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SAT/ACT Vocabulary. Overview and Unit 1. Vocabulary Overview. Every week, you will receive 20 vocabulary words that are often found on the SAT and ACT. You will create vocabulary flashcards for all 20 words; these cards are due on Wednesdays

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sat act vocabulary

SAT/ACT Vocabulary

Overview and Unit 1

vocabulary overview
Vocabulary Overview
  • Every week, you will receive 20 vocabulary words that are often found on the SAT and ACT.
  • You will create vocabulary flashcards for all 20 words; these cards are due on Wednesdays
  • Quizzes are CUMULATIVE, and there will be a test (in place of the quiz) every five units.
overview pt ii
Overview, Pt. II
  • 13 of the 20 words will be required for everyone to know
  • 7 of the 20 words will be “Challenge Words” – you still make flashcards for these words, but they will only be included as Extra Credit on vocabulary quizzes
  • Challenge Words will be marked with an asterisk (*) on vocabulary lists – you should also mark them on your flashcards
vocabulary flashcards
Vocabulary Flashcards
  • Flashcards should be 4x6 or 5x8
  • Divide your cards on both sides like this:
side 1
Side 1
  • Upper-Left Corner: Vocabulary Word in large letters, part of speech in parentheses next to the word (an abbreviation is fine)
  • Upper-Right Corner: Word Forms, or variations the word has depending on context and usage (shifts in part of speech, verb tense, etc.) *At Least TWO word forms per card
side 1 part ii
Side 1, Part II
  • Bottom of Side 1:
    • Meaningful Sentence using the word with context clues
    • Picture / visual image illustrating the vocab. word

Vocabulary Word with part of speech

Two alternate Word Forms

Meaningful sentence using vocabulary word and context clues and a visual image representing the vocabulary word.

side 2
Side 2
  • Upper-Left Corner: Synonyms
  • Upper-Right Corner: Antonyms
    • I will give you some synonyms and antonyms each week. You are responsible for generating ONE additional synonym AND antonym for each word.
  • Bottom of Side 2: Full definition



Full Definition

  • (noun) the expression of approval or favorable opinion; praise; official approval

Synonyms: commendation, sanction

Antonyms: disapproval; censure; condemnation

  • (verb) to make easier, milder; to relieve; to quiet or calm; to put an end to

Synonyms: calm, alleviate, relax

Antonyms: intensify, aggravate, exacerbate

  • (n) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

Synonyms: alliance, league, federation

Antonyms: splinter group, faction

  • (n) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of excessive self-indulgence

Synonyms: degeneration; corruption

Antonyms: rise, growth, development, maturation

  • (verb) to draw forth; to bring out from a source

Synonyms: extract, pull out, evoke

Antonyms: repress, quash, squelch, stifle

  • (v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of action or decision by earnest reasoning

Synonyms: protest, remonstrate, complain

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  • (adjective) used so often that it lacks freshness or originality

Synonyms: trite, corny, overdone

Antonyms: fresh, original, new, novel

  • (noun) a gap, an opening, or a break; a pause

Synonyms: vacation, time off

Antonyms: continuity, continuation

  • (noun) a hint or indirect suggestion, often in a negative sense

Synonyms: insinuation, intimation

Antonym: direct statement

  • (v) to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

Synonyms: intervene, mediate

  • (adjective) wearied, worn-out, dulled

Synonyms: spoiled, overindulged; sated, cloyed

Antonyms: unspoiled, uncloyed

  • (adjective) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale in color

Synonyms: gruesome, gory, grisly, horrible

Antonyms: pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome

  • (adjective) worthy; deserving fame, praise, or recognition

Synonyms: praiseworthy, commendable, valuable

Antonyms: blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable

  • (adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

Synonyms: irritable, testy, waspish

Antonyms: even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable

  • (n) special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence

Synonyms: perk, perquisite

  • (adjective) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind and outlook; countrified in the sense of being limited and backward

Synonyms: old-fashioned, naïve, narrow-minded

Antonyms: cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded

  • (v) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

Synonyms: feign, pretend, affect

  • (verb) to rise above or beyond; to exceed

Synonyms: surpass, outstrip

  • (n) an overshadowing influence of power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion

Synonyms: irritation, pique, annoyance

Antonyms: pleasure, delight, satisfaction

  • (adj) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of sincerity

Synonyms: servile, fawning, greasy

Antonyms: blunt, gruff