitri has a penchant for singing Russian folk songs in the hallways; no matter how many times we ask him to stop, he keeps doing it.
  • reticence
    • (n) the quality or state of keeping silent; reserve
    • Connected to reticent
    • Eric is strangely reticent on the subject of how he spent his summer vacation; he won’t tell anyone where he went or what he did.
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 7

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:14
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:39
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  • Anomaly 1:16
  • Alleviate 2:00
  • Admonish 2:35
  • Steadfast 3:13
  • Deliberate 3:58
  • Sustain 4:19
  • Somber 4:54
  • Refute 5:26
  • Penchant 6:24
  • Reticence 6:47