And Sample Sentences
I hope this list will be beneficial to you if you are already thinking about and preparing for the verbal section of the SAT. It may perhaps be helpful to intermediate and advanced students studying English as a second or foreign language or those wanting to improve their vocabulary for other reasons. We all learn in different ways, and it might help you remember definitions to have a visual association with the word.
It’s hard to illustrate some more abstract words with a picture alone, but the picture and sample sentence together tell a story.
All vocabulary words and their definitions came from the Barron’s SAT Vocabulary Word flashcards. The sample sentences are my own.
Rancor — lasting resentment
Mei-li was filled with rancor as she pondered all of the events that had gone wrong in her life lately.
Confound — throw into confusion or bewilder
Toby was confounded when he discovered his bicycle was not where he had left it.
Embellish — (1) make more beautiful (2) make a story more interesting by adding (generally fictitious) details.
The chessmen were embellished with intricate carvings.
Peripheral — (1) related to the surface or outer part (2) of minor importance
Using his peripheral vision, Jean-Pierre, the French bulldog, watched as the neighbor’s ginger cat, Lola, approached.
Inadvertently — In a manner exhibiting a lack of attention, unintentionally
While reaching to put the star on the top of the tree, Candace inadvertently knocked her elbow into a ball ornament, causing it to crash to the floor and break.
Frugality — carefulness in spending money or using resources
Emily was known for her frugality. While friends went out for pizza, she often had a cheap meal of packaged ramen noodles.
Obdurate — (1) stubbornly persistent in resisting persuasion (2) unsympathetic
No matter how his young mistress tugged at his leash, the pug remained obdurate, standing and staring at the hot dog stand across the street.
Antagonism — active resistance, hostility
After the incident, Amber felt such antagonism towards everyone, she unfriended her entire friend list.
Emulate — attempt to equal or outdo, imitate
She tried to emulate the style of her favorite painters.
Lavish — occurring or produced in abundance, opulent, luxurious
The host lavished lavish desserts on his guests.