Words and Definitions • Anomaly: irregular, unusual • Hackneyed: overly common, cliché • Provoke: to incite, to stir up • Mitigate: to lessen, to reduce • Mellifluous: sweet sounding • Cacophonous: harsh or discordant sound • Levity: lack of seriousness, frivolous • Austere: severe in manner, lack of humor
Directions: In the OAKS/SAT section of your writing journal, copy the key sentence clues that reveal the meaning of the words. • The appearance of the comet was an anomaly—it occurred only once a century. • “Your Mom” became a hackneyed response: students stopped saying it after a month. • Cacophonous music is difficult to listen to because there are so many clashing sounds. • The damage to our home was largely mitigated due to the precautions we took before the storm arrived.